Why Artists Love Living Here – By Lisa Fulmer for Claycord.com

May 19, 2016 13:57 pm · 7 comments


caption:  “David’s Visit” by Laurie Mansur – Oil

Several artists have been sharing insights into their artistry on the Concord Community of Artists blog this month. What I personally loved hearing the most was how much they appreciate Concord and what this area has to offer each of them as artists. We all get lost sometimes within the monotony of our daily routines or we become anxious upon hearing bad news when it’s reported, so it’s refreshing to be reminded of what we love about living here!

The artists quoted below are part of a show called “sight/unseen” that opens this weekend at The Artist’s Den in downtown Concord. It promises to be very inspiring – each of us has created something brand new that expresses an aspect of our identity. Don’t miss this exhibit – click here for more information.

“I love living in Concord because it provides the best of many worlds. It’s a small town in the midst of a major metropolitan area, so we get to have the quiet, slower pace, open space and access to nature, but also we have many influences of the cities of Oakland and San Francisco, like a rich cultural and economic diversity.” – Laurie Mansur

“When I moved to Clayton from Chicago, I immediately felt at home and each subsequent year has only solidified that feeling. From the oak-covered emerald green winter and spring hills to the clear blue summer skies leading to our long glorious fall, there is no better place to live or to be inspired to create art based on nature.” – Sharon Petersen

“The natural beauty of our area is a constant inspiration for my art. Every morning I look out at Mt. Diablo and marvel at the ever-changing vista. I love that downtown Concord is centered on a historic square that provides a focal point for music, art and food.” – Catherine Hensiek

mt diablo michele cicala

caption:  “Mt. Diablo” by Michelle Cicala – Acrylic

“Concord has a very down-to-earth vibe, with tons of great parks, a beautiful downtown, and wonderful people. I am so inspired by the artists I have met in Concord. They are passionate about their work and about growing our artist community. They have all been so supportive of me getting my art out to the public, and help me feel like part of the growing and vibrant Concord art scene.” – Michelle Cicala

“After leaving Chicago, I wondered if there would be enough inspiration for artistic growth here. Where would I find the vivid colors I celebrated during the seasonal changes of the Midwest? The answer is the light – brilliant light that emerges from shadow to define contours in objects, landscapes and people. The light in Concord’s hills against low, shaded valleys presents an artist with sharp contrasts in light intensity. It can be unforgiving light emerging from a black, shadowy background, or it can be a softly muted light tracing powdery shapes.” – Mary Frances Crabtree

Purple Heart anamilena ayala

caption: “Purple Heart” by Anamilena Ayala – Acrylic

“We find everything we want in Concord, from markets to bike trails. It got to be even better when I found the Concord Community of Artists. After attending my first get-together, I became a regular participant and supporter of this group!” – Anamilena Ayala

“Concord has been a great place to raise my family – we have made many lifelong friends here. As an artist, there are numerous parks and places to sit, observe life and paint or sketch.” – Kim Lawson

“The mild weather, Mt. Diablo, walking/cycling trails, proximity to ocean and mountains – this is all very valuable for me as an artist. The more I become involved in the community, particularly the arts community, the more likable Concord is to live in.” – Sylvia Nuzzo Philis

Concord Community of Artists develops mutually beneficial opportunities for artists to come together and work with local businesses and service organizations to celebrate the value and positive impact of the arts and how it strengthens the vitality of our entire community.

Visit ConcordArtsAlive.com for more details.

Sharon May 19, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Thank you, Lisa! I’m proud to be a Diablo Valley resident and very happy to be part of the sight/unseen gallery show at the Artists Den in Concord.

Silva May 19, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Lisa, you’re back! Oh, happy day!!!

Silva May 19, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Lovely article.

Mary Fouts May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Lisa – Wonderful article! I concur with @Silva, so nice to see your posts again. Art so enriches my life. I will try to attend the exhibit.

Blink May 19, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Nice expression of the good side of living here.

Shasta Daisy May 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Beautiful colors and landscapes. Thank you, Lisa, for the article and sharing these paintings.

Last year, I held a paint brush for the first time. Attempted to copy a Van Gogh, Starry Nights. I have to say, I was quite happy with myself.

Lisa Fulmer May 19, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Hi again everyone and thanks! The arts are alive in Concord, come out and see us!

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