Column: Creative Space on Claycord – At the Art Cottage: Gary Anderson and Friends

May 15, 2014 14:00 pm · 12 comments

This month at the Art Cottage, artist Gary Anderson is joined by several local artists for an exhibit of paintings and dimensional work.

Eloquent Bouquet Gary Anderson

Gary’s personal story is one of courage and perseverance despite the odds. In 2009 he suffered a massive stroke that significantly affected his motor skills. After many months of being hospitalized, he sold his business and retired in order to focus full-time on rehabilitation and recovery…and the healing power of art. He has completed many beautiful paintings since his stroke, including this one, titled Eloquent Bouquet.


Walter Crew says, “I usually paint every day…I have a strong need to explore my creativity and to see my life and surroundings as a visual artist and photographer. My main artistic focus is animals, birds and the outdoors.” Walter’s collage above is titled Parrots.

Evening in SF Dan Robertson

Dan Robertson often paints from photos he shoots around town and while on vacation. “It’s a matter of looking at the world,” he says. This painting above is titled Evening in San Francisco.

Other artists featured in this show include Elizabeth Bloom, Lisa Burton, Julie Christopher, Frogard Butler, Shelley Griffin and Jim Jordan.


Now through May 31
Gary Anderson & Friends
Art Cottage, Concord

Now through May 30
Beautiful World – Art exhibit
Contra Costa County Administrative Building, Martinez

May 16-17
The Wizard of Oz
Del Valle Theater, Walnut Creek

May 17
11:00am – noon
Public Art Walking Tour
Downtown Walnut Creek

May 27
Spring Gala Youth Orchestra Concert
Shadelands Auditorium, Walnut Creek

May 28
Youth Spring Dance Performance
Shadelands Auditorium, Walnut Creek

May 31 – June 1
Art & Wine Festival
Heather Farms, Walnut Creek

June 21
10:00am – 3:00pm
Flip Flop into Summer – Craft Boutique
Martinez Senior Center

Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, inspiring interviews with creative movers and makers, DIY how-to projects for you and our home, plus fun craft ideas for the whole family. Creative Space will be on every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a writer and a marketing consultant, Lisa is a mixed media artist and a project designer for the craft industry.

Visit her blog to see more of Lisa’s own creative space.

1 JET May 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

What an inspirational story, and these look like some great photographs! Thanks for posting these Mayor! Great job to all of the artists!

2 Silva May 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Oh sooo beautiful!!! This is Claycord’s best column. Just my opinion of course, best of the best!

3 Iris Hill May 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Gary’s art is magnificent! Love it.

4 Roz May 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

WOW !! ~ Some really nice art work.
Also, The Art Cottage is a great place to visit!
Some paints there are for sale too!

5 Dorothy May 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Lovely. I like all of them, each for a different reason.

6 Tim Score May 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Gary’s art is beautiful, but his spirit and optimism in the face of a very difficult challenge is even more beautiful. He and his wife Karen are a great example of love, service, and devotion to each other. And she is an amazing artist herself; she is an incredible singer and vocal instructor. They are both inspirational to all that know them.

7 Stella May 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I have to admit, these are some really beautiful pieces.

8 macawlady May 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Love the macaws! (Of course. )

9 Concord1963 May 15, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Where is the Art Cottage?

10 Lisa Fulmer May 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Thanks for all your great comments, everyone!

11 Lisa Fulmer May 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM

@Concord 1963 – it’s linked in the first sentence of the article – click to go to their website for address and hours.

12 Missy1982 May 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Love Gary’s work! Inspiring!

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