“Unique Expressions” show at Moraga Art Gallery

The Moraga Art Gallery announces the debut of “Unique Expressions,” an exhibit featuring world-class jewelry from the Lafayette workshop of K. de Groot and ever-enticing, abstract acrylic paintings by Irene Needoba. We are delighted to have Judith Feins, a fine art painter, included in the show.

“Unique Expressions” will run from August 31 to November 6. A free reception will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The public is invited to view the art, meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, hear live music, and mingle with other art lovers.

K. de Groot

It was a transfer to Thailand and a job as a docent at the Bangkok National Museum that gave birth to the creation of the wearable art that K. de Groot now creates. “I create a one-of-a-kind, cross cultural wearable art collection called Asian Accents. My passion for exploring ethnic markets in Asia and discovering new treasures in local bead bazaars give my jewelry a unique flare, making them conversation pieces.”

Blue bead necklace with 6 gold beads spaced throughout. An oblong pendant hangs in the middle with a blue oblong stone in the center surrounded with a gold border. A pair of matching blue and gold beaded earrings are photographed along necklace.
K. de Groot
Green and gold beaded necklace with matching earrings. An organic shaped glass, sculptural, feathery, leaf-like, object dangles as a pendant.
K. de Groot

Irene Needoba

Irene Bollweg Needoba was born in Bolivia to a Bolivian mother and a German Father. She grew up in a deeply Catholic country torn with revolutions and dictatorships. Due to the dual ethnicities of her parents she was starkly aware of the differences between the two cultures of her parents and grandparents.

Irene left Bolivia to live in Bagdad, Iraq during the regime of terror of Saddam Hussein and departing due to the war between Iran and Iraq. This had a tremendous impact on her life, feeling the futility of war first-hand.

After Iraq, she lived in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Egypt and Scotland. Through this experience, she found herself feeling like an outsider; dealing with foreign cultural conventions, the obsessions and behaviors of different traditions and the consequences of nationalism. Since then she found it liberating to step out of old surroundings and embracing new cultures. Her idea and philosophy is not to represent the ideology and perfection of any culture in particular, but the chaos of embracing the human race as a whole.

Her sources for making art are situations in life she had experienced.  She likes the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi: life is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, like the universe itself is incomplete and in constant state of becoming dissolved. She finds a relief in accepting imperfection. Every piece of work is like her life with all its problems, frustrations, and happiness. Through the paintings, she wants to experience a new freedom, the sense of acceptance, not belonging anywhere and yet to belong and represent all of humanity, exceeding all cultural definitions.

 She embraces the idea of “no traditions, no patriotism, no culture” but the experiences of all cultures, and to rebel against any idea of the “perfect” culture. https://www.ireneneedoba.com/home

Abstract painting of washes of orange, blue, grey, white, green yellow, and soft pink colors. All soft colors washed over on another.
Irene Needoba
Abstract painting of underwater scene of turtle. Washes of colors of blues, greens, yellows, some red, and orange.
Irene Needoba, The Dream

Guest Artist, Judith Feins

I‘m fascinated by all that I see in the natural world. My passion for portraying that beauty is the force behind my paintings.

The fleeting drama of weather and atmosphere creates an unending joyful challenge.

I paint to celebrate the qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space that evoke possibility and freedom, and the brilliant tranquility of light on water. I love the cool clarity and luminosity of northern California and it’s mysterious transformative fog.

I enjoy studying and painting the layered complexities of visual phenomena, like rocks submerged in water, seen through a surface reflection of the sky, and abstracted by ripples or wind.

It’s also exciting to explore and paint the personalities of different geographical areas, and capture remnants of California’s history and culture, it’s coastal villages, small family farms and ranches.

I hope that viewing my paintings will bring pleasure and inspiration to others. https://judithfeins.com/html/artwork.html

Landscape painting of hills and a blue lake. Hills with golden tall grass and green grass, blue skies with white wispy clouds.
Judith Feins, Lafayette Reservoir from Rim Trail
Landscape painting of people in a small boat on a lake. It is Autumn and the leaves on the trees are yellow. The lake water is calm and the colors are grey blue, dark green, and there are reflections of the trees in the water.
Judith Feins, Autumn, Lafayette Reservoir

The show also contains paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, glassware, etchings, woodwork, photographs, prints, and much more by the gallery’s core of members.  The Moraga Art Gallery’s Gift Boutique features handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, boxed cards, small paintings, soaps, decorative pillows, cards, jewelry and other gift items. 

Hours:  Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm.  

Address: 432 Center Street in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center,

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website: https://moragaartgallery.com or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com or call 925-376-5407.