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Artist Biographies -
Does Color Matter?
October 26, 2015 - January 6, 2016

Artists

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Lahcen Abalil

Lahcen Abalil lives in Berkeley, Ca. He grew up in Morocco and moved to the United States in 2007. He began doing art in 2010. He is self-taught. While living at the Senior Center, his friends told him he had created unique pieces of art. He creates his artworks with wool, cotton, wood, sheets of glitter, sand, sandpaper and ink and colored paper cut and pasted to create an image. All his ideas are inspired from his imagination. He sees a bird or an animal and transforms it through his imagination into a unique composition. Recently, he has started taking classes at the Senior Center and has been in an exhibition there. He loves doing art and participating with others in doing it and he enjoys the interaction between his work and the viewer.

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Miriam Abramowitsch

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

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams is a longtime Berkeley resident with a lifelong interest in art. As a 9 year old she took Saturday morning classes at the Milwaukee Art Institute and continued her art training during high school and college and into adult life. Sandi has worked in various media, including watercolor, acrylic, textile arts (weaving), collage and ceramics. Since retiring from elementary school teaching in Albany, CA, she has renewed her interest and paints regularly in her “painting room”, (originally the guest room), as well as in workshops and painting classes in the East Bay. She has traveled extensively on 5 continents and often uses images from her travel photography as subject matter in paintings. Sandi exhibits work regularly at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, at the Marin Society of Artists in Ross, and at the Frank Bette Center in Alameda. She has received various awards in shows in these venues and has had 6 solo shows in local business establishments.

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Sola Aina

Sola Aina, currently an Oakland resident, grew up in Osogbo Osun State Nigeria. He became interested in art during his childhood and the interest was further developed by a Vest Cultural Heritage. He received a Bachelor of Art Design from Osun State College of Art, training under Jimoh Buraimoh, a creator of African beads painting.  Sola’s focus includes bead-work, traditional tie dye, batik, mosaic murals and cultural dancing. He has exhibited bead-work and paintings at the American Embassy in Nigeria, American National School Abuja and the San Francisco African American Historical Society. His solo exhibit entitled Treasure View was shown at the African American Cultural University of Chicago.  That show displayed bead-work, bead-painting and tie dye clothing from Nigeria, West Africa.  The images in this show display art form indigenous parts of Africa. The artist’s intention is to record these traditional cultures in his artwork and to share them with the world in general.

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Avram Gur Arye

Avram Gur Arye, having grown up in New York City during the 40’s and 50’s and who now resides in Berkeley, began his intense love affair with Art while in Mexico, in 1957, viewing strikingly modern buildings and the Diego Rivera murals and the ancient Aztec archeological site at Teotihuacan just outside of the current Mexico City. He’s had no formal training in Photography, instead following in the tradition of self-taught instruction. His major influences have been Joan Miro whose work seems to leap up at you with playful childlike abandon, Edward Weston for his love of the everyday, and the Mexican architect Luis Baragan whose works illustrate the bold use of color and fine architectonic relationships in his buildings. Avram has also had a 50+ year career as an architect, designing some 75+ buildings before coming seriously to Photography. The work Avram does he calls Toychitecture as illustrated here by the use of painted wood, magnetic blocks designed for 2-3 year olds, here used to create architectural form called Architektons. While Avram has shown in a number of small Bay Area Galleries, he is showing here for the first time as a professional..

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen took her first class on "computer graphics" at San Francisco State in 1989, and has been captivated by digital art ever since. " Discovering the multiple effects of reiterating and altering a single image which digital manipulation makes freely possible, is an endless pleasure.   Objects, as well as people change their perceived personalities with changes in lighting and color. Switching a drawing of a face from positive to negative can radically alter its persona.   Duplicating, superimposing, flipping and re-joining a figure can produce a dance. Georgia Bassen lives in the woods in Oakland with her husband, 2 cats and many raccoons.

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Michael Rachel Bergerman

Michael Rachel Bergerman is currently residing in Berkeley California after having grown up in Napa, Oakland and the Berkeley areas. She has a Bachelors of Science from UCD in Design with a minor in Biology. She has been interested in art since early childhood and drawn to its therapeutic value and as a means of expression. She is fascinated with pen and ink drawing and oil painting. She has limited formal training as an artist but is always passionate about learning and developing new skills. She states: I am deeply moved by the intensity and passion of Van Gogh’s work.  Currently work in pen and ink and oil painting.”

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Edythe Boone

Edythe Boone, community activist, educator, great-grandmother, and muralist. Edythe Boone is perhaps best known for her work on the iconic San Francisco Women’s Building mural Maestrapeace (1995). The epic Maestrapeace—a multi-cultural, multi-generational collaborative effort by Boone, six other women artists and many helpers—graces The Women’s Building in San Francisco, the first all women-owned and operated community center in the United States. The self-taught artist left Harlem in 1978 when crack cocaine overran her neighborhood. She moved to the Bay Area where “you could see the sky, smell the flowers, and people were marching in the streets.”  Edythe gained her reputation as a public arts advocate and artist, painting guerrilla murals against drug trafficking at midnight. collaborating and heading up a series of community mural projects such as Oakland Walls Speak with housing project residents (1986); Balmy Alley’s We Remember with the families of AIDs victims (1996); People’s Park’s Let a Thousand Parks Bloomwith the homeless (1997); and Berkeley’s Music on Our Minds with underserved teens in Youth Spirit Artworks (2009). Edythe believes that art is foreveryone, not just professional artists. Her mission is to empower individuals andtransform communities through art.  


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Yvonne Brady

Yvonne Brady currently lives in Vallejo, CA. She is a California native who was raised in Oakland. Her parents were from New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended college in New Orleans and San Francisco. She has worked as an accountant at Peralta Community College System and the University of California Office of the President. She is the mother of one son. Yvonne was always interested in jewelry and she took a class at Bead Inspiration in Alameda, CA to learn how to string beads in order to repair a turquoise and sterling silver necklace. She also took a class at Studio One in Oakland, Ca to learn to make glass beads. Yvonne mostly works with gemstones using sterling silver, brass, copper, and pewter. She is greatly inspired by African and African American Art which is part of her heritage and you will see this influence in some of her work. She uses African beads from Ghana and Nigeria, and pendants from the Tuarag in the Sahara, Ethiopian Coptic Christian Crosses as well as stones from other parts of the world.The Artist gives credit for her creative spirit to her mother who taught her how to sew at an early age and continued to encourage her throughout her life. Her endeavors are also fully supported by her son who promotes her work.


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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 shows in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall.

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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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Sherry Cullison

Sherry Cullison spent her childhood in the Northern California Redwoods where she discovered her love for nature. At the age of twelve her parents moved to the Bay Area. She has lived and worked as a graphic artist for many years. As a young teenager she loved to watch as her grandmother stood painting at her easel on the back porch of their Walnut Creek home. Thinking that she would love to be an artist just like her grandmother; Sherry took that creative spirit into her heart, and set out to follow her dream. After studying Graphic Arts she was able to enjoy a long and successful career and support her young family. However she felt she was never far from realizing her dream. Primarily she is self-taught but recently she has studied in local Bay Area colleges. Artist States: “I love using oil pigment to capture the beauty of nature on canvas just as my grandmother did so many years ago.” Nature provides the inspiration, the colors and the harmony for all her paintings. Sherry exhibits her art in many cities around the Bay Area.


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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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Jeanne Dentzel

Jeanne Dentzel  After following a career as a Scenic Artist for theater and film, Jeanne Weber Dentzel is now exploring the wide open spaces of Abstract painting. Previously, she painted murals in many locations. So for now being back in her studio space allows Jeanne to go inward and process personal themes. For an Abstract, she approaches the surface with no expectations and no plans. Jeanne lets the painting do the speaking. As the work unfolds it shouts or whispers in the form of color and line. She knows it is finished when the conversation resolves and strikes a balance. Creating art is a process that isn’t questioned. It is essential for her joy and is her purpose.

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Anna Hui 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 dresses. 


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Olivia Eielson

Olivia Eielson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In college, Eielson majored in English because she didn't think it possible to capture on paper or canvas what she saw and imagined. Gradually, however, as she took classes in studio art and history of art, and most especially when she took evening classes with Boston painter Morton Sacks, she realized that painting would be her lifelong occupation. Encouraged by the fact that she won a first prize for painting as an undergraduate, she attended Oskar Kokoschka's Schule des Sehens in Salzburg, Austria. After that, she was largely self-taught. For Eielson it's all about the joy of painting, and the struggle to make a finished painting that is somehow "right," and answers the need or vision or question she felt in working on it. At present she is working on a series called "After Piranesi / After Us," about the possibility that we, like earlier empires, may leave ruins – in our case, dangerously toxic ones, but still beautiful in their way. She has had many solo shows, and representation in many juried group shows. Her work is in private collections across the country, as well as in Asia and Europe. For more of her work, see oliviaeielson.com.

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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. 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 has 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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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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Janet Gawthrop

Janet Gawthrop I have lived in Oakland for 19, even longer than 17 years spent growing up in northern Indiana.  My mother and sister both painted as a hobby, and I first became interested in art while watching them paint.   My early curiosity in oil paint did not last past my freshman year in high school, because of the many restrictions imposed by turpentine and cleaning pigments.  I never looked back at oil after discovering tube water colors produced richer colors, superior to those faded results from my kidhood pan watercolors.  I 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.  I did not start exhibiting until I resumed formal training at Berkeley City College (then Vista College) in 1984,  and my study with Chandra Garsson introduced me to acrylics as both a painting and sculpture medium. Most recently, I learned photocopy transfer, Photoshop at Kala Institute.  After my first solo show at the UCLA student gallery in 1985,  I exhibited at cafes in west LA and Santa Monica, Berkeley and San Francisco in the early 1990s.  I continue to enjoy mixing western watercolors with Chinese brushes and ink, which contain many possibilities besides the traditional monochrome ink landscapes.

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Rohilah Guy

Rohilah Guy was born in Canada and moved to the Bay Area in 1964. Rohilah works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic and sumi-e. She has recently begun studying photography. Rohilah has always been interested in art, studying it as a child and in university. Encouraged by many people along the way, the artist continues to explore all facets of art. She has been a weaver, and a textile and clothing designer. The paintings in this show combine watercolors and acrylics and aim to lift up the viewer and to bring the spiritual dimension into focus.

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Murray Hidary

Murray Hidary attended New York University with a major in Music and Composition. He is an accomplished composer, photographer, and entrepreneur. Hidary’s artistic journey began with the documentation of people and places in a journalistic fashion, but rapidly evolved to explore his subjects, all the more deeply, through their abstractions. Today, a studied lack of focus (not to be mistaken for an absence of focus) makes him fluent in a Platonic language made up of light, color, and form. Hidary’s photography has been shown in galleries and museums across the country including the SFM0MA, New York University, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Guggenheim Museum. His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and is owned by both public and private collectors.


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Karla Higgins

Karla Higgins currently resides in Oakland California.  Her father was active military and raised the family abroad; however Karla always returned to California. Karla and her son moved to the Bay Area in 1995. Her global upbringing provided the framework for her diverse and unique artistic perspective reflected in the pieces presented at this showing. Karla has been blessed with the innate ability to draw and paint since age 7.  She is completely self -taught and her inspiration comes from her personal life experiences and imagination. These pieces explore the use of beautiful vibrant color and demonstrate her diverse artistic vocabulary. Artist states: “I deal with the challenge of Rheumatoid arthritis and living with legal blindness of the right eye- I mention this for no other reason than to encourage others to do what they love, to know that anything is possible and to never give up on your dreams. My relentless belief in myself and my abilities calls forth in me the joy of creating work that is positive, thought provoking and exploding with color. I am going to paint all over the world thus fulfilling my purpose to express the God in me. My work is filled with love, happiness, hope and the desire to be of service to others. I am Art!” Karla has presented her work at numerous galleries, art shows and special events throughout the bay area. She continues to work collaboratively with local bay area artists, galleries and city-wide event planners to bring her unique work and life philosophy to the public.

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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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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. 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. 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 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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Ferydoon Kholousi

Ferydoon Kholousi paintings are in Optic style which have been influenced by Victor Vasarely’s art work. Over forty years ago, Ferydoon saw one of the Vasarely's paintings in Tehran and was fascinated by his style. Since then he has been painting in Optic style. In recent years, he has been able to spend more time on his lifetime passion, creating art. In his paintings, Ferydoon creates a visual space for calmness and tranquility in the world of continuous transformation with color, light, and shadow. Some Remarks on Optic Art: Optical art is a method of painting concerning the interaction between illusion and picture plane, between understanding and seeing. Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in only black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.


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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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Doug Lawler

Doug Lawler comes from Detroit where he started his art career with oil painting. As a young artist, he lived in Hawaii where he had several one-man art shows including showings at The Gallery of Fine Arts (Hilo) and the Unitarian Gallery (Honolulu). He had several solo shows in the San Francisco bay area during which time he founded a printmaking collective, “East Bay Media”, where he designed and printed social justice leaflets and posters, including the “Bring the Monster Down” poster, included in the “All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area” exhibit at the Oakland Museum. During his 12 years in Spain, Doug exhibited in numerous cities; Barcelona, Ibiza and Madrid. He also worked as a free-lance illustrator and was published in several periodicals in Barcelona. After returning to the San Francisco area, Doug worked as a free-lance fine arts conservator for the several museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of his many projects at the Oakland Museum was the restoration of the Jade Pagoda. He was also awarded the contract for the restoration of several period rooms and the conservation/installation of the Spanish ceiling at the Palace of Legion of Honor Museum. Doug spent two decades focusing on dry point printmaking in limited editions. More recently, he has produced new works using oil pastels on paper with his own “brushless” technique. After a 25year hiatus, Doug’s newest work is now exhibited at various locations in California.

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Jannie Ledard

Jannie Ledard's glass art studio is located in Talent, Oregon, where she creates fused glass jewelry and stained glass windows and art objects including glass mandalas, suncatchers, and more. Jannie was born and raised in the beautiful town of Rouen, France, known for Monet's paintings of its cathedral and cradle of writers Pierre Corneille and Gustave Flaubert. After graduating from the University of Rouen, she started a teaching career in France, then teaching in Martinique, New York City and San Francisco. She retired from teaching in Berkeley, California. Her friend Duane Sample, a mosaic artist, opened the doors of the luminous world of glass art to her. She then studied the techniques of stained glass with John Peterson in Santa Barbara and attended many workshops. When Duane offered her a kiln, she discovered the multi-faceted realm of fusing and kiln-forming which brought a new dimension to her art. She now enjoys challenging herself with new experimentations and techniques of making glass into extraordinary art objects to accent your home or office decor. Jannie attends numerous Southern Oregon art shows and exhibits in many galleries and special events. Please scroll down to see her current schedule!

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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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Rachel Liu

Rachel Liu (b. Qingdao, China) is a project-based artist and fine art photographer who specializes in traditional and alternative photographic capture and printing methods, ranging from antiquated 19th century processes to contemporary experimental and mixed media techniques. Rachel received her MFA degree in Photography in 2015, and she is currently working and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rachel’s work in this current show is from her project titled “Witness–Silicon Valley, an alternative landscape.” Witness is comprised of a series of black and white landscape photographs of the Silicon Valley that invites contemplation and reflection upon this land that has witnessed and endured many changing economic forces and boom and bust economic cycles. These images offer an alternative picture to the archetype of Silicon Valley as the promise land of opportunities, innovation, and technology. To see more of her work, please visit the artist’s website at www.rachelliu.com.

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Roberta Loach

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

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Charles Lucke

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

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack 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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Noel Marsh

Noel Marsh lives in Berkeley, CA but was born in San Francisco and moved to New Zealand with his parents as a child. He returned to the U.S. as a young adult and has remained so ever since, despite being educated at UC Berkeley and Harvard and having a 25-year career in the U.S. State Department. Noel retired from the Foreign Service in 1984 after enjoying the excitement of living in different parts of the world serving in Asia, Latin America and Africa. He became a freelance international management consultant working in public health, child survival and population programs. This second career took him back to Africa and Asia as well as Egypt, Russia and Kazakhstan. When he quit consulting, he took up cartooning because he always liked to draw and joke. He was self-taught but took drawing and cartoon classes, including a seminar from Phil Frank, the well-known SF Chronicle cartoonist and creator of “Farley”. Phil became his friend and mentor and helped edit his first book: “Irreverent Ink for the Laughing Crowd”. Noel considers himself an internationalist. The cartoons emerging from his pen are definitely influenced by his exposure to diverse cultures and their humor. He believes laughing is always a good way to cope with grim realities of the developing world. His objective is find humor in life's absurdities and common situations.

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Phelan McConaha

Phelan McConaha is originally from the farmlands of Central Illinois. She now lives in Los Angeles, California. While in Illinois, she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She has actively created artwork since childhood and passionately devoted herself to the arts by gaining a comprehensive perspective through art history scholarship as well as years of service in high end gallery curation and art appraisal. Her paintings are derivative of landscapes.  While they qualify as Abstract Expressionist works, they are created with an intention to document a landscape, whether it be emotional or physical.  Each painting contains the essence of places visited or felt. Her work centers around an infatuation with color, how it changes based on surrounding colors, lighting, intensity, and hue.  Recently, she has been working with oil paintings on multiple layers of glass.  She is fascinated by the effect of pulling paintings apart to their individual layers and observing the way light and distance create a three dimensional effect.  The result of this process seems to imbue the works with a life of their own.  Colors shift and change based on the light during certain seasons and even at certain times of day.  The drama created by interplay of time and color allows a viewer the sensation of renewal and freshness. Overlaps created by the multiple layers of transparent color in the glass paintings provide spontaneous variations of color and intensity.

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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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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 Jose 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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Narcisse Jewelry

Narcisse Jewelry, Italian finished handmade jewelry, are all handmade with Natural Gemstones from around the world, and are held to the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. These bold fashion forward pieces caught the eye of a handful of celebrities and clothing designers and found themselves worn on the runway by designers and models for 2014/2015 fashion week Paris, NY, and Milan. Since then, celebrity clientele have included Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lawrence, and more.

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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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Leena Nuto

Leena Nuto was born and raised in Finland. Having lived 25 years in the Bay Area she is about to go back to her roots, at least for a while. Finnish culture has a strong connection with the Nature and its forces i.e. the elements ( fire, air, water, earth) and this connection is reflected in the paintings. The same forces that are found in the Nature are also found in the human body. The paintings were born from the contact with the body and its indication for the choice of color and form. The interest for this kind of artistic expression was aroused in her while working as a translator in a transpersonal therapy group in Finland. The artist’s formal education is in science. She has had two exhibitions in Finland and one in San Francisco Zen Center.


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Heli Perrett

Heli Perrett is a sculptor, photographer, and the creator of the geo Jewels line of “wearable wood art.” A resident of Rockridge, she has lived in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Australia, Turkey, Peru, Venezuela, Canada, and England, and has worked in many more as a “poverty expert” for the UN and the World Bank. She holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. Art studies have taken place in New York, Istanbul, and Oakland. Her involvement in creating, exhibiting and selling sculpture spans over 20 years. As a sculptor, Heli has created works of art in a variety of media, including stone, sheet metal, scrap metal, multi-media combinations and limited edition bronzes. She agrees with Paul Cezanne, who said, “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” Each sculpture expresses feeling through soft, sensuous shapes, movement, and negative space. But to quote Francis Bacon, “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” The materials employed in the sculpture filter the artist’s emotion and enhance mystery. Heli Perrett has exhibited in galleries not only in California, but also in New York, Turkey, and Venezuela. Buyers include corporations, museums, and private collectors in several countries.


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Christopher Peterson

Christopher Peterson is an illustrator and painter currently living and working in Berkeley. His inspiration comes from several sources. The first is from the subjects themselves. Using the traditional skills of drawing and painting, he can observe and express not only the physical thing, but also the emotion in any given subject. His artistic inspiration also comes from a tradition of American painting beginning with artists like Andrew Wyeth, Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargeant and Winslow Homer. His more contemporary influences are from artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Chuck Close, Robert Cunningham, John Register, and Richard Estes. He went to art school in Boston, and then studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He began his career as an Illustrator in New York City in 1980. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1984, he has been a steady fixture in the landscape of art and design. He has been published in the LA Society of Illustrators and Print magazine’s regional design annual. He won the gold medal for advertising four years in a row in the San Francisco Society of Illustrators show. He is in the US Air Force Art program, and his client list includes, The New York Times, Time magazine, Fortune, Readers Digest, Nickelodeon, Buick, Heineken, Macy’s, Google, and Facebook, among many others.

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Rene Pinchuk

Rene Pinchuk has been drawing and painting since he was a child and considered it his life’s work ever since. The amazing Art department at Cass Tech high school in Detroit gave him an excellent grounding in techniques, followed by a number of art schools, including a year at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and a summer Art Institute at Black Mountain College, NC, and a Masters in Drawing and Painting at the University of Michigan. His art work derives principally from early 20th century Expressionism and its relation to things seen and experienced without being bound to their literal representation. Of the many artists that have influenced him, he would name Max Beckmann, De Chirico and Matisse.

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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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Karen Redgreene

Karen Redgreene currently resides in Emeryville close to where she grew up. Her childhood affinity for the arts eventually led her to the San Francisco Art Institute where she earned an MFA in Performance/New Genres. She has worked in the mediums of performance and video and exhibited work at the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory, and the International Center of Photography in New York as well as in international film festivals. Currently she is concentrating on painting expressionistic mixed media portraits and other two dimensional works. 

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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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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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Judith Rohrer

 

Judith Rohrer has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life and currently resides in Contra Costa County. Her love of art began during a year-long trip throughout Europe and N. Africa following her first year of undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Upon her return she decided to major in Art and went on to receive an M.A. in Art (Painting and Art History) from San Francisco State University. Although trained in representational modes, she developed an appreciation for abstract art following her exposure to Abstract Expressionism. Color is her primary medium as it interacts with either structured forms or is spontaneously rendered on the paper. Color evokes moods and emotions and as the artist states, “Color helps me connect with deeper places within myself.” Judith uses acrylics, hand-made and found papers, colored pencils and fabric to create her collages. She is currently a juried member of ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and Lafayette Art Gallery. She has been in several group shows—most recently at the Orinda Library—and in April, 2015, had a solo show at the Mt. Diablo Universalist Unitarian Church in Walnut Creek. For more information about Judith’s work, please call (925) 746-4454 or visit her website at judithrohrer.weebly.com.


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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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Skye Asta Devine Schirmer

 

Skye Asta Devine Schirmer was born in Boston, Ma. A nd currently lives and works in the East Bay. She became interested in art at a very young age and took countless after school classes as a child. In 2013 she received a BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and studied abroad in 2012 at London Metropolitan University. She received the 2D Award for Excellence and the George Nick Jury Prize in 2013 from MassArt and was accepted to be an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley in 2015. Skye currently practices intaglio at Kala Art Institute and works on 3 dimensional experiments at home. She is invested in studying the relationships between men and women and women and women in her own life as well as those witnessed through the use of social media and explores personal narrative and observation to create one panel stories. Her interest in the ways in which we use social media to stay relevant are intertwined with melodramatic interpretations of her own existence. All images in this show are done in the traditional ways of intaglio and were created between 2013 and 2015. Skye admires many female artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Paula Rego, Nancy Spero, Laura Clarke, Tracy Emin, Diane Victor, Louise Nevelson, Marlene Dumas, and Amy Sillman among others.


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Arash Shirinbab

 

Arash Shirinbab is an award winning artist and calligrapher and has managed to be a successful blend of artist, Arabic-Persian calligrapher, and designer, as well as art administrator, art curator, and entrepreneur for the past ten years. He has participated in over 70 exhibitions (over 10 solos) nationally and internationally. He has led over 4 dozen public art programs and has conducted over 2 dozen calligraphy workshops and demonstrations including workshops at Fremont Main Library in California, University of Toronto in Canada, and masterclass at the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow. Shirinbab’s calligraphy and Poem-Painting artworks have garnered tremendous attention at galleries and museums and are acquired by museums such as the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow and private collections around the world. His arts have won several national and international awards, being chosen among hundreds of arts worldwide which proofs the originality of my works and creativity of his style. Among his awards are the 1st Place and Best of the Show Award for the 50 Shades of Gray competition by Focus Point & Shape Gallery, Special Recognition Award for My Art international competition from Art Quench Magazine 2013, and a $40,000 grant award as the leading artist and calligrapher from Creative Works Fund.


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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 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 eight years ago, and her painting. Her jewelry work is influenced by her background in painting, which is 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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Terry Telles

 

Terry Telles is a native of Oakland whose art has been influenced by the multicultural atmosphere of the Bay Area. He took art classes at Laney College and developed his own personal images and style. He started painting Mandalas, drums and music-related images, and has recently expanded to other visual areas. He has exhibited his work at the Alameda Art Center (Members’ exhibition and Sacred Images), Alameda Art Association (Museum show, Art in the Park, Cross Currents), Javarama Coffee House, new Alameda library, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, and has a solo show at Market Place (Mandalas) Coffee For Thought, Julie’s coffee and tea shop in Alameda. He has also participated in festivals at Montclair Art, Wine and Jazz Festival, Laurel District World Music Festival and his works are in private collections. He is a member of Frank Bette Center, Alameda Art Association, and is showing his work here at Expressions Gallery.

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Ruby Trauner

 

Ruby Trauner lives in Oakland, CA. Ruby's interest in drawing took hold in her 20's and has grown exponentially over the years.  She did not attend art school, but began drawing with friends and has taken, over the years, many community college classes and has studied at workshops using pencil, charcoal and pastels.  For the past 10 years, she has studied Pastels and Figure Drawing at Merritt College.  The camaraderie and support of her fellow artists inspires and supports her to continue to work, explore, define and expand her artistic vision. Now working primarily in pastels, she is most intrigued by the human face and form. Ruby's work has most recently been shown at the Vantage Points show at the SF LGBTQ Center and the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, as well as Expressions Gallery.


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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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Ion Vergara

 

Ion Vergara, artist, is a Berkeley resident who loves to use color to create energy with the intent to provoke thought. Original from Panama, Ion moved to Miami Florida during his late teens and started drawing with charcoal, then to pastels and oil. He found inspiration in bright color and bold techniques while living in Miami. His favorite medium is acrylic due to its flexibility, lightness and forgiving capabilities. He has worked with mixed media and pottery.  His work can be simple at times but becomes complex as he explores the relationship between color and movement always with the intend of stimulating feelings of happiness, excitement and wondering. His pieces represent an interpretation of his thoughts, emotions and beliefs. He recreates these feelings with the use of mix media and depth perception materials on his canvas. Some examples of these materials that create movement can be as basic elements like sand, gesso, newspaper, napkins, etc. that not only create mood but have their origins in other parts of the world.  While his source of inspiration comes from personal experiences, interests and fears, his work is closely connected to his everyday life and explorations into other cultures. He has shown his work in several venues in the Bay Area and San Francisco.  He is also the creator and illustrator of a bilingual (English- Spanish) children's book entitled “Hola it's me!”



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Jan Wall

 

Jan Wall lives in Oakland, but was born and grew up in West Texas. She has painted for the past fifty years, and retirement gave her the chance to move from hobbyist to professional. Her art education was at Laney College, where she taught English for forty-five years. She studied with Bill Snyder and June Steingart. She has won Silver Awards with Artmajeur in 2013 and 2014, and is a member of Alameda Women Artists, showing work in the past three Cross Currents exhibits at the Alameda Museum.



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Leslie Winokur

 

Leslie Winokur grew up in NYC and currently resides in Berkeley. She has been interested in looking at and creating art for as long as she can remember. Her most recent paintings, The Floral Series, began after a difficult time that culminated with the death of her father in September 2012. The paintings are obviously decorative by nature. They represent the artist’s desire to return to the basic experience of depicting an ordinary and pleasurable aspect of her daily life. These paintings do not ask big questions or challenge visual or cultural perceptions. The work is influenced by a wide variety of artists, living and not, van Gogh and Thiebaud come immediately to mind. Cloisonnism*, a movement begun by Gauguin, Bernard and others, has also been an influence. Giclee prints are available for some of the pieces.

*Cloisonnism is a style of post-impressionist painting with bold and flat forms separated by dark contours. The name evokes the technique of cloisonné.

Additional paintings from The Floral Series can be seen on her website: www.lesliewinokur.com.


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Zachary Young

 

Zachary Young was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California. A few years later, he and his family moved to Fairfield, California where he continues to spend most of his life today. He remembers drawing amoeba shaped heads with crazy hair and the suction-cupped craters of the moon in the night sky. A number two pencil was his medium of choice; it was his safety blanket both in and out of school. When he was little, people would ask him, “What school do you want to go to when you grow up?” He told them, without a doubt, that he will someday go to The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Almost a decade later, he became a student at The Academy of Art University after graduating from Buckingham Charter High School in Vacaville, California. Zachary attended The Academy of Art in 2007 and obtained his BFA in 2013 with a degree in Illustration. He currently lives in his hometown of Fairfield, California where he spends most of his current life working at Costco and finding time to do art. Zachary has worked in most mediums but his favorite has always been charcoal. Two of his favorite works have been featured at The Academy of Art’s Spring Show in 2012. He is inspired by the works of Kim Jung Gi, Seth Fisher, Steve Cutts, M.C. Escher, and his favorite artist, Norman Rockwell. Zachary collects inspiration from his daily observations of people and the world around him. In his free time and also while he’s at work, he enjoys writing poetry, constructing philosophical concepts, talking to himself, and coming up with the next best idea that will change the world. He has yet to find this mind-blowing idea or philosophy but someday he will, someday. Or maybe he just hasn’t shown the world yet.


 

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