Sunday, February 1, 2015


Our February show features two superb women artists.

Joan McCarthy  is an artist who experiments with a variety of  mediums, methods and styles of  art.  She plays, enjoys, and frustrates herself countless numbers of days and nights.

"I have fun, I find beauty and self expression in my work."

In this show she hopes you will share the feelings she has tried to express in her paintings.

Ruth Beeve is a native Californian.  She studied art at U C Berkeley, Ohlone College in Fremont, Pacific Union College in Angwin, and at workshops with many nationally known painters.  Although she paints many other areas as well, she has spent a lot of time painting on location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.  John Muir named them the "Range Of Light".  She travels to the high country and paints that light as often as possible.

The show runs from February 3rd through the 28th. We will have the opening Artists Reception onSaturday, February 7th from 2 to 5 pm. This promises to be a beautiful exhibit. Please come and join us!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Ring in the New Year with Bill Voigt and Mike Nelson

Happy New Year!

Can you believe that the aRt Cottage has been in operation for 3 years now. During that time period, the Cottage has hosted 34 shows, one each month. And 2015 is looking very exciting.

Our first show of the year features two unique artists; Bill Voigt and  Mike Nelson.

Bill Voigt grew up in the East Bay, and currently lives in Point Richmond, CA. In 2008 he attended a workshop by the Nature Printing Society, and was immediately attracted to gyotaku, or Japanese fish (gyo) printing (taku). This art form captures the details of scale, texture and essence of fish. Fish make ideal subjects for printing. They are (usually) bi-laterally flattened; they have a variety of scale textures, and diversity of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. Also, they are readily available at local fish markets in the Bay Area. Each fish species presents a unique challenge.

Mike Nelson bills himself as a Designer, Illustrator and Painter of Friendly Things. He studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco in the 1960's and worked as a commercial illustrator for many years.

Desiring greater creative involvement Mike wanted to return to painting. His wife's family was involved in logging during this time period, in Boonville CA and had many great stories and old photos of logging the redwoods along the Mendocino coast. With the family experiences as source material and after reading about logging in the 1800’s, Mike began a very interesting series of paintings.

The show opens January 6th and runs through the 31st. We will be hosting an Artist’s Reception Saturday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 5 pm. Please come visit us at the aRt Cottage and view this unique show.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Hey art aficionados! Our December Arts and Crafts show is up and it looks stunning. This will be great fun for the holiday season and we have some special surprises.

Our opening reception is this Saturday, December 6, from 2 to 5 pm and it is going to be a hum-dinger! First of all we will have music provided by Alice Martinez and her ukulele. Nothing like Christmas music to the ukulele. We will also have Franklin T. Burroughs who will be giving a reading of his fiction from the book "tremors", a book of short fiction by California writers. And finally we have Tony Saraceno pouring samples of his Nimium Wines.

This will be a great opening reception and a great show. Please come and visit us.


Opening Reception
Saturday, December 6th, 2-5 pm
aRt Cottage
2238 Diablo St.
Concord, CA

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Come celebrate the holiday season with aRt Cottage. We have an exceptional show for you in November titled appropriately enough "CELEBRATE".

The show opens on Nov. 4th and runs through the 29th. The Opening Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8th from 2-5 pm.

Artists in the November show have a common thread between them.  Each artist is a member of the East Bay Artists Guild.  This unique group of talented individuals is comprised of artists of all levels and include a variety of two and three dimensional art.   Media these artists use to express themselves range from painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, photography, fine furniture, glass art, textiles and so much more. The East Bay Artists Guild (or EBAGers as I fondly call them) bring art into the community through art exhibitions and community art events.  They come together for networking, sharing, building art and business skills and art education.  Meetings are held monthly where guest speakers provide demos and critiques.  EBAG is co-sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Parks Department.  Membership is open to any artist or art lover who subscribes to the purpose of the organization which is to be dedicated to the success of artists, and drive towards integrating the benefits of art and art appreciation into the communities.

We are also planning our annual Arts and Crafts Festival for December. If you are interested in submitting your work for this event go to the NEXT SHOW page for more information.


Monday, September 29, 2014

"Art is What You Can Get Away With"

Cathy Riggs, Gwenn Spratt, Nancy Robinson, and Pamela McCauley 


Cathy, Gwenn, Nancy  and Pam are all members of the Martinez Gallery.

"Art is what you can get away with. We all tried to push the boundaries out on our work and reach for new ways to express ourselves.  Not one of us is limited to a certain media, we are willing to try new things to achieve the images we want.  Oil, pastels, watercolor, collage, and acrylics - none are safe from us.  We are simply sisters united in the constant search for better forms of expression."

The show runs from October 1st to 31st during normal gallery hours.  The Artist's Reception will be this coming Saturday, October 4th from 2 to 5 pm. Please join us for refreshments, entertainment and some challenging artwork.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lamorinda Arts Alliance Group Show

aRt Cottage proudly presents the Lamorinda Arts Alliance exhibit for the month of September.  The aRt Cottage would like to see many newcomers from the public welcome the artists at the Reception for the Artists, September 11, from 6 to 9.  This is a free event and open to all. The more the merrier.

Live Music will be featured by the Delta Breeze, our favorite husband and wife team -  Pauline (vocalist) and Tony Benedetti,12 string guitarist.   Wine and non alcoholic beverages will be served with finger food. 

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance or LAA as it is commonly called, was founded in 1994.  It is an organization of local artists and friends who reside or work in the area.  “We strive to provide opportunities for artists to excel in the practice of their art.  We promote the knowledge and appreciation of the arts in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and the surrounding communities.  We have 160 members.  Our artists work in many media including oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, clay, metal, stone, pastel, wood, printmaking, textiles and photography.”

LAA sponsors two cooperative art galleries where members display and sell their work:  the Lafayette Art Gallery at 3420-A  Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, and the Moraga Art Gallery at 522 Center St. in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga.  LAA sponsors an annual Artists' Open Studios in October where people may visit the artists' studios and may view and purchase their work.  We also strive to provide other exhibit opportunities for artists throughout the year.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Contra Costa Landscapes

Our next show, Contra Costa Landscapes, will be from August 1 to August 31.  This show will feature the paintings of two plein aire painters, Pam Miller and Pat Draper.

An Opening Reception is scheduled for Thursday, August 7 from 6 to 9 pm.

Pam Miller, once a long term member of the California Watercolor Association is now also painting with acrylic medium.  Pam has switched from watercolor to acrylic and enjoys plein aire painting. The elements do not frighten her. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night shall stay Pam from her appointed rounds.  She paints by mixing directly on the canvas. Her favorite tool is the palette knife;  her marks are bold and bright.  Several of Pam's paintings have depicted the aRt Cottage.  Pam's paintings reflect her cheerful, positive attitude and makes one smile.

Pat has been painting since high school and drawing all of her life.  She painted in oils to begin with and switched to acrylics in 2008.  She made the switch because the solvents were to bothersome with the oils.  Pat and Pam met through Mark Jezierney's Adult Education painting class and became colleagues.  Their adventures began through plein aire painting at various local locations.  Pat feels she is a colorist, and this shows in her bold strokes.  Pat is currently working on a collection featuring barns.