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The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library is currently closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Please check back in the future to see when our gallery will reopen. The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library is normally open during library hours. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday it is open 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. To check close dates call the Orinda Library at 925-254-2184 or visit http://ccclib.org/aboutus/holidays.html.
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The Lamorinda Arts Council has reconfigured all its art exhibits to be virtual until COVID-19 restrictions change. A new feature offered by the Council is the ability to purchase exhibiting artists' artwork online during their scheduled exhibit month. The October exhibit features the artwork of Dina Asna, Loralee Chapleau, Ann F. Fallin, and San Francisco Peace and Hope (SFPH) in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library. View the online gallery HERE.
Dina Asna of Moraga is drawn to paint watercolors to transfer what she is feeling onto paper. Applying color is the most exciting part of this process for her. She said this requires letting go of perfectionism. Her theme for this exhibit is ‘Be Happy!’ Her life’s journey has been ‘do not worry about what is missing or about your flaws.’ Asking herself, ‘what makes you happy’ often has become a way of life. “I believe we can heal a lot of wounds using art,” said Asna. She is delighted when people experience the cheerfulness in her artwork. Whether you are viewing Feather Friends, Forest Friends, or Joy Birds, all of which are 9” x 9” watercolors on paper, I don’t believe avoiding cheerfulness is possible. See what she is up to HERE.
Loralee Chapleau of Danville is often inspired by the ever changing beauty of the seasons. She paints in oils and acrylics with an expressive style, using vivid colors, energetic brushstrokes, and favors large pieces. Her theme for this virtual exhibit is ‘Recollections: Experiential and Imagined.’ Sometimes she paints from direct observation on location, but more and more she draws on past experiences and memory to create large semi-abstract pieces. Chapleau understood by reducing the literal elements in an artwork the viewer’s brain would fill in their own experience, which adds another layer of our understanding of abstract art. Chapleau calls it a very pleasurable way to experience art, whether you are the viewer or the artist. “We enjoy it because our mind actively experiences and participates in the artwork,” said Chapleau. Chapleau wants viewers to know she strives to present emotion with every stroke in her paintings. Visit her website HERE for more of her work.
Ann F. Fallin of Walnut Creek began as an oil painter but switched to watercolors in 1980; thus
her exceptional skill is evident in every painting. “Through painting I like to communicate the upbeat and the positive,” she said. Her goal is to share her enthusiasm for the subject – which can be anything from a landscape, portrait (human or animal) floral or still life – in hopes of causing the viewer to become positively involved with her work. Some of the most difficult aspects of painting watercolors are what she loves. “I love the battle to gain control over the medium, which often decides what it’s going to despite the painter’s plans. I love the transparency of watercolor, the endless effects it produces, its versatility, and how much just plain fun it is to paint with,” said Fallin. She describes her work as contemporary realism. According to Fallin, jumping around from subject to subject keeps her work fresh.
The voices of San Francisco Peace and Hope (SFPH) reflect a hopeful vision in their literary journal devoted to poetry and art during these challenging times. This is accomplished through online and print publications encompassing art and the spoken word. There are also face-to-face get togethers, now gone virtual, and a blog. It all began informally when 9/11 occurred and Hack started a blog. She realized a tribe used to expressing their creative voices through the spoken word, poetry, visual art, dance and more could articulate a singular, much needed mission. SFHP’s mission was and is to examine global change while celebrating the eternal, changeless aspects of life. Viewers of the virtual exhibit will see photographs and a video of written and visual excerpts of Light The Sky. The library said, “If you are seeking a glimpse of what humanity can be this weekend, this is the book for you.” Noted illustrator Elaine Drew created the book jacket. It can be found in public libraries, bookstores and online. To learn more about this nonprofit organization go HERE.
The Lamorinda Arts Council has reconfigured all its art exhibits to be virtual until COVID-19 restrictions change. A new feature offered by the Council is the ability to purchase exhibiting artists' artwork online during their scheduled exhibit month. The September exhibit features the artwork of Dalia Alekna, Linda Kam, Felicia Morris, and Jane Raymond in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library. View the online gallery HERE.
Dalia Alekna of Walnut Creek is showing etchings, monoprints and pastels. Her lifelong love of art in many mediums came from her mother, who studied art in Lithuanian and won a national prize as the best female artist. Alekna notes how ubiquitous pigments are in the art world; the same pigments are used to make pastels, oil, acrylic and watercolor paint. Pastels are made from pigments mixed with gum Arabic and have a higher pigment concentration than any other artistic medium which creates rich, luminous colors. Working in more than one medium at a time helps to keep her artwork fresh; once in a while she takes workshops just to try something new. “I work alone in my studio like many artists, which can get lonely. That’s why I’m involved in three galleries – Moraga Art Gallery, Valley Art Gallery and Blackhawk Gallery. Being with other artists and seeing their work helps me keep ideas flowing,” she said. A longtime hiker, she loves nature and landscapes and often can be found in the foothills of Mt. Diablo. She said she feels like she lives in paradise when on one of these walks. See more of her work HERE.
Linda Kam of Orinda also developed a fascination with art at an early age. Her father was a professional artist and talented cartoonist. He guided her into the world of art and she has lived in that world ever since. After a 17 year career teaching art at Wagner Ranch she now has time to devote to her personal passion – botanical art. Her theme, “A Diverse Collage of Botanical Watercolor Paintings,” consists of 20 watercolors. The delicacy of Red Impression belies the deep radiance of the red pigments on its petals.“Since sheltering in place I have had plenty of time to think and plan what subjects to paint next.” When a viewer tells her it appears they can pick the flower or fruit right off the paper, she said she has achieved her goal and that makes her happy. View her virtual exhibit video HERE and see what she is up to on her website HERE.
Felicia Morris of Orinda said creating beauty through the visual arts has been a passion throughout most of her life. “As time has gone on, my focus became inspirations from paintings and symbols shown to me while sleeping. These gifts of the spirit can encourage self-awareness while giving expression to nature’s beauty,” she said. Her 16” x 20” acrylic painting, Mary in Orinda, portrays a peaceful mantle of blossoms and flowers that Mary spreads in the Orinda hills. She quotes Meher Baba as one of her inspirations, “Art is one of the sources through which the soul expresses itself and inspires others.” Now she creates smaller works which sometimes include playful drawings. Recently she painted three small signs to encourage herself and others; one said, “Be brave, be happy.” She said she loves giving such gifts during these hard times because they make it easier to keep going on, even in small ways, because they can uplift people’s spirits.
Jane Raymond has a Masters’ degrees in Biology and Architecture, and claims that both inform what she sees, and does as far as creating. You’ll find Raymond seeking beauty in the real world via subject, balance and harmony while composing her oil paintings. For a time she sponsored a dressage-trained horse and then studied, trained and taught dressage for many years. “Dressage is a subtle art seeking harmony balance between horse and rider,” she said. Now she works in life drawing using charcoal to quickly capture form, gesture and likeness. She then works in oils or watercolors, rarely in acrylic or graphite. Working on portraits in a group with models is part of her lifelong fascination with portraiture.
The Lamorinda Arts Council’s scheduled August exhibit features the artwork of George Boscoe, Maggie Boscoe, Sara Boscoe Bain, Lance Jackson, and Jacqueline Proulx in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library. View the online gallery HERE.
George Boscoe raises exotic parrots. Some of you may have met “Venus,” a talkative female blue-fronted Amazon parrot, who has accompanied him more than once to artist receptions in the Gallery. George’s most recent bird expedition took him to the Tambopata Macaw Project in the southern Amazon basin in the Peruvian region of Madre del Dios.
Maggie Boscoe's theme for her bird photographs is ‘The Beauty of Birds.’ Perhaps the word exotic could be inserted as her photos are either from Costa Rica, Africa or the Galapagos Islands. Maggie’s interest in photographing birds began on a family trip to Costa Rica. Next she brought her birding camera to Africa where she photographed exotic birds only to be found in that far-away locale. The cliché, ‘birds of a feather stick together,’ certainly applies to the Boscoe family of Orinda. Each family member is showing bird photographs of widely different species. All use a Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 which they describe as a good all-around birding camera as it has a decent zoom but is still light enough to carry. Maggie Boscoe is the curator of the Art Gallery at Orinda Library.
Sara Boscoe Bain's birding interest was sparked by a family birding trip to Costa Rica. Upon returning home to Los Angeles, she began using her Panasonic Lumix on birding trips while home schooling her two children. Sara and her children discovered together that L.A. County is a birders paradise because of the diversity of species matched by varied topography. Their neighborhood has birding hot spots within a mile or two, there are desert locations and mountains to explore. She has plans to learn more about pelagic birds – birds who live in the open sea. View her virtual video exhibit HERE.
Lance Jackson of Orinda has been drawing and painting since childhood. He trained as a painter/designer at Washington University and Rhode Island School of Design. “My father used to draw caricatures which we all found enjoyable; I continue with it since it is a skill requiring practice. Something akin to playing music; it is habit forming as well,” said Jackson. A freelance artist and illustrator, he is also an adjunct professor at both UC Berkeley Extension and City College of San Francisco. By all accounts Jackson is known for pushing the limits where technology and unbridled creativity meet. His focus for this virtual exhibit is current Orinda details such as flowers from Safeway, fast food examples, two landscapes and the Orinda Theatre. “I like to think that my work remains fresh depicting recognizable places and current events. Of course I could be wrong. ‘Everything has been done before and yet everything is new.’” Jackson also wants people to know he is interested in drawing and painting portraits. “Drawing is my way of communicating,” he said, “the image is a possible form of dialogue, the beginning of a conversation.” Learn more about his work at www.lancejackson.net.
Jacqueline Proulx of Walnut Creek grew up in Quebec and has been in love with ceramics since she was 16. At that time she enjoyed visiting ceramic studios and artists, craving this kind of life, dreaming of being able some day to throw those magnificent objects on the wheel. At about age 50, when she was close to retirement, she had her own studio in Montreal. When her two grandchildren were born she moved to Walnut Creek to be near them and her daughter. She keeps her work alive by taking classes and experimenting in different studios exploring things like soda firing and hand-building huge 24” and 30” vases, bowls and vessels. She often works in high-fire porcelain in small, elegant things but also makes sturdy stoneware in earthy tones with bright colors. Porcelain's primary qualities are translucency and whiteness. Proulx’s intention in creating ceramics is to make people feel good about everyday objects in such a way that some kind of beauty comes through in her work. View her video which gives you an idea of what these look like, https://youtu.be/5zL-U6eYH80. For more of her work go to www.clayandfire.org.
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, 28 Orinda Way. Enjoy some outdoor exercise while viewing the artwork of artists from the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: Maggie Boscoe (April 2020), Bill Carmel (July 2020), David Fleisig (April 2020), Jeff Halliday (April 2020), and Teresa Onoda (June 2020). Strict safety guidelines requiring all visitors to wear a mask and maintain a minimum of 6 feet between others will be followed.
Please see below for information about our four originally scheduled July exhibitors, Bill Carmel, Marie Cotter, George Ehrenhaft, and Hallie Strock.
Bill Carmel, MFA of San Ramon is also a member of the Lamorinda Arts Council and co-curator of the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. He says he loves to draw, and painting is an extension of drawing. His exhibit includes four large giclées of paintings on vinyl and a few drawings. The large paintings are from his ongoing “Tattoo Series” because, “It’s as if the canvas and my skin are the same.” These paintings begin as abstractions and as the work progresses the association of random marks and shapes coalesce into things that contain meaning, similar to seeing shapes in the clouds. He enjoys the process of chaos becoming recognizable. See more of his work at www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/bill-carmel
Marie Cotter of Berkeley paints using watercolors and acrylics and also works with pastels. She began painting at nine years of age, took lessons in oils, painting all the way through college in oils. “Art is a self-generating engine that keeps me tuned; I paint every day because I need to self-express. I work at not being attached, the hardest lesson of all. It’s the doing that’s important, not being attached to the work,” Cotter says. View Cotter's virtual exhibit HERE.
George Ehrenhaft of Moraga is a prolific painter of watercolors, more so during Sheltering in Place. “During the last three months I’ve done 30 paintings,” he says. He is showing about 24 watercolors, most are outdoor scenes in Lamorinda as well as paintings from other California locations such as the coastline, Yosemite and San Luis Obispo. View more of his plein air watercolors at www.mesart.com/indexps.jsp?artist=3939
Hallie Strock is a painter, printmaker and mixed media artist who loves working in her studio in the Berkeley hills. She is exhibiting a large group of linoleum block prints, hand painted with watercolor. She says she never thought she would enjoy printmaking as it is a fussy process. But she has found endless interest and challenges in the process, especially how it pushes drawing further. She loves the unmistakable graphic look of block prints and the opportunity to interpret lots of subjects. See what she’s up to at www.halliestrock.com/home. See her virtual exhibit HERE.
Selected works from these artists can be viewed by clicking the image below or in our online gallery HERE.
It is currently unknown whether the gallery will be open to the public due to the shelter-in-place order regulations. The June exhibit features John Brown, Tina and Rick Nelson, Teresa Onoda and Karl Stinson. If the building is open in June in time for the artists to hang their show, the exhibit will go forward. If not, the exhibit will be rescheduled. Go to www.lamorindaarts.org/gallery-2 for updated scheduling. If permissible, an artist reception is scheduled 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 14.
Brown, of Orinda, photographs primarily landscapes and is exhibiting 25 photographs which include animals, sunsets, and sunrises, people, places, things, black and whites and several photographs from film. See what he is up to at www.johnsbrown.com.
Tina Nelson is showing approximately a dozen works she describes as “Painting with Wool.” Using 465 colors of wool from Washington, Tina often works from photographs hand stitching vibrant modern colors of wool onto linen. View Tina’s virtual exhibit HERE. Rick Nelson, president of the Oakland Art Association, is showing about a dozen wood-turned pieces, which is different from his usual medium photography. Rick’s preference is for segmented wood turning where he concentrates on the shape, design and technique of what he is creating. His focus of late is developing different techniques to give illusions to his pieces. View Rick’s virtual exhibit HERE.
Onoda, of Moraga, is a landscape painter, meaning nature provides her a continually changing set of surprises, choices and challenges. In her exhibit “Bay Area Beauty” she encompasses coastal area, rivers and streams, farmland, orchards and vineyards. View Onoda’s virtual exhibit HERE and more of her work at www.onodaart.com/.
Stinson photographs people he meets while traveling internationally as a life-long passion. Stinson’s exhibit, “People of the World,” consists of 48 of his favorite color photographs. Stinson says, “Each of my photographs comes with a story so I’ve included written stories next to about a third of them.”
Because of Governor Newsom's Shelter in Place (SIP) order to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 virus, the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will be closed until the order is lifted. The scheduled May exhibit featuring Dina Asna and Jeff Sully has been postponed until further notice. Asna, of Moraga, paints watercolors with subjects from nature retaining the originals and offering prints. She then interprets the sensibility from each painting into themed jewelry collections. "My jewelry is created to carry a message; we all have what we need but we forget to tap into it," she said. While we are unable to gather to view her artwork at this time, consider visiting her shop for a full range of Asna's creations HERE. Sully, of Richmond, has been influenced over time by a wide variety of art forms such as stone tool-makng, wooden masks and Dadaists. In the meantime view a wide range of his work at www.jeffreysully.com.
Because of Governor Newsom's Shelter in Place (SIP) order to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 virus, the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will be closed until the order is lifted.
April Gallery: "Out of Africa" Photographs and "Inspired By" Paintings
The April exhibit has been rescheduled as follows: The "Out of Africa" photography exhibit is rescheduled for January 2021. The Bay Area Studio Group (BASA) exhibit is rescheduled for April 2023. However, the talented members of BASA have created a virtual exhibit of their artwork prepared especially for this show - go here to view it. The artist reception will be rescheduled some time in the future, please visit our website for up-to-date information. Maggie Boscoe curated the "Out of Africa" photography show which includes photographs by Boscoe, David Fleisig, Pam Hall, Jeff Halliday and Maureen-Rosati-Wee. These photographs portray exotic birds and animals with a few portraits and landscapes.
Bay Area Studio Artists' (BASA) theme for their exhibit is "Inspired By". BASA members have been showing work and painting together since 2010. Their eclectic subject matter ranges from figurative to landscape, from realism to expressionism. Boring is not in their vocabulary. They have created a virtual exhibit to give art patrons a taste of what they are "Inspired By". Go here to view it.
Because of Governor Newsom's Shelter in Place (SIP) order to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus, the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will be closed through April 7. When the order is lifted the current exhibit of Lafayette/Moraga Arts Ambassadors student artwork will be taken down and returned to the students. At that time Arts Ambassadors ribbons will be provided along with each student’s artwork.
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents Arts Ambassadors at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of March. The Arts Ambassadors program showcases artwork from the Lamorinda K-12 schools. The Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) showcases 150 artworks from Feb 27-Mar 11 and invites you to the reception and awards ceremony on March 4th from 4:30-6:30pm. The students from the cities of Lafayette and Moraga students showcase from Mar 12-26. These two exhibits are a wonderful way to provide the public an overview of student work from the art programs in the public schools in Lamorinda.
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents the High School Visual Arts Competition at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of February. The show highlights art work in 4 categories - 2D, 3D, Photography, and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art category, from high school students who attend schools in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, or who reside in Lamorinda and attend schools outside the area. The exhibit runs from Feb. 4-27. Join us at the artists and awards reception on Tuesday, February 11th from 7-8:30 p.m. where light refreshments will be served.
The Lamorinda Arts Council kicks off the New Year with the artwork of the F-15 Photography
Group, Alex Meckes' mathematical origami and ceramics by Ian Clark, Diva Fontinelli and Angela Lusk of the Rossmoor Ceramic Arts Club at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of January.
Mayeri, one of eight members of the F-15 Photography Group, curated her group's show. Genres include travel/people, birds, architectural and nature abstracts, botanicals and florals. Meckes is a junior at Miramonte High School; his work explores the natural connections to mathematics origami has in terms of folding. Clark, Fontinelli and Lusk's ceramics fill the large glass case and include Clark's experiments with creative glazes.
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents the oil paintings of Judith Feins, 2D and 3D artwork from members of the Oakland Art Association, painted wine bottles by Kath Balamuth and nature-rich photographs by Farzeen Taban during the month of December.
Feins of Orinda has worked in oils for two decades now and says, "watching the play of light in the sky over the earth adds another dimension and layer of enjoyment to life." "Radiance" is her theme, meaning she works to capture light in the landscape on canvas. The Oakland Art Association's juried show of 2D and 3D artwork encompasses many genres including ceramics, portraits, figurative and abstract paintings. Learn more at www.oaklandarts579.org. Balamuth of Orinda focuses this exhbit on painted wine bottels, which was inspired by her visit to SFMOMA to experience Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season last year. See what she is up to at www.kathbalamuth.com. Taban of Benicia considers photography the ideal method for capturing the natural world and it's beauty. He is fascinated with light and says, "the study of light alone could happily occupy the rest of my days." Taban often juxtaposes viewpoints only nature offers in the ever-changing mantle of disguises we know as seasons. Learn more at www.farzeen.com. You are invited to meet the artists and discuss their work while enjoying light refreshments at their reception on Sunday, December 8 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
The Lamorinda Arts Council is honored to feature the work of current and retired teachers who are also artists during the month of November. Eighteen teachers from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda elementary and middle schools, the Acalanes Union High School district or those who have participated in the Arts Ambassadors and Visual Arts Competition programs held at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library are participating. There are paintings, ceramics, watercolors, photographs and more to be seen.
You are invited to meet the following teacher/artists at their reception on Sunday, November 10 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. where light refreshments will be served: Maggie Boscoe, Susan Dannenfelser, Carla Gelbaum, Tim Hancock, Lesley Jensen, Linda Kam, Larysa Larson, JoAnn Lieberman, Aram Muksian, Denise Nomura, Nichole Reader, Lois Reynolds Mead, Kristen Theurer, Pam Toki, Pauline Tsui, Moose Wesler, David Wilson and Kim H. Wong.
Pam Toki "Interior Connections"
61" x 36"
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature artwork from five members of the Three-Eight Art Studio during the month of October. The artists' reception takes place on October 6, 2:30-4:30, with light refreshments served.
Three-Eight Art Studio is a group of East Bay Chinese American artists who say that whether they create art or simply get together, it’s all in the name of fun. According to members of the group, the numbers “three” and “eight” mean fun, whimsical and crazy (in a good way) in Chinese popular culture. The entire gallery will be filled with sixty pieces of artwork from the group all within their theme of “Color Melody.” What you will see is an example of how whimsy translates to different art forms.
Doris and Wang Hai Chen of Berkeley are displaying paintings and Chinese ink drawings on rice paper. Doris’ 23” x 34” watercolor on paper, Dahlia Flowers In a Vase will appeal to gardeners everywhere. Wang Hai’s 27” x 32” acrylic on board work, Yaya’s First Astonishing, pulls us into the world of a very young girl discovering something wonderful.
Celia Huddleston of Antioch works as a Chinese brush painting teacher when she is not creating her own work. She is showing watercolors and Chinese ink drawings on rice paper. Her 25” x 52” ink and color on rice paper, Dominica Republic portrays a North American wilderness scene seen through a traditional Chinese aesthetic. It appears Canada is chilly no matter your aesthetic.
Beichen Li of Oakland is a prolific acrylic painter. Her portfolio includes a variety of series: musical instruments, abstract works, portraits, architectural and travel works. She often uses photographs from her travels as a source for her paintings and likes using vibrant colors. Her 30” x 40” Rapid Transit evokes a bumpy ride on a city street. See what she is up to at www.beichenlifineart.com
Lucia Tsang of Walnut Creek creates both utilitarian and artistic ceramics. Tsang knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist. She says, “Art has nourished me at every stage of my life. I am inspired to make sculpture by the moments in life that move me including the birth of my grandchildren, the death of my father, the internal life of trees. I create my pieces with a deep appreciation for my five thousand year rich cultural heritage.” When you view the 16” x 8” x 8” figurative sculpture, I dream, I fly, I think you will agree that Tsang has “translated whimsy into art” because the expression on the girls face is pure joy. www.meirung.com.
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature the work of nonstop sisters-in-art Mei-Rung Huang and Mei-Yu Lo, and Wayne Wright during the month of September. The artists' reception takes place on September 8, 2:30-4:30, with light refreshments served.
Mei-Yu Lo of El Cerrito teaches adult watercolor and acrylic painting classes at the El Cerrito Community Center when she is not doing her own work. She is showing two groups of paintings in this show. The first group is a dozen acrylics on canvas – most are landscapes and the second group includes twenty recontextulized ladies that are mostly giclée prints on archival paper done in collaboration with her husband, Wayne Wright. Wright is exhibiting 15 single page post-modern book prints. Lo tries to communicate fashions, styles, attitudes, emotions and moods in her paintings. See what she’s up to at www.mei-yu.com.
Mei-Rung Huang of Orinda, studied painting with different masters to learn a variety of different Asian brush painting styles and after coming to America she discovered Western painting and ceramics and ever since has developed passions for both. In this show she focuses on ceramics by filling the glass cabinets with 50 pieces such as teapots and cups, vessels, bowls and containers. She says she is directly influenced by her Chinese background because her work depicts Asian figures directly or incorporates Asian shapes into her more geometric works. Keep in mind the balance, fluidity and grace of traditional Chinese art as you view Huang’s ceramics. To view more of Huang’s work go to www.meirung.com.
The Gallery this month features wood turning, paintings and award winning high school art.
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature the work of multiple artists during the month of August. The artists' reception takes place on August 4, 2:30-4:30, with light refreshments served.
David Fleisig, of Berkeley, shows his pieces turned on a wood lathe. He stands in front of a fast spinning lathe with a sharp gouge tool, and his minute movements determine the shape of his wood pieces. He also incorporates colored epoxy into these pieces.
From Lafayette, Chung Ae Kim shows original paintings and giclee prints on the theme "Memories of My Lifetime of Travels". Different cultures, architectural styles and other historical times all reflect in her work.
Laurie Mansur, from Concord, is showing works of oil painting that are 8" x 8". She has worked in oil for about ten years and is a student of Patsy Taylor. Her inspiration is the American Southwest.
The ten paintings Patsy Taylor, of Concord, shows explore family connections. She creatively combines content from different sources and she tries to express the space between abstraction and realism.
This month, included in the exhibit will be two award winners from the High School Visual Arts Competition that the Lamorinda Arts Council sponsors in February. Larkin Stephanos won overall in three competitions: The Council’s High School Visual Art Competition, California Art Education Association’s (CAEA) Northern California Level competition and CAEA’s State Level competition. Her winning entry, Book Jacket, received a $1000 cash award. Shae Silva won second place in the Council’s High School Visual Art Competition. She is also winner of the prestigious CAEA Northern California 2019 Ruth Jansen Prize for her achievement in the visual arts. She received an award of $100 for Zebra on Cardboard.
Paintings, book illustrations, and painted wine bottles are in the Gallery this month.
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature five artists during the month of July and the artists' recption takes place on July 7, 2:30-4:30, with light refreshments served.
Elaine and Rob Drew work together on book projects. Rob wrote Tales in the Night Sky (a family guide to star gazing) and Elaine illustrated it. Elaine is exhibiting watercolors and prints that went into illustrating Rob's book and also gouache paintings that illustrated her own book, Courting Trouble.
Kath Balamuth's work will include paintings from her series "Succulent Succulents" and a series of painted wine bottles.
“21st Century Flâneurs,” is a show of paintings that are artists Jeanette Baird’s and Joanne Taeuffer’s glimpses of life in today’s world.
The paintings in “21st Century Flâneurs” depict the life Jeanette and Joanne catch sight of as they follow the path of the 19th Century French Impressionist flâneurs. The impressionist flâneur was someone who strolled through the modern world and observed and recorded that world.
The two artists bring individual points of view to their observations and work. Jeanette is often searching for beauty and calm, while Joanne seeks out quirkiness and color. The two visions complement and contrast with one another throughout the show.
Ceramics, Photographs and Paintings are in the Gallery this month.
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature four artists during the month of June.
A mix of ceramic, glass, and encaustic works by Andrea Ciak from Oakland show the ways she explores color, pattern, texture, and visual depth.
Photographer Jennifer Dzendzel of Orinda shows more than twenty photographs of landscapes and nature-themed images. Creative portraits are also included.
With vibrant, bold colors, Carla W. Gelbaum, from Moraga, paints from her imagination. Her rendition of universal themes in bright acrylic colors expands on her theme of "Visual Sonatas" from her recollections and dreams.
Michelene Insalaco, from Orinda, is showing eleven pieces that emphasize words that relate to constitutional rights and violence that jeopardizes freedom and peace.
In the Gallery this month—Paintings, Ceramics, and Wood!
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature five artists during the month of May. Join them Sunday, May 5th, 2:30 to 4:30 PM for an artist reception where light refreshments will be served.
This month the glass cases will feature work by Kate Chenok and Kim Wolfe in a combined exhibit they call "Two Women Who Play With Fire." Chenok works in sagger fired clay and Wolfe uses pyography on her turned wood pieces. In a separate exhibit, Ellis Sjoberg's wood pieces balance function with artistic expression and he uses a variety of woods to create his art pieces.
The walls feature work by Arno Kober, chef at Shelby's Restaurant in Orinda, who showing large acrylic paintings. His paintings make versatile use of vivid acrylic colors. In addition, Bill Carmel, shows contrast in the work he has chosen for this show. His works revolve around paintings without words, local landscapes, and fractal patterns. These contrast with a commissioned portrait he is showing.
Photography and Printmaking in the Gallery this month!
Reception Sunday, April 7th from2:30 to 4:30
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library will feature three artists in April. A printmaker and two photographers will hang and display their work during April. Join them Sunday, April 7, 2:30 to 4:30 pm. for an artist reception where light refreshments will be served. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet "Venus," a Blue Front Amazon Parrot photographed in the exhibit, at the reception. She is owned and handled by George Boscoe, husband of Lamorinda Arts Council gallery co-curator Maggie Bosco.
Moose Wesler's prints will be featured in the two glass cases in the gallery. Wesler teaches art at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School and printmaking at Center for Community Arts in Walnut Creek. She is exhibiting 40 works, mostly etchings and block prints.
Barbara Brady-Smith of Lafayette is showing about 20 avian photographs. Her photos of birds are breathtaking in their detail, clarity and color. She describes this as “freezing the wings of a bird in flight.”
Wenda Pyman, of San Francisco, has been a member of the Moraga Art Gallery for fifteen years. Her theme for the 20 photographs she is showing is “Intercepting Light.” Her large photographs show the way light and shadow play together pulling the viewer right into the massive scene.
High School Visual Arts Competition
Exhibit runs February 14th through March 14th
Reception: Wednesday, February 20th from 7 to 8:30pm
Light refreshments offered, and awards will be announced
This annual exhibit showcases and acknowledges the 2D, 3D, and Photography/Digital Designs created by local high school artists who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, or Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School. The exhibit is accompanied by a competition and features cash awards and merit citations.
Lafayette/Moraga Arts Ambassadors
Exhibit runs February 1 - 13
Reception: Monday, February 4 from 4 to 6 pm
Light refreshments will be served
This annual exhibit features the work of elementary and middle school students from Moraga and Lafayette.
To learn more about this exciting event, read this article in the Orinda News.
Art for Winter
Three Painters for the New Year
Exhibit: The New Year Begins
The works of Francesca Saveri, Pam McCauley, and Joan Yao are presented in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library during the month of January.
Francesca Saveri, a native Californian, is showing twenty abstract paintings done with encaustics (beeswax, damar resin and raw pigment). Saveri's work and life celebrate color and she sees color as a tool for well-being.
Pam McCauley was surrounded by art as she grew up in Lafayette. Her dozen works are on the theme of "Now and Then". These are current work mixed with earlier work and will include portraits and still lifes.
Joan Yao of Moraga is a native of Shanghai where she studied calligraphy and Chinese brush painting before coming to America. She displays forty works related to nature and displaying this venerable tradition of art making.
Art for Winter
Artists Reception: Sunday December 2, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Light Refreshments will be served
The works of Lynette Ley, Rita Sklar, and Joel Tesch are presented in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library during the month of December. Ceramics by Terry Mar will also be displayed.
Lynette Ley learned to cherish and appreciate the beauty of plants when young and has transferred this love to her botanical art. Her theme is "Stories in Art" depicting simple subjects and nature.
Rita Sklar originally learned art from her mother but then gave it up for awhile. Once she returned she branched out into mixed media, collage and acrylics. She is showing more than twenty-five small paintings.
Joel Tesch is showing large and small works that derive from photographs. One of his themes is "Wild Skies Series" which are large and emphasize dynamic contrast and saturated color. He also has a series called "Icon Series".
Terry Mar has worked in ceramics for almost forty years. He was drawn to the raku process because of it is spontaneous and creative. His theme for his more than forty pieces shown is "Raku-Abstract Colors and Texture on Ceramics".
Creative Strokes Collective
Artists Reception: Sunday November 4, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
The works of Linda Darsow Sutton and members of the Creative Strokes Collective (CSC) are presented in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library during the month of November.
Linda Darsow Sutton is showing work divided between watercolors and oil paintings on the theme of water. She helps her students learn how to work with color do what they want it to do in their paintings. The show highlights Sutton's versatility as an instructor, as each participant has a different style of painting.
The Creative Strokes Collective is a group of six painters who joined together in Linda Sutton's watercolor class. The group has been painting together once a month for six years and each has their own style. The members with work being shown are Barney Howard, Chris Kutzscher, Neanna Miles, Anne Murray, and Alix Watson (who organized the show) showing watercolors. Bob Segerdell is showing both watercolors and oil paintings.
Light refreshments will be served at the reception on November 4th.
For images of this month's work, click the thumbnail below:
Majestic Photographs, Nature Inspired Ceramics, Paintings of Succulents and Abstract Rhythms
Artists Reception: Sunday October 7th, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
The Lamorinda Arts Council is delighted to present the paintings of Kath Balamuth, Ruth Kolman Brophy and Friends, Sergiy Pechersky’s photographs, and ceramics from Ellen Sachtschale, Julie Langley and Miriam Jewell during the month of October at the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library.
Kath Balamuth calls this exhibit her Succulent Succulents Series; she says that succulents are easy for her to work with because they offer her all the elements of art she enjoys: form, color, texture, scale, value, line and shape. Ruth Kolman Brophy and Friends (Lynn Glenn, Tina Pressler, and Elise Marshall) have an apt theme for the work they are showing - Abstract Rhythms. Each of them explores creating abstract art in a different way – some works combine figurative elements and some do not.
Sergiy Pechersky's work focuses on Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras. An accomplished photographer who has exhibited extensively, he is showing about a dozen photographs. Ellen Sachtschale, Julie Langley, and Miriam Jewell create and fire ceramics in the studio they have been sharing for the past three years. Their theme for the 30 works they will be showing, Nature Pottery, arose out of their shared fascination for the myriad forms occurring in nature.
This is an eclectic collection of work that is not to be missed!
For images of this month's work, click the thumbnail below:
Story Characters, Paintings, Art on Silk, and African Wildlife
Special Demonstration Artists Reception: Sunday September 9, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
In addition to light refreshments, this month's special artist reception will include demonstrations by three of the artists of how they create their work.
A variety of works will grace the walls of the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of September.
Shirley Sanderson will exhibit twenty-six framed photographs on the theme: "Under the African Skies." Most of the photos are from the safaris she has taken, and she hopes it will inspire the viewer towards conservation efforts.
Natasha Foucault has chosen to show fine art and wearable art in this exhibit. She travels to search for subject matter and then photographs it in order to paint.
Lara Horoupian shows about twenty works in mixed media that include acrylics, liquid ink, and Japanese origami papers. Her theme for the show was "always beginning with female energy, leaning towards the Earth and nature."
Francesca Borgatta's work relates to the theme of "story characters." Her work ranges from small figures, tiny landscapes, and dioramas to large expressive characters made from found objects. She has been active in the East Bay Creative Reuse for twenty years and delights in using found objects along with natural ones in her work.
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Oakland Art Association
Artists Reception: August 5, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Light bites will be served
The Oakland Art Association is a non-profit group of fifty five artists and art supporters from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Watercolors, oil paintings, photographs, collage, acrylic paintings, pastels, ceramics, drawings and prints (including etchings and aquatints) will be shown. Over 80 works in genres from portraiture, landscapes, abstraction, still life and figurative will be on view. To learn more about OAA go to https://www.oaklandart579.org/.
To view images from this month's exhibit, click the photo below:
Artwork Inspired: From Batiks to London to the Redwoods
Artists Reception: July 8, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Light bites will be served
Kabir Adejare's paintings demonstrate his symbolic lexicon in a batik process. June Felter is showing both watercolors and acrylics and has had a long life involved in the art world as a figurative painting exhibiting throughout the Bay Area. June's daughter, Susan Felter, is also exhibiting this month. She is showing photographic work that represents emotional storytelling. Fred Lee creates digital paintings that are printed as giclees. Natalie Wheeler is also presenting the art work of her grandmother, Bessie Samuels, who painted all of her life. The work gives a window into the faces and fashions of the world in the 1950-60s. There are ten oil paintings and a variety of black and white photos on display.
Contra Costa Camera Club
Artists Reception: June 3, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Light bites will be served
Music by the Fretful String Band
Filling the entire gallery will be the members of the Contra Costa Camera Club. The CCCC is now 70 years old and has 84 members. Works will include nature and landscapes, photo journalism, portraits, architecture, and images manipulated with photoshop. The artists come from all areas of our county.
High School Visual Arts Competion
Artists and Awards Reception: Wednesday March 7th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Awards announced at 7:45 pm
Featuring light refreshments and performance by the Stanley Middle School Jazz Band
The 15th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition exhibit is now on display until March 26 in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. The work comes from High Schools in the Acalanes Union High School District plus the private schools in the area, and features the work of over 200 local students. Pieces are adjudicated by professional artists, and awards are given in the categories of 2wo-dimensional, three-dimensional, and photography/digital design.
"The Art of the Print" and Magpie Multimedia Art
Artists Reception: February 4 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments
The Gallery at the Orinda Library this month will feature a selection of prints that were gifts from the Print Makers Society of California to its members during the first half of the twentieth century. Long before digital printing, printmaking societies were popular to showcase their member artists' work. Often a yearly member gift was made of a selected print.
The prints shown in this exhibit range from lithographs to etchings, aquatints, and a mezzotint. Some annotation about the artists is provided and the artist's reception will include a demonstration of linocut printing. The collection belongs to Lamorinda Arts Council Board Member, Lois Reynolds Mead, and the demonstration is courtesy of Moose Wesler, a local printmaking artist and teacher.
Addditionally, the artist collective Magpie, that includes Priscilla Birge, Barbara Hazard, Joanna Katz, Diane Rusnak, and Sarah Whitecotton will be exhibiting approximately eighty works of art. Works range from nature-inspired abstract mixed-media works on paper to acrylic on canvas. Water media paintings and digital art are included. There will also be mixed-media collage.
"Art from Night Dreams" and Dream Art Books as well as Ceramics and Landscapes
Artists Reception: January 7 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments
Diane Rusnak is showing her paintings of mysterious dreams. On display are about twenty of her acrylic paintings and some of her art books exploring dream subjects. Diane's art work will allow you to peek into her dream world.
This month the gallery also shows the work of Lana Rak who works in many genres. These genres include still lifes and cityscapes. Lana's work also includes plein air paintings in oil.
Barbara Stevens Strauss is showing a variety of her ceramic work. Included are raku-fired, pit-fired, and high-fired ceramic art objects with oxides.
Sunday, December 3: Two Receptions
1:00 to 2:30 pm "Homage to my Grandmother" Art and Wine talk about Pam Glover
2:30 to 4:30 pm: Monthly Artists Reception
The late Pam Glover's paintings and prints will be on display in the gallery this month. Pam Glover taught a well loved plein air painting class through the Orinda Community Center for twenty-five years. Janine and Anne Marie Glover Ehrentraut are presenting her work, accompanied by an art and wine talk by Janine about her grandmother, this Sunday, December 3rd at the library at 1:00 pm. A cashier will be available during the reception that follows to process sales of the art for take home that same day. To preview the works that will be available for purchase (or to purchase in advance for carry out that day), click here.
The rest of the gallery this month will be equally rich and exciting:
Included in this month's exhibit is Helen Ann Licht of Lafayette. The theme of the paintings she has included are "Travels with an Artist." As Helen Ann says, her work is "colorful, whimsical, taken from my imagination and based on my travels."
Barney Howard of Walnut Creek will show watercolors and acrylics that he has drawn from his imagination. He will display thirty works that show a wide variety of subject matter.
Fred Lee of Orinda is showing ten digital paintings that showcase his love of innovation. He worked as an engineer but now, over eighty years old, he continues to innovate in his artwork.
The work of all the artists will also be for sale, by arrangement with the artists. Meet them all during the regularly scheduled monthly artist reception at 2:30 pm on Sunday.
November Exhibit: Botanical Art, Paintings, Fiber Arts and Ceramics
Sunday, November 5: Artists Reception from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments
The November exhibit will feature work from the Diablo Weaver's Guild, botanical art from students in Catherine Watters' classes, Karen Hildebrand's ceramics and Angelica Semame's paintings.
The Diablo Weaver's Guild began in 1952 and emphasizes cooperation and mutual assistance. Their programs center on the art and craft of weaving and member's work ranges from the creation of everyday textiles to art pieces for the wall.
Catherine Watters of Orinda teaches botanical art classes at the Orinda Community Center and other venues. She has put together an exhibit that showcases work by twenty of her current and former students.
Karen Hildebrand of Pleasant Hill uses a wide variety of techniques in her ceramics. She uses different clays, glazes and surface treatments. She combines throwing on the wheel with handbuilding.
Angelica Samame of Lafayette has been painting for 17 years. From Peru, she weaves colorful experiences about women's lives onto canvas.
October Exhibit: The Rule of Three -- Photos, Miniature Cottages, and Turned Wood
Sunday October 8, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Artists Reception with Berkeley Fine Art Photographers, Bay Area Woodturners, and Jackie Smith
Berkley Fine Art Photographers formed in 2010 so that photographic artists would have a way to meet regularly to share and discuss work, encourage creativity, and exhibit in local venues. The group embraces digital and traditioal photography, with emphasis on the photographic print as an essential of the process.
Bay Area Woodturners was formed in 1989 and now consists of 150 members! According to member Anna Duncan, "Woodturning is the craft of using a lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation." She hopes that viewers will come away from the exhibit with an appreciation of the beauty and functionality of artwork derived from trees.
Jackie Smith has been making miniature cottages out of a variety of materials for over 25 years. She recently began to experiment with recycled aluminum cans, using bold, bright color combinations. She has 50 miniatures on display in the exhibit.
September Exhibit: 2D Artwork and Saggar Fired Clay Vessels
Sunday September 10, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Artists Reception with artists Lisa Gunn (oils) Dee Tivenan (mix media), and Three Eight Art Studio
Orinda resident Lisa Gunn has a theme for her show, The Garden. Five of her abstracts portray a garden at different locations and times of day. She says that her extensive background in music and work as a music teacher enhances her paintings.
Dee Tievenan is showing over 10 works created in her Orinda studio. Building the structures of her paintings using multiple layers, she combines different mediums including watercolors, pastels, oils, and acrylics. Her work as a pyschotherapist focuses on feelings and this strengthens her ability to paint from an emotional perspective.
Three-Eight Art Studio is a group of seven artists who have been meeting for six years to share their Chinese heritage and love of art. Six group members are exhibiting 25 works. They include watercolors by Ricky Chang, acrylic paintings and ink drawings by Doris Chen and Wang Hai Chen, acrylic paintings by Shungwha Chow and Beichen Li, and clay works by Lucia Tsang.
The above details have been excerpted from Elana O'Losky's article in the September issue of The Orinda News. For the full article, click here.
June Exhibit: Botanical Art from Alcatraz, Photography, and Glass Art
Saturday, June 3: Artists Reception and Special Presentation by artists Lyn Dahl, Sally Petru and Catherine Watters about their Alcatraz Florilegium project
Presentation in the Orinda Library Auditorium at 3:00 pm, followed by Artists Reception from 3:30 to 5:30.
This month the Lamorinda Arts Council presents drawings and paintings done by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCaLSBA), Lucy Beck’s photographs, and Cindy Whitchurch’s glass art through June 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery.
Beck is showing about 20 works, most of them botanicals. Much of her work has a painterly quality because she often prints her photographs on Japanese Washi paper.
Whitchurch is exhibiting 35 pieces which display her technique of giving fused glass the look of blown glass.
The botanical artists of NCaLSBA visited the island of Alcatraz to obtain plant samples to create the drawings and paintings that comprise the florilegium that they are displaying. A florilegium is a collection of drawings of the plants that exist in a particular location. On June 3rd at 3:00 pm, three of the featured artists, Lyn Dahl, Sally Petru and Catherine Watters, will host a presentation about the project that includes a question and answer period. The artists put in 50-100 hours for each of their 127 drawings and paintings of "survivor plants" on Alcatraz. These plants date back to the Victorian era when the island was first used by government. Volunteer gardeners took ten years to clear weeds and debris from the old gardens that revealed a legacy of floral beauty for all to enjoy.
May Exhibit: Pam Glover and Glover Plein Air Group
Pam Glover taught painting for twenty-five years at the Orinda Community Center. Thirteen of her works will be on display this month and can be found in the small glass cabinet of the gallery.
By special arrangement, these works will also available for purchase through the Lamorinda Arts Council. Click here to purchase one of these one of a kind pieces of history.
In addition, fifteen of the twenty members of the Glover Group are exhibiting a total of fifty plein air paintings throughout the rest of the gallery. Former students of Pam Glover, the members of the Glover Group go on location in the open air to paint their works in her tradition.