During stressful times like these art and nature can provide a measure of solace. With that in mind, the Moraga Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit, Homage to Nature, highlighting the work of two member artists wedded to the natural world. As it inches toward normalcy, the Moraga Art Galley cordially invites art fans young and old to a free reception on Saturday, June 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This unique outdoor/indoor event is being held to express thanks to the public for its support during these trying times and to celebrate An Homage to Nature. Besides a sumptuous visual smorgasbord, guests will also be treated to sips of wine and live music by Wendy Tamis, principal harpist for the Berkeley and Fremont Symphonies for 26 years and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Board member.
Homage to Nature features the work of two member artists, etchings and monoprints by Pat Prosek and pastels, acrylics and jewelry by Dalia Alekna.
In etchings and monoprints with a distinctive Asian flair, Lafayette’s Pat Prosek renders stylized classic cranes doing what they are meant to do: fly, nestle, groom themselves, wade, search for food, etc. A handsome four-paneled screen, “Love and Long Life,” a traditional theme in ancient Asian art, serves as the centerpiece of the display.
With pastels and acrylic, Dalia Alekna of Walnut Creek, offers unique visions of earth, clouds, sky, water, and flowers. She also crafts elegant earrings, necklaces, pendants, and other eye-catching jewelry made of assorted beads, pearls, metal, and rough-cut translucent stones in various shades of turquoise, pale purple, ochre and other colors.
Comprised of roughly 350 original artworks, large and small, the show which opens on Wednesday, May 5th and closes on Saturday, July 11th, includes paintings in many genres, as well as ceramics, photographs, sculptures, wooden bowls, glassware and much more by the gallery’s eighteen members. Among the guest artists, Tina Nelson combines wools, feathers, mosses and other natural materials to create eye-catching decorative objects, and Julie O’Reilly incorporates semi-precious and other natural stones in a variety of silver and beaded necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings.
The Moraga Art Gallery’s Gift Boutique features handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, small paintings, decorative pillows, cards and jewelry.
The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm and by appointment. Please email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
To safeguard our gallery staff and visitors, we require everyone visiting the gallery to wear a face mask and to maintain social distancing.
The gallery is located at 432 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga.