Galleries: Orinda in 2D, Our Feathered Friends, Dazzling Porcelain

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    For months, the Lamorinda Arts Council has been scheduling exhibits at the Orinda Gallery with the hope shelter-in-place orders would be relaxed. This month there is a remote chance art could be on the walls and in the cabinets at the library but given the COVID-19 numbers, the council has pivoted and is presenting a virtual gallery through photographs and bespoke videos by the artists.Presenting photography by the Boscoe family, Orinda in 2D by Lance Jackson and high fire porcelain by Jacqueline Proulx, the council has asked the artists to create a video of their exhibit in addition to directing people to their websites and providing photographs.
    The expression “birds of a feather flock together” applies to the Boscoe family of Orinda. Each member is showing bird photographs of widely different species. All use a Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80, which they describe as a good all-around birding camera as it has a decent zoom but is still light enough to carry. Maggie Boscoe is also the council’s gallery curator.
    George Boscoe raises exotic parrots. Venus, a talkative female blue-fronted Amazon parrot has accompanied him more than once to artist receptions in the Library Gallery. George Boscoe’s most recent bird expedition took him to the Tambopata Macaw Project in the southern Amazon basin in the Peruvian region of Madre del Dios.
    Maggie Boscoe’s theme for her bird photographs is “The Beauty of Birds.” Perhaps the word exotic could be inserted as her photos are either from Costa Rica, Africa or the Galapagos Islands. Like her daughter Sara, Maggie’s interest in photographing birds began on a family trip to Costa Rica. Next, she brought her birding camera to Africa where she photographed exotic birds only to be found in that locale.
    Before she knew it, she was on her way to the Galapagos Islands because that’s where she could find the blue-footed booby. For non-birders, the bluer the male booby bird’s webbed feet are, the more attractive he is to potential mates. The male’s wing span is about five feet and they live an average of 17 years in the wild. Her 8” x 10” photo proves she found him.
    Upon returning home from Costa Rica to Los Angeles, Sara Boscoe Bain discovered L.A. County is a birders paradise because of the diversity of species matched by varied topography. The 8” x 10” photo, Wood Duck, Franklin Canyon, Los Angeles, is a great example of Bain’s skill at capturing one of the few moments when this active bird remained still. View her virtual exhibit at https://youtu.be/lKIJ9uTxpoU.
    Jackson, of Orinda, has been drawing and painting since childhood. He trained as a painter/designer at Washington University and Rhode Island School of Design. During his 15 years in print journalism, illustration and design at the S.F. Chronicle and Examiner “he was among the nation’s first to use the Macintosh as a creative, expressive drawing tool,” according to Saginaw Valley State University reviewer Mike Moser. Moser reviewed Jackson’s 2019 exhibit entitled, “Narrative.”
    “My father used to draw caricatures, which we all found enjoyable; I continue with it since it is a skill requiring practice. Something akin to playing music; it is habit forming as well,” said Jackson. A freelance artist and illustrator, he is also an adjunct professor at both UC Berkeley Extension and City College of San Francisco. By all accounts Jackson is known for pushing the limits where technology and creativity meet.
    His focus for this virtual exhibit is 10-plus 20” x 16” paintings of current Orinda details such as flowers from Safeway, fast food examples, two landscapes and the Orinda Theatre.
    “I like to think that my work remains fresh depicting recognizable places and current events. Of course I could be wrong. ‘Everything has been done before and yet everything is new,’” he said.
    Jackson adds he is interested in drawing and painting portraits. “Drawing is my way of communicating,” he said. “The image is a possible form of dialogue, the beginning of a conversation.”
    Learn more about his work at www.lancejackson.net.
    Proulx of Walnut Creek grew up in Quebec, Canada, and has been in love with ceramics since she was 16. At about age 50, when she was close to retirement, she had her own studio in Montreal. She then moved to the Island of Orleans (Île d’Orléans) on the Saint Lawrence River about three miles from Quebec City. She got organized there in her studio on the beach and did raku and all kinds of firings, mostly mid-range. When her two grandchildren were born she moved to Walnut Creek to be near them and her daughter.
    Proulx’s series, Cobalt Blue Bowl with Flowers, are high-fired porcelains with a hand-painted underglaze applied in the manner of watercolors. The cobalt blue underside of the bowls makes the translucent white interior field sparkle. The white field sets off her hand-painted poppy-like petals which sing around the sides of the bowl.
    View her video which gives you an idea of what these look like, https://youtu.be/5zL-U6eYH80. For more of her work go to www.clayandfire.org.

(Contributed Photo)
Flamenco Guitarist by John Anderle.

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    Anderle, who lives in Walnut Creek, minored in Fine Art at UC Berkeley and has maintained a love for the practice and appreciation of art throughout his life. In retirement he rekindled his interest in drawing, watercolor and oil painting at Walnut Creek Civic Arts and through self-instruction. View his virtual exhibit on YouTube at https://youtu.be/jquOwojATJw.
    He said portrait subjects inspire him, especially those taken from photos shot at random during his travels to Europe, South America and Asia. Flamenco Guitarist, a 16” x 20” oil painting, captures an intense musical moment in a Seville nightclub. He is a regular contributor to The Memory Project, a nonprofit organization which distributes original painted portraits to dispossessed and orphaned children around the world.
    To learn more about the Lamorinda Arts Council’s virtual presentations, go to www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries.

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