Orinda Art Scene – March 2023

(Olga Larner, Photographer)
This colorful and imaginative piece is by Miramonte’s talented Venustiana Chu. It’s one of many amazing and have-to-see creations from local students in the High School Visual Arts Competition (HSVAC) at the Orinda Library Gallery.

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: High School Visual Arts Competition (HSVAC)
    The High School Visual Arts Competition (HSVC) showcases artwork from many extremely talented Lamorinda students at the Orinda Library Gallery this month.
    Four categories of art are displayed: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, photography and “Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art.” The last category is for two-dimensional artwork which is either produced or manipulated using a computer platform, then printed on paper, canvas or other material.
    The competition was open to all high school students living in or attending school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District.
    In addition to the in-person art exhibit, the contest features cash prizes, merit certifications and an online public exhibit of entries at the Lamorinda Arts Council website, www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/.
    “We’re proud to celebrate our 20th year of showcasing the incredible talents of the young artists in our community,” said Olga Larner, Lamorinda Arts Council board member and chairperson of the HSVAC.
    The reception and awards ceremony is March 16 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., at the Orinda Library Gallery where the winners will be announced.
    The exhibit runs Mar. 5 – 31. Hours are Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sundays.

(Ash Lee, Photographer)
This High School Visual Arts Competition (HSVAC) submission from Orinda Academy student Ash Lee, captures the moment of a singer’s frenzied connection with his enthusiastic audience.

Art Gallery at Wilder: Hilary Mills Lambert
    From March 3 to April 1, the Art Gallery at Wilder presents the works of Hilary Mills Lambert (www.millsgallery.com), a Bay Area artist who has exhibited her beautiful paintings at the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek (https://valleyartgallery.org/artist/hillary-mills-lambert/).
    Her subject material is varied, ranging widely from animals, city views, natural landforms, figures, portraits, still life and whimsical figures among others.
    “I have found that my paintings flow from my love of my subjects; whether still life, garden, figure, or landscape,” she wrote on her website.
    The Wilder Art and Garden Center is located at 20 Orinda Fields Lane. To schedule a viewing, contact Curator Ani Breslin at anistonbreslin@berkeley.edu. For more information, call the Lamorinda Arts Council at 925.359.9940.

David Fonseca can be reached at davef52@gmail.com.

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