Concord Art Association is a California 501c3 non-profit organization
October 2020
Volume 20  •  Issue 10
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Did you ever spot a tall, lanky cactus waving from the side of the road as you drove by the entrance to Ruth Bancroft Gardens?

There's a good chance that you saw CAA Board Member,Pat McDermont. Yes, Pat is a volunteer cactus character at the iconic garden as well as our CAA Plein Air Chairperson.
Pat is also an accomplished watercolorist. She is a little shy about showing off, but several of her exquisite floral works were displayed at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek for the CAA Board and Volunteer show in February. As a child, Pat had what she calls a "good eye" and excelled at copying other drawings. Remember those magazine ads where if you could create a decent copy of a pirate or other character drawing you had a chance to win an art school scholarship? Pat and her mom sent in applications for many years, but the actual cost for that "scholarship" was beyond their budget.

When Pat retired from her twenty-year career as the school librarian at Monte Gardens Elementary School in Concord, she decided to use some of her free time exploring the world of watercolor. Although Pat's minor in college was art, she hadn't done much drawing or painting over the years. She discovered Pat Strout's classes, met some other artists who became good friends and painting companions, and eventually was able to join CAA. Pat Calabro recruited her to the Board within that first year. To everyone's delight, Pat has shown herself to be one of those volunteers who takes any task she picks up and runs with it.
As chair of the Plein Air Committee, Pat invites our member artists to paint outdoors in various scenic locations throughout the area. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, Pat and her team of volunteers had scouted out locations for the 2020 Plein Air Group outings. Since those outings are on hiatus, Pat began writing articles for the CAA Blog and Newsletter about plein air painting, which she illustrates with her beautiful photos. If you want to paint a local scene, but are uncertain about going out on your own, check Pat's articles and photos for inspiration.
Pat Calabro Demonstrates "Procreate" App
at our October 13th Meeting
Join us on October 13 at 6:00 for a presentation on digital abstract art with CAA board member, Pat Calabro. After painting in acrylics and learning all she could about composition and color, Pat decided to return to her first love, digital art. She creates stunning collages with Procreate, photographs of paint, fragments of paper, and other images.

In our CAA visit, she'll give you a brief introduction to Procreate, a software app used for painting, drawing, writing, etc. Very user-friendly, Procreate can be used by children and adults alike. If you want to try your hand during the demo, you'll need an iPad (any size), the Procreate app, a stylus (or your finger!), and a Wifi connection.

If you choose, you can just watch and you may pick up enough to be interested. If you become inspired and want further instruction, email Pat at

Click HERE to access the meeting on Zoom.
October 24th Member Meeting
Those of us who attended the Saturday meeting on September 26th had a wonderful time showing off our current artwork and receiving heaps of praise from other members. Everyone in the group was able to share at least one piece of art via Zoom and receive feedback. If you'd like to hang out with other members for an hour or so and catch up on the latest CAA news, look at some amazing art and share your own, please join us on Saturday, October 24th at 11am. Zoom invites will go out to members a few days before the meeting.

Donations Welcome to Support CAA
and Community Outreach
First - a big thank you to Janice Davis for her generous donation which will go to our Community Outreach programs. As many of you know, CAA is a 501c3 non-profit. Contributing to our community through various programs is central to our non-profit status. Some of the programs we currently support through donations and memberships include the guest artists at our monthly Tuesday meetings, instructors for Concord Live! with the City of Concord, and grants to teachers for student art projects. Recently we received a request from Monument Crisis Center to help with online art instruction for their young clients. All of these programs cost money - and with no fees from in-person shows, we will depend on memberships and donations in the coming year. Your generous support will help us to expand our community offerings and support the arts in Concord.

Please consider donating a little extra to CAA when you renew or establish your membership for 2021.

CAA Grants Awarded to Nine Teachers
Checks are in the mail to the nine teachers who presented projects for the CAA Teacher Grant program. The project proposals included art supplies for students ranging in grade from pre-K to 8th grade. Teachers will use the funds for projects such as art supplies for self-portraits for first graders, adaptive art supplies for special needs students, drawing books for middle school students, and holiday art for pre-K students.

The schools receiving grants include Holbrook Language Academy, Valle Verde Elementary, Wren Avenue Elementary, Riverview Middle School, Shadelands Special Ed Center, and Shadelands Pre-school Center.

Many thanks to Board members Renaye Johnson, for coordinating the grant program and presenting recommendations to the CAA Board, and to Sharon Petersen, for writing and mailing all those checks!
October Virtual Plein Air Painting - Lake Tahoe

Hello October and hello plein air painters and all artists!

As we stroll into this month of leaves changing colors (in some places), cooler weather (we’re hoping), and the beginning of numerous holiday celebrations, remember to continue to stay safe.
October’s Plein Air Virtual Outing takes us to beautiful Lake Tahoe. Some wonderful friends have a retreat cabin in Lake Tahoe and have supplied us with these beautiful scenic photographs of their “home away from home.”  Click here to access more photos.
We hope that October surprises, inspires, and brings good things your way! Please share photos of your artistic endeavors by emailing us at or posting to the CAA Facebook page. Your artwork brightens everyone’s day! 
Watch for Announcements Later This Month!

Concord Art Association will kick off our annual membership drive on October 15th. Please renew or join us! You'll see a new membership application form this month, but the same fee for 2021, which is just $35 per year for an individual membership. PayPal is our preferred payment method, but checks by mail are also accepted.
Drumroll, confetti, shooting stars! The Concord City Council has approved our 2020-2021 Utility Box Art Project with a theme of Celebrate Concord. There will be four boxes for this project, three located in downtown Concord and one on Kirker Pass Road. All boxes will be painted on site by teams of two or more artists. CAA will publish the Call for Artists on October 5th! 
You Can't Win If You Don't Play!
Thank you to everyone who donated last month and were entered into the drawing for art supplies - we raised $60!  Winners last month were: Rosa Fallon, Allie Thompson, John Nakanishi, and Renaye Johnson.

New prizes are up for grabs in October - $5 gets you 6 entries!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE and write which prize you hope to win
in the Note field (no promises!)

1.  Acrylic metallic paints - set of 5 colors
2.  Two 8x10" canvas boards + 4 brushes
3.  Two art stencils + set of bamboo cards
4.  Alcohol inks (5 fall colors) + mini surfaces

Members were busy and creative during September - click here to see more.
We would LOVE to feature your artwork on our blog. Please EMAIL us an image to be included in the October virtual show later this month. 

This watercolor is by Michele Brown - titled "Eurydice."
Love Halloween? Love Dressing Up?
Enjoy Teaching?
The City of Concord has asked Concord Art Association to host a special Concord Live! on Facebook on Thursday, October 29th at 6pm. We are looking for one or two guest artists who can lead demos on pumpkin painting or carving, creating art inspired by Dia de Los Muertos traditions, or making any Halloween crafts. You'll be asked to wear a costume and play scary music in the background as you treat our Concord community to an evening of art tricks and tips! If you are interested please contact CAA at
If you missed our recent meetings, you can watch the recordings here:

What we learned from Samantha McNally
Concord Live! Presentation by John Nakanishi
Upcoming Meetings and Presentations

Registration is required for all meetings. The registration link will be included in the newsletter, on the blog, and in a separate email announcement that will go out before each meeting. If you are having any trouble accessing Zoom to attend the meetings, please email us at and one of the board members will contact you.
The meeting schedule for the rest of 2020 (and beyond) is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct.13 at 6pm:   Pat Calabro - Going Digital
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11am:   Member Share - more details to come
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6pm:   Pat Viera - Paper Jewelry
Saturday, Nov. 21 a 11am:   Member Share - more details to come
Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6pm:   Casey Rasmussen White - Mixed Media with Wax
Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6pm:   Janet Davis - more details to come
Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6pm:   LorriMarie Jenkins - more details to come
Events and Artist Calls
Click each image for details
Concord Art Association Mission Statement
As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Concord Art Association reaches out to assist, enrich, and cultivate the artistic lives and culture of artists as well as central Contra Costa residents through educational programs, public art projects, volunteer opportunities, and donations.
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