WALNUT CREEK

'Summer Concert Series' concludes with Tainted Love

Broadway Plaza's 2013 Summer Concert Series concludes Aug. 1 with Tainted Love, which performs rock and pop from the 80s.

Always a jazz series, the 2013 Summer Concert Series has been revamped to include different genres of music, including R&B, oldies and pop, but will still feature jazz on one night.

The Tainted Love show will be performed in the Stanford's restaurant parking lot, located next to Broadway Plaza's five-level parking structure. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. And, as always, all are free.

Bedford exhibit truly 'Larger than Life'

Big, bigger, and biggest contemporary art has come to gigantic life in the Bedford Gallery's bold "Larger than Life," on exhibit through Aug. 18 at the gallery inside the Lesher Center for the Arts.

The works of nine nationally-known artists explore how contemporary artists have begun to use new materials and technologies to reshape the traditional scale of sculpture. These artists have focused of unfamiliar materials and methods of construction, using these elements to investigate the oversized, overstuffed, and uncanny elements in art. This exhibition will encourage viewers to reconsider what they have come to know about the role of art, and the way in which subjects and themes can be represented.


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Tuesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. when there is an event going on in the Lesher Center. For more info go to http://bedfordgallery.org/ or call 925/295-1417.

'Places' and 'Hats' exhibits through August

A series of photo essays by four local artists celebrating their favorite places in Contra Costa County -- as well as a display of vintage hats, gloves and accessories -- is now on exhibit at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek.

Artists Jeff Brooks-Manas, Terin Christensen, Tim Taylor and Kristiina Teerikorpi each depict different environments than the others, with observations that range from watching large horses, vineyard/winery, private spaces of home and yards as well as colorful landscapes. There are black and white silver gel prints and digital photographs. The photo exhibit in the Community Art Gallery is curated by Ginny Mangrum.

This is a joint project of the city of Walnut Creek with the Walnut Creek Library's annual exhibitions in the Library Community Art Gallery. It is part of the Arts, Recreation and Community Services Department and is administered by Bedford Gallery under the direction of the Walnut Creek Arts Commission.

"Favorite Places" can be seen during normal library hours -- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to http://photocallforart.blogspot.com.

The "Hats Off at the Library" display is on the second floor in the Walnut Creek Historical Society display cases in the Fireside Room. The vintage hats, gloves, and accessories are on loan from Patty Howard, a member of WCHS, and a few are from the museum collection.

Orinda

RoadRunners become artists in library exhibit

Artists from Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek and even Mt. Hood, Ore. will show paintings, photographs and woodworking projects (plus an unusual collection of decorated animal skulls) throughout August at the Orinda Library gallery in a show that is likely a first for Lamorinda.

The pieces at this exhibit, sponsored by the Orinda Arts Council, have all been created by members of the Orinda RoadRunners running club.

Visitors to the library will see works by Orinda residents Lucia Bennhoff, Therese Gladstone Gordon, Duke Herrero, and Denny Weigand; Lafayette's Dyan Bender; Moraga's George Ehrenhaft; and Walnut Creek's Linda Wendt. Former Lamorindan Sally Bailey, now of Mt. Hood, Ore., will display her nationally-acclaimed watercolors, and viewers will also be treated to a sample of watercolor paintings by the late Gail Overaa.

The public is invited to a gala opening reception in the gallery to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and view the exhibit on Friday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

Lafayette

Town Hall's 'Education' performances Aug. 5

Young actors are the focus as Town Hall Theatre's 2013 Town Hall Education program offers the next two performances in its summer theater education program schedule.

"The Music Man, Jr." performs Aug. 5 at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (rated PG-13) will be performed Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

All performances are at the Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St. near downtown Lafayette. For ticket information call 925-283-1557 or go to http://www.thtc.org/

'Celebrate Summer' exhibition now open

The new exhibition "Celebrate Summer" exhibition at the Lafayette Gallery reflects the joy, warmth and relaxation that summer brings.

Starting this week, the gallery is full of an all-new selection of paintings, photography, prints, cards, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, available in a wide range of prices, and all designed to enhance your home with the evocation of the warm, sunny outdoors. These are handcrafted works by local artists that are bright, warm and relaxing, perfect for you wall or garden!

Also, the Lafayette Sculpture Garden is now open for the summer. The Sculpture Garden is unique in the Bay Area, filled with works that vary from the whimsical to the earthy to the elegant, all in an outdoor setting.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MORAGA

'Feast' of works by Osolin, Isaacs, others

"Beauty and the Feast," featuring paintings by Josie Osolin and ceramics by Elayne Isaacs, is now on exhibit at the Moraga Art Gallery, and is set to run through Aug. 10.

Osolin's abstract paintings incorporate broad brush strokes and myriad high-energy color and textures. The show also includes works by the gallery's 14 resident artists and several guest artists.

The gallery is at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center; for information, go to moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com

'Points of View' now at Saint Mary's

The work of two of the East Bay's most vibrant contemporary landscape painters, Mary Lou Correia and Paul Kratter, will be shown through Sept. 22 at the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art.

A reception with Correia and Kratter takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the museum's art patio. It's free with museum admission, and all are welcome.

With Artists: Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m., Art Patio, Free admission Before embracing plein-air painting as a full-time occupation, Correia designed book covers for UC Press, and then became Director of Publications and chief designer for Saint Mary's College.

Sports and wildlife were Kratter's early passions, so he was fortunate to begin his career in advertising design for the National Football League and Major League Baseball clubs. He moved on to children's book illustration and wildlife illustration for zoos and the Nature Company.