February Valentines and Name Tags

This month we took a little field trip and got a bit crafty! Instead of meeting at our usual meeting spot at the Concord Library, members got together at the aRt Cottage to see the Inspiration Surrounds Us show and do some little make-n-takes.


CAA Board President, Catherine Hensiek

Lisa Fulmer, an Artist Educator for Marabu Creative, shared a few techniques for working with Art Crayons on watercolor paper as part of a cardmaking project for Valentine's Day. She also provided a selection of Aqua Pens to make custom name tags.

Congrats to Julie who won the Board vote for best name tag

Congrats to Michele, winner of our door prize - Marabu Art Crayons!

All creativity is good creativity! We love when we can sit down and play with new art supplies.


February Mini Art Show

1st place:  Pronghorn by Julie Limberg  (watercolor)

2nd place:  Breaktime by Janice Davis  (acrylic)
3rd place:  Barely by Michele Browne  (mixed media)

Treasure on Pleasant Hill Road by Pat McDermont  (watercolor)

Sound of Silence by Betty McBride  (watercolor)

Be My Valentine by Barbara Nebeker  (watercolor)

Plein air outing at Old Borges Ranch

Our first plein air destination of the year is on Friday, March 15th at 10am at Old Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek. Click here for details and a map. Everyone is welcome - painters, sketchers, photographers, wanderers!

Old Borges Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and also serves as a ranger station. The original Borges family home, built in 1899, houses a visitor center with historical displays of the turn of the century.

Click here to download or print our schedule for the rest of the year - these dates will also be listed on our Events calendar. We meet from 10am -1pm for all dates. Hope to see you soon!

Friday, April 12:  Heather Farms
Saturday, May 11:  Old Town Isleton
Tuesday, June 11:  Ruth Bancroft Gardens
Tuesday, July 9:  Todos Santos Plaza
Tuesday, August 13:  Martinez Shoreline
Saturday, September 14:  Mare Island
Friday, October 18th:  Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm


Inspiration Surrounds Us - CAA Member Show

Sharon Petersen

CAA is taking over the aRt Cottage for the month of February with our first juried member show of the year - Inspiration Surrounds Us.

Join us for our Artist Reception
Saturday, February 9th, 1-3pm
Shopping, socializing, snacking and sipping!

Anamilena Ayala


January Mini Art Show

Buddies by Janet Brown - First Place

Sangria by Janice Davis - Second Place
Abstract Flower by Mary Frances Crabtree

Abstract Flower by Mary Frances Crabtree
Journey South by Catherine Hensiek
Thank You Ruth Bancroft by Betty McBride
Dancers in the Plaza by Barbara Paul


Call for 2019 artists!

Our next juried art show for CAA members is scheduled for March 2019 at the aRt Cottage in Concord.

Register online via EntryThingy for consideration. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS 2/11/19.

Landscapes of the Mind - March 1-29, 2019

  • Entries accepted through February 11, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2019
  • Load in artwork: Wednesday February 27, 10:00am - 2:00pm
    aRt Cottage - 2238 Mt Diablo St, Concord CA 94520
  • Hang the Show: Thursday, February 28, 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Show Opens: Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:00am

Artists Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. 
Artists - please bring an appetizer or snack to share at the reception. Wine will be provided.

Show Removal: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm. 
If you cannot pick up your art you must make alternate arrangements for someone to do so. Any unclaimed art will be subject to a $10 per day/per piece storage fee and you will be responsible for making arrangements to pick it up from its keeper.


Plein air painting at Cline Cellars

The day could not have been more perfect for four of our member artists to sit outside and paint on the grounds of the beautiful Cline Cellars Winery in Sonoma.

Members Carol Husslein, Mary Frances Crabtree, Renaye Johnson and Cathy McNutt painted, chatted, took photos and ate lunch at this wonderful winery. 


September Mini Art Show

1st place:  Girard by Janet Brown  (oil)

2nd place:  Succulent by Barbara Nebeker  (watercolor)

3rd place:  Palermo by Denise Hillman  (oil)

Waiting for Diego by Betty McBride  (collage)

Bottled Dreams by Pat McDermont  (watercolor)

Plein Air Painting at the Ferry Building

CAA members Carol Husslein, Mary Frances Crabtree, Karen Nakkerud and Renaye Johnson traveled into San Francisco via BART to paint, sketch and take photos of the historic Ferry Building and the bustling atmosphere. It was a picture perfect day! 

Cline Winery in Sonoma is the location of our next adventure in October - click here for details and join us!


Meet the Artists Reception

Join us for our Opening Reception of Memories on Saturday, October 13th at the new San Ramon City Hall. This collection of memories-themed art from 22 CAA member artists should not be missed!


Plein air painting in Benicia

It was a BLUSTERY day in Benicia when intrepid CAA plein air painters descended on the waterfront! Several of us painted in our cars while diehard enthusiasts braved the cold winds outside. 

Join us on September 18th for our next outing at the Ferry Building in San Francisco - check the Activities page for details.

Carol Husslein
Mary Frances Crabtree
Cathy and Bob McNutt
June and Sal Vega
Renaye Johnson
Karen Nakkerud
Denise Hillman