Lafayette

Lafayette Art Galley is show's 'Location'

"Location, location, location" may be the rule of real estate, for the artists at the Lafayette Art Gallery, it also speaks to the gallery's new location at The Forge, built on Mt. Diablo Boulevard in 1946 by the noted metal artist Carl Jennings.

The Lafayette Art Gallery artists are celebrating with the new exhibit "Location," continues through May 3, featuring more than 100 works of original art by our local members.

ORINDA

High School Visual Arts Competition display

Entries in the 11th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition will be on display through March.

This annual event showcases and acknowledges 2D, 3D, and photography (with new subcategory of Digital Designs), work by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga or Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School.

Library hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

MORAGA

Gallery hosts paintings by Kerima Swain

The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show, "Illuminated by Nature," highlighting the beauty and wonder of the natural world through oil and acrylic paintings by resident artist Kerima Swain of Walnut Creek and watercolor paintings by guest artist Karen Kramer of Oakland.

The show, which opened March 19, will run through May 31. An opening reception, where guests can meet the gallery's artists, takes place Saturday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.

The gallery is located at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.

Different versions of 'ANTIGONE' woven together

"ANTIGONE(S)" is the spring production of the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary's College, with performances scheduled for the campus' LeFevre Theatre April 2-6.

ANTIGONE examines the conflict between the state's use of authority to protect social order and the individual's conscience that requires an action in opposition to the state.

Performances are April 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; seniors and students (non-SMC) are $8, and SMC faculty, staff and students $5. For information or to make reservations, call the college's box office at 925-631-4670. Tickets are also available online at www.brownpapertickets.com

Saint Mary's exhibitions now open

Exhibitions open at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art include:

  • "From Swords to Plowshares (through April 13): Metal Trench Art from World War I" -- During the "Great War," soldiers crafted art from artillery shells, bullets, aircraft parts, shrapnel and other salvaged military detritus. Works in the exhibition are brass, made between battles in France and Belgium. The works tell tales of bravery, grief, loneliness, boredom, fear, faith, hope, despair and patriotism.

  • "Songs of the Patriot: How Music Helped Win World War I" (through April 13) -- Through original chromolithographic cover illustrations of popular songs, sheet music and lyrics, this exhibition gives viewers a sense of life on the home front by exploring how music publishers, songwriters, cover artists, and singers generated support for troops overseas. "Music will help win the war," declared Leo Feist, major publisher of popular music in the 1910s and 1920s, "because a nation that sings can never be beaten."

  • "Illuminating Divine Word Anew: Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible" (through April 6) -- The entire new Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible, the first handwritten illuminated Bible manuscript commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years, is on display in the Saint Mary's Museum this spring. Individual books and pages will be rotated and turned weekly throughout the exhibition.

    Walnut Creek

    Volunteer Information Day at Bedford Gallery

    Learn about the fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at the Bedford Gallery at a Volunteer Information Day event from 10 a.m. until noon April 21 at the Bedford Gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Dr. in Walnut Creek.

    Attendees can speak with current volunteers, meet gallery curator Carrie Lederer, enjoy coffee and pastries while browsing the current show "Sky: A National Juried Exhibition" and enter for a chance to win fabulous door prizes.

    The Bedford offers various volunteer opportunities, including welcoming visitors at the reception desk, hosting receptions and special events, producing fundraising events and offering field trips and other fun events for members. The gallery's docents lead tours that include hands-on art projects for 2,500 school children annually, and guide visits for adult groups.

    Volunteer Day admission is free and open to anyone 18 and over interested in becoming a docent, guild member or short-term volunteer or intern.

    For more information, call 925-295-1417 or go to www.bedfordgallery.org

    Printmakers show starts April 2 at library

    Five printmakers in the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education "Printmakers Open Studio" who meet weekly in a collaborative setting at the city's Shadelands campus studio will be featured in a show of their work produced during the "Open Studio" at the Civic Arts Shadelands Campus.

    The exhibit runs April 2-May 25 at the Walnut Creek Community Art Gallery in the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway. It features printmakers Marian Sims Harris (monotype prints), Stephanie Scott (etchings and engravings), Arline Reimann (linocut prints), Kiyomi Kumo (monotype and drypoint prints) and Carol Brent Levin (monotype prints).

    A meet-the-artists session is scheduled for April 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library.

    Singer Clairdee to perform with CAE jazz band

    Soul-jazz singer Clairdee joins the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band at 3 p.m. April 6 at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.

    With a powerful voice that belies her petite frame, San Francisco-based Clairdee brings a romantic tone to timeless standards. She adds her own fresh approach to songs by Duke Ellington, Jule Styne and the Gershwins.

    "We're very fortunate to have Clairdee as our featured vocalist," says Jazz Band director Max Pricco. "She is committed to educating and empowering people through music, which fits in perfectly with our work here at CAE."

    In addition to providing back up for Clairdee, the CAE Jazz Band will also present a selection of its own instrumental jazz tunes.

    For tickets, at $10 each, call 925-943-5846.

    Valley's 'Fresh Color' starts March 29

    "Fresh Color," a new collection of more than 300 new works of fine art, crafts and jewelry, opens March 29 at the Valley Art Gallery,

    A artists' reception at the gallery is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 (in Palm Court) in downtown Walnut Creek.

    Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    For more information, go to http://www.valleyartgallery.org

    Festival Opera seeks help to stage shows

    Walnut Creek-based Festival Opera is seeking financial help from the community -- about $50,000 worth of help -- to stage "The Emperor of Atlantis: A Legend in Four Scenes" and "Another Sunrise" April 26 and 28.

    In a news release, Festival Opera Executive Director Sara Nealy said her company has set up a fundraising page on www.indiegogo.com to help solicit and field contributions.

    "We are doing what we can afford, and using the year to recover from some financial setbacks," Nealy said in the release. "Though smaller-scale, we are very excited about the work."

    Donations will be used exclusively to fund production expenses such as the singers, the stage director, the conductor, the production director/technical director, musicians, the stage manager, music licensing, lighting, props, costumes, makeup and wigs, designers, rehearsal accompanist and the rental of the venue and rehearsal space.

    Festival Opera's website says that by presenting "two beautiful works that are smaller-scale, more intimate and simpler in design, yet still artistically significant, we hope, in short, to stay alive and relevant -- to keep producing meaningful work, and to allow us time to gather more resources."

    "The Emperor of Atlantis: A Legend in Four Scenes" and "Another Sunrise" will be performed April 26 at 7:30 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    All performances at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. For ticket information, go to http://www.festivalopera.org

    Donahoes' photos on display at Boundary Oak

    "At Play: Recreation Near and Far," an exhibit of photos by Tom and Nancy Donahoe depicting what people do for fun and health, and the seriousness with which they go about those pursuits, is currently on view at the Boundary Oak Golf Club, 3800 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek.

    The photos will be on display in the club house through April 3.

    The photos range from the sheer fun of the playground to youth sports, pickup games, individual skills and serious competition. They were taken in locations from Walnut Creek to Russia.

    The Donahoes have exhibited previously in the Walnut Creek Library, City Hall and at Civic Arts at the Shadelands.