Thursday, Nov. 7
Exhibit runs through Dec. 22nd
Please bring a can of food or dry food item for Contra Costa Food bank
Featured Artists Diane Williams, Marcella Austenfeld, Chuck Potter
Come together to reap what we have sown and enjoy the harvest of the season in our Pop-up Art Gallery in Lafayette. Bay Area artists bring work that resonates with Autumn and the theme of Harvest. Diane Williams, Chuck Potter and Marcella Austenfeld draw inspiration from nature in subjects and materials. Each artist will present new work. Live music by Jennifer Burnside 5-6 and Mark Shaw 6-7.
5. raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win an original small painting.
Lafayette’s family grocer for over 50 years, Diablo Foods will bring tastes of famous side dishes and holiday favorites created with family recipes. Art will be offered through a raffle drawing.
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Diane Williams is a master painter who uses intuitive color, bold brushwork and monumental scale as a vehicle for the voice of the strong feminine to weave nature’s story across time.
Multiple layers chronicle what is concrete and what is illusive; erasures remind us that nothing is permanent, yet everything leaves an impression. The calm, vast space of the canvas allows a story to be told through generations.
Her paintings invite the viewer to enter uncharted territory; a world where women and elders are revered as holders of our collective intuitive lineage and where listening to one’s intuition is the highest form of prayer.
I am a maker. I am drawn to natural elements inspired by native American craftsmanship and culture. “Not all who wander are lost”, so I explore creative paths searching for the skills, material and techniques that help me shape my stories and design visions into totems of adornment. I am Canadian, born in Northern Ontario and raised throughout the Canadian provinces. That heritage influences my designs and approaches to making jewelry.
History, design visions and nature power my work, which is intended to spark a story or sentiment in the wearer. All my jewelry is created in my Orinda, CA home studio.
Chuck has always made things from model airplanes, rockets, boats, cars, Indian dance costumes to home improvements, and finally a cabin with a studio. Chuck established his first career as an accountant, owning a tax firm, and then mortgage financing while raising three children in his first marriage. After his divorce, Chuck met his current wife, Diane Williams in 1996. Diane was an artist in the Benicia Arsenal, introduced Chuck to art becoming his mentor and later his wife. Chuck and Diane started their relationship together, raising her two children as well, and decided to return to school at Sacramento State studying art. Ultimately, they both obtained their M.F.A.’s together in Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University in 2003. Since Chuck lived in an Artists’ Community, he gained a concentrated exposure to other established artists in addition to great teachers like Joan Moment, Brenda Louie, Oliver Jackson, Bill Allen, Michael Grady, Fred Martin, and Jeremy Morgan to name a few. Additionally, Chuck studied in China for one month where he was stranded for one week due to 9/11.