Events

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12oct(oct 12)9:30 am09feb(feb 9)5:15 pmJAMES TISSOT: FASHION & FAITHTissot's Most Personally Meaningful Work was as a Visionary Religious ArtistLamorinda Arts Council Event:Community Event

Event Details

Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836 – 1902) was a French painter and illustrator, especially of Parisian, society before moving to London in 1871. This first major reassessment of Tissot’s career offers West Coast audiences a glimpse at the fascinating life and dazzling art of a man who captured an era. Research for the show included a visit to Château de Buillon, his former family home where part of his studio remains.

The paintings  you will see are sized 6′ to 15′ – quite large. Like many of his contemporaries he was influenced by Japanese prints but he also experimented with print versions of his painted works and studied the new technology of his time – photography. The unusual angles and framing he favored captured people’s attention.

In 1885 a major exhibition of his work took pace at the Galerie Sedelmeyer where he showed 15 large paintings in a series entitled La Femme à Paris. It was wildly successful; his compositions were unusual and inspired future cinematographers. The French women are shown in professional and social scenes painted in unexpected angles and framing influenced by Japanese prints. You can see these paintings in the exhibit; they are between 6 feet and 15 feet.

After the death of his muse Kathleen Newton in 1882, he became interested in Spiritualism. A newspaper report covering the 1964 sale of Tissot’s possessions described a collection of five thousand books including publications demonstrating that Tissot: ‘

“Had a weakness for ectoplasms, turntables, esotericism and spiritualism …”

There is so much more to Tissot – his last years were spent making paintings about Biblical events. Tissot’s paintings of the Ark of the Covenant were the basis for the actual Ark prop and Ralph McQuarrie’s illustration, made to resemble an etching, seen in Indy’s Bible in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Legion of Honor is open Tuesday through Sunday. Every Saturday the Legion of Honor offers free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, including art making, gallery guides and tours with discussion and sketching in the permanent galleries.

General admission is free the first Tuesday of every month and applies only to the permanent galleries. Full-price admission to special exhibitions still applies. Redeem free admission by visiting the Ticketing and Membership Desks.

Discovery & Go offers free general admission for California library cardholders. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Full-price admission to special exhibitions still applies. Register at https://sfpl.discoverandgo.net/  to receive a dated Discover and Go voucher prior to visiting.

 

Time

October 12 (Saturday) 9:30 am - February 9 (Sunday) 5:15 pm

Location

Legion of Honor Museum

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

01nov5:00 pm9:00 pmGrand Opening: Christian Ehrhorn Fine Arts GalleryCelebrate Orinda's New Hometown GalleryLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

Event Details

Orinda resident Christian Ehrhorn invites art lovers to celebrate the grand opening of his eponymous gallery on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5 to 9:00 p.m. Locals will recall that the building at 39 Moraga Way across from Orinda Theatre has been under renovations by local architect Rick Kattenburg for some time. The scaffolding is off! Enjoy light refreshments in the soaring, light filled space while viewing walls filled with Ehrhorn’s artwork.

Hours are Wed. – Thur. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; call 510-703-7020 or email caefinearts@gmail.com for more information.

 

Time

(Friday) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Christian Ehrhorn Fine Arts Gallery

39 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563

02nov2:30 pm4:30 pmWILDER ARTIST RECEPTIONBOHUSLAVA (SLAVKA) RUZICKA Lamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

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Born in Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic, Ruzicka was introduced to cross stitching while living in Singapore in 1987. She was asked to help with charity work for a local orphanage, cross stitching 100 small Christmas ornaments for their tree. After finishing the project, Ruzicka began working on more challenging pieces.

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.

Enjoy light refreshments and participate in a demonstration of a cross-stitching work-in-progress by Ruzicka in Studio 4, adjacent to the Gallery.

The Art Gallery at Wilder is located in the Art & Garden Center at 20 Orinda Fields Lane (take the Wilder exit off of Highway 24, once in the development take the first right turn, drive through the parking lots to the stairs.  Building is up the stairs past the playground.).

As the Wilder Art and Garden Center, 20 Orinda Fields Lane, is a new building, for now you can visit the Art Gallery at Wilder the first Saturday of each month at the artist reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m. or by arranging an appointment with Council co-curator Denise Nomura at wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org.  Moving forward, more regular hours will be scheduled. Beginning November 5, the gallery will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8:15 p.m. The Orinda Parks and Recreation Dept. is seeking bookings of classes and meetings.

Contact them at OrindaParksandRec@cityoforinda.org, visit them at 28 Orinda Way or call 925-254-2445.

Time

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

Location

Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

03nov2:00 pm4:00 pmArt Embraces WordsARTISTS PAINT WITH COLORS; WRITERS PAINT WITH WORDS ~ TOGETHER THEY ENRICH OUR COMMUNITYLamorinda Arts Council Event:Lamorinda Arts Council Event

Event Details

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

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

Our Master of Ceremonies, Lafayette resident Lynn Carey, former host of the Times Book Club, moderates the event. Carey introduces each writer at approximately 10 minute intervals. A short Q & A session follows as well as introductions of each artist showing work. Then patrons, writers and artists are invited to a reception on the adjacent patio to enjoy each other’s company; refreshments will be served. A media table is provided for authors’ books, artist contact and other information of interest to the local arts community. Writers are encouraged to sell their books.

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

Time

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

Location

Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Room

3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette CA 94549

07novallday10alldayThis is Modern ArtLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

In this acclaimed and controversial play, a team of young artists of color decide to make a statement by painting a fifty-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are willing to risk everything to make their voices heard. The play asks: what is art, where is it found, and to whom does it belong? Based on real events.

11/7 @ 8pm
11/8 @ 4pm
11/8 @ 8pm
11/9 @ 8pm
11/10 @ 2pm

Time

november 7 (Thursday) - 10 (Sunday)

Location

Saint Mary's College LeFevre Theatre

1928 St Mary's Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

08nov5:30 pm7:30 pmThis is Hip-HopLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Join us before (or after) the performance of This is Modern Art, to explore the “five elements of Hip-Hop”. This event will feature DJ Letz, student rappers, and a graffiti demo with DJ Agana. At 6PM, playwright Kevin Coval engages in conversation with DJ Davey D, a Bay Area hip-hop historian featured in Netflix’s “Hip-Hop Evolution.” A Q &A will follow. At 6:45pm, there will be a hip-hop dance workshop with Traci Bartlow. Sponsored by: Disney Forum and Communications Department, Museum of Art, Seminar Informal Curriculum, Theatre Program, PIE: SOLA Plan for Inclusive Excellence.

Time

(Friday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College Museum of Art and Brother Cornelius Art Center Room 105

1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

10nov2:30 pm4:30 pmNovember Artist ReceptionTeachers Have Class

Event Details

Meet teachers who are also artists from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda and discuss 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

12nov7:30 pm9:00 pmArt Demonstration by Debbie WardropeLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

DEBBIE WARDROPE is a Bay Area native and longtime Pleasanton resident who has always loved art and has been painting for most of her life even while pursuing other career interests.

Debbie is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, teaches pastel painting classes, and conducts workshops for several art associations. Her work has been recognized, awarded, and exhibited at the Alameda County Fair, the Art Expo in New York as well as in a number of galleries from Yountville to Carmel. Her work is represented by Studio 7 Fine Arts in Pleasanton. One of her honored achievements occurred when her painting, “Pleasanton Evening” was selected by Senator Ellen Corbett to represent her district and be displayed at the state capitol building in Sacramento.

Of her artistic philosophy, Debbie states, “I believe that art should be beautiful, accessible, and evoke an emotional response in the viewer. I strive to create images that are immediately recognizable but are things that are frequently overlooked in the rush of everyday life. I love to capture a moment in time through the use of light and color.”

Debbie will be painting a nocturne city scene in pastel on black UArt sanded pastel paper.

Please visit her website: www.debbiewardrope.com

Time

(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Alamo Women's Club

1401 Danville Blvd. Alamo, CA 94506

20nov1:15 pm2:15 pmStudent Recital SeriesLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Join us for an afternoon of beautiful instrumental and vocal performances by students of the Saint Mary’s College Music Program.

Time

(Wednesday) 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College of California Chapel

1928 St Mary\'s Rd, Moraga, CA 94575

Organizer

St. Mary's College

21novallday22alldaySMC Jazz Band ConcertLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

Treat yourself to a lively concert of up-tempo numbers, dance tunes, and instrumental and vocal jazz soloists under the direction of maestro Bob Farrington and jazz singers director Dr. Julie Ford. This show features Ygnacio Valley High School Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Mary Fettig.

11/21 (Thu) @ 7:30pm
11/22 (Fri) @ 5:00pm

Time

november 21 (Thursday) - 22 (Friday)

Location

Saint Mary

1928 St. Mary

Organizer

St. Mary's College

21novallday23alldayThe Spaces in Between: Fall Dance ConcertLamorinda Arts Council Event:Arts Partner Event

Event Details

The Saint Mary’s College Dance Company presents the choreographers from the Class of 2020 along with Los Angeles based guest artist Jermaine McGhee and faculty member Jia Wu in “The Spaces in Between.” This shared dance concert presents new works that are investigating the bridge that separates the unnoticed moments in our lives to the larger markers and milestones.

11/21 (Thu) @ 8pm
11/22 (Fri) @ 8pm
11/23 (Sat) @ 3pm
11/23 (Sat) @ 8pm

Time

november 21 (Thursday) - 23 (Saturday)

Location

Saint Mary

1928 St. Mary

Organizer

St. Mary's College