Walnut Creek

Valley's 'Fresh Color' starts March 29

"Fresh Color," a new collection of more than 300 new works of fine art, crafts and jewelry, opens March 29 at the Valley Art Gallery,

A artists' reception at the gallery is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 (in Palm Court) in downtown Walnut Creek. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.valleyartgallery.org

Chora Nova to give 'British Isles' concert

Chora Nova, a 60-voice chorus based in Berkeley, will present a concert, "Of Home And Far Horizons: Music from the British Isles," of late-19th-century British music at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Grace Presbyterian Church of Walnut Creek, 2100 Tice Valley Road.

The program will be conducted by Artistic Director Paul Flight.

The program includes "Praise to the Holiest" from Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius; "Toward the Unknown Region" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard by Benjamin Britten; selections from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda by Gustav Holst; selections from John Foulds' A World Requiem; and Anglican hymns by Parry, Wesley and Bairstow. A full list of the music in the concert is at www.choranova.org.

Paul Flight and the chorus will be joined for the concerts by soprano Christa Pfeiffer and tenor Jimmy Kansau. Pianist Nadia Blank will accompany the ensemble.

Admission is a suggested donation of $20 at the door

Festival Opera seeks help to stage shows

Walnut Creek-based Festival Opera is seeking financial help from the community -- about $50,000 worth of help -- to stage "The Emperor of Atlantis: A Legend in Four Scenes" and "Another Sunrise" April 26 and 28.

In a news release, Festival Opera Executive Director Sara Nealy said her company has set up a fundraising page on www.indiegogo.com to help solicit and field contributions.

"We are doing what we can afford, and using the year to recover from some financial setbacks," Nealy said in the release. "Though smaller-scale, we are very excited about the work."

Donations will be used exclusively to fund production expenses such as the singers, the stage director, the conductor, the production director/technical director, musicians, the stage manager, music licensing, lighting, props, costumes, makeup and wigs, designers, rehearsal accompanist and the rental of the venue and rehearsal space.

Festival Opera's website says that by presenting "two beautiful works that are smaller-scale, more intimate and simpler in design, yet still artistically significant, we hope, in short, to stay alive and relevant -- to keep producing meaningful work, and to allow us time to gather more resources."

"The Emperor of Atlantis: A Legend in Four Scenes" and "Another Sunrise" will be performed April 26 at 7:30 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., all performances at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. For ticket information, go to http://www.festivalopera.org

Donahoes' photos on display at Boundary Oak

"At Play: Recreation Near and Far," an exhibit of photos by Tom and Nancy Donahoe depicting what people do for fun and health, and the seriousness with which they go about those pursuits, is currently on view at the Boundary Oak Golf Club, 3800 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek. The photos will be on display in the club house through April 3.

The photos range from the sheer fun of the playground to youth sports, pickup games, individual skills and serious competition. They were taken in locations from Walnut Creek to Russia.

The Donahoes have exhibited previously in the Walnut Creek Library, City Hall and at Civic Arts at the Shadelands.

Lafayette

Lafayette Art Galley is show's 'Location'

"Location, location, location" may be the rule of real estate, for the artists at the Lafayette Art Gallery, it also speaks to the gallery's new location at The Forge, built on Mt. Diablo Boulevard in 1946 by the noted metal artist Carl Jennings.

The Lafayette Art Gallery artists are celebrating with the new exhibit "Location," continues through May 3, featuring more than 100 works of original art by our local members.

There will be an artists' reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday March 14, and all are welcome.

MORAGA

Gallery hosts paintings by Kerima Swain

The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show, "Illuminated by Nature," highlighting the beauty and wonder of the natural world through oil and acrylic paintings by resident artist Kerima Swain of Walnut Creek and watercolor paintings by guest artist Karen Kramer of Oakland.

The show opens March 19 and will run through May 31. An opening reception, where guests can meet the gallery's artists, takes place Saturday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.

The gallery is located at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.

Saint Mary's exhibitions are now open

Exhibitions open at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art include:

  • "From Swords to Plowshares (through April 13): Metal Trench Art from World War One" -- During the "Great War," soldiers crafted art from artillery shells, bullets, aircraft parts, shrapnel and other salvaged military detritus. Works in the exhibition are brass, made between battles in France and Belgium.

    The works tell tales of bravery, grief, loneliness, boredom, fear, faith, hope, despair and patriotism.

  • "Songs of the Patriot: How Music Helped Win World War One" (through April 13) -- Through original chromolithographic cover illustrations of popular songs, sheet music and lyrics, this exhibition gives viewers a sense of life on the home front by exploring how music publishers, songwriters, cover artists, and singers generated support for troops overseas. "Music will help win the war," declared Leo Feist, major publisher of popular music in the 1910s and 1920s, "because a nation that sings can never be beaten."

  • "Illuminating Divine Word Anew: Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible" (through April 6) -- The entire new Heritage Edition of the St. John's Bible, the first handwritten illuminated Bible manuscript commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years, is on display in the Saint Mary's Museum this spring. Individual books and pages will be rotated and turned weekly throughout the exhibition.