The Moraga Art Gallery’s 2018 schedule of shows begins with a series of paintings, “Garden Abstraction,” that brings to life the panorama of fleeting colors, shapes, shadows and light found in the course of a day in artist Lisa Gunn’s Orinda garden.
According to Gunn, “Painting in the garden presented interpretive as well as physical challenges. These paintings were done in the span of a few weeks. They represent early morning and afternoon changes of light and shadow patterns. I saw large representations and masses of bright color. These paintings mark a departure from previous works which are smaller plein air or still life subjects.”
The exhibit also features two guest artists: a collection of functional and sculptural stainless steel baskets created by Alejandro Santamarina of Petaluma and a unique collection of photographs by the late Wayne F. Miller (b. 1917, Chicago, d. 2013, Orinda) chronicling post-war Lamorinda through the eyes of then school-age baby boomers.
Along with this new exhibit, will be paintings, photographs, ceramics, hand painted silk scarves, collage and jewelry by the gallery’s other artists. The show runs from January 10th to March 17th. The public is invited to a free Opening Reception on Saturday, January 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery at 522 Center Street in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center. Come meet the artists, enjoy a glass of wine, light snacks, and live music.