Brentwood Art Gallery exhibition honoring pioneer John Marsh

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The Delta Gallery will be celebrating “The Life and Times of John Marsh” this month with a judged multimedia art exhibition. The concept for the exhibition came about after a small group of locals outdoors the artists took an afternoon to sit around East Contra Costa County’s historic Marsh Creek Park to partake in their outdoor, outdoor painting and socializing art.

Brentwood Gallery Director Robert Ashin said he attended the event and, after speaking with the outdoors the artists’ organizer, Nancy Roberts, thought it would be a wonderful exhibition at the gallery.

“There were so many creative pieces that it seemed like a great idea for a show,” Ashin said.

The theme of the show is anything related to Marsh, the John Marsh House, Rancho Los Meganos, or the pastoral views of Contra Costa County as they would have appeared in the 1850s. The gallery opened the exhibit to all interested artists.

“It’s wonderful to see how the artists have tapped into the timeless beauty of our local landscapes and rural life in this beautiful exhibit,” Roberts said. “They give us a glimpse of living history.”

While not a California pioneer that many will remember, East County history buffs have a soft spot for Marsh. His “Stone House” has stood proudly, if a little less well, since 1856 in the back roads of Brentwood. Community members have invested a lot of energy and money to help restore Stone House to its former glory. Several years ago, the California State Parks and Recreation Commission took over the property and turned the area into Marsh Creek State Historic Park.

The exhibition “The Life and Times of John Marsh” will feature several different mediums, including oils, watercolor, acrylic, photography and mixed media through September 2.

“Some of the artwork on display was created at the recent Arts Day at John Marsh House, organized by the Delta Gallery and the John Marsh Historic Trust,” Ashin said.

The community is invited to celebrate the exhibition at a free artists’ reception and awards show from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 13. A 20-minute film, prepared by the John Marsh Historic Trust and highlighting John Marsh’s significance to East County, will premiere at the reception, which is free and open to all. The event will provide the public with the opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments and chat with fellow art lovers and local historians.

Also on view at the gallery this month is the gallery’s regular third quarter art show, a fresh new collection running through September 30 of works by local members of the Art Guild of the Delta. The exhibition presents original works of art in a wide variety of media and styles. The work of several new artists will be presented with permanent exhibitors. The Delta Gallery is located at 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128, in the Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center and is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Fishing tournament: The City of Oakley’s 18th Annual Oakley Children’s Fishing Derby will be held August 13 at the Antioch/Oakley Shoreline Regional Park Pier off Bridgehead Road. This “catch and release” derby is aimed at children up to 15 years old and registration is free. Pre-registration is available online at secure.rec1.com/CA/oakley-ca/catalog. Participants can also register on the day of the event at the pier.

Registration and check-in are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the derby runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, contact Alicia at 925-625-7044 or [email protected]

Roni Gehlke can be reached at [email protected]

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