Lamorinda Arts Council

The Lamorinda Arts Council has sponsored its 15th Visual Arts Competition for High school students.

Denise Nomura is the chair and she does a wonderful job of organizing and displaying the 250+ original pieces.

I spent a cold and rainy day with her, and the other volunteers this week hanging the art in the Orinda Library Gallery. I organized the paintings and drawings by color. Grouping the work into warm and cool colors and helped to place them in such a way that complimented the beauty of each.

What an amazing array of talent we have in our young people. I couldn’t help thinking what they might do in the future. I hope they all continue to create and not lose their love and interest in art.

Of course, my own daughter entered an oil painting. She recently decided to replace soccer with art, the other passion of her early childhood.

When I asked what she planned on painting I was surprised to learn it would be inspired by the song, California by Joni Mitchell. The lyrics are about sitting in a park in Paris, France, giving peace a chance, and pretty people reading Rolling Stone, reading Vogue. The chorus is about coming home to California.

She listened to the song over and over while painting. Her painting is nothing like anything I might paint. Although, she painted over a canvas of mine, and used my brushes what she created was uniquely her own.

And, in the words of Joni Mitchell, wouldn’t it be nice if we could finally give peace a chance? Maybe, this next generation will.

The winners for the contest will be announced on Wednesday, at the 7 p.m. reception. How the Council will select a winner, I’ve no idea. For me, the art is impossible to compare or categorize as it is all astonishingly individual.

I recommend stopping by The Orinda Library Gallery to see it for yourself. The exhibition runs through March 26th.

Love and blessings.

The Trident Project

In the summer of 2016, with my daughter Siena, now sixteen, and my business partner Andrew Lacenere, we founded The Trident Project, a California based 501(c)3 non-profit with a global focus on protecting our oceans. Our mission is to back programs and endeavors that reverse ocean acidification caused by pollution associated with petroleum based products and their micro particles.

We believed with an organization spanning three generations, we could rapidly help to incite the changes necessary to stop the currently inevitable death of our oceans. Currently we are partnering with several organizations to drive environmental impact worldwide, but in December, we hired a program manager to assist with our grassroots efforts in our communities.

The Trident Project begins locally by hosting our first monthly beach clean up on January 27, 2018 in partnership with Save the Bay.

The monthly beach clean ups in and around San Fransisco will each include an educational component and are perfect for families and groups of friends that would like to spend at least one day per month working toward a better and cleaner future for all of us.

We are using Event Bright to manage our participants and would like to keep our numbers below 50 per event to provide meaning and quality to the educational component. Click here to access your free ticket or to make a donation. To read more about The Trident Project click here.

I’m so excited for 2018 and the meaningful work that I am able to accomplish. Please join me at one of our events.

Love and blessings to all.