New cuties in our gift shop!

 

Painted rocks by Jeff DeSalles

So many great reasons to visit the aRt Cottage - we have a great show featuring artwork from the members of Contra Costa Plein Air Group, plus we have lots of new handmade items in the gift shop! You're sure to find something special for yourself, your sweetie's birthday, a hostess gift or just because.

Crocheted hats by Julie Van Wyk

Crocheted bikinis by Julie Van Wyk

Felted Frog by Kelly Williams

Felted Owl by Kelly Williams



Bringing the outdoors in

Black Diamond Mine by MJ Lazarski

For July and August, our gallery celebrates the joy of the outdoors with art from members of the Contra Costa Plein Air Group, curated by the group's founder, Nancy Roberts.


"To experience the beauty and joy of our existence here on earth is the path to achieve great happiness. My intention as an artist is to share some of this beauty from my perspective. My paintings attempt to explore the nuance of nature, inspired by working outside, en plein air. When not painting on location, I enjoy returning to my studio to work on commissions and in-depth studies. Primarily self-taught, I have followed a non-traditional path to my professional art career from a thorough study of the masters and contemporaries alike. Developing my composition, color harmony, tone, light, perspective, and brushwork skills help me portray paintings that are simultaneously engaging and inviting." MJ Lazarski


Sakura by Nancy Roberts


Don't miss this summer show - you'll enjoy looking at many beautiful locales and familiar scenes, as interpreted by 20+ local artists:

  • Dan Kennedy
  • Dreher Warren
  • Dwight Shackelford
  • Gail Jones
  • Hamil Ma
  • Janet Mardirosian
  • Kathleen Gadway
  • Kathy Brokaw
  • Linda Geniesse
  • Lorraine Wells 
  • Mary Frazier
  • Mary M. Young
  • Meghana Mitragotri
  • MJ Lazarski
  • Nancy Roberts
  • Nathaniel J. Bice
  • Patrice D. Newell 
  • Peter McNeill
  • Rebecca Davies
  • Renaye Johnson
  • Roswitha M. Kress
  • Sharon Cohune


Martinez Marsh by Roswitha Kress

Journeys - Exploring my mind and the world

 

Jim Isham

Our show for May and June features beautiful work from members of the Concord Art Association:

  • Anamilena Ayala
  • Annette Batchelor
  • Colin Hall
  • Deanna Merrigan
  • Deena Sheranko
  • Irene Bee Kain
  • John Nakanishi
  • Kees van Prooijen
  • Laurie Mansur
  • Lori Rutledge
  • Marjorie Graham
  • Nancy Roberts
  • Pat Calabro
  • Pat Viera
  • Renaye Johnson
  • Saira Grube
  • Sharon Petersen
  • Tom Quinlavin
  • Yumiko Nishizawa


CAA members will be guest docents here in the gallery each day during the show - be sure to come by and say hello! We're open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, May 21st, 2-4pm. 

Renaye Johnson

Poem: Cyanaen Rocks

 

Rocks by Lorraine Wells

Cyanaen Rocks


How could water move    

Euripides Ignatius and Plato 

Do not have no way around it 


Dancing rocks bright red corals 

The wind blows high this very day 

day passed night on its way 


Bright blue sky 

Dancing rocks 

Jason sea Odyssey 


Sea is so calm here 

rocks more as soft boulders 

How could they move 

a little in two centuries 


Could the water move 

we through it 

could we move along the Water 

rock stone boulder 

dance in the sea 


We will kiss the lizard king and she

And be well in home


Yes home.


Thomas Stanton
© 2022

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The Benicia First Tuesday Poets’ Group and members of Benicia Literary Arts have written ekphrastic poems about paintings from our show, Watercolor - A Happy Medium.

Ekphrastic poems are vivid verbal descriptions of a work of art. Fifteen different poets each came to the aRt Cottage to pick one pieces from each of the 15 artists in the show. 

Poem: Settled

 

Settled - Barbara Tapp

Settled

two buildings

one in decay

the other a beautiful house


located in close proximity 


each with a history

one more recent than the other


both inhabited


the building in decay

lives bats, spiders and other creatures

the beautiful house

people dwell


both places create a home

comfort from weather,

place to raise young,


have food,

realms of safety,

and most important thrive


both buildings life has settled

settled in

settled


Thomas Garry
© 2022

••••••••••
The Benicia First Tuesday Poets’ Group and members of Benicia Literary Arts have written ekphrastic poems about paintings from our show, Watercolor - A Happy Medium.

Ekphrastic poems are vivid verbal descriptions of a work of art. Fifteen different poets each came to the aRt Cottage to pick one pieces from each of the 15 artists in the show. 

Poem: Day Trippers

 

Day Trippers by Ruth Miller


Day Trippers

Beach bicycles navigate
Rough cobbled paths
Beams of light ignite
Kaleidoscope colors 
Sun filtered emotions  
Delight spirits to dance
Gusts of ocean air
Tangle hair in disarray
Laughter follows behind

Sand-covered lovers
Inhale fragrant breaths
Warmed by exertion
Seagulls squawk overhead
Race to the water
Boats bump the dock
Hearts beat in rhythm  
Seaside shops lure  
Travelers to their repast

Aromas of brewed coffee
Mated with baked croissants
Encourage seasoned riders’
Reflection upon years
Tasty morsels savored
Tender moments shared
Memories created to last
For when they cannot ride
Bicycles to the shore

Sandra Simmer
© 2022

••••••••••
The Benicia First Tuesday Poets’ Group and members of Benicia Literary Arts have written ekphrastic poems about paintings from our show, Watercolor - A Happy Medium.

Ekphrastic poems are vivid verbal descriptions of a work of art. Fifteen different poets each came to the aRt Cottage to pick one pieces from each of the 15 artists in the show. 

Poem: Ninety-Nine

 

Oldie But Goodie - Leslie Wilson


Ninety-Nine

On her 99th birthday
She asked me, “How ya doin’?”
   “Really,” I said, 
   “If anyone but you asked me that,
    “I’d have said, ‘Gettin’ old, and feelin’ it.”

We laughed.

By phone, we bridged the continent
   and the 50 years past.
We reminisced a bit,
But more than that –
   More than the weather –
   Or the rust and brokenness of age…
We renewed our shared sentiment
   For peace in a world at war
   For clean air, justice and good government.

On her 99th birthday
When we rang off our phone
We gave thanks.
She’s an oldie,
   But God, is she a goodie.


Roger Straw
© 2022

••••••••••
The Benicia First Tuesday Poets’ Group and members of Benicia Literary Arts have written ekphrastic poems about paintings from our show, Watercolor - A Happy Medium.

Ekphrastic poems are vivid verbal descriptions of a work of art. Fifteen different poets each came to the aRt Cottage to pick one pieces from each of the 15 artists in the show.