WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – This February, Walnut Creek Arts + Rec invites the community to celebrate its love of art in a month-long showcase of diverse art-related events and programs that promises something for everyone.
As the city’s cultural curator, the Arts + Rec department has planned a variety of fun, participatory programs throughout the month at the Lesher Center, Bedford Gallery, Community Arts Center and beyond. These include concerts, performances, artist talks, mixers, workshops, a new mural announcement and more.
“This is a community that loves art and showcases it all the time,” said Elizabeth Orcutt, Community Relations Manager. “February is a great time to celebrate that love. We encourage everyone to come out and try a new event this month, support our local arts scene and have a great time.”
To name a few highlights, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, presented in collaboration with the Diablo Regional Arts Association, Australian jazz singer and pianist Sarah McKenzie will perform two concerts on February 15, the same day as the California Premier Northern. 10-day run of a new musical, Mystic Pizza, based on the beloved 1988 MGM rom-com. At the Bedford Gallery, located inside the Lesher Center, visitors will enjoy the diverse collection of works on display now. California clay throughout the month and into March. The Bedford Gallery will also host a celebratory Cocktails and Conversations event with participating artists on February 29. At the Community Arts Center, local teaching artists will lead art-making activities, performances and mini-workshops in a fun evening called Arts After Dark on February 21.
It’s a great time to explore Walnut Creek’s wide range of public art in February, as a new large-scale mural was recently unveiled through the City of Walnut Creek’s Public Art program at the Tice Valley Community Gym (2055 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek). Muralist Nigel Sussman’s incredibly detailed creation beckoned Where is Walnut Creek? it features a stylized map of local landmarks and a variety of wildlife and local flora and fauna, as well as renderings of people from the community engaged in storybook-like work and play. From a distance, the work appears to be an abstraction of colors and shapes, but up close, the viewer is drawn into the detailed landscape that portrays the residents of Walnut Creek happily going about their daily business.
“We invite residents and visitors to embrace and actively participate in our vibrant arts scene this month,” says Arts + Rec Director Kevin Safine. “It is a special and essential aspect of our community, increasing our prominence in the East Bay while also contributing to our cultural and economic well-being. We are very proud to represent the thriving creative landscape here in Walnut Creek.”
To explore all of the February events Walnut Creek Arts + Rec has planned, visit https://www.walnutcreekartsrec.org/programs-activities/events. As they celebrate love in February, Arts + Rec says this is also a great time to book their coveted wedding venues at Heather Farms, the Community Arts Center and Civic Park Assembly Hall. Learn more: https://www.walnutcreekartsrec.org/parks-facilities/facility-rentals.
About Walnut Creek Arts + Rec
Walnut Creek Arts + Rec (https://www.walnutcreekartsrec.org/) is a City of Walnut Creek department that is the primary resource for all things cultural in the community, including performing and visual arts, recreation, parks, wellness. programs, social services and much more. The department facilitates programs for locals and visitors to its East Bay community in a unique way to foster creativity, promote well-being and contribute significantly to Walnut Creek’s economy and reputation. The department oversees the Lesher Center for the Arts, Center Repertory Company, Bedford Gallery, Public Art, Community Arts Center, recreation programs, aquatics, social services and Boundary Oak Golf Course. Walnut Creek Arts + Rec prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to welcome everyone to ensure everyone feels invited and welcome.