Lisa Fulmer

Concord’s creative community continues to thrive online

Concord’s creative community continues to thrive online
Concord Art Association members taught three art classes on Facebook Live for Wren Avenue Elementary School in July. Kids learned about pointillism, drawing mandalas and painting a picture with a balloon. The online classes are also available to the public.

Lisa FulmerThe California Arts Council recently wrote an article that resonated strongly with me.

They spoke about “creative uplift,” or how artists can be a source of hope in hard times.

“Arts organizations throughout the state have persisted tirelessly as they continue to work within and for their communities, searching out new ways to present their creativity, delivering meaningful experiences and opportunities for engagement, sharing art that inspires, uplifts, teaches and unites.”

Our local creative community is doing just that. Concord Couch Concerts features local musicians performing online every week, and B8 Theatre Company recently performed Shakespeare on Zoom. Members of the Concord Art Association (CAA), including yours truly, are teaching monthly art classes as part of the city’s virtual event series on Facebook called Concord Live.

Social media

The beauty of most virtual events is that they’re recorded on social media, so you can enjoy them later if you missed them live.

In the absence of movie theaters, concert venues and festivals, artists are busy adding lots of great content online to keep us all inspired, entertained and feeling the power of positivity.

“The pandemic has pushed us to think differently about how we show our work or teach classes,” says Concord artist Heather Martin. “At first, I was hesitant to invest any time in learning new apps or setting up video equipment in my studio. But after shooting a few demos, I’m completely on board.

“There are many benefits to taking art classes online,” she adds. “It’s more affordable, convenient, plus you always get a front row view.”

Online exhibits

The aRt Cottage in downtown Concord has a new YouTube channel with videos of gallery exhibits. CAA also set up a channel for painting demos, playlists of member videos and inspiration for plein air painting. Visit the video section of CAA’s Facebook page for a series of kids’ art classes to keep the little ones occupied.

When they aren’t focused on all the extra screen time, artists are safely exploring outdoor spaces again to soak up some sunshine and make art. Members of the Contra Costa County-based Suburban Sketchers group recently caravanned along the Sacramento River to visit the quaint town of Locke. They donned their masks and spread out to artfully capture different areas of the historic buildings and scenery.

“It was really nice to get out for a drive and a change of scenery,” said Concord artist Laurie Mansur. “Locke was a perfect, quiet spot for plein air painting. It’s such a short drive, yet it felt worlds away.”

For lots more creative inspiration, visit and To stay in the loop on local art news and events, join the Concord Community of Artists group on Facebook.

Lisa Fulmer is a marketing consultant, published author and a community arts advocate.