The Art of Floral Arranging demo - join us!

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Join us on Tuesday, December 13th at the Concord Library (1-3pm) for our monthly member meeting - the public is also welcome. Holiday treats and refreshments will be served.

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CAA member Phyllis Brady will demonstrate new artistic ideas and techniques for arranging both familiar and not so familiar varieties of flowers. Perfect timing for holiday centerpieces - and bonus - we will raffle off her final arrangements as a little fundraiser for CAA's gallery fund. You might win and take home a beautiful addition to your dining table!

Phyllis Brady

Phyllis comes from a family of artists and gardeners. With a BA in drawing and painting, she approaches floral design from an art school background. She has worked with flowers for over 30 years, sharing her love of color by creating arrangements for wineries, estates and country clubs. If you have ever attended the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco in the past, you may have seen her floral exhibits there, as she participated in this event for nine years.

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Below are the four arrangements she will show us how to make:

Holiday Classic Wreath - fresh flowers, holiday foliage, branches, pods and found materials.

Freshly-Picked Centerpiece - a vase filled jewel-toned flowers, fruits and vegetables

Purple Passion - layers of foliage and flowers in all shades of purple with a few surprise accents

Enduring Elegance - flowers and foliage in soft muted tones for a holiday party


November Mini Art Show

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1st place:  Bodie by Cathy McNutt

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2nd place:  Catch the Fall by Betty McBride

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3rd place:  Cornelius the Dwarf Goat by Mary Frances Crabtree

Watercolor techniques with Michael Reardon

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We thoroughly enjoyed watching Michael paint at our November meeting. His paintings have a lovely, washed-back mistiness that draw you into the scene and highlight the transparent beauty of watercolor on textured paper. Michael walked us through his process of starting with a sketch, laying down background colors with designated white space, then painting each area (foreground, middle ground, focal point) with colors that he often blends right on the paper with constant flicking of his brush. He also showed us how he paints on a tilted easel to create controlled washes of color with the watercolor bead. We got lots of great tips from him - it was fascinating!


Artist Reception for our Fall Member Show at the aRt Cottage

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Today was our opening Artist Reception for our Fall Member Show at the aRt Cottage - it runs through the month of November.  It was a beautiful sunny day, so people lingered outside in the flower garden, eating treats and sipping wine after exploring the gallery. 

We have 21 CAA members showing their artwork in this show - more than 50 pieces total. Everything from abstract to figurative, watercolor to mixed media, traditional to modern - there is something for everyone!

Don't miss seeing work from these talented artists:
  • Ambrozya Dae 
  • Anamilena Ayala 
  • Barbara Anderson 
  • Bev Haggerty 
  • Caitlynn Awand 
  • Cathy McNutt  
  • Farhana Naqvi 
  • John Nicolini
  • Kathy Robinson 
  • Laurie Mansur 
  • Lisa Fulmer 
  • Lupe Jimeno 
  • Manon Jodoin 
  • Michelle Cicala 
  • Monica R Meza 
  • Pat Calabro 
  • Pat Strout 
  • Rachel Wampler 
  • Ruth McMillin 
  • Sandra Leonard 
  • Sylvia Nuzzo Philis