Orinda Art Scene – July 2023


Orinda Library, Wilder And De Young Museum

Library Gallery: Paintings, photographs and altered books
    Monterey Peninsula artist Cheryl Kampe (https://cherylkampe.com/) shares her abstracts in oil and cold wax from her tapestry series. Kampe described mixing oil and cold wax as her “latest evolution.”
    Karl Stinson displays his photography. He lived in Orinda for more than 25 years before moving to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Stinson’s “People of the World” exhibited last year at the library.
    Danville artist Kelly Gentry describes her altered books exhibit as “bringing new life into pre-loved books, page by page.” Visit her work at www.instagram.com/folds_from_the_heart/.
    The talents of these artists are showcased through July 29, with a reception Saturday, July 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orinda Library.

(Kelly Gentry, Photographer0
On display this month at the Orinda Library gallery is artist Kelly Gentry’s patriotic altered books.

Wilder Gallery: Portraits, figurative and surreal paintings
    Jennifer Granat’s figurative work is a major feature of her portfolio. It represents her love for the works from ancient cave artists to Baroque masters to the Bay Area Figurative Movement.
    “While much of my work is a visual record of times I enjoyed hiking, walking and exploring the Bay Area with my husband and our two dogs, my overall body of work also marks the many hours I’ve spent in classes, online or in a studio session with live models,” said Granat.
    “I also enjoy creating surreal or composite landscapes and trees in a variety of styles, media, substrates and color palettes,” she said.
    She’s editor for the Lamorinda Arts Alliance (LAA), a member of Concord Art Association, the Lamorinda Arts Council and the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club. Granat was part of the library’s “Ekphrasis” exhibit in May.
    This virtual exhibit runs through Aug 5. To schedule a viewing, contact Curator Ani Breslin at anistonbreslin@berkeley.edu. For more information, call the Lamorinda Arts Council at 925.359.9940. Visit www.jennifergranat.com.

(Jennifer Granat, Photographer0
Artist Jennifer Granat’s friend and model in this 24” x 18” acrylic painting came to U.S. from the Philippines as a young girl to escape possible ill fate. She’s depicted as a “Babaylan” (a Filipino shaman or healer) based on her advocacy for those who are marginalized and underrepresented.

De Young Museum Bouquets to Art: Soho Sakai and Mari Tischenko
    Two Orindans participated in San Francisco’s de Young Museum’s display of floral designs, inspired by works of art in its permanent galleries. Mari Tischenko and Soho Sakai were a part of last month’s Bouquets to Art, also known as the “Flora-vaganza” event of the year.
    Tischenko is a member of the Orinda Garden Club and a student of Japanese flower-arranging. She was featured in Sunset Magazine for her uniquely remodeled Orinda home that was transformed into a contemporary tranquil retreat using Japanese art techniques as key components.
    Sakai, founder of the Soho Study Group (www.sogetsu-sohostudygroup.org/) is a renowned master teacher and artist. Many of her students have graduated and become strong and devoted teachers of Sogetsu, which is a school of ikebana or Japanese floral art.

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

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