Walnut Creek

Learn about Creative Work Fund artists' grants

The San Francisco-based nonprofit Creative Work Fund is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its 2014-2015 grant cycle, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 available to Bay Area media and traditional artists and collaborating nonprofits.

To that end, the nonprofit is holding a grant applicationseminar in Walnut Creek on Monday, Aug. 18 in the Oak Room of the Walnut Creek library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek to assist area applicants with the inquiry process.

To register, or for more information, go to www.creativeworkfund.org

'Gourmet Gallop' benefits Diablo Ballet

Walnut Creek's Diablo Ballet presents its fourth Gourmet Gallop, a one-night gourmet walking tour adventure from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7, to include wine tasting, cocktails and nibbles at some of the city's finest restaurants. Diablo Ballet dancers and pianist Justin Levitt will join the fun.

The event is a benefit for Diablo Ballet's acclaimed PEEK youth outreach program, bringing arts education to 5,000 underserved East Bay elementary school children annually.

Among the participating establishments are Lark Creek, Massimo, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Opa!, Hamachi, SF Creamery Company, Lottie's Creamery, Silk Road, The Counter, We Olive, Peet's Coffee, L'Artisan Gourmet Parisian, 54 Mint and Forno.


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Tickets are $35/person by July 24, and $45/person after that date. Go to www.diabloballet.org or call 925-943-1775.

Centennial 'Paint-Out' through Aug. 7

The work of 27 area artists who took part on a special "Paint-Out" depicting various signature Walnut Creek scenes will be on display at Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, originally set to be on display through July 26, will now be viewable through Aug. 7.

All participating artists had their canvases time-stamped at the Valley gallery and then had one week (June 21-27) to complete plein air paintings of one or more of Walnut Creek's many scenic sites, such as Heather Farm Park, Lime Ridge and Shell Ridge open space areas, downtown Broadway Plaza, the Bancroft Gardens, Borges Ranch, the Shadelands Museum and others. The paintings were featured at Civic Park on July 4, as part of the city's Independence Day celebrations.

A watercolor titled "Magnificent Mt. Diablo" by Leslie Wilson was voted "Best in Show" by popular vote, earning a cash award.

Discussions of the Muslim 'counternarrative'

In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture.

Hosting such a "counternarrative" is the Walnut Creek Library, which has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association, to offer "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a five-part community reading and discussion series led by nationally renowned scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College).

The first for discussion program is Aug. 27, with an exploration of the book "Prince Among Slaves" by Terry Alford.

There also will be supplementary programs, including a kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 as presenter Todd Javadi and musical group Shabahang host "An Afternoon of Rumi," an immersive experience focusing on the 13th century poet's works in the original Farsi and with English translation. Register at wclibrary.org/event/rumi/.

Subsequent discussion programs will run Sept. 10 ("The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States," edited by Edward E. Curtis IV); Oct. 8 ("Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim" by Eboo Patel; Oct. 22 ("A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence from the Middle East to America" by Leila Ahmed); and Nov. 12, with "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson.

All these free discussions take place in Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room at 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. For more information, go to wclibrary.org/event/roads/.

'Dance Intensive' performance Aug. 1

Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education and Diablo Ballet team up to present talented young dancers in this year's "Dance Intensive" youth dance performance at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.

Variations from classical repertoire, Erin Leedom's contemporary choreography and folk dance techniques and modern and jazz movements are included in this culmination of an intensive workshop of intermediate and advanced dancers.

Tickets are $10; for more information, call 925-943-5846.

ORINDA

New library gallery displays for August

On exhibit for the month of August at the Orinda Library Art Gallery are paintings by Leslie Swartz, photos by Wendy Pyman, and pieces by various artists in the Clay Arts Guild.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

LAFAYETTE

'Orchestra of Time' showing at Klein Gallery

"Orchestra of Time" looks at the evolution of time; in particular, the show looks at how art can serve as a snapshot of a moment in history. The theme of time also speaks to the process behind artwork and the joy that artists experience while dedicating their time to their art.

"Orchestra of Time"will be on display through Aug. 8. The exhibit features pieces by Bay Area artists Erik Bender, Jeslyn Cantrell, Tim Hancock, James Jarett and Deni Kending. Paintings, sculpture, wood block prints and a mural will be on display.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 50 Lafayette Circle in Lafayette.

MORAGA

Moraga Art Gallery's 'Luminous' exhibit

The floral photographs of Lucy Beck, and fruit and vegetable bowls and jewelry by Margaret Dorfman are featured in the new Moraga Art Gallery show "Luminous -- Nature Revealed and Reimagined."

The show is running through Aug. 9. The gallery is located at 522 Center St. in the Rheem Shopping Center, and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information, visit the gallery's website at www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.