“River Reflections” Flows Downstream to Oakland
The “River Reflections” Mokelumne River Arts Project is now on exhibit in Oakland at the headquarters building of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Upon entering the massive flank of front doors, you immediately see the show and its 40 works of art and poetry. The two-story tall, natural light-filled lobby with its wooden paneling and concrete pillars make for an impressive backdrop. The exhibit opened Friday, February 6 during a reception attended by many EBMUD employees, several participating artists who braved the stormy drive down from here, as well as the President of the Foothill Conservancy Katherine Evatt, two Directors of EBMUD, the Chair of the California Arts Council, Donn K. Harris, and a couple of reporters, including one from the Oakland Tribune.
The River Reflections Coordinating Team of Terra Forgette, Penny West, Wendy Muster, and Michael Kriletich hung the exhibit on February 5 and were joined at the reception by Meghan Joy O’Keefe who sang and kept beat on a drum her song about the roads which lead to “the Moke.” The general feeling of those present that day was of amazement…about the quality of the art and about the beauty portrayed of ”our” Mokelumne River, the source of drinking water for residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The exhibit, in which the artwork is for sale, will continue through the month of February at 375 11th St., Oakland, open during business hours, closed on weekends. In March, the exhibit will return to our region to the Historic Hotel Léger in Mokelumne Hill, where the Opening Reception will be Saturday, March 14th, from 2-5 pm. The human water fountain performance art by Leslie Vasquez kicks off the event which will also feature the 20-member Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus singing a composition of Lee Davis, musician Adam Gottstein, and poets Monika Rose, Marilyn Pinnow, and Ed Cline. Many artists are expected to be there too.
For more details, visit www.amadorarts.org or call Terra Forgette, AmadorArts Executive Director, at 209-267-9038.