Congrats to the artists named for the Concord Utility Box project!

Photo: Visit Concord

CAA and the City of Concord are pleased to announce the artists who have been selected to work on our Utility Box Public Art project in downtown Concord:
  • Chris Ball
  • Janet Brown
  • Pat Calabro 
  • Carissa Fei
  • Jennifer Granat & Melissa Claros
  • Denise Hillman
  • Thea Jue & Renaye Johnson
  • Samineh Perryman
  • Sharon Petersen
These talented and local creatives will get to work this summer bringing their design concepts to life on the utility boxes around Todos Santos Plaza. We can't wait for the community to experience this visual delight this fall! 

Many thanks to all the artists who submitted their ideas for consideration - we were thrilled with the volume and quality of work. Stay tuned!


Join us at Ruth Bancroft Gardens

Join fellow artists to paint, sketch or take photos at the Ruth Bancroft Gardens.

Tuesday, June 11th
10am - 1pm  (Meet in parking lot)
1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek

This world-renowned 3.5 acre space houses a collection of succulents, both unique and beloved, as well as drought-tolerant plants from around the world. The Garden’s founder, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening. Open to the public year-round, the Garden showcases fabulous blooms during every season and highlights plant structure and texture in robust plantings.

Admission fees:
- Adults $10.00 
- Seniors (65+) $8.00 
- Garden Members are free

Click here to download a flyer with details.


May Mini Art Show

1st place tie: Beach Moment by Janet Brown

1st place tie:  Spike by Denise Hillman

2nd place: Birdcage by Betty McBride

3rd place: Half Dome by June Vega

How to Make a Rainbow Fish by Michele Brown

Isleton by Barbara Nebeker

Lemon Still Life by Renaye Johnson


Our trip to Isleton

On Saturday, May 11th, several CAA members and a couple guests met in the quaint Sacramento Delta town of Isleton for plein air painting, sketching and photography. The weather started out cool, but soon warmed to make it ideal for being outside with our paints, pencils and cameras.

A couple artists elected to sit along the sidewalks of Main Street to capture the historic buildings in various states of disrepair - or in some cases, those that had been restored to their original glory. Other artists ventured down the street to a nice small park to paint and sketch a very colorful pagoda located there.

As the day progressed, it got quite busy along Main Street with friendly, chatty locals and out-of-town visitors.

Being out for a Saturday drive added to the excitement in this small town. There was even a gentleman set up out in front of his restaurant, cooking ribs and various other goodies which added a delightful aroma wafting through the air.

What a lovely day it was to enjoy the warm sunshine and paint, sketch or take photos to our hearts content!