Hofman new Diablo Symphony director-conductor
Matilda Hofman, a lecturer in the UC Davis music department. has been chosen as the new artistic director-conductor of the Diablo Symphony.
She will lead the symphony beginning in October, when it kicks off its 2012-13 five-concert 50th anniversary season at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Hofman, 33, was selected after a yearlong screening process. Her work as a conductor ranges from opera and symphonic repertoire to contemporary music.
Hofman was chosen from among four other finalists vying to replace Joyce Johnson Hamilton, who retired last year after serving as the Diablo Symphony's artistic director and conductor for 30 years. Hofman becomes the sixth conductor of the Diablo Symphony since its founding in 1962.
In addition to symphony orchestras, Hofman has conducted operas throughout Europe and was assistant conductor at Sacramento Opera. She is a regular guest conductor of the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis and the Bay Area's Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.
In 2003 Hofman formed the Bay Area-based Keisler Ensemble, a group seven musicians. She is the conductor and artistic director.
A native of Oxford, England, she studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and the Eastman School of Music. She is married to Christian Baldini, an internationally recognized composer and conductor
Cardboard 'racing' at the Bedford Gallery
The Cardboard Institute of Technology has deconstructed the spectacle of car racing, challenging mainstream notions of competition and cooperation, in an exhibit called "Cardburg 2012: The Super Track!," coming to the Bedford Gallery now through Aug. 2.
CIT invites visitors to the gallery to take part in their unique brand of racing, which can involve forming a pit crew, racing in teams and sabotaging opponents, all in the cardboard realm.
"CIT projects always incorporate aspects of the world we live in, from pop culture, history and myth to contemporary life, said Bedford Curator Carrie Lederer in a news release. "The artists are entrepreneurial in spirit, and bring an array of skills and talents to their projects, using high-tech/low-tech hybrids as a motto for construction. Each installation is a unique, humorous and thoughtful statement about our local and global community, and our attraction to large-scale, exhilarating public events."
Visitors can come to the gallery and build their own cardboard stock car.
The gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts, is openfrom noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on dates of evening performances at the Lesher.
Bancroft 'Sculpture in the Garden' through July 14
The 18th annual "Sculpture in the Garden" art event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day from June 15 through July 14 at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek.
The garden's famous collection of rare and beautiful succulents features sculptures by artists from all over the West Coast, and they will be part of the region's largest juried outdoor sculpture exhibit.
A preview party is set for Friday, June 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the garden, and the artists are expected to be on hand. A $75 fee includes food, beverage and admission during opening weekend, when the exhibition will be unveiled.
General admission for the exhibition is $7 for students and seniors, $10 general and free for members and children under 12.
Separately, an Art & Jazz Sunset Social is scheduled for Friday, June 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the garden. Admission is $15; food and drink will be sold separately.
Library gallery hosts four local artists
The Orinda Library Art Gallery in July will display the works of four local artists.
The exhibits include Teresa Onodo's plein air and watercolors paintings, on the auditorium wall; Debbie Koonce's plein air paintings on the library wall; Gail Ruvalcaba's baskets and ceramics in the auditorium cabinets; and Sandra Wooten's bead baskets and paper flowers in the library cabinets.
On a volunteer basis, the Orinda Arts Council organizes and curates the exhibits in the Orinda Library Art Gallery for the City of Orinda. The shows primarily highlight local artists or displays of educational/community interest and are changed every month. Anyone interested in exhibiting should contact Maggie Boscoe. Related documents for exhibitors are listed below.
'Keep it Simple' with the Lafayette Gallery
"Keep it Simple," with works of art that are fresh, warm and relaxing, will run at the Lafayette Gallery through Aug. 4.
The pieces on display will be by the 24 gallery members, and will be for sale.
The show will be free, and will be held at the gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle.
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 a gorgeous outdoor setting.
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 925-284-2788, or go to www.lafayettegallery.net
'Nature of Collecting' opens July 8
"The Nature of Collecting: The Early 20th Century Fine Art Collection of Roger Epperson" will be displayed from July 8 through Sept. 16 in the Hearst and Brother Cornelius/Walker Foundation Galleries on the Sant Mary's College campus in Moraga.
Epperson was an East Bay Regional Parks ranger with a passion for California's environment and a deep love of art. Over a nearly 30-year period, Epperson amassed a collection of more than 300 beautiful, museum-quality works of art, collected piece by piece from antique stores, galleries, garage sales and, later, online sources.
The collection includes works by Maurice Braun, Maynard Dixon, Frances Gearhart, Percy Gray, Lorenzo Palmer Latimer, Bertha Lum, Roi Partridge, William Rice, Carl Sammons, Hiroshi Yoshida and many other noted artists.
Epperson died in a kayak accident in Hawaii in 2008. A ridge in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve has recently been dedicated as "Roger's Ridge."
The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
'Shades of Brilliance' exhibit pairs photos, glass
Moraga Art Gallery's new show "Shades of Brilliance" will feature the work of gallery member and photographer Lucy Beck, as well as guest artist/glass blower David Lindsay.
The show is set to run through Aug. 18 at the gallery, 522 Center St. in the Rheem Shopping Center.
Beck, of Lafayette, will show close-ups of the natural world, including intricate details of flowers, insects and birds.
Lindsay has been creating handblown glass in Benicia for over 35 years. He draws inspiration from natural surroundings, such as the sea, trees, flowers and the desert.
For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.