Plein air painting at the Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco was beautiful and challenging for CAA plein air artists - participants included Carol Husslein, Annegret van Gemeren, Renaye Johnson, Barbara Paul, Karen Nakkerud, Anika Ward and Laurie Mansur.

The beautiful surroundings were challenging in respect to the weather, terrain and visitors. But we all persevered, as you can see! 

Member Mary Frances Crabtree decided to paint in a more comfortable space at the California Academy of Sciences, surrounded by happy children and visitors.
We all voted to visit the garden again!


July Mini Art Show

1st Place Tie:  This Little Piggy by Janet Brown  - oil

1st Place Tie:  Waterboarder by Betty McBride  - watercolor

2nd Place:  Japanese Tea Garden by Renaye Johnson  -  acrylic

3rd Place:  Yellow Tulips by Roxi Fechtner  - colored pencil

Kitchen Table Still Life by Cathy McNutt  - acrylic


Concord Arts Alive! Our first entry in the July 4th parade

Ginny and Pat 

Sherrie, Catherine, Sandy and Lynda

CAA joined forces with Solo Opera, B8 Theatre Company, East Bay Artists Guild, aRt Cottage and Wren Avenue Elementary to submit an entry in Concord's July 4th parade. Nearly 50 people from these six organizations marched together to show parade-goers that the arts are alive in Concord! 

CAA led the charge with members wearing art-themed hats and sending cascades of bubbles into the crowd from a yellow VW convertible (aka the duckymobile). More CAA members carried a banner and handed out flyers. Then came members of Solo Opera, singing classic opera songs wearing period fashion. Dance students from Wren Avenue Elementary showed off new moves in traditional Mexican folkloric costumes, and Fro from the aRt Cottage drove several of her students in a crazy, cool and colorful car which they had all painted together, along with paper maché hats and signs. EBAG and B8 anchored the end of our group with their large banners, and the local singing group AcaWord entertained the crowds with their acapella harmonies.

Here's a video of us all together with Solo Opera singers to perform at the Judge's tent and toast the City of Concord on its 150th birthday. We can't wait to do it again next year!