Lunch Break at a Gallery....

Come on in and enjoy the exhibit
aRt Cottage is now offering the opportunity for downtown employees to come and sit in the garden, browse through the gallery, enjoy the music and birds.........and have a lunch break.  Many employees walk the Todos Santos Plaza Square for exercise during their lunch break.  aRt Cottage is just 1.5 blocks away and offers a wonderful place to relax and enjoy your lunch - bag it; get take out; or perhaps something from the farmer's market on Tues. or Thurs.  Expand your horizon and come on down to 2238 Mt. Diablo Street in Concord.

What are People Saying?

“Fantastic place. Great exhibition. Best wishes for the future…” Kevin Sanchez

“We love your Art Cottage. So much creativity and fun. XOX” Ann and Jim Vestal

“Welcome to the neighborhood. Concord needs more places like this!!!” Tim and Koko Shipman

“What a Wonderful place!”

“So glad to have you in the neighborhood. Congrats on a wonderful show.” Robriel Wolf

“Beautiful photographs and paintings. Enjoyed it all.” Amory & Peter

“Inspired. Thank you.” Beth Witrogen

“Thank you for opening this wonderful space for the community. What a blessing! Namaste.” Judy Ranieri

Artists Reception

Saturday was the Artists Reception for our new show, Africa: Two Views. It was a beautiful afternoon and over 100 guests turned out to view the artwork of Walter Crew and Mark & Cathy Pemberton. The energy level was very high as the enthusiastic art aficionados went from room to room admiring the various works. Stylistically, Walter's paintings and scratchboards and Mark and Cathy's black and white photographs were 180 degrees apart and yet complemented each other so well that they represented a logically unified body of work.

Each attendee had to opportunity to vote for their favorite painting and photograph. Many a person commented that they could not possibly pick just one image. However , eventually they did manage to select their favorites. There was a tie for first place among the photographs. Cathy's "Lioness" and Mark's "Reticulated Giraffes" tied for first. Among the paintings, Walter's "Maasai Cattle Herders" was judged to be the favorite.

Many thanks to all of the people who helped to make this reception a great success. Special thanks to Benjamin Ofori, our African drummer, for providing entertainment. I would also like to thank Linda Wagner for her great handling of the food and beverages. And finally thanks to Joe Eiers for photographing the event.

Stay tuned for more news on upcoming shows.

Attendees enjoy the Artwork

Jim and Ann Vestal discuss things with FRO

Benjamin Ofori - African Drummer

A lighthearted moment

People's Choice: 1st Place (tie) - Lioness by Cathy Pemberton

People's Choice: 1st Place (tie) - Reticulated Giraffes by Mark Pemberton

People's Choice: 1st Place - Maasai Cattle Herders by Walter Crew

Photographs of the reception by Joe Eiers.

Africa: Two Views

I am delighted to announce our new show at the aRt Cottage.

The show “Africa: Two Views” presents two different perspectives of the African continent. Walter Crew draws upon the colors, patterns and rhythms of the land and culture of Africa to create paintings that capture the richness and vitality of the wildlife and native populations. In this show, photographers Mark and Cathy Pemberton have eschewed the use of color to produce a series of intimate black and white portraits intended to isolate the personality and soul of the animals and people of Africa.

Walter Crew is a well-known artist in the San Francisco East Bay area. He is a member of multiple local artist associations and participates regularly in local art shows. His award winning paintings can be found in local galleries. Walter is best knows for his paintings of animals and his richly textured landscapes and backgrounds.
Mark and Cathy Pemberton are photographers with passions for travel and for sharing their experiences. Their travels have included photographing landscapes and wildlife in Alaska, Sierra Mountains, polar bears in Churchill Canada, Iceland, the southwest, winter in Yellowstone, Death Valley and of course Africa. Many of their photographs have won first prize awards in local and regional photo contests. They have also made multiple presentations to local groups regarding their travel experiences.

Please come visit us at the aRt Cottage and view these wonderful works. We are holding an Opening reception this Saturday, May 5th from 2 to 5 pm. In addition to meeting the artists we will have some snacks and even an African Drummer. The show runs through May 31st.