Orinda Library Gallery Reopening: California Impressionism and Sailboats

Courtesy of Lisa Gunn)
In Lisa Gunn’s Crockett House, composition and colors are deftly balanced on her 14” x 16” oil on board painting. The reopening of the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library means you can see her work during normal hours. Her paintings are also on display in the virtual Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during May at http://www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/.

    The Lamorinda Arts Council is pleased to announce the reopening of a partial area of the art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Stop by to view oil paintings by Sydney Chaney-Thomas and Lisa Gunn during May. As COVID-19 restrictions have recently changed, you are invited to view a limited exhibit of their original artwork on the two wood walls near the entrance of the Library. View their artwork in the online gallery at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries.
    Chaney, of Moraga, was born in Germany. Since both her parents were painters, she began at an early age. She is not only a lifelong painter, but also the author of three books, founder of Ocean SF (a sustainable clothing company), a lifestyle blogger with over 1,500 followers and mother to daughters Paris and Siena.
    Her theme for this exhibit, “Sail Away,” reflects her love of sailing as part of the Bay Area sailing community. “I hope my paintings reflect the adventure and freedom inherent in sailing,” she said, “and bring awareness to pollution and conservation issues facing our oceans.”
    There are many sailboats in this exhibit, but there is also a 12” x 30” oil painting, San Francisco From the East. It gives you a panoramic view of this iconic vista. Her style is unmistakable; she simplifies forms into geometric shapes in a pleasing and melodic way. Subjects, like clouds in the sky or waves in the ocean, relate to each other.
    To learn more about Chaney’s many activities visit, https://bit.ly/32DHFzr.
    Gunn, from Orinda, is a longtime plein air painter who captures scenes from the beautiful California countryside in oil. She aptly describes her work as “California Impressionism.” Also a classical pianist, she adapts musical principles such as texture, tone and color into her oil painting techniques. “Values are transferable from the ear to the eye,” said Gunn.
    She enjoys capturing qualities of light and works most often with a palette knife. Striving to create a bond between herself and the viewer is what she aims for. “I don’t show every detail, but paint as though it is a musical moment for me. I pick my subjects with great care, like a composer, and paint only what I find expressive or wonderful,” said Gunn.
    Learn more about her work at www.lisagunnart.com.
    Visit the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library at 26 Orinda Way during normal library hours, Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sun. All libraries are closed May 31, Memorial Day. Call 925.254.2184 for more information or visit http://ccclib.org. For more information about the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, contact Curator Maggie Boscoe via email, gallery@lamorindaarts.org, call 925.359.9940 or visit www.lamorindaarts.org, To learn more about the Lamorinda Arts Council, go to www.lamorindaarts.org.

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