COVID-19 Retrospective – 80 Inspired Artworks Escape Local Studios

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    Artworks from 40 artists previously sequestered in studios since March, 2020 have finally escaped into the light.
    The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view an entire gallery of inspiring artwork in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of July. This is the first post-COVID-19 exhibit where the whole gallery has opened to the public.
    Meet the artists at an outdoor reception in their honor Saturday, July 10 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the patio adjacent to the Gallery. The Council thanks Todd Trimble and Steve Ehrhardt of Orinda Parks and Rec. for their assistance in reopening the entire 
Gallery.
    Curators Maggie Boscoe and Bill Carmel are delighted to display this unprecedented outpouring of local talent of over 80 artworks including paintings, fabric art, mixed media, photographs, ceramics and turned wood. Much of the work was created during the pandemic. In a special tribute to the reemergence of local artists, The Orinda News features a slideshow of 25 artworks curated from artworks on display at the gallery in its online edition.
    Because the 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 was, and still is, available for purchase online. Boscoe said, “The virtual gallery turned out to be such a good idea we are retaining it for the foreseeable future.”
    The 40 featured artists at press time included: Suzun Almquist, Dana Beebe, Julie Bradner, Barbara Brady-Smith, Eddie Brooks, Loralee Chapleau, Lassie Colebourn, Marie Cotter, Jeanette Crawford Baird, George Ehrenhaft, Claire Finne, David Fleisig, Sylvia Fones, Therese Gladstone Gordon, Lisa Gunn, Irene Herrera McDonough, Karen Hildebrand, Lance Jackson, Kimiko Kogure, Brad Krebs, Alecia Larson, Margaret Mason, Sara Michael, Robin Moore, Felicie Morris, Tina and Rick Nelson, Denise Nomura, Jane Raymond, Ellen Reintjes, Iris Sabre, Maria SantoStefano, Ruth Stanton, Karl Stinson, Mary Claire Stotler, Hallie Strock, Joanne Taeuffer, Sharon Tama, Taki Tu, Marcy Wheeler and Polly Ziolkowski.
    Participating artists include individual artists and artists in local groups such as Bay Area Studio Artists, The Glover Group, Oakland Art Association, Lamorinda Arts Council, Bay Area Woodturners, Monteverde Senior Village and Lamorinda Arts Alliance. View artwork online from all exhibitors at the Council’s virtual gallery, www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/. The Council thanks contributing artists for their cooperation in providing photographs and videos 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 Boscoe and Carmel at gallery@lamorindaarts.org or call 925.359.9940.
    This exhibit runs July 1 through 31 during normal Library hours in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library at 26 Orinda Way. Hours are 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/. Thanks to Orinda Library Manager Michael Beller and his staff for their assistance in ensuring COVID-19 regulations are observed for everyone’s safety. To learn more about the Lamorinda Arts Council, go to www.lamorindaarts.org.

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