What is CC14? 14 Contra Costa Artists.

What is CC14? 14 Contra Costa Artists.

Bhudda Nature by Aiko Damrow

Once upon a time, there were some mature adults who were hungry for learning and experiencing art classes in a serious environment. Some were beginners and some were already professional artists showing in exhibits and selling their work. So, these adventure seeking adults, some in their senior years and retired, went to a wonderful college with a fantastic art department where they felt welcomed. Diablo Valley College (DVC), our community college provided us with a world of opportunity, professional teachers, working studio space and wonderful critiques to make us better artists and help us develop our own styles. I am using “us” because I am one of these artists. Many times, these artists would cross paths by taking the same classes. A comradery developed between these artists that is still alive to date. The art critiques were no longer just happening at mid-terms or finals time, they were ongoing for the CC14ers on a monthly basis as they rotated from one artists home to another. We would bring our work to a monthly critique session for advice and feedback. Our work continued to improve, our confidence grew, and we found our way in the “art world”. Many of us have our own studios, away from home, and our own art businesses, ranging from web site building, art selling, gallery owning, curating and exhibiting in juried shows. When asked, “What has CC14 meant to you?” Jim Jordan, a fellow CC14 artist, replied, “CC14 has given me a great opportunity to compare notes, get critiques, and show our work together.”
Places CC14 has shown are the DVC Art Department Gallery, thanks to Scott Arthur King, director of that gallery, the DVC Library where many of us are now in their permanent collection, the Orinda Library, John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek and the aRt Cottage. This group was “born” in the early 2000’s with the suggestion and encouragement of one of our teachers, Lynette Montgomery and it is still in existence to date. We have grown to more than the original 14 but have kept the CC14 name.
Open House is Saturday April 6 from 2pm to 4pm. the show runs through end of April. 2238 Mt. Diablo St. , Concord.
artcottage.info. (Top image: Spring Run by Jim Jordan)