Monday, May 8, 2017

May Show

art cottage current show

This month, we're featuring art from the talented students of Leo Bersamina, art professor at Diablo Valley College. This will be a great exercise for Leo's class to learn all the ins and outs of presenting their work in a gallery.

Join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, May 13th, 2-4pm - during Concord's 5th Annual Art, Wine & Beer Walk!

Fro (left) and DVC students delivering their work

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Show - John Nicolini Retrospective

john nicolini art show

Don't miss this posthumous retrospective of John Nicolini's watercolors and oil paintings, on display at the aRt Cottage for the month of April. Thanks to his wife and family, John's wonderful work is being kept alive to inspire future generations of artists.

Come to our opening reception on Saturday, April 8th (2-4pm) with live music, food & wonderful art - meet John's wife, Edy!

John Nicolini received his BFA degree in 1959 from the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn, George Post, Gordon-Onslow Ford and many others. John also had the opportunity to study illustration in New York with Bernie Fuchs, Bob Peak and Robert Heindel.

Following graduation, he worked for about ten years in advertising as a graphic designer and art director. Then in 1968, he transitioned to being a full-time artist, painting every day in his studio until his death in 2014. Throughout his art career, he exhibited in many invitational and juried shows locally, nationally and internationally.

His thoughts on working with watercolor...
"I strive for a spontaneous feeling, reflecting the character of the medium by allowing splashes of color washes to form their own shapes. The intent is to improvise on a given theme."
...and on painting with oils:
"I use the texture of brush strokes to form rhythmic patterns of color movement, continually improvising regardless of subject matter."

Friday, March 3, 2017

March Show - Mark Jezierny and Students

Sierra Nevadas by Mark Jezierny
East of the Sierra Nevadas by Mark Jezierny  (Oil)

Our March exhibit featured the work of Mark Jezierny and his art students.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Show - Feel the Love

art cottage concord february show

Our group show for February will be all about our special Valentines, as well as the people, places and things that our artists love.

Join us for the Artist Reception on Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 from 2-4 pm, with live music and refreshments!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Workshop - Puffy Hearts

art cottage puffy heart valentine

Come to the aRt Cottage to make puffy hearts for Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:00 - 4:00pm
 $ 45.00 (supplies included)
Instructors:  MJ Coleman and Fro
Call 925-956-3342 to register

We have lots of craft supplies so you can make as many artful hearts as you want - such a wonderful way to create a handmade Valentine. This class is for adults only and space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

art cottage puffy heart valentine

We'll start with upcycled plastic bottles for the foundation, then you can form your dimensional heart with tissue paper, ribbons, mesh, yarns and fibers, paints, markers, stamps and stencils!

Come make Valentines with Fro!

Monday, January 2, 2017

ANYTHING GOES by Local Artists

aRt Cottage is at a new beginning point.  2017 will be the 6th year of this funky little gallery in beautiful downtown Concord.  Many Concord residents do not even know we are here - just 2 blocks from the Todos Santos Square.  And, when these newbies find us they are delightfully surprised. There are nine new artists to aRt Cottage this month, showing some very interesting work.

We hope you will come and enjoy the reception on Saturday, January 7th (2-4pm) and continue to frequent us throughout the month. The receptions are always fun and lively with a musical performance, food, and beverage.
ANYTHING GOES exhibit is up and running and open until January 28th.   This is a free event.

image by Judi Carroll