Library Gallery - General Information
The Library Gallery at the LLLC was created to support rich and diverse artistic expression and to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts in the community. It provides an exciting opportunity for local artists to display their work in Lafayette’s cultural center.
Exhibits in the gallery are selected by the City of Lafayette Public Art Committee. The committee’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment of residents, visitors and employees by showing exhibits that are of the highest aesthetic quality, reflective of diverse social and cultural perspectives, and of enduing value.
Exhibitors interested in displaying artwork in the Library Gallery must submit a complete a LLLC Gallery Exhibition Application and executed Art Gallery Release to the City. Applications may be submitted to the City at any time throughout the year. Please contact Staff Liaison Juliet Hansen for more information.
The Library Gallery is open to the public on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and during public events occurring in the Community Hall. Additionally, it may be open at other times for public or private use by reservation through the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation.
Current Exhibit - BASA Celebrates National Parks Centennial
BASA Brings National Park Show to Lafayette Library
The Bay Area Studio Artists (Suzun Almquist, Jeanette Baird, Susan Bonebakker, Ellen Reintjes, Joanne Taeuffer, Sharon Tama and Marcy Wheeler) will complement the Lafayette Library’s 2016 celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial with an exhibit of paintings beginning Thanksgiving week. The exhibit includes members’ favorite parks and recreation areas and showcases a 40” x 50” collaborative painting featuring a portrait of John Muir flanked by scenes from Yosemite. Please join us for a welcome reception on Monday evening, December 12, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 13, 2017.
John Muir, Starry Range of Light
Current Exhibit -David Lew Artwork
The Public Art Committee welcomes its newest art exhibit from local artist David Lew. The exhibit is displayed in the Homework Center in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center and runs through December 8, 2016. David was born in Shanghai and studied contemporary Chinese painting under Master Cheng Shifa. He was a staff painter at the International Gallery Hong Kong while attending HK University’s Art School. He worked and studied in Germany for seven years years before moving to California. David states, “Variations in size, shape, surface and technique are important to me. Building up layers of pigment and breaking them back down (are) typical in some of the works, the tracks are an invitation for the observer to participate in its process.”
Current Exhibit - Art of Lundy Siegriest
September 12, 2016 - November 20, 2016
Our newest exhibit is a colorful display of twenty-four plein air oil paintings by the late Lundy Siegriest. Lundy is well-remembered by his many students from Civic Arts in Walnut Creek where he taught from 1961 to 1985. Lundy's father, Louis Bassi Siegriest was also an artist and a member of the "Society of Six," the first group of California Impressionists. This exhibit is generiously shared with us from a private collection and includes pastoral and landscape scenes from Contra Costa County.
Past Exhibit - Three Artists from the Lafayette Gallery
June 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016
The Public Art Committee welcomes its newest art exhibit featuring oil paintings by Geoff Meredith, pastels and watercolors by Dalia Alekna and ceramics by Olga Jusidman. Join us for a welcome reception on Monday evening, June 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Meredith studied art at Princeton and primarily paints in a style that is a 21st Century re-interpretation of the Bay Are Figurative Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Recently featured at the 2015 Pasadena Showcase for the Arts, he has gallery representation in Oakland, St. Helena, Healdsburg and Walnut Creek. Alekna was born in Lithuania and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her landscapes in pastel and watercolor have been popular in the Lamorinda and Walnut Creek area for years. Jusidman was born in Mexico City and for a number of years owned an art gallery there. She has her own ceramics studio in Pleasant Hill, and crafts highly distinctive works in clay.
All pieces are for sale! Contact Geoff Meredith for more information Geoff@hawkoakstudios.com.
Avila Beach #1 by Geoffrey Meredith
Art of Ruth Stanton
June 20 - September 12, 2016
Come by the Homework Center and enjoy portraits by local Lafayette artist Ruth Stanton. Ruth states, " I usually select my topics based on an emotional connection to my life experiences whether that’s painting my family, holiday scenes or beautiful places we have visited. My paintings are bright and happy! With Stanton Family, I had a great time creating an Andy Warhol inspired painting of all four of us when the kids were in their teens. I also captured in Richard & Chester, Kimmy & Chester and Robert & Chester the spaces where they spend their time. And, Chester, our King Charles Cavalier, is always faithfully by our side."
Past Exhibit LPIE Art
May 9, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Join us as we celebrate Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) and their arts program. Over 60 photographs by Acalanes High School students are displayed.
Past Exhibit "Speaking Through Art – A Special Perspective"
March 14, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Please join us for a welcome reception on March 28 from 6-7pm at the library gallery! This unique exhibit represents the works of individuals with developmental disabilities who attend Las Trampas. Located on three acres in the heart of Lafayette, Las Trampas has served those with moderate to profound physical and intellectual challenges since 1958. Today, some of these folks live independently and thrive interactively with the broader community. Others with more profound challenges…cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism…come Monday-Friday to the main campus to participate in activities that enable them to reach their highest capabilities and encourage exploring new experiences. Many have limited verbal skills, so expression through art becomes a common language. Their work is often abstract compositions that feature bright colors and unique patterns that highlight their strong sensory sensibilities.
Past Exhibit "Oscar's Excellent Year"
March 17, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Located inside the main building in the "Homework Center" artist Joanne Taeuffer shares her colorful paintings of her beloved feline, Oscar. She notes, "Our elegant black cat, Oscar Wild, is one of my favorite subjects to paint. I did this series of twelve paintings representing a year in his, and my, life." Joanne has been "making art" for about fifteen years. She works mainly in acrylic on canvas. Her painting subjects range from cats to people in every day life to animals, pick up trucks and barns in farm scenes inspired by her childhood. Joanne paints with a group known as the Bay Area Studio Artists. More info on Joanne can be found on her website at joannetaeuffer.com
Past Exhibit "Art of Nagui"
January 11, 2016 - March 14, 2016
The City of Lafayette and the Public Art Committee welcomes its newest exhibit, "Art of Nagui" featuring local artist Nagui Achamalla. Originally from Alexandria, Egypt, Nagui Achamalla has a Psychiatry practice in the bay area and paints in his spare time. His favorite medium is Oil. He states, "The subjects of my paintings are varied. The style reflects an Egyptian and south Mediterranean influence. Many of my paintings depict human figures. The characters are involved in a struggle. They are captives of time, instincts, and the reason for their existence."
More art can be viewed on the artist's website http://www.nagui.com/
Past Exhibit "The Outsiders," "Townfolk" and "Pear Series"
September 11 - November 30, 2015
The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee welcomes its newest exhibit, "The Outsiders," "Townfolk" and "Pear Series." "The Outsiders" is an extension of a show currently on display at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Three bay area Plein Air artists - Randall Sexton, Jerrold Turner and Nikki Basch-Davis - share their beautiful paintings with us. Plein Air means, in essence, painted outdoors. For more information, contact Jennifer Perlmutter at (925) 284-1485 or email@example.com.
"Townfolk" is a collection of ceramic figures presented by Lafayette artist, Judy Miller. "Pear Series," also by Judy Miller, is a collection of three, ceramic pears with whimsical themes. See more of Judy's art here www.judymillerarts.com
Past Exhibit "Woof!"
August 7 - December 31, 2015
This bright and fun exhibit features paintings and sketches of dogs by Lafayette artist Ellen Reintjes, on display in the Homework Center at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The Homework Center is located inside the library and is accessible during regular library operating hours. Ellen describes her exhibit:
“For the past 32 years, my husband Don and I have shared our home with seven wonderful dogs. I have found each of their personalities fascinating – what they like to do and how they relate to each other, to their neighbors, and to us. When I reconnected with painting a few years ago, my dogs became natural models as I wanted to capture their look, their joy, and their interactions. For the Homework Center at the Lafayette Library, I have assembled a collection of six dog paintings and eight iPad dog cartoons, along with the ‘back stories’ that go with them.” View more of Ellen’s creations at www.bayareastudioartists.com/ellen-reintjes/
Past Exhibit Student Art Exhibit "Project LPIE"
May - August 2015
Lafayette Partners in Education, as a part of "Project LPIE" shared over forty digital photographs taken by our very talented Acalanes High School Students. The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators and the business community in Lafayette, to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st Century. See www.lpie.org for more information.
Past Exhibit "Day in the Life," Winter Solstice 2014
January 26, 2015 - April 13, 2015
Join us for a welcome reception on Monday, January 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall. The photographs displayed were submitted as part of a photo contest sponsored by the Public Art Committee. All of the photos were taken in Lafayette on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2014, the shortest day of the year. Contestants who live or work in Lafayette were eligible to submit photos. The photos were reviewed and evaluated the Public Art Committee. Five photos were selected for a “Juror’s Award” and one was selected for “Special Recognition.” The photo contest is the second in a series sponsored by the Public Art Committee.
"Gateway" by Stu Selland JUROR'S AWARD
Past Exhibit - "California Oaks Series"
October 14, 2014 - January 25, 2015
The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee welcomes its newest exhibit, "California Oaks Series" featuring local photographer, Dave Dondero. Join us for a welcome reception on Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Library Gallery.
Dave Dondero describes the significance of the California Oaks Series. "Together with the giant sequoia, our oaks are California’s defining tree. Live oak, valley oak, blue and black, these remarkable trees have shaped our personal environment and visual landscape. We played in them as children, walk the paths that wind among them, admire their stately command of hillsides and parks, protect them from indiscriminate harm, and sometimes grieve when they fall to illness or ill winds."
Dave Dondero is an Orinda native. He and his wife, Karol, have lived in Lafayette for more than fifteen years. Dave has spent countless hours in the field capturing most of the oak varieties of central California in a unique style often likened to intensely detailed paintings. His work is enhanced by strong perspectives and dynamic light, suffused with color that engages the viewer. He uses a relatively new technique that begins with multiple images of a scene across a range of light and later combines them into a single monolithic image that becomes a unique interaction between artist, photograph and the familiar environment.
Janice Peacock's glass art will continue on display alongside Mr. Dondero's photography.
Past Exhibit - Adventures in Wildlife and Glass
June 9, 2014 - October 13, 2014
Lafayette residents Dwight Yassany and Janice Peacock will showcase their artwork together in an exhibit titled "Adventures in Wildlife and Glass." Dwight Yassany creates large, pen and ink wildlife drawings. Janice Peacock creates in the medium of glass, including sand cast glass and large, blown glass masks. Join us for a Welcome Reception on Monday, June 9th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. just prior to the City Council meeting. Meet the artists!
Photos by Laura Kaufman, Lafayette Resident
Past Exhibit - Outstanding High School Artists, 2014
March 24, 2014 - June 9, 2014
The artists in this exhibit represent the three public high schools in Lamorinda - Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Campolindo High School in Moraga, and Miramonte High School in Orinda. The photo below was taken by Miramonte student Haley Justus as a part of project called "Mistaken for Strangers."
Past Exhibit - The Crosses: A Protest Against Forgetting
January 13, 2014 - March 24, 2014
This exhibit consists of digital prints of Daguerreotype images by noted photographer Binh Dahn. Over several years, Danh documented THE CROSSES in Lafayette. These images preserve moments in the history of the memorial. This exhibit is available for your enjoyment every Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and during public events in the LLLC Community Hall.
Join us for a welcome reception by the Lafayette Public Art Committee at the LLLC Community Hall Monday, January 13th from 4 - 8 p.m. Please also join us Sunday, March 2nd from 2 - 4:30 p.m. for an Artist's Talk with Binh Dahn. Both events are free to the public.
Past Exhibit - Student Art from Afghanistan
November 12, 2013 - January 13, 2014
Afghanistan is a country with deep roots in art and culture. Though many beautiful treasures have been destroyed by war and political strife, Afghan children continue to create art and imagine a world of peace. This exhibit, brought to you by Trust in Education (TIE) and the Lafayette Public Art Committee, highlights drawings created by students taking classes funded by TIE.