The Emotion of Art

Artist:  Rashmi Rajesh

Our October show is extra special - a striking mix of painting and poetry. Our curator has partnered poems from the Mt. Diablo Writers Group with art from members of the Lamorinda Arts Alliance to bring out special nuances in their work.

"I gather my energy and strength at will
As I determine the path of my unbridled spill
A path so treacherous and unyielding
My compass set and not revealing."

  - Excerpt from The Hurricane by Lynne Grant Westenhaver

Join us for an Open House and Artist Reception on Saturday, October 6th, 2-4pm.

Landscapes Near and Far

Big Sur by Kimberly Votaw

Venice by Anamilena Ayala  

Artists from all over the Bay Area have come together to share their visions of land and sea in September - you'll find both familiar locales and imaginative vistas.


Psychological Abstraction

Tom Quinlavin

"The choice early in life to make abstract paintings is to undertake a rich journey, but one that is, more than not, solitary and accompanied by self-doubt. Tom Quinlavin has been making abstract paintings in the expressionist genre as long as I’ve known him, which goes back to New York City around 1982.

From the time he finished his studies with Robert Yasuda at C.W. Post, Tom never looked toward academia for support, instead venturing on an independent course pushing his personal limits of freedom and excessiveness. Always sincere and full of conviction, Tom’s work relies on an energy of unknown fearlessness and chaos and ranged from bacchanalian-inspired gestures of recklessness to gestures of furious directional intensity.

With his recent work, his imagery continues to emerge with increasing focus, discrete edges and autonomous elemental shapes. A quiet confidence has replaced the unbridled recklessness in his earlier work while the exuberance of color and materiality persist."

- Donald Alberti


Kareem Assab


Kareem Assab was born and raised in Morocco, surrounded by the rich and vibrant colors of everyday life, such as tiles, mosaics, spices in the souk (market), as well as the architecture in the region. In his paintings, he seeks to combine the warm, rich, exotic colors of North Africa with the beauty of wine country landscapes and abstract ideas. The images he creates often tell stories of life, friendship and playfulness. Kareem has worked to create a unique and charming vision - his hope is to help people who see his work feel joyful.

Come see the menagerie!

The Horse by Jill Dregger

So many animals! Over 25 artists are featured in our newest show for July, All Creatures Great and Small. Sculpture, photography, painting and drawing - any medium you please is here for you to enjoy and maybe even purchase to take home.

By Steven Burchik

Whisky by Judith Kunzle

New artists coming to the aRt Cottage in June

By Robert Bradley
In June, we're excited to feature several Contra Costa County artists who have never shown their work here before. Don't miss this show - it's truly a feast for the eyes!

Participating artists include:
RUTH McMILLAN
MICHELLE RODES
LILA STRONG
ROZ ZINNS
MARTIN BIRO
ROBERT BRADLEY
WALTER CREW
AISSA MARKEY
LEE VON RACKEL
MARIO SCHARMER
COLIN HALL

Still Life III by Martin Biro

6th Annual Art, Wine & Beer Walk

Artist: Wanyi Lao

We're delighted to be part of the 6th Annual Art, Wine & Beer Walk on Saturday, May 12th. You can buy tickets right here at aRt Cottage or click here to buy them online.


Our May exhibit features wonderful work from art students at Diablo Valley College - come support our burgeoning artists!

Take a class with Mark Jezierny


Every year, we're honored to highlight work from Mark's students in the Mt. Diablo Adult Education workshops. His next general workshop begins on April 23, 2018 for 9 weeks on Monday nights:
Think of this class as private lessons in a group setting! It's for anyone interested in drawing and/or painting. It's for those who have never taken an art course or who feel that they are lacking in the fundamentals of various art applications. It's for the experienced artist who would like guidance or wants to take their art to the next level. All media welcome. You will develop your own style and choose subject matter ranging from abstraction to realism. Supplies and materials will be discussed at first class.
Mark also teaches "Fundamentals Of Painting - Landscape And Portraits - Oil And Acrylic." If you haven't taken one of his classes - we highly recommend it!