Events

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27feb(feb 27)11:00 am21jul(jul 21)7:00 pmHans Hofmann Exhibit: The Nature of Abstraction70 Artworks - Some Never Exhibited - Experimental Works Beyond What You ExpectLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Hans Hofmann (1880 – 1966) lived and breathed as an abstract painter and educator amidst some of the greatest fellow abstract artists of all time in postwar America. He emigrated from his native Germany to America in the 1930s to teach at UC Berkeley. Then he taught at the Art Students League of New York before founding his famously influential schools in New York City and Provincetown. He counted Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia and Robert Delauney, Betty Parsons, Peggy Guggenheim, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock as colleagues and friends.

This exhibit of 70 original works – many never before seen in a gallery – could not be in a more spacious setting. Do not think you will only see more of what you already know of Hoffman; he will surprise you! After closing his schools in 1957 he returned to his studio with the heart of an experimental artist fully operating. You will see his relentless immersion in color, always playing with moving rectilinear forms around an untethered surface, beckoning you to look deep inside.

Hours are Sunday, Wednesday Thursday 11 am – 7 pm; Fri Sat 11 am – 9 pm; closed Mon Tues. Free on the first Thursday of every month. See website for ticket prices. Enjoy coffee, homemade pastries or lunch with wine or beer at Babette’s cafe atop the stunning modern architecture housing BAMPFA.

 

Image: Hans Hofmann, Such is the Way to the Stars (Sic Itur ad Astra), 1962, oil on canvas.

Time

February 27 (Wednesday) 11:00 am - July 21 (Sunday) 7:00 pm

Location

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum - Pacific Film Archive

2120 Oxford Street #2550, Berkeley CA 94720

25jun(jun 25)9:30 am08sep(sep 8)5:00 pmEarly Rubens

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Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) early work is on display and spans the period from 1608 through 1620, a period of spectacular professional growth and achievement for the artist. Not only were the creative productions of his workshop collected and commissioned internationally but also admired were his skills as a businessman, intellectual prowess as a scholar, social adeptness with everyone from monarchs to tradesmen, and preeminent mastery of a style of art that came to epitomize the Baroque.

From the Museum website: After an eight-year sojourn in Italy, Rubens returned to Antwerp in 1608 to attend to his dying mother, and it was far from certain that he would remain long in his hometown. As he wrote to a friend, even the following spring he had not yet decided whether “to remain in my country or to return forever to Rome, where I am invited on the most favorable terms.” Italy was transformative for Rubens, both in terms of his artistic skills and his professional ambitions. While altarpiece commissions helped build Rubens’s reputation as a painter capable of communicating religious piety in large, public works, his skill in smaller cabinet pictures—especially scenes of ancient history or mythology—simultaneously broadened his appeal among individual connoisseurs. Our exhibition will open with a small but broadly representative group of works from Rubens’s Italian years that provide context for his later artistic triumphs.

His masterful portraits and murals made him the toast of Europe but the exhibit also highlights his fame as a diplomat of Peace. During his lifetime of travel to the courts of Italy, Spain, France, England, Germany, and his native Netherlands (United Provinces) as a diplomat representing the rulers of these states, Rubens helped broker two major treaties: The Treaty of Antwerp ushered in the Twelve Years’ Truce in 1609, and in 1630 he witnessed the signature of the Anglo-Spanish accord, in which England renounced its support for the rebels of the Spanish Netherlands and the Protestants of Germany. The latter document was a giant step toward reconciliation of the conflicts between Spain and the Dutch provinces. With the Treaty of Münster (1648), the Dutch won their independence from Madrid and both the Eight and Thirty Years Wars came to an end in the same year. This event was memorialized with the treaty called the Peace of Westphalia.

In his own words: “I am a man of peace, and I flee quarrels and lawsuits like the plague; I hold that an honest man’s desire ought to be above all to enjoy perfect tranquility of mind in public as in private life, performing all the services he can, without injuring anyone.” Learn more about this exciting exhibit on the Museum website.

The Legion is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm; the Museum Cafe closes one hour prior to the museum’s close.

Time

June 25 (Tuesday) 9:30 am - September 8 (Sunday) 5:00 pm

Location

Legion of Honor Museum

Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco CA 94121

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council

06jul2:30 pm4:30 pmGrand Opening of the Art Gallery at WilderFeaturing Artist Judy Chamberlin

Event Details

Lamorinda Arts Council is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Art Gallery at Wilder in cooperation with the City of Orinda.  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.  The Art Gallery at Wilder is located at the Wilder Art and Garden Center at 20 Orinda Fields Lane in Orinda.

Artist Judy Chamberlin of Walnut Creek is the featured artist for this grand opening. 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 solo show sets the tone for future monthly exhibits which are scheduled to rotate on the first of every month.

For information regarding exhibiting at the Art Gallery at Wilder please send an email to wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org.

To support programs like the Art Gallery at Wilder, please donate here: https://lamorindaarts.org/donation/

Time

(Saturday) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

07jul2:30 pm4:30 pmJuly Artist ReceptionJeanette Crawford Baird (oil and acrylic paintings), JOANNE TAEUFFER (ACRYLIC PAINTINGS), KATH BALAMUTH (PAINTINGS & PAINTED WINE BOTTLES)

Event Details

Meet the artists and learn about their work while enjoying light refreshments.

 

Time

(Sunday) 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council Art Gallery gallery@lamorindaarts.org

14jul2:00 pm4:00 pmArt Embraces WordsWriters Paint With Words; Artists Paint With Color: Together They Enrich Our Commmunity

Event Details

Join us for the Lamorinda Arts Council’s free “Arts Embraces Words” event in the Arts & Sciences Room at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Attending patrons are seated in the middle of the room surrounded by artwork. In this way the art literally “embraces the words” spoken by emerging writers who read excerpts from their work. Artwork will be videoed and uploaded to our social media sites.

Our Master of Ceremonies introduces each writer at approximately 10 minute intervals. A reception follows at 3:00 p.m. on the outdoor patio where light refreshments will be served so that writers, artists and all who attend can enjoy each other’s company.

If you are interested in reading your work or displaying your artwork go to here to sign up: https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words. Questions?  Contact us here.

Thanks to our generous sponsor: Lafayette Community Foundation and our in-kind supporters: Bill Carmel, Orchard Nursery of  Lafayette, Diablo Foods, Lamorinda Wine Growers Association and Shelbys Restaurant, Orinda

Time

(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Room

3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette CA 94549

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council

16jul6:00 pm8:30 pmArts in BloomLamorinda Idol Singers Perform in the Park

Event Details

Lamorinda Arts Council’s annual festival at the Orinda Community Park

Lamorinda Idol 2019 Finalists and Semi-Finalists perform as part of the Orinda Summer Concert Series. 

Come support our local singers, while enjoying dinner, drinks, and a raffle to benefit Lamorinda Arts Council programs.   Pack a picnic, or purchase food on site.

6:00 to 8:00 Complimentary Kids Crafts, Face Painter, Balloon Twister

6:30 to 8:30  Concert by Lamorinda Idol Singers, and food truck vendors

 

Time

(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Orinda Community Center Park

28 Orinda Way

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council

26jul(jul 26)5:00 pm27(jul 27)3:00 pmPerforming Academy presents Little Mermaid Jr

Event Details

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Performances:

July 26th @ 5
July 27th @ 2

Tickets $10 to $14 available at the door

Time

26 (Friday) 5:00 pm - 27 (Saturday) 3:00 pm

Location

Del Valle Theatre

1963 Tice Valley Blvd

Organizer

Performing Academy925-385-0354 83 Lafayette Circle

26jul(jul 26)7:00 pm27(jul 27)5:00 pmPerforming Academy Presents Mary Poppins Jr

Event Details

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical!

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions.

Performances July 26 @ 7 & July 27th at 4

Time

26 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 27 (Saturday) 5:00 pm

Location

Del Valle Theatre

1963 Tice Valley Blvd

Organizer

Performing Academy925-385-0354 83 Lafayette Circle

28jul3:00 pm5:00 pmLamorinda Idol PerformanceFourth Bore Bar and GrillLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

Event Details

Performance by Lamorinda Idol finalists.

Time

(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Fourth Bar Bar and Grill

Theatre Square, Orinda

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council