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Artist Biographies -
The Best is Yet to Come
October 26, 2013 - January 17, 2014

Artists

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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 paints in Berkeley, CA. The piece in this show, “WAVES”, is a collage utilizing various textured and colored papers with acrylic paint. It is part of a series of abstract paintings about nature and the sea. Sandi shows her work regularly at the Marin Society of Artists, the Frank Bette Center in Alameda, and Expressions Gallery in Berkeley. She has had eight solo shows in various venues in the Bay Area, and has won a number of awards in juried competitions. In addition to abstract painting in acrylic, Sandi does representational watercolors from her own photography, and combines media in collages. “I derive a great deal of satisfaction from my art work, and hope to keep expanding my repertoire, and developing more skill at capturing the essence of my subject matter. Color inspires and motivates my work.”

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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 she was in junior high school and fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh's work that she knew she was meant to create. Mari studied art at The University of Hawaii, and was accepted into three juried shows while there. She eventually moved to California where she earned a BA in Creative Arts with a minor in writing from San Jose State. She had been selling crafts since the 1970s but in 1985 sold her first short story to a magazine. This was eventually followed by fifty more, plus three novels. She still writes freelance for newspapers and various other writing jobs and still sells crafts at bazaars and online. Eventually her art turned towards collages and shadowboxes. Mari still likes music, preferably The Beatles, and lives with the world's best boyfriend, four cats and two bunnies.

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Tiphereth Banks

Tiphereth Banks was born in the Bay Area and lives in El Cerrito, CA. Since High School, she has been involved in numerous art projects which include, murals, commissions and design. She has won contests in High School and most recently at her Job training program (Youth SPirit Artworks) for a t-shirt design. Tiphereth has been interested in art since elementary school. She works in acrylic, pencil and marker. Photography has become an interest for her of late. She hopes to own a clothing line and boutique in the Bay area. “A vision without execution is hallucination” -Thomas Edison

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Binns Bassen works and exhibits in many genres: painting, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. While teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she worked through their studio arts program in painting, sculpture, and ceramics, going on to an MFA in sculpture from San Francisco State in 1991. Since then she has worked large: as the set designer for the Cal State Opera Workshop; small: making jewelry in metal clay with Hadar Jacobson; and underwater: photographing off Belize and in the kettle ponds of Cape Cod. She returns as often as possible to the highlands of Michoacan, a favorite place to be and to paint.

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Paul Bassen

Paul Bassen would be called a retired philosopher, if that made any sense. He has been pursuing serious photography for 50 years, trying to get better at it. In the last ten years or so his interest has turned to underwater photography, at reefs and in certain freshwater ponds. He has associated with a number of dedicated artists, beginning with his wife Georgia and his step-daughter Kathy. He thinks Georgia’s kind of vision influenced this photograph, except for its normally missed dark note. "The shot shows our friend Mark and his son Jacob on the coast of Wales."

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Sheila Biddle

Sheila Biddle resides in the El Cerrito hills and was raised in rural Tennessee by a family of artists. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art from UC Berkeley, class of 2007. Cindy Sherman, Lee Friedlander, Mark Rothko, and Van Gogh are her inspirations. Abstract oil on canvas is her medium of choice. Artist states: "abstract painting is like classical music, freed from the limitations of lyrics, paint can be liberated from the confines of reality."


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Carol Jones Brown

Carol Jones Brown began her painting career in oils, but later switched to acrylics and mixed media. She has a BS degree in journalism and a teaching certificate for adult school in fine art, crafts and communications. She taught art classes at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, then 30 plus years with the Hayward Adult School. .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 vibrant in color, fun and exciting—a surprise for me and those who view my art. Some-times I attack my empty canvases with globs of acrylic paint in brilliant hues, dancing my brushes around the canvas for a challenging start.” Or she may add collage and interesting textures to discover a new direction. Her works are magical, stirring and exciting and Expressions Gallery is proud to present her work as part of this 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.  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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Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter lives in the East Bay.  He works in various mediums: ceramics, 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, silkscreen, advertising art, and art history); at  San Francisco State (advanced drawing, metal arts, film, advanced ceramics, and Raku); and, at Merritt College (advanced ceramics).  He continues his studies and is very close to a degree in art.  He was hired as part of the college staff, firing for one class and helping students as a mentor.  With a Raku kiln given to him by a teacher and a small kiln that he purchased, the artist started doing his work from home, selling his ceramics on Telegraph Avenue, at street fairs, and in art galleries. As a member of the Richmond Art Center since 2003, he had one of his pieces displayed with the featured artist during his first year of membership.  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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Eric Oliver Emerson Jr.

Eric Oliver Emerson Jr. currently lives in San Lorenzo, California. Though he is a Bay Area native, he grew up in Tuscon Arizona. Since elementary school he was always interested in art but was not prepared to take it seriously. He was discouraged from art after failing an A.P studio art class during his sophomore year because he lacked painting skills. Inspired by Floyd Cooper and Shepard Fairey’s work, he decided to teach himself how to paint in acrylic. Eric has been painting for a year and a half and hopes his art inspires viewers and gets him through art school.

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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 six.  She took up painting while attending her first 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 and artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater.  She returned to Berkeley to further her studies and became the head costume designer for a dance company.  She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB, receiving a fine arts credential. Marge continued her studies, receiving a B.A. in 1982 from New College.  She began to exhibit her ceramic sculpture in the community.  While studying ceramics at CAL State, she exhibited in shows there.  She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She was an artist-in-residence with the Berkeley Arts Center and the Oakland Museum.  She studied art in London and Hawaii.  She exhibited ceramic sculpture, painting, and photography in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda.  She received several artist grants from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she studied photography and photographic processes.  Along with sculpture and painting, her photographs were exhibited in two one-woman shows.

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Ellie Fidler

Ellie Fidler is a textile and pattern designer, designing fabric for over 20 years, including large scale tapestries for major corporations nationally and internationally including Hyatt Hotel, TV Guide Headquarters and State of California. From Toronto Canada, now living in Berkeley, she has an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts and has studied at York University in Toronto. Ellie finds inspiration in music, wildlife and flowers, the beach, and even her dogs. She starts with sketches and hand-drawn pen-and-ink drawings which are then colored and composed digitally to create patterns and prints. This print, Hibiscus, Palm, Parakeet, is from one of her series of pen-and-ink paintings inspired by the tropical gardens and colors of Mexico. She enjoys working with architects and interior designers for custom projects and is available for commissions. See her website for more information: www.EllieFidler.com 

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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 and jetsam that would become rearranged by time, tide, and weather.  Participating in the long-term process of building and observing the progress of disintegrating beach installations has been a lifelong interest. Although she trained in ceramics at university, Fox spent 32 years in the field of design and construction using the sewing machine – at various times employed making Art to Wear clothing; costumes for theater, dance, opera, and 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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Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon was born in Montreal, Canada of mixed blood heritage which includes her French Canadian, Japanese and Native American ancestry. Both of her parents were actively involved in the arts, and she was surrounded by art in its many forms from an early age. Officially, Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, honors in Graphic design from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and is also a photographer, painter and multimedia artist. She strongly believes in the healing potential of visual art, and many of her creations reflect her deep love of nature and humanity. She recently arrived to Berkeley and began exploring the digital arts and especially photo composite work. On view are 3 photographs of the Dragon Tree. Officially known as Dracaena Draco, this prehistoric tree survived the Ice Age and can be found mainly in the Canary Islands, Spain. A protected species there, some trees are estimated to be 500-600 years old. For many years, Gagnon photographed these trees while in Spain, exploring the many facets of this fascinating species. She has an extensive portfolio and is currently working on her first photography book on these unique trees. www.erikagagnon.com info@erikagagnon.com

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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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Daniel Gautier

Daniel Gautier was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He received his B.A. from Duke University, and his M.F.A. from Florida State University. Mr. Gautier has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay area for over twenty years. His current acrylic painting series, termed the Ideograms, attempts to capture the essence of various mythic archetypes and philosophical or mystical ideas. These works draw upon concepts from various philosophical, religious and symbolic traditions. The paintings have been shaped by diverse visual influences - Buddhist tankas, stained glass windows, Hindu mandalas, illuminated miniatures, as well as by that tradition of Idealist Art which was practiced by the Platonic artists of the High Renaissance (Botticelli, Durer, Raphael), continuing through the European Symbolists (Blake, Moreau, Delville, Kandinsky, Kupka) and Surrealists (Ernst, Matta, Dali). There is much cross-pollination between Mr. Gautier’s artworks, some of the paintings having direct ties to his books and musical compositions. Mr. Gautier has written a book, entitled Songs of Creation, which serves as a companion piece to the Ideograms, providing a poem and commentary to accompany each painting.

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Janet Gawthrop

Janet Gawthrop lived in Oakland for 19, even longer than 17 years spent growing up in northern Indiana. Her mother and sister both painted as a hobby, and she first became interested in art while watching them paint. Her early curiosity in oil paint did not last past her freshman year in high school, because of the many restrictions imposed by turpentine and cleaning pigments. She never looked back at oil after discovering tube water colors produced richer colors, superior to those faded results from her childhood pan watercolors. She discovered Chinese brushes, ink, and calligraphy all in the early 1980's while studying at Chinese University of Hong Kong, also in Taipei Taiwan, best described as informal education by kind local college students, some calligraphy in Chinese language classes, and cultural immersion. She did not start exhibiting until she resumed formal training at Berkeley City College (then Vista College) in 1984, and her study with Chandra Garsson introduced her to acrylics as both a painting and sculpture medium. Most recently, she learned photocopy transfer, Photoshop at Kala Institute. After her first solo show at the UCLA student gallery in 1985, she exhibited at cafes in west LA and Santa Monica, Berkeley and San Francisco in the early 1990s. She continues to enjoy mixing western watercolors with Chinese brushes and ink, which contain many possibilities besides the traditional monochrome ink landscapes.

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Dean Gustafson

Dean Gustafson is a local artist currently residing in the east bay, who first moved to the San Francisco bay area in 1984 from Minneapolis. Education includes attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I currently work as an educator of Art History and Digital Tools. Work in this show includes landscapes from an eclectic output of oil paintings. A love for nature and culture is an interest that fuels much of my artwork, and is reflected in the paintings chosen for this particular show. He states: “I like to reflect upon a phrase heard many years ago: “Paint ‘til you ain’t!”

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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 reflection.  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 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 almost every winter. More recently she has turned to oil painting. She is a frequent world traveler. During her travels to third world countries, she takes photos, which are later used for inspiration in painting. She searches out vibrant scenes when traveling and tries to translate the mystery and sparkle of the scene into a painting. In the past she has focused on vistas and landscape. More recently she includes people of the local culture into the scenes, engaged in their everyday activities. She especially enjoys trying to capture the charm and lively colors of indigenous peoples onto canvas. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several art galleries in the Bay Area and in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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Graham Haught

Graham Haught was born in Fresno, CA in 1990 where he spent long summer days involved in absurd art projects, such as formulating a suburban rap posse, starting a pop-French band, spray-painting a stencil of his high school Honor’s Chemistry teacher’s face around the city, and reading all of Hemingway’s work before 11th grade. Graham involved himself in the artistic outlets Fresno had to provide, such as the Summer Arts Program at Fresno State, where he learned figure painting from visiting Italian professors. However, most of Graham’s training in the arts occurred during school when he and his friends would draw rather than pay attention in class. These comic-book type contour drawings of people in their classes, along with misplaced figures from pop culture, banal nudity, and anthropomorphic dinosaurs that made fun of their teachers informed his early work. Graham decided to pursue literature and creative writing at UC Berkeley rather than attend an art school to study painting (which was his long intention). Graham aspires to be a writer, illustrator/painter, filmmaker, and be involved in the tech-industry in some way. Key figures that influence Graham’s work are John Bankston’s figures and movement, Jenny Saville’s visceral nature, Ezra Pound, Roberto Bolaño, Egon Schiele, James Ensor’s drawings, Liu Xiaodong, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Rabelais, E.M. Cioran, Ford Madox Ford, and John Sonsini. Graham’s artistic intention is for his work to pose a close examination on all the structures we are conditioned within, question their nature, and glorify in all of their inherent and acute absurdity. In this exhibition he is using only paper, pen, and watercolor.

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Bruce Heppler

Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley in 1955 (Kaiser).  He graduated from Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at the 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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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 1970s.  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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Angela F. Hunkler

Angela F. Hunkler is a native of North Dakota who relocated to Berkeley, California after completing her art degree at Minot State University North Dakota. For more than 20 years she has worked to integrate her landscape design interests with her painting. Angela began exhibiting publicly in June 1998 and has had works on show from the San Francisco Bay Area to Fargo, N.D. and New Orleans. Angela does watercolors, and she also works in acrylics, pastels, pen, ink and oils. She has facilitated art grief groups in Berkeley and San Francisco for the last 12 years, using various modes of creative expression. To support this work, Angela has studied art grief therapy at UC Berkeley Extension and John F. Kennedy University. Angela recently retired from a 19+ year career at UC Berkeley in order to join her partner’s law practice as a paralegal.

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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 B.F.A. in Pictorial Art from San Jose State University in 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, San Jose, May 28th-June 12th, 2010; Alameda County Fair Juried Exhibit, June 30-July 11, 2010; Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA, June 28-July 24, 2010; Phantom Galleries; 2cc Gallery, Tesserae exhibit, September 4-October 3, 2010; Mystic Art Center, CT, Art in Pieces, October 1-November 13, 2010; Art and Soul Gallery, Burlingame, CA, September-November 2010; Tesserae Tile and Stone Gallery, Gloucester, MA, October-November 2010; Silver Circle Studio and Gallery, CT, Reasonable and seasonable exhibit, November-December 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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Richard Kane

Richard Kane has lived in the Bay Area since 1975, first San Francisco, then Oakland since 1990. He grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. He has been doing various art forms since the crayons and finger paint of kindergarten, including drawing, airbrush/spray-paint, poetry, and cooking; with a current passion for masks of man made materials and Poetry. He participated in art workshops with the Walker art center in Minneapolis in High School, attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Laney College in Oakland. He has a certificate in culinary arts from San Francisco Community College [now part of S.F. City College]. He made and sold locally note cards done with airbrush and spray paint using found objects as templates in the 1980’s. He displayed locally in the 1980’s and 90’s and has been doing local shows the past year. Artist states: With this art form I consider myself part of an ancient tradition of mask making using the materials at hand, I just happen to have very different material at hand. I see the face of humanity in everything we make; I love to find things and I hate to see interesting things go to waste.

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Joanna Katz

Joanna Katz, a long-time resident of Berkeley, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of a college professor and a poetess. Her early years were spent on the East Coast, and her teens in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During these formative times, with the encouragement of her mother, Joanna withdrew from the intellectual and verbal ways of her family to the visual. While working for a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Joanna became convinced of the importance of becoming comfortable with the techniques of realistic representation as a foundation on which to build. As the years passed, she has used that foundation for interpreting many different subjects in many media, sometimes combining media. Of her piece in The Best Is Yet To Come show, Joanna says, “I was experimenting with not framing a watercolor with a conventional frame. I took a watercolor I wasn’t too fond of, glued it onto canvas, and surrounded it with the twigs and burrs you might find on the ground in a woodsy place. Then I was intrigued by a fierce raptor bird I saw online, painted a watercolor of that, cut it out and glued it to my developing collage. The finishing touch was to strip frame the work in light wood matching some of the tones in the original watercolor. I called this piece, which became more mysterious as it evolved, “Textures From Untamed Places.”

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Coral Lambert

Coral Lambert, currently living in the U.S., was born and raised in England and studied at Central School of Art, London, Canterbury College of Art, Kent, and received her M.F.A. 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 during 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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Silvia Ledezma

Silvia Ledezma was born in San Francisco, California, lived and travel throughout Mexico. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds an M.A.in Design / Visual Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. The artist attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland California and received a B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts. Ledezma currently serves as an Art Commissioner for the City of Richmond. She also became a Journeyman Carpenter and Scaffold builder. Currently the artist is interested in Photography and Jewelry making. She states: “As a Visual Artist, the way I create a piece of jewelry is by choosing color and form or sometimes current events and trends or by Ancient Civilizations aesthetic. I combine my skills with new inspirations; sometimes by a spiritual moment or the urge to assemble pieces of stones or metal and or found objects that have a meaning to me.” These jewelry pieces at times depict a story or just serve as an aesthetic piece of work.

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Chloe Littrell

Chloe Littrell lives in Turlock, CA where she was born and raised. She does pencil drawings as well as mosaics and has a keen eye for detail. At age 19, she is inspired by and has a deep love for 60's and 70's culture. She is currently preparing to further her art studies as well as going into the Air Force.

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Erle Loran

Erle Loran: Berkeley Modernist 1905-1999. He studied at the Minneaolis School of Art, was a member of the San Francisco Art Association and the California Water Color Society. In 1926 he received a grant that sent him to France for 4 years to study art, painting and writing. Upon returning from France he settled in Kensington and became a professor of Art at UC Berkeley. He helped develop what became known as the "Berkeley School" style water color paintings. He is also a published author.

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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 died in 2013. She has exhibited in Expressions Gallery for a number of years before her death. She left some jewelry she made to the Gallery and we are proud to display it. She had a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She worked in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry. Her work was consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applies. She exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried. Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnifi-cent jewelry. Jennifer also 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 and a Treasurer. "We are sorry to say that Jennifer Wallace Mack passed away in May, 2013. Her family knows we are pleased to continue to show her amazing work at our gallery."


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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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Patty McAfee AKA Rhinestone Patty

Patty McAfee AKA Rhinestone Patty spent many years singing with local country blues bands. Always adorned in rhinestones, her fans called her Rhinestone Patty and the name stuck throughout her singing career and is her signature as an artist. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Patty grew up in San Pablo and Richmond. She has been a resident of Oakland for twenty-five years. As a youngster and as an adult she was always inspired by the colorful art and music of Mexico. This influence shows in her brightly colored paintings. As an artist Patty is self-taught, except for some instruction in dot painting by her friend and well-known artist, John Mallon. “I paint with a certain type of acrylic to get that special effect. It takes a careful hand, a lot of concentration, and many hours to complete a painting.” Her art has shown in restaurants and art shows in Jack London Square, Alameda, San Ramon and the El Cerrito Art Association.

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Sam McBee

Sam McBee is currently living in Orem, Utah. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His interest in art started at very young age when he was immediately attracted to Picasso and many others. In 1954 Sam won a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York where he was tutored by Byron Brown. His professional career has spanned over 60 years and includes technical illustration in Huntsville and Houston for the aerospace industry, several years in freelance art and a brief stint in country music business. He taught painting, drawing and art history at Volunteer State and Athens College along with other private lessons. Collected by several corporations and individuals, awards are many including one in Artists magazine. Most all of his work is collage except for his black-and-white drawings. Acid free papers are cut out and glued to an acid free art board in accordance with a full size master plan similar to a blueprint. The designs are simple and basic, often derived from his black-and-white drawings. Obviously, though, his love of form, design and color is the foundation of his work.

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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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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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Ran Mu

Ran Mu currently lives in San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in Dalian, China, where she started to study paint and drawing since she was a kid. She got her BFA in 2D design from Dalian University in China and MFA degree concentrated on studio art watercolor painting at Eastern Michigan University in United States. Ran’s works focus on nature of the beauty. She has made to transform intense observations of nature into her works with color drenched in the large scale. She also created some works that mixed the traditional oriental culture with western culture by combining the traditional Chinese art painting techniques and western painting techniques. Her works are widely collected by public and private collectors, including St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Legislature exhibition for Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, etc. Her painting has been published in Splash 14: Light and Color 2012 and Splash 15: Creative Solution 2013. She has won 2nd place in the 30th Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition and Fine Art Finals Collegiate Scholarship Finalist in Midwest Region 2010.

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Malcolm Nicoll

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959.  He earned a B.F.A. in Art History from University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Art Education from Colorado State University.  He lived in and traveled extensively through 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.  The 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 two or three 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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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 the 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 a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961.  She worked for 20 years at the UCSF Medical School doing research in immunochemistry.  In 1982, she left UCSF to work on pharmaceutical research with a biotechnology firm.  She contributed to over one hundred scientific publications, has 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 (22 x 26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition at the Oakland Museum.  She contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, 2002; J. Gildow, editor).  Her contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil imagery 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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Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a long time resident of Albany. Originally from Chicago, she took photography and design classes at the University of Illinois before transferring to UC Berkeley where she earned her BA in art with an emphasis in painting. Although her current focus is on digital printmaking she never completely abandoned photography. For the past 35 years she has traveled extensively and with her camera attempts to capture the landscape and architectural feeling of the places she visits. She is particularly interested in images that convey the mood and beauty of solitude and rarely shows people in her work. She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the Albany Arts & 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 and was chosen for shows at the De Young Museum, the Best of the Bay Area Photography 2010 at CSU East Bay and the 33rd Annual Bradley International Print Show in Peoria, IL. She continues to take classes in advanced digital printmaking at Berke-ley City College and is a member of the BCC Digital Arts Club.

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Marcia Poole & Louis Cuneo

Marcia Poole & Louis Cuneo, both originally from the East Coast, settled in the Berkeley in the 1960s and 70s. They met in the early 90s and began a 20 year partnership and collaboration that has grown more productive each year. Cuneo’s artistic career spans over 40 years, beginning in Greenwich Village where he honed his skills as a poet and continued in the Bay Area where he worked as a poet, photographer, editor/publisher, coordinator, Haiku expert and grants recipient. He founded and still coordinates, with Poole, the Berkeley Poetry Festival, Mother’s Hen and Touch of the Poet Series. His photographic skills are self- taught, but he has the Zen eye of a Haiku poet, preferring to photograph landscapes and animals, saying “that have retained their natural state.” Poole traveled extensively, pursuing studies in philosophy, art and politics. A former Zen lay priest and still a yogi, she attempts to bring spirit to form. She earned her B.A. from San Francisco State University in computer graphics/conceptual design and studied various artistic disciplines with some well-known Bay Area artists & teachers in Mexico.

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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 Kerouac, lived, in a thatched hut next to her. The first chapter of Jan Kerouac’s 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. John usually makes ceramics with a technique loosely classified as "Image Transfer". It is a very complicated process, partially lost, much like the "Lost Wax" process.  He worked on and off until 2010, when he decided to perfect his skills in pottery, especially with Image Transfer. He is also a writer/videographer. He has written four books. He completed 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, also in San Francisco. He sold some pottery to Brett Butler, the sit-com star, during that time. He also works in watercolor and runs a PEG TV Show. For more information, visit: http://rhodespoetry.com.

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Ernest and Lois Rich

Ernest and Lois Rich are metal artists operating as a team for 35 years. They design and create sculptural and functional art for residential, business and public spaces, bringing art into the day to day lives of their clients. The Richs relocated to Berkeley, California from Greensboro, North Carolina where they co-owned and operated an art gallery and were involved in several private and public art projects from conception to installation. Working in their West Berkeley Studio the use of traditional and modern techniques brings movement and life to their metal creations. Recent commissions include garden gates, entrance gates, footbridges, security grids, railings, fences, furniture and sculpture for homes and gardens.  Visit their website to see more, http://sculpturalaccents.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, CA, and was born and raised in Lewiston, ME. 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 it's 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, CA with her family, four dogs and two cats. She creates vivid paintings and images using a variety of mediums, favoring oils on some type of ground such as wood or canvas, and shadow boxes made from a variety of found, recycled and hand-created objects. “Communicating what I feel are the most pressing issues facing us as stewards of the environment: My inspiration is curiosity in the natural world and unseen worlds and the literature, art and science that endeavors to classify those worlds. The decline of species in the wild prophecies what will be in store for us if we keep on the destructive environmental course that we are navigating. Originally each of the animals represented was to be seriously endangered or may be extinct in the wild. After considering the rapid increase of climate change events, and the apparent disregard for the ever-increasing amount of pollution in the remotest parts of the world, I have revised my criteria. All species are endangered. The flowers indicate the funerary symbol of mourning and the promise of renewal and rebirth. It is up to us to fulfill that promise.” Christine’s studio is in The Sawtooth Building. Her website is www.christinerossiart.com.ng in Berkeley.

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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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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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Gerry Traucht

 

Gerry Traucht is a resident of Berkeley. Gerry grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He was one of the first to receive a Master’s degree in Popular Culture in the U.S. He began his professional career as photographer and poet in Bowling Green, Ohio, Toronto, Canada, and the Bay Area. His fine art photography is known for its emotionally expressive nudes, often of dancers. He is a people and pet (especially dogs) photographer. His current fine art photography focuses on mystically expressive flowers, like the White Poppy, and waterbirds, like the otherworldly egrets, of Berkeley. He finds inspiration in music, literature, and art: Dante, Hamza El Din, Hendrix, Lorca, Antonio Machado, Bob Dylan, Ferlinghetti, Paul Klee, Leonardo da Vinci, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, the photography of Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Lee Miller, Man Ray and contemporaries.

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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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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 a young child. 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. 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 printmaking. Her prints and photographs have been shown in galleries in Berkeley and Oakland. Liz is fascinated by the enormous creative potential to be found in working with digital media.


 

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