Water, water everywhere...

Stone's Throw from the Golden Gate by Judith McCall

We're so lucky to live in Northern California, where beautiful waterscapes are everywhere. From the sandy coast of the Pacific Ocean, to the still waters of the San Francisco Bay, to the meandering rivers of the Sacramento Delta - creative inspiration abounds here in brilliant blues and greens.

Our June show is All About Water. We held an open call for this show, which always brings out new artists in the area and fresh works of art on the theme.

Be sure to join us at the opening reception on June 8th!

Trout by Pat Viera

Call for Artists!

A Day at the Beach by Sandy Leonard

CALL FOR ARTISTS

We are now accepting submissions for artwork relevant to the water theme.
All mediums and styles, 2D and 3D are welcome!

Visit the Artist Submissions page to register online.
Send your images to frogard2000@gmail.com for publicity consideration.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Saturday, May 25 (3-5pm) - Deliver art
Tuesday, June 4 - Show opens
Saturday, June 8 (2-4pm) - Artist Reception/Open House
Sunday, June 30 (1-3pm) - Pick up art

Pssst...Sandy's painting above was sold in this month's show!

We're part of Concord's 7th Annual Art, Wine & Beer Walk!

We're proud to be part of Concord's 7th Annual Art, Wine & Beer Walk!

Saturday, May 11th  1-4pm

Enjoy our current show - Mark Jezierny & Students

With special guest artists - Spike Mills & Jeremy Ruys

Entry Table by Jeremy Ruys
Created with reclaimed wood from the Tubbs Fire



Special guest artist - Spike Mills

Goomee Planter  (California Redwood, 16x10")

Acclaimed artist Spike Mills is visiting from Canada - and we're so delighted to feature some of his work here at the aRt Cottage during the month of May!

Spike carves and paints unique sculptures and masks from fallen trees and reclaimed wood.

Chupcan Queen  (White Cedar, 34x10")

Mt. Diablo Goomee  (California Redwood, 48x14")

Growing up in Wawa, Ontario, Spike spent much of his boyhood outdoors, exploring the woods, climbing the hills and scavenging the beaches of nearby Lake Superior.

Spike saw faces everywhere...shimmering on the lake, lurking in the woods, etched onto the rocks. The images "freaked me out," says Spike, because he knew they existed only in his mind. His parents dismissed their son's visions as fanciful daydreams, but the faces were very real to Spike, and seemed to emanate from a parallel world that both frightened him and beckoned to him. He wondered if he could unite with the faces...and now that boyhood curiosity has morphed into an obsessive life's calling. "I knew then that I could manifest what I was seeing and bring these faces to life," he says. "I'm still at it."  

Click here to read Spike's full bio.



Mark Jezierny and his students return




Mark Jezierny has been passionate about art since childhood and in 1990, he received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been teaching in the Bay Area for many years. We're delighted to have Mark and his students, past and present, back for another show in May. 

Lafayette Reservoir

"Mark's paintings of Northern California landscapes, buildings and industrial scenes are done with both brush and/or palette knife. He creates an impressionistic style with an approach that is unconventional. yet boldly realistic. He uses color to convey mood, atmosphere and perspective with an energy that depicts the overall spirit of the subject matter. Texture and shading are effectively used to emphasize the form, density and richness of natural and man made objects."  - Walter Mast

Old Borges Ranch Barn

When art students come together, great things happen!

Leafscape by Walter Crew

Our local community college DVC (Diablo Valley College) has a wonderful art program. In 2001, a group of 14 art students decided to gather outside of class for critique sessions to help improve their skills. After a while the group became known as CC14 (CC for our county of Contra Costa) and has grown to well beyond 14 members, including current DVC students and former alumni.

CC14 members' work is featured for the month of April and you're sure to find something you'll want to bring home!

Join us for the CC14 Artist Reception on Saturday, April 6th, 2-4pm.


Landscapes of the Mind - March Show

By River Huston

In our March show, Landscapes of the Mind, you'll take a wild ride from the natural world to the exciting, abstract world of fantasy. Nearly 30 members from the Concord Art Association are showing their visions of landscapes through paintings, photography, collage and more.