Concord Art Association is a California 501c3 non-profit organization
December 2022
Volume 22  •  Issue 12
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John Nakanishi
John Nakanishi with his wares at the TBG Family Marketplace.
Seasons Greetings to CAA members, friends, and family!
I love the holiday feeling that begins right after Thanksgiving and rolls into December. I look around and enjoy all the holiday decorations, music, and special events that start happening! One event not to miss this year is the Mayor’s Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2, in Todos Santos Plaza. CAA will once again run a booth there, directing kids in a fun holiday craft to make and take home with them. For those who have signed up to volunteer for this event, you will enjoy the smiles and appreciation as you help the kids create their art.
December is also a time to review, reflect, and reminisce about the good times we had. An event coming up is a time to do just that with other CAA members: celebrating the year at our annual dinner. This year’s dinner celebration will be on Tuesday, December 13, at Guadalajara Grill (see below—sign up by December 2!). It’s a great time to catch up as well as to meet some new members.
We’re also looking forward to the new year. For CAA, that means celebrating 2023 as the year of our 60th anniversary! We can all have fun promoting art as we take advantage of opportunities to join the festivities this coming year. It should be a great year of celebration!
So as this year comes to a close, I would like to give a big THANK-YOU to the entire CAA board of directors and volunteers who stepped up this year, gave of their time and talents, and helped make our CAA events a success. I look forward to working with you all in 2023. Wishing all of you Happy Holidays!
Concord will hold its annual Mayor's Tree Lighting in Todos Santos Park on Friday, December 2 from 5:30 - 8pm. This is a wonderful community celebration with music, horse-and-buggy rides, a visit from Santa, and all the sights and sounds of the holidays! 

CAA will be hosting a make-and-take booth for children (and the young at heart). Please consider volunteering for a shift! We are especially in need of people for the 5 - 8 timeslot. For more information, and to sign up, please use the button below!
Volunteer for the Mayor's Tree Lighting
Sign up by December 2
Photo by Dnessa Franklin on Unsplash
Buy My Tickets!
It's Election Time...for CAA Officers!
Please take a moment to vote for 2023 officers. Several of the 2022 officers are running for different positions. Patti St Denis is retiring as Vice-president but will remain Program Chair. Thank you, Patti, for continuing in a key role! Sharon is running for Vice-president; John for Treasurer; Catherine for President; and Liz Roberts for Secretary.
Deena Sheranko is our new Communications Chair. She will be overseeing publicity and social media in 2023. Thank you, Pat Calabro, for your years of very effective service in that role!
You can vote for this slate or write-in yourself or another member.

 Plein Air Paintouts with Nancy Roberts
& the Contra Costa Plein Air Group


CAA members are invited to join Nancy Roberts and her Contra Costa Plein Air group of friendly artists, on their upcoming plein air paint outs and other CCPA events that are listed on her website/blog: 

This site also has an archive of past paint outs, helpful posts on plein air opportunities from other members and topics of interest! It’s free to join and ALL are welcomed! Looking forward to having you join us with your paints/camera/sketch book or any medium that captures your creativity and the day in the great outdoors! Hope to see you at one of our outings!
Call for Ideas!
Do you have an idea for a guest speaker, theme or presentation for a CAA meeting in 2023? We would love to hear about it! Please email your ideas to
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!
2023 Meeting Dates and Times Are Subject to Change  - Stay Tuned!
Tuesday, December 13 at 6pm: Member End of Year Celebration at Guadalajara Grill - Reservations Required by Dec 2
No Member Meeting in January
Tuesday, February 14 at 1:00pm: Member Meeting at Concord Library

Zoom links are emailed to members the day before each meeting, if applicable. If you are having any trouble accessing Zoom, please email us for assistance.

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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