COVID-19 SHELTER IN PLACE (SIP) UPDATE:
THE CITY OF ORINDA WILDER ART & GARDEN CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL THE SIP ORDER IS LIFTED. THERE WILL BE NO ARTIST EXHIBITION OR RECEPTION IN MAY OR JUNE AT THIS TIME. PLEASE REVISIT OUR PAGE FOR UPDATES ON FUTURE EXHIBITS ONCE THE SIP ORDER IS LIFTED. - THANK YOU.
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.
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.