Concord Art Association is a California 501c3 non-profit organization
August 2022
Volume 22  •  Issue 8
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John Nakanishi
Happy mid-summer, Concord Art Association members! I hope you’ve been artistically inspired and have had the time to create some thoughtful, captivating art. Seems this is the ideal time for many people to make art, in these “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” (as Nat King Cole sang in the early ’60s … yes, I’m dating myself). Though summers were never as lazy as during our elementary school years, right? I remember summers seeming to last forever at that age. They were full of vacations, playing until sunset
with other kids, going to summer camp, chasing the ice cream truck, reading comic book collections, and other great memories in the summer sun. So, in thinking about our youthful days, try to portion some time to rest, to slow down, and do more of what you want to do, rather than have to do. Or do nothing at all. Take a break, do something different, enjoy these “dog days” as they should be enjoyed. And as you relax, let your creative juices flow! 
August Member Meeting In Person!
and Guest Artist:  Michele Browne
Our next member meeting will be held in person on Tuesday, August 9 starting at 4:00 pm. The location is the Concord United Methodist Church, 1645 West St., Concord, Sherrill Hall. Our guest artist will be CAA Board member, Michele Browne, who will lead a make-and-take postcard project. Michele describes this fun activity this way:

"Everyone is invited to create and re-create with me at our next in-person general meeting!. I’m enthusiastic to share my “Crazy Junk Art” postcards. They are fun to create. And more fun to dispatch with your epistle post haste to a dear one! I like to cut up and use my not keen to save but hate to throw away scraps or curiosities. I try to make my postcards quick so I am not too attached and willing to mail off. Admittedly, some become dear to my heart. I will glue, paint, print on my cards keeping them mostly flat to fit in an envelope. You will find making art postcards uses a different part of the creative brain, they help us loosen up, relax and not take things too seriously. Please bring a few postcards for yourself or to swap. Bring any scraps, really ANYTHING goes. I even cut up old art books. CAA will provide helpful things like glue, scissors, acrylics. A few of my favorites are featured below (with my Crazy Junk Art stamp on the back)."

We will be raffling off a $50 gift card for art supplies from either Michaels or Blick! Each attendee will be given one raffle ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 at the meeting.

If you have not had a chance to join CAA, take a minute to click on the button below that will take you to our website where you can read all about the benefits of membership!
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Examples of postcards to be used for Michele's presentation.
National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd
CAA plans to participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd. If you are interested in helping out, we plan to start setting up at 4pm behind the Concord Public Library. We will have two tables with arts and crafts for kids. Come on out and join the fun!
San Ramon City Hall Gallery Show
On Wednesday, July 13th CAA held the reception at the San Ramon City Hall Gallery. It was attended by about 18 people who enjoyed getting together in this lovely show space. The show will continue until the end of August so please continue to invite friends and family to visit the show. If you have pieces in the show, please remember that art pickup will be on Wednesday, August 13th from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Please join us at the San Ramon City Hall Gallery during the months of July and August for our summer member show. CAA members explore the theme "Lazy Days of Summer" in a variety of ways. Participating artists are: Annette Laurel Batchelor, Carrie Vanhouten, Deanna Merrigan, Irene Bee Kain, Janice Davis, John Nakanishi, Karen Giorgianni, Kees van Prooijen, Laurie Mansur, Lisa McElroy, Patti St.Denis, Renaye Johnson, Sharon Petersen, Thea Jue, Tom Quinlavin, Yumiko Nishizawa.  Artwork credit clockwise from top: Olga Griffin, Karen Giorgianni, Irene Bee Kain, Deanna Merrigan, Renaye Johnson.

August 2022 Plein Air with Nancy Roberts
August is the month filled with a whirlwind of activity as folks plan “one more trip/outing,” shopping for school clothes and supplies, etc. But before summer comes to an end, we hope you can squeeze in another activity and join Nancy Roberts and fellow artists on a plein air paint-out journey to breath-taking Blake Garden in Kensington, on Thursday, August 11th from 10am -2pm. Nancy has switched the day to Thursday to accommodate folks who may not be able to make it on Wednesdays. We hope you can join us as we look forward to spending time at this beautiful, peaceful location creating art and connecting with other artists! For more information, click here for Nancy’s flyer! Hope to see you there!
Also remember, you can also join Nancy’s weekly Contra Costa Plein Air group on Facebook or by checking her blog-spot for details at:   
Nancy Roberts' Plein Air Workshop Postponed
Nancy Roberts' Plein Air Acrylic Painting Workshop has been postponed until October 22nd. The workshop was originally scheduled for July 30th, but officials at Sycamore Grove Park have cautioned us that a hot weather park closure is possible that day so we're not going to take any chances. Temperatures in October are always more comfortable. 

As a result of the schedule change some spaces have opened up, so if you wanted to sign up but couldn't because the class was full, here's your chance. Feel free to email Nancy if you have any questions, You'll find all of the workshop details on the Pleasanton Art League's website,
Lets get ready for July’s Instagram Challenge!
Get creative, explore the quote and put something together. Connect your imagination and have fun. Post your art, and don’t forget to use the hashtag  #caaartistsca and comment under each-others creativity to boost engagement and drive people to your artwork!
All mediums are welcomed. 
#summerquote #challenge #artchallenge #artsyminds #artsy #lifeisbetterwithart

There is still plenty of time to submit your design for the Concord Utility Box Project! The entry deadline has been extended to September 2022. We hope you will consider participating. CLICK HERE for all of the details and to apply.
Exhibit by CAA at the DVC Library
Concord Art Association is working with the Diablo Valley College Library to hang artwork on their walls.  We are starting out slow with a handful of artists for the first of many shows.  The show will hang 8/20, noon to 3:30 pm, and come down 12/10, noon to 3:30 pm.  After the first show, watch for a call for artists.  These will be juried shows.
A huge thank you to Kasia Kessler for offering CAA such a great opportunity!  Also, DVC Graphic Arts will be creating posters for the show and for the scholarships we are offering.  Kasia will send out an artist agreement to be signed and the particulars for participating artists to include with their art pieces.
Call for Artists!
Art in the Park is returning once again in 2022 after a 2-year hiatus!

The Martinez Arts Association is excited to welcome back artists and art lovers to this beloved community event. The event is always well attended by a big crowd who enjoys fine arts and crafts, live music, and food trucks and beverages including wine and beer. 
The deadline to apply is August 6th. But don’t wait too long, it may sell out. Please access the MAA website.
CAA Member Gallery

One of the great benefits of membership is the opportunity to be included in the member gallery on the CAA website. If you have not yet submitted your work to the gallery, please make it a point to do so this month! Each member receives an artist listing and link to up to 6 images. All members are encouraged to submit their work! It's easy, just click on the button below.
Join the CAA Member Gallery


In Case You Missed It
Visit our blog for quick recaps of past meetings. Full replays are for members only. Video links are posted on the CAA website or can be made available via email upon request.

What we learned from Dierdre Shibano
What we learned from Micah Goguen
What we learned from Nikki Basch Davis
What we learned from Connie Milholland
What we learned from David Austin
What we learned from Kara Bonsteel

What we learned from Neno Villamor
What we learned from Toru Sugita


Save the dates!
Zoom links are emailed to members the day before each meeting. If you are having any trouble accessing Zoom, please email us for assistance.
2022 Meeting Dates and Times Are Subject to Change  - Stay Tuned!
Tuesday, August 9 at 4pm: Member Meeting in person with Michele Browne (Concord United Methodist Church, Sherrill Hall, 1645 West St., Concord)
Saturday, August 27 at 11am: Art Chat via Zoom
Tuesday, September 13 at 6pm: Member Meeting with Guest Artist
Saturday, September 24 at 11am: Art Chat via Zoom

Visit the  Meetings calendar on our website to see more.
Concord Art Association Mission Statement
As a 501c3 non-profit organization, CAA works to cultivate and enrich the creative lives of local artists and Concord area residents through exhibits, education, public art and community giving. Founded in 1963, CAA is the oldest art association in Contra Costa County. Members include artists, crafters, makers, enthusiasts and supporters of the arts.
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