after Sunday, October 13, at 5pm.
We will be moving to a larger space at
432 Center Street next to the Saddlery in the
Rheem Shopping Center
from local artists, as well as guest artists.
The Moraga Art Gallery announces its end-of-summer show, “Pattern Parade,” an exhibit that features stylized portraits of sophisticated, fashionably-clad women by Lafayette’s Angelica Samame. Evocative of Modigliani’s models, her subjects are rendered as they tend to flowers or huddle together over tea. One painting shows a pensive figure, hand on cheek and surrounded by items of clothing—perhaps pondering what she’ll wear today. 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.”
With roots in Peru, Angelica favors brilliant acrylic colors and a combination of traditional and contemporary styles. “I strive to create thoughtful, festive paintings that, frankly, make people happy,” she says. “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.”
The show also features guest artist Irene Needoba of Orinda, whose abstract landscapes take viewers on unique visual journeys into a fragmented world where rocks may also be waves, where a female visage is tucked into the swirl of a breaking surf–or is it a rock outcropping? Dark bird-like shapes appear on a beach–but is it beach or just a hint of one? A grid of rectangles appears in the side of a cliff. Windows in the façade of a building? A surreal pattern? Irene explains: “I accept the world as a mysterious, confusing place with no straight answers,”
Also on display from August 14th to October 19th are ceramics, photography, fused glass, jewelry, paintings and other media by the gallery’s thirteen members as well as several guest artists. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, August 17, from 5 to 7 pm in the gallery at 522 Center Street in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center. Come to meet the artists, enjoy wine, light snacks, and live music