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18feb(feb 18)12:00 pm25apr(apr 25)3:00 pmAn Elegant Balance(february 18) 12:00 pm - (april 25) 3:00 pm Moraga Art Gallery, 432 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556

Event Details

Moraga Art Gallery Announces a new exhibit titled, An Elegant Balance, opening February 18 through April 25, 2021.

The Moraga Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Spaces, Inside and Out, and the gallery’s Gift Boutique will continue through February 14, 2021.

An Elegant Balance features the work of member artists, George Ehrenhaft and K. de Groot.

The title of the exhibit describes the elegant balance between George Ehrenhaft’s rich and brightly painted watercolors and K. de Groot’s one-of-a-kind exotic jewelry.

As a watercolorist, George Ehrenhaft draws inspiration from mountains, lakes, trees and towns.  His style ranges from realistic to the vaguely abstract.  His paintings push no boundaries. Rather, they please the eye, soothe the spirit, and invite viewers to enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors.

Symphonies of color and texture in each piece are hallmarks of K. de Groot’s Asian Accents jewelry. Inspired by the exotic pendants and beads that she discovered over the past 30 years during her life in Asia and during her more recent travels, she has created her one-of-a-kind cross-cultural wearable art.

The Gallery’s Art Boutique features unique handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, small paintings, decorative pillows, cards and jewelry.

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

The gallery is open Saturdays 12pm-3pm and by appointment. Please email the gallery at moragaartgallery@gmail.com to make an appointment.

To safeguard our gallery staff and visitors, we require everyone visiting the gallery to wear a face mask and to maintain social distancing.

Artwork by featured artists: George Erhenhaft, July Sky, watercolor

Time

February 18 (Thursday) 12:00 pm - April 25 (Sunday) 3:00 pm

Location

Moraga Art Gallery

432 Center Street, Moraga, CA 94556

Organizer

Moraga Art GalleryLucy Beck

19feb(feb 19)4:00 pm11jun(jun 11)7:00 pmChildren's Tales From Around The GlobeSaint Mary's College Dance Theatre Production(february 19) 4:00 pm - (june 11) 7:00 pm Saint Mary's College, 1928 St Marys Rd

Event Details

Due to Covid-19, the JanTerm 2021 “Children’s Tales From Around the Globe” will be virtual and will be available on demand starting Feb. 19, 2021. The running time is expected to be about 45 minutes, but you may pause, or watch each 5 minute segment at a later time.

The theme of the show is Inclusion and Identity. Saint Mary’s College students will perform a dance theatre film based on the cultural stories from their childhood.

All ages will enjoy this show, but it is primarily made for preschool to third graders.

General Admission Tickets: $10 per person
To purchase on-demand tickets, click here: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/childrenstales and a link will be sent to you after February 18th.

Schools or organizations interested in booking this as a virtual field trip or wanting enrichment activities, please contact Tara Sundy at tms8@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 890-1343 by February 11, 2021 for special deals and packages.

Time

February 19 (Friday) 4:00 pm - June 11 (Friday) 7:00 pm

Location

Saint Mary's College

1928 St Marys Rd

01mar2:30 pm30apr(apr 30)4:30 pmWILDER ONLINE GALLERYHeather Metcalf(march 1) 2:30 pm - (april 30) 4:30 pm Art Gallery at Wilder, 20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

Event Details

The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a virtual exhibit of the late Heather Metcalf’s (1944 – 2016) artwork during the month of March. Brian Metcalf, Heather’s husband, mounted this exhibit because “I really felt that her large work was her best work and had rarely been exhibited in any gallery. She had this beautiful work done in the last 10 years sitting in our house; this is an opportunity to display it.” Access images of Heather’s artistic legacy at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries. Because Metcalf was an active member of the Moraga Art Gallery, the Arts Council is pleased to announce their companion exhibit of her actual paintings, March 1 – April 25. President Lucy Beck reminds us that the Moraga Art Gallery, located at 432 Center St., is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 3 p.m. and by appointment. Details are available at www.moragaartgallery.com, by calling 925.276.5407 or emailing moragaartgallery@gmail.com. Donna Arganbright, Moraga Art Gallery Vice President and Gallery Manager, who remembers Heather well, said, “Heather Metcalf was a beloved member of the Moraga Art Gallery. Her graceful presence and insightful thoughts were always welcomed by our members. Her paintings are bold, big beautiful canvases of color. We felt fortunate to have them hang in our Gallery. Her presence is still missed and we are delighted to have her paintings hang once again in our Gallery.” Both Heather and Brian hail from Perth, Western Australia. Heather initially trained in Australia as a graphic artist and worked professionally in that field not only in Australia but in New Zealand and London. After, she took up residence in France to study fine art. She completed the four year Diplome en Peinture at L’Ecole des Art Decoratifs in Strasbourg, France. Metcalf relocated to the U.S. in Cincinnati, exhibiting in both private exhibitions and corporate sponsorships. A later move to Philadelphia allowed a return to fine arts, and she graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2000. After a move to California in the same year, more exhibits ensued, including at In-Art, Santa Fe and Gallery Sam in Berkeley She also showed work in her private studio in Moraga. She continued exhibiting at locations such as the Claremont Resort, Hall Winery in St. Helena, and the Orinda Library Gallery, among others. Peruse her work at www.heathermetcalf.com. Heather’s most recent work – her koi pond series – was kindled by the fluid images in the aqueous world of her koi pond. Floating shadows and florals twirling in watery currents inspired paintings built with layers of transparent, luminous colors. No matter your taste in art, exploring Metcalf’s oeuvre will prove her artistic legacy worth experiencing. The Art Gallery at Wilder is virtual because the Gallery is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Curators Denise Nomura and Aniston Breslin at wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org.

Time

March 1 (Monday) 2:30 pm - April 30 (Friday) 4:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

10marallday21apralldaySaint Mary's College Music Student Recital SeriesOn-Demand Student Recital Films Available 3/10/21, 3/17/21, and 4/21/21(All Day) Online

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College virtual music student recital series will be pre-recorded, on-demand films released on March 10, March 17 and April 21, 2021. They will feature vocal, piano, guitar, flute, cello, and violin works by well-known composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy. They will also include Jazz selections by artists like Luiz Bonfá, Jerome Kern, and Ira Gershwin.

Links to the concerts will appear on this link on March 10, March 17, and April 21, 2021: stmarys-ca.edu/studentrecitals21

Donations encouraged to fund special opportunities for Music students: stmarys-ca.edu/choirgives

Time

March 10 (Wednesday) - April 21 (Wednesday)

Location

Online

Organizer

St. Mary's College

01apr12:00 pm30(apr 30)12:00 amART GALLERY AT THE ORINDA LIBRARYSeeking Nature’s Deep Calm in Tahoe12:00 pm - 12:00 am (30) Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

Event Details

Lamorinda Arts Council President Denise Nomura is featured in a solo show for the month of April in the virtual Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Her theme for the 12 works she is exhibiting is “Seeking Nature’s Deep Calm in Tahoe.” 

Nomura, of Moraga, was introduced to the world of art at a very young age by her grandmother, an accomplished painter. Together they mixed paint, created collages, and talked about how shadows and light can define artwork. As a child she loved the process of mixing paint to create new colors and even loved the smell of the paint. To this day, it still brings her grandmother to mind. She has no formal academic training, but has taken many classes.

Her focus continues to be capturing moments of time in the natural world. Since she often travels to Tahoe, you will see oil paintings of the lake, rocks and sky with an emphasis on clouds. She admits to a total obsession with clouds at the moment. “Photographs of nature were not enough for me; I work to replicate what I experience in nature on canvas. I paint soothing, calming scenes so that I can come back to them again and again to receive those messages,” said Nomura.

View the artwork of April 2021 exhibitor Denise Nomura via photos HERE. Her exhibit runs April 1 through 30.The Lamorinda Arts Council  reconfigured all scheduled art exhibits to be virtual until COVID-19 restrictions change. The Council has redesigned its website so art lovers can easily view photographs and videos of exhibiting artists’ creative work during their scheduled exhibit month. Artwork is also available for purchase online. For questions email Curator Maggie Boscoe,gallery@lamorindaarts.org or call 925-359-9940.

 

Time

1 (Thursday) 12:00 pm - 30 (Friday) 12:00 am

Location

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

12apr7:00 pmLamorinda SuperShorts Filmmaker Workshop7:00 pm Online

Event Details

Join Adarsh Gupta, professional filmmaker and Moraga resident, who will provide tips on how to make a successful film on a live zoom on Monday, April 12th at 7pm.

RSVP HERE for the workshop to receive the Zoom info.

Time

(Monday) 7:00 pm

Location

Online

12apr7:30 pm8:45 pmElaine Drew: Introduction to CartooningComics & Storyboards7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Zoom

Event Details

“We’ve all got a story to tell, whether with words or pictures, or both,” says author and illustrator Elaine Drew. In her “Comics & Storyboards” talk presented by the Pleasanton Art League, she is excited to introduce participants to the many directions cartoons can take.

Drew says famous cartoonists don’t necessarily draw well. “Cartooning depends on ideas more than on drawing ability.” By accessing https://www.pal-art.com/ you can register for the event and download the free Workbook Drew will use for exercises during her presentation.

Her work has been exhibited in New York, California, Paris and England, and featured in many publications. She has shared her illustrations at Art Embraces Words & the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Drew is the author of the humorous romantic comedy Courting Trouble, a novel set against the backdrop of an early medieval kingdom. The king and queen, having survived her first novel, solve the mystery of a Nun Too Clever, soon to be released. Learn more at http://www.elainedrew.com.

Time

(Monday) 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Location

Zoom