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All You Need Is Love
January 15 - March 25, 2011

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Miriam Abramowitsch

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

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams lives in Berkeley, CA.  Interest in the visual arts has been a constant in her life.  At nine, she was introduced to watercolor at her Saturday Milwaukee Art Institute class. Watercolor has remained her primary medium, but she has also worked in ceramics, textile arts, photography, and now, acrylic and mixed media collage. Her art training includes coursework at Pomona College, Scripps College, UCSF Extension, CCAC in Oakland, and served as an Art Docent at the Oakland Museum. In addition, Sandi has taken workshops with local artists including Judy Greenberg, Jane Hofsteter, Kathleen Brennan, and Ann Baldwin.  She is affiliated with the California Watercolor Association, Marin Society of Artists, Valley Art Center, and Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  Sandi participates regularly in juried shows at these organizations and has had three solo exhibitions in the East Bay.  Last year she received five awards! Sandi uses her photography as inspiration for much of her representational work, but has been increasingly drawn to abstract layering and collage.  She says, “Involvement in my artwork renews and enriches me.  The doing of it, the process, is critical to my well-being.  An end product is almost secondary to the process! I am working toward achieving glowing, translucent color to convey an emotional impact and enjoyment for my viewer.”

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Salma Arastu

Salma Arastu currently lives in Emeryville and owns a studio at Sawtooth building on 8th street in Berkeley, after moving from Pennsylvania in 2006. She grew up in Rajasthan, India and was passionate about art since childhood. She has been painting for last thirty some years, since graduating in Fine Arts from MS University, Baroda, India in 1975. Her work with continuous and lyrical line is influenced by her native culture and her residence after marriage in Iran and Kuwait before coming to the US in 1987. Born into the Hindu tradition in her native India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage. Her personal triumphs have been defined and shaped by the simple principle of faith in The Divine, as the compelling force which has guided her life and work. As for her present work she states: "Folk art, miniature art and Arabic Calligraphy are three strong influences on my art, adopted along my journeys. All textures and all colors are assimilating on my surfaces. I am creating a body of work of through continuous, lyrical line, to express joy in the universal spirit that unites humanity". She has won many awards and has had more than thirty solo shows including New York, Philadelphia, and Internationally in Germany, Kuwait, Iran and India. Her website: www.salmaarastu.com

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen, who "never met a process she didn't love”, grew up in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, In high school she worked intensively with a local painter and at 17 went off to Smith College to major in art. There a scheduling problem led her into a philosophy class, eventually into the Ph.D. program at Berkeley, and to teaching human rights, logic and critical thinking at Cal State Hayward. While teaching part time, she went through the CSUH studio art program and from there to an MFA at San Francisco State (1991). She worked in ceramics, (Leslie Ceramics prize, 1986) painting (with Mel Ramos, Ray Saunders), bronze casting, sculpture (Stephen de Staebler), set design, and digital art. For the past 5 years she has been making jewelry, working with Hadar Jacobson in Metal Clay and investigating the endless possibilities of digital imagery.

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Diana Blackwell

Diana Blackwell is a Berkeley artist.   She became interested in art  as a child in upstate New York while watching her mother paint.  She took a few art classes in
school, but received most of her instruction indirectly, while  working as an artists’ model for  twenty years.  Blackwell admires countless artists in all schools and styles, and draws inspiration from all of them .  She does acrylic paintings; drawings in pastel and charcoal; block prints and monotypes; and digital photography.  The pieces she has submitted to All You Need is Love are Kiss (a mixed media drawing on paper) and Love Love Love (a monotype).  Blackwell has shown and sold work all over the Bay Area and elsewhere.  She belongs to the East Bay Figure Painters group.  Her monotypes are a regular feature at Mignonne Décor in Berkeley, and have been licensed for use by Over the Top Greetings. Her work can be seen at www.zhibit.org/dianablackwell.

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Carol Jones Brown

Carol Jones Brown has been painting and doing art for over 40 years.  She has a BS degree in journalism and a teaching certificate for adult school in fine art, crafts and
communications.  She has taught art classes at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, then 30 plus years with the Hayward Adult School.  She works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. 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 rich in color, fun and exciting—a surprise for me and those who view my art.  Recently, I have been attacking my empty canvases with globs of brilliantly hued acrylic paint, dancing my brushes around the canvas for a challenging start”  Her works are magical, stirring and exciting.

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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.  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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Crystal Carrington

Crystal Carrington was born and raised in Oakland California; she was about thirteen when she started to appreciate art. The paintings hanging in her aunt and father house helped stir her interest in art. Crystal is taking drawing and painting classes at local Colleges. She works with senior adult artist; they continue to motivate her in the study of fine art. Max Beckman is an artist who inspires Crystal to experiment with shapes and rich colors. Crystal enjoys working with mix mediums; acrylic, oil pastels and color pencils. Crystal has had her art work shown as a part of (Vanishing Acts), an art exhibit about endangered species. Crystal States: “There are no mistakes in art, only new creation.”

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Elizabeth Dante

Elizabeth Dante was raised in the rural south and now is living and working in Richmond, Ca.  Dante has worked and traveled in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Germany and Italy.  She has attained an affinity for the third world, and acquired the skills of the old world. This ever present influence has provided Dante with a stylistic inspiration for works ranging from classical naturalism to primitive stylistic narration. Much of her work explores the dynamics between round organic forms and hard ridges angles, and the spaces in-between.  By exaggerating this interplay, her work creates a sense of tension which is both lively and sensual.  Dante states, "My world combines ancient and modern rituals, extracting stylize motifs and archetypes, ancient and I pay homage to the many facets of the human sprit, characterized by warmth, humor and sometimes political commentary.  Her works have been showcased in "Art on The Rock At Alcatraz" and "Day of the Dead" exhibition at the Museum of Mexican Art. In 1990, The City of Oakland purchased her sculpture "Woman’s Liberation", as a gift to Nelson Mandela. She also received the Art of Peace Award the same year. Elizabeth is moved and inspired by the cubist movement and the work of Fernand Leger. She also admires Modigliani’s elongation of the human body.

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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley.Ca. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of 6. She took up painting & attended her 1st classes. While attending high school , she began her formal art training by studying figure drawing in preparation for an Art degree. Following graduation she took a position as a designer & artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater. She returned to Berkeley to further her studies & became the head costume designer for a dance company. She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB. to receive a Fine Arts credential. Marge continued her studies & in 1982 received a B.A. from New College. She began to exhibit her ceramic sculptures in the community. She studied ceramics at CAL State. She exhibited in shows there. She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She has been an artist in residence with the Berkeley Arts Center & the Oakland Museum. She has studied art in London, England & Hawaii. She has exhibited ceramic sculptures, paintings & photographs in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda. She has received several artists grants from the Academy of Art In S.F. where she studied photography & photographic processes. These along with her sculptures & paintings were exhibited in 2 one woman shows.

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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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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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Chandra Garsson

Chandra Garsson lives in Oakland, California. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has two degrees in fine art, including a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University, with her B.F.A. from U. C. Santa Cruz. After making perhaps two thousand or so paintings, sculptures, etchings, and mixed media works, shown nationally and internationally, Chandra has returned to an earlier and more ornamental mode, that of jewelry making. Her work has been most recently shown at Deep Roots Tea House Gallery, in Oakland. Before that, in the last show in the old space of Pro Arts Gallery (the first solo exhibition of the gallery at the time), over two hundred of Chandra Garsson’s works were shown in the exhibit, Insomnia (Awakening).  For now, after many years of work observing problems concerned with our human condition, she finds joy in the simplicity of beauteously decorating the people of our world. Artist states: “a Google search of my name and a click on my websites will confirm the radical nature of the change I have made in my work when I began making jewelry.” Her jewelry has been exhibited at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, The Gem Gallery and Bill’s Trading Post, Berkeley, and Itsy Bitsy, Rockridge.

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Dmitry Grudsky

Dmitry Grudsky is currently residing in Newark California. Dmitry grew up in the former Russian republic Uzbekistan showing interest in art at an early age. He got his formal training in Art College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. After that he graduated the Art Institute with a Master of Fine Arts specialization in design of monument and decorative art. Dmitry Grudsky was influenced by many artists including: Gustav Klimpt, Juan Miro, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigiliani.... Primarily Dmitry Grudsky works in watercolor medium, pastel and mosaic. The painting that he presents in this show "Tree Sitters" is painted in mixed medium: water color & collage. He had his painting "Last call for Coffee" displayed on National Watercolor Society 87th Annual Exhibition 2007 and 55th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition "The Hagen Museum" Stockton, CA 2008. Artist states: "The art process is similar to rolling a snow ball; it builds up and develops as you are continually working". 

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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. 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. Influenced by her textile design, she finds freedom to incorporate patterns and design into her paintings as did Henri Matisse. Rohilah continues to study and is exploring collage and assemblage techniques and abstract photography.

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Sofia Harrison

Sofia Harrison is self-taught, she started creating artwork in 1999 and since then has participated in numerous gallery and juried exhibitions in the bay area, with selected shows in New York. She lives and works in Napa and has been commissioned by clients across the country. Sofia uses glass and words with an entirely fresh perspective to create a mixed-media piece that is visually pleasing, intelligent and soulful. "I gather words in much the same manner as a painter mixes paints," she explains.  Magazine advertisements are her favorite source for words and phrases: "When taken out of context, they become either particularly funny or especially poignant." Her work embodies the collective thought patterns of our society: fractured but connected, expressing individuality, desire, spirit and reason. She affixes the words to the hand cut glass pieces and then attaches them to mannequins, boxes, sash windows, baby dolls and furniture. The framework chosen is often dictated by what she can, to put it plainly, garbage-pick. "I was driving in Berkeley and spotted an old stool half buried in tall grass in a vacant lot. I almost caused an accident by making a b-line to nab it." Now encrusted with verbiage, the work is entitled Tossed in Berkeley. "I love the process of reincarnation."

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Nell Haskell

Nell Haskell lives in Berkeley. She grew up in a small town in Virginia where only one person was interested in art—her mother, who talked about Titian and Giorgione and took her to museums in Washington, D.C. Although Nell majored in economics at Mary Baldwin College, she went on to study painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, UC Extension, Berkeley City College, Merritt College, ASUC, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and with Louise Smith of Berkeley. Her works are in various collections. Her favorite artists are Diebenkorn, Bischoff, David Park, and Bonnard, She uses oils and acrylics. Her painting in this show is in oil and the drawing is in charcoal. She paints in order to express emotion and because she loves doing it.  In figures her goal is to express the emotion in the pose—sadness, despair, contentment, or joy rather than a totally accurate rendering of that figure.  In landscapes she may be trying to express the nostalgia she feels for her home state of Virginia, her response to the warmth and beauty of the day or to the drama of the angles, the lights, shadows and colors of those scenes.

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Adam Heffler

Adam Heffler is an east coast expatriate currently rooted in Oakland. He’s been a doodler since way back when, he started looking at his art as a "serious venture" shortly after leaving the academic womb. He is a self-taught artist that specializes in a very precise, detail-oriented pen and ink style that he has cultivated over the past few years. He feels that his art is somewhere between linguistic and totemic, and absolutely loves it when people tell him what they see in his art. Sometimes they see things that he saw too, sometimes, it's something completely unexpected.

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Judy Katon Heim

Judy Katon Heim lives in San Francisco, California. She has been influenced by the Balinese belief that every child is born an artist. For Judy drawing and painting have been her passion. She began drawing weekly as a young child with her father as her teacher. Judy has studied art in New York City and continued in Hawaii. She has been taking art classes at San Francisco City College since 1996. At that time her medium was watercolor. Strong color has always been her trademark. As Judy’s interest in Aboriginal Art evolved she began to paint using acrylics. This medium allows for multiple layers to be applied to the canvas with creative colors, textures and designs. Judy’s artwork has been exhibited in a solo show in the Chancellor of San Francisco City College reception area. She has also exhibited at the City College Art Gallery. Judy’s vibrant paintings are interpretive in style. There is also a playful element in her work. She would like her artwork to be enjoyed by everyone who appreciates art as a creative, fun process. judykatonheim@gmail.com.

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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 graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and studio are located in Berkeley.  She first explored the joy of creating art in pre-school and she has not stopped since.  As a teenager Melanie fell in love with fiber art, specifically with weaving and dyeing fabrics. Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International.  Limited edition prints of her digital art are in the corporate collection of Lifescan, Inc. in Milpitas. Melanie works with both textile and digital media.  For this show, she is featuring her textiles and Italian Charm bracelets. Her work has been inspired by a number of artists including, Jean Miro, Rene Magritte and Magdalena Abakanowicz. She was also influenced by the artwork of her maternal grandmother, Zura Young, an abstract painter. Melanie seeks to convey through her work the interactive process with her media and a visual representation of her inner world.  In addition to Italian Charm bracelets featuring her work, she can make custom bracelets with photos and artwork that you provide.

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Fred Holle

Fred Holle was born in Milwaukee,Wisc. and now lives in San Carlos, CA. His interest in art was stimulated by the discovery of his sister’s student portfolio when he was 8 years old. The artist studied at Arizona State and San Diego State where he received his BA in 1958 and MA in 1960. Artists that Holle admires are draughtsman/painters such as Toulouse Lautrec, Egon Shiele and William Blake.  Holle’s primary “vehicle” of expression over the years has been an ongoing Series of paintings and prints titled "GNOMEGAME".It's guiding CONCEPT relates to the revelation and personification of universal human attitudes ranging from foibles to the darker edges of human nature. The Artist’s awareness of the particular "attitude" being manifested on the picture plane usually crystallizes as the work unfolds. That is, he doesn’t preconceive.  Perhaps this approach is the result of Holle’s early years as an Abstract-Expressionist. He has the greatest faith in intuition and the truth it generates. Recent Exhibitions in which Holle’s work has been represented are: Delta Small Prints Exhibition, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark: 2010, Los Angeles Printmaking Society 20th National, LA Municipal Gallery, 2009. Boston Printmakers, North American Biennial, Boston University, MA: 2009, LA Printmaking Society, “Identity”, Crafts & Folk Art Museum, LA: 2008-09

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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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Torchy Hunter

Torchy Hunter is an abstract artist from San Jose, who started making flowers when she bought one online.  She took one look at it and said, "I can do this!"  They are individually hand made works of sculpture and are currently being retailed in the Alta shops on the Peninsula. In spite of how delicate they look, if you drop one in the soup, you can wash it off in mild soap and cool water and fluff it up with a hot hair dryer. They seem to have some magical transformative quality:  no matter what you pin them on, they make it look like an outfit, even sweats.  They also make you feel happy.  Try one on and see. Torchy has been exhibiting her paintings at the Expressions Gallery in Berkeley since April 2010, and has shown her work at Open Studios San Jose for the last 3 years, and at juried shows for SWAN Day, and Crema Coffee.  Her paintings are currently in group shows at the Berkeley Planning Commission building and the Intel Gallery in Santa Clara.

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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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Jon Kerpel

Jon Kerpel was born in New York City in 1950.  After high school he attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.  Then in 1980 he had a life-changing experience when he attended a workshop in the Arizona dessert called Arcosanti, an experimental passive energy system city.  While at the workshop he met his future wife, who also lived in Manhattan.  They both left New York City permanently and lived near the Arcosanti site for two years before moving to the Bay Area.  Jon’s focus had been primarily as a figurative artist; however, while at Arcosanti he began to learn the meaning of ecology.  His artworks have evolved over time to become affirmations of living creatures as well as affirmations of those people who have fought for earth’s survival.  He calls these people “earth saints” - God’s chosen people - not unlike Dorothy Stang, who several years ago was shot dead at point blank range.  Her trying to help people in the Amazon jungle was seen as a threat to logging operations.  Also Julia Butterfly Hill, who sat in a 1500-year old redwood tree for two years trying to keep it from being cut down.  These people have risked their lives so that we can have ours.  Greenpeace is yet another group of people engaged in this struggle for earth’s survival. Our environment is everything, without it we have nothing.  The affirmations Jon creates are sometimes in the form of temples or shrines.  Others are animal images displayed as divine creatures with aluminum and jewels.  Living creatures are the web of life of which this planet is made. If we loose too many pieces of this delicate web, the rest cannot survive on its own. He composes his artworks from found and recycled objects gleaned from the local environment in Alameda and beyond.

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Julia Kosivchuk

Julia Kosivchuk lives in Berkeley CA. She was born in Ukraine and lived there until 2004. She did not have any formal art education; she claims that she started to paint just because she could not help it. Her paintings are inspired by Slavic culture and some Native Indian motives. Most of her work is done with acrylics on either canvas or panels, with an occasional ink drawing on paper. Julia’s paintings can be found in private collections in a number of countries, including the US, Canada, Ukraine, Estonia, the Netherlands, Germany, and India. Julia’s favorite artist is Marc Chagall; she says that she feels every single one of his characters and his moods. Her goal is to bring more happy colors and positive energy into this world, so when someone is feeling down, he or she can lighten up looking at Julia’s art. As for her artist statement, she likes to quote Paul Gauguin, “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”

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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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Roberta Loach

Roberta Loach lives in Kensington, Ca. She had two children, a son, Robert who is deceased and her 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 – 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. Here she had four solo shows and a number of group shows. 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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Laura A. Luzzi 

Laura A. Luzzi is a working Artist living in San Francisco. She grew up in NJ and formally studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Pacific NW College of Art in OR, after receiving a Master's degree in Counseling and Human Relations. Art has always been a part of her life; creating illustrations for publication, developing creative arts curricula for youth, judging youth art competitions, and most recently painting in acrylic and mixed media. She was influenced to "paint big and use more color" after living in New Mexico, "inspired by the people and places I encounter". Laura paints in ways that challenges observers to discuss, interpret and conceptualize what is happening. Her work has been described as "moving from representation to abstraction" (often in the same painting) and she has been recognized in group and solo exhibitions to include Berkeley Art Center, La Pena Cultural Center, and Petaluma Arts Council in CA. Some of Laura's work from 2007 is on file with Gallery Aferro and Montclair Art Museum's Le Braun Library in NJ.  Laura's work is privately collected and she welcomes commissions, especially to capture your 'favorite things'. www.tigerseyeonart.com

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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 continues in the current Board as Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she is currently 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 is still a Member of both 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 is my favorite and best mediums. In this show he presents artwork that uses dots of acrylic paint to build up texture and create a landscape. This method is similar to pointillism a technique used by George Seurat but unlike Seurat, he does not stick to combining the primary colors to create the image, rather his work is also similar to Australian Aboriginal work that uses large dots of paint to create the image.  I also have fun decorating hats and t-shirts using fabric paints and making fun clocks.”

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Elena E. Maroth

Elena E. Maroth lives in Kensington, CA. Born close to the sea in Cuba, Elena has been surrounded throughout her life by nature, music, and visual beauty. The rhythms of the ocean and the culturally vibrant life of Havana  inspired Elena early on to dance and paint. She studied ballet with dancer and choreographer Alberto Alonso at Pro Arte Musical, continuing at the legendary Alicia Alonso Ballet School in Havana. She also studied art the celebrated Havana  Escuela San Alejandro, where many outstanding Cuban artists received their early training. After moving to the U.S., Elena’s art has continued to be inspired by her early environment as well as by her ballet training: she has brought to her visual art work the joy and rhythm of color and movement. She works mainly with acrylics; most of her canvases are 3x3 or 4x4 feet in size. Her published work includes a Univ. of New Mexico New Music Festival brochure cover painting and several classical music CD cover pictures for the Berkeley CD label Music

 

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Malcolm Nicoll

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959earning a BFA in Art History from UNC and a BA in Art Education from CSU. He lived in and traveled extensively in 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. 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 2 or 3 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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Vicki Pierpont

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

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Paula L. Powers, MA.

Paula L. Powers, MA. was born in San Francisco, grew up in Fresno and now lives in Oakland, California.  As a child she loved to create with materials provided by her parents. She studied at Mills College for two years, then University of Colorado, then she graduated with a BA in Art with Honors from University of California, Berkeley. She received a MA in Museum Studies from S.F. State University, and a MA from J.F.K. University in Arts & Consciousness, while taking painting at San Francisco Art Institute. She has had several one artist shows. The 1st was in Oakland city for Center for Visual Art.  Her art has been exhibited in many galleries, and is in international collections. Her favorite artist is Canadian Emily Carr who sought the spiritual in nature. She states: “I love to paint in oils which allows me to paint special light effects. In fact my joy in painting is to show the many different aspects of light and its subtle effects which are metaphoric to me of spirit. I currently teach art workshops which I call Creative Spirit Painting.” The work in this show is part of her spirit art work and shows an influence from the work that Emily Carr did especially, Emily’s tree series.

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Greg Pratt

Greg Pratt is an artist from Canyon, California, historically home of many alternative life-style individuals. He is currently working in many mediums, including music and food. His "Bitsy" dog was done on a dare, and took approximately 5 minutes, and is subtitled "Picasso".   His Doodle Dog is actually a spaghetti dispenser, and weighs in around 7 oz. "Hollow-Weenie" is 10” X 5” X 3" and is completely dishwasher safe, and house-broken.

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Diego Marcial Rios

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and  a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. He received a number of honors scholarships for Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.  About his work he states: “I create art that is visually stimulating to gain initial viewer acceptance.  Once this is achieved, the viewer is confronted with ancient symbols of life and death.”  The figures and landscapes in the art are inspired by what I have experienced and later dreamed about. Diego’s work has been widely shown throughout the United States and Mexico and he is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, Ca.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc.. He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; The Collector Gallery of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, Ca.; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more.  He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television. His artwork has been included in many magazines.

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Deborah Robins

Deborah Robins is a real live folksinger who lives in Berkeley, CA.  She makes fun and wearable jewelry out of repurposed and found objects like paper clips, safety pins, and sea glass, with the addition of colorful vintage buttons gathered from flea markets around the worlds.  Originally from Chicago, she was exposed to fine art through innumerable trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the colors and shapes from several Grant Wood landscapes, captured her imagination.  For two years in a row, Deborah has been selected to participate in the unique Maker Faire as “Folkiedokies: Repurposing with a Purpose”.  Deborah Robins is the Executive Producer of a PBS/WETA television series about the history of American folk music, “THE MUSIC OF AMERICA: History Through Musical Traditions”. www.themusicofamerica.org.  Deborah is the sister of Laura Olear.

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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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Rosie Rosenthal

Rosie Rosenthal lives in Berkeley and grew up in the Bay Area. Her grandfather was a rock hound, her grandmother crocheted and painted china and watercolors; her mother was an artist – she painted and made jewelry. As a child she took classes at Studio One. As a young adult, she did jewelry and batik before pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1975. She states, “Alexander Calden’s Jewelry and Faberge inspire me.” She has received a number of awards for her printmaking, and is in Arthur Murray’s collection. Her current modality is unique jewelry with handmade beads, semi-precious stones, and pearls, whimsical and elegant, she is showing at Expressions Gallery.

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Christine M. Rossi

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley California and originally comes from a rural area in up-state New York. Christine began exploring art at an early age winning several art competitions while in high school. She was influenced by Japanese art and theater while on an exchange program to Japan. Christine later studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton, illustration, oil painting and color theory through the University of California Extension Programs and has also explored the mediums of Casein and Encaustic paint.  She recently branched into photography to include original photographic images within her pieces through the use of collage, transfer and digital manipulation. The images in this show are a part of a continuing project of paintings, collages and photographs developed around the central theme of love. The series in this show evolved from the central mixed assemblage piece “Le Belle Amor” which depicts “Love” in various incarnations. The smaller pieces evolved from digital collages that explore elements of the central piece. The smaller pieces are giclee prints printed on canvas and enhanced with acrylic paint, graphite and glitter. Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork displayed on http://www.mesart.com. as well as her blog  http://christinerossiart.blogspot.com/ Prints of these works are available upon reservation through this gallery. You may contact Christine at cmaerossi@gmail.com.

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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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Michael Thalken

 

Michael Thalken lives in Sacramento California. His father was in the military so there was extensive travel during his childhood. The artists interest in the Arts started while attending junior College in Sacramento. Painting was his first love but when he transferred to Sacramento State he started to work in three dimensional sculpture. He took metal smithing classes at Sacramento State and fell in love with metal. The permanence of metal and how plastic it can become under certain conditions is fascinating. The materials chosen are based on the shapes being constructed and how they can be attached.  Copper and steel are incredible because of the colors you can make them, how malleable they are and how they allow for a variety of creative textures to be applied to the surface. In this series of pieces the artist chose the heart shape because the heart has resilience to what life puts in front of us. The theme of growth or rebirth plays a big part in the artists work. He believes that humans have the capacity for incredible rebirth in life and this comes from the heart. The incorporation of the boxes and glass represent old reliquaries. The affairs we have with our hearts are sometimes old, boxed up and at times inaccessible.

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Susan Trubow

Susan Trubow lives in San Mateo, she grew up in San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University graduating with an Elementary Teaching Credential in 1972. Always interested in art Susan joined the Peninsula Serigraphers under the tutelage of Anne Kendall Foote who was a great influence in her becoming a professional artist. The printmaking process of serigraphy interests Susan and she has developed an unique approach to it. Her work has been exhibited world wide including Japan and Great Britain and is part of private and corporate collections including the Bank of America, and Peoria University. Susan attended the California School of Arts to enrich her skills and graduated with a BFA in 1989.  Susan has taught art to children in public and private schools on the Peninsula. She has a studio at the 1870 Art Center in Belmont were she creates her prints and teaches private lessons.

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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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Ann Van Brunt

Ann Van Brunt is originally from New Jersey, moving to San Pablo, California in 2001.  Ann’s interest in art was cultivated at an early age.  Her mother surrounded her children with art, music and extensive travel in and around the United States.  Ann studied classical piano for 12 years at the French School of Music in New Jersey and sang with the New Jersey Schola Cantorum both as a child and adult.  Formal Art instruction started when she moved to California.  She began her studies in a drawing class at Laney College in 2003 and continues her oil painting education at College of Marin under the instruction of Chester Arnold.  Ann’s work has been juried into two shows at the College of Marin and just recently at the Marin County Fair.  She is influenced by the beauty of day and night, water and earth, fire and wind.  The artist states “my paintings reflect what I see, real or imagined.  Being able to bend reality just slightly is a freedom everyone should experience.  The outdoors is where I spend most of my time and find comfort and tranquility in its surrounds.” 

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Margaret Tcheng Ware

Margaret Tcheng Ware was born and raised in Hong Kong. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.F.A in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She was a teacher and choreographer until she turned to art. As a result of this background, and widely traveled thanks to her studies and professional pursuits, Margaret brings not only a finely trained eye, but an international sensibility and interdisciplinary perspective to her art. Margaret is an academically trained realist painter whose work has already been recognized by several significant awards in the art world. In her second year of graduate studies at the Academy of Art University, she won second prize for portraiture in the student division of The Artist's Magazine’s annual international competition. In 2006 another self-portrait won a Fredrix Artist Canvas Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America's 15th National Juried Exhibition in Missoula, Montana.  Her paintings have been chosen for numerous other prestigious juried exhibitions throughout the country.  She has had two solo shows in Northern California and her portraits and figure paintings, still lifes and landscapes are in private collections in the Bay Area, California, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Tallahassee, Florida, and in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her paintings are featured in two books from the publishers of International Artist: How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Favorite Subjects, volume 1, and How Did You Paint That?  100 Ways to Paint People and Figures, volume 2. Margaret is a member of San Francisco Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, and the Portrait Society of America where she is honored to serve as California State Ambassador. The artist lives and works in San Francisco, where she has a studio on the ground floor of the Victorian house she shares with her husband, daughter and their Norwich terrier.

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David A. Watson

David A. Watson currently lives in San Jose, California. Born in England, he grew up with a love of Art, Music and Literature. Although he began image making as a child it was not until he was in his late-20’s that his true passion for photography evolved and he studied under Victor Burgin and Gus Wylie to obtain his BA Degree in Photography from Westminster University. After working for 12 years as a commercial photographer he became Professor of Photography at a UK college, where he taught for 18 years. During this time he obtained his MA Degree from London University. Now enjoying married-life and early-retirement in the Golden State he has returned to his love of practical photography, greatly inspired by the works of Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Robert Frank and Joel Meyerowitz. He says: “For me, photography is all about communication. I feel that to be able to effectively communicate ideas and emotions with a photographic image is to succeed, in some small way, in contributing to the wealth of human knowledge and understanding.”

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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 California 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 Professor 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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Regina Westmoreland

Regina Westmoreland was born in Camden, Arkansas. She grew up in the southern United States but has lived in California for 30 years and now resides in Benicia, California. She was lucky to have a mother, grandmother and aunts who were skilled quilters and seamstresses willing to share their knowledge and art. This knowledge coupled with the life experiences of being a social worker, mother, clothing consultant, school board member, retail store manager and Fashion Design and Merchandizing graduate, created an interesting blend of artwork. She has always been creating in some fashion - weaving, silk dying, quilting and embroidery. In the last few years she has focused more on unconventional embroidery. The majority of her work is done by hand since that allows her to feel a part of the finished piece. Her inspiration comes from many sources – ethnic textiles, Mexican pottery and of course nature. Brightly colored strips of silk dupioni are used in addition to cotton thread and beads to "paint" her design. She feels this results is a piece that is more natural and organic than typical machine work. One of her embroideries is being featured in the Quilting Arts 2011 calendar. You can see more of her work at insideoutsideart.etsy.com. Artist states: "I hope my works invoke wonderful feelings and emotions in you as they did in me as I created them."

 

Poets and Authors

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Casey FitzSimons

Casey FitzSimons has poetry in print journals Fresh Hot Bread, The Prose-Poem Project, and The Stray Branch, online in flashquake, Leveler, EarthSpeak, and Defenestration, and forthcoming in Instant City. She was a finalist in the 2009 River Styx poetry competition and was honorably mentioned by Writecorner Press in 2010. She taught art in San Francisco for many years, published her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, with Prentice Hall, and reviewed many exhibitions for Artweek. She is a frequent reader at Peninsula, South Bay, and Coastside events.

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May Garsson

May Garsson's inspiration often come from everyday annoyances and ludicrous social phenomenom, creating poems of outlandish and sometimes ironically perverse social commentary. May plays with words, let's them roll like waves and then rides them into shore taking you along with her. She loves a happy audience. Her poetry does not
inspire crankiness or sleep or wall-watching. Silliness is her sidekick so watch out for your sides. May studied poetry at San Francisco State University but the language poets drove her crazy so she dropped out and finished her B.A degree at U.C. Berkeley. This led to many years of oil painting to get her creativity back. She is a working artist and childcare provider for a living.

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Dale Jensen

Dale Jensen was born in Oakland, California, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, and received a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Toronto in 1973, with which he said goodbye to academia forever. In 1974, he embarked on a career with Social Security that lasted until 1999, when he took early retirement. He lives in Berkeley. Dale has appeared in such magazines, journals, and anthologies as Talisman, Lost and Found Times, Ur-Vox, Poetry East, Inkblot, Convolvulus, Dirigible, and many others. He published and edited the experimental poetry magazine Malthus from 1986 through 1989 and continues to occasionally publish books through Malthus Press. He also has published five books and two chapbooks of poetry: Thebes (1991), Bar Room Ballads (1992), The Troubles (1993), Twisted History (1999), Purgatorial (2004), Cyclone Fence (2007), and Oedipus’ First Lover (2009). A new chapbook, Auto Bio, should be ready soon.

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Eileen Malone

Eileen Malone was born in England of Irish parents who travelled to America by way of Australia. She currently lives in the coastal fog at the peninsula edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing and MA in Speech Communication Studies from San Francisco State University and taught with the California Poets in the Schools and for local Community Colleges. She founded and directs the Soul-Making Literary Competition, now in its 16th year. Her poetry has been published in over 500 literary journals and anthologies, a significant amount of which have earned awards and citations. Most recently, her book of poetry I SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM WATER was published by Ragged Sky Press and has been referred to as “sensual, hard edged and heartbreaking.”

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Diane Moomey

Diane is a sculptor, a painter, a gardener, a dreamer, and a storyteller who lives in El Granada, California. She has had gallery exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec and in California showing paper collage accompanied by poems. Her poetry and short prose have appeared in Northwest Literary Forum, Earth Prayers, (Roberts/Amidon, Harper-Collins, 1991), Two-Twenty-Four Poetry Quarterly, Blis, Icon, The Love Project (Anabasis), The Sand Hill Review and Writing For Our Lives. One prose piece from this last, “Grandmother, Geo-thermally Yours,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her new book…Place…, a collection of poetry and literary fiction, was published in the fall of 2010 by Day’s Eye Press and Studios. Love’s House, a small chapbook of love poetry, appeared in 2009. While on the Way Home, a hand-bound collection of poetry, prose and brush drawings, was published by Day’s Eye Press in 1988. Diane reads frequently at the California Writer’s Club Open Mic in San Mateo, at CoastWriters in Half Moon Bay, at Waverley Writers in Palo Alto, at the Not Yet Dead Poets’ Society in Redwood City, at Lit Nite in La Honda, and at various benefits for worthy causes .

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Debralee Pagan

Debralee Pagan is the pen name of Deborah Fruchey, who got tired of having her name mispronounced. Her history consists of an ungodly number of years in churches, mental hospitals, and 12-Step programs (in that order). Her poetry has appeared in Bullhorn, Poetry SF, Citivoice, Oxygen, and Tule Review, as well as the Babarian collection, “Poets from Hell” and 5 or 6 other anthologies. Deborah publishes a free poetry newsletter for her local East Bay area. For 3 years she hosted a poetry reading in Walnut Creek. She is also the author of an award winning comedy romance novel and a new self-help book; both are available from Amazon.com.

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Judy Wells

Judy Wells was born in San Francisco and raised in Martinez.  She is the great-granddaughter of Irish immigrant Edward Rodgers (McRory) from Co. Tyrone, Ireland, and Letitia Kinney of Philadelphia.  Judy received her B.A. in French from Stanford and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.  She taught writing and literature at Bay Area colleges before a career as an Academic Counselor for adults in the School of Extended Education at St. Mary’s College of California, and a second career as a faculty member of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at St. Mary’s.

Judy has published nine collections of poetry, including I Dream of Circus Characters: A Berkeley Chronicle (Beatitude Press), Little Lulu Talks with Vincent Van Gogh (Malthus Press), Call Home (Scarlet Tanager Books), and Everything Irish (Scarlet Tanager).  She is also co-editor of The Berkeley Literary Women’s Revolution (McFarland, 2005), a chronicle of the founding of Women’s Studies in the Comparative Literature Department at UC Berkeley in the 1970s.  She was a featured reader in the Berkeley Poetry Festival, 2006 and 2009.  Poet Jack Foley says of Everything Irish:  “Judy Wells, graduate of St. Catherine’s, gives us the lowdown on the secret loves and adventures of an Irish-American feminist,” and Berkeley writer Adam David Miller calls her “a gifted Irish storyteller.”  She likes to think of herself as a humorist with a sometimes serious bent.

 

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