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18feb(feb 18)12:00 pm25apr(apr 25)3:00 pmAn Elegant Balance(february 18) 12:00 pm - (april 25) 3:00 pm Moraga Art Gallery, 432 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556

Event Details

Moraga Art Gallery Announces a new exhibit titled, An Elegant Balance, opening February 18 through April 25, 2021.

The Moraga Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Spaces, Inside and Out, and the gallery’s Gift Boutique will continue through February 14, 2021.

An Elegant Balance features the work of member artists, George Ehrenhaft and K. de Groot.

The title of the exhibit describes the elegant balance between George Ehrenhaft’s rich and brightly painted watercolors and K. de Groot’s one-of-a-kind exotic jewelry.

As a watercolorist, George Ehrenhaft draws inspiration from mountains, lakes, trees and towns.  His style ranges from realistic to the vaguely abstract.  His paintings push no boundaries. Rather, they please the eye, soothe the spirit, and invite viewers to enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors.

Symphonies of color and texture in each piece are hallmarks of K. de Groot’s Asian Accents jewelry. Inspired by the exotic pendants and beads that she discovered over the past 30 years during her life in Asia and during her more recent travels, she has created her one-of-a-kind cross-cultural wearable art.

The Gallery’s Art Boutique features unique handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, small paintings, decorative pillows, cards and jewelry.

Moraga Art Gallery is a cooperative featuring the work of eighteen established local artists and several guest artists whose work includes painting, sculpture, jewelry, print media, ceramics, photography and woodworking.

The gallery is open Saturdays 12pm-3pm and by appointment. Please email the gallery at moragaartgallery@gmail.com to make an appointment.

To safeguard our gallery staff and visitors, we require everyone visiting the gallery to wear a face mask and to maintain social distancing.

Artwork by featured artists: George Erhenhaft, July Sky, watercolor

Time

February 18 (Thursday) 12:00 pm - April 25 (Sunday) 3:00 pm

Location

Moraga Art Gallery

432 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556

Organizer

Moraga Art GalleryLucy Beck

19feb(feb 19)4:00 pm11jun(jun 11)7:00 pmChildren's Tales From Around The GlobeSaint Mary's College Dance Theatre Production(february 19) 4:00 pm - (june 11) 7:00 pm Saint Mary's College, 1928 St Marys Rd

Event Details

Due to Covid-19, the JanTerm 2021 “Children’s Tales From Around the Globe” will be virtual and will be available on demand starting Feb. 19, 2021. The running time is expected to be about 45 minutes, but you may pause, or watch each 5 minute segment at a later time.

The theme of the show is Inclusion and Identity. Saint Mary’s College students will perform a dance theatre film based on the cultural stories from their childhood.

All ages will enjoy this show, but it is primarily made for preschool to third graders.

General Admission Tickets: $10 per person
To purchase on-demand tickets, click here: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/childrenstales and a link will be sent to you after February 18th.

Schools or organizations interested in booking this as a virtual field trip or wanting enrichment activities, please contact Tara Sundy at tms8@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 890-1343 by February 11, 2021 for special deals and packages.

Time

February 19 (Friday) 4:00 pm - June 11 (Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College

1928 St Marys Rd

01mar2:30 pm31(mar 31)4:30 pmWILDER ONLINE GALLERYHeather Metcalf2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (31) Art Gallery at Wilder, 20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

Event Details

The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a virtual exhibit of the late Heather Metcalf’s (1944 – 2016) artwork during the month of March. Brian Metcalf, Heather’s husband, mounted this exhibit because “I really felt that her large work was her best work and had rarely been exhibited in any gallery. She had this beautiful work done in the last 10 years sitting in our house; this is an opportunity to display it.” Access images of Heather’s artistic legacy at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries. Because Metcalf was an active member of the Moraga Art Gallery, the Arts Council is pleased to announce their companion exhibit of her actual paintings, March 1 – April 25. President Lucy Beck reminds us that the Moraga Art Gallery, located at 432 Center St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 3 p.m. and by appointment. Details are available at www.moragaartgallery.com, by calling 925.276.5407 or emailing moragaartgallery@gmail.com. Donna Arganbright, Moraga Art Gallery Vice President and Gallery Manager, who remembers Heather well, said, “Heather Metcalf was a beloved member of the Moraga Art Gallery. Her graceful presence and insightful thoughts were always welcomed by our members. Her paintings are bold, big beautiful canvases of color. We felt fortunate to have them hang in our Gallery. Her presence is still missed and we are delighted to have her paintings hang once again in our Gallery.” Both Heather and Brian hail from Perth, Western Australia. Heather initially trained in Australia as a graphic artist and worked professionally in that field not only in Australia but in New Zealand and London. After, she took up residence in France to study fine art. She completed the four year Diplome en Peinture at L’Ecole des Art Decoratifs in Strasbourg, France. Metcalf relocated to the U.S. in Cincinnati, exhibiting in both private exhibitions and corporate sponsorships. A later move to Philadelphia allowed a return to fine arts, and she graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2000. After a move to California in the same year, more exhibits ensued, including at In-Art, Santa Fe and Gallery Sam in Berkeley She also showed work in her private studio in Moraga. She continued exhibiting at locations such as the Claremont Resort, Hall Winery in St. Helena, and the Orinda Library Gallery, among others. Peruse her work at www.heathermetcalf.com. Heather’s most recent work – her koi pond series – was kindled by the fluid images in the aqueous world of her koi pond. Floating shadows and florals twirling in watery currents inspired paintings built with layers of transparent, luminous colors. No matter your taste in art, exploring Metcalf’s oeuvre will prove her artistic legacy worth experiencing. The Art Gallery at Wilder is virtual because the Gallery is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Curators Denise Nomura and Aniston Breslin at wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org.

Time

1 (Monday) 2:30 pm - 31 (Wednesday) 4:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

01mar3:00 pm31(mar 31)12:00 pm18th HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION - Virtual ExhibitLive Artists & Awards Show March 11 at 7pm3:00 pm - 12:00 pm (31) Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

Event Details

The Lamorinda Arts Council is proud to bring the virtual 19th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition (HSVAC) to the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library.

The competition showcases student art in four categories: 2D, 3D, photography and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance sponsored digital art category. Professional judges with experience in practicing or teaching the above categories judge the competition

HSVAC Chair Aniston Breslin invites the public to celebrate artwork expressing the imagination, skills and talent of Lamorinda high school students along with their families, friends and art educators at this exciting annual competition. 

Tune in on March 11 at 7 pm for the virtual Live Artists & Awards Show of winning artwork from high school students in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. Merit citations and ash prizes will be awarded. While this exhibit runs March 1 through 31, 2021, student artwork will be on display until updated in 2022. Phone 925.349.9940 or email vac@lamorindaarts.org  with any questions. Visit www.lamorindaarts.org/vac for details. 

The Lamorinda Arts Council (Council) reconfigured all scheduled art exhibits to be virtual until COVID-19 restrictions change. The Council has redesigned its website so art lovers can easily view photographs and videos of exhibiting artists’ creative work during their scheduled exhibit month.

Time

1 (Monday) 3:00 pm - 31 (Wednesday) 12:00 pm

Location

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

10marallday21apralldaySaint Mary's College Music Student Recital SeriesOn-Demand Student Recital Films Available 3/10/21, 3/17/21, and 4/21/21(All Day) Online

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College virtual music student recital series will be pre-recorded, on-demand films released on March 10, March 17 and April 21, 2021. They will feature vocal, piano, guitar, flute, cello, and violin works by well-known composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy. They will also include Jazz selections by artists like Luiz Bonfá, Jerome Kern, and Ira Gershwin.

Links to the concerts will appear on this link on March 10, March 17, and April 21, 2021: stmarys-ca.edu/studentrecitals21

Donations encouraged to fund special opportunities for Music students: stmarys-ca.edu/choirgives

Time

March 10 (Wednesday) - April 21 (Wednesday)

Location

Online

Organizer

St. Mary's College

11mar7:00 pmHigh School Visual Arts Competition Artists & Awards Recognition Show7:00 pm Online

Event Details

The 18th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition is going virtual this year! The Artists & Awards Recognition Show will be held online on March 11, 2021.

The Lamorinda Arts Council High School Visual Arts Competition accepts entries for:

  • 2D: painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, collage
  • 3D: ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, construction
  • Photography: traditional film and digital photography
  • Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art Category: two-dimensional artwork that is produced or manipulated on a computer platform and then printed on paper, canvas or other material. The artwork may be an original digital painting, a digital graphic or illustration, or a photo image that has been manipulated beyond enhancement or applying effect to a photograph.

Professionals with experience in (practicing, teaching, or representing) the categories judge the competition. The criteria used for judging is:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Content
  • Degree of expertise in the chosen medium

Cash prizes for 1st – 3rd place per category, plus honorable mention, totaling up to $2,900 will be awarded.

1st Place – $300
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100
Three (3) Honorable Mentions – $25 each
Best in Show – $300

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm

Location

Online

14mar7:00 pmLamorinda Idol Winter Edition Awards Show7:00 pm Online

Event Details

Join the Lamorinda Arts Council and Lamorinda Idol Chair, Steve Harwood, for a live announcement of the winners of our first ever Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition youth singing competition.  The announcement will take place on Zoom, no registration required.

The Zoom link will be posted closer to the event date.

A winner will be announced in each category:

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Solo
3rd – 5th Grade Solo
6th – 8th Grade Solo
9th – 12th Grade Solo
Kindergarten – 5th Grade Group
6th – 8th Grade Group
9th – 12th Grade Group

An Audience Award will be given to the participant with the highest number of public votes, adjusted for category size and number of total category votes, who is not already a category winner.

Time

(Sunday) 7:00 pm

Location

Online

28mar2:00 pm3:30 pmART EMBRACES WORDSWRITERS PAINT IMAGES WITH WORDS. ARTISTS TELL STORIES WITH COLOR. TOGETHER THEY ENRICH OUR COMMUNITY.2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Zoom

Event Details

Join us at the Lamorinda Arts Council’s (LAC) FREE Art Embraces Words  Zoom Webinar series on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2 pm. The theme for this program is “Love and Redemption.” Remaining Sunday dates are: May 30, July 25, Sep. 26 and Oct. 31.

LAC President Denise Nomura, an artist herself, is our Emcee. She introduces each writer and artist, plus fields questions from the audience. The program features emerging authors reading excerpts of their work alternating with local artists displaying their visual art in a slideshow. 

Authors and artists answer questions live-screen, which makes for a lively discussion. Co-chair Natalie Samuels Wheeler manages the tech side of our Zoom Webinar. The event is recorded and uploaded to social media. In this way the art still “embraces” the spoken word: “Ars Vita Longa, Vita Brevis” – art lives forever, life is short.

For more details, to apply as a Writer, Artist or sign up as an Audience Member, go to https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words. Click HERE to view a YouTube video of our January 21, 2021 program. Questions? Contact us at literary@lamorindaarts.org.

Many thanks to those who help make this program possible: our generous sponsor, the Lafayette Community Foundation; Lafayette City Council Member Cameron Burks; Andrea Firth and Janine deBoisblanc of Diablo Writers’ Workshop; Lamorinda Arts Alliance; California Writer’s Club, Mt. Diablo Branch; LAC PR Intern Mykaela King; and LAC Program Director Shelly Rose.

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location

Zoom