Moraga Art Gallery: Grand ReOpening! “Transitions” –From pendants & beads to jewelry by K. de Groot, -From clay & fire to pottery by Mary Leigh Miller

MORAGA:  Having been temporarily closed by a February flood, the Moraga Art Gallery is delighted to announce its Grand Re-Opening with a new show entitled “Transitions” featuring the one-of-a-kind, Asia-accented jewelry of Lafayette’s own master jeweler K. de Groot, and a collection of Raku and pit-fired pottery by guest artist Mary Leigh Miller of Moraga.

To celebrate the gallery’s return, the public is invited to attend a Re-opening Reception on Saturday, April 18th from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Come to see the exhibit, have some wine, meet the artists, and enjoy the company of other Lamorinda art lovers. The new show will run until June 13th.

Jade PendantK. de Groot strings her cross-cultural necklaces with varieties of antique beads and pendants brought back from China, Nepal, India, Thailand and other exotic destinations. Semi-precious stones, delicately etched, molded, and granulated gold and silver beads as well as other trinkets endow her work with both a touch of class as well as a touch of Asia. Custom-made jewelry using customers’ own unique pieces is one of her specialties.

 pit-fired lidded jarTo create her pit-fired ceramics, Mary Leigh Miller arranges clay pieces   in a sand cavity surrounded by burnable materials–sawdust, dry seaweed, wood, cow dung. During an hours-long bonfire, she adds various amounts of copper oxides and salt—thereby producing unpredictable but ever-intriguing results. Equally stunning are her Raku pieces—adapted from an ancient Japanese firing technique during which work is removed directly from the hot kiln and smoked with burnable materials, giving each clay surface a copper sheen.

Fifteen member artists of the gallery will also have paintings, photographs, ceramics, and jewelry on display. The gallery, located at 522 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.