COVID-19 SHELTER IN PLACE (SIP) UPDATE:
All Contra Costa County Libraries are closed for entry but curbside pickup is allowed. Both the City of Orinda Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and the Art Gallery at Wilder Art & Garden Center is closed. Until the SIP order is lifted all scheduled Lamorinda Arts Council gallery activities will be virtual.
The gallery is located at the Art & Garden Center at Wilder at 20 Orinda Fields Road in Orinda, just off Highway 24. For map directions to The Art Gallery at Wilder, click here.
The Art Gallery at Wilder is open to the public during scheduled events such as an Artist Reception usually held the first Saturday of every month from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 8:15 p.m. and by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact the curator here.
To view the current exhibit at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, click here.
Lara Horoupian runs Laratelier, a popular youth art school out of her studio. She says being around the children she teaches is an unending source of creative inspiration. “I produced 27 paintings during quarantine; sometimes working 5-6 hours daily in my studio. I worked through bursts of feelings like passion, fear, mortality, and hope,” she said. At one point she ran out of paint and remembered pigments from Peru her husband gave her as a gift 15 years earlier – she had saved them for a special occasion. They were used to create paintings in this exhibit. The centerpiece of her show is a 36” x 48” mixed media work entitled Transformation. She and her 13 year old daughter Pateel worked on it together to make it more dimensional. Pateel said, “If you stand in front of it you want to jump right into the painting.” It certainly bears examining and will reward you for spending any amount of time appreciating it. All proceeds from the sale of her art in this show will be donated to rescue efforts for everyone affected by the recent tragic explosion in Beirut. Her father has a store there which was damaged; it is where she grew up. To see more of her work visit her website, HERE.
Anderle, a local Walnut Creek artist, minored in Fine Art at UC Berkeley and has maintained a love for the practice and appreciation of art throughout his life. In retirement he rekindled his interest in drawing, watercolor and oil painting at Walnut Creek Civic Arts and through self-instruction. Portrait subjects inspire him, especially those taken from photos shot at random during his travels to Europe, South America and Asia. He is a regular contributor to “The Memory Project,” a nonprofit organization which distributes original painted portraits to dispossessed and orphaned children around the world. Visit www.johnanderle.wixsite.com/
The gallery will not be open to the public due to the shelter-in-place order regulations. The gallery curation team, working with the City of Orinda, is pleased to announce the "Walk the Park & See Some Art" taking place on Saturday, July 12th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Orinda Community Center Park in Orinda. Enjoy some outdoor exercise while viewing the artwork of the Art Gallery at Wilder July artist Sherry Ravazza. Ravazza's mesmerizing paintings demonstrate her unique dimensional dot painting technique and express her favorite themes; historical/mystical, spirit animals, and plant floral designs. Ravazza is heavily influenced by Shamanic art as she personally believes art can act as both an aesthetic for the human senses and an instrument to connect to a higher spiritual source. Just as the process of creating art is meditative and healing for her, Ravazza's purpose is to put her heart and soul into the artwork so that when viewers gaze at the paintings, they too will receive healing and inspiration. Audiences will find more of Sherry Ravazza's collection on Facebook @SherryRavazzaArt and also on Youtube here.
May/June - Gallery Closed
Art Gallery at Wilder presents the solo exhibit, "Celestials," by Joel Tesch. Tesch presents a series of nine paintings. "The series of canvas paintings brings to life a vibrant world bursting with colors, movement and contrast from an otherworldly perspective," says Tesch. Tesch finds the craft of painting to be both humbling and inspiring... relazing and invigorating. Come see the mysterious and magical images that transpire in "Celestials". Meet Joel Tesch at the artist's reception, to be held on March 7th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.
Art Gallery at Wilder presents the solo exhibit, "The Allure of Equine Beauty," by Barbara Brady-Smith of Lafayette the month of February. Brady-Smith agrees with John Galsworthy who says, "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse." Viewers will ultimately agree with the statement when they examine her collection of photographs depicting steeds of all kinds. Capturing a horse in motion is not an easy feat. Brady-Smith, a well known equine and pet photographer, embraces this challenge. Don't miss the beauty of these photographs at the Art Gallery at Wilder during the month of February.
On exhibit in January at the Art Gallery at Wilder is, Marlene Metropolis. In her solo exhibit, "The Places They Call Home," Marlene makes use of her photography and scientific skills. Her fidelity to animals in their natural habitats is ever present in her work. Marlene depicts what she loves - naturalistic environments that usually include indigenous animals. "My art identifies whose habitat it is; who calls it home. It fulfills a longing to be reconnected to life in all its forms." Her naturalistic 2-D works are the result of digital blending her photographs and reference images. Her scientific background as a retired chiropractor speaks through the art infusing it with serene and reverent feelings.
On exhibit in December at the Art Gallery at Wilder is, Linda Huffman, a now retired secondary education teacher. Her solo exhibit "It's Kind of Eclectic" will show Huffman's serene and realistic brushstroke, that materializes scenes that often go unnoticed by the average person. She sees the shadows and crevices of trees, flowers, and even on bicyclists, giving them emotion and voice. Huffman finds herself painting what appeals to her and letting the themes and techniques evolve, "into the remarkable scenes that intrigue and grab the viewers' attention into the small details of everyday surroundings." The artist's reception is to be held on December 7th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.
On exhibit in November at the Art Gallery at Wilder is textile artist, Bohuslava (Slavka) Ruzicka, with her solo exhibit of "Miniature Oriental Carpets Project". Born in Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic, Ruzicka was introduced to cross stitching while living in Singapore in 1987. The Miniature Oriental Carpets Project started in 1996 and was completed in 2005. This collection of magical and masterful works was inspired by Frank M. Cooper designs. Ruzicka will be demonstrating her technique at the artist's reception held on November 2nd from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.
Come visit the Art Gallery at Wilder to view featured artist Sydney Chaney-Thomas during the month of October and meet the the artist at her reception on October 5, 2:30-4:30 pm, with light refreshments served.
Sydney Chaney-Thomas presents her solo exhibition, “Natural Beauty.” Her work is a lyrical representation of natural phenomena swirling about the land and sea, reflecting her background growing up on a horse ranch surrounded by fields of wheat, orchards, and rolling hills. The natural world is where Chaney is most comfortable. Her style brings forth a sense of carefree serenity whether amidst the pine trees in Tahoe, or on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay. Chaney’s work is both Impressionistic and abstract, filled with emotion and color, allowing the “Natural Beauty” to rise to the surface.
The Art Gallery at Wilder will feature photographer Alfredo Coyotl Cuatlacuatl during the month of September and the artist's reception takes place on September 7, 2:30-4:30 pm, with light refreshments served.
Alfredo Coyotl Cuatlacuatl is a San Francisco Bay Area-based photographer specializing in portrait, fashion, landscape, and community and corporate event photography. Shaped and inspired by his Mexican heritage and indigenous roots, Alfredo utilizes the art of photography to tell stories and share unique perspectives and opinions with others. The majority of Alfredo’s independent work revolves around themes of isolation, minimalism, and solitude. The solo show, ENDLESS, will have 10 photographs and Alfredo's photo book, New York City 24mm, on display to share the experiences and perspectives on places he has visited and found inspiration and contrast. To learn more about the artist and his work go to www.coyotlcuatlacuatl.com.
Joseph Lombardi - For The Love Of Art
Please join us as we celebrate the works of artist, Joseph F. Lombardi during the month of August at the Art Gallery at Wilder. Join us for the Artist Reception, Saturday, August 3rd from 2:30-4:30pm.
Lombardi of Manteca has a penchant for painting portals – doorways, gates, windows and pathways that meander somewhere we want to go. His portals are portrayed within intriguing vistas of nature, seascapes and architecture found both in domestic and foreign lands.
Many of his paintings reveal a subtle dreamy quality as if they are telling a story. Lombardi has worked in oils for several decades and won’t be stopping anytime soon. He has 15 oil paintings on display. To learn more about his work go to www.josephlombardiart.ucraft.net.
Grand Opening this month featuring paintings by Judy Chamberlin
The Art Gallery at Wilder officially opens to the public on Saturday, July 6th. The public is invited to attend the grand opening artist reception from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. where light refreshments will be served. Ribbon cutting is at 3:00 pm. City of Orinda officials will be in attendance to participate in the ribbon cutting.
Chamberlin is well-known for her large scale oil and acrylic paintings including figurative work such as portraits, animals and murals plus expressive biomorphic abstracts. The artist says that “synaesthesia inspires me, the idea that we can cross tactile senses, causing our sight of paint color to arouse a taste, a smell, sound. Textures and composition to sing and move. I strive to create paintings that are alive, changing what you experience from viewing to the next viewing. I strive for a mystical experience.”
The solo show will set the tone for future monthly exhibits which are scheduled to rotate on the first of every month.