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October 11 – January 9, 2015

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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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Mari Bailey

Mari Bailey grew up in a Hawaiian household full of music and pets 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 1970’s 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 other venues and still sells crafts at bazaars and online. Eventually her art turned towards collage and shadowboxes. Visit her Etsy store: etsy.com/shop/maribailey. Mari still likes music, preferably The Beatles, and lives with the world’s best boyfriend, three cats two bunnies.

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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: (jewelry) and underwater: (with Paul Bassen) photographing in the Caribbean and in the kettle ponds of Cape Cod. In addition tin this show her images are from northern California.

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Sarita Blum

Sarita Blum was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has lived in Berkeley since 2008. She holds a BA in Communication and Advertising, and is currently dedicated to Digital Art. Her work reflects her remarkable ability to develop unique images, from multiple elements and using a variety of resources and media. She creates a vibrant and touching art based on her perception of commonly unnoticed details. Sarita enthusiastically describes herself as an experimental artist, constantly looking for new sources of inspiration and techniques to express them.

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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. Sometimes 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 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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Orin Carpenter

Orin Carpenter lives in Petaluma, Ca. but is southern born His roots both artistically and culturally began in Memphis, Tn. There he won his first art contest at age 8 and knew God destined him to be an artist. From that point on, the influences of his southern world cultivated him into becoming the artist he is today. Artist like Jacob Lawrence, Aaron Douglas, John Biggers, and Romare Bearden nourished his palette in the beginning. “Their beauty of pain, struggle and victory in the life of African-Americans breathed life into the work I create today.” States Orin. Orin, received his BFA in graphic design and 20 years later knew this was not fulfilling. He moved to California to continue his education and received his MFA in Illustration where he creates an artistic jambalaya of graphic design and fine arts. He states he learned from artists, such as Burton Silverman, Zhaoming Wu, Gary Kelly, Rudy Guiterriez, and Gregory Manchess. After 8 solo exhibitions, 5 group shows, he continues to grow as an artist and help nurture new artists as a high school art teacher. He states:” I passionately liveand speak to my students that “Art is your voice and with it you can say what you want and scream as loud as you want.” When a viewer sees my work, I want them to truly understand what it means to empathize with another culture, life and world outside of their own.”

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Attila Cziglenyi

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


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Carol Denney

Carol Denney is a self-taught artist born in East Los Angeles, and has lived in Berkeley since 1972. She’s best known as a musician and political activist, the founder of the Pepper Spray Times and Fiddlers for Peace, the inventor of the Chairapillar, and a cast member and contributing writer on KPFA’s TwitWit Radio Sunday nights (6:30 to 7:00 pm). She’s always done a lot of drawing and painting “just to clear my mind.” These watercolors were done in the Berkeley garden of two musician friends, Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. Carol has a new CD called “Unless Of Course You Die” available at CD Baby and her website, www.caroldenney.com.

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Joan Clair Di Stefano

Joan Clair Di Stefano currently resides in Alameda but grew up in Oakland CA. She is an Adjunct professor for the Center for the Arts and Religious Education, at the GTU in Berkeley. She holds an MA from New York University Venice Italy program, in Studio and Environmental Art, a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, graduate studies at SFSU, also at CND, Belmont, and continued studies in Ravenna, Italy. Joan maintains a glass and mosaic studio in Alameda, working in restoration of historic windows, and the fabrication of new work, in painting, stained glass and mosaics. Past publications include Works and Conversations, Milvia Street Annual Literary Journal, Art of Mosaic Design, Mosaic Sourcebook, Clara eghli Americani, Brescia Italia, Sesto Senzo, Bologna, Italia, and La Genie de la Bastille, Paris, France.

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Anna Dong

Still unwilling to grow up, Anna Hui Dong lives among noisy undergrads near UC Berkeley. Born in Jinan, China, she has since lived in Mississippi, New York, Alaska, and Guatemala. As a child, she was fascinated by brilliant colors and intricate shapes. Her great-grandmother, a poor, illiterate widow who raised her, taught her embroidery and paper folding. An improvisational storyteller, Great-grandma also attached a vivid narrative to every character made of thread or paper. Nowadays, while working as a dentist for community clinics, Anna continues to pursue her artistic interests: drawing, craft, writing, and dancing. She sees continuity in everything she does: Her travels and artworks often inspire her writing, and she has won intercultural-essay and fiction awards; the interest in Spanish literature and Latin dance brought her to Latin America, where she discovered the unique color combinations in indigenous clothing and crafts. These earrings, though made of Japanese origami paper, are largely inspired by the color schemes of the modern Mayan women’s trajes.

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Noach Dzmura

Noach Dzmura lives in El Cerrito. He grew up in Wheeling, WV and has been interested in making art since he first picked up a crayon. He became interested in plarn (yarn made from interlaced loops cut from plastic grocery bags) upcycling as a sustainability-based income stream early in 2013. Crafting for Noach is a spiritual practice; every stitch is accompanied by the intention of health and happiness for the product’s future owner. Dzmura’s craft expertise was instilled by his mother Kay, his Aunt Barb and his Great Aunt Gaby. He received awareness about the particular wonders of plarn from a homeless woman taking refuge from the winter chill in his neighborhood fabric store. She struck up a conversation with him and showed him her lovely white evening bag … made of plarn. He was charmed, and eternally grateful. He can’t express the measure of his passion for loops of plastic made into useful items and saved from the landfill. This work was given to him to do, in a way that seems the product of forces larger than himself, and it fills him with awe. Since he’s started talking about his work, he has seen the delicious madness that possesses people who ‘get it’ about plarn: what it is, how much it helps the planet, and how rewarding it is to do. He has an ETSY shop; please feel free to scan the QR code and browse.

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Jamie Erfurdt

Jamie Erfurdt began drawing and painting with oil paints in her pre-teen years growing up in Colorado. After high school she worked, traveled and attended art school in San Francisco, where her main home was on the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets. In 1995 she moved to the East Bay and currently resides in Berkeley, CA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of SF, and with Distinction from the Academy of Art. In graduate school at the SF Art Institute, she minored in experimental film making. She has co-edited and contributed art and writing to literary journals.  Ms. Erfurdt's art is widely collected in the United States and abroad. Known for her vibrant sense of color, Jamie Erfurdt uses a broad range of media, including oils, acrylics, pastels, gouache, water color, fabric paint, menstrual blood, film, photography and collage, executed on surfaces as diverse as canvas, silk, paper, film, photos, maps, doors, and windows. Subject matter ranges from realistic to abstract, inspired by flora and fauna, the figure, emotional states, symbology. When not creating visual images, she coordinates meditation programs, does yoga, hikes, reads, writes, acts, sings, dances, attends film, theatre, art and music events and enjoys mah-johngg, pente, the jumble and sudoku. She has also earned a living as a massage therapist, counselor and alternative healer, and is a journeyperson decorator and member of Local 510, the sign display union.

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Jessica Essel

Jessica Essel has been an artist since she was a child and able to breathe life into new visions. Her visions come only from pictorial form but poetic form too! Poetry has been a great love of hers since she was a child. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts & Humanities from New College of California. She has also studied at S.F. Art Institute & California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in Berkeley & Oakland. She had a one woman show in S.F. She is a published poet & illustrator.

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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley, CA. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of 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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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.

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Dean Fogal

Dean Fogal lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia and for the last two years has been developing visual art works in recycled acrylic felt and Italian paper.  He studied physical theatre for many years in Paris with Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, the founder of Corporeal or ‘full body’ Mime.  His training, research and teaching of body movement inspired his visual art work.  Dean is the founder of a professional school for performers in Vancouver called the Tooba Physical Theatre Centre and this school for 14 years attracted students from all over the world.  One of Dean’s heroes is Buckminster Fuller who said “on the level of mastery, all forms are one form”.  Tooba’s ensemble based training was based on this idea of each art form supporting the next, that movement studies for example could help free the voice and vice versa. Dean says, “Lately I’ve been obsessed with Birch trees, pulling up their roots in protest for all the Co2 we ask them to filter out, and heading out to search for an old growth forest. But, being the noble, patient and forgiving creatures they are, the Birches, once they reach this ancient forest and breathe the new clean air, also know how to dance, in all four seasons. Now, which one of us, in ANY season, has the strength to not join in?

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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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Jean Good

Jean Good was born in Oyen Alberta , Canada . She moved to Montana at the age of 6 months Her family moved to Lander ,Wyoming where her dad ran the Wayne Hotel . She lived there from the ages of 2-6. Jean moved to Martinez , California and attended Elementary and High School there.She was married the first time at 19. She had 2 sons: Doug & Clifford. Shortly after that she moved to a dairy farm in Ft. Jones . It was here that her Aunt taught her to Create PINE NEEDLE BASKETS. She has continued this for 65 years. She moved from the dairy farm to Carthidge, Missouri & Oklahoma & Arkansas. She remarried Robert D. Good. In Arkansas , she She became the cook at the Arkansas Arts College. She assisted with Musical Presentations & other Art shows & Functions. Jean several other interesting jobs for the next few years . She returned to California in 1990 to live with her son Doug & his wife Louise. Jean is an accomplished artist. She Enjoys drawing in pastel, charcoal and pencil. She also enjoys such crafts as decoupage , crocheting And PineNeedle Baskets. She decorates anything she finds.

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Nic Griffin

Nic Griffin grew in rural Cornwall and loved to make tiny dolls from candy wrappers, delighting even then in the exquisite beauty of packaging. An early interest in fashion design was crushed by losing a contest and resulted in a rebellion against mainstream fashion. Theater and costume have always been a love as well as the paintings of the old masters. Nic enjoys working in various media including acrylics, oils, ceramic, pastels, pen and ink and found objects. After a stint with owning a graphic design and illustration business and several jobs sewing costumes, luggage and banners, she pursued her various crafting skills to bring to life designs inspired by trash. Invited to collaborate at the Burning Man fashion show in 2000 she delved into her treasure trove of collected discards and created “Pink Panther Elizabethan”. In 2007 Ms Griffin met the fine folk of Haute Trash Artist Collective and has produced runway designs for several shows a year ever since. Her award winning designs have graced runways from Hawaii to Missouri and Seattle to Los Angeles. Her two dimensional art is in local collections and her 2010 trashion design “Pelagic In Green and Blue” is on permanent display at the Shoreway Environmental center. designing for the runway as “Lotta Rubbish”, Nic is troubled by the volume and attractive attributes of much of our society's unrecyclable discards  and feels compelled to create art that tells the stories of our modern lifestyles.

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Paul Guido

Paul Guido lives and works in Oakland, Ca. with his wife and cat Quentin. He is a writer, illustrator, painter and musician. For whatever reason, botanicals have been a recurring theme in his work so it was no surprise when the characters that he chose to illustrate for the children’s book he was about to write emerged as a population of people like flowers. Though the book is yet unpublished, he began issuing larger prints of the work at the end of 2011. The work is done in fine graphite on paper. Thus far the work in this series has been shown at several galleries in the East Bay including the Subterranean Gallery in Berkeley and most recently at the River Front Gallery in Petaluma. He is currently working on a story board for a sort of sequel to the book that will be in full color and is working on some portrait art in oil, acrylic and water color paints and also colored pencil. Except of course when he is in his other studio writing music.



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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 hung out for a month every winter for many years. More recently she has turned to oil and acrylic painting. She is a frequent world traveler. What inspires her most is color, design and value contrasts. She is attracted by organic patterns found in nature such as the
graceful shapes of plant forms or bodies of water. And she is drawn to rich color combinations. She is also part of a local plein-air group that paints from nature. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several galleries in the Bay Area and in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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Adrian Hern

Adrian Hern grew up in Orange County in a household where everyone made everything they could from scratch: for the fun of it.  Everything means everything… the meals, the curtains, the bookshelves, the coffee tables, the pictures on the walls, the afghans on the couches and more.  In her family, being idle was not an option and that meant do or make something.  As a result, Adrian became a creative do-it-yourself type.  During law school and business school all of her personal interests got put on hold.  After she got her law practice established, she re-engaged in art with a passion.  Adrian’s medium is hand-pulled Linocuts.  A Linocut Print is made from a design carved in relief into a plate of artist grade linoleum. Once Adrian carves her design, she then artfully inks the plate and layers it with paper and she hand-pulls them through a press.  Adrian’s first Linocut editions ended up being hung non-stop in local galleries and galleries abroad for over a year.  She has exhibited in juried and international shows and has won a Gallery Owner’s Choice Award.

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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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Colin Hurley

Colin Hurley is an artist living and working in Oakland CA at the Firehouse Art Co., Lottie Rose House. He grew up in Livermore and started painting when he was 15. He had no friends at the time and at this time decided to make a change in a positive direction, therefore, deciding to be more who he truly was as an artist. He’s taken private art lessons with John Noble and college classes where he studied under Dickson Schneider and Bill Paskewitz. He has an Associate’s Degree so far but intends to go back to school so he can be an art therapist in a veteran’s hospital someday. He loves the artists Francis Bacon, Tamara De Lempicka, John Waters, Kasimir Malevich, and Lady Gaga. He paints in any way existential. What he means by that is that he loves metallic paints, painting on mirrors, making junk pretty, and really he still doesn’t know what he mean but with art, he likes to have fun. He’s had many many shows in the Bay Area. He is an artist hear him roar.

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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. (from Love, Unity and Freedom website page.

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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 few years. 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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Maria Kaplan

Maria Kaplan lives in Alameda and continually explores various art forms--painting, photography, collage, jewelry metal smithing, weaving, and poetry. She grew up in Manila and lived in New York City when first migrating to the United States before moving to the Bay Area. She started her art training while working as a financial advisor by taking art workshops and night classes at City College, California College of the Arts and the Richmond Art Center.. Now a full-time artist, she maintains a studio in Alameda by the bay and exhibits throughout Northern California. Her paintings span a range of subjects, scale and materials. Layers of impasto, rich texture and the use of mixed media are characteristic of her work. Her images navigate various levels of abstraction -- from pure line and color to partially recognizable images. For this show, “Woods on a Snowy Evening” is an abstracted version of a scene from Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Artist states: “The need to create is a strong presence in my life. To create is to see greatness in the everyday. Nature inspires. So does graffiti. A painting could be the synthesis of the artist’s life lived in one day. Or in one lifetime.”

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Coral Lambert

Coral Lambert, currently living in the Aok, 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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Silvia Ledezma

Silvia Ledezma was born in San Francisco, California, lived and traveled 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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Linda Lord

Linda Lord lives in Oakland but grew up in the Philadelphia area. She was interested in gardening and the arts at an early age. She studied communications and education, but always did crafts for friends and family. She became a full time floral designer in 1993. Red Grooms is one of her favorite artists because she loves wit and irony. She also loves punk rock. She is currently fully employed as a floral designer. Ikebana and California natural are among her favorite styles. Her work has been featured at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, The Please Touch Childrens Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has also participated in many education shows for her fellow florists.


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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 held 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 applied.  She exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried.  Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnificent 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, as 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

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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Emmett McCuiston

Emmett McCuiston initiated (1980) aesthetic learning at Columbia College in MO., where his interest in painting was influenced by the Regionalism scene paintings of Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Woods toward marginal mural forms. Studying within Jones International Universities core program (2012) where a resolution of Secondary Education Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment instigated his authorship of Headland Landscape, published by Xlibris Corporation. Headland Landscape painted panels were constructed towards a Baccalaureate of Art outcome, within a studio emphasis at Sonoma State University. Constructionist learning strategies assimilate the artist's procedural knowledge processes to formulate oil upon canvas. The National coastal seashore, from which the 3 painted HEADLAND LANDSCAPE panels were abstracted, employs a landscape and ecosystem that regionally differ from nearby landscapes and ecosystems within central California, according to the (NPCA) National Parks Conservation Association. With a high rate of endemic species that are found nowhere else. Where significant restoration projects are engaged that have removed invasive non-native plants, and reintroduced endangered plants. Also, scientific predictions predict that the Pt. Reyes climate compared with that of the globe will receive increased rainfall, more intense and frequent than El Ninon events with a rise in sea surface temperature. With a projected sea level rise of 18.9" to 36 inches by 2100, that will result in shore line erosion, and developing detrimental effects upon species that depend upon the inter-tidal zone to threaten cultural resources and infrastructure.

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David Mintim

David Mintim graduated from the California College of the Arts in 1990 with a BFA in Painting. In 1998, he began to work in the medium Glass Fusion. He works out of Studio One Art Center (part of Oakland Parks & Recreation) as a Glass Fusion Lab Monitor since 2000. Now he is influenced by documentary films of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and British graffiti artist Banksy. His work represents a spontaneity and transition of abstract expressionism spawned from oil painting onto glass fusion. Cutting and assembling a collage of changing colors and textures of compatible glass allows him to express forms at a different approach from painting. Glass has an unpredictability when high firing several times, which gives David new vision on how to proceed between each firing. David is also a member of the Firehouse Art Collective and respectfully shows his artwork through public events of the collective and at Firehouseartcollective.blogspot.com. The body of Davis’s work is a consistent twenty five year span of some personal experience and free spirited thought that reflects art for art’s sake.

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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.  The 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, my grandchildren, 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 that stimulating environment: theatre, dance, voice, and painting. She studied dance with Martha 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. In N.Y.C., there was the opportunity to visit many exciting museums over and over. 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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Gail Morrison

Gail Morrison grew up in New England, but has lived in the San Francisco East Bay for most of her life. She is a life-long lover of looking, and recently decided to create a life as an artist when she finally realized it wasn’t going to happen by magic. She is primarily a printmaker, using centuries-old techniques to create hand-pulled prints, and states: “I have been captivated by printmaking, bewitched by etching. The luscious paper. The smell of the ink. The embossment made by the plate, and the melding of ink and paper into one. The stately procession of steps to a finished etching. The thrill of turning the wheel of the press, folding back the blankets, and gently lifting the paper to see what has appeared.” These traditional prints have a quiet emotional connection and intimate involvement with the viewer, and their creation often includes wandering among a dizzying array of techniques. For this show, a foray into painting. Autumn Descent/Grief is an attempt to portray a very intense emotional experience. The artist felt that the immediacy of paint was needed to convey this strong feeling. A long-ago BA in architecture is the foundation for several more recent courses of study in printmaking and etching. She has participated in numerous solo and group shows throughout the greater Bay Area, and is currently an active member of San Francisco’s Graphic Arts Workshop. See more of her work at www.gailmorrison.com.


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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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Christopher Peterson

Christopher Peterson is an illustrator and painter currently living and working in Berkeley. He grew up in Westport, Connecticut and became interested in art while paging through magazines and publications festooned with work by Norman Rockwell, Bernard Fuchs, Andy Warhol and many others. He works in acrylic on canvas and the pieces in this show were inspired by a series of flight lessons in Sonoma. “Art making is my way of going through life and connecting with people”, Petersons says.

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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 printmaking 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. www.joannapippenarts.com

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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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Ernest and Lois Rich

Ernest and Lois Rich are metal artists who operate as an artist team, for 35 years they have designed and created sculptural and functional art for private and public spaces. Their move to California from North Carolina four years ago has been inspirational. The medium they prefer is mild steel. Initial shaping is done using traditional methods of fire, anvil, and hammer. The pieces are then joined for final shaping and finishing. The themes they enjoy most nature, music, and human form are a joy to watch evolve from the flat plane of hard steel. At this step, when the final touches either give movement and purpose to the medium or leave it cold and hard, define their success. Recent commissions include garden gates, entrance gates, footbridges, security railings, fences, furniture and sculpture for homes and gardens.

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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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Diego Marcial Rios

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. Diego has a C.L.P. from the University of San Francisco. He received a number of fellowships for his Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society. Diego Marcial Rios' fine art has been included in more than 450 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. He is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc. He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more. He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television and Radio. His artwork has been included in many magazines. Diego has been a recent guest speaker at UC Merced, St. Marys College, San Jose State University, De Anza College.

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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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Laurie Rothman

 

Laurie Rothman is an Oakland based artist whose mediums include graphite, oil, watercolor painting and collage. A second generation native Californian, she grew up in the southern CA. town of Encinitas. Her father was a biology teacher who instilled a love of nature by taking her hiking, camping and fishing throughout the west. Imagery of nature: birds, plants, and landscapes provide subjects for her paintings. Water itself is one of her favorite subjects, and portraying its transparency and reflective qualities inspires musings on form, texture and value. Recently Laurie has been intrigued with images of the endangered wetlands in California, trying to capture the fleeting beauty of this important ecosystem. She studied art before switching to theatre design, and graduating from UCSD. After working in summer stock theaters, where she gained skills with power tools, she worked in visual merchandising. While raising two daughters she reconnected with her first love, fine art, and has been painting for the last decade or two. She is a member of the California Watercolor Association and the National Watercolor Society. She has shown extensively in the Bay Area and her work can be found in many private collections. Besides art she practices yoga, tai chi and tennis.


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Genevieve Saldanha

 

Genevieve Saldanha was born and raised in Berkeley. She comes from an artistic family and aspires to be an actress on Broadway. She is drawn to the razzle dazzle of the stage and incorporates that glamour and brilliance in her jewelry. Her favorite pieces integrate Swarovski crystals with other glass beads, Pave beads and semi-precious stones. She loves to customize her jewelry to fit the personality of an individual. Besides the Expressions Gallery, Genevieve also shows her jewelry at her local Parish community. Her other talents include charcoal drawings, and handmade cards.


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H. Alex Santurio

 

H. Alex Santurio, born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, S.A., is one of the area's most prolific artists with a highly recognizable style that has won him repeated recognition in both juried shows and among art collectors. Since he was a young boy he had a fascination with art. Oil was always his favorite medium. After relocating to New York in the early 70's he found the "love of his life", Paula, aka "Mother to All." In 1980 he moved to California and was taken by its beautiful landscapes, unique buildings and many bridges just as he was in New York but in a different way. Utilizing a pallet knife instead of brushes, and his unique style he places these inspirations on canvas. The artist states that he admires the stroke of Van Gogh, the impressions of Monet, and the colors of Gauguin. "When I am painting I play and have a good time, there are no rules and anything goes; color, size, shapes, and texture except never to retouch a stroke once it is on the canvas. I paint utilizing a putty knife as a brush and another as a pallet to apply my oils to my work. Taking some white and some color I start to cover the canvas and just paint. My paintings are already done in my head. I just merely put the materials together." If you look closely you will see his other inspirations; three birds representing his daughters that appear in most of his paintings reminding the viewer of the most important thing in your life is your family. His collected works are comprised of more than a thousand original oils, inks, charcoals, pencils oil pastels, water colors, and by accident acrylics. In addition to his original works he is now offering a wide variety of paper and canvas prints mounted or unmounted in custom sizes.



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Christian Schiess

 

Christian Schiess is a San Francisco Bay area artist originally from New Mexico. His education spans several disciplines and institutions that include a B.A. from Univ. of New Mexico-Albuquerque, in Anthropology; a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from the Univ. of San Francisco, S.F., CA, and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Additionally, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the Royal College of Art in London, UK, and is the author of the book “The Light Artist Anthology.” His awards include a grant from the Pollock- Krasner Foundation, an NEA/AFI Grant, three NEA/Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships, several artist-in-residencies including the San Francisco Exploratorium, the Bristol Exploratory England, and a New York State Council on the Arts residency at Binghamton, NY. He has been chosen twice as a visiting guest artist in Sculpture at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and currently he is on the faculty and Dept. Head of the Neon and Light Art Dept. at The Crucible.


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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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Matthew Felix Sun

 

Matthew Felix Sun is a Berkeley artist who grew up in China, and gained firsthand knowledge of the harshness human beings and nature can suffer under that repressive regime’s irresponsible stewardship. Art became his means to register protest from early age.  He strives to depict life frankly and critically in both its visual surfaces and interior aspects, reaching toward history and social commentary.  Through training at Cincinnati Art Academy, private studies, and self-discipline, he has created paintings and drawings recognized by arbiters such as ArtSlant and Art Portfolio Magazine. Reproductions of his work have been published by many literary and art reviews, including William and Mary Review, The Amistad, and Wilde Magazine. He has exhibited in several national competitions, and his work is collected in the U.S., Canada, and China. His digital portfolio can be viewed at www.matthewfelixsun.com.

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Katie Swan

 

Katie Swan lives in Oakland, California and has a studio space out of Berkley. She grew up in Southern California and fell in love with ceramic art in high school. After studying Sociology and Political Science at UCLA and competing on the track team she traveled to Denmark to work as an artist assistant. As a mostly self-taught artist she finds her inspiration from movement. When observing any movement, from the grass blowing in the wind, to the fluidity of a belly dancers body, curves, rifts, valleys, landscapes all tell a story of where that thing has been and the enjoyment in the imagery. The connection between how the human body moves and nature is fascinating. An individual can take raw earth, add fire to form something that can have an impact on a human life, it's our history, its creation. Clay is something that one can learn from every time you work with it, not just about the creative process, but about the self. It is a material that you can push to do amazing things yet are confined and she enjoys playing with the dance between the two. Artist States: “Working with clay is a dynamic experience and in the forms that I made I always need to be moving around them and observing the movement this the sculpture.”


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Rory Terrell

 

Rory Terrell (b. 1979) is an outdoorsman-river-rat of Idaho, living and working in Oakland, California. Rory has studied fine art at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane Australia and Boise State University, where he graduated in 2012 with a BFA in painting and drawing. He has been awarded two Art Department scholarships in 2010 and 2012 whilst attending BSU and has been displaying his work at exhibitions in Boise and in the state of Washington and California. Rory is an Environmental Activism artist, an idea fostered while he lived in Brisbane, Australia (2008-2009). He is working with used motor oil as a media for a new form of conceptual painting. This concept was cultivated after he witnessed an oil spill off the coast of Queensland in 2009. The 71,000 gallons of oil from the capsized ship washed ashore and contaminated the beaches near to where he was living. Shortly after he returned to the United States, the Deep Water Horizon incident occurred and further fueled the desire to express his disquiet to the miss handling of the drilling process for hydrocarbon.


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LaWanda Ultan

 

LaWanda Ultan has been a Berkeley based artist since the 50’s. She became interested in the arts through her loving brother Gene, who went to CCAC on an honorable discharge from the army, and the GI bill gave him the opportunity to study his craft. He was a genius and LaWanda’s inspiration. As orphans, he gave her knowledge, art and love. Born in Oklahoma; where education was done in the fields and the barn, the Berkeley life opened their eyes to a New World of literature and art. LaWanda graduated from UC Berkeley in 1967. She works in many mediums, but clay is her first love, followed by oil, watercolor and acrylic paint. She is a member of the San Francisco Women Artist Gallery with several awards over the years, including a Merit Award for photography from S.F.W.A. as well as other organizations. She has exhibited solo shows from Europe to Berkeley. Her recent shows have been at the Giorgi Gallery, Expressions Gallery, Turn of the Century, Street Gallery and a one woman show at the Barton Gallery in Old Town Sacramento.

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Jan Wall

 

Jan Wall lives in Oakland, but was born in Texas.  She has painted all her life, and now retirement gives her a chance to move from hobbyist to professional, to make painting part of every day.  Her art education has been at Laney College, where she taught English for 45 years.  “I had the good luck to study with June Steingart and Bill Snyder, and I'm grateful for their skill, generosity, and patience.  Art is a way to learn about the world, about yourself and your experience, a way to see and feel your life.”  Three of her paintings in Changes part from the series, When Will There Be Good News?  The series started in 2011, a year full of bad news.  The paintings are Rim Fire, London Riots, and After the Tsunami.  The fourth painting, Old Growth Douglas Fir, is from Land Marks.  She has been influenced by her teachers, and by the great Winslow Homer.  In her work, she is looking for the place where work and play are indistinguishable, where spirit and matter meet.

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Patricia Walsh

 

Patricia Walsh lives and works in Oakland Ca., and was born in Ohio. She attended classes at the Cleveland Museum as a child and moved forward from there. She has a BFA from the College of Mt. St. Joseph, an MFA from Syracuse University and studied at the Art Students League, Catholic University and University of the Americas in Mexico City. She has done work with woodcuts, watercolors and sculpture. Oil paint is the media of choice as it allows the maximum of experiment and color buildup. Artist states that expressive color used in many combinations is her quest. She has taught in a variety of colleges and art centers in the bay area and back east and has been a liturgical designer.


 

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