Lesher Center for the Arts
Located in Downtown Walnut Creek, the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA) is home to three professional theatre spaces, a beautiful visual art venue called the Bedford Gallery, and a newly renovated plaza for outdoor performances. First opened in October 1990, the LCA now presents more than 900 productions and events each year.
Bedford Gallery (BG) is a City of Walnut Creek program located inside the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA). BG exhibits a wide range of artists and media with an emphasis on contemporary art. Its mission is to provide programming that reflects and engages the diverse audiences of Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area with fun opportunities to learn about visual arts through varied, accessible, and challenging exhibitions, educational tours, and events.
In collaboration with Bedford Gallery, the City of Walnut Creek’s Public Art Program launched an initiative to commission murals on publicly visible walls throughout downtown. These unique, effervescent murals enhance and enliven the urban streetscape of the downtown core, add to the City’s burgeoning mural collection, and inspire enthusiasm for public art and creativity in the community and to those visiting Walnut Creek.
Art in Walnut Creek's Storefront Windows
As you stroll downtown Walnut Creek, be on the lookout for art by Valley Art Gallery artists on display in downtown storefront windows. For more than 70 years Valley Art Gallery has offered the best in original, affordable fine art by Bay Area Artists.
Currently you can view art at the corner of 1000 South Main St (former Neiman Marcus location). For artwork inquiries or to sign-up for their newsletter email: email@example.com or call at 925.935.4311. The gallery is located at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
Painted Pianos is a unique art project designed to bring community members together while creating musical memories. This downtown activation promotes local artists who have shared their talents through paint and various artistic mediums on a variety of donated pianos. The project is a collaboration between Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, the City of Walnut Creek and Steinway Piano Gallery.