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Razzle Dazzle
October 30, 2010 - January 7, 2011

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Miriam Abramowitsch

Miriam Abramowitsch was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of a concert pianist. Following in her father's footsteps, she devoted her life to music and has experienced a long and fulfilling career as a singer and teacher of voice. She has also had a lifelong love for color, style and texture (as a child she wanted to be a clothing designer). Three years ago, having never before attempted any visual art medium, she became interested in felting and took a number of classes at Deep Color in Kensington. Since then she never looked back and has been creating and selling her colorful felted scarves throughout the Bay Area and beyond. The artist states: Felt is created by the alchemy of wool fiber with warm water and pure olive oil soap to produce a versatile material that ranges from spider-fine and soft to thick and strong, depending on its intended purpose. I design my scarves in a number of different ways. I mostly use a blend of wool and tencel fiber, which produces a soft, crinkled, shimmery effect. Right now I especially enjoy creating playful latticework scarves in a riot of different color combinations, and felting a variety of shapes and colors onto lengths of silk chiffon or hand dyed habotai silk.

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams is a Berkeley artist, currently working in acrylic, collage and watercolor. Interest in the visual arts has been a constant in her life. At nine, she was introduced to watercolor at her Saturday morning Milwaukee Art Institute class, and has been “doing art” enthusiastically ever since. She has worked in ceramics, various textile arts, photography, and monoprint as well. Since retiring from elementary school teaching, Sandi has taken classes and workshops from Bay Area artists. She focused on representational watercolor with Judy Greenberg and Marianne Brown, often using her own travel photographs for inspiration. Kathleen Brennan, Anne Baldwin and Tesia Blackburn have influenced her development in abstract acrylic and collage. Sandi exhibits her paintings regularly at Expressions, the Marin Society of Artists, the Frank Bette Gallery and Valley Arts. She has had 5 solo exhibits in the Bay Area, and is currently showing paintings and prints at Villa Marin Retirement Community. During the past year she has received several awards – two Best of Show awards in Alameda and a second place ribbon from MSA. “Involvement in my artwork renews and enriches me. The doing of it, the process, is critical to my well-being. An end product is almost secondary to the process. I am working toward achieving glowing, translucent color to convey an emotional impact and enjoyment for my viewer.”

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen, who "never met a process she didn't love" grew up in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, In high school she worked intensively with a local painter and at 17 went off to Smith College to major in art. There a scheduling problem led her into a philosophy class, eventually into the Ph.D. program at Berkeley, and to teaching human rights, logic and critical thinking at Cal State Hayward. While teaching part time, she went through the CSUH studio art program and from there to an MFA at San Francisco State (1991). She worked in ceramics, (Leslie Ceramics prize, 1986) painting (with Mel Ramos, Ray Saunders), bronze casting, sculpture (Stephen de Staebler), set design, and digital art. For the past 5 years she has been making jewelry, working with Hadar Jacobson in Metal Clay and investigating the endless possibilities of digital imagery.

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Diana Blackwell

Diana Blackwell is a Berkeley artist who became interested in art as a child in upstate New York while watching her mother paint. Blackwell took a few art classes in college but got most of her artistic instruction indirectly, as an artists’ model. Twenty years on the model stand have exposed her to hundreds of lectures on painting/drawing techniques and allowed her to see thousands of works in progress, at all levels of expertise. Blackwell paints, draws, and makes prints. Her life-sized acrylics portraits, with their bold colors and patterned backgrounds, have been compared to Mexican murals. Her whimsical, happy-looking monotypes of people and food are a regular feature at Mignonne Décor in Berkeley. In addition, a dozen of her images have been used in cards by Over the Top Greetings. Blackwell shows work regularly in the Bay Area. Her work can be seen at www.zhibit.org/diana_blackwell.

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Carol Jones Brown

Carol Jones Brown has been painting and doing art for over 40 years. She has a BS degree in journalism and a teaching certificate for adult school in fine art, crafts and
communications. She has taught art classes at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, then 30 plus years with the Hayward Adult School. She works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. She has shown in a number of galleries, and her paintings are in many collections around the world. She is a member of several active Bay Area art organizations that display her work. Carol says, “After painting for many years, I don’t try for a particular image, such as a seascape or a floral. Now I strive to create something that is rich in color, fun and exciting—a surprise for me and those who view my art. Recently, I have been attacking my empty canvases with globs of brilliantly hued acrylic paint, dancing my brushes around the canvas for a challenging start” Her works are magical, stirring and exciting and Expressions Gallery is proud to present her work as part of Razzle Dazzle Show.

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Lois Cantor

Lois Cantor, a Berkeley resident, grew up on the east coast and spent several years in Italy. She received degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Hartt College of Music. A child prodigy, she was a professional pianist until tendonitis ended her career several years ago. At that time she turned to composing electronic music as well as exploring computer art and painting. She has had shows in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall. These acrylic paintings are an homage to Matisse, Picasso, and the colorful Fauves. The artist states, “In painting, I improvise in much the same way I improvised with my music; I like the paintings to emerge spontaneously as I go along, and sometimes I am surprised and delighted by the outcome.”

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Crystal Carrington

Crystal Carrington was born and raised in Oakland California; she was about thirteen when she started to appreciate art. The paintings hanging in her aunt and father house helped stir her interest in art. Crystal is taking drawing and painting classes at Laney College. She works with senior adult artist; they continue to motivate her in the study of fine art. Max Beckman is an artist who inspires Crystal to experiment with shapes and rich colors. Crystal enjoys working with mix mediums; acrylic, oil pastels and color pencils. The oil pastels in “Distant Drums” are layered on acrylics to create its rich colors. Crystal has had her art work shown as a part of (Vanishing Acts), an art exhibit about endangered species. Crystal States: “There is no mistakes in art, only new creation.”

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Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter lives in the East Bay. He works in various mediums: ceramic, drawing, sculpture, design and painting. He went to Castlemont High where his drawing teacher put one of his works in an exhibit at the Oakland Museum. This spurred his interest in learning more about different forms of art and he took classes at Laney College (drawing, design, silk screen, advertising art and art history); at San Francisco State (advanced drawing, metal arts, film, advanced ceramics, and Raku and at Merit College (advanced ceramics}. He is continuing his studies and is very close to a degree in art. He was hired as part of the college staff doing the firing for one class and helping students as a mentor. A teacher gave him a Raku kiln and he also bought a small kiln and started doing his work from home and selling his ceramics on Telegraph Ave and in Street Fairs and art galleries. As a Member of the Richmond art center since 2003, he had a one of his pieces displayed with the featured artist that year. In 2006 he became one of the featured artists and won the Jan Hart-Schuyers Artistic Achievement award. Currently, he is a member of Pro Arts and is now also showing his work at Expressions Gallery.

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Attila Cziglenyi

Attila Cziglenyi is a contemporary artist in watercolor, acrylic and oil media. For the past two and a half decades, the subject matter of his paintings ranged from landscapes to aviation and still lifes. Always interested in art, he started his art education in Texas at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, then continued at Chabot College, Hayward and participated in workshops and classes given by well-known artists. Attila has participated in numerous juried group shows in Texas and California and was accepted in the Oshkosh EAA Air Adventure Museum exhibit. He is a member of the Hayward Arts Council and ART Inc. “With my paintings I try to express the exhilaration one feels at the sights and sounds of whirling propellers, roaring of a rocket or the moods created by the changing lights in a landscape. I am always looking for unusual shapes, lines or colors to best convey this message”

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Elizabeth Dante

Elizabeth Dante was raised in the rural south and now is living and working in Richmond, Ca. Dante has worked and traveled in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Germany and Italy. She has attained an affinity for the third world, and acquired the skills of the old world. This ever present influence has provided Dante with a stylistic inspiration for works ranging from classical naturalism to primitive stylistic narration. Much of her work explores the dynamics between round organic forms and hard ridges angles, and the spaces in-between. By exaggerating this interplay, her work creates a sense of tension which is both lively and sensual. Dante states, "My world combines ancient and modern rituals, extracting stylize motifs and archetypes, ancient and I pay homage to the many facets of the human sprit, characterized by warmth, humor and sometimes political commentary. Her works have been showcased in "Art on The Rock At Alcatraz" and "Day of the Dead" exhibition at the Museum of Mexican Art. In 1990, The City of Oakland purchased her sculpture "Woman’s Liberation", as a gift to Nelson Mandela. She also received the Art of Peace Award the same year. Elizabeth is moved and inspired by the cubist movement and the work of Fernand Leger. She also admires Modigliani’s elongation of the human body.

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Barbara de Groot

Barbara de Groot started her artistic interests when she was in grade school. By the time she was a teenager and had devoured the book Lust For Life, a biography about Vincent Van Gogh given to her by her nanny the dye was cast. She was drawing whenever the opportunity arose. In her early High school years she drew and painted from live models at the Brooklyn Museum Art School with Isaac Soyer, one of three brothers who worked with figurative imagery. She also was fortunate to study in high school with very talented and comprehensive artist/instructors. Much later in Berkeley, CA she joined a group of artists and drew weekly from live models for about 12 years. Barbara de Groot is a local Berkeley Artist and teacher of art who works in various types of media such as monotypes; Chine Colle with other media; Wood Block prints; Linoleum Block prints; Mixed Media Collage, as shown here; Drypoint; Transfer Methods; painting and drawing. She was an Art Major in Hunter College in New York. Where she learned basic printmaking under noted printmaker, Gabor Peterdi and later attended Academic Goetz in Paris, France where she learned many of her specialized printmaking skills. She also takes photos to capture inspirations for future paintings and prints and has developed her photographic skills as well. Her work is in many private collections and has appeared in many exhibits in various galleries here and abroad and is archived in the Women’s Museum in Washington, DC and in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

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Jessica Essel

Jessica Essel has been an artist since she was a child and able to breath life into new visions. Her visions come not only in pictorial form but in poetic form too ! Poetry has been a great love of her's since she was a child. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Humanities from New College of California. She has also studied at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute . Her work has been exhibited in Berkeley and Oakland. She had a one woman show at New College of California. She is a published poet & illustrator.

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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley.Ca. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of 6. She took up painting & attended her 1st classes. While attending high school , she began her formal art training by studying figure drawing in preparation for an Art degree. Following graduation she took a position as a designer & artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater. She returned to Berkeley to further her studies & became the head costume designer for a dance company. She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB. to receive a Fine Arts credential. Marge continued her studies & in 1982 received a B.A. from New College. She began to exhibit her ceramic sculptures in the community. She studied ceramics at CAL State. She exhibited in shows there. She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She has been an artist in residence with the Berkeley Arts Center & the Oakland Museum. She has studied art in London, England & Hawaii. She has exhibited ceramic sculptures, paintings & photographs in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda. She has received several artists grants from the Academy of Art In S.F. where she studied photography & photographic processes. These along with her sculptures & paintings were exhibited in 2 one woman shows.

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Debbie Fimrite

Debbie Fimrite is a deaf, Japanese-inspired artist with over 30 years of experience studying, creating, exhibiting and occasionally teaching art. She enjoys painting, drawing, sculpture, computer graphics, photography, origami, creating art dolls and altering Barbies. Always interested in art as a means of inspiration, self expression and healing; she was fortunate to grow up in the presence of many supportive artists including her mother who is a painter and sculptor. Over the years she has exhibited in a number of Bay Area Galleries including the Fort Mason Art Center, the Nanny Goat Hill Gallery, Gallery Sanchez, The Tea Spot Cafe, the Japan Center, Red Ink Studios, the Market Street Gallery, Art 94124 Gallery, Age Song Gallery and participated in San Francisco and East Bay Open Studios.

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Rinna B. Flohr

Rinna B. Flohr lives in Oakland, California. She grew up on the East Coast in New Jersey and New York. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B. A. in theatre arts and a Masters of Social Work. She also completed a Certificate in Psychodrama at the Moreno Institute of Psychodrama in New York. She received her license as a clinical social worker and for 37 years she worked as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and as Deputy Director of Mental Health for Alameda County; Director of the Center for Special Problems, San Francisco Community Mental Health and Assistant Director for San Francisco County Behavioral Health Services. In 1991 her house burned down in the Oakland fire, which led her to study Interior Architecture and Design in order to rebuild her home. She completed the program at UC Berkeley in 2001. With an interior design degree she started Design Ideas and she began doing remodels and designing new interiors that later led her to staging and floral design. She studied floral design with Ron Morgan. Her floral designs were part of the Bouquets to Art Show at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco in the past and she was a member of the San Francisco Museum flower committee. She also makes jewelry from recycled materials left over from interior design projects and later from other found objects such as found rubber from inner tubes of tires or cement from building sites. She was President of San Francisco Women Artists in San Francisco, one of the oldest women’s art galleries. Currently she is founder and Director of Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, Ca. (www.expressionsgallery.org ) The floral art work in this show was strongly influenced by the work of Jasper Johns icons of the American Flag.

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Sue Mary Fox

Sue Mary Fox splits her year between her winter workroom in Berkeley, CA, and her summer workroom in the village of Robbinston, Maine. Born and raised in a rural hamlet on the wild Maine coast, Fox spent her early summers organizing bits and pieces of nature’s “art parts” into patterns on 2- and 3- dimensional surfaces. Much of her outdoor time was spent along beaches assembling installations of flotsam & jetsam that would become rearranged by time, tide, and weather. Participating in the long term process of building & observing the progress of disintegrating beach installations has been a life long interest. Although she trained in ceramics at university, Fox spent 32 years in the field of design & construction using the sewing machine– at various times employed making Art to Wear clothing; costumes for theater, dance, opera, & circus; and more recently in creating site specific installations for commercial interiors. A full time studio artist since 2001, Fox maintains a fully equipped sewing studio on each coast where she primarily produces boldly colorful quilts with an abstract contemporary edge. Her large format quilts have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe. Scarf making offers the joyful opportunity to play with color and texture.

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Chandra Garsson

Chandra Garsson lives in Oakland, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has two degrees in fine art, including a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University, with her B.F.A. from U. C. Santa Cruz. After making perhaps two thousand or so paintings, sculptures, etchings, and mixed media works, shown nationally and internationally, Chandra has returned to an earlier and more ornamental mode, that of jewelry making. Her work has been most recently shown at Deep Roots Tea House Gallery, in Oakland. Before that, in the last show in the old space of Pro Arts Gallery (the first solo exhibition of the gallery at the time), over two hundred of Chandra Garsson’s works were shown in the exhibit, Insomnia (Awakening). For now, after many years of work observing problems concerned with our human condition, she finds joy in the simplicity of beauteously decorating the people of our world. Artist states: “a Google search of my name and a click on my websites will confirm the radical nature of the change I have made in my work when I began making jewelry.” Her jewelry has been exhibited at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, The Gem Gallery and Bill’s Trading Post, Berkeley, and Itsy Bitsy, Rockridge.

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Evelyn Glaubman

Evelyn Glaubman currently Lives In Berkeley, CA. Grew up in New York. Evelyn Glaubman attended the Art Students League in New York, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, holds a BA ED and BFA from the California College of Arts ;& Crafts, and did graduate work at Instituto d'Allende on a scholarship awarded through an International Competition. She has exhibited locally in galleries and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Palace of the Legion Honor, Oakland Museum, Richmond Art Center and the Berkeley Art Center. In addition, her works have been seen nationally and internationally, in Italy and Mexico. She has been in review and publications, her work is in Art of Engagement, by Dr. Peter Selz, University of California Press, 2006. Artist statement: “The motivating force of my work has been two-fold: The expressive embodiment of joy, grief and caring; concern for and comment upon social problems we face. Intervals between are work I call " Scapes" letting the unconscious flow. Medium I work with depends on what I want to say.

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Dmitry Grudsky

Dmitry Grudsky is currently residing in Newark California. Dmitry grew up in the former Russian republic Uzbekistan showing interest in art at an early age. He got his formal training in Art College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. After that he graduated the Art Institute with a Master of Fine Arts specialization in design of monument and decorative art. Dmitry Grudsky was influenced by many artists including: Gustav Klimpt, Juan Miro, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigiliani.... Primarily Dmitry Grudsky works in watercolor medium, pastel and mosaic. The painting that he presents in this show "Tree Sitters" is painted in mixed medium: water color & collage. He had his painting "Last call for Coffee" displayed on National Watercolor Society 87th Annual Exhibition 2007 and 55th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition "The Hagen Museum" Stockton, CA 2008. Artist states: "The art process is similar to rolling a snow ball; it builds up and develops as you are continually working". 

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Rohilah Guy

Rohilah Guy was born in Canada and moved to the Bay Area in 1964. Rohilah works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic and sumi-e. Rohilah has always been interested in art, studying it as a child and in university. Encouraged by many people along the way, the artist continues to explore all facets of art. She has been a weaver and a textile and clothing designer. Influenced by her textile design, she finds freedom to incorporate patterns and design into her paintings as did Henri Matisse. Rohilah continues to study and is exploring collage and assemblage techniques and abstract photography.

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Susan Hall

Susan Hall was born in Florida but has resided in the East Bay since age 5 and currently lives in Albany. She earned a BA and MSW at UC Berkeley. After 21 years as a juvenile probation officer, she retired in 1994 to pursue her life-long interest in art. Her journey into painting began with watercolors in sunny Puerto Vallarta Mexico where she hangs out for a month every winter. More recently she has turned to oil and acrylic painting and has taken art classes at Laney college. She is a frequent world traveler. What inspires her most is color, design and value contrasts. She is attracted by abstract organic patterns found in nature such as the graceful rounded shapes of fruit, trees or other plant forms. And she is drawn to rich color combinations. She is also part of a local plein-air group that paints from nature. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several galleries in the Bay Area and in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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Judy Katon Heim

Judy Katon Heim has been influenced by the Balinese belief that every child is born an artist. For Judy drawing and painting have been her passion. She began drawing weekly as a young child with her father as her teacher. Judy has studied art in New York City and continued in Hawaii. She has been taking art classes at San Francisco City College since 1996. At that time her medium was watercolor. Strong color has always been her trademark. As Judy’s interest in Aboriginal Art evolved she began to paint using acrylics. This medium allows for multiple layers to be applied to the canvas with creative colors, textures and designs. Judy’s artwork has been exhibited in a solo show in the Chancellor of San Francisco City College reception area. She has also exhibited at the City College Art Gallery, at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, Petroglyphs Gallery in Santa Cruz, juried show at the Santa Cruz Art League Gallery as well as several exhibit spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. Judy’s vibrant paintings are interpretive in style. There is also a playful element in her work. She would like her artwork to be enjoyed by everyone who appreciates art as a creative, fun process. judykatonheim@gmail.com. Her website is judygecko.com

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Bruce Heppler

Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley 1955 (Kaiser). He graduated Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab from 1975 to 1983 as a mechanical technician. He moved to Covelo, Mendocino Country and opened a welding and repair shop. Bruce has been working with metal all his life. He did an art sculpture for a benefit for a local music teacher whose mobile home burned (made a phoenix from trailer frame), got positive comments and started making other things. He takes inspiration from many sources, notably Louis Armstrong, the Three Stooges, and the Marx Brothers. When he’s not working on farm equipment, he’s making art.

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Melanie Hofmann

Melanie Hofmann graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and studio are located in Berkeley. She first explored the joy of creating art in pre-school and she has not stopped since. As a teenager Melanie fell in love with fiber art, specifically with weaving and dyeing fabrics. Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International. Limited edition prints of her digital art are in the corporate collection of Lifescan, Inc. in Milpitas. Melanie works with both textile and digital media. For this show, she is featuring her art of tile and Italian Charm bracelets. Her work has been inspired by a number of artists including, Jean Miro, Rene Magritte and Magdalena Abakanowicz. She was also influenced by the artwork of her maternal grandmother, Zura Young, an abstract painter. Melanie seeks to convey through her work the interactive process with her media and a visual representation of her inner world. In addition to Italian Charm bracelets, she can make custom bracelets or tiles with photos and artwork that you provide.

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Robert Hofmann

Robert Hofmann is a native of San Francisco who now lives in Oakland. He has photographed in the Bay Area most of his life. The first camera he used was a Brownie Hawkeye, which led eventually to going to Cal by working at the now closed Elmwood Camera Shop on College Avenue. He states: “That exposure to photographers and photo equipment expanded my interest from taking photos of family events to other subjects. I now enjoy working with landscapes, making photographs of travels and of friends and family. Growing up with a “real” darkroom, I’ve only begun to explore the almost limitless possibilities of the “digital darkroom” using Adobe Light room and Photoshop.” For “serious” work he uses a Nikon D-200, but always tries to have a pocket camera with him, following the dictum that the camera one has with one is far better than the high-end one left at home. Robert exhibited most recently at the State-wide Art Exhibit, Cross Currents, at the Alameda Museum. He also participated in the annual photography exhibit at the Rockridge Library in Oakland.

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Helen Holt

Helen Holt lives in Berkeley California where she grew up after moving to America from England in the mid 1950's. She was interested in art from a young age. Helen received a B.A In Art from UC Berkeley In 1975 and an MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute In 1977. Helen taught lithography and etching and was manager of several printmaking facilities, as well as curator and preparator of exhibits at the ASUC Student Union for many years. She received an NEA grant In 1987 to publish an International mail artists calendar. In 1987 Helen began experimenting with paper and light and in 1990 she started Helly Welly Lighting and has been inventing and making illuminated pieces ever since.

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Stan Huncilman

Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana but he is a product of the San Francisco Bay Area art world. He attended San Francisco State University where he was introduced to Funk Art and Happenings in the ‘70s. He received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984. S.F.A.I. is the home of the Bay Area’s leading art instructors. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years. Stan works in a variety of materials. As a matter of practice he uses the material that is most expedient to creating the sculpture he wants rather than “pushing a particular material.” His sculptures often begin from a simple sketch. He prefers to work in a direct manner rather than making molds of models before the final sculpture. The artist states: “I combine a child-like playfulness with primitivism. This creates a wonderland of intriguing forms and convoluted messages. When I enter my studio there is a mental sign post reading “Linear Thinking Stops Here.” Through my sculpture I create a world of nutritiously puzzling paradigms whose roots may be in religion, folk art, nineteenth century industrialisms or Greek mythology. In this world, a whimsical sense of humor walks arm in arm with an obstinate determination to create. The sculptures in this exhibition are part of his “All My Psyches” series, a whimsical yet intriguing observation of the complexities of consciousness. His solo exhibits include Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Torchy Hunter

Torchy Hunter is the daughter of a military family that got transferred a lot, Torchy Hunter lived all over the US. She came to San Jose in 1965, after living in Florence, Italy for the previous two years where she loved being surrounded by the overwhelming art of that city. But it wasn't until she was 60 that she took her first art class, fulfilling an often hidden dream. She had previously expressed her creativity in acting and writing. She began to paint realistically, in very bright color, but started to think about the old walls in Europe, covered with the remains of generations of posters glued up and then pulled off. Then the use of bleeding tissue paper began to interest her in its ability to seep color into other color, and wash out, and transform itself. "I love color - bright, intense color. Color has magical properties - the way light changes it, the way it speaks directly to the brain, bypassing the rational mind." she says. "Layers are built up and I let the colors slip and move and share themselves. They merge into one another and create new colors and shapes. The discoveries are surprising, moving, and beautiful." Most recently, Torchy has been making three dimensional decorative flowers to be worn or displayed.

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Diane Jacobson

Diane Jacobson lives in Oakland, CA. She is a transplant from the Little League capital of the world, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As a veteran teacher in the Oakland schools, she used many art projects and visual cues to instruct her English learners. Although she dabbled in art classes an undergraduate, her interest in glass art was not kindled until the 1990's. Through classes at Studio One and the Crucible, she has expanded her areas of expertise to include kiln casting and working deep, as well as fusing and slumping glass. Her pieces are represented in Pro Arts Open Studio as well as several galleries in the Bay Area. Artist states, "What I like best about fused glass is its element of surprise. Glass is a chameleon. Observe the pieces as the light changes. Glass is a fickle and somewhat undependable medium, as reactions to color and temperature cause a visual dance of light and texture. Enjoy the dance."

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Ann Jasperson

Ann Jasperson lives and works in Stamford, CT but grew up north of Chicago the youngest of a large family. Always drawing, the fire that is art was started when a family friend gave her a Paint by Numbers set-then it was off to the races. Nurtured by her sister Joan and many wonderful teachers she attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated in 1981 with a BFA in Drawing/illustration. Moving to New York soon after graduation, she “fell” into the toy business, then became a toy inventor which is her “day job”. But always in the background was a love of stones. Designing and creating jewelry has become a word of mouth business that has grown over the last five years. One of a kind pieces inspired by the natural beauty of stones and pearls done just Once makes for wearable art. Other interests include her internet cartoon Cranky Bears, her garden, dogs and husband G.C. Stone.

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Minal Jeswani

Minal Jeswani lives in the Bay Area. She received a BFA in pictorial art, San Jose State University, December 2009. She has exhibited her work in numerous places
Including: Art Object Gallery, San Jose, August, 29, 2009 -September 19, 2009.Kalied Gallery, San Jose, August, 2009-January, 2010, Works Gallery, San Jose, May 28th-June 12th, 2010 Alameda County Fair: Juried Exhibit, June 30th to July 11th, 2010. Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA. June 28th to July 24th, 2010, Phantom galleries, 2cc Gallery, Tesserae exhibit, Sept 4th-Oct 3rd 2010, Mystic Art Center, Art in Pieces, CT Oct 1st-Nov 13th, 2010, Art and Soul Gallery, Burlingame CA Sep-Nov 2010, Tesserae Tile and Stone gallery, Gloucester MA Oct-Nov 2010, Silver circle studio and gallery, CT, Reasonable and seasonable exhibit Nov/Dec 2010.

Artist’s Statement My work is about chaos and order, about struggling to find balance in the ever- changing world around me, about keeping steady amidst the turbulence of a constantly altering world. Over the last three years my art made the switch from representational to non-objective. Art is a medium that allows me to be in the present moment and helps me connect with my subconscious. I’m interested more in the unseen than the seen world. I am primarily interested in the essence, the life force that connects us all, the underlying life source that inhabits every plant, animal, and human. My art is connected with my everyday world, whether perceived or conceived. My relationship with my work is a quest for getting to know myself; art is a gateway to my inner world.

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Carolyn CJ Jones

Carolyn CJ Jones: Lured to the San Francisco Bay Area by dreams of ocean sailing, Carolyn lived aboard a sailboat in the late 90’s. Eventually, she evolved from boater to landlubber, problem drinker to sober, married to single, nurse to author/photographer/publisher and finally from RV van living to homeowner. Carolyn traveled the Western States and Mexico for three years while photographing dozens of gates. Currently, Carolyn is available to speak to a variety of audiences about the origin and birth of her book. In addition to gates, Carolyn photographs colored light through cut-glass, producing vibrant and magical images. She won First Prize for her image Down the Straightaway from Guest’s Gallery. Her abstract work is published in Photo Workshop’s book, Photos That Inspire and Photo and Art’s Abstracts 2007: Volume Two. Color Burst was chosen for the back cover of Abstracts 2007: Volume Two and was awarded the Curator’s Choice Award. Artist Statement: “My desire is to inspire and empower others to walk through the gates in their life”

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Julia Kosivchuk

Julia Kosivchuk lives in Berkeley CA. She was born in Ukraine and lived there until 2004. She did not have any formal art education; she claims that she started to paint just because she could not help it. Her paintings are inspired by Slavic culture and some Native Indian motives. Most of her work is done with acrylics on either canvas or panels, with an occasional ink drawing on paper. Julia’s paintings can be found in private collections in a number of countries, including the US, Canada, Ukraine, Estonia, the Netherlands, Germany, and India. Julia’s favorite artist is Marc Chagall, she says that she feels every single one of his characters and his moods. Her goal is to bring more happy colors and positive energy into this world, so when someone is feeling down, he or she can lighten up looking at Julia’s art. As for her artist statement, she likes to quote Paul Gauguin, “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”

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Coral Lambert

Coral Lambert, currently living in the US, was born and raised in England and studied at Central School of Art in London, Canterbury College of Art, Kent and received her MFA in Sculpture from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990. Since then Coral has shown her work extensively in England and America including The Barbican Center, London, Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, Convergence, in Providence, Rhode Island, Grounds for Sculpture and twice in Chicago’s International Navy Pier Walk. Coral Lambert has lectured as a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art, London and RIT, New York among many others. From 1995-1998 she held the position of International Artist/Research Fellow in cast metals at the University of Minnesota. In 2000 she was invited as the semester visiting artist at the University of North Carolina and has returned there several times since. Coral is the Founder of the US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Residency Program that has taken place in England and America annually since 1997. A recent recipient of the Jerome Fellowship and Gottlieb Foundation Award, she also has artwork in several private collections. She and her husband spent a brief time here in Berkeley, Ca after they were evacuated from the Gulf Coast hurricane Katrina where they lost much of their work. Coral is currently Co-Chair of the 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art. Her artwork references asteroids, standing stones and volcanoes; icons of transformation that careen between astronomy above and archaeology below. Central to her work is the exploration of concepts related to growth and form, with a particular interest to those specifically found in natural phenomena that contain some kind of metaphysical presence.

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Sheila Lemons

Sheila Lemons is a resident of Oakland, CA and has lived in many places in the world. Travel to Africa, Jamaica, and Europe formed the foundation of artistic and cultural influences in her artwork. Exposure to a broad range of art at an early age was a major influence on the direction of her life and career. She attended an Arts high school in Dallas, TX and began studying painting, as well as crafts and design. Sheila moved to San Francisco at age 17 where she studied painting and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated with honors when she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. Artist states: “My oil paintings are illustration-like works that emphasize my interest in color and design. My ideas usually come from sketches, drawings and photographs I have taken during my travels. Sometimes they come from extremely detailed and vivid dreams. I try to create powerful imagery through the use of strong composition and design, and am fascinated by the patterns and textures I see in nature. There is something about being in nature that makes me want to paint and capture, not a moment in time, but a feeling I have for the subject. Each image is a path which I hope takes the viewer in new directions.” For more information, please visit her website at: http://www.SLFAstudio.com.

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Roberta Loach

Roberta Loach lives with her husband, William in Kensington, Ca. She had two children, a son, Robert who is deceased and her daughter, Judith who is Deputy Attorney General, Oakland, Ca. She has an M.A in painting from San Jose State University and two teaching credentials, one in art and one in history and political science. Roberta taught art history for many years at West Valley College in Saratoga and etching, drawing and design at DeAnza College in Cupertino. She edited and wrote for a visual arts journal from 1975 – 1980 using an interview format. From 1990 – 2002 she exhibited her work in the gallery of Michael Himowitz, a major art dealer and close friend. Here she had four solo shows and a number of group shows. She was also in Smith Andersen Gallery in Palo Alto, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara as part of their Bay Area Masters Series and her work is part of a number of private collections, most notably, Hunk and Moo Andersen of Atherton. She has curated many shows herself and has also served numerous times as a juror. Her work is currently at the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery in San Francisco and at the Collectors Gallery in the Oakland Museum of Art. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and exhibits with them often. She had a solo show with Smith Andersen and with d.p. Fong in San Jose. Roberta states “ My major artistic influences are Francisco de Goya, Bosch, Dix, Kallowitz, Beckman, Daumier, Matisse, Picasso, Robert Colescott, Leon Golub, Ben Shahn, Paul Cadmus and others.”

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Charles Lucke

Charles Lucke lives in Hercules, CA. He began borrowing his father’s cameras while growing up in Stratford, CT, and has been a freelance photographer since the 1970s. He added a darkroom to each of five consecutive residences, and though he shoots mostly digital today, he continues to mine an inventory of thousands of slides and negatives for images to exhibit. His first solo exhibit, “Four Ways to Abstraction,” was on view at the XZIBTit Gallery in Hercules for two months in 2007, and in July 2008, the Hercules City Council awarded him First Place in the first annual Hercules Photography Contest. Charlie’s inspirations include Hugo Steccati and Ruth Bernhard, who, though their work is very different, were both creatively involved in photography to the end of their long and interesting lives. Regarding his interest in abstract photography, the artist states: “There’s a desire in me to create something that no one else has created (or at least, not precisely the way I have created it.) It’s a way to free the form and change it from a visual reality to an unreality. It’s a way to free the process from the precise reproduction of tone, colors, and forms and let the right brain reign.” Charles brings to us visions of nature we all wish to preserve.

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She works in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry. Her work is consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applies. She has exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried. Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnificent jewelry. Jennifer has served on various Boards of Directors for long standing Artists Organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists, where she was a past President and continues in the current Board as Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she is currently Treasurer.

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon lives in the Bay Area. After 30+ years writing about technology inSilicon Valley, he became interested in another use of silicon: creating art glass. After all, crystal vases and microprocessors both start out as sand.People have been making decorative and functional glass objects for thousands of years, either by cold working (etched, carved and stained glass), or by blowing hot glass with a pipe. But there is also warm glass work (fusing pieces together and then slumping them in a mold) that pre-dates glass blowing but was set aside and largely forgotten in antiquity when furnaces got hot enough to melt glass to blow it. With the development of new technologies for working warm glass over the last 20 years, such as the introduction of iridized and dichroic glass surfaces and computer controlled kilns, it’s now possible to create glass pieces that are as alive when lit from the front as traditional stained glass is when lit from behind. So he applies these new technologies to the ancient craft of glassmaking to produce works that speak to the eye, the mind and the heart - seeking to infuse soul into silicon. You can visit http://web.me.com/tmahon3/GlassRootGallery/Welcome.html where Tom has a Gallery of his glasswork alongside some essays he's written in recent years. He also has a YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr0mr7RQelk showing his work in motion set to music by J.S. Bach.

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John Mallon

John Mallon grew up in the East Bay Area being born in Oakland, his present residence. Arts and crafts have been an interest since early childhood. While in the Navy, pencil portraits were a hobby. From there sculpture and painting became an interest as time went by, resulting in private painting instruction from a bay area teacher. A long list of “How To” art books have helped along the way with sculpture and pencil drawing, as well as a teacher in woodcarving. Awards came from Art shows presented by the Oakland and Alameda Art Associations the past 20 years. Mallon is still a Member of both and has been President of both Associations. Mallon states: “Monet, Dali and CA painter George Otis are an inspiration to me. Color and graphite pencil is my favorite and best mediums. In this show he presents artwork that uses dots of acrylic paint to build up texture and create a landscape. This method is similar to pointillism a technique used by George Seurat but unlike Seurat, he does not stick to combining the primary colors to create the image, rather his work is also similar to Australian Aboriginal work that uses large dots of paint to create the image. I also have fun decorating hats and t-shirts using fabric paints and making fun clocks.”

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Elena E. Maroth

Elena E. Maroth lives in Kensington, CA. Born close to the sea in Cuba, Elena has been surrounded throughout her life by nature, music, and visual beauty. The rhythms of the ocean and the culturally vibrant life of Havana inspired Elena early on to dance and paint. She studied ballet with dancer and choreographer Alberto Alonso at Pro Arte Musical, continuing at the legendary Alicia Alonso Ballet School in Havana. She also studied art the celebrated Havana Escuela San Alejandro, where many outstanding Cuban artists received their early training. After moving to the U.S., Elena’s art has continued to be inspired by her early environment as well as by her ballet training: she has brought to her visual art work the joy and rhythm of color and movement. She works mainly with acrylics; most of her canvases are 3x3 or 4x4 feet in size. Her published work includes a Univ. of New Mexico New Music Festival brochure cover painting and several classical music CD cover pictures for the Berkeley CD label Music And Arts.

 

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Janet McGill

Janet McGill is a sculptor, interior decorator, and a freelance artist with over thirty-five year’s experience and is currently living in Moraga. Janet grew up in a family of artists, attended the University of Washington earning a BA degree in fine arts. Her digital images have a basis in a painterly tradition, a tradition of art making built from her own background in the study of composition, color theory and the handling of subjects. She turned from the practice of painting with canvas and brush years ago to pursue digital imagery. Her digital art is created using a variety of digital source images. Each piece usually begins with previously collected images from magazine prints, photographs or scans of objects, from her extensive digital archives. From this collection she extracts the component pieces that will then be digitally manipulated and combined using a multi-layer compositing technique. Bringing this disparate variety of individual components into the finished worked requires pixel level detail management in order to create the seamless look of the finished image, which is then output using archival quality inks and paper.

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Sonia Melnikova-Raich

Sonia Melnikova-Raich was born and trained as an architect and artist in Moscow – first at the Moscow State Art School at the Academy of Art of the USSR and then at the Moscow State Architectural Institute – and has been living in San Francisco since 1987. Later in life she discovered photography, however her training as an architect and painter remains present in her works which often have a strong resemblance to drawn or painted media. Sonia is a winner of several juried art and photography competitions and she exhibits her work locally and nationally. Two of her works have been recently acquired by the city of Lafayette for a permanent display at the newly opened Lafayette Public Library. Her works have been featured in Emerging Visions 2010, The William & Mary Review 2009, “Glimpses in Time” 2009, and the 2009 issue of “Diffusion,” a magazine devoted to unconventional photography. “I like to explore the abstract in the material world and am intrigued by spatial ambiguities caused by reflective surfaces, resulting in painterly and slightly surreal images. As to my objects, I look for grace, poetry and mystique in the most common of things around,” says the artist. All works are signed and individually produced on archival quality prints. The artist avoids mass-producing her work by printing on-demand a limited number of pieces while maintaining full control of the quality of each individual print. The works in current exhibit include “Red Lips” and “Golden Lips” from the Venetian Portfolio and “Yellow Tulips and Blue Hydrangeas” from the “Bouquets to Arts” series.

 

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

Maj-Britt Mobrand lives in Berkeley, CA but was born and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. As a little girl, she saw her grandmother’s loom in the attic and was very intrigued by it and knew she wanted to master one of those. She has taken weaving classes both in Sweden and the U.S., but is for the most part self-taught. She has been teaching weaving here in Berkeley since 1968. Some of the juried shows she has participated in are U.C. Berkeley and Live Oak Art Galleries in Berkeley (1969); Artist League of Vallejo Gallery (1975); Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont (1988); and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland (2006 and 2008). She has also participated in many Open Studios and has shown her work at various local venues and as a result has weavings in many private collections. Artist states: “I enjoy using traditional weaves and patterns in a non-traditional manner and am striving to find a harmonious balance between the natural and the artificial or planned. My inspiration is derived from music, nature, travels, and from my students. It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm of my students as they develop their projects on their looms after I’ve given them the ‘know how’.”

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Julia L. Montrond

Julia L. Montrond lives in Berkeley. She grew up in New York City and was involved in all the arts: painting, acting, dancing & singing. She majored in Theatre arts at Hunter College and studied art at U.C. Berkeley, CCAC Extension, a studio in Florence, Italy & another in Guanajuato, Mexico, as well as numerous workshops in the Bay Area.  Painters she most admires: Turner, Sargeant, and most of the Impressionists. About what inspires her, she says: "I'm intrigued by the challenge of trying to capture the effect a scene or other subject has on me--of creating different moods; and of course the joy of working with color." She works primarily in watercolor & has begun painting with oil. Awards won in Art Shows include: Napa County Fair 2x.; El Cerrito Art show 3x, and being exhibited in numerous juried shows of: Marin County Art Fair; The Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley; Shadelands Gallery, Walnut Creek; and the MTC Gallery, Oakland.

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Malcolm Nicoll

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959earning a BFA in Art History from UNC and a BA in Art Education from CSU. He lived in and traveled extensively in Europe and is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been exhibiting his large-scale paintings and fused mosaic glassworks in Europe and the Bay Area for over fifteen years. He is currently creating highly colorful and expressive glass bowls, plates and jewelry and looks forward to showing his new works in the coming year. Artist states: “George Bernard Shaw once said, "without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable." To deal with this crudeness we can either engage creation or destruction; to walk the artist’s path is to engage creation. Through painting and working with glass, I am supported by dreams and visions that steer me toward existence beyond the ordinary. Whether I’m creating in 2 or 3 dimensions, I have a heartfelt, spiritual connection that takes the work beyond beauty, dreams and aesthetic visions, beyond color and line on a surface into deep unity. From this place, humanity’s inherent potential becomes visible, reminding viewers of their own divinity and the promises of their creativity.

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Deborah Robins

Deborah Robins is a real live folksinger who lives in Berkeley, CA.  She makes fun and wearable jewelry out of repurposed and found objects like paper clips, safety pins, and sea glass, with the addition of colorful vintage buttons gathered from flea markets around the worlds.  Originally from Chicago, she was exposed to fine art through innumerable trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the colors and shapes from several Grant Wood landscapes, captured her imagination.  For two years in a row, Deborah has been selected to participate in the unique Maker Faire as “Folkiedokies: Repurposing with a Purpose”.  Deborah Robins is the Executive Producer of a PBS/WETA television series about the history of American folk music, “THE MUSIC OF AMERICA: History Through Musical Traditions”. www.themusicofamerica.org  Deborah is the sister of Laura Olear.

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Selma Rockett

Selma Rockett lives in Berkeley, California and was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. As a very young child, Selma learned to use “make believe, fantasy, whimsy and pretend” to enhance her days and this is what influences her art. Many wonderful people she has met in life inspire her work. Hats have always had a role in her life. Selma is primarily self-taught however she did study briefly with Bertha Underwood in Oakland, Ca.  Her mediums include fabric, straw, yarn, wool and “lovely trinkets, feathers, buttons and all things shiny.”  The hats are hand molded, using an art medium to set the design. The hats are not ‘named’ as most are one of a kind—therefore ABSOLUTE WHIMSEY.

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Rosie Rosenthal

Rosie Rosenthal lives in Berkeley and grew up in the Bay Area. Her grandfather was a rock hound, her grandmother crocheted and painted china and watercolors; her mother painted and made jewelry. As a child she took classes at Studio One. As a young adult, she did jewelry and batik before pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1975. She states, “Alexander Calden’s jewelry and Faberge inspire me.” She has received a number of awards for her printmaking, and is in Arthur Murray’s collection. Her current modality is whimsical and elegant unique jewelry with handmade beads, semi-precious stones, and pearls which she is showing at Expressions Gallery.

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Christine M. Rossi

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley California but originally comes from a rural area in up-state New York. Christine Began exploring art at an early age winning several art competitions while in high school. She was influenced by Japanese art and theater while on an exchange program to Japan. Christine later studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton, illustration, oil painting and color theory through the University of California Extension Programs and has also explored the mediums of Casein and Encaustic paint. She recently branched into photography to include original photographic images within her pieces through the use of collage, transfer and digital manipulation. The images in this show are a part of a continuing project of paintings, collages and photographs developed around the central theme of family heritage. “I explore the roots of family life through ancestral family imagery and their working lives. Farmers, coal miners, craftsmen all contribute in the genetic makeup of who I am and who chose to be.” Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork displayed on http://www.mesart.com. as well as her blog http://christinerossiart.blogspot.com/ Prints of these works are available upon reservation through this gallery.You may contact Christine at cmaerossi@gmail.com.

 

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Daniel San Souci

Daniel San Souci was born in San Francisco and grew up across the bay in Berkeley.   He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and upon graduation started a long career in book illustration.  He has either written or illustrated nearly one-hundred books for children, working for all the major publishers and the National Parks.  He has won numerous awards including a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, The Boston Globe Horn Book Award and The Gold Medallion from the Christian Publishers Association.  He also spent time teaching at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.  It has always been his dream to pursue a career in fine art painting, which has always been his first love.  

Artist’s Statement  “I grew up fascinated by the watercolors of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.  When I started college I was fortunate to study with George Post, who was a prolific and well-known California watercolorist who would take us on excursions to locations all over the Bay Area to paint on location.  I can’t imagine a time when I was so excited about painting than this. After graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts I illustrated my first children’s book, “The Legend of Scarface, A Blackfeet Legend.”  Fine art painting has always been my first love and over the years I have always set aside time for this.  These days I’m spending most of my time painting and less time illustrating books.  I’ve always painted anything that captures my imagination.   Whether it is figurative, landscape, wildlife or a political statement, I never have limited myself.  I see my painting as an exciting journey that I am on.”

 

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Stevens Strauss 

Stevens Strauss currently resides in Berkeley.  The artist relocated seven years ago from Naples, Florida.  Growing up in the Chicago area, she was exposed to studio art at the University of Chicago with abstract expressionist Vera Klement.  In Naples she began to work in ceramic art and discovered a deep affinity for the unpredictability of raku.  She received formal training here in the bay area with Susannah Israel, and  is a member of ACGA , Pacific Rim Sculptors Group and Nordic 5 Arts.  Primary influential painters are Paul Klee, Hans Hoffman, Manet and Simone Martini.  She is particularly drawn to Soldner and Voulkos in the clay realm, and to Japanese ceramics in particular. Her work has been selected for inclusion in many ACGA juried venues, as well as the Lincoln Arts Feats of Clay exhibition.  Recently her raku was chosen for inclusion in Lark Books’ publication 500 Raku due out this spring. The artist is a student of Sogetsu ikebana and greatly admires the work of Hiroshi Teshigahara.  She is also a student of Japanese tea ceremony (Omotesenke school) and recently began to try her hand at shodo,  Japanese calligraphy.  All of these practices influence the creative development of a personal style that is a blend of cultural influences that also include her Scandinavian background. ‘The function of objects is to restore silence.’  -Samuel Beckett

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Arlene Risi Streich

Arlene Risi Streich, grew up and lives in Oakland, Ca. and cannot remember a time that she has not been interested in art. She received her B.A. ED and A.B. F. A. (Painting) from California College of Arts and Crafts (Now CCA) and has lived and spent much time in Mexico doing painting and photography. She has taught in the Oakland Public Schools, Diablo Valley College (Painting, drawing and fashion illustration) and CCAC (Children’s classes). She is presently exhibiting her glass jewelry, a medium started four years ago, and her painting. Her Jewelry work is influenced by her background in painting incorporating a bold use of color and line. Her painting and jewelry work has been shown in numerous exhibits around the country and in private collections. Artist states: “Our role as artists is to continue to amaze, provoke, stimulate, delight and agitate the senses. The fact that we continue to do so is a testimonial to not being complacent, while trying to process the internal/external creative dialogue.”

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Laura Sutta

 

Laura Sutta is an award-winning photographer who specializes in Lake Merritt:  splendid sunsets, squawking waterfowl, and vivid cityscapes, as well as The Faces of Prayer:  sacred sites, ritual objects and prayer around the world. The Alameda County Art Commission acquired six of her photographs in 2008 as part of the Alameda County Art Collection and they are currently displayed in county buildings.  Her work was recently chosen in a Juried Art Contest by the San Francisco Estuary Project and exhibited with the other 20 winners at the Oakland Marriott. During the last two years Sutta has exhibited her art at Pro Arts, Studio One, the Berkeley Arts Center, the Alameda County Law Library, Lakeview Library,  Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center,  L’Amyx Tea Bar, Lionel J. Wilson Building, Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, and  the Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective Gallery in Oakland and at Chochmat Halev Synagogue in Berkeley. In January, 2009, her work was cited as ‘notable’ by DeWitt Chang, an arts reporter from the  East Bay Express.  Her photographs hang in professional offices, public spaces, and form part of private collections in the Bay Area, India and Israel. They have been used in advertising campaigns, as well as by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce.  Born and educated in the US, she lived abroad, primarily in Israel, for twenty-three years.  She has an MSW and an MPH from UC Berkeley and taught and directed university and in-service training courses in the States, Germany and in Israel. In 1992 she fell ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Unable to work for many years, she learned to appreciate stillness in life and in nature.  The combination of the long periods of stillness required by the illness, and an apartment overlooking Lake Merritt led to her career in professional photography. She is married and has two children.  She can be contacted directly at 510-444-3820; sutta@earthlink.net

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Viki Tamaradze

Viki Tamaradze calls herself a LOL (little old lady of 82). One of the varied experiences in her lifetime was experimenting with various art media. Additionally, she has professionally collected material culture (i.e. stuff from
other cultures in the new world (her definition)) for museums. So,she has seen a lot of art related things. Using commercial fabric to decorate t-shirts, sweat-
shirts, and jeans "the near universal" dress code in today's world seemed like a good idea. So, she is doing it. It definitely has its own Razzle Dazzle.

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Harry Weisburd

Harry Weisburd was born in New York City and now lives in Berkeley, Ca.  Harry became interested in Art when at the age of 6 years old. He attended the School of  Industrial Art, Manhattan.  Today the school is called School of Art & Design. Harry continued studying Art at top art schools in the country, Parsons School of Design, NYC. He went on to receive his MFA and BFA degrees at Calif College of Art, Oakland and San Francisco, Ca. After receiving an MFA degree, and graduating, he obtained a position as an Assistant Professor of Art, University of Connecticut. He taught, Painting, Drawing, Color Theory. From UCONN he went on to teach Sculpture as a Professsor of Sculpture at Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts. He became a Tenured Professor.  He relocated to San Francisco, and taught at the De Young Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco and numerous private schools including the Tiburon Art Center, Tiburon, Calif. Harry has exhibited in Art Galleries nationally  including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle , Washington. He is  listed in Who;s Who in the West, 1997, 1998. Harry's Art has been published in Yellow Silk, Journal of the Erotic Arts.  Award Winning Literary Journal, published for 10 years in Berkeley, Cal.  He was the Featured Artist, for the entire 5th Anniversary issue, Harry has also been  published in PLAYGIRL magazine; GALLERY magazine, (pen and ink drawings published monthly for one year and a number of additional erotic magazines. Harry also exhibits Internationally including, England, France , Italy and Beijing, China. Harry is Featured Artist. Musetouch Magazine, October – November. www.musetouch.net

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Regina Westmoreland

Regina Westmoreland was born in Camden, Arkansas. She grew up in the southern United States but has lived in California for 30 years and now resides in Benicia, California. She was lucky to have a mother, grandmother and aunts who were skilled quilters and seamstresses willing to share their knowledge and art. This knowledge coupled with the life experiences of being a social worker, mother, clothing consultant, school board member, retail store manager and Fashion Design and Merchandizing graduate, created an interesting blend of artwork. She has always been creating in some fashion - weaving, silk dying, quilting and embroidery. In the last few years she has focused more on unconventional embroidery. The majority of her work is done by hand since that allows her to feel a part of the finished piece. Her inspiration comes from many sources – ethnic textiles, Mexican pottery and of course nature. Brightly colored strips of silk dupioni are used in addition to cotton thread and beads to "paint" her design. She feels this results is a piece that is more natural and organic than typical machine work. One of her embroideries is being featured in the Quilting Arts 2011 calendar. You can see more of her work at insideoutsideart.etsy.com. Artist states: "I hope my works invoke wonderful feelings and emotions in you as they did in me as I created them."

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Emmryss Wren

Emmryss Wren currently lives in Berkeley and was raised in London, England. She has received no formal training in art, but has always considered herself creative, making art out of things that were available, at the time. Her current art uses hubcaps and sticky backed vinyl sheets of color, old jewelry etc: The artist states that she always starts at the rim and works inward, with no actual conception of the finished outcome. She says the pleasure, for her, is in the end surprise. One could say she is a Pop Artist who takes the hub cap (an article from popular culture) from its natural context, solates it, merges it with other materials and presents it in a new context for contemplation as an art piece –an icon of contemporary life.

Poets and Authors

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November Featured Poets

Esther Kamkar

Esther Kamkar was born in Tehran, Iran in 1947. In 1965 she left for a 7-year stay in Jerusalem. She has lived the USA since 1973 and in Northern California from 1982 to present. She began writing poems in 1989. She received an Artist Grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation (2001) to publish a collection of her poetry, Hummingbird Conditions, in a letterpress limited edition, to be used as sample books to teach a series of workshops on poetry and handmade bookmaking to children in the Ecumenical Hunger Project’s summer program in East Palo Alto. She received a grant from the Clay and Glass Arts Foundation (2003) for her project, Personal Narratives in Poetry and Clay, a series of workshops for children in the Boys and Girls Club in E. Palo Alto. She has published severa books:Let Me Tell You Where I've Been Anthology; Book Hummingbird Conditions 2002, Ziba Press, Peter Koch Letterpress Printing Studios. Also printed by Tollbooth Press, in photocopied form and Chapbook A Leopard in My Pocket 1998. She has been recognized in her field with various awards, fellowships, and reviews. Artist Statement: “My poetry bridges the gulf from the far distant home country to the new ground of the United States. I bring my personal journey to life on the poetic page; I make the unifying connection between the experience of all immigrant journeys and the commonality of feeling lost, and then found. The themes and concepts of fitting in, isolation, strangeness, love that binds, and self-definition, speak to the heart of the readers of my work. My poems look outward, directly at injustices and sorrows, and also inward, at my private world and the world of my heart. They tell the stories of the soul.My voice, the rarely heard voice of an Iranian woman, and an American mother living in the Bay Area, is informed by my childhood memories, dreams, and my poetic imagination in a new language, here and now.”

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Muriel Karr

Muriel Karr, born in Massachusetts in 1945, formerly taught French and German at colleges in Indiana and Maine.  She has published two full-length collections of poetry, Toward Dawn and Shape of Pear, both from Bellowing Ark Press, and a chapbook, Membrane, fromBGS Press.  She has work forthcoming in a book called The Healing Art of Medicine, from UC Press.  She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband, jazz pianist Ron Karr.

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December Featured Poets

Janell Moon

Janell Moon. Moon is the new and first Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA for 2010-2012. The Expressions reading is her first reading in the east bay as poet laureate. She will read from Salt and Paper: 65 Candles. She won publication in RAW ART PRESS’s Experimental Poetry/Prose Prize for 2010 and was inspired to set her new book in Emeryville where she lives near the bay. “Living on the bay, I see the
seagulls and pelicans fly and I wonder how did I ever get to be this age, hear the geese scratching their throats at dawn. ” The book shows we are new in any of life’s stages.
Riding Free in a Blue Studebaker is Janell Moon's sixth book of poetry selected for publication as part of the Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. Her poetry books also include The Mouth of Home by Arctos Press and Beyond Midnight by Raw ART PRESS, Lesbian Speaker's Bureau by Stonewall Press, Snakeskin Boots by 33 Club Press, and Woman with a Cleaver by Small Poetry Press. Janell Moon is the author of four spiritual nonfiction books including: Stirring the Waters; Writing to Find Your Spirit (Tuttle), The Wise; Earth Speaks to Your Spirit by RedWheel/Weiser, The Prayer Box by Redwheel/Weiser, and How to Pray Without Being Religious(Elements,
Harper CollinsUK). She is a reader for the Bay Area Poets for Peace Project and has been published in many literary journals. She works in San Francisco as a counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice and is an instructor at the College of Marin Community College. She lives in Emeryville, California.

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Joyce Jenkins

Joyce Jenkins is author of Portal and Joy Road, chapbooks; her poems have appeared in Parthenon West Review, Ambush Review, Addison Street Anthology: Berkeley's Poetry Walk, ZYZZYVA and elsewhere. She is editor of Poetry Flash, Literary Review & Calendar for the West, and poetryflash.org. Poetry Flash presents the Poetry Flash Series at Moe's Books (Berkeley) and Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland), the Northern California Book Awards, and Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Her honors include the American Book Award and PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Lifetime Achievement Award. June 6, 2009 was named "Joyce
Jenkins Day" by the City of Berkeley in honor of the Berkeley Poetry Festival lifetime achievement award.

 

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Lisa Bernstein (Lisa B)

Lisa Bernstein (Lisa B), Poet-singer is the author of The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (Five Fingers Poetry). Her poems have appeared in 60+ anthologies and periodicals, including The Kenyon Review, Tikkun, Ploughshares, Calyx, Brilliant Corners, Field, City Lights Review, Zyzzyva, Antaeus, and Feminist Studies. She has won creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Puffin Foundation and was just named the alternate Poet Laureate of Emeryville. Lisa B is also a jazz-soul singer-songwriter incorporating poetry into original songs and standards. Her latest CD of four is The Poetry of Groove (2009). Raised in Santa Cruz, she lives in Oakland. See www.lisabmusic.com.

 

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