Mountain Shadow to host 'Facing Fear' discussion
Jason Cohen, director of the Oscar nominated short documentary "Facing Fear," will be on hand for an April 11 Q&A session in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Public Library, part of the monthly presentation series by Mountain Shadow, a nonprofit startup film society.
Described as "a journey of forgiveness," "Facing Fear" explores a Neo-Nazi who viciously assaulted a gay man, and the pair's chance meeting 25 years later.
The winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, "The Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life," will also be shown. This film shows how music and optimism helped Alice Herz Sommer -- who died recently at age 109 -- have a good life. She was described as the world's older Holocaust survivor.
The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. Limited general admission seating for non-members will be available with a suggested $12 donation.
More information about the films, as well as Mountain Shadow Film Society, is available on the website http://mountainshadow.org or by contacting Mountain Shadow's director, John Bennison firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 now open 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 through 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).
Singer Clairdee to perform with CAE jazz band
Soul-jazz singer Clairdee joins the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, 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' show now open
"Fresh Color," a new collection of more than 300 new works of fine art, crafts and jewelry, opened March 29 at the Valley Art 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
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.
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.
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 showwill run through May 31.
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 email@example.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: