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Ned Khan: Seed Vortex on Display at Bedford Gallery through March 25th

A new exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek, Ned Khan: Seed Vortex, is on display through March 25th.

From the exhibition page:

This winter, the Bedford presents the work of Bay Area sculptor Ned Kahn in a solo show that studies the artists’ lifelong fascination with the confluence of science and art. At the center of the show is Seed Vortex, Kahn’s enormous metal sculpture weighing thousands of pounds and spanning 20 feet in diameter.

Seed Vortex shifts a transient sea of tiny mustard seeds in a slow, constant and captivating spin, addressing life’s puzzles, like eternity, unity, chaos and change. The inspiration for Seed Vortex goes back to the 1980s when Kahn was an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. There, he explored the Physics of the Granular State, an emerging field of science that studied the way powders, sand and other dry, granular materials moved. Kahn created a series of interactive sculptures at the Exploratorium that encouraged viewers to influence and observe the patterns of granular motion. This work led to Negev Wheel, which Kahn made in 2016 for the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and filled with sand from Israel’s Negev Desert.

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“Say Hello to Mr. Chakra”

Spotted in front of Aveda at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek.

SAY HELLO TO MR. CHAKRA

He’s a symbol of Aveda’s holistic approach to hair and skin care. We draw on Ayurveda, a 5,000 year-old healing tradition from India, that helps us balance our chakras — 7 spinning wheels of energy — that affect our health, well-being and beauty. Find your balance with our chakra balancing aromas, scalp and body massage and rituals. Discover the beauty of a balanced life.

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About Abstraction – Bay Area Women Painters Exhibit at Bedford Gallery through Dec 17th in Walnut Creek

A new exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek, About Abstraction – Bay Area Women Painters, is on display through December 17th.

From the exhibition page:

Political conversations have turned a renewed spotlight on women and their power and influence on every corner of society, including the arts. In the spirit of continued discovery, About Abstraction: Bay Area Women Painters celebrates 16 Bay Area women artists, emerging and established, who have worked in abstraction for years. There is no monolithic visual definition of abstraction, and this show provides a platform for a breadth of work that features precise, powerful lines, as well as gestural patterns.

While Bay Area art history is rooted in figurative art, the past few decades show us that abstract art is flourishing. The work in About Abstraction suggests a kinship with the Abstract Expressionist movement of 1940s SoHo and San Francisco, and illustrates the enduring vitality and power of nonrepresentational art for well over a century.

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Sweet n Low Exhibit through August 27th at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek

A new exhibit called Sweet n Low an international show of CUTE is showing at the Bedford through August 27th in downtown Walnut Creek.

From the exhibit website:

Sweet n Low features artwork from over 120 local, national, and international artists who extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. From kitsch and Margaret Keane’s Big Eyes, to Japanese anime and contemporary Pop Art, we’re unleashing the roly-poly, goofily-gamboling, saccharine-honeyed creatures on this earth and beyond! Sweet n Low is part invitational and part juried exhibition, juried by Evan Pricco of Juxtapoz magazine and Antler Gallery, Portland, OR.