Orinda Art Scene – June 2023


June in the Art Galleries Orinda Library and Wilder

(Jennifer Lothrigel, Photographer)
This photo, As Above, So Below, is from Lafayette photographer Jennifer Lothrigel’s exhibit at the Art Gallery at Wilder this month.

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: photography, paintings, miniatures and Tabor art/artifacts
    The talents of the following local artists are showcased June 3 – July 1, with a meet-and-greet reception June 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the library.
    Bay Area educator and photographer Nancy Rubin (https://www.nancyjrubin.com/) shares her portraits of fatherhood.
    “By 2015, I was doing a lot of street photography,” she said. “I realized I had photographed many fathers alone with their kid(s) rather than what was familiar not that long ago – a mother out with the kids or both parents with them. There seemed to have been a sea change of men feeling comfortable pushing a stroller or doing the shopping while accompanied by their kids. I found them irresistible. I made a point to document them.
    “On two occasions, when I approached the fathers and explained my project and asked if they would participate, they said ‘You were my teacher at Berkeley High!’ It had been some 25 years since we had seen one another. They are both included in this project,” she said.
    “Most were total strangers who I encountered while walking or shopping. I am forever grateful to the fathers who let me interrupt their precious time with their children, who shared their stories and their feelings with a stranger and her camera. This exhibition honors those fathers, and all fathers like them. The interactions I had with them were heart-warming and always left me feeling hopeful,” said 
    Contemporary oil painter and wildlife artist Alexandra Saunders (www.alexandrasaunders.com/) shared, “Painting makes me happy. It’s me going down the rabbit hole to start my day and connect with the wonder that surrounds us. I have worn many hats in my life, but the one constant is my love for animals and being surrounded by the wonder of nature and earth’s beauty. My art is central to my way of expressing my deep and abiding reverence and love for our planet and all living beings.”
    Orinda resident Amelia Wilson is sharing her miniature figures, called “santons,” from the Provence region in France which were gifted to her by her mother-in-law.
    The Orinda-Tabor Sister City Foundation (www.orindataborsistercityfoundation.org/) is exhibiting arts and artifacts from Tabor.
    The picturesque Czech city’s hills and winding roads are similar to Orinda’s. Our first Mayor, Dick Heggie, and former Mayor Bobbie Landers, were instrumental in organizing the connection with Tabor.

Art Gallery at Wilder
    Photographer and writer, Jennifer Lothrigel, presents her work in meditation on belonging, lineage and connection to body and place. She has multiple bodies of photographic work and this exhibit comes from two of those: “Briones,” about her relationship to the place she lives and “Wind Mother,” named after the Hungarian Goddess Szelanya.
    To schedule a viewing, contact Curator Ani Breslin at anistonbreslin@berkeley.edu. For more information, visit https://lamorindaarts.org/current-exhibits-wilder/ or call the Council at 925.359.9940.

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

(Jennifer Lothrigel, Photographer)
This photo is from Lafayette photographer Jennifer Lothrigel's exhibit at the Art Gallery at Wilder this month. Her work is a meditation on belonging, lineage and connection to body and place.

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