Bedford Gallery, a City of Walnut Creek program, showcases the work of historic, modern, and contemporary artists. The Gallery is committed to providing the public with opportunities to learn about visual arts through diverse, accessible, challenging, and educational public programs. Its mission is to provide exhibitions and other programs that reflect and engage the Contra Costa region's diverse audiences.
Each year, the Gallery organizes and presents four to five exhibitions. We also hold lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and other types of public programs on occasion. Every year, gallery docents take over 3,500 schoolchildren on tours that include hands-on art projects, in addition to tours for seniors and adult groups. The majority of our school tours are provided at no cost to the schools, as we provide free tours to Contra Costa County schools as well as bus scholarships. The Bedford Gallery Docent Council's sixty volunteer members receive professional training in art history as well as teaching techniques. The Bedford Gallery Guild is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers.
Bedford Gallery is the largest community-based visual arts facility between the Bay Area and Sacramento, with 3,500 square feet of exhibition space. Diablo Regional Arts Association and the City of Walnut Creek share the Lesher Center for the Arts, which houses this contemporary art gallery (DRAA). It is the mission of DRAA, as the non-profit partner of the Lesher Center for the Arts, to invest in artistic excellence and create avenues for everyone to experience the drama, pageantry, and excitement of the arts. In 1968, the Civic Arts Gallery was founded and named after Peter and Kirsten Bedford, who made a generous donation of funds.