by Lisa Fulmer
In July, aRt Cottage is featuring original art and craft from members of the Concord Art Association. A Wine & Cheese Artist Reception is on Saturday, July 15 at 1-4pm. The public is welcome to come and meet the artists, hear live music and enjoy plenty of creative conversation!
Sixteen local artists are participating with paintings, photography, jewelry, greeting cards and handmade gifts. Members of CAA will also be hanging the show, hosting and promoting the reception, as well as spending time at the gallery as docents. This month-long partnership between CAA and aRt Gallery will allow local artists to get a better idea of how to operate a gallery.
Founded in 1963, the Concord Art Association supports and engages local artists of all disciplines and skill levels. Members enjoy many affordable opportunities to show and sell their work. All artists, art students and art supporters are welcome and encouraged to join. Monthly CAA meetings at the Concord Library are free and open to the public. In addition to socializing, networking and sharing our creativity, attendees get great ideas and learn new skills from inspiring demonstrations by talented guest artists at each meeting. Additional membership benefits include developing lasting friendships with other artists, taking group excursions to beautiful Bay Area locales for plein air painting, photography and sketching, plus volunteer opportunities to give back to the community.
CAA president, Lisa Fulmer, is very proud of all the members and their dedication to the arts. “Many of our members are hobbyists, others are working artists – but all of us know the value that art and creativity can bring to people’s lives. Whether we’re supporting our library, helping Girl Scouts earn their art badges, teaching art classes, or shining a light on local high school art students, we love the time we spend sharing our creativity with each other and the Concord community.”
As a long-standing nonprofit organization, CAA not only supports its members, but also the nonprofit organization is highly committed to being a valuable asset to the city’s businesses, residents and visitors. “Our Board of Directors are all working to find new ways to enrich our community through art education, exhibits, public art projects, special events and outreach programs,” says Fulmer.
Featured Concord-area artists in the “New Works” show at aRt Cottage include Amy Eikner, Catherine Hensiek, Cathy McNutt, Julie Limberg, Laurie Mansur, Lisa Fulmer, Michelle Mattea, Monica Meza, Pat Viera, Renaye Johnson, Sandi Sherwood, Sandy Leonard, Saundra Lyle, Sharon Petersen, Stella Advani and Yumiko Nishizawa.
The “New Works” show runs July 5-28, 2017. aRt Cottage is in downtown Concord at 2238 Mt. Diablo Street. The hours open to the public are Tuesdays through Fridays, 11am-5pm plus Saturdays 1-5pm. Visit concordartassociation.com or artcottage.info for more information.
DC3 Propeller by Michelle Mattea, photograph
Bench Buddies by Sharon Petersen, watercolor
Glass & Lava Rock by Stella Advani, jewelry
The Abyss by Lisa Fulmer, acrylic