Moraga Art Gallery’s starts 2019 with a new show, “A Sense of Place”, with landscape photography by Wenda Pyman

Wenda Pyman’s exhibit of beguiling landscape photographs entitled “A Sense  of Place” kicks off the new year at the Moraga Art Gallery. Calling to mind the camera work of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter, Wenda captures the luminous and timeless splendor of places like the California Coast, Yosemite, and other iconic landscapes.

Pyman_2015_Baker Beach SF_CA00332Wenda has honed her photographic skills in workshops led by world-class artists, including Ansel Adams.  Over the years she has taken courses to refine her techniques and her “art of seeing”. She entered the digital world in 2007 and has found that it enables her to go beyond the limitations of film. She tends to use these tools to leverage her creative vision while still embracing realism. Her style reveals a unique perception of her surroundings. For her, it is not just about finding a perfect location or composition, but finding harmony and balance between elements of color, lines, texture and shapes that are both pleasing to her and the viewer.  Photography for her is a means of self-expression as well as an outlet from the stresses of everyday life.

Featured as a guest artist, Suzanne Pershing, who heads the Arts Council of San Leandro and also teaches drawing and painting, has created a colorful collection of unique teacups and saucers, some with stylized ceramic florals sprouting from their rims, many decorated with abstract shapes and lines reminiscent of Miro and Picasso.

Whimsical, colorful porcelain teacups by Suzanne Pershing

The gallery’s show, which also includes work by its 14 member artists, runs from January 9th – March 16th.  The public is cordially invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, January 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm—an occasion to meet the artists and 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.

The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Its hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 925-376-5407.