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Lamorinda Arts High School Visual Arts Competition – Call for Entries

Lamorinda Arts High School Visual Arts Competition:

Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) will host their 14th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition from February 28th to March 20th at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. This annual exhibition provides the community a wonderful opportunity to view a wide range of creative, original work by local students and recognizes the region’s dedicated high school art teachers.

Entries for the High School Visual Arts Competition will be accepted from February 1st through February 24th. The competition is open to 9 th through 12 th grade students living in or attending public or private high schools in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. The competition is also open to all students who attend the Acalanes Union High School District schools, including Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas, and Miramonte High Schools, regardless of residence.
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Cut Up/Cut Out Exhibit at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek through March 5th

A new exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Cut Up/Cut Out, is on display now through March 5th. The gallery will be closed December 23rd – January 2nd and will reopen on January 3rd, which happens to be “First Free Tuesday” with free admission.

From the exhibit website:

This winter the Bedford Gallery presents Cut Up/Cut Out, an exhibition of local, national, and international artists who explore the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting, using a wide range of media from paper and plastic to metal and rubber. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting the material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing. Organized by the Bedford Gallery, Cut Up/Cut Out will travel nationally through 2020.

The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th century China. Originally a decorative handcraft for women, Chinese paper-cutting eventually expanded into rural areas, becoming a staple at religious ceremonies and festivals. By the 14th century, paper-cutting spread to the rest of the world bringing in a new wave of folk art traditions. Cut Up/Cut Out honors both innovation and tradition with a selection of over 50 artists representing diverse styles and techniques.


ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection Exhibit at the Bedford Gallery through Nov 27th in Walnut Creek


The Bedford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek has a new exhibit called ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection through November 27th.

From the exhibit website:

These imaginative works come from the tool-inspired collection of John Hechinger, owner of the mid-Atlantic hardware store chain popular in the 1980s-90s. Hechinger was an active community patron and civil rights advocate in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He also firmly believed in creating dynamic, engaging arts experiences for people of all backgrounds. The four themes in ReTooled –Objects of Beauty, Material Illusions, Instruments of Satire and Tools: An Extension of Self – showcase this belief in an innovative collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs.