Artists through the ages have looked to the ocean in all its majesty and terror for clues about the planet’s future. This group exhibition features contemporary artists who live near the coast, and whose work immerses us in a watery drama. Organized by longtime Bay Area curator Ann Trinca, this show finds inspiration in the work of Japanese ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai’s ubiquitous woodblock print The Great Wave. The Great Wave is recognizable across cultures as a symbol of the unpredictable power of the ocean. Using this historic piece as a jumping off point, the artists in the exhibition explore the ocean as a source of mystery and strength.
Two large-scale dinosaurs greet visitors and passers-by at one of the main access points into the shopping plaza. With seats, moveable parts, and a periscope for children to enjoy, the interactive artworks provide the perfect resting spot for weary shoppers and their young ones.
Monica Canilao is a multi-media artist from Oakland whose vibrant, abstracted geometric designs serve to reimagine the meaning of home and the power of collectivity. Since the late 1990s, Xara Thustra’s art has been inseparable from resistance and community in San Francisco, providing many of the signature visual images of the anti-displacement and anti-war struggles of the era.
A new musical art project called, Painted Pianos, highlighting ten pianos painted by local artists, was recently placed around downtown Walnut Creek. Above you can see local artist Ally McKay putting the finishing touches on the piano on Locust St. Check out her Insta page here. More information about the project can be found here. There will be live performances every Tuesday from 12-1 pm through mid-October at the following locations:
1655 N. Main St. ~ 1501 Locust St. ~ 1328 N. Main St.
1330 N. Main St. – Jane & Daniel Corich
Broadway Plaza (Event Plaza) – James Woods Marshall
111 Wiget Lane (Community Arts – Shadelands Campus) – Casey Rasmussen
1403 Locust St. – Faye Hsu
1499 N. Main St. – Lauren Bielawski
1362 Locust St. – Ande Lincoln/Rachel Chan
1655 N. Main St. – Susan E Blair
1501 Locust St. – Ally McKay
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek’s Main Library – Cava Menzies
1430 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Liberty Bell Plaza – Christopher Cueves
In response to the popularity of our 2015 exhibition BLOW UP, Bedford Gallery is excited to present a second exhibition of inflatable art. BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. BLOW UP II will feature large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists.
I believe this Philz Coffee mural replaced the Marie Callender mural near the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and S. California Blvd. in Walnut Creek. The ladder at the end almost looks real from this viewpoint!