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23jun(jun 23)10:00 am11jul(jul 11)3:00 pmVisit Aesthetic Forces ExhibitionSaint Mary's College Museum of Art Reopens to the Public! (june 23) 10:00 am - (july 11) 3:00 pm

Event Details

Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art (MoA) will reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The current exhibition, Aesthetic Forces on view through July 11, 2021, is a survey exhibition exploring land scenes through the perceptions of artists who lived and worked in the California region. This exhibition folds 100 years of cultural and environmental changes into the framework of California land interpretations and the lingering rapport of 18th and 19th–centuries aesthetic practices into the genre of landscape art today. Click here for more information on the exhibition >>

The museum is open for limited hours from Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

All visitors will need to complete the college’s health screen check before entrance at the campus gate. This screen can be accessed here >>. We look forward to welcoming you back to the galleries! For additional questions please email us at museum@stmarys-ca.edu. 

Time

June 23 (Wednesday) 10:00 am - July 11 (Sunday) 3:00 pm

Organizer

St. Mary's College

01julallday31alldayWILDER ONLINE GALLERYSophie Sanders(All Day) Art Gallery at Wilder, 20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

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Sanders was born and grew up in Taiwan. At the age of one, she contracted polio, which severely impacted her ability to walk. Throughout childhood she depended on two crutches to move about. Since she couldn’t play with kids outdoors, she spent her time learning how to draw. Fast forward to the Bay Area where in 1979 she enrolled at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now called California College of the Arts); in 1982 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. She married and lived on the East Coast for a while then relocated back to the Bay Area in 2008.

Due to Post-polio Syndrome (known as PPS), under medical advice she began using a wheelchair for mobility in 1989. This helps her conserve her dwindling energy which she prefers to use creating drawings and paintings. These creations give her a sense of liberation — something not available to her in the physical world. She keeps developing her skills and talent for drawing and painting because working from pure imagination allows her to construct a world filled with beauty, harmony and whimsy. Sanders explains, “I just draw or paint whatever happens to come to my mind, either from imagination or from memory, in the moment. It is truly “playing” on paper! Accuracy is not my concern, but ‘having fun’ on paper is! My main goal in creating art works is to be liberated from reality, to gain a form of freedom, which doesn’t exist in reality due to my severe disability.”

The world she inhabits in her art is far from any wheelchair. The way she links lines and shapes into a lush floral reality filled with interesting details begs you to linger. Each drawing is a world unto itself, a look at floral whorls and twirls you never imagined could live together in such harmony. Her drawings offer us bouquets from her imaginary garden.

The Art Gallery at Wilder is virtual because it is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have any questions about Sanders’ artwork or the exhibit please contact Curators Denise Nomura and Aniston Breslin at wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org. At press time it was unknown when Wilder will reopen; please check www.lamorindaarts.org/current-exhibits-wilder/ for up-to-date information.

Time

july 1 (Thursday) - 31 (Saturday)

Location

Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA

Organizer

Lamorinda Arts Council Art Gallery gallery@lamorindaarts.org

01jul12:00 pm31(jul 31)10:00 amART GALLERY AT THE ORINDA LIBRARY: COVID-19 RETROSPECTIVE - 40 LOCAL ARTISTS80 INSPIRED ARTWORKS ESCAPE LOCAL STUDIOS!12:00 pm - 10:00 am (31) Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

Event Details

Artwork from 40 artists previously sequestered in studios since March 2020 has finally escaped into the light! You can meet the artists at an outdoor reception in their honor on Saturday, July 10 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the patio adjacent to the Gallery. Curators Maggie Boscoe and Bill Carmel are delighted to display this unprecedented outpouring of local talent which includes over 80 paintings, fabric art, mixed media, 3D sculpture, photographs, ceramics and turned wood.

Because the Lamorinda Arts Council reconfigured all scheduled art exhibits to be virtual until COVID-19 restrictions changed, artists scheduled from March 2020 through the present were unable to show work in a brick and mortar gallery. The Council redesigned its website so art lovers could easily view photographs and videos of exhibiting artists’ creative work during their scheduled exhibit month. Artwork from each exhibiting artist is available for purchase online. The virtual gallery turned out to be a good idea and is retained for the foreseeable future.

View artwork from July exhibitors HERE. The Council thanks contributing artists for their cooperation in providing photographs for their virtual exhibit. If you are interested in learning more about the exhibit or getting in touch with any of the artists, email Curators Maggie Boscoe and Bill Carmel at gallery@lamorindaarts.org or call 925.359.9940. To learn more about the Council visit www.lamorindaarts.org.

This exhibit runs July 1 through 31 during normal Library hours, Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Sun. All libraries are closed Mon., July 5.  Call 925.254.2184 for more information about the Library or visit http://ccclib.org/ All COVID-19 regulations will be observed for your safety.

Time

1 (Thursday) 12:00 pm - 31 (Saturday) 10:00 am

Location

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

10jul3:30 pm5:30 pmJULY ARTIST RECEPTIONCOVID-19 Retrospective Featuring 40 Artists3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

Event Details

Please join us on Saturday, July 10th from 3:30-5:30pm for a reception honoring 40 artists at the newly reopened Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. This is a free outdoor event, and light refreshments will be served. Click HERE for more information.

The current exhibit runs from July 1 through July 31.

Time

(Saturday) 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

20jul6:00 pm8:00 pmLamorinda Idol Concert at Orinda Community Center Park6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Orinda Community Center Park, 28 Orinda Way

Event Details

Finalists for Lamorinda Idol 2021 will perform in an outdoor concert in Orinda Community Center Park on Tuesday, July 20, from 6-8pm.

This is a free event, open to the public. We ask that all unvaccinated attendees wear masks.

Contact idol@lamorindaarts.org with any questions.

See you in the park!

Time

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

Location

Orinda Community Center Park

28 Orinda Way

25jul2:00 pm3:30 pmART EMBRACES WORDSWRITERS PAINT IMAGES WITH WORDS. ARTISTS TELL STORIES WITH COLOR. TOGETHER THEY ENRICH OUR COMMUNITY.2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Zoom

Event Details

Join us at one of the Lamorinda Arts Council’s FREE Art Embraces Words  Zoom Webinar series in 2021. Remaining Sunday dates are Sep. 26 and Oct. 31.

Emcee and LAC President Denise Nomura introduces each writer and artist, plus fields questions from the audience. The program features emerging authors reading excerpts of their work, alternating with local artists displaying their visual art in a slideshow.  Authors and artists answer questions live-screen, which makes for a lively discussion. Co-chair Natalie Samuels Wheeler manages the tech side of our Zoom Webinar. The event is recorded and uploaded to social media. In this way the art still “embraces” the spoken word: “Ars Vita Longa, Vita Brevis” – art lives forever, life is short.

For more details, to apply as a Writer, Artist or sign up as an Audience Member, go to https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words. Click HERE to view a YouTube video from our May 30, 2021 program themed “Courage and Heroism.” Questions? Contact us at literary@lamorindaarts.org.

Many thanks to those who help make this program possible: our generous sponsor, the Lafayette Community Foundation; Lafayette City Council Member Cameron Burks; Andrea Firth and Janine deBoisblanc of Diablo Writers’ Workshop; Lamorinda Arts Alliance; California Writer’s Club, Mt. Diablo Branch; LAC PR Intern Ricky Gjertsen; and LAC Program Director Shelly Rose.

Time

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

Location

Zoom

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