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

Printmakers show now open at library

Five printmakers in the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education "Printmakers Open Studio" who meet weekly in a collaborative setting at the city's Shadelands campus studio will be featured in a show of their work produced during the "Open Studio" at the Civic Arts Shadelands Campus.

The exhibit runs through May 25 at the Walnut Creek Community Art Gallery in the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway. It features printmakers Marian Sims Harris (monotype prints), Stephanie Scott (etchings and engravings), Arline Reimann (linocut prints), Kiyomi Kumo (monotype and drypoint prints) and Carol Brent Levin (monotype prints).

Singer Clairdee to perform with CAE jazz band

Soul-jazz singer Clairdee joins the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.

With a powerful voice that belies her petite frame, San Francisco-based Clairdee brings a romantic tone to timeless standards. She adds her own fresh approach to songs by Duke Ellington, Jule Styne and the Gershwins.

"We're very fortunate to have Clairdee as our featured vocalist," says Jazz Band director Max Pricco. "She is committed to educating and empowering people through music, which fits in perfectly with our work here at CAE."

In addition to providing back up for Clairdee, the CAE Jazz Band will also present a selection of its own instrumental jazz tunes.

For tickets, at $10 each, call 925-943-5846.

Valley's 'Fresh Color' show now open

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

Lafayette

Town Hall's 'Candida' opens May 24

The main stage at Town Hall Theatre will host a production of George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" May 4-June 13.

Directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb, this is the story of a pastor shaken when a young poet catches the attention of his beautiful wife Candida. It is a funny, touching and poignant production on social mores.

"Candida" will have preview performances May 22 and 23, as well. remains funny, touching and poignant to this day.

For ticket information, call the Town Hall box office at 925-283-1557.

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.

ORINDA

Elementary, middle school art on exhibit

The annual Exhibition of Arts Ambassadors artwork is now open at the Orinda Library Gallery, an showcase featuring the artwork of more than 200 students from the Orinda elementary schools and Orinda Intermediate School.

The exhibition runs through April 30. An artists' reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Orinda Union School District Arts Ambassadors Exhibit and Reception has been held each spring at the library gallery, starting in 2007. Curated by the OUSD Visual Arts teachers, the exhibit highlights a collection of student art work that includes at least one piece from every OUSD art studio (grades 1-8).

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Educational Foundation of Orinda and the Orinda Arts Council.

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.

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."