'Starry Nights concert series continues Friday

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood continues its 2013 "Starry Nights Summer Concert Series with The Fukton Street Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Friday at City Park, 710 Second St.

The band will play muisc from the 1940s and 1950s.

Ample parking is available in the parking garage at 150 City Park Way (between City Hall and the Community Center). Don t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic basket and enjoy our first of nine summer concerts in the park.

On tap July 5 is the Summerset Big Band featuring Mike Spellman singing Frank Sinatra songs.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation office at 516-5444.

Discover Art League show at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Umpqua Bank and Discover Art League host an art exhibit through July.

The artwork of Yisehak Fikre-Sellassie (acrylics, oils), Beverly Turner (sculpture), Anna Chunn (watercolor and acrylics) will be shown.

Turner s sculptures have won awards. The fun of capturing in clay human emotions and personality is central to her passion in sculpting and teaching. An artist since 1966, she moved to Brentwood in 2011.

Yisehak Fikre-Sellassie was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was first inspired by his grandmother, Princess Welete-Israel Seyuom. As a devout Christian, without any formal art education, he produced and dedicated spiritual paintings to the church. Uprooted from his native land and separated from his parents by the 1974 revolution, Yisehak s work reflects a strong feeling for human condition. He works in two- and three-dimensional designs and in a wide variety of mediums.

Chunn began as a fiber artist, painting (dying) silk scarves. Her interest in watercolor was a direct result of painting on silk. For the past couple of years she has been exploring the abstract design, using acrylic and encaustic media, which allows her intuitive instincts to flourish while painting.

The exhibit will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays throughout June and July.

Celebration of Art(to open in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- The Celebration of Art, again being co-hosted by the The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and the Antioch Historical Society, is set for June 30.

The ninth annual exhibit will be held at the Antioch Historical Society Museum at 1500 W. Fourth St. This is a nonjuried exhibit with no required theme, and is expected to attract some 60 local artists. The celebration begins with an artists reception from 2 to 4 p.m. June 29, and continues 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through July 27. Admission is free.

For more information, email diance@art4antioch.org, or call 925-325-9897.

Summerset Singers perform three concerts

BRENTWOOD -- The Summerset Singers presents "Songs from the Heart, a choral concert sure to delight those of all ages. The performance is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Allan E Jones Performing Arts Center, Liberty High School, 850 Second St., Brentwood.

General admission is $15, youth 17 and younger are $7.50. Tickets can be purchased online at www.summersetsingers.org, or by calling 925-634-0082.

The group also performs the same concert at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Summerset III Vista Theater, 1581 Regent Drive.

The concert includes many choral favorites as well as selections from "Les Miserables, "West Side Story, and a rousing Beatles medley. Summerset concert tickets are $15 and are available from the Summerset IV activities desk or call 925-813-0996.

Discover Art League has 15th annual show, sale

BRENTWOOD -- The Discover Art League is exhibiting artwork from its 15th annual Judged Art Show at CR Framing and Gallery, 700 Harvest Park Drive, Suite 1.

The show will run through July 18. The featured student artist is Joshua Vreeland, origami and paper arts. Among other artists with work on display are Diane Klein Gwynne (oil), Rosalinda Grejsen (sculpture) and Anna Chunn (watercolor).

Contact Josie O Malley at 925-446-2849 or e-mail jomalle43@yahoo.com.

Dianne Gwynne named artist of the month

BRENTWOOD -- The Discover Art League hosts a show of the work of Diane Gwynne, Artist of the Month for June.

Gwynne is a self-taught artist who prefers to work with oils. In 2012, she continued to perfect her talents under the instruction of artist Mark Roberts at Las Positas Junior College, and has studied privately under several other professional artists. She loves color and the blending of it to produce tones that complement and enhance her works.

Gwynne paints under the name of DiLynn.

Her work is at CR Framing & Gallery, 700 Harvest Park Drive, Ste. I, Brentwood. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Diane Gwynne 925-240-2944.

Gallery On Second presents new exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery On Second presents a fine art exhibit showcasing the watercolor paintings by acclaimed Bay Area artist and designer, Alvin Joe.

The exhibit runs noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through June 29 at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St.

For information, call 925 516-4477 or go to http://thegalleryonsecond.org.

-- Nan Hargis