El Cerrito Art Association Show and Sale

October is National Arts & Humanities Month, and in our town one of the highlights kicking it off is the Annual El Cerrito Art Association (ECAA) Show and Sale, held this coming weekend, October 4-6. The opening reception is Friday Oct. 4th from 7 to 9 pm. On Saturday the Show is open from 10 to 5, and on Sunday from 10 to 4.  It’s at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito.

ECAA Art ShowThere’s a wonderful array of work by nearly 150 artists entered into competition, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, prints, mixed media pieces and digital art. In addition, there will be additional art for sale – a print bin filled with a wide variety of members’ work, and Saturday features an Artists’ Market with individual booths outside the Show, providing additional works for sale and another opportunity to discuss art with the professionals.

Garden Delights Arts and Crafts

I didn’t enter the competition this year but I will have 5 brand-new prints in the bin, and I’ll also have a table out front of the Community Center on Saturday – please come by and say hello!

What are you doing to celebrate Arts Month?

Celebration of Old Roses, Sunday May 19, 2013

It’s Rose-O-Rama season in our garden! Our Blue Girl, Graham Thomas, Butterscotch, Sally Holmes, Ispahan, Electron, Heirloom, Double Delight … and many more … are blooming like gangbusters, so I’m extra excited this year about the 33rd Annual Celebration of Old Roses, the very best event in El Cerrito.

Butterscotch Rose bud

Butterscotch Rose bud

Always held the Sunday after Mother’s Day, this year it’s on May 19th, from 11:00 to 3:30. Sponsored by the Heritage Roses Group, it’s at the El Cerrito Community Centerwhich is just a few blocks east of the main drag in El Cerrito (San Pablo Avenue), at 7007 Moeser Lane (cross street Ashbury Ave).  The event and parking are free, and it’s wheelchair-accessible.

Graham Thomas rose

Graham Thomas rose

The heart of the Celebration is the 100-foot display of roses. Everyone from expert rose cultivators to people who just have one rose bush in their yard bring cut roses to share and show off. The roses are arranged by type, so just by cruising the collection you’ll get an education in rose-ology! Have a rose that you can’t identify? Bring a bloom and get an expert’s opinion.

Heirloom Rose

Heirloom Rose

In addition to the rose display, there’s a great collection of arts and crafts and rose-related products for you to enjoy -a wonderful chance to get gifts for the rose and nature-lovers in your life. I’ve had a table with my artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past eight years, and I’ll be there with the things I make from my original photographs, rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, decorated boxes, purses, cards, prints, and much more! Garden Delights Arts & Crafts

George always brings a vase full of the roses from our garden, and we’ll have his wonderful handmade soap and all-natural beeswax candles from our beehives. Go to smell the intoxicating roses, then stop by to say hello. If you have any questions about the show, please email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com

How are the roses blooming in your garden?

A Celebration of Old Roses, Sunday May 20, 2012

Heritage rose block print

What’s your favorite rose? Impossible to choose? Well, I have just the event for you — the 32nd Annual Celebration of Old Roses, one of the best happenings in El Cerrito, is coming up next month. Always held the Sunday after Mother’s Day, this year it’s on May 20th, from 11:00 to 3:30. Sponsored by the Heritage Roses Group, it’s at the El Cerrito Community Centerwhich is just a few blocks east of the main drag in El Cerrito (San Pablo Avenue), at 7007 Moeser Lane (cross street Ashbury Ave).  The event and parking are free.

The heart of the Celebration is the hundred-foot display of roses — everyone from expert cultivators to garden-fanatics to hobbyists to people who just have one rose bush in their yard bring cut roses to share and show off. They’re grouped and arranged by type, and the result is an intoxicating display of scents and colors. So pull out your shears, clip off a couple of your best roses, and bring them by! Have a rose that you can’t identify? Bring a bloom and get an expert’s opinion…

Heritage rose

In addition to the roses (including heirloom and hard-to-find roses from specialty nurseries), an array of arts and crafts and rose-related products will tempt you — just view, or  purchase if you can’t resist! You’ll find jewelry, china, books, cards, prints, calendars, honey, and much more!

Garden Delights Arts & Crafts

I’ve had a table with my artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past seven years.  I’ll be there with the things I make from my original photographs, rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, tiles, boxes, vases, sachets, and much more!  Go to smell the roses, then stop by to say hello…  If you have any questions about the show, please email me at HeidiRand [at] gmail.com.

Celebrate California Arts Day

Do-It-Yourself Arts Fair

El Cerrito Community Center

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 2 to 5:30pm

The El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission will host an Arts Fair on October 15th at 7007 Moeser Lane. The Fair will celebrate arts and culture by showcasing local artists and providing fun, hands-on workshops for kids and adults.  The event will also include free demonstrations, displays, and opportunities for all to learn about local artists and art resources.

Garden Delights display

Garden Delights display

I’ll be there with an assortment of my original nature-based artwork and crafts, to demonstrate the many different kinds of things you can make with your own photos, drawings, or designs. 

Pillow made with inkjet printed fabric

Pillow made with inkjet printed fabric

I’ll also have my laptop, and can demonstrate how to use Photoshop Elements and other programs to enhance and transform photographs.

Egret allium blended collage

Egret allium blended collage

For more information, visit the City’s website.  You can also find out more about California Arts Day at the California Arts Council website.

Celebration of Old Roses, Sunday May 15th 2011

Ahhh, it’s rose season again …  Are yours blooming yet?  What are you seeing in your neighborhood?   Ours just started busting out with the few not-too-cold days we’ve had.  The ever faithful Sally Holmes is climbing our fence, the Ispahan that George cut way back last season is starting to bud.  The Blue Girls aren’t blooming yet, but the Graham Thomas and Butterscotch (both yellow roses) are doing great. This is a butterscotch rose. No scent, but it’s a stunning rose with colors that range from rich caramel to full yellow, with blushes of pink on the edges.

Oh, what timing!  George just handed me an incredible Heritage rose that’s in full bloom and smells heavenly.

And coincidentally, the 31st Annual Celebration of Old Roses, one of the best events in El Cerrito, is just around the corner.  This year it will be held on Sunday May 15th, from 11:00 to 3:30 (the week after Mother’s Day). It’s sponsored by the Heritage Roses Group and will be held at the El Cerrito Community Center, a few blocks east of the main drag in El Cerrito, San Pablo Avenue.  The Center is at 7007 Moeser Lane, cross street is Ashbury.  The event and parking are free.

The heart of the Celebration is the hundred-foot display of roses — everyone from expert cultivators to garden-fanatics to hobbyists to people who just have one rose bush in their yard bring cut roses to show. They are grouped and arranged, and the result is an intoxicating display of scents and colors. So pull out your shears,clip off a couple of your best roses, and bring them by!  Have a rose that you can’t identify?  Bring a bloom in and get an expert’s opinion…

In addition to the roses, an array of arts and crafts and rose-related products will tempt you — just view, or  purchase if you can’t resist!

Garden Delights display

I’ve had a table with my artwork and crafts at the Celebration for the past six years.   I’ll bring the work that I make from my original photographs, rose and flower-related, including jewelry, scarves, tiles, boxes, vases, sachets, and much more!  Go to smell the roses, then stop by to say hello…   If you have any questions about the show, please email me.