'Glover Group' exhibit opens Dec. 8
A reception for an exhibit of current works by 21 members of the Glover Group will be fromk 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Orinda Library Gallery, 26 Orinda Way in Orinda.
The gathered works are by students of Pam Glover, one of the foremost acclaimed local landscape painters of the Bay Area and an instructor at the Orinda Community Center for 25 years. Glover died in 2010 at the age of 88.
Glover herself was a student of the work of the "Society of Six," a recognized group of East Bay outdoor landscape painters whose impressionist techniques and style were passed on to Glover. And after Glover's death, her students -- many now successful artists in their own right -- continued as the Glover Group. The reception will include paintings by Pam Glover from her family's private collection.
Afghanistan student art at Lafayette Library
Drawings by students at schools in Afghanistan built and supported by the Lafayette-based Trust in Education group will be on display in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center gallery through Jan. 13.
The drawings, gathered by Trust in Education Founder Budd MacKenzie of Lafayette, depict the students' longing for peace and their belief in education as the key.
The pieces in this exhibit are part of an art exchange between American students and Afghan students.
The library gallery is open every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and during public events in the Community Hall.
Moraga Art Gallery to feature 'Capturing Light'
The Moraga Art Gallery's upcoming show "Capturing Light: Lens and Glass" will highlight photography by resident artist Wenda Pyman, and cast sand glasswork and framework by guest artist Janice Peacock.
Pyman is a landscape, nature and travel photographer. She is basically self taught but honed her skills by taking workshops from some of the greats, starting with Ansel Adams in 1978. Peacock started working with hot glass in 1992. Much of her recent work is focused on the creation of items that look ancient -- masks used in traditional ceremonies, tiny vessels unearthed from the sea, and treasures gathered by explorers from centuries ago.
The show will run through Jan. 4.
Diablo Ballet performances this weekend
Diablo Ballet has announced its landmark 20th season to feature works by Vicente Nebrada, Mario Radaovsky, Val Caniparoli, Christopher Stowell and George Balanchine.
In addition, the Walnut Creek-based company announced the Diablo Ballet premiere of the Sweetheart Pas de Deux from Eugene Loring's masterpiece ballet, "Billy the Kid" and the 2013 edition of "A Swingin' Holiday," Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.
The season will also celebrate the appointment of Robert Dekkers, dancer and choreographer with Diablo Ballet, as resident choreographer.
Diablo Ballet's 20th season begins Nov. 9 at the Smith Center at Ohlone College in Fremont with the Diablo Ballet premiere of "Our Waltzes" by renowned choreographer Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas. For 20 years, Diablo Ballet has been the award-winning, professional dance company for Contra Costa County.
For more information, go to www.diabloballet.org.
Diablo Symphony looks to nature for inspiration
The Diablo Symphony will continue its "51st Season of Musical Stories" with a Nov. 17 concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts featuring pieces inspired by nature.
Narrator Bella Merlin brings to life some of the poetry that inspired these pieces. In performing Benjamin Britten's hauntingly beautiful "Sea Interludes," the symphony will also celebrate the 100th birthday of this great British composer. Finally, Berlioz's "Harold in Italy," inspired by Byron's epic poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," will feature violist Ellen Ruth Rose.
Tickets can be ordered at 925-943-SHOW (7469), online at www.lesherartscenter.org, or at the Lesher Center Box Office.
The Diablo Symphony Orchestra is a Central Contra Costa-based community orchestra celebrating its second season under the leadership of Music Director Matilda Hofman.
'Classic(al) Rock' by wind symphony Nov. 17
The Contra Costa Wind Symphony unites with Bay Area rock musicians for the US premiere of a new arrangement for wind symphony and rock band of Deep Purple's "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" on Nov. 17 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
"Concerto for Group and Orchestra" is composed by Deep Purple's Jon Lord, with lyrics by Ian Gillan.
The concert will also feature other music by Deep Purple, as well as pieces by Queen, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, with special guests bassist Terry Miller (currently touring with the Zac Brown Band) and Terry's Kids.
Wind symphony founder and conductor Duane Carroll says this program "exemplifies the evolution of music from symphonic to rock. The program promotes the similarities in the music from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin, from the nuances of softly played passages to all-out excitement. Playing rock music in the wind symphony enables us to introduce symphonic music in a different light."
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors ... and students are free. For more information go to www.ccwindsymphony.org
Bedford's 'Home' exhibit closes Nov. 17
The exhibit "Home: Shelter And Habitat in Contemporary Art" at the Bedford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek closes Nov. 17.
The Bedford Gallery in the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Ave. in downtown Walnut Creek. For more information, go to www.bedfordgallery.org or call 925-295-1417.
This show features a national group of artists inviting viewers to rethink typical notions of space, place, and home.
Jim Scott to perform to benefit homeless
Jim Scott, noted Unitarian Universalist composer, guitarist and singer, will be the honored guest performer at a Nov. 24 benefit concert for Trinity Center, the homeless respite center in Walnut Creek.
The Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist choir and the MDUUC House Band, directed by Mark Tuning, will perform several of Scott's well known pieces.
Scott was co-composer of the "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass" with the Paul Winter Consort. He has gone on to use his guitar mastery and clear voice to encourage all to get involved with the ideals of peace and ecology in his well crafted jazz and world music influenced songs. Scott has recorded a number of CDs of original music and published a growing line choral works.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist sanctuary at 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $15 (suggested donation) at the door, no reservations necessary. Children are welcome; no charge for children under 12.
Proceeds will be donated to Trinity Center, a homeless respite center in Walnut Creek offering a safety net of basic human services, including breakfast and hot lunch, showers, laundry, clothing, and mail and telephone access. Fore more information, see www.trinitycenterwc.org
'New Neon' hits Bedford Gallery Dec. 5
The Bedford Gallery's exhibit "New Neon: Light, Paint & Photography" opens Dec. 5 at the gallery, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek, and is set to run through Feb. 23.
Taking its cue from the re-emerging popularity of this distinctly Californian medium, "New Neon" will examine the ways in which neon has been repurposed -- in both paintings and sculptures -- to reflect the cadence and drama of the modern media-saturated cultural landscape. More than 30 artists -- from the Bay Area, Southern California and beyond, including Australia -- will be showing pieces.
The formal grand opening reception will be Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.
Admission is $5; enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres hosted by the Bedford Gallery Guild.
For more information, go to http://bedfordgallery.org/