Orinda Art Scene – April 2023


April in the Art Galleries at the Orinda Library and Wilder

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: Abstract Paintings, Ceramics, Woodworks and Watercolors
    The Orinda Library showcases the talents of local artists April 1–29 with a meet-the-artists reception April 8 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Richmond artist Jeffrey Sully (www.jeffreysully.com/gallery) shows his abstract paintings.
    “My shaped paintings are abstract with a variety of sources from Turkish rugs, to cave paintings, to the first writing on tablets, to Japanese art and on to Abstract Expressionism,” said Sully. “There is, more recently, a psychological element incorporated into the work. The process of my painting involves a vigorous working of materials, acrylic, paper, wood, string and other materials. I use brushes, water, electric tools and fire to manipulate the materials.”
    Lafayette artist Donna Arganbright, Vice President and Gallery Manager of the Moraga Art Gallery (bit.ly/3JHih20), showcases her ceramics.
    “I love to have my ceramic work taken home and used,” she said. “It gives me immense pleasure to have someone say they enjoyed their morning coffee in my mug or have fresh flowers in my vase or are serving food from one of my platters.”
    Prize-winning Moraga artist George Ehrenhaft (www.mesart.com/gehrenhaft) once again exhibits his original watercolors at the library. His works are popular in many solo and group exhibits.
    Grant Glossop (www.grant glossop.com) is exhibiting woodworks. Originally from Yorkshire, this Novato artist trained as a jeweler in the U.K. where he developed his passion for creating wood design with metals.
    He used to design and create work for himself, but that changed during the pandemic, “Creating during quarantine helped me find some kind of balance during a challenging time.”
    View and purchase their artwork at the reception or online at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/.

(Donna Arganbright , Photographer)
This whimsical ceramic set by Donna Arganbright of the Moraga Art Gallery is part of a larger collection of works exhibited this month at the Orinda Library. Arganbright loves to have her ceramic work taken home and used.

Art Gallery at Wilder: Figurative and Abstract Paintings
    Award-winning Walnut Creek artist, Mary Claire Stotler, shares her figurative and abstract paintings this month at the Art Gallery at Wilder.
    “For me, abstract painting is a combination of memories, imagination and a bit of my soul,” she wrote on her page on the Valley Art Gallery website (bit.ly/3mSW6gA). “I start with a design concept in mind, but it is just the beginning of this emotional journey that evolves on the canvas.”
    Stotler is a multimedia artist and her interest spans pottery, photography and watercolor. She’s exhibited her work for more than a decade in the Bay Area and is recognized for her abstract work in galleries and exhibits.
    The Wilder Art and Garden Center is located at 20 Orinda Fields Lane. Schedule a viewing by appointment with 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@gmailcom.

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