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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 lives and works in Berkeley, CA.  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 watercolor and acrylic remain her primary media.  Over the years she has worked in ceramics, various textile arts, photography, monoprint, and collage. Sandi’s art training continued through high school and college.  She completed coursework at Pomona College and Scripps College in Southern California, and at UCSF Extension, and CCAC in Oakland.  In addition she has studied with artists in the Bay Area, including Ann Baldwin, Tesia Blackburn, Kathleen Brennan and Judy Greenberg.  Sandi participates regularly in juried exhibitions at the Marin Society of Artists, the California Watercolor Association, Valley Art Center and the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  She has had half a dozen solo exhibitions in the Bay Area, and won awards for her work. Current work is divided between  representational watercolors, (often using her own travel photography as inspiration), and abstract layering and collage, done in acrylic.  “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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Mark and Liz Aneloski

Mark and Liz Aneloski both grew up in the Bay Area; true California natives. Mark's love of woodworking and metalworking began in middle school shop classes where he learned the Mr. Handy skills that started him on his creative journey. Liz's love of all things creative began in high school art and jewelry classes. She is also a quilt maker and has written numerous books on the subject. Mark and Liz love going to flea markets, scrap yards, yard sales, reuse outlets, and anywhere they can find beautiful rusty treasures they can give new life. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

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Mari Bailey

Mari Bailey grew up in Hawaii in a houseful of music and pets and books. But it wasn't until I was in Junior High and fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh's work that I knew I was meant to create. I studied art at The University of Hawaii, and was accepted into three juried shows while there. I eventually moved to California where I earned my BA in Creative Arts with a minor in writing from San Jose State. I'd been selling my crafts since the 70s but in 1985 sold my first short story to a magazine. This was eventually followed by fifty more plus three novels. I still write freelance for newspapers and various other writing jobs and I still sell crafts at bazaars and on line. Eventually my art turned towards collages and shadowboxes. Visit my etsy store: etsy.com/shop/maribailey. I still like music, preferably The Beatles, and live with the world's best boyfriend, four cats and two bunnies.

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Georgia and Paul Bassen
Underwater Photography

Georgia Bassen works and exhibits in many genres: painting, photography, sculpture, and jewelry.  While teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she worked through their entire studio arts program, going on to get an MFA in sculpture from San Francisco State in 1991.  Since then she has worked large: designing and building sets for the Cal State Opera Worshop; small: making jewelry in precious metal clay with Hadar Jacobson; and digitally. Presently she focuses on jewelry and digital art. "The  interaction with the material working with metal clay balances nicely with working virtually, and both have the lure of endless possibilities to be explored."

Paul Bassen grew up in Boston. From the age of seven, Paul spent summers fascinated by the life in a magical fresh-water pool in Sharon, Massachusetts. There were frogs there, snakes, and turtles, all emerging from and returning to a mysterious cluster of lily pads on the far side of the pool. This experience led to his working in the Boston Museum of Science and as a nature counselor at camp, and entering college as a biology major. Now retired from teaching philosophy at Cal State East Bay, he still keeps a number of critters in his study.  He and his wife Georgia have been photographing in the kettle ponds of Cape Cod for several years, most recently this September, when they found New England Fall just as wonderful under the water as above.

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Helen Breger

Helen Breger was born in Vienna, Austria, and studied art at the Weiner Gymnasium and Kunstgewerbe Schule when she and her family were forced to flee to Trinidad to escape the Nazis. She is known for her fine art prints and drawings, and as a teacher for many years at the California College of Arts. Together they moved to New York City in 1945 where she continued her art education at the Arts Student League. She worked as an illustrator and designer for both I Magnin doing fashion illustration and for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her favorite assignments were for the book page which was edited by Hogan, where her drawings accompanied book reviews, interviews with authors and poets in the news, and other literary events at the SF State College Poetry Center. Fashion Ads were full page, attention-getting and very dramatic. There were no photographs used at that time. Her teaching career began at the California college of Arts and Crafts in 1959 where she taught drawing and was a tenured professor until 1987, She also taught at other arts schools in the bay area: University of California, Berkeley, in the Environmental Design Department; San Francisco Art Institute, where she taught drawing and design; printmaking at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco and Sonoma State University; and part-time at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibits, private collections and some museum collections.

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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.  This acrylic painting is an homage to Picasso. 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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Deborah Cowan

Deborah Cowan is a Berkeley native who graduated from UCB in 1968.  She has always loved art, and started painting as a teenager, inspired by the Cubists, developing her own individual style with colored inks and paper.  All mediums have appealed to her, and she has taken classes in landscape design, glass fusing, ceramics, weaving, silversmithing, and African art. She lived overseas for many years, and traveled through Africa, India, and the Middle East, where she became entranced with the power and beauty of traditional and tribal jewelry design.  She studied jewelry making in Israel with a Yemenite master jeweler, and much later, in Oakland, with Peter Oswalt.  After retiring from teaching, she has concentrated on hand-fabricated silver jewelry, inspired by the designs of traditional cultures.  Deborah is showing her work for the first time at Expressions Gallery.  She feels that the fabrication and wearing of jewelry, throughout history, is not only and expression of wealth and status, but more essentially, as in tribal cultures, reflects and symbolizes the connection between a people and their environment.  Her website is deborahcowanjewelry.com

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Jaren Dahlstrom

Jaren Dahlstrom currently lives in Vallejo, CA in the East Bay. He started studying art when he was 12 years old.  He received an AA Degree in art at Contra Costa College in 1965, and continued his education at Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts and Hayward State University. He operated an award winning design firm in San Francisco for 30+ years.  Jaren has had one person exhibitions at Villa Montalvo, the Littman Gallery at the University of Portland, and Sierra Arts. He has been in numerous group shows throughout the United States including the Oakland Museum.  He shows regularly and is in collections throughout the United States.   The paintings are all based on reflections on water created from his digital photographs, which are then altered by increasing saturation and other changes until the final image emerges and is painted.  The image is transferred to the panel or canvas and then painted.  As he says: “Whether it is a canal boat in Venice, Italy, a pier or outboard motor at local marina these objects capture a moment in time,  when light and water fuse to form an illusion of reality, transitory and more intense than the real.


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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 )

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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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Rohilah Guy

Rohilah Guy is an abstract expressionist artist who creates works with acrylics, pastels, watercolors, collage, and sumi-e. She is interested in color, light, shadow, movement, and reflections. She also has a background in textile arts – weaving, batik and clothing design. Rohilah has become involved in photography, composing all shots in the camera itself. Over the years, she has been influenced and helped by many. She continues to study, explore and expand her craft and her work.

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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 B.A. and M.S.W. at UC Berkeley. After 21 years as a juvenile probation officer, she retired in 1994 to pursue her lifelong 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 turned to oil 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 aerial views of landscapes, or the graceful rounded shapes of rivers or plant forms. And she is drawn to rich color combinations – bright tropical hues like those she might find in the ornamental design of a tribal costume. Her brightly colored oil paintings are sometimes inspired from photos taken during her travels or they just spring from her imagination. 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 is on display year-round in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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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 lives in South Berkeley. She has loved viewing and creating art since she was a child.  She has a degree from California College of the Arts in Textiles. In addition to her hand painted and printed fabric pieces, Melanie has ventured into the digital realm with her photographic, video and image transfer work. In this exhibit, she is showing her work on Italian Charm Bracelets and a mother of pearl photo pendant. The 18mm charms on the bracelets or the mother of pearl pendants feature her work or can be custom made to feature your photographs or artwork. Melanie has a collection of seven works of digital art in the corporate collection of Lifescan in Milpitas. She has been the featured artist in several corporate lobby exhibits curated by William Torphy, an art consultant. Melanie is currently inspired by the hummingbirds in her backyard that have provided lots of opportunities to photograph them when they are sitting in a tree, feasting on flower nectar, or playing in the fountain. She also ventures into the field to photograph hummingbirds in other Bay Area locations.

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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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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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Angela Johal

Angela Johal is a Bay Area artist who resides in the Livermore Valley where she serves on the Livermore Commission For the Arts, participates in regional and national art shows & galleries, is an arts activist, art show judge & art instructor.  “Full Bloom”, painted in oil, is symbolic of a girl’s birth into womanhood. The older woman’s dress bears empty lily pads. Her spiraling hair & flowing waters on her shawl breathes life through her hands which she places onto the younger female’s shoulder. The bird-like pattern made of pomegranate seeds on her sari may suggest freedom & fertility. Her life before her appears as infinite as the stars on her dress. Water flows to and from the lower portion of her dress where leaves spring forth clusters of zinnias which bloom abundantly around her & also from the soil-like sections of her hair. She is passive & her eyes are closed to reveal butterfly shapes on her lids which might suggest her new-found but perhaps fleeting freedom. The henna designs on her hands suggest that this is her wedding day.

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Suzanna Klein

Suzanna Klein has been living in the East Bay for years. She was born and raised on the East Coast. She graduated Goucher College in 1966 and then studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 1968-69. She was employed as biological illustrator through the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut; she illustrated Womenfolk and Fairytales, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1975. In 1976-9 she worked, at Faunus Furniture, Berkeley. She has been in various small shows and open studios. Suzanna studied with Roland Worthington and did many paintings in acrylics and oils, made small plaster objects and recently completed a ten year stint of digital painting. Working on the computer awakened her desire to make "hands-on" projects; this has led her into fabric work...weaving and most recently needle-felting. She is experimenting with converting her digital images into a softer, felty medium.

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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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Mary Lanza

Mary Lanza currently lives in Oakland California where she was born and raised. She became interested in collage art at an early age. For many years she shared her talent with friends and family who encouraged her to sell her work rather than give it away. Although she did not have any formal training she found herself creating collage after collage and showing her work in cafes throughout the bay area. Mary, inspired by her love of vintage magazines, found herself creating collages from popular magazine from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. By creating these collages she feels she is creating scenes and scenarios for her viewers to reminisce. Her belief is that the viewer would recognize images from their past but by seeing them in the context she creates, the images seem new and fresh again. She decided to join the Oakland Art Association in 2001 in order to share her work with the public. Her collage art has been shown and sold in banks, cafes, and retirement homes throughout the bay area.

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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 Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she was Treasurer.

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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 was a Member 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 are my favorite and best mediums. At the beginning of 2000, he states: “ I was inspired by the dot paintings of the Australian Aboriginals, somewhat similar to Seurat’s pointillism, using dots of acrylic paint to build texture.” For ten years, he focused on dot painting and then discovered the color combinations that create 3-D seen with 3-D glasses. Many of his dot paintings created during the 10 years period were 3-D, he discovered as he just happened to use colors that create the 3-D effect without realizing it. Most of his work now is in 3-D deliberately. Another interest has been in fun projects decorating hats using fabric paint and making fun clocks and masks.

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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 University of New Mexico New Music Festival brochure cover painting and several classical music CD cover pictures for the Berkeley CD label Music.

 

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Victor Mavedzenge

Victor Mavedzenge lives in Oakland, CA. He was born in Zimbabwe. Art became a favorite pass-time for Victor from an early age: when at the age of 6, his mother asked him to draw a picture of his father. Victor studied for his Masters in fine art degree at University College London’s Slade School of Fine Art. Victor works in mixed media combined with oil or acrylic paint. The work on show here is made from coffee grounds and found objects. This is inspired by a desire to use material to its fullest potential without waste. Over the past four years, he has received: Canon Collins Scholarships for Southern Africa – 2009; Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship- 2009; and, Chelsea Arts Club, London, Honorary Membership, 2009. The artist states: “My work is constantly morphing in response to my environment. If I am not working with found objects, then I am painting abstract compositions from the multitude of influences everyday life offers. I consider myself a very free spirit when it comes to art, I break a lot of rules — the underlying theme is freedom.”

 

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Joanie Mitchell

Joanie Mitchell was born in Ohio and educated in New York and London. She has had a traveler’s life and as she went about, she drew the world. She writes of her art: “I was the master of the quick sketch and with a few lines I captured the markets and temples of India, Balinese ceremonies, the rainforest of Hawaii and Peru. And when I came to long for color, I found the art of batik painting. I found batik, or batik found me. It was in a little Balinese guesthouse that I first saw the dye spreading to meet the golden lines of wax, and I was determined to learn all about it. I started to study in Java with Umar Hassidin in the batik city of Solo, Java, and continued my work at the studio of master batik painter, Ketut Sujana, in Ubud, Bali. For fifteen years I have created batik in Ketut’s studio. I also made oil paintings and continued to follow my original passion for line drawing.” Joanie has exhibited in Bali, Hawaii and Northern California and her work has appeared in magazines and books, including several collections of drawings and writing for the SEVA Foundation.

 

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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 grew up in New York City immersed in many of the arts: theatre, dance, voice, and painting. She studied dance with Marha Graham and Maria Tallchief; performed as an actress at The New School in Greenwich Village and Off-Broadway, as well as majoring in theatre at Hunter College. She studied art in N.Y.C., visiting the many museums over in the Bay Area. Having taught and lived on five continents, her sensibilities are multicultural. She has practiced her art in Seville, Spain; Guanajuato, Mexico; and most extensively in Florence, Italy. Currently residing in Berkeley, CA, her paintings have received awards in numerous venues. Some artists she most admires include Caravaggio, Turner, Sergeant, and most of the Impressionists. She enjoys creating different moods in her painting, as well as the joy of working with color. Working largely in watercolor, she also works in pastel and mixed media and experimental media. One of her stated goals in art is to find the magic in ordinary things, and to create art that evokes in the viewer a personal interpretation.

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Rose Moore

Rose Moore was born in Nashville, TN and majored in Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota where she grew up.  After marrying fine art painter Joso Vidal of Barcelona Spain in 2005 she launched her line of hand painted natural shell jewelry.  She currently makes her home in various locales, the Mission District of San Francisco being one.  An avid traveler and one time recording artist, Rose draws her inspiration for her painting from nature.  She says:  "I find the intrinsic beauty of nature to be a key element in what allows me to create.  Light and texture influence my choice of colors whether painting flowers or abstracts.  Working with mother of pearl shell is especially captivating as it possesses its own natural light.  The bend of curve of every shell in its pristine state is of itself a work of art."

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Joanie Murphy

Joanie Murphy currently lives in Vallejo, and was born and raised in Oakland. She first became interested in art while in grammar school and received a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University where she served as a Gallery Attendant/Intern. Her painting is most influenced by the Impressionists. In the world of photography she has always admired the Weston family. Joanie also works in ceramics. The two works she is presenting for this show are an acrylic painting and a watercolor. Previously she has shown her work at various venues through the Oakland Art Association, where she served as both President and Exhibits Coordinator. While exhibiting with OAA she received several awards in juried shows. Joanie has also shown her art with the Benicia Art Association.    

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Danute E. Nitecki

Danute E. Nitecki was born in Lithuania. Her family fled the second Soviet occupation at the end of the Second World War and spent next six years as Displaced Persons in Austria and Germany. In 1950, they immigrated to Chicago, where she attended the University of Chicago, and received Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961. She worked for 20 years in UCSF Medical School doing research in immunochemistry. In 1982, she left UCSF to work on pharmaceutical research in a biotechnology firm. She has over a hundred scientific publications and forty patents and has contributed chapters to several scientific research books. She started drawing and painting for her own amusement in 1987. Since then, her work has been shown in a number of juried art exhibitions and has won awards and ribbons. One of her botanical paintings of Heracleum lanthanum (22x26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition in Oakland Museum. She contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, publisher; J. Gildow, editor, 2002). Her contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil images painted on watercolor backgrounds on sheets of polyester vellum (drafting film). She has always enjoyed painting botanicals with colored pencils (CP), but covering large background areas with CP is very painful, hence the combination of WC/CP on drafting film. Currently she works mostly with watercolor (CP requires very acute vision, which she is losing).

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Vicki Pierpont

Vicki Pierpont was born in California and raised in the Bay Area. She presently lives in the Lamorinda area, where she paints weekly with a group in Walnut Creek and Orinda. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in Art Education. She has always had a deep interest in the arts but only started painting seriously five years ago as a diversion to caring for gravely ill family members. Her primary medium is oil, and she paints a variety of subject matter including the abstract paintings on display. She has work in private collections throughout the greater Bay Area, the wine country, Lake Tahoe, Southern California, and in Coeur D' Alene and Sun Valley, Idaho. She has also displayed her work in galleries in Palm Desert and Soquel, California, and in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a long time resident of Albany.  She began her artist's adventures as a painter, earning a B.A. in art from UC Berkeley. She loved the challenge of painting but felt limited by the medium. She expanded her interests to photography and loved the freedom of being able to produce an image independent of the studio. Although photography allowed for more flexibility she wanted to be able to push the image as she had done in painting. Taking a class in digital printmaking at Berkeley City College she found the perfect means to synthesize the immediacy of photography with the imagination of painting. She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the Albany Arts and Music Festival in 2008 and was named Visual Artist of the Year by the Albany Community Foundation in 2009. Her work has been exhibited around the Bay Area was chosen for shows at the De Young Museum, the Best of the Bay Area 2010 at CSU East Bay and the 33rd Annual Bradley International Print Show in Peoria, IL in 2011.  She continues classes in advanced digital print making at Berkeley City College and is an ongoing member of the BCC Digital Arts Club and a member of the Berkeley City College Arts Council.

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Winthrop Prince

Winthrop Prince has lived in Berkeley for about 30 years. He grew up in the Boston Area and is part of a family of artists. He has drawn since he was a child and always admired artists who had a certain humor to their approach. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Art Academy of San Francisco, and has made a living as an illustrator, a nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist, and a fine artist showing his art at galleries and cafes. Certain artists he admires are: Kay Sage, David Park, Robert Crumb, Moebius, Phillip Guston and Saul Steinberg. He is presently involved  in a graphic novel that aspires  to add an element of fine art to the comic book form.


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John Rhodes

John Rhodes lives in San Francisco. He lived in Illinois , mainly Springfield in his youth and then in his teens he lived in Guadalajara , Mexico . For a while he lived on the beach where Jan Kerouac, the daughter of Jack lived, in a thatched hut next to him. One of the works of art he has at Expressions Gallery has a tribute to period and to Jan. He states:” The 1st chapter of her book "Baby Driver", oddly exactly quotes, without a "he said, she said", their conversations.” He started studying Mysticism, from the age of 12. He states” I tuned myself to the inner world which helped me with my art.” At age 25 he started learning pottery. He worked on and off until 2010 when he decided to perfect his skills in pottery, especially with a process called "Image Transfer". He is also a writer/videographer, He has written 4 books. He has 2.5 years of college without a degree and is mostly self- taught. He was part of "Open Studios" in San Francisco around 1978 and participated in their auction sale. He sold pottery regularly for a year at an art store at Crocker Galleria in S.F. He sold some pottery to Brett Butler the sit-com star during that time. He also works in watercolors and also runs a PEG TV Show. http://rhodespoetry.com.

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Charlene Richter

Charlene Richter currently lives in San Francisco where she was born and raised. Her first adventure into the world of art was when she learned to knit at the age of 5. From there she taught herself how to crochet, sew, weave. spin and dye raw fiber, and then about 6 years ago she moved into the world of jewelry making. Currently she is designing jewelry and multi-pieced silk scarves. The unifying factor in all her work is the essence of color. The artist who has influenced her the most is Kaffee Fassett, who started out as a painter, but who is now working with textiles. She admires his unique sense of mixing different patterns and colors. Artist states, " I love to work with colors,... to watch what happens when you put them next to each other and to make them sing".

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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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Stanford Rose

Stanford Rose was born in Oklahoma, lived in several states, as well as France and Africa, but has lived in Oakland the last forty years.  He graduated from UC Berkeley in philosophy, followed by a year in graduate school.  He is self-taught in photography and digital printing.  He became serious about photography ten years ago at age 60 when he bought a cabin in the northern Sierra.  He states, "Photographing nature has led me to a deeper appreciation of its inexhaustible and intricate beauty…has opened up a new way of viewing the world.”


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Christine M. Rossi

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley California and 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 Oil, 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. Christine’s rich palette of color enhances the subject of interest, which includes mythological, natural and iconic imagery brought together in paintings and collage to tell a specific story or to create living characters within a two dimensional world. Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork displayed on http://www.mesart.com as well as her blog and websitewww.chrisrossiart.com Prints of these works are available upon reservation through this gallery.

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Alfred Smith

Alfred Smith was born and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Alfred has always been interested in art. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and design. He was a graduate assistant to famed Mexican artist, Amelio Amero.. Alfred worked as a graphic artist, art director, and art instructor, while continuing to work on his painting and printmaking. Since his retirement as a Senior Artist from the University of California, he works full time on his personal art. He works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, various drawing materials, and etching and lithography. Alfred has received numerous awards and is included in collections from California to New York, Michigan to Texas.

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Helene Sobol

Helene Sobol was born and grew up in Norway. During her teenage years, her family lived in the outskirts of Paris, exposing her to a different culture with its richness in art and architecture. She was drawn to photography during this time and developed an interest in travel photography. Later, while working for the Norwegian State Department, stationed in Brussels, she met her future husband, Sam Sobol. They subsequently moved to Honolulu, followed by San Francisco where she has resided since 1974. She received her B.A. in Art History from UC Berkeley. She also took photography classes and learned darkroom techniques. In 1979, she opened Images of the North, a gallery specializing in Inuit (Eskimo) art on Union Street in San Francisco. She retired from her gallery in 2004 to pursue her longtime interest in photography. In 2004, she introduced “The Bark Series”, a collection of close ups of tree bark, at the Botanical Garden Library in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. In 2006, she presented “Memories and Moods – Norway Revisited” at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. In 2009, she went on an expedition to Svalbard with National Geographic to photograph polar bears and arctic wildlife. As a member of San Francisco Women Artists, her work is included on a regular basis in their monthly juried exhibitions. She is the co-coordinator of Nordic 5 Arts, a Bay Area organization of artists with Nordic heritage.

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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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Rachel Thoele

 

Rachel Thoele lives in Oakland, CA. She enjoyed an extremely liberal upbringing and was raised in The Haight, Bernal and Mission Districts in San Francisco by the surrealist artist Gwen Thoele. She was surrounded by art and artists throughout her childhood. Encouragedto express herself, she took up the electric bass and has been playing in Bay Area bands since she was sixteen. These include G.O.D., Frightwig, The Mudwimmin, Van Gogh's Daughter, and Sex Is A Witch. Rachel is currently the bass player for the seminal San Francisco punk band Flipper. It wasn't until her mid-twenties that Rachel was able to meet her grandfather Rennie Weber. He was a prolific and talented black-and-white photographer. They were able to bond together through photography. Rennie built Rachel a darkroom using equipment that he had saved from the 1950s. She studied black-and-white photography at San Francisco City College. It was there that she found Gillian Spragens, who taught a Mixed Media Photography class. Spragens introduced her to the process of Polaroid Emulsion Transfers. Rachel created the work in front of you by taking one of her grandfather's photographic slides and transferring the image to a Polaroid print with a Daylab Jr. She then soaked the Polaroid in boiling water until she was able to peel the emulsion off of the Polaroid paper. She then placed the emulsion carefully on the clock and photographed her creation. With this process, she is able to make a digital image more complicated and time consuming than her 35 millimeter black-and-white images ever were. Rachel also shoots bands and other performers.

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Ruby Trauner

 

Ruby Trauner has been living in the Bay Area since 1979.  She grew up in the suburbs of New York City with parents who loved the arts, both visual and performing, and frequently visited museums, attended performances at the theater and ballet  Ruby's interest in drawing took hold in her 20's and has grown exponentially over the years.  She did not attend art school, but began drawing with friends (who modeled for each other) and has taken, over the years, many community drawing classes, using pencil, charcoal and pastels.  For the past 5 years, she has studied pastels with Dorcas Moulton at Merritt College.  Her work has been shown at the annual Show of Merritt and, most recently, at the "Celebration: Illustrating the Successes of Conservation" art show at Tilden Park and the show "When I Grow Up" at the LGBT Center in SF.  The women in "Cousins" represent her deep love and respect for her family of origin, showing the strength of the women in her family and the passion for life they always shared with each other.  Ruby is especially drawn to the colors, intensity and freedom she experiences when drawing with pastels.

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Lawanda Ultan

 

Lawanda Ultan lives in Berkeley California.  She was born Oklahoma, and grew up in California. She became interested in art to express herself. Her brother was the natural artist in the family, and it was his influence that gave her the courage to pursue artistic interests, which ranged from music, to clay, to painting. She traveled in Europe and states: “I saw at first hand the magnificence of Rembrandt, Picasso, and all the painters that touched me, making me hope that I could speak the same language”. She graduated in art from Berkeley, and has taken many workshops and courses. She says: “My statement is stolen from a great poet.  ‘This shaking keeps me steady this I know. I go by going where I have to go.’ "

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Josh Weinstein

 

Josh Weinstein is currently 18 years old and a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor for the past 26 months. He is also an artist that has used oil painting and drawing to help guide his journey through cancer. Currently, he is a student at Cal studying fine art and Molecular Cell Biology. He states that he is passionate about art and science, and wants to combine these in a career as a plastic surgeon. “I think the human body is an aesthetic masterpiece that holds great flexibility as an artistic medium. “Living with a cancer diagnosis was devastating for him emotionally and spiritually. He endured many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in order to bring his cancer to remission. He has exhibited his art for the first time in Berkeley at Zavor $ Moore on Vine Street in a show called “Painting Through Cancer and Beyond” Some of the artworks were painted while he was getting chemotherapy. He states: “This show has been a wonderful start for me as an artist in Berkeley.” He also has skills and passion for working with pen and ink. “I like to work with black and white drawings as a way of representing the quest for inner peace. Black ink represents the dark, strong energy, and the white areas represent peaceful, taming energy.” Two of his paintings are now exhibited at Expressions Gallery also in Berkeley in a show called: Celebration, Exicitement and Joy.


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Liz Wiener

 

Liz Wiener lives in Albany, CA. She arrived here from New York City 15 years ago. Liz began studying art at the museum school of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC when she was 6 years old. She had her own pass to the museum and loved to wander around looking at the art. She was especially drawn to art of Hans Arp and Brancusi.  Liz has an M.F.A. in Film Production from Columbia University and a certificate in Fine Arts from Cooper Union. As an adult artist, she has been influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, Kandinsky, Mark Tobey, graffiti and Japanese prints. Liz was an independent documentary filmmaker in New York City for 10 years and taught film/video at various colleges there. She also taught video and computer art at a magnet elementary school for the arts for several years. Her film about a New York City artist was included the National Film Board of Canada's catalog of films on art.  Her video about teenage graffiti artists was shown on television and received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.  Lately Liz has been concentrating on digital photography and images from nature, manipulated in Photoshop and Lightroom.  Her prints have been shown in several galleries in the Bay area. Liz studies digital printmaking at Berkeley City College and is in love with the artistic possibilities that digital media bring to her work. Her images are influenced by her Buddhist meditation practice.

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Youth Spirit Artworks Artists

 

Youth Spirit Artworks, is a non-profit organization that is passionately
committed to empowering and transforming the lives of at-risk East Bay youth,
ages 16 - 25. Through commercial arts, job training and community art-making,
they are working for positive social change.

Omar Bagent is a 17-year-old youth from East Oakland. He is currently engaged with a job training program at Youth Spirit Artworks. Omar is inspired by the work of Kandinsky. His abstract work consists of broad areas of color and well thought out lines. But unlike Kandinsky, Omar’s paintings incorporate gentle diagonals.

Tiphereth Banks is a young artist from Oakland. She works primarily in acrylic paint. Her work has a decorative substance to it. Using stylized figures and a subtley textured approach, she paints abstract compositions as well as portraits. Her father, Douglas Banks, inspires her through his work with tessellations. Tiphereth has exhibited at Rock Paper Scissors in a group show in 2011. She is currently working at Youth Spirit Artworks as a Junior Artist.

Angie Burkley is an 18-year-old youth from Oakland. Currently taking her college studies, she embraces art as a form of self expression as well as a hobby. Her art is inspired by the world around her and her medium. Angie enjoys working with abstract compositions that utilize the power of color and texture.

Roberto Burkley is originally from Springfield, OR. He is currently living and studying in Berkeley, CA. At 17 years of age, Roberto is inspired by the work of Picasso. He also enjoys listening to music. His abstract work with arrows is very significant to him as he says it symbolizes a time in his life when he has to choose a direction. Roberto works with Youth Spirit Artworks during the summer when he has more time on his hands.

Marsean Dunham is a young artist from Berkeley California. He works in acrylic paint, linocut, screen printing and photoshop. Marsean is also a poet and a youth leader at Youth Spirit Artworks. He has exhibited at Rock Paper Scissors in a group show in 2011 and The John Burton Foundation fund raising event in 2011. As a poet, he has performed at several Non-violence training workshops.

Toryanna Finley is a 17-year-old artist from Richmond, California. She became interested in art after watching her best friend paint. Toryanna paints in acrylic paint. Her work is influenced by the French artist Henri Matisse. Approaching the canvas with large areas of flat color, her work exudes a mysterious yet calm feeling. Work in this exhibit is done in acrylic on canvas. She is currently working at Youth Spirit Artworks as a Junior Artist.

Monae Holmes is a 16-year-old youth from Berkeley. She is currently studying in high school. Monae enjoys working with color and line. Her work is cheerful and bright. She recently started working with Youth Spirit Artworks in the summer program.

Jasmain Johnson is a young artist from Oakland, CA. She works in acrylic paint. As she puts it, “I paint my dreams and hopes. Art is therapy for me.” She is currently a youth leader at Youth Spirit Artworks.

Adonis Pollard is a young artist from Compton. He is currently living in Berkeley California where he is studying and working at Youth Spirit Artworks as a Store Manager and Junior Art. Adonis recently started exploring the world of art and has grown exponentially in skill and approach. His work is characterized by gently painted landscapes and also an abstract style that echoes that of Jackson Pollock’s splatters and drip splash. Adonis has exhibited at Rock Paper Scissors in a group show in 2011.

Lenaya Roden is a 17-year-old youth from Oakland. She is currently studying in high school. Her art is inspired chiefly by her mother who is also an artist. Lenaya also enjoys writing stories and creating drawings of the characters and scenes in the stories. She works with Youth Spirit Artworks during summer when she has more time.

Allegra Thelamaque is an 18-year-old artist from Berkeley, CA. She enjoys drawing subjects around her. She is an avid photographer who also works from the photographs she takes. Allegra is inspired by artists such as Monet. Her connection with Youth Spirit Artworks began in the summer of 2012, she has been a regular participant of the job training program since then

Cole Wright is a young artist born in East Oakland. During his high school years, he became interested in Graffiti Art. Joining Youth Spirit Artworks in 2011, Cole started working on canvas in his “ graffiti style.” Work in this exhibit is done in acrylic on canvas. He is currently working at Youth Spirit Artworks as an Aspirant.

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Sallie Hanna-Rhyne

Sallie Hanna-Rhyne was born in Brooklyn and received a B.S. at Brooklyn College. After traveling in Europe she came to live in San Francisco where she earned an Elementary Teaching Credential at S.F. State. Music, playing the piano, was always a part of her life and became more important as time went on. She played in a women's rock band, "The Ways of Meringue", and a Latin-funk band "East Bay Mud" before falling in love with jazz. She played in various Big Bands before settling in on the "Jazz Express", a loose conglomeration of friends who play jazz standards. She is very happy earning a living as a piano teacher.

 

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Dave Topham

Dave Topham was born in a small town in Massachusetts. The zig-zag path to his current residence in Livermore has given him the opportunity to live in many areas of the U.S. and to experience the culture in cosmopolitan cities as well as the countryside and suburbia. From the beginning, music was the artistic expression that most captivated him. The classic scene of the kid glued to the radio to hear big-bands play was a reality for Dave! Although he tried several of the traditional formal methods of learning music (i.e. private instruction, music schools, etc.), it is really on-the-job training that most inspired him to continue his exploration of jazz and other improvised music. This kind of music that is created in real time is the most satisfying and allows influences from classical, folk, and world music to be blended in any way that is meaningful. He especially loves the songs from the American musicals and their great composers. Besides playing trumpet at art galleries (his favorite venue because of the inspirational surroundings), he plays regularly with local bands such as the Golden Gate Park Band in SF.

 

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Julia Vinograd

Julia Vinograd is a Berkeley street poet, a bohemian lady known the world over for her Telegraph Avenue promenades, blowing bubbles and spreading peace. Julia received a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has published over 44 books of poetry, and has won the American Book Award of The Before Columbus Foundation. She is Berkeley’s all-but-official Poet Laureate: the mayor gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award. But she is much more than just a street poet: this very wise woman uses the urban scene, from tourists to homeless people, as a window on humanity (and sometimes inhumanity). JuliaVinograd.com.

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Larry Chrispyn

Larry Chrispyn started writing poetry in Graduate School, the same hour that he started Zen. He states he is a fanatic about fitness and has been exercising daily for 27 years. He studied the healing uses of herbs for 38 years. He has attended the following schools: Purdue, Indiana, West Georgia, Princeton and more. He taught humanistic psychology at a state university in New Jersey for 2 years. He took early retirement from the Post Office where he worked nights as an expediter. As a full time poet his themes include humor, animals, (Dogs, Cheetahs, Hawks, etc) and his Dad, growing up in Indiana, Nature, Runners, Passions, Infatuations and lost love. He is considered a Lyric Poet but less than 40% of his poems rhyme. He has traveled four continents, 31 Countries, 49 States and crossed the USA 59 times. Since 2003 he has finished 1800 books mainly on CD. He is active in nearly 100 Poetry events a year. Christina Hutchins has influenced his poetry more than any Poet living or dead, he states.

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Evelyn A. So

Evelyn A. So is a native of New Jersey. Her recent publications include Caesura, Reed Magazine, Red Wheelbarrow (National Edition), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here now out from PM Press. She has been featured in a number of readings and literary events, most recently in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she is excited about reading for Expressions Gallery.

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Dana St. George

Dana St. George was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 40's, She grew up in a small town very similar to Lake Wobegon (of the Prairie Home Companion). She liked to read and she had a pony. She attended Macalester College for one year, then earned a B.A. in English Lit in 1968 from the University of Minnesota. During this time she supported herself by doing various jobs, and managed to spend four winters in Mexico , living on a dairy ranch. In 1969 she moved to Los Angeles, worked in an international export company and met her future husband, a nuclear physicist, while hiking in Death Valley. They moved to Northern Germany in 1971, then Geneva, Switzerland and Haut Thoiry, France. She was employed for a time at the United Nations, in GATT. Her son was born, and they returned to the USA in 1977. They lived for about five years in Ipswich, Massachusetts, subsequently moving to the Bay Area in 1981, where her daughter was born. She earned an M.S.W. at San Jose State and worked in crisis counseling and for the County of Santa Clara for about ten years. Since 1997 she has been teaching English as a Second Language at the Palo Alto Adult School, and she played accordion with the Peninsula Raging Grannies for about six years. (A project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.) Her hobbies are reading, especially mysteries written by women, occasionally writing poems or letters to the editor, growing vegetables, playing the piano, needling her techie partner about electronic devices, and pondering the eternal verities.


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Janell Moon

Janell Moon is the new and first Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. 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 Red Wheel/Weiser, The Prayer Box by Red Wheel/Weiser, and How to Pray Without Being Religious (Elements, Harper Collins, UK). 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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Jennifer Arin 

Jennifer Arin was born and raised in New York, worked for four years in France, and has lived for many years now in San Francisco.  Her poetry and essays have been published in both the U.S. and Europe, including in The AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Virgin Atlantic Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Gastronomica, Puerto del SolPoet LoreZYZZYVALucero, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among many others.  She also has done poetry segments for the television programs Henry’s Garden andKRON 4 Weekend Morning News (KRON-TV, San Francisco). Arin’s awards include a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a PEN Writer's Fund grant, Poets & Writers’ Writers-On-Site residency, a Robert Browning award, three Prix Poésie de Paris Ouest, and funding from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for collaborative research for, and editing of, a book about Spain’s Civil War. She teaches in the English Department at San Francisco State University.

 

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