Sketch night at Salvio Pacheco Square

salvio pacheco square fountain

Our members had fun drawing and painting in Salvio Pacheco Square for our July sketch night. The fountain, planters and arches give way to relaxation and creativity. There was a vintage car show in Todos Santos Plaza, too. Thanks to Lynda, Sandy and Jan for providing these photos!

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By Jan MacKenzie

concord art association sketch night

concord art association sketch night
Mary Frances
concord art association sketch night
By Jan MacKenzie

concord art association sketch night
By Lynda Helen Weir

concord art association sketch night
M J Coleman

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Fourth of July Festival

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Several CAA members joined with CCofA members to show and sell their wares in the Art & Craft Pavilion at Concord's 3rd Annual Fourth of July Festival. Bringing art and creativity to the community - that's the way we like it!


June sketch night

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Denise - sketching the neighbors

We took our pencils and paper to Todos Santos Park during a Music & Market night and drew whatever was in front of us, as we listened to live music and enjoyed the friendly hustle and bustle of our community.

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Julie - figure drawing

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Lisa - playing with pastel pencils

We also took a walk down to the aRt Cottage for an artists' reception. In addition to all the wonderful art, we got our flower fix in with a tour of the owner's lovely garden behind the gallery.

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Plein air painting at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Rocks at Ruth Bancroft Garden by Carol Husslein - watercolor

Several of our members enjoyed visiting The Ruth Bancroft Garden - always very inspiring with so many gorgeous settings to paint!

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Betsy Trtek

There's still time to enjoy the current sculpture exhibit in the garden for your own plein air excursion.


June mini art show

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1st place:  Discovery by Lou Ann Styles - watercolor

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2nd place (tied):  Waterfall by Cathy McNutt - acrylic

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2nd place (tied):  Mother and Child by Bobbe Anderson - acrylic

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3rd place:  Fields of Urubamba by Marie Tapia - mixed media

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Quiet in the Storm by Claudia Bubeck - acrylic

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Where To Now? by Betty McBride - watercolor


June Vega's art reception

CAA member June Vega recently hosted a reception for her art exhibit, which is on display through the end of June at the Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek.

This venue is part of our rotating gallery program - our members' artwork hangs above the books all year long!

We love artist receptions - and not just for the food and drink! It's a great time to get together with fellow artists and friends, and it's a wonderful opportunity to talk with the hosting artist about her work.

Many thanks to Annegret van Gemeren for sharing some photos of the reception!


Plein air painting at St. Mary's College

It was a lovely day for capturing the iconic mission-style chapel on canvas with a visit to the St. Mary's College campus.

Members get together monthly to visit beautiful paint-worthy spots all over the Bay Area. Even if you've never tried plein air painting before, our trips are the perfect way to give it a try. Paint, sketch or photograph an inspiring vista, outdoors in the fresh air - you'll love it!

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plein air painting Concord Art


Printing with linocuts

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At our May meeting, we learned how to print with linocuts - loading the brayer with ink, inking the linocut (hand-carved linoleum), then pressing a sheet of paper on top to transfer the ink with a wood spoon or Japanese baren.

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Linocut on left, print(s) on right
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A tracing of a photo is transferred to linoleum for carving

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May sketch night

CAA sketch night

Our monthly sketch nights are a great way to unwind from the stress of the day, meet up with fellow artists, try out your new pencils or pens, and spend some quality time in search of artistic inspiration. In May, we hung out in the International Garden at the Markham Arboreteum - it was serene and gorgeous!

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Carol J.

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Sharon P.
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Catherine H.


Spring Art Show recap!

If you missed our Spring Art Show & Sale at the Concord Library last weekend, you might just be kicking yourself! But fret not, you can still see some of our member's work in our rotating galleries around town and come back to shop our Summer Art show at the end of August.

Your talented local artists had much to offer - beautiful paintings, prints, cards and more - a gift of original art or a handmade craft is so thoughtful. We loved helping people shop for Mother's Day, birthdays and even early Christmas gifts.

We gave away cute little handmade soaps to the women who visited, and we listened to delightful steel drum music by Benjamin Glasgow on the patio.

Email us at concordartassociation@yahoo.com for help connecting with any of our members to see or purchase their work.

Check out the slideshow below to see more!


May meeting - printmaking with lino cuts

Join us at our next member meeting to learn more about printmaking from Pat Calabro and Roger Renn - Tuesday, May 10th at 1-3pm at the Concord Library. Our meetings are also open to the public.

After sharing some information about the history and different methods of printmaking, we'll get to see how to create a lino cut, which is a form of relief printing using cut linoleum - it's like creating a rubber stamp.

Pat Calabro discovered her artistic skills later in life, after taking an oil painting class. 

In addition to painting, she enjoys Japanese inking techniques and creating digital media.

Roger Renn shared his art and plein air painting tips with us last year. He is the Executive Director for the Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission


New mixed media workshop with Fatima Rizvi

On the Autumn Day by Fatima Rizvi - acrylic with gel monoprinting

If you've never created monoprints with a gel plate for mixed media and collage, now's the time to try - you are in for a treat! 

Fatima Rizvi is teaching our newest workshop, "Painting and Printing with a Gel Plate" on Saturday, May 14th. Click here to register via PayPal and download the supply list.

We interviewed Fatima to learn more about her artistry and creative process.

What are your favorite mediums and styles of art to create?

My art is a form of communication for me, an articulation of thoughts, experiences and emotions translated through the medium. My art provides viewers with a space to reflect, introspect and share their own stories with the world. I wish to promote social reform through raising social awareness and greater connectivity, and I aspire to create art that is relevant of its time and people. My work is large scale. I work predominantly in oils, acrylics, pastels and digital photography in a realistic manner. I’m inspired by the works of David Kassan and Max Ginsburg, social realist painters who aspire to raise human consciousness and social reform. I hope to be a full-time art teacher, currently I’m working only part time.

What or who inspired you to become an artist? 

Since childhood I’ve only had one dream, to be a successful artist. Growing up in Middle East, I would spend countless hours copying old master’s paintings and drawings from art books. I experimented with different mediums, drew and painted from life, developed a keen eye and a curious mind. My mother, who is a very accomplished painter herself, was an early inspiration for me and has guided me in my later years as well. I began to gather much support from clients, friends, and family to commit myself entirely to art making as a career. After moving to the U.S., I had the opportunity to work with an independent movie company, be interviewed on a radio talk show, have a solo exhibition and participate in various art group exhibits. Currently I’m a student at San Jose State University, pursuing my BA in Studio Art.

Untitled by Fatima Rizvi - mixed media collage

What's most important to you when it comes to your creative space?
I think it’s necessary for an artist to create an environment that facilitates creative thinking and that’s one of the reasons why my house has paintings and drawings on every wall. I don’t run a studio currently. I enjoy working from home as well. I’ve set up some space where I can engage and be productive. I always keep plenty of images of drawings and paintings close by that could inspire me. It’s critical to draw from the creative energies of our predecessors and contemporary masters. I haven’t lost my childhood habits and I continue to make detailed studies of old masters.

What's your best advice for an aspiring artist?
My advice to aspiring artists would be that if you are determined to reach your goals, you will eventually get there, despite the obstacles. You have to invest hundreds, if not thousands of hours, to gain mastery of your craft and it doesn’t all happen overnight. Work hard and don’t give up on your dreams!