Orinda Library Gallery: It’s the Men’s Turn Now

(Courtesy of Lance Jackson)
Orinda resident, Lance Jackson’s Orinda Parade 20" x 16" painting. One of his pieces is on display at 2023 de Young Open until Jan. 7, 2024.

    Historically, the Lamorinda Arts Council has hosted more than half a dozen exhibits – solely by female artists. It’s the men’s turn now, with their November showcase at the Orinda Library Gallery titled, “Four Men and a Gallery.”
    From Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, enjoy paintings by Orinda artist Lance Jackson, El Sobrante artist David Lew, Bill Russell of San Rafael and ceramics by David Shapiro of Moraga.
    Their reception to meet the artists is Saturday, Nov. 18, 3-5 p.m.
    Jackson’s exciting news is he has a piece in the 2023 de Young Open in San Francisco. With 7,766 entries submitted in a two-week entry period, 883 artworks from Bay Area artists were chosen and are on display until Jan. 7. View more of his paintings at www.lancejackson.net.
    Lew showcases his large, acrylic painting titled, Freedom of Abstraction.
    “It’s a lyrical process in which I rarely preconceive an outcome,” he said. “I often try to avoid an overly controlled static image by allowing colors to flow and clash until my intention is realized.”
    He said the textures and colors formed by intentionally exposed strata of pigments, “create a visual effect of this fluid movement throughout the picture plane – which I hope will invite viewers to participate in this process – to enjoy this freedom also.”
    Russell is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose decades-long work includes fine art, illustration, teaching and web design.
    His work is expressive, mid-century modern paintings on wood, using compositions of black and gold shapes.
    “I’m inspired by jazz music and its improvisational nature,” said Russell. “My work is about relationships and about the dynamic conversation between shapes … flat or painterly, abstract and representational.”
    Visit his work at www.billrussellfineart.com and his writings at www.illustratedjournalism.com.
    Don’t go home until you see David Shapiro’s ceramics, who by day, is a Moraga City Councilmember. A serious pottery enthusiast, he creates from his home garage/pottery studio.
    For more information about the Lamorinda Arts Council call 925.359.9940 or visit www.lamorindaarts.org.

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