Walnut Creek

'Local Produce' come to Valley Art Gallery

There will be a free reception this Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Valley Art Gallery's new "Local Produce" exhibit of paintings by local artists.

The Highway 24-Interstate 680 corridor is home to an amazing array of artistic talent, and the Valley Art Gallery is pleased to offer a juried selection of the very best local works, ranging from large, nonobjective abstracts to scenic landscapes to evocative etchings.

This new exhibit runs through Oct. 2.

In addition to the new exhibit on the gallery main walls, the gallery has 30 "rolling walls" which display more than 300 additional works of art. Visitors can enjoy moving the walls and viewing the works at their own pace, or with the assistance of gallery volunteers. The gallery also features a continuously changing selection of fine crafts and jewelry, all hand crafted by Bay Area artisans.

Valley Art Gallery, at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, is a volunteer run, nonprofit organization that has been representing artists of the Bay Area for 65 years.

Submit for 'WC100' exhibition by Sept. 4


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In honor of Walnut Creek's centennial, the Bedford Gallery, located in the Lesher Center for the Arts, will begin the fall season with an exhibition of artwork that reflects the community's rich history, land, commerce and culture, both past and present.

Everyone who loves Walnut Creek is invited to enter a work of art. The "Walnut Creek Turns 100: Celebrating the City Through Art," deadline for submission is Sept. 4.

To find out more, visit www. bedfordgallery.org/wc100. The exhibition will open Sunday, Sept. 21, at Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.

Wind symphony looking for players

The Contra Costa Wind Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, has openings for performers on a umber of different instruments.

Among the players sought are for French horn, tuba and percussion.

Those interested can contact conductor Duane Carroll by going to www.CCWindSymphony.org and pressing the "contact" link.

Creative Work Fund artists' grants

The San Francisco-based nonprofit Creative Work Fund is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its 2014-2015 grant cycle, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 available to Bay Area media and traditional artists and collaborating nonprofits.

To that end, the nonprofit is holding a grant applicationseminar in Walnut Creek on Monday, Aug. 18 in the Oak Room of the Walnut Creek library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek to assist area applicants with the inquiry process.

To register, or for more information, go to www.creativeworkfund.org

Talks of the Muslim 'counternarrative'

In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture.

Hosting such a "counternarrative" is the Walnut Creek Library, which has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association, to offer "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a five-part community reading and discussion series led by nationally renowned scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College).

The first for discussion program is Aug. 27, with an exploration of the book "Prince Among Slaves" by Terry Alford.

Subsequent discussion programs will run Sept. 10 ("The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States," edited by Edward E. Curtis IV); Oct. 8 ("Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim" by Eboo Patel; Oct. 22 ("A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence from the Middle East to America" by Leila Ahmed); and Nov. 12, with "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson.

All these free discussions take place in Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room at 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.

For more information, go to wclibrary.org/event/roads/

ORINDA

Library gallery displays for August

On exhibit through the month of August at the Orinda Library Art Gallery are paintings by Leslie Swartz, photos by Wendy Pyman and pieces by various artists in the Clay Arts Guild.

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

LAFAYETTE

McFlynn, 'Ceramicist to the Culinary Stars,' to speak Aug. 25

Travis McFlynn, who makes ceramic (and functional) art featured in some of the Bay Area's best-known restaurants, is set to speak Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Art Gallery, 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

A graduate of California College of the Arts, McFlynn will talk about how he got his renowned clients (including the famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley) and how to make a career from your art.

McFlynn's talk is free, and all are invited.

In addition, the Association of Clay and Glass Artists is holding its annual juried exhibition at the Lafayette Art Gallery through Sept. 6. This year's exhibit, entitled "Making the Everyday Unique: Functional Clay and Glass from ACGA," is showing some of the best functional ceramics and glassware that California artists have created, including tea pots, casseroles, bowls, serving dishes and vases from more than 20 selected artists.

The Association of Clay and Glass Artists show will augment the current art exhibition at the Lafayette Art Galley, "Unique Art, Unique Homes,"offering an opportunity for homeowners and interior designers/decorators to view the gallery's offerings.

Town Hall's 'Company' opens fall season

"Company," a 1970 musical comedy based on a book George Furth and featuring

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will be Town Hall Theatre's first offering of the fall, running Sept. 12-Oct. 11 at its downtown Lafayette theater.

The winner of seven Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, "Company" focuses on Robert, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, surrounded by friends showing him the pros (and cons) of married life. It includes the songs "Barcelona," "Side By Side By Side" and "Marry Me A Little," and is rated PG-13.

The production runs Sept. 13-Oct. 11, with preview performances Sept. 11 and 12. For more information, go to www.townhalltheatre.com and click on "Main Stage." Or call 925-283-6673 (Town Hall's production office) or 925-283-1557 (box office).

MORAGA

Come to 'Revealing the Landscape'

The new Saint Mary's College Museum of Art exhibit "By Invitation Only: Revealing the Landscape" runs through Sept. 21.

This is the Museum of Art's 24th annual summer landscape exhibition, and on view will be more than 80 works of art, including paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures by 29 artists. These artists paint in plein-air in the natural landscape, sketch in urban locations, sculpt in studios and photograph on mountaintops and in their neighborhoods.

The museum of art is located off De La Salle Drive behind the campus chapel. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Share some 'Happiness' at Moraga Art Gallery

The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show entitled "Alegria -- Happiness and Art," highlighting the bright, colorful figurative paintings by Angelica Samame and the bold line and form featured in ceramics by guest artist Cuong Ta.

The show opened Aug. 13 and will run through Oct. 25. A free opening reception featuring the gallery's artists takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show also includes works by the gallery's 16 resident artists and several guest artists.

The gallery is located at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga, and is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the gallery's website: www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.