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Artist Biographies -
Love, Unity and Freedom
January 19 - March 15, 2013 

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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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Mark and Liz Aneloski

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

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Salma Arastu

Salma Arastu is a Bay Area artist who has been creating her lyrical and spiritual paintings and sculptures since more that 30 years. Inspired by the poems of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a thirteenth century Persian Sufi poet, in her new Poem-Paintings she is recreating the peaceful, trance-like imagery to convey messages of love and unity. She has been supported by East Bay Community Foundation through their “Fund for Artists” in her pursuit of peace, to celebrate diversity and create positive interfaith dialogue through the arts.

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Georgia Bassen

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

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Lois Cantor

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

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Ann Marie Davis

Ann Marie Davis lives in Oakland, California. She was born in Oakland and is a lifelong resident of the East Bay.  She received a Fine Arts degree from California State University East Bay with an emphasis in drawing.  She recently attended classes at Berkeley City College in digital printmaking.  Her current work is influenced by twentieth century surrealists including Giorgio de Chirico, Georgia O’Keeffe, and René Magritte. She started these works with photographs using equipment available to her, an early Nikon point and shoot digital camera.  She used Photoshop software as a digital painting program and to collage her works together.  She also placed objects directly on a scanner bed to bring different elements into her work.  While her writing has been featured in publications, this show is her artistic debut.  The artist states that she did not know why at the time, but she felt that she needed to walk in nature and make a record of her time there by taking pictures involving untouched nature wherever she could find it amidst the confines of the East Bay.  She uses her art and poetry to “see and talk” her way through her journeys, which she believes are a result of her being a spiritual being having a human existence, an experience common to us all.

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David Duckworth

David Duckworth was raised in Los Angeles County.  He began exhibiting drawings in Los Angeles in 1982.  Since arriving in San Francisco in 2008, the artist has exhibited at: Blue Dahlias Gallery and Studios; City College, Mission Campus; ILWU Local 34 Hall; Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY; and, Works/San Jose.  As a performance artist, Duckworth has presented in New York, Paris, and San Jose.  An active curator, he has organized group exhibitions for Bluedahlias, LaborFest, and Works/San Jose.  He also maintains a blog for his art and writings on cultural history, and as a host for other artists and writers, at: dpduckworth.com.  Concerned about the social conditions of humanity and the degradation of the environment, the artist employs drawing media to focus on these themes.


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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Sue Mary Fox

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

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Rohilah Guy

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

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Bruce Heppler

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

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Melanie Hofmann

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

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Stan Huncilman

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

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Diane Jacobson

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

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Ann Jasperson

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

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Minal Jeswani

Minal Jeswani lives in the Bay Area. She received a BFA in pictorial art, San Jose State University, December 2009. She has exhibited her work in numerous places Including: Art Object Gallery, San Jose, August, 29, 2009 -September 19, 2009.Kalied Gallery, San Jose, August, 2009-January, 2010, Works Gallery, San Jose, May 28th-June 12th, 2010 Alameda County Fair: Juried Exhibit, June 30th to July 11th, 2010. Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA. June 28th to July 24th, 2010, Phantom galleries, 2cc Gallery, Tesserae exhibit, Sept 4th-Oct 3rd 2010, Mystic Art Center,  Art in Pieces, CT  Oct 1st-Nov 13th, 2010, Art and Soul Gallery, Burlingame CA Sep-Nov 2010, Tesserae Tile and Stone gallery, Gloucester MA Oct-Nov 2010, Silver circle studio and gallery, CT, Reasonable and seasonable exhibit Nov/Dec 2010. Artist’s Statement My work is about chaos and order, about struggling to find balance in the ever- changing world around me, about keeping steady amidst the turbulence of a constantly altering world. Over the last three years my art made the switch from representational to non-objective. Art is a medium that allows me to be in the present moment and helps me connect with my subconscious. I’m interested more in the unseen than the seen world. I am primarily interested in the essence, the life force that connects us all, the underlying life source that inhabits every plant, animal, and human. My art is connected with my everyday world, whether perceived or conceived. My relationship with my work is a quest for getting to know myself; art is a gateway to my inner world. 

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Angela Johal

Angela Johal is a Bay Area artist who resides in the Livermore Valley where she serves on the Livermore Commission For the Arts, participates in regional and national art shows & galleries, is an arts activist, art show judge & art instructor. The Body Speaks No. 2 is one in a six-part series of mixed media collages which explores the life of the artist where vintage images are used dating back to the 60’s that reflect on her childhood and her place in a culture where she feels displaced. She desires a physical and spiritual freedom from the constraints that are placed upon her as a child and now as a woman. The Body Speaks No. 2 may be viewed as a pure abstract collage at a distance, but as the viewer moves closer, alluring and mysterious and some disturbing images emerge and eyes peer out from the piece at the curious viewer demanding a response. Feminine youthful innocence and beauty is contrasted with haunting male masks placed next to an innocent girl, guns and and images that symbolize the artist’s desire for freedom. The poem, Somewhere Between Earth and Sky which accompanies the piece, was written after the collage was completed that reveals the artist’s deepest thoughts and longing for this place that exists somewhere between earth and sky.

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Jasmain Johnson

Jasmain Johnson, originally from San Francisco, currently lives in Oakland, California. She has been interested in art since she was 11, and started painting as an escape from reality, knowing she felt that she knew colors and creativity the best. Some of the things that influenced her were coloring books, pictures, life the way it was, and life how she dreamed it could be. Her favorite media used are watercolors and acrylic on canvas. She attended nursing academy but her first love remained art. She received the Kingian Nonviolence award from Institute for Human Rights & Responsibilities, and has completed the job training program at Youth Spirit Artworks.

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Delia Keller

Delia Keller, current Vallejo resident, was born and raised in Berkeley, CA.  She has been immersed in the world of art and design since birth. Daughter of an accomplished jewelry designer and granddaughter to painters, photographers, illustrators and more, Delia was always encouraged to express bold creativity.  She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. degree in Apparel Design & Merchandising. As a photographer, Delia is endlessly inspired by Ansel Adams, Annie Liebovitz and Mario Testino, to name a few.  She enjoys photographing still life subjects, portraits, animals, and especially brief moments in time.  Presently, she produces her own jewelry and apparel designs, while exploring the world of photography, both digital and black and white.  

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Coral Lambert

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

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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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Kirk Lumpkin and Don Lumpkin

Kirk Lumpkin (son) and Don Lumpkin (father) collaborated for 35 years on a series of poetry broadsides until Don’s death in 2011 at 89.  Don, the artist, grew up on a small farm near the very small town of Joy, Texas.  He attended a one-room schoolhouse on a dirt road, but went on to get a doctor’s degree. He spent most of his professional career teaching teachers how to teach reading. As an artist he was self-taught and, while not prolific, every year for 35 years he created at least one piece of art—a silk screen stencil illustrating one of Kirk’s poems. Most of the resulting poetry broadsides were given as Christmas gifts Kirk, the poet, currently lives in El Cerrito. He lived until he was 12 years old between Salinas and Monterey, CA. He spent his junior high & high school years in Indiana and then returned to California to go to college. He is a 40 year resident of the Bay Area. He first started consciously writing poetry in his early teens. He is the author of two books of poetry, most recently In Deep, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies. (www.KirkLumpkin.com).  For the most recent piece in the show Kirk’s artist-collaborator was not Don, but his wife Lyn Talkovsky. An oil pastel of Lyn’s was computer merged with Kirk’s words for the piece, Spring.

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

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

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John Mallon

John Mallon grew up in the East Bay Area being born in Oakland, his present residence. Arts and crafts have been an interest since early childhood. While in the Navy, pencil portraits were a hobby. From there sculpture and painting became an interest as time went by, resulting in private painting instruction from a bay area teacher. A long list of “How To” art books have helped along the way with sculpture and pencil drawing, as well as a teacher in woodcarving. Awards came from Art shows presented by the Oakland and Alameda Art Associations the past 20 years. Mallon was a Member and has been President of both Associations. Mallon states: “Monet, Dali and CA painter George Otis are an inspiration to me. Color and graphite pencil are my favorite and best mediums. At the beginning of 2000, he states: “ I was inspired by the dot paintings of the Australian Aboriginals, somewhat similar to Seurat’s pointillism, using dots of acrylic paint to build texture.” For ten years, he focused on dot painting and then discovered the color combinations that create 3-D seen with 3-D glasses. Many of his dot paintings created during the 10 years period were 3-D, he discovered as he just happened to use colors that create the 3-D effect without realizing it. Most of his work now is in 3-D deliberately. Another interest has been in fun projects decorating hats using fabric paint and making fun clocks and masks.

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Adam David Miller

Adam David Miller is an African-American poet, writer, publisher, and radio programmer and producer. A Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, Adam David taught English for 21 years at Laney College in Oakland. His prize-winning publications include Neighborhood and Other PoemsForever AfternoonApocalypse is My GardenLand Between and Ticket To Exile, A MemoirThe Sky is a Page is Adam David Miller's most recent collection of poetry.

 
 

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Joanie Mitchell

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

 

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

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

 

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Julia L. Montrond

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

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Rose Moore

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

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Marcia Poole and Louis Cuneo

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

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John Rhodes

John Rhodes lives in San Francisco. He lived in Illinois, mainly Springfield, in his youth and then in his teens he lived in Guadalajara , Mexico . For a while he lived on the beach where Jan Kerouac, the daughter of Jack Kerouac, lived, in a thatched hut next to her. The first chapter of Jan Kerouac’s book, Baby Driver, oddly exactly quotes, without a "he said, she said", their conversations.” He started studying Mysticism, from the age of 12. He states: “I tuned myself to the inner world which helped me with my art.” At age 25 he started learning pottery. John usually makes ceramics with a technique loosely classified as "Image Transfer". It is a very complicated process, partially lost, much like the "Lost Wax" process.  He worked on and off until 2010, when he decided to perfect his skills in pottery, especially with Image Transfer. He is also a writer/videographer. He has written four books. He completed 2.5 years of college without a degree and is mostly self- taught. He was part of "Open Studios" in San Francisco around 1978 and participated in their auction sale. He sold pottery regularly for a year at an art store at Crocker Galleria, also in San Francisco. He sold some pottery to Brett Butler, the sit-com star, during that time. He also works in watercolor and runs a PEG TV Show. For more information, visit: http://rhodespoetry.com.

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Charlene Richter

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

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Selma Rockett

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

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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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Gary Turchin

 

Gary Turchin is a poet, and visual and performance artist living in Berkeley. He is the author/illustrator of the wondrous, If I Were You (Simon DeWitt 2011). (See www.garyturchin.net) He also authored and illustrated the recently released Ditty-Ditty Doggerel, A Life From Bad To Verse. Gary has released an audiotape, On the Day Before Tomorrow! and a CD, My Pants Want to Dance!, with his original verse for kids, and has published two chapbooks of verse, I Want to Write a Poem, But... and The Silly-Verse Universe.  His epic poem, My Father Who Art in Heaven, was just published in an anthology, Fault Zone, Stepping Up To The Edge (Sand Hill Review Press). Gary created a poetry show for kids,Gary T. & his PoetTree,featuring his own original verse, which he's performed in more than 300 schools and libraries throughout California. (See www.garyturchin.com.)   Gary also has three one-man shows for adult audiences to his credit, includingThe Dyslexic Plumber(1995);Catch A Comet by the Tale (1997-9); and The Healthiest Man on Earth (2011-12). Gary's drawings have been shown in galleries throughout the region and beyond, and have been reproduced on t-shirts, greeting cards and in calendars.  For five years, he wrote a weekly newspaper column about Oakland for The Montclarion newspaper.

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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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Carolyn WarmSun

 

Carolyn WarmSun lives in Montclair in the Oakland Hills. She grew up in rural southern Indiana, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Illinois University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She worked in the field of mental health for many years, before beginning a career in Organization Development Consulting from which she retired. Carolyn’s artistic expression started with dance and moved later to stone carving and then to painting. She worked in watercolor at Merritt College with Dorcas Moulton and stayed with her for two years. At the end of that course of study, she discovered Maxine Masterfield’s book Painting the Spirit of Nature, and began a different leg of her journey. In February of 2010, Carolyn went to Maxine in Florida for four days of instruction and came home transformed. She works mostly in acrylics and occasionally uses collage elements. She works experimentally and abstractly. She loves rich texture and her paintings are often multi-layered. Her goal is to continuously explore both human consciousness and the spirit of nature — and the connection between them. Her work has been juried into numerous local and national shows. She is a member of several local and national organizations for artists. Her work can be viewed on her website at www.warmsunart.com.


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Harry Weisburd

 

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

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Liz Wiener

 

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

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Marty Williams

 

Marty Williams is a poet and teacher living in Oakland, CA, and part of the year where she grew up in Alaska. She is an affiliate with Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) and a teacher consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) at UC Berkeley. She co-facilitates a monthly literary reading series by teacher and writers at Expressions Art Gallery in Berkeley and leads writing workshops and retreats through the Bay Area Writing Project and A Thousand Words, her consulting and publishing business. Her poetry has been published in anthologies, literary journals, several chapbooks and online in Digital Paper. Her writing is often accompanied by photographs and original artwork. She has participated in several national poetry postcard project exchanges, creating original artwork to accompany each short poem. The places she lives, Oakalnd, CA, and the woods of Alaska, are represented in her photographs and her writing. Her work in this show consists of a small artist’s book of seven short poems and three photographs titled What to Make of This Bounty printed by Inkworks of Berkeley, CA. As the writer and artist says in her small book, “As long as the world doesn’t die....I will show up, announce myself present and be glad.” Marty can be reached at thousandwordspress@gmail.com.

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Steve Arntson

Steve Arntson was born in Massachusetts in 1945 and moved with his family to the Seattle area in 1951. Arntson studied music at the University of Washington 1961-63. Arntson then traveled to California via Colorado, later joining the Army Reserves, boot; camp was in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was in the 1970’s that he discovered poetry readings. Previously, Arntson had been involved with a Shakespeare reading group; and had gone through poetry books, especially those by English romantics. When Arntson began writing his own poetry, music was an important part of the process.  He was impressed with poet Ralph LaCharity, who would memorize his work. It struck Arntson that taking that extra step seemed to energize the text.  Arntson began rehearsing vigorously and performing most of his work by heart.  Arntson says, “The poetry can be like prayers that way, almost.” He credits Julia Vinograd, Bruce Isaacson, Eli Coppola, David Lerner, Joie Cook, Eric Walker, and all those that gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory, and Café Babar to share their poetry, with helping him. Steve Arntson has since recited at many venues far and wide, but has a special fondness for Waverley Writers of Palo Alto. Eventually Arntson settled on geography as a theme and has devoted much time to writing about the Oregon Coast and other landscapes, exploring how a place conjures and perhaps induces philosophy as well. The Burning Man Arts Festival captured Arntson’s attention and he has been many times to that lake bed in Nevada.  Steve Arntson has said writing is like documenting Fellini in the desert – there are endless subjects for poetry there, if you can take the dust and wind and heat and being in the middle of the mega-tribe of party animals - there is great art and great performances in the world, all week, all the time.

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Mary-Marcia Casoly

Mary-Marcia Casoly is a member of the steering committee of Waverley Writers, a Palo Alto poetry venue and is the editor of their magazine Fresh Hot Bread. She is the author of Run to Tenderness,(Pantograph Press and Goldfish Press) Lost Pages of Bird Lore (Small Change Series WordTemple Press) and her chapbook Australia Dreaming appears in Ahadada Reader 3, (Ahadada Press) available at Small Press Distribution, Berkeley CA.

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Richard Di Grazia

Richard Di Grazia The artist currently resides in Hayward, California. He grew up in East Oakland, California where there was a library donated by Andrew Carnegie within walking distance from his home. He says that early readings from the poetry books in that library started him on the path of becoming a poet. After a stint in the US Navy as a medic, he attended UC Berkeley and received his BA in English Literature. While working at various jobs he has written continuously. The artist states: "I have been a person of the streets, East Oakland marked me so. When I left Cal I returned to my beloved streets which are my code for a life lived adventurously: parachuting, scuba diving, motorcycle racing and the love I've shared with women. Out of these experiences I've created my poems as refined and adamantine as possible." Publications: The Saboteur, POETS WEST, 1975 Fragment, 1989 AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY, BAPC, Maggi H. Meyers Memorial Contest 29, 1st Prize, Maxi Poems, Telemachus, HOUSE ARREST, Beatitude Press, 2009

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Kirk Lumpkin

Kirk Lumpkin is author of two books of poems, Co-Hearing and In Deep. His poetry/music ensemble, The Word-Music Continuum (all 3 members of which were in the Bay Guardian "Demo Tape O' The Week" winning band, DETOUR) has released two CDs, the first was self-titled and the second is Sound Poems. He has done featured performances of his poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area and all around Northern California, in Los Angeles (Beyond Baroque), New York City (Bowery Poetry Club), Colorado, Toronto, Canada and has also done readings in England and Scotland under the auspices of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). He is on the Board of PEN Oakland.

 

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