In the Gallery

2021-22 Exhibition Season:

With a spiritual connection to nature, Mark Roberts investigates our regional landscapes through an experiential and inventive process. His creative practice evokes memory, emotion, and mood in beautiful and atmospheric paintings. These works capture fleeting moments of light effects, color, and mystery.

Mark Roberts (Antioch, CA) received his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Later, he continued his formal art education at the California Art Institute, analyzing the visual world in terms of shapes, values and edges. Mr. Roberts earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he has taught Figure Drawing from 2005 – 2014. Presently, Mark teaches Drawing and Design at Las Positas College in Livermore.

“Most of my life I have pondered questions of art and beauty. I have a couple decades of experience painting from direct observation in plein air. With that, I have accumulated a vast mental library of visuals. As my career progresses, I find myself working more from memory or invention. My paintings are becoming more abstract and minimalist with the aim of pushing the ethereal quality further, while heightening the beauty and emotional impact.”  – Mark Roberts

This celebratory salon-style exhibition is a special event in recognition of the 15th Anniversary 2021-22 Season at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Over 40 invited Artists are featured in this fun and unique presentation across the Energy, Souza & South Galleries.  Each has supported the programming at the Grand in a variety of meaningful ways, since the Center opened in 2007.

The exhibit welcomes live audiences and collaborators back to the Grand, as we sincerely thank them for their continued support!  With an extended run, this programming provides excellent opportunities to discover local-area artists, as well as purchase unique items for the gift-giving season.

Participating Artists:  Pam Ackles, Judy Altamirano, Kristina Anderson, Margarita Anderson, Richard Beebe, Cheryl Bloomfield, Alyn Brereton, Rudie Byrd, Jane Burns, David Casterson, Anny Caya, Lisa Cooperman, Randy Crimmel, Caleb Dowdell, Matt Farnsworth, Chloe Fonda, Don Hall, Barry Hand, Tiffanie Heben, Rick Ingraham, Debbie Jones, Gayle Knize, Mark Knize, Carolyn Lord, Em McLaren, Mike McLellan, Glenn Moore, Clay Musa, Joan Matsushima, Dave Matthews, Alex Nelson, Laura Nuela, Rhett Regina Owings, Delbert Park, Susan Richardson, Michael Rizza, Denise Rizzo, Mark Roberts, Henrietta Sparkman, Amanda Trask, Arturo Vera, Vince Walsh, Linda Whittington, Mira Woodworth