Announcing JPG@The Bank: A New Pop-up Art Gallery!

3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA




Contra Costa County is rich with artists of all kinds. JPG @ The Bank will serve to amplify our cultural and artistic voice. It will be a hub where artists, fans, and collectors will come together for culture, community, and commerce.

There will be exhibits, talks, music, and literature events. We are turning this vacant 1970s style bank into a gallery this city has never seen!


What’s the Story?

My gallery on the west end of town has sustained itself for five years – evidence that homeowners in the area are savvy collectors and supporters of local businesses. But there have been more and more empty storefronts in Lafayette, and that’s during a healthy economy! The Chamber of Commerce, City Council, city residents and I have been very concerned. Were high rents driving away small businesses? How to turn this trend around?

A Mastermind Convened

Our City Council began to look into the matter by holding a retail workshop in Summer 2018. They invited commercial property owners and developers in Lafayette to answer some questions and help uncover the heart of the problem. But the answer was not simple. Read more It has a lot to do with property owners looking for the right tenant, even if it means an empty building. To many of us, that seems like a big waste of space. Oftentimes the surrounding businesses feel the blight and depression from the lack of activity on the block. It’s not good for local business owners or the residents. And clearly the answer isn’t filling store fronts with the wrong tenants.

An Opportunity Arises

Part two of the retail workshop convened two months later. City Council invited owners of Diablo Foods, Sideboard Lafayette, Blodgett’s Flooring, and me. We answered questions and gave input on an ideal business climate. We also reported on what is working and why we love doing business in Lafayette. Read more Near the end of the workshop, before the group, City Council member Mike Anderson asked me if I had ever considered contacting any property owners about running a pop-up gallery in an empty storefront. I replied that I had, of course, thought about it but had not heard back from anyone I contacted.

The Win

And now, just three months later, one of Lafayette’s property developers has stepped up and said, “What did you have in mind?” Kudos to Steve Cortese and his partners for doing so. And thanks to City Council for putting me in touch with Cortese Investors. Thank you to Chamber of Commerce for their constant support and drive for small business vibrancy in our city. JPG @ The Bank will counterbalance the eyesores of empty storefronts with something interesting, diverse, and vibrant – something all of Lafayette can enjoy. I promise it will be worthwhile, if not memorable and, of course, beautiful.


Feb. 27: Bad Art Live with Betsy Streeter (Part 1) – $10

March 2: Nicholas Coley Live Painting and Artist Talk – Free

March 7: You Me Us: In Exploration, Art Moves Project performance/fundraiser – $40

March 9-10: Carl Heyward Art Workshop – $200

March 23: New Currencies, Artist Reception – Free

March 27: Bad Art Live with Betsy Streeter (Part 2) – $10

March 30-31: Lamorinda Arts Alliance Member Exhibit – Free

April 3: Life Drawing – 25.

April 13: Youth Slam Poetry with music by Fat Lizzy – $20 suggested donation benefits A Brighter Day

April 24: Collecting Art with Appraiser Joy Aitchison and guest art collectors – Free

April 27: Lit Lamorinda, Poetry, Wine and Jazz – $25

May 1: Bad Art Live with Betsy Streeter (Part 3) – $10

May 2-11: Without A Permit, Architect as Artist. Guest Curator Carol Reif – Free

May 14: Open til 9pm for Taste of Lafayette – Free

May 18: Heart of The Matter, Concert with Laura Zucker and Mairead – $25

May 22: The Art of Leadership, Speaker Night hosted by Pivotal Twist – $25

June 8 : Michi Muse, Art of Guitar, Fine Art Photography by Joshua Isaacs and Guitar Craft by Michihiro Matsuda – Free

Tickets And Information below

JPG@The Bank is located at 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd., on the corner of Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd. This unique building last housed a Wells Fargo bank. This spot has historical significance in our town that goes back 250 years, read more

Art of Leadership with Pivotal Twist

Wed, May 22, 2019 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT Description The Art of Leadership will illuminate unusual, inventive methods to foster organizational growth. This is not about best practices; it's about special practices. What Makes This Night Special We live in a noisy world...

LiT Lamorinda

April 27, 2019 7PM-9PM Poet Laureate of Lamorinda, Amy Glynn leads this night with pairing 5 Bay Area poets to local wines. Boutique wineries in the region will pour tastes to match the poetry and the Rob Evans Trio will perform. Enjoy pours from Meadow View Los...

Family Art Tours JPG@The Bank

Photo credit: Mika Watanabe : Friends looking at art at the grand opening of JPG@The Bank Beginning Saturday March 16 Family Tours at JPG@The Bank 11AM Families are invited to join us for a guided tour of the current exhibition at JPG @The Bank on Saturday mornings at...

Life Drawing JPG@The Bank

Life drawing class at Jennifer Perlmutter’s The Bank April 3 Wednesday night 6PM-9 PM $25.00 Come and join us for an evening of drawing from the model. We will start the evening with a selection of nibbles and beverages. Tables and easels to be provided. Please bring...

Youth Poetry Slam JPG@The Bank

Agenda Saturday, April 13th Come for any portion of the event! 6-7PM: Poetry writing workshop 7-9PM: Poetry slam + live music from Fat Lizzy For ages 13+ Tickets $20 at the door or in advance Put your name on the list to read your work. (Priority will be given to...

New Currencies Art Exhibit JPG@The Bank

Artist Reception Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 Doors open at 6PM Over 50 artists from an open call will display paintings and sculpture inside the newly transformed Bank building. Some of the featured work includes life size ceramic sculpture, large scale art made from...

JPG@TheBank First Night

Address of the Pop-Up: 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA (corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd.) Weds-Sun. 11-6PM We opened JPG@The Bank on February 14, 2019 to a crowd of over 300 art lovers. The night was filled with a creative spirit that we are still soaking...

Bad Art Live

3 Dates: Feb. 27, March 27, May 1, 2019 JPG@TheBank 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA Doors Open at 6:30 Starts at 7PM-8PM BAD ART LIVE In which we talk in person to artists, and to each other, about art, and everyone has opinions and nothing gets resolved, and we...

Live Painting with Nicholas Coley

Join us on March 2nd for a live painting demonstration with Nicholas Coley and art discussion. Nicholas will begin painting around 1PM and work on the canvas until around 3PM Nicholas Coley was born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California. He hitch...

Carl Heyward Collaborative Mixed media Art workshop

Two, three-hour sessions Saturday, March 9 Sunday, March 10 12:00 – 3:00 pm $200 Buy Now $20 materials fee (payable to the instructor in class) Level: All levels Location: JPG @ The Bank. 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA. Parking on site Class size: Minimum 5 |...

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