The Journey Matters

The process which constitutes making is really the essence of what is considered the work of being an artist.  As we approach the opening of the installation, enjoy a glimpse from a few of the artists' process as their pieces evolved for the upcoming Flower Power Community Art Installation.  

Be sure to come see the finished pieces as they come together to form the beautiful community installation! It will be on view at the Concord Library May 2-31.

 Lois Willhite (work in progress)

 Ambrozya Dae (work in progress)

A little past, a little present, a little future.

Throughout the past several months the CCofA artists, individually and collectively, have been very productive and engaged with art making and community making!

Some highlights include:

• Actively supporting B8 Theatre by attending performances, spreading the word about the theatre, and growing our community of artists to include the performing arts.

• Hosting various classes, most recently with teaching artist, Joani Share.

• Continuously celebrating and supporting each other’s ongoing achievements....

….Sharon Petersen hustles and has her beautiful watercolors and prints for sale everywhere I look!
….Laurie Mansur’s piece Breakfast at the Sugarplum juried into Town Hall Theatre Gallery, Lafayette.
….Lisa Fulmer continues to lead the Concord Art Association.
….Raquel Amaral opens new art gallery in downtown Concord.
….Joani Share's solo exhibit at Walnut Creek Library.
….Susan Pace-Koch guest-curates illustrator’s exhibit Storybooks by the Bay at Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville.
….Catherine Hensiek joins the board of directors for Concord Art Association.
….Sylvia Nuzzo Philis advocates for public art at city planning commission meeting.

Presently, there are 15 of us CCofA artists working on Flower Power – A Community Art Installation, an example of individuals working together towards the positive outcome for the whole. It will be on display at the Concord Library (Salvio Street) from May 2-31, 2017.  More details to come soon!

The (near) future for the group includes artist development/constructive critiques, art supply exchange, making art outdoors together, seeking sustainable partnerships to strengthen our art-making opportunities, hanging out and enjoying Concord’s renowned music-in-the-park concert(s). We'll continue to refine our mission, function as a creative collective, and enable possibilities for folks who make art a priority in their lives. It’s important not to always be overly solitude or too sucked into our own personal work as an artist. When we are aware of what goes on in our communities and among our peers, it becomes easier to make our best mark with our artistry!

Press coverage for our "sight/unseen" art show

We are grateful to our local news media for sharing our efforts with their readers and the community at large. Click the links below to read the articles and enjoy watching a quick video montage of the fourteen pieces from the show.

East Bay Times - Self-reflection drives art for Concord Community of Artists
Claycord News & Talk - Why artists love living here
Concord Pioneer - Exploring our identity through art  (page 17)

Last - but not least!

Anamilena Ayala
She by Anamilena Ayala - Acrylic

Sylvia Nuzzo Philis
Hands by Sylvia Nuzzo Philis - Photography

Mary Frances Crabtree
Follow the Light by Mary Frances Crabtree - Drawing

Lois Willhite
New Beginnings by Lois Willhite - Mixed media

Lisa Fulmer
Dwellings by Lisa Fulmer - Mixed media

Altar - An assemblage for Michelle Morey

Right before the show, one of our participating artists and the manager of The Artist's Den - Michelle Morey - was unable to finish her piece due to an urgent family matter. We wanted her to still have a presence in the show, so each artist contributed an item that reflected some aspect of Michelle's narrative and the 13 items were assembled together into a wallhanging for her. 

Click here to download all the artists' narratives.

More from the "sight/unseen" show

kim lawson
The Art of Teatime by Kim Lawson - Assemblage

Click here to download all of the artists' narratives that further describe their work.

Emily Stepp
Creek Culture by Emily Stepp - Mixed media

Michelle Cicala
Granny by Michelle Cicala - Acrylic

Catherine Hensiek
Yellow Alert by Catherine Hensiek - Mixed media & altered book

Catherine included interviews from friends who also experienced a "yellow alert."

Opening weekend!

concord community of artists sight unseen art show

The opening weekend for our sight/unseen show was a resounding success! So many people came to see our exhibit - friends, family and the community at large. We are so grateful to all of the participating artists, to The Artist's Den and to all the tireless volunteers who helped make this show happen. We want to especially thank Sylvia Nuzzo Philis (CCofA founder, shown above at lower right wearing purple) for her vision of this show's theme on identity.

sight/unseen is still on display this week (Monday—Thursday, 10am—2pm at The Artist's Den, 1913 Salvio Street in Concord) if you didn't catch us this past weekend. In addition to viewing intriguing and diverse works of art, you'll enjoy reading each artist's written narrative about their inspiration and approach to their work. Click here to download a PDF file of all the narratives.

This week we'll feature all of the art here on the blog, starting with these four artists - Laurie, Joani, Sharon and Marie. Enjoy!

Finding My Cultural Landscape by Laurie Mansur - Mixed media

My Story by Joani Share - Mixed media

Ties That Bind by Sharon Petersen - Watercolor

Madeira by Marie Gomes - Acrylic