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.

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 showwill run through May 31.

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.

Different versions of 'ANTIGONE' woven together

"ANTIGONE(S)" is the spring production of the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary's College, with performances scheduled for the campus' LeFevre Theatre April 2-6.

ANTIGONE examines the conflict between the state's use of authority to protect social order and the individual's conscience that requires an action in opposition to the state.

Performances are April 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10; seniors and students (non-SMC) are $8, and SMC faculty, staff and students $5. For information or to make reservations, call the college's box office at 925-631-4670. Tickets are also available online at www.brownpapertickets.com

Saint Mary's exhibitions 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 I" -- 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 I" (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.

    Walnut Creek

    Mountain Shadow to host 'Facing Fear' discussion

    Jason Cohen, director of the Oscar nominated short documentary "Facing Fear," will be on hand for an April 11 Q&A session in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Public Library, part of the monthly presentation series by Mountain Shadow, a nonprofit startup film society.

    Described as "a journey of forgiveness," "Facing Fear" explores a Neo-Nazi who viciously assaulted a gay man, and the pair's chance meeting 25 years later.

    The winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short, "The Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life," will also be shown. This film shows how music and optimism helped Alice Herz Sommer -- who died recently at age 109 -- have a good life.

    The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. Limited general admission seating for nonmembers will be available with a suggested $12 donation. More information about the films, as well as Mountain Shadow Film Society, is available at http://mountainshadow.org or by contacting Mountain Shadow's director, John Bennison jb@mountainshadow.org.

    Volunteer Information Day at Bedford Gallery

    Learn about the fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at the Bedford Gallery at a Volunteer Information Day event from 10 a.m. until noon April 21 at the Bedford Gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Dr. in Walnut Creek.

    Attendees can speak with current volunteers, meet gallery curator Carrie Lederer, enjoy coffee and pastries while browsing the current show "Sky: A National Juried Exhibition" and enter for a chance to win fabulous door prizes.

    The Bedford offers various volunteer opportunities, including welcoming visitors at the reception desk, hosting receptions and special events, producing fundraising events and offering field trips and other fun events for members. Volunteer Day admission is free and open to anyone 18 and over interested in becoming a docent, guild member or short-term volunteer or intern.

    For more information, call 925-295-1417 or go to www.bedfordgallery.org