Summer Art Show & Sale

Our first annual Summer Art Show & Sale at the Concord Library this weekend has been a rousing success! So many people came through to enjoy some of our members' work - 12 artists participated. Several people purchased art and cards and books to take home to enjoy forever - we are so very grateful to everyone who supports our local artists!

From left:  Cathy, Kristine, Deborah, Carol

We'd especially like to thank a friend of the arts, Tony Benedetti with the Concord Elks Lodge - he and his band donated their time and talents to provide music for our show.

A portion of the proceeds are being donated to the Concord Library - we are so grateful to Lynne Noone, Adult Program Director, for being such an awesome, collaborative force in our local arts community. If you missed this Summer Show, be sure to check out our rotating galleries in town all year long.


The Ygnacio Valley Library has been added to our gallery rotation

CAA is happy to announce the addition of the Ygnacio Valley Library to our rotating galleries.
A collection of 20 paintings from Carol Husslein is currently on exhibit through September 30, 2015. 

Most of the paintings in our rotating galleries are for sale by the artist directly. Depending on the venue, the paintings are either individually marked with prices or a price list is available. The artist's contact information is with each exhibit - let the artist know if you'd like to purchase their art and bring it home! 

Click here for the full list of venues - each month the featured artist rotates through the list.

Spring 2015 Social

CAA held its annual spring social in June, which included a white elephant raffle (but with good stuff!), a member art show and lots of sweet treats! Everyone enjoyed seeing each other's work and getting to win new or gently used art supplies donated by fellow members.

Plein air painting at The Gardens at Heather Farm

Carol Husslein

The Gardens at Heather Farm is always a great place to paint - there are so many lovely little vignettes to attract your attention. The flowers always provide a good excuse to use paint colors you usually don't get to use. No matter how often we go, we always find new subjects.

Plein air painting in Golden Gate Park

What a wonderful San Francisco adventure! We traveled via BART into the city and jumped off at the Glen Park station. Then we boarded the Muni bus (#44 O'Shaughnessy), which dropped us off right across from the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

We painted in the Music Concourse, then went in to the De Young for a great lunch. Afterward we caught the 44 back to Glen Park BART and headed home. A wonderful adventure that we all decided we would love to do again.

Plein air painting at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is set up as a publich education center to showcase garden design and water-conserving plants. We love it there - so much to see, so much to photograph, so much to paint!

We all agreed we would come again, maybe even twice during our regular plein air seasons. Even though it was a warm day, there were plenty of shady areas and nice vignettes for sitting and painting. The garden offers "First Tuesday Free" for a portion of the year, so we took advantage of it.


Plein air painting at Castle Rock

Castle Rock Park sits in a scenic canyon along Pine Creek near the Diablo Foothills. The area is dominated by oak woodlands and prominent sandstone formations. Our day was filled with nature in all forms, including fog, high winds, cold, dirt, sand, ground squirrels and beautiful vistas. Plein air doesn't get any better than that!