Library Gallery: Paintings and Lace Tatting Demo by Yuka Yoshi

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    The Lamorinda Arts Council presents Kath Balamuth and Lassie Colebourn’s paintings and lace tatting by Yuka Yoshi in the virtual and in-person Art Gallery at the Orinda Library from September 1 – 30. View their work online at http://www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/. Meet the artists at a reception in their honor Saturday, Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. At 3 p.m., Yoshi will give a demonstration of lace tatting, assisted by her daughter Aki.
   Balamuth, who lives in Orinda, has always loved creating. While studying art at Diablo Valley College, the community of fellow students enabled her to “finally find my passion,” said Balamuth.
   “I still love to create [in her eighth decade]. I make an effort to paint every day. The discipline required keeps me grounded, and the process of art brings me joy. I can’t imagine not doing art,” said Balamuth.
   She is showing about 20 artworks with the theme, “Old Soles,” because images of old shoes allowed her to explore painting ordinary objects as art. She thought about how we are all like shoes as we age: “We become old souls and shoes become old soles, but we are still loved.” View more of Balamuth’s work at www.kathbalamuth.com.
   Walnut Creek’s Colebourn is part of the eight-member group, Bay Area Studio Artists (BASA), who paint together, work together, challenge each other and have their own shows during the year. Colebourn’s normal style is influenced by her floral design business, beautiful garden and greenhouse.
   Her theme is “Beyond the Garden” for her show of 16 artworks. BASA presents her with a challenge because other members paint figuratively and she did not; but she likes the challenge. So far she’s done a painting of Georgia O’Keefe inside a flower and a portrait of her mother with plans to paint her granddaughter for a show next year. “My work is all about patterns and color. You will see a lot of plants but also some collage-type paintings,” said Colebourn. Visit www.bayareastudioartists.com/925-2/ for more of her work.
   Yoshie, who also lives in Orinda, defines lace tatting as a form of looped and knotted lace needlework made from thread, a form of lacemaking. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, accessories, earrings, necklaces and decorative pieces. Four years ago, passing Berkeley’s LACIS Museum of Lace and Textiles, she was attracted to lace tatting’s delicacy. She attended classes there.
   During the pandemic shutdown, she learned further through books and YouTube. Her theme is “Tatting Symphony” because she is also a piano, viola and violin teacher: “I like making original 2D or 3D designs with musical inspiration.” Seventy pieces of Yoshi’s lace tatting will fill two cabinets for the exhibition.
   Her “String Octet Doily” exemplifies her theme – a perfect combination of a musical term and lace. See more of Yoshie’s lace tatting at http://www.etsy.com/shop/jazzycclef and Instagram @jazzyclef. She is also available as an instructor.
   To learn more about the Lamorinda Arts Council, go to www.lamorindaarts.org. This exhibit runs Sept. 1 through 30 during normal Library hours in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library at 26 Orinda Way. The Library is closed Sept. 6 for Labor Day. Hours are Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Sun. Call 925.254.2184 for more information about the Library or visit http://www.ccclib.org/. Email curators Maggie Boscoe and Bill Carmel with questions at gallery@lamorindaarts.org.

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