Walnut Creek Turns 100: Celebrating the City Through Art
September 21 - November 16, 2014
To honor Walnut Creek’s centennial, the Bedford Gallery will host an exhibition that reflects the City’s rich history, land, commerce, community, and culture, both past and present, and features artwork made by our community. Join us as we celebrate our heritage and history.
Entries open Feb 1...
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This project was funded with a generous grant from the Lesher Foundation.
Curriculum Connection: Explore the cultural context of our city and consider the importance of an individual’s connection to place, including environment and geography.
Art Project: Create your own picture postcard that depicts something distinctive about your favorite place in your town, or draw a picture of what your city might look like in 100 years.
The Jealous Curator: From Blog, to
Book, to Gallery
December 7, 2014 - February 1, 2015
This winter the Bedford brings the blogosphere into the gallery with a show by the internationally renowned blogger, The Jealous Curator. This show is designed to enlighten, inspire, and chase away creative blocks that inhibit the artist in all of us.
Curriculum Connection: Explore the many ways that artists have used creative problem solving to get inspired and make something new and unique.
Art Project: Think Outside of the Box: Every student will get a blank box and be challenged to use a variety of creative materials to create a one-of-a-kind art piece.
Classroom Follow-Up: Write your own inspirational quote about how to get unblocked, whether with artwork or homework.
The Object & the Void: West Coast Metal Sculpture
February 17 – April 12, 2015; opening reception February 19th 6-8pm
“The steel and the space, or the object and the void, become one and the same” – Richard Serra
The Object & the Void brings together four West Coast sculptors
whose work demonstrates how both the artwork and the space
around it are essential to the experience of each piece. The artists
work with a range of metal media to explore weight, balance, and
how it can be manipulated to portray a broad reach of ideas.
Curriculum Connection: Explore geometrical shapes and forms
and how they create both positive and negative space.
Art Project: Create a three dimensional sculpture and explore form, texture, and the relationship between positive and negative space.
BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art
April 26 – June 21, 2015
Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. With BLOW UP, the Bedford taps into our fascination with these structures and connects audiences to works that have broad appeal. BLOW UP was funded with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Curriculum Connection: Experience the concept of inflatable sculpture where scale is used to affect the way we perceive works of art.
Art Project: Create your own whimsical inflatable artwork and explore airborne sculpture.
Botanica: All Things Plant Life
July 12 – September 6, 2015
From 16th Century Flemish painters, to Cézanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, has made it a popular subject for still-lifes and artist studies. Botanica asks artists to draw on these themes to create artwork that explores how plant life can be represented in a diverse reach of media.
More information will be available when entries open in Fall 2014. Entry deadline Spring 2015.