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.


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.


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)

concord art association Lou Ann Styles
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.

concord art association plein air paintings

concord art association plein air sketching

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."


Our fall schedule is here - take an art class with us!

i heart art studio pleasant hill california

We are thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with the I Heart Art studio in Pleasant Hill!

The studio owners, Abby and Amy, have created a wonderful space for their art programs for kids and adults. CAA will rent their studio two nights a week for our own art and craft classes that are geared for adults of all skill levels. Try something new just for the FUN of it!

We have a fantastic line-up of affordable and creative one-night classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall, taught by some super talented local artists. You're going to want to sign up for absolutely everything!

The studio address is 15 Vivian Drive, right off Contra Costa Blvd. (next to Jack in the Box).

Advance registration and payment is required.  Each class will have a minimum requirement to avoid cancellation, so sign up early.


Each class you select requires a separate PayPal transaction. You can also mail a check to CAA (PO Box 641, Concord 94522), or pay in person at a meeting or other CAA event.

Here's our schedule at a glance - visit our Classes page for details and registration!

Tuesday 9/5:  Shading Abstract Forms with Colored Pencils - Amy Eikner

Thursday 9/7:  Painting Handmade Soap - Deena Sheranko

Tuesday 9/12:  Mixed Media Bookmaking - Joani Share

Thursday 9/14:  Monoprinting with a Gel Plate - Michaele Ignon

Tuesday 9/19:  Make a Halloween Wreath - Liz Roberts

Thursday 9/21:  DIY Bath Bombs - Deena Sheranko

Tuesday 9/26:  Paper Mache Sculpture - Amy Eikner

Thursday 9/28:  Gestural Sculpture with Foil - Manon Jodoin

Thursday 10/5:  Pocket Sketching 1 - Paulette Lagana

Thursday 10/12:  Pocket Sketching 2 - Paulette Lagana

Tuesday 10/17:  Creating Textures with Watercolor - Manon Jodoin

Thursday 10/19:  Stamping Fun - Handmade Greeting Cards - Liz Roberts

Tuesday 10/24:  The Art of Social Media for Self-Promotion (for artists) - Lisa Fulmer

Thursday 10/26:  Printing Your Own Collage Papers - Michaele Ignon


August guest artist - LorriMarie Jenkins

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Join us on Saturday, August 12th (1-3pm) at the Concord Library for a super fun, hands-on demo with Lorrie Marie Jenkins.

LorriMarie and her husband love to travel - she says she would go crazy if she couldn't create some type of mixed media art during her time away. So she developed a "traveling collage" kit that she can play with anytime, anywhere.

lorrimarie jenkins small collage art

With magazine pages, pre-cut images, gel pens and glue sticks, she will show us how to compose interesting collages on small substrates - all supplies will be furnished, so come have some creative summer fun with us. Everyone is welcome - see you there!


Come to our Ice Cream Social!

CAA ice cream social flyer
Click here to download and print!

Buy yourself some ice cream and support your local arts!

Join us on Wednesday evening, July 12th at Baskin Robbins in downtown Concord for an ice cream social.

Download and print the above flyer and present it to our friends at Baskin Robbins any time between 5pm and 7pm when you're ready to buy your ice cream. 

They will donate a portion of your purchase to the Concord Art Association, which goes toward our fundraising efforts to open a nonprofit community art center and co-op art gallery.

Bring your ice cream over to the fountain in Salvio Pacheco Square. Several artists will be painting, sketching and snapping creative photos while we're there. Everyone is welcome!


"New Works" Summer Show at aRt Cottage

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New Works Summer Show
The Latest & Greatest from CAA Members
July 5-28, 2017 

aRt Cottage - 2238 Mt. Diablo St. Concord
Tuesdays through Fridays (11am-5pm) & Saturdays (1-5pm)

Saturday, July 15   1-4pm
Wine & Cheese Artist Reception

Over 50 works of art from 18 member artists are on display for the month of July in our favorite little local historic farmhouse, aRt Cottage

Paintings, photography, handmade gifts, prints and greeting cards - landscapes, flowers, people abstract and digital - there is something for everyone. 

Look around for the love of art, buy a gift for someone special, or treat yourself to something new!

Join us at the Artist Reception for live music, a glass of wine and creative conversation.

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CLICK HERE to download a flyer!

Participating artists include Amy Eikner, Anamilena Ayala, Cathy McNutt, Catherine Hensiek, Julie Limberg, Kathy Robinson, Laurie Mansur, Lisa Fulmer, Michelle Mattea, Monica Meza, Pat Calabro, Pat Viera, Phyllis Brady, Renaye Johnson, Sandi Sherwood, Sandy Leonard, Sharon Petersen, Stella Advani and Yumiko Nishizawa.


Plein air painting and sketching at St. Mary's College

concord art association plein air painting

It was a bit cloudy and chilly, but our group of artists enjoyed painting and sketching on the St. Mary's College campus in Moraga. Here are some works in progress...check the Activities page here on the blog and join us at one of our next plein air excursions.

concord art association plein air painting trip