Ling Liao At El Cerrito Library May 2 – 29


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A Chinese in the California Landscape, an exhibit of ceramic, ink and watercolor artwork by Ling Liao, will be shown at the El Cerrito Library May 2 through May 29.

The exhibit is an occasion for Ling to examine the interaction of his various art experiences and to reflect on how the different media interplay.

“Making art has always been an enjoyable part of my life,” he says. “I have done calligraphy and Chinese painting since my high school days in Taiwan. I started pottery in the mid-seventies in Minnesota. I have been a plein air painter for over twenty years in California.”

You can see Ling’s work at the library, 6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito. Library hours: Mon & Tue 12-8, Thurs 10-6, Fri 1-5, Sat 1-5

May 3 Reception For Ling Liao’s Show At Library




Saturday, May 3, 2-4pm

 for an exhibit of Ling Liao’s art pursuits:

A Chinese in the California Landscape

at the El Cerrito Library,

6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito 94530.

The exhibit will run from May 2 to May 29.

Library hours: Mon & Tue 12-8, Thurs 10-6, Fri 1-5, Sat 1-5

“Four Artists: Ongoing Journeys In Art” at Berkeley YWCA

Four Artists: Ongoing Journeys in Art, a show of work by ECAA artists Gloria Bloom, Sandy Kallenberg, Joanne Taeuffer and Betsey Warrick, will be on view at the Berkeley YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, April 9 – June 3.

The artists’ reception is Friday, April 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Please stop by and say hello.

Their work in the show includes various media – drawings in graphite and charcoal, and paintings in watercolors, acrylics and oil media. The subjects addressed include figurative works, landscape and still life.

All four artists have developed a deeper interest in doing art after lives filled with jobs, travel, family and community experiences. They all credit their teachers for guiding their explorations.

“These works of art display different times in our lives and underscore our belief that there is creativity in everyone,” said Ms. Warrick.

The exhibit can be seen at the YWCA , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Some of the meeting rooms may be closed for meetings during regular business hours.

Julie Cohn Demonstrates Painting Eyes in Watercolor at El Cerrito Art Association May Meeting

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Julie Cohn will paint two pairs of eyes in watercolor, showing a step-by-step beginner’s method and a more advanced, freer approach at the monthly El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:00 p.m. on May 12 at the El Cerrito Community Center.

After attaining a BA Fine Art degree at U.C. Berkeley (Art History Minor), a BFA at College of the Arts in Oakland, and a college teaching credential, Julie has pursued her career as a watercolor artist and instructor. She teaches at the College of Marin and in her Berkeley studio, and offers plein air painting workshops in France. Her paintings have been shown in numerous local and national exhibits and in Ohio and San Francisco museums. Her body of artwork and writing entitled, “Athletes of the Spirit: An Exploration of Disability through Art and Writing” and a more recent body of artwork, “The Color of Black and White: Portraits and Figures,” have been featured in local and national galleries and publications. Julie’s two watercolor DVDs and color wheels are enjoyed throughout the world.

“Over the last few years, I’ve had the desire to paint on watercolor paper that is wrapped around large canvases. The larger works can be very impactful, as I feel nurtured and enveloped by the larger environment. In many of my multiple paneled paintings I have embraced the dark and more turbulent aspects of my life, ultimately painting my transition to peace and tranquility. This process is healing and energizing.

As a watercolor painter I am always searching for luminous color. As an inquiring, reflective person, I am continually reaching for my own internal light. Watercolor, with its transparent and opaque properties, is ideal for transmitting these feelings of light in the form of representational, symbolic and abstract art. While painting in my studio, I often gather fond memories, creating more from heart than from photographs as I recollect my connection to a place and to others. I have a strong affinity for people and the natural environment. As I trust in my muse and a higher source, I honor myself, my painting process and the beauty around me more and more. Having enjoyed an inner tranquility and stability through the process of painting, I hope to encourage all who view my art and join me in lessons about art and life to deepen an honoring of their own creativity, beauty and power.” – Julie Cohn

The May 12  meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996. For more information about the Association, see The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.

Solano Avenue Art Walk April 19


ECAA will participate in the April 19 Solano Avenue Art Walk with a reception and refreshments at Payn’s Stationery Store, one of our curated venues. Charlotte Britton’s show of large-scale paintings will be continuing.

The reception will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Stop by and see Charlotte’s art, then wander down Solano to see the other art on display. Payn’s is at 1791 Solano Ave., Berkeley.

For more information, check out the Art Walk’s website or “like” Solano Art Walk on Facebook for regular updates.


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