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If a Tree Falls

The art of the Boundary Oak

On October 30, 2021 the doors of the Bedford Gallery will open for the If a Tree Falls: Art of the Boundary Oak exhibition which promises to be more amazing than its predecessor The Big Tree Project . The 2003 show was among the most attended events ever. 

The tree, once famous for delineating the City of Walnut Creek, was in an area now occupied by the Boundary Oak Golf course. It fell two years ago during a severe wind storm and was carted off to a staging area east of the course. While there, an idea emerged to utilize Bay Area artists to create works of art from the historic wood. These artists, who work in all media, could then participate in a future exhibition at the Lesher Center for the Arts. In late 2020, at the direction of the artists, the wood was reduced to manageable sizes by volunteers and their chain saws. 

I obtained the pieces shown in the photo and preceded to design a piece that I hoped would be juried into the exhibition. It was crafted on a wood turning lathe in my shop near Arbolado Park. 

Recently the finished item I created was accepted into the exhibition together with the creations of 63 other artists. 

The opening reception will be held on Oct. 30, 3-5pm. Stop by for an opportunity to meet the artists and see how they reimagined the Boundary Oak. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged but not required at www.bedfordgallery.org. Please also see health and safety guidelines. 

The exhibit will run through Feb. 13, 2022, and the gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays from 12-5. 

By Dave Morris, Resident since 1974