Orinda Art Scene – January 2022

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January in the Art Galleries at the Orinda Library and Wilder

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: Digital News Art, The Beauty of Birds and Intricate Botanical Watercolors
    The Lamorinda Arts Council will present the work of the Boscoe Family, Carol Lee-Chung and Lance Jackson at an in-person (with all COVID-19 precautions observed) and virtual exhibit at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library from Jan. 3-31. Meet the artists at a reception in their honor Saturday, Jan. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. You can view and purchase their artwork online at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/.
    Three members of the Boscoe family – George, Maggie from Orinda and Sara from Los Angeles – will display 40 – 8” x 10” photos of feathered friends. George took his photos as far away as the Tambopata Scarlet Macaw Project in the Peruvian Amazon. Maggie took up birding as a hobby during the pandemic. She joined the Mt Diablo Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eBird (www.Ebird.org). Their photos include local species you may see in your backyard.
    Upon returning from a family trip to Costa Rica, Sara discovered that LA county is a birder’s paradise because of the diversity of species. Her 8” x 10” photo of a Townsend’s Warbler provides a great example of her skill at capturing one of the few moments when this active bird remained still. You can view her 2020 video exhibit at https://youtu.be/lKIJ9uTxpoU.
    Carol Lee-Chung can often be found in her Orinda garden where she grows an impressive list of subjects for her botanical watercolors – artichoke, orchids, tulips, dahlia and figs to name a few. Her interest, which began a few years ago while studying with well-known botanical artist Catherine Watters, has never stopped.
    Never short on inspiration, no matter the season, her garden provides all the botanical materials she needs to execute her detailed, delicate watercolors. While her watercolors are not for sale, she offers a selection of beautiful note cards depicting her exquisitely accurate botanicals. Visit https://lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries to view or purchase them.
    Lance Jackson, also from Orinda, trained as a painter/designer at Washington University and Rhode Island School of Design. During his 15 years in print journalism, doing 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.
    Unique to this show will be a selection of digital art he’ll be exhibiting for the first time on the wood walls in the gallery. They depict recent news events such as Science March, April 22, 2017. This whimsical 24” x 71” digital print commemorates an international series of marches held in Washington, D.C. and more than 600 cities worldwide. A non-partisan event, it emphasized that science promotes the common good while also serving as a call to action for evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.
    Jackson’s acrylic paintings on the white wall will include the 16” x 20” Doggie Diner, a homage to the 30 Doggie Diners that once dotted the Bay Area. The original can be found at Sloat Blvd. and 45th Ave. near Ocean Beach in SF. It became SF Landmark #254 in 2006. The brand name is now used for hot dog sales in Oracle Park, home stadium of the SF Giants. The 22 works on the wood walls will include Orinda landscapes, the Orinda Theatre and a possible projected Orinda fture.
    “Drawing is a form of communication,” said Jackson. “The image is a possible form of dialogue, the beginning of a conversation.” Learn more about his work at http://www.lancejackson.net.
    To learn more about the Lamorinda Arts Council, visit www.lamorindaarts.org. This exhibit runs Jan. 3 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. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sun. Holiday close dates are Sat., Jan. 1 and Mon., Jan. 17. Call 925.254.2184 or visit www.ccclib.org. Email the curators with questions at gallery@lamorindaarts.org, or call the Lamorinda Arts Council at 925.359.9940.

Art Gallery at Wilder: Whispers of the Heart, Contemporary Art by Valerie Corvin
    The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a solo in-person show and virtual exhibit of contemporary paintings by artist Valerie Corvin from January 3-31. Her theme for the exhibit will be “Whispers of the Heart.” Meet the artist at a reception in her honor Sun., Jan. 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is the only time the gallery will be open to the public except by appointment. All COVID-19 precautions will be observed for your safety. View and purchase artwork in Corvin’s virtual exhibit through images at www.lamorindaarts.org online-galleries.
    Corvin, of Piedmont, has been painting for 20 years. While growing up, she was surrounded by art since both parents were artists. She studied fine art at the California College of the Arts and with numerous Bay Area painting teachers. “I love to paint and draw because I can use my body. I like to move and dance when creating lines and shapes. I love color, all colors, but I am most attracted to blues, yellows and whites,” said Corvin.
    She will exhibit about eight large scale works within her “Whispers of the Heart” theme, which describes the feelings and emotions she wants to communicate. She wants people to know she creates energetic works that speak to the heart and mind, and connect to the human experience of awe and wonder when in nature.
    Corvin, who holds a Master of Arts in museum administration, worked for the SF Museum of Modern Art as a museum educator. As one of the founders of the Piedmont Center for the Arts, she applied these skills to help bring the Center into being.
    Her love of painting has many layers, much like her mixed media canvases. “I love getting to know other artists and learning from them. Every time I am involved with a show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, I gain some knowledge or ideas or inspiration,” she said. For more information about Corvin’s artwork, visit www.valeriecorvin.com.
    The Wilder Art and Garden Center is located at 20 Orinda Fields Way, Orinda. Viewings by appointment with Curator Aniston Breslin can be arranged at anistonbreslin@berkeley.edu. For more information, call Lamorinda Arts Council at 925.359.9940.

Elana O’Loskey can be reached at business.orinda@gmail.com.

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