Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Eightfold Path-Alameda Sangha

Dear Friends,

As we progress through life, we encounter all sorts of events that effect us in all sorts of way.  The Eightfold Path leads us confidently on through it all, no matter how we may suffer in response to events.  Beyond both fortune and the emotion it causes is the open awareness that holds it all, the realm of the dharma.
Sunday night from 7 to 8:30, we'll talk about how the Path can guide us to this awareness each moment, whatever that moment holds.  I hope you and your friends will be there.
Warmly,
Rebecca

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Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm
@ Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
Visit our Website: https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/
Visit our blog: http://alamedasanghablog.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 6, 2015

“The Mechanical Quilt” Fine Art quilter Lynne Pillus at Orland Art Center Gallery July 3 through July 25, 2015


Orland Art Center Gallery

“The Mechanical Quilt” Fine Art quilter Lynne Pillus 
July 3 through July 25, 2015 
  A fascinating fusion of fabric Fine Art and today’s mechanized world. Fine Art quilter
Lynne Pillus captures the movement and motion of the many machines used every day in factories
and farms across the land.
  
Friday,  July 3  Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments and live music
Young musician Melania Raygoza at our baby grand piano.
  Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments.



Orland Art Center Gallery
732 4th St.
Orland, CA 95963
1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857
530-865-5920



About Lynne Pillus 
http://www.mechanicalquilt.com/about/

Lynne Pillus lives in Oroville, California, a small town about 70 miles north of Sacramento.  Oroville is in the middle of farming country, which accounts for her fascination with farm machinery.  Many small family farms are disappearing, leaving us with rusting equipment by the sides of fallow fields.  This is her attempt to memorialize that part of our heritage.
Lynne's first attempt at quilting was in the '70's, the days of harvest gold, avocado green and orange polyester.  She started with an ankle length patchwork skirt built on a muslin foundation with inserts of brown corduroy.  That's when she discovered that quilts were generally made for warmth.  That skirt was too warm to wear, and too heavy to sleep under.

She tried again in the early '80's with a maple leaf pattern, three colors of calico and a whole lot of muslin.  There were several cereal boxes involved also, with template sized holes missing.  Forty-five hand-pieced blocks later, and 44 plain muslin alternate blocks, she had a quilt large enough to carpet a room. 

Time to take some classes.

Lynne has taken many classes since then, and enjoyed many retreats, and had been making traditional quilts for about 25 years.  During this time she tried many new techniques, unusual fabrics and interesting combinations, all in a search to find her own voice.



During a farm tour she spotted an interesting looking harvesting machine, took a photo and wondered if she could reproduce that feeling of depth and motion in fabric.  That was the start of The Mechnical Quilt.

Judith Frost and Thomas Kocotis-Two Vibrant Views June 5 through June 27, 2015 at Orland Art Center Gallery

Judith Frost
Thomas Kocotis
Two Vibrant Views
Judith Frost and Thomas Kocotis
June 5 through June 27, 2015
 Very different in how they view their world

Fine artists Judith Frost and Thomas Kocotis use the diverse mediums of  watercolors and oils. Their artistically different points of view are showcased in this month’s exhibit.

Artists Reception Friday,  June 5  3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments and live music Young musician Sean Bostrom at our baby grand piano.
Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!


Orland Art Center Gallery
732 4th St. 
Orland, CA 95963
1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays 
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857
530-865-5920





About Judith Frost
Judith's plein air paintings capture the sparking light and the beautiful atmosphere of northern California. These plein air paintings compliment her studio paintings. In 2012,  after several years of painting in watercolor she began painting in oils and discovered the
joy of plein air painting. "Viewing the dramatic light of California's majestic mountains and grand seashores makes me feel exhilarated \to be alive and free, painting where I love to paint!"
http://judithfrostartist.com/


About Thomas Kocotis

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Storyteller: Town & Country Impressions. The Art of Chuck Prudhomme at Orland Art Center Gallery




The Storyteller: Town and Country Impressions
 May 1 - May 23, 2015
Friday,  May 1  Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Chuck Prudhomme is a well traveled, well known fine artist whose remarkable world
experiences have provided him with a wealth of stories.
His striking oil paintings are rich, full bodied visual impressions of these stories.



Friday,  May 1  Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments and live music.
Young musician Martin Trang at our baby grand piano
Pop in and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!



Orland Art Center Gallery
732 4th St.
Orland, CA 95963
1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857
530-865-5920



About Chuck Prudhomme
http://chuckprudhommeart.com/
Statement-
A Storyteller with a Brush
 As an oil painter I am interested in documenting and sharing a moment in time of that space between mankind and nature I travel extensively looking for that ray of breaking light, a weather beaten factory, an old dairy farm , a vibrant street scene or a dramatic coastal sunset. I am primarily a plein air painter where I attempt to capture the spirit of the place in a loose painterly fashion rather than a photo realistic replica. I enjoy bright vibrant colors and thick paint application where one can see the brush strokes and feel the energy of what caught my eye to begin with.
I am a story teller with a brush.


Writer and Author Rae Turnbull discusses the recent opening for Keith Christie at The Orland Art Gallery







Rae Turnbull noted artist and author, discusses her visit to .and involvement with, the recent opening for artist Keith Christie at The Orland Art Gallery on April 3rd 2015:

      "The reception for Keith Christie's exhibit was a great success! The Gallery was filled with people from the time the Gallery opened at three until the doors closed at 7. The West did indeed come alive in the brilliant paintings on the walls and 13 pedestals perfectly showcased the finely detailed bronzes.

Enjoying it all was the artist Christie himself, now in his eightieth year, wearing his signature western hat, and visiting with admirers.His recent stroke made the evening tiring for him, but as he left, he thanked the Gallery Director for doing such splendid justice to his work. Her reply: It was an honor!



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The West: a Way of Life-Art by Keith Christie
Now through April 25, 2015
Nationally renowned Fine Art painter and sculptor Keith Christie uses
his unique artistry to capture the Western way of life.
His genuine respect for the ranchers and their lifestyle authentically
chronicles the real west.


Orland Art Center Gallery
732 4th St.
Orland, CA 95963
1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857
530-865-5920



A Professional Artist since 1972, Keith Christie is well known
for his Bronze Sculpture, Oil Paintings, and Limited Edition Prints.
Over the years he has had Art Shows and Exhibits in many of the
Nation's premier Fine Art Galleries including several sell-out shows
 at the exclusive Prix de West Art Show at the Cowboy Hall of Fame
in Oaklahoma.  Articles about Keith and showcased pieces of Art
can be found in ART OF THE WEST, WESTERN HORSEMAN
and AMERICAN COWBOY MAGAZINES.

Keith’s first Gold Award came at the age of fifteen in a statewide Oil
Painting competition for high school students. Since then, his Artwork
has won many Gold, Silver and People’s Choice Awards in various juried
 art shows throughout the United States.
http://keithchristieart.com/


Friday, March 20, 2015

Alameda Sangha Joys of Generosity.

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we’ll delve into the Joys of Generosity.   When you’re truly feeling generous, you're not feeling anything but positive states of mind.  During our evening together, I’ll explore the true nature of generosity.  You’ll be able to observe generosity in action, discuss this heart-expanding practice, and investigate how it works for yourself.

I hope you will come join us, and invite anyone you know who might benefit from adding some uplift, peace, and happiness to their lives.

With mudita,
Rebecca


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Alameda Sangha
Every Sunday, 7pm
@ Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
Visit our Website: https://sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/
Visit our blog: http://alamedasanghablog.blogspot.com/