Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Artist Getaway

Our new show is up and it is stunning. The Artist Getaway presents multiple fresh takes on plein air painting as well as much more. you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of styles presented here.

Artist Getaway is where artists go on vacation to paint! These are trips for artists who love to paint and socialize with other artists while enjoying a scenic vacation. The emphasis is on pleinair painting but studio artists are also prominently represented.

Artist Getaway was founded in 2012 by Samantha McNally, a member of the California Watercolor Association, the East Bay Pleinair Painters, the East Bay Artist Guild, the North Bay Pleinair Painters and the Benicia Pleinair Painters. Samantha sat on the CWA board of directors for 5 years from 2007 through 2011 and is currently the chair of the CWA pleinair group and on the 2014, 44th National Exhibition Committee. 

We will be hosting an Artists Reception this Thursday, July 3rd from 6 to 9 pm. There will be food, beverages and music. Don't miss this opportunity. The show runs through July 31st.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Excellent Reception

Last Saturday's Artists Reception for the DVCC Photography Show was outstanding. There was a good sized turnout of art and photography Aficionados but more importantly everyone was in a really mellow mood. We had great food, beverages and conversations. And by the time our guest artist/guitarist, Rick Najarian, began his first music set everyone was ready to kick back and relax. The following video gives you just and idea of some of the goings on.


There is still a lot of time to come and see this magnificent exhibit. The show continues through June 27. Come by and visit!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Art of Photography

aRt Cottage is delighted to welcome back the Diablo Valley Camera Club for its second Photography Exhibition. DVCC's previous exhibition showcased the wonders of the natural world. This time the gloves came off and the result is an eclectic collection of photographic subjects.

As you enter the gallery you are greeted by two of the most amazing portraits. These portraits of Vietnamese natives were shot by Irena Miles and manage to capture not just the time and the place but the emotional soul of Vietnam. (Click on any image to enlarge it)

Chris Nelson demonstrates his mastery of line and color with a series of vintage cars, in both decrepit and restored condition. The colors are brilliant, as if you were touring downtown Miami Beach.

Mark and Cathy Pemberton have shared an intimate look at the almost spriitual side of the wildlife of Japan. They visited there only a few months ago and are sharing for the first time their photos of the Snow Monkeys of Nagano as well as the Red-Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido. The expression on the faces of the Snow Monkeys are extremely human and intriguing. Cranes occupy an almost mystical place in the lore of Japan and China and Mark and Cathy have captured the grace and beauty of the cranes mating rituals.

The main gallery has a collection of both landscapes and city scapes with a few surprises thrown in. One of the images ""Yosemite After the Storm"  is a shot of half dome by Karen Najarian. This photo so far exceeds the usual shots of this iconic rock that it is truly breathtaking. It is not surprising to learn that Karen spends her summers leading groups of backpackers through the Sierras.

The show has much more to see than I can describe here. Please come by the aRt Cottage and check out this wonderful collection.

We will be hosting an Artists Reception this coming Saturday, June 7th from 2 to 5 pm. We will have food, beverages and as an additional treat, Rick Najarian has agreed to a repeat performance of guitar music from about 3:30 to 5 pm. Don't miss this opportunity.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Gary Anderson and Friends

Attention Art Lovers of the East Bay! Our latest show is up and running and it is a beaut! We have a delightful array of paintings and other objets d'art. And with the springtime weather what could be better than viewing some art and then sitting on one of our benches under our spreading trees out front.

The Artists Reception will be this Saturday, May 10 from 2 to 5 pm. This also corresponds with the Concord AAUW Art & Wine Walk, which takes place from 1 to 4 pm. The aRt Cottage is proud to be a part of the art and wine walk to promote awareness and opportunity in the arts for young women. (For more information about the Art & Wine Walk click here.) It should be a great afternoon.

Come visit us soon and enjoy the best that Concord has to offer.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Creating Art with Your iPAD or Tablet

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Hey everyone. Pat Calabro will be teaching a cool class here at the aRt Cottage next Tuesday, April 15, from 7 to 10 pm. She will be demonstrating the techniques used to paint or draw on the iPAD and answer any questions you may have.

Call 925-956-3342 to reserve your space in the class. There is a limit of 10 students so call as soon as possible to reserve your space. This should be a very fun and interesting event.


Saturday, March 29, 2014


The April Exhibit at aRt Cottage features a group of artists known as the CC14.  This group gathers to exhibit at local galleries and support each other through critique, education and camaraderie.   It was formed 12 years ago by art students at Diablo Valley College, after taking many classes together over a long period of time. These adult students became friends with a common interest, and formed this group with the goal of helping each other advance their art to a professional level.  While the group still calls itself CC14, there are now more than 30 members.  Members  volunteer to coordinate exhibits and host monthly critique meetings.  

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CC14 artists have created an excellent body of work that they wish to share. This show at the aRt Cottage is a prime opportunity for people to see the professional work that these artists have created. Please visit the Cottage and let us know what you think.

We will be hosting an Artist's Reception on Saturday, April 5th from 2 to 5 pm. This would be an excellent opportunity to visit, enjoy the artwork and talk to the artists themselves. We hope to see you there!

Scattered - Joan McCarthy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mark Jezierny and Students Show and Reception

Once again the aRt Cottage has invited noted local artist, Mark Jezierny and his talented group of students, to exhibit their work. Last year's show was wonderful and this year's show continues the tradition. Mark is exhibiting some of his large vibrant works that are not to be missed. The other artists offer an amazing variety of stylistic variations. The central theme, however, appears to be a celebration of color.

This Saturday, March 8th, from 2 to 5 pm we will be hosting an Opening Reception. Please come by and help us celebrate the fine art and artists. We will have food, beverage and lots of enjoyable company. Don't miss it!

aRt Cottage
2238 Mt. Diablo Street
Concord, CA