Events

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20feballday13decalldayFeminizing Permanence ExhibitA Recognition of Women Artists in Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art Collection(All Day) Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road

Event Details

The exhibit recontextualizes the work, spanning centuries and cultures, to highlight a wide range of themes while collectively speaking to the contributions of women in the arts and their shared journeys towards parity. Feminizing Permanence invites visitors to consider the underrepresentation of women artists in the permanent collections of museums across the country.

Feminizing Permanence’s overarching theme speaks to a recent study published in ARTnews. This study revealed that only 11 percent of works in the nation’s major museum collections are works by female artists.  Despite awareness of women not being equitably represented, few improvements have been made in the field. Feminizing Permanence addresses this situation, inviting visitors to discover and explore a wide range of themes that connect the forty women across time, race, culture, and artistic practice.

Feminizing Permanence celebrates women artists included in the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art’s permanent collection despite a structure that has historically marginalized female artists. Moreover, the exhibition creates a space for dialogue and considers how this conversation has impacted and can impact our museum,” shares curator April Bojorquez.

Chronologically presenting work from 1876 to 2014, three gallery spaces display a variety of artistic practices and mediums, including oil paintings, watercolors, photographs, lithographs, etchings, prints, and mixed media.  The genres and subjects of art span from local fauna landscapes and stylized animal prints to portrait photography and abstract expressions.

The exhibit, running in alignment with Saint Mary’s College of California’s 50th anniversary of admitting women to the college, is part of a larger campus-wide celebration of creative expression and recognition of women. Go here for more information.

Time

February 20 (Thursday) - December 13 (Sunday)

Location

Saint Mary's College Museum of Art

1928 Saint Mary’s Road

01oct2:30 pm31(oct 31)4:30 pmWILDER ONLINE GALLERYMargie Caldwell-Gill2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (31) Art Gallery at Wilder, 20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

Event Details

The Art Gallery at Wilder invites you to view the mixed media paintings of Margie Caldwell-Gill during the month of OctoberView the online gallery “Abstraction – Alive and Well in Orinda” HERE and be sure to check out her virtual exhibit video.

Caldwell-Gill, who lives in Orinda, started out as a photorealist painter in college and rebelled against the dominant art forms of the time, pop art and abstract art. After working as a medical illustrator for 15 years she lost interest in recreating what she saw in the world and became interested in abstract painting, She fell in love with the beauty of the materials themselves – thick and thin layers of paint, the edges of one shape next to another, how marks disappear behind a brushstroke of paint and how this can convey space, time and emotions. She now paints intuitively, which means she never knows where a painting will take her. “I approach my paintings with a sense of

experimentation and play,” she said. She’s learned more about color, composition and value than she ever learned when doing representational work. She is showing nine works in her virtual exhibit including Reverie, a 16.5” x 22.5” mixed media work. Her expressive brushstrokes and graphic marks create a world uniquely hers. Expect abstract work with lots of geometric shapes in complimentary colors including blues, grays and orange earth tones. To see more of her work go HERE.

Time

1 (Thursday) 2:30 pm - 31 (Saturday) 4:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

01oct2:30 pm31(oct 31)4:30 pmORINDA LIBRARY ONLINE GALLERYLORALEE CHAPLEAU, OIL PAINTINGS; ANN F. FALLIN, WATERCOLORS; SF PEACE & HOPE, POETRY and DINA ASNA, WATERCOLORS2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (31) Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

Event Details

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 view photographs and videos of exhibiting artists’ artwork online during their scheduled exhibit month.

The October exhibit features the artwork of Dina AsnaLoralee Chapleau, Ann F. Fallin, plus poetry and artwork from the San Francisco Peace & Hope publication, Light The Sky. Visit the Council’s online gallery featuring the photographs and videos of these talented artists  HERE.

Their exhibit runs October 1 through October 31.

Time

1 (Thursday) 2:30 pm - 31 (Saturday) 4:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

10oct(oct 10)9:30 am03jan(jan 3)5:15 pmde Young Open ~ “On The Edge”View 877 Artworks from SF Bay Area Artists9:30 am - (january 3) 5:15 pm de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park \\\\\\\\ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Event Details

In celebration of the de Young museum’s 125th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are hosting The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition of submissions by artists who live in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Beginning in June 2020, an impressive 11,514 artworks were submitted by 6,188 artists. Every artwork image was reviewed anonymously by a group of qualified jurors who did not know the identities of the artists. Less than 8 percent of all the works are in the current show.

The 877 works in the show are hung “salon-style,” edge to edge and floor to ceiling in the 12,000 sq. ft. Herbst Exhibition Gallery to allow the maximum number of works to be shown. Visit https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/de-young-open for more information.

We congratulate the following East Bay artists whose work was chosen to be shown in The de Young Open: Jennifer Perlmutter of Lafayette, Linda Huffman of Martinez, Carolyn Lord of Livermore, Karen Frey of Oakland, Christian Ehrhorn, Judith Feins, and Nancy Vachani of Orinda. Bravo!!

If you know of any other East Bay artists whose work is in the de Young Open, please let us know at info@lamorindaarts.org

Time

October 10 (Saturday) 9:30 am - January 3 (Sunday) 5:15 pm

Location

de Young Museum

Golden Gate Park \\\\\\\\ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

13oct7:30 pm9:30 pmArt Demonstration by Deirdre Shibano7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd. Alamo, CA 94506

Event Details

Join us for our October 2020 meeting with Portrait Artist

Deirdre G. Shibano

Well known for her beautiful Landscape paintings in plein-air, Deirdre Shibano is also an award-winning artist, specializing in portraiture and figurative work. Her work is in private collections across the United States, and abroad.

Originally educated at the Art Students League in NYC, she received the Merit Scholarship Award for Excellence and The Ford Foundation Grant, among other noteworthy recognitions.

Art Critic, Brian Sherwin notes: “Artist Deirdre Shibano’s plein-air paintings are marked by an alluring sense of calm. Her work invites viewers to take a step back in order to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of nature. This wonderful sense of calm is carried over when Deirdre explores the human figure — her figure paintings offer a point of introspection. Her body of work is simply a joy to observe.”

The Topic will be – Portrait Drawing….. known as “Scaffolding the Head”.

Time

(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Alamo Women's Club

1401 Danville Blvd. Alamo, CA 94506

14octallday30novallday2021 RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH ART & POETRY CONTEST INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL WORLDK-12 Students: Submit Youth Art & Poetry to Entries to This Free Contest(All Day) River of Words at Saint Mary's College, Kalmanovitz School of Education, 1928 Saint Mary's Rd PMB 4350, Moraga CA 94575

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College Center for Environmental Literacy and Kalmanovitz School of Education hosts a yearly River of Words youth art and poetry contest inspired by the natural world. USA entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2020; international entries must be received by February 1, 2021. Contest winners are selected in April 2021.

They are looking for work inspired by watersheds where students live, the environment and the natural world they see every day.

Wondering what it’s all about? Look HERE for 2020 poetry finalists and winners. Look HERE for 2020 arti finalists and winners.  Extensive information on their website.

Time

October 14 (Wednesday) - November 30 (Monday)

Location

River of Words at Saint Mary's College, Kalmanovitz School of Education

1928 Saint Mary's Rd PMB 4350, Moraga CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

16oct(oct 16)12:00 pm24dec(dec 24)3:00 pmSpaces, Inside and OutMoraga Art Gallery Announces a New Art Exhibit12:00 pm - (december 24) 3:00 pm Moraga Art Gallery, 432 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556

Event Details

The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new art exhibit, Spaces, Inside and Out which will run from October 16 – December 24, 2020.

Please visit us at the gallery – we are open Friday thru Sunday, noon to 3pm. Starting in November we will be open Thursday thru Sunday, noon to 3pm.

Join us for our virtual Open House on Saturday, November 7th at 5pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet the featured artists and ask them questions about their art.

You will find the link to join the Open House reception on the Moraga Art Gallery website: https://moragaartgallery.com

This exhibit features the work of member artists, Debby Koonce and Angélica Samame.

Debby Koonce is a plein air painter who draws inspiration from natural settings reflecting the changing light of the day and season.  Whether painting locally or while on travel, she is inspired by vistas, architecture, quaint alleyways and park lands.

Angélica Samame enjoys painting women in colorful and multifaceted ways. She has found that being quarantined has a silver lining, since it has offered her the time and opportunity to experiment with new painting styles.

Starting in November, please stop by to see our Holiday Boutique! It will feature handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, small paintings, decorative pillows, holiday cards and jewelry!

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

To safeguard our gallery staff and visitors, we require everyone visiting the gallery to wear a face mask and to maintain social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart. The gallery has hand sanitizer for guests to use when entering the gallery and gloves will also be available at the front desk for handling prints and ceramics. We are limiting the number of customers to four people at a time.

The gallery is located at 432 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga.

For more information, visit the gallery’s website: https://moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.

Artwork by featured artist Debby Koonce: Atop Old Borges Ranch, Acrylic on canvas

Time

October 16 (Friday) 12:00 pm - December 24 (Thursday) 3:00 pm

Location

Moraga Art Gallery

432 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556

Organizer

Moraga Art GalleryLucy Beck

16oct7:00 pmArt of Mixology 2020 Online Finals EventCraft Cocktail Competition Annual Fundraiser7:00 pm PST Online

Event Details

The Annual Art of Mixology event at Orinda Theatre Square is Lamorinda Arts Council’s largest fundraiser of the year, attracting crowds of 300 attendees every year.  The event hosts up to 18 bartenders creating luscious craft cocktails as the audience and judges sample and vote for their favorites.

This year, the 2020 Art of Mixology is going V I R T U A L! You will have the opportunity to mix with the mixologists by watching how the experts mix their concoctions and by purchasing Art of Mixology Kits with directions to make delicious cocktails. There will also be an Audience Award for your favorite drink and mixologist!

For details about Mixology Kits: lamorindaarts.org/mixology-kits/

Five finalists will be chosen to compete for the big prize! Videos of the finalists creating their cocktails will be available on our website.

  • Mixologist of the Year – First Place – Trophy & $500
  • Second place – Certificate & $300
  • Third place – Certificate & $150
  • Audience Award – Trophy & $200

Winners will be announced during a live online finals event on the evening of Friday, October 16th.

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm PST

Location

Online

18oct2:00 pm3:30 pmART EMBRACES WORDS ZOOM WEBINARWRITERS PAINT IMAGES WITH WORDS. ARTISTS TELL STORIES WITH COLOR. TOGETHER THEY ENRICH OUR COMMUNITY. 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Online

Event Details

Join us for the Lamorinda Arts Council’s free Art Embraces Words Zoom Webinar. Meet Judy Feins, an oil painter whose work is on display in the “de Young Open” in San Francisco.

Our Emcee, Denise Nomura is President of the Lamorinda Arts Council, Curator of the Art Gallery at Wilder in Orinda and a painter in the Nihonga style of Japanese painting. Emerging writers read excerpts from their works, alternating with brief talks and slideshows of artwork by local artists. Writers and Artists who participate will be introduced and answer questions from Audience members about their artwork. The event will be recorded and uploaded to social media. In this way the art still “embraces” the spoken words.

For more details or to register as an Audience member or Apply as an Artist or Writer go to https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words. Click here to view a YouTube video of our August 30 event. Questions? Contact us at literary@lamorindaarts.org.

Many thanks to those who make this program possible: our generous sponsor, Lafayette Community Foundation and our in-kind supporters: Art curator Bill Carmel, MFA; Program Manager Shelly Rose; and Lafayette Park & Trails Staff.

Time

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

Location

Online

22oct8:00 pm9:30 pm"Dance Nation" Virtual PlayPresented by Saint Mary's College of California's Theatre Program8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Online

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College Theatre Program proudly presents Clare Barron’s DANCE NATION, a fierce, funny new play about girlhood, ambition and desire. Guest Artist Daniel Larlham directs the production, which will be live-streamed from LeFevre Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 22 –  Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8pm.   

DANCE NATION centers on a middle-school dance team preparing for national competition under the watchful eyes of their coach. Friendships are tested and failures bring growth, as team-mates compete for the spotlight and claim their budding power.  Praised by one critic as “an intellectual and emotional adventure that is rarely experienced at the theatre,” DANCE NATION was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which recognizes plays of outstanding quality by women playwrights.   

While the actors rehearsed and will perform with masks, the live-streamed performances will also include projected close-ups and a roving camera to capture private character moments.

Time

(Thursday) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Online

Organizer

St. Mary's College

23oct6:00 pm7:00 pm"Dance Nation" Playwright Clare Barron in Conversation6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Online

Event Details

Playwright Clare Barron in Conversation
Friday Oct. 23rd 6:00-7:00 pm

FREE!

The playwright takes us inside her writing process and shares the artistic goals and personal experiences behind Dance Nation. Director Daniel Larlham moderates.

DANCE NATION centers on a middle-school dance team preparing for national competition under the watchful eyes of their coach. Friendships are tested and failures bring growth, as team-mates compete for the spotlight and claim their budding power.  Praised by one critic as “an intellectual and emotional adventure that is rarely experienced at the theatre,” DANCE NATION was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which recognizes plays of outstanding quality by women playwrights.   

Join Zoom Meeting
https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95000500503

For tickets to the live-streamed “Dance Nation” theatrical production at Saint Mary’s College of CA Oct. 22-24 at 8pm, visit:

stmarys-ca.edu/dancenation

Time

(Friday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Online

Organizer

St. Mary's College

23oct8:00 pm9:30 pm"Dance Nation" Live-streamed PlayPresented by Saint Mary's College Theatre Program8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Online

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College Theatre Program proudly presents Clare Barron’s DANCE NATION, a fierce, funny new play about girlhood, ambition and desire. Guest Artist Daniel Larlham directs the production, which will be live-streamed from LeFevre Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 22 –  Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8pm.   

DANCE NATION centers on a middle-school dance team preparing for national competition under the watchful eyes of their coach. Friendships are tested and failures bring growth, as team-mates compete for the spotlight and claim their budding power.  Praised by one critic as “an intellectual and emotional adventure that is rarely experienced at the theatre,” DANCE NATION was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which recognizes plays of outstanding quality by women playwrights.   

While the actors rehearsed and will perform with masks, the live-streamed performances will also include projected close-ups and a roving camera to capture private character moments.

Time

(Friday) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Online

Organizer

St. Mary's College

24oct8:00 pm9:30 pm"Dance Nation" Live-Streamed PlayPresented by Saint Mary's College Theatre Program8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Online

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College Theatre Program proudly presents Clare Barron’s DANCE NATION, a fierce, funny new play about girlhood, ambition and desire. Guest Artist Daniel Larlham directs the production, which will be live-streamed from LeFevre Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 22 –  Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8pm.   

DANCE NATION centers on a middle-school dance team preparing for national competition under the watchful eyes of their coach. Friendships are tested and failures bring growth, as team-mates compete for the spotlight and claim their budding power.  Praised by one critic as “an intellectual and emotional adventure that is rarely experienced at the theatre,” DANCE NATION was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which recognizes plays of outstanding quality by women playwrights.   

While the actors rehearsed and will perform with masks, the live-streamed performances will also include projected close-ups and a roving camera to capture private character moments.

Time

(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Online

Organizer

St. Mary's College