march, 2021

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

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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 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, by calling 925.276.5407 or emailing 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 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


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


Art Gallery at Wilder

20 Orinda Fields Land, Orinda, CA