“ALEGRIA – Happiness and Art” Moraga Art Gallery hosts show of paintings by Angelica Samame and ceramics by Cuong Ta

MORAGA: The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show entitled “ALEGRIA – Happiness and Art” highlighting the bright, colorful figurative paintings by Angelica Samame, and the bold line and form featured in ceramics by Cuong Ta. The show opens August 13 and will run through October 25, 2014. There will be an opening reception to see the exhibit and meet the gallery’s artists on Saturday, August 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.

Hat girl by A Samame

Resident gallery artist Angelica Samame will exhibit her acrylic and watercolor paintings using brilliant color and a combination of non-tradition and contemporary figurative style – depicting both the traditional and contemporary ways of life.  Originally from Peru, the Lafayette resident strives to create thoughtful, festive paintings that, frankly, make people happy. Known for her unique style, Angelica explains her inspiration, “I seek to create paintings that are as fun to look at as they are for me to paint.”

Ms. Samame continues “My artwork is about creation and experimentation. I don’t plan my subjects; I improvise. I don’t usually approach a painting with a specific composition in mind. Rather, my creative process starts when I approach the canvas. After applying the initial paint, shapes appear. I connect colors with ideas and figures, bringing each painting to life.”

Guest artist Cuong Ta has worked in ceramics for the past 16 years and Black ceramic vase with designhas exhibited his work through the Greater Bay Area in dozens of shows. He creates stunning ceramics that focus on form and line. He describes why he does his art: “When I first began working with clay in 1998, I was fascinated by the sense of immediacy and responsiveness that I felt when working on the wheel. I picked up techniques quickly and this allowed me to concentrate my efforts on playing with and perfecting form. The most satisfying aspect of the clay medium for me has always been the powerful sense of creating and giving form to an idea. From the beginning, this ability to control form and decoration has driven my work in clay. “

The Emeryville resident continues, “My containers are simple, with clean surfaces that allow me to explore different resist methods and design elements. The simple forms also allow me to play with profile and function, sometimes creating cutouts in the clay.” I often describe my work as an obsession with line. Ultimately, I am drawn to the play of positive and negative space, and the tension between boundary and flow. In the end, the pots that give me the most pleasure are those that evoke a sense of wonder, drama and play all at the same time.”

The show also includes works by the gallery’s 16 resident artists and several guest artists.

The gallery is located at 522 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the our website: www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.