The Moraga Art Gallery presents “Botanica”

Opening on January 11th, “Botanica,” the new year’s first exhibit at the Moraga Art Gallery, derives its name from exquisite floral images by gallery member and photographer Lucy Beck of Lafayette. Her camera freezes moments in time, giving the delicate and complicated beauty of flowers some permanence. Also featured are stoneware and porcelain pieces for the home by guest artist Chanda Beck (no relation), whose work, inspired by antiques and Asian art, is adorned with playful renderings of plants, flowers, seed pods, and patterns found in nature.

A bouquet of purple flowersLucy Beck through her images hopes to convey honesty, creativity and emotion. She is drawn to flowers and other botanicals because of the awesome and complicated beauty and wants to show that. Because flowers and many plants are both short lived and often small, she wants to be able to give them some permanence by printing what her near-sighted eyes could see.

December flowersHer images have won awards regionally and statewide. Last year she won 2nd place for photography at the statewide competition at the Triton Museum. In the Contra Costa Camera Club she shows her photographs in the Pictorial Division at the Master’s level. This year she was in a juried exhibit in Mendocino, is currently in a juried show at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette, and has been in many local and regional shows.

Set of 4 bowlsChanda Beck (no relation) operates through the Berkeley Potter’s Guild as Ezme Designs. She focuses on making handmade ceramic items for yourself and your home. Chanda Beck is the Owner/Artist and has a special interest in depictions of nature — often abstracted but always with an emphasis on color and fine black lines.  Chanda is a 2004 graduate from the California College of the Arts in Ceramic Sculpture and has been working in clay for almost twenty years.

The public is cordially invited to an opening reception on Saturday, January 14th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Come meet the artists, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy light snacks accompanied by live music.

The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Normal hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. The show runs from January 11 through March 18. Visit or call 925 376-5407 for more details. Like us on Facebook!