2nd Annual Pasta Feed Fundraiser

It's coming in April - get your tickets early because we sold out last year! 

Don't miss this very special evening with friends...make it a date night or a family outing and support your local arts.

Visit the Activities page for details and to buy your tickets online via PayPal.


March Mini Art Show

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1st Place:  Serengetti by Karen Nebeker (watercolor)
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2nd Place:  Fall Flowers by Bev Kenyon Haggerty (watercolor)
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3rd Place:  Impetuous by Manon Jodoin (acrylic)

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Storm at Sea by Cathy McNutt (collage)

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Cactus Flower by Mary Frances Crabtree (oil)

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Neighborhood by Janice Davis (acrylic)

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Guardian by Renaye Johnson (acrylic) 

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Rescue Dog by Janet Brown (oil)


March Guest Artist - Jeka Lambert

Jeka Lambert is our guest artist for the March 13th meeting.

A former corporate trainer, Jeka has been teaching jewelry making, art journaling, book arts, and creativity classes since 1998. She teaches an ongoing Handmade Artist Books class thru the Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts. 

Three of her miniature artist books were part of the national traveling “Tiny Book” exhibit in 2016 and were featured prominently in the promotional material for the exhibit.

In this hands on workshop, Jeka will lead you thru printing Artist Trading Cards with styrofoam blocks you make yourself, then you will create a simple fan “book” to display your ATCs. PLEASE BRING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUMS, SUCH AS COLORED PENCILS, WATERCOLORS, METALLIC MARKERS, ACRYLIC PAINTS, etc. (BRING BRUSHES IF NEEDED). All other supplies are furnished.

Join us at the Concord Library for some artsy fun on Tuesday, March 13th, 1:30-3:30pm. Refreshments provided.

"New Works" - March Member Art Show

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Bouquet by Sharon Petersen
New Works 
At the aRt Cottage

Enjoy a wide variety of styles and mediums
from 20+ CAA members - don't miss this show!

March 6-30, 2018

Saturday, March 10th  1-4pm
Music, wine and refreshments

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By Janet Brown
Participating artists in this month's show include:

Alex Savakis
Amy Eikner
Carissa Fei
Denise Hillman
Jane Russell
Janet Brown
Janice Davis
Laurie Mansur
Lee Von Rackel
Leonardo ibarra
Lisa Fulmer
Lois Willhite
Lou Ann styles
Monica Meza
Pam McCauley
Patricia Calabro
Raquel Amaral
Renaye Johnson
Sandra Leonard
Sharon Petersen
Tom Quinlavin


February Mini Art Show

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1st Place:  Plums by Roxi Fechtner (colored pencil)

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2nd Place: Benicia Depot by Renaye Johnson (acrylic)
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3rd Place:  Orange Crush by Sharon Petersen (alcohol ink)

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Cityscape by Rosa Fallon (mixed media)

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Mornings with Mom by Janice Davis (acrylic)

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Untitled by Pat Calabro (acrylic)


February Guest Artist - LorriMarie Jenkins

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Come to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at the Concord Library - LorriMarie Jenkins is back with a new mixed media project to try!
Pocketed Journal with Boho Beads
Supplies furnished include fabric, paper, straws, embroidery floss 
Bring your own pair of scissors and a few large safety pins.
Click here to see an example of her boho beads - should be fun!
Please note our meeting starts later than usual this month - 1:30-3:30pm.

LorriMarie Jenkins is a self-taught mixed media artist - a late bloomer that created her first art piece at the age of fifty. After raising her four sons, she found extra time on her hands, and now she's an internationally-known artist and teacher. With her calm nature, playfulness and anti-perfectionistic attitude, LorriMarie teaches mixed media and altered book classes in the Bay Area.


January Mini Art Show

1st place:  Window by Bev Haggerty (watercolor)

2nd place:  What? by MJ Coleman (monotype wash)

3rd place:  Amalfi by Denise Hillman

Room for Thought by Cathy McNutt (acrylic)

Doughnuts by Janice Davis (acrylic)

Eagle's Nest by Mary Frances Crabtree (pastel)


Passion Show

Pyramids by Karen Thapa

We are happy to announce our first member show of the year! 

Click here to download the postcard.

February 1 - March 3, 2018
613 Main Street, Martinez

Join us for the Artist Reception
Saturday, February 3rd  2-5pm

Congratulations to all the participating artists!

Anamilena Ayala - Two Peppers and Forest
Phyllis Brady - Bebe and Flower Girl
Janet Brown - Summer Fun and Rhodie
Pat Calabro - Untitled Abstract 
Mary Francis Crabtree - Eagle's Nest 
Janice Davis - Lobby in Vancouver 
Bev Haggarty - Sand Dune Flowers and Window
Denise Hillman - Afternoon in Spello and Amalfi
Carol Husslein - Statue Series and Statue Series #3
Manon Jodoin - Crazy Flowers 
Renaye Johnson - Benicia Adventure 
Julie Limberg - Grand Canyon, South Rim
Laurie Mansur - Red Rocks
Cathy McNutt - Martinez Farmer's Market 
Yumiko Nishizawa - Blooming and Into the Woods
Sharon Petersen - Those Eyes 
Jane Russell - Journey and Kelp Dreams
Joani Share - Ebb and Flow 
Lou Ann Styles - Girl in Andes and Pastoral Peace
Karen Thapa - Heart and Pyramids


January guest artist: Nikki Basch Davis

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
1-3pm at the Concord Library

Our guest artist is Nikki Basch Davis from Benicia. Nikki began her art education in graphic arts, which she studied at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. She continued her art education in London where she earned a National Diploma in Design. She discovered her true passion for painting at London’s Royal College of Art.

In the 1970s in California, she studied with Lundy Siegrist, son of Society of Six member, Louis Siegriest, where she gained an interest in plein air painting. Along with Jerold Turner, Pam Glover and William Rushton, Nikki was part of the beginning of “The Outsiders,” a group of ten that paints and has been showing together in art galleries and museums.


November Mini Art Show

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1st Place:  Pears! by Cathy McNutt  (acrylic)

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2nd Place:  Poppies by Renaye Johnson  (acrylic)

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3rd Place:  Sweet Pup by Janet Brown  (oil)

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Old Barn by Lou Ann Styles  (watercolor)

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Zion Splendor by Karen Nakkerud  (oil)

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Jewelry by Barbara Paul  (Chinese porcelain, turquoise)


Plein air painting in San Francisco

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In October, we went into San Francisco to visit the Japanese Tea Garden for a day of plein air painting. So many gorgeous spots to choose from - for sketching, painting and photography.

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Once we got there, we all spread out to find the perfect view. This was our last plein air outing for the year, but we'll be ready to pack up and head out again next year in the spring!

Cathy McNutt

June Vega


Precarious hearts in Almost, Maine - a theater review

The beauty of the B8 Theater right here in Concord is not only its intimate space and commitment to community – it’s also about a wonderful collision of visual and performing arts. Each production includes a new collection of work from Bay Area artists, curated by Grace Teo Arts Management.

This month, much of the featured work comes from two Concord Art Association members - Joani Share and LorriMarie Jenkins. The art is always chosen as a companion to the play’s theme. This latest group of whimsical collage and creative mixed media work is titled Precarious heARTS - and once you see the play, you’ll appreciate the art even more - and it's all for sale!

Almost, Maine opens on a sparsely appointed stage – just a stark, winter white backdrop with a bench and a few fluffs of snow. This first scene with a young woman and her boyfriend is very quiet and slow, but after a few moments, I found myself acutely tuned in to them. I felt each character’s shyness and sense of longing. I felt the chill in the air and the anticipation in their voices. It sets the tone for the rest of the show. I think I like these types of plays the best – where less is more.

John Cariani premiered Almost, Maine in 2004 with critical acclaim and it ran off-broadway for a short time in 2006. It's a collection of short, comedic vignettes about lots of different people who all live in this strange little town. They mostly seem to know each other in some way, but their acquaintances are not terribly integral to their situations.

Each somewhat surreal story is about love and romance – both the humor and the heartbreak. The characters are a bit quirky and some of the circumstances require suspension of disbelief. But there are plenty of giggles and tender moments throughout, which makes the weirdness even more worthwhile. Each of the four actors who play multiple roles deserve huge kudos for making me forget who they were just a few minutes ago.

From neighbors in the laundry room to lovers in the living room, each duo seems to struggle a bit with showing each other (and us) their true colors. Every scene deals with some kind of emptiness or unwanted baggage that comes part and parcel in relationships - both old and new. Then the stories end with these serendipitous moments that make you believe love can truly take you anywhere you want to go. Still, their lives aren't perfect. Almost...but not quite.

The final scene picks up where the first scene left off and it quite literally brings everything full circle. Almost, Maine is something you can enjoy with a date, a spouse, your folks or your friends. Visit B8Theater.org for dates and tickets.


Plein air painting in Sonoma


What a beautiful day in Sonoma at Cline Cellars! Eleven of our members painted, sketched and took photos of the beautiful grounds. We picnicked, we talked art supplies, we laughed and were grateful for the beauty surrounding us.

October 17th will be our last plein air excursion for the year - join us in San Francisco at the Japanese Tea Gardens! Click our Activities page for details.


September guest artist - Paulette Lagana

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Join us for our next meeting at the Concord Library on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (1-3pm). Bring your latest work for our monthly mini art show!

Paulette Lagana is our guest artist whose art in watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil and mixed media is on display at the Delta Gallery in Brentwood, the Blackhawk Gallery in Danville, as well as several other art centers in the East Bay. Paulette is a certified instructor of a technique called "Pocket Sketching" that was created by Kath Macaulay.

Pocket Sketching is a portable, compact, quick sketching technique, ideal for travel. Using a water-soluble pen and watercolor paints, everything fits into a fanny pack so you can create a memory on the go. No experience needed - with Pocket Sketching, the world becomes your studio!

"I’m inspired by my life’s adventures, by the seasons, by my own sense of wonder and whimsy, and by being open to the stimulation of my surroundings. For me, painting was a secret place in my heart that I was afraid to enter for most of my life. Then in 2000, I found a teacher and my life changed with the tip of a brush. Painting is the place where I find endless possibilities to see the world and to express myself."