The Moraga Art Gallery presents “Beauty Near and Far”

The Moraga Art Gallery announces “Beauty Near and Far,” a new exhibit featuring oil landscapes by gallery member Kerima Swain and boldly-hued ceramics by guest artist, Lesley Jensen.

Woman walking along boardwalk in Hydra, GreeceKerima Swain, whose vibrant colors and sun-dappled landscapes transport viewers to sites around the world from St. Mary’s College and the Golden Gate to the Greek isle of Hydra and beyond. Kerima discovered a calling to paint a dozen years ago while working in graphic design and art therapy. Her multiple interests — dance, music, nature, travel – enable her to recognize rhythms of life that find their way into the composition, color, form, contrasts, and style of her ever-alluring paintings. In addition to painting, Kerima works part time as a group art and activity therapist with older adults and as a director of the Black Hawk Gallery.

An assortment of ceramics by Lesley JensenAlso featured in the show is a boldly-hued collection of ceramics by guest artist Lesley Jensen, who grew up in Moraga, attended high school in Lafayette, now lives in Benicia and teaches ceramics at College Park H.S and Civic Arts in Walnut Creek. Her one-of-a-kind vessels reflect the influence of ancient Greek, Minoan, Hittite and Native American cultures. “The making of ceramics has always intrigued me,” says Jensen, who for thirty years has been experimenting with various firing techniques, including pit firing, saggar firing, and raku. “There’s always an element of surprise in seeing the effects of flame on surfaces,” she claims.

The show, which includes a wide variety of work by the gallery’s 15 member artists and several guest artists, runs from October 26th to January 7th. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, October 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Use the occasion to meet the artists, sip a glass of wine accompanied by light snacks and 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. Please Note: Holiday Hours for December 1-24: Open daily from 10-6pm.  Visit or call 925 376-5407 for more details.