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Current Show | Show Archives

Artist Biographies -
January 25 – April 18, 2014


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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.


Joan Alexander

Joan Alexander lives in Berkeley Ca.  She grew up in Seattle Wa.  She has no formal art training but has always sought creative outlets, through poetry, as a member of Shakespeare's Sisters, photography and, within the last twenty plus years, through her work with assemblage and collage.  She is drawn to simple beauty, working primarily with found objects that have been overlooked or tossed aside, combining them in quiet, illusory almost meditative ways.  Her work is inspired both by Eastern religions and Native American practices. She has participated in the KPFA Crafts Fair, S.F. Women's Building Crafts Fair, and several smaller shows. She enjoys drawing others into her work in such a way as to see anew the simple beauty in the everyday. Her work is available at her North Berkeley studio.  She can be contacted through her web site: 


Judith Allen

Judith Allen uses 2D and 3D digital drawing and painting, high-format scanning, and photography “sweetened” with self-designed paper and textiles to create lustrous and evocative ultra-chrome or canvas fine-art prints. Printed using archival-quality watercolor papers, inks and canvas, these lustrous works will last for a lifetime and beyond. Educated in Massachusetts and California, her work—centering on themes of life-death dichotomies, time-based illusions, and humanistic themes—has been displayed at numerous galleries on each coast. Philosophically, she is committed to exploring the breadth and depth—as well as the future possibilities—of multimedia technologies in the service of fine art. She is also a seasoned web-design and graphics freelance professional.


Robert Z. Apte

Robert Z. Apte lives in Berkeley, Ca. His formal photographic training was minimal. He is mainly self-taught with a few workshops. His most admired photographers include Salgado and Atget. He works in several mediums: 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ color, 35 MM, film and digital. His work has been in Five major exhibits: Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, Photoiconographs (one man show) circa 2004 / MOMA San Francisco, Photographers Gallery- Icebergs of Antarctica / 2007 International Airport, San Francisco- The Dzongs of Bhutan, Circa 1995 / International Airport, San Francisco- The Wigmen of New Guinea- 2008 / International Airport, San Francisco- The Icebergs of Antarctica 2010. His work has also appeared in relevant publications: Three Kingdoms on the Roof of the World, Nepal, Ladaka, Parallax Press 1990; Tibet: Enduring Spirit:  Exploited Land, Heartsfire Press, With Andres Edwards 1998


Tiphereth Banks

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


Georgia Bassen

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


Sarita Blum

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


BOSS, Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) is an Alameda County nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fighting against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. BOSS serves over 1,500 homeless families and individuals a year, operating Housing, Health, Income, and Social Justice programs in the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Hayward to help people rebuild their lives. BOSS serves people with serious barriers to wellness - homelessness and deep poverty, mental illness, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and chronic illnesses, illiteracy, and other challenges. BOSS firmly believes that all people, no matter what their circumstance or life experience, are capable of change, with the right kind of resources and support. Learn more at




Amber was born in Arizona. She is 10 years old and in fifth grade. She likes to read.


Angie was born in 2003 in Oakland. She lives in Berkeley now. She likes video games, art and books.


A’shalan is 10 years old and lives in Berkeley, CA


Clintera is 12 years old. She was born in San Pablo. She is in 7th grade. She loves to take care of little kids and little pets.


Diego is 11 years old. He was born in Fairfield and moved to Pittsburg. He has 3 brothers and 1 sister. He loves playing video games.


Joshua is 12 years old. He loves to eat veggies, skateboard and play games and cook. He has 2 sisters and 1 brother. He lives in Berkeley and is in the 7th grade.


Jovanni was born in Hayward. He is in 3rd grade. He loves sports. His favorite sport is football. The artist also loves art and painting.


Martin is 11 years old and lives in Berkeley, CA.


Sophie was born in Fairfield, CA and is in the 4th grade. She likes to sing, play, draw and do ceramics.



Carol Jones Brown

Carol Jones Brown began her painting career in oils, but later switched to acrylics and mixed media. She has a BS degree in journalism and a teaching certificate for adult school in fine art, crafts and communications. She taught art classes at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, then 30 plus years with the Hayward Adult School. .She has shown in a number of galleries, and her paintings are in many collections around the world. She is a member of several active Bay Area art organizations that display her work. Carol says, “After painting for many years, I don’t try for a particular image, such as a seascape or a floral. Now I strive to create something that is vibrant in color, fun and exciting—a surprise for me and those who view my art. Some-times I attack my empty canvases with globs of acrylic paint in brilliant hues, dancing my brushes around the canvas for a challenging start.” Or she may add collage and interesting textures to discover a new direction. Her works are magical, stirring and exciting and Expressions Gallery is proud to present her work as part of this show.


Gabriele Bungardt

Gabriele Bungardt lives in Alameda County. She focuses on emotional interactions and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships as the core of her work. The subtle nuances of body language convey many meanings, and it is this ambiguity that I find most interesting. “Although I create my own stories, I prefer to leave viewers enough room to interpret the scenes from their point of view. Studies suggest that power and wealth may adversely affect one’s ability to feel empathy. My latest paintings explore that theme as it relates to everyday encounters. Poverty and prosperity share the same street corner as if in some kind of co-dependent relationship. As this scene plays out daily on city streets, it is often surprising to see who lends a helping hand and who does not.


Jackie Bunton

Jackie Bunton is a resident in BOSS shelter. Formerly a child of the foster care system, when she aged out she found herself homeless and lacking the support she needed to deal with serious health needs. She is working to overcome these challenges and achieve health and stability. The wall next to her bed is filled with works she has drawn, as she often lies in bed and looks at them to help relax. "I have enjoyed doing art since grade school. Doing art relaxes me and gives me brief respite from the issues I am having in my life. I especially enjoy drawing cats, because I love animals. I have always wanted to be an artist because it lets me be creative."


Janis Burger

Janis Burger is a photographer who is interested in places and people that are unseen by many and documenting the humanity of people struggling to live with dignity and creativity. She has photographed in various locations in West Africa, Mexico and Morocco: “Close to home I have been photographing in the Albany Bulb , Albany California for the past several years. It is located in a beautiful spot on the bay with large vistas, wild landscapes and dramatic sky’s. A homeless community had made this open space their home with many different types of dwellings and natural artwork is spread throughout the area: painted trees, and rocks, and sculptures from discarded materials dot the landscape. Much of the artwork came and went with the seasons but with each visit there was new art and new people. The sense of home and community for those who lived there by choice or necessity drew me to the Bulb. Recently, the city has been evicting the tenants and attempting to house them in temporary shelters as the land is being taken back by the East Bay Parks. ”


Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter lives in the East Bay.  He works in various mediums: ceramics, drawing, sculpture, design, and painting. He went to Castlemont High where his drawing teacher put one of his works in an exhibit at the Oakland Museum. This spurred his interest in learning more about different forms of art and he took classes at Laney College (drawing, design, silkscreen, advertising art, and art history); at  San Francisco State (advanced drawing, metal arts, film, advanced ceramics, and Raku); and, at Merritt College (advanced ceramics).  He continues his studies and is very close to a degree in art.  He was hired as part of the college staff, firing for one class and helping students as a mentor.  With a Raku kiln given to him by a teacher and a small kiln that he purchased, the artist started doing his work from home, selling his ceramics on Telegraph Avenue, at street fairs, and in art galleries. As a member of the Richmond Art Center since 2003, he had one of his pieces displayed with the featured artist during his first year of membership.  In 2006, he became one of the featured artists and won the Jan Hart-Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award.  Currently, he is a member of Pro Arts and is now also showing his work at Expressions Gallery.


Ron Clark

Ron Clark was born on the South Side of Chicago, and currently lives in Oakland. He resided at St. Mary’s Center’s winter shelter in 2013 and utilized the program to obtain subsidized housing. Ron’s interest in art emerged at age 4 when he didn’t talk a lot, but preferred to draw pictures as a way to find out how people would respond to his life experiences. Ron appreciates the art teachers in his life who taught and encouraged him as an artist. When he was 8 years old, his teacher Mrs. Brooks introduced him to drawing portraits, he read comic books and studied animated characters to develop his skill. When he was 12, he was influenced by his teacher Hazel Huggins; an artist who brought African American art to city schools in the 1960’s. At age 15, Ron’s teacher Mr. Leo introduced him to the art of Giacometti; he connected with this artist’s style, grace and hard edge. At age 17, Ron became inspired by the artwork of Charles White. As a budding artist, Ron also paid attention to street artists who taught him to develop his talent. Ron continues to create portraits as an opportunity for him to record and share what he sees. He invites people to look at his artwork and to see what speaks to them. Ron attended the Art Institute of Chicago; he completed a BfA at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA in 1981. His artwork is exhibited at St. Mary’s Center and has been exhibited at the Whitney M. Young Library in Chicago, 1976. Ron seeks peace; sometimes the only place he finds it, is when he creates art.


Ellen Coffey

Ellen Coffey lives in Berkeley, California.  She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and has lived in the U.S., Europe and Africa.  She began working in clay in a time of crisis in her life more than twenty years ago. Since then she has studied with teachers in the U.S. and in Europe.  The artist creates fired clay figures in relationships to one another.  She is interested in the ways in which these figures touch and the spaces that exist between them. She has four current sculpture projects:   One is based on photographs of people at bus stops in Oakland some of which were recently part of the “Scout Oakland” show at The Compound Gallery in Oakland.  The second series is named “Captured Memories” and is based on important moments in peoples’ lives. Many of these works are in private collections. The third series seen in this show is focused on people in the Bay Area who live on the street and the buildings that surround them.    Her fourth project focuses on multi-generational families.


Andrei Crandall

Andrei Crandall was adopted from a Russian orphanage at age 4.  Now 14 and a student at Longfellow Middle School, he was given a camera to keep him occupied on the long flight from Moscow to New York.  As the years went by, an aunt thought his photos showed promise and bought him his first professional camera five years ago.  A year later Andrei had his first show at a local coffee shop.  His mentors and influence include Prof. Emeritus Sally Stein, UC Irvine, Ernest Cole, and Pete Souza, Pres. Obama's personal photographer.  An email from Souza encouraged Andrei to take the photos in this show on the morning the President was sworn in for his second term.  He was accepted into the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild at age 12 and was asked to do an internship in Sacramento in the State Senate Photographer's office with Lorie Shelley last summer.  His work has been published in SW Airline's Spirit magazine.  Recent shows include Berkeley's Alta Bates Hospital and Collector's Art Gallery.


Attila Cziglenyi

Attila Cziglenyi is a contemporary artist in watercolor, acrylic and oil media. For the past two and a half decades, the subject matter of his paintings ranged from landscapes to aviation and still lifes. Always interested in art, he started his art education in Texas at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, then continued at Chabot College, Hayward and participated in workshops and classes given by well-known artists. Attila has participated in numerous juried group shows in Texas and California and was accepted in the Oshkosh EAA Air Adventure Museum exhibit. He is a member of the Hayward Arts Council and ART Inc. “With my paintings I try to express the exhilaration one feels at the sights and sounds of whirling propellers, roaring of a rocket or the moods created by the changing lights in a landscape. I am always looking for unusual shapes, lines or colors to best convey this message” (from Razzle Dazzle website page; dpd, 5/10/13)


Pedro Del Norte

Pedro Del Norte was born in Oakland, and raised in Concord where he is currently a guest of the Brookside Shelter. When Pedro stayed at St. Mary’s shelter from 2012-2013, he participated in a creative arts class and was overjoyed with the opportunity to play and create. As a child Pedro loved to recreate things he saw, such as airplanes and cars.. As a way of life, he enjoys to see how well he can convey what he thinks, feels and sees in his mind’s eye. Pedro finds pleasure in the creative process as it evolves before his eyes, and when he creates, he takes a leap, jumping in and as something comes through he accepts all exactly how it is happening. Sometimes he paints art pieces over and over until he sees something pleasing to his eye. He likes to work with pastels and acrylics that can be layered and jump off the paper with striking vibrancy. For Pedro, creating is a journey of discovery that also offers him a future with depth and purpose. Pedro wants the creative process to become a habit in his life, not only to fill a void, but also to help him develop a greater appreciation for life.


Carol Denney

Carol Denney is a Berkeley writer, musician, and activist. She plays locally at the Freight and Salvage, is a cast member and contributing writer on KPFA’s TwitWit Radio, live political comedy 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. She is the founder and editor of the Pepper Spray Times, and her work is featured regularly in Street Spirit, the Berkeley Daily Planet, and on KQED’s Perspectives


Mary Martin DeShaw

Mary Martin DeShaw currently lives in El Cerrito, CA and has been a long-time East Bay resident. While in college she photographed and wrote for her school newspapers, and soon after attended the (now closed) Glen Fishback School of Photography in Sacramento, CA. In addition to exhibiting and competing in fine art photography, she shoots for a number of nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, Writer Coach Connection, SOAR for Youth and Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay. In her early years, she photographed for the Richardson Independent School District and the Dallas Morning News, as well as for several companies including Liquid Paper Corporation. She is inspired by the work of many photographic luminaries, most recently Abelardo Morell. A website is currently under construction. Until it is accessible, please contact her at: Meanwhile, she thanks you for your interest in her work.


Jan Dove

Jan Dove wandered around West Oakland taking pictures of the abandoned furniture waiting to be picked up by the City for several months. After a while, the couches seemed to have their own personalities; they become members of the homeless community of an area. I wanted to make a book of the homeless furniture, a book that would express those personalities, but it wasn’t working. Until one day I combined some of my figure drawings in a (nearly) life-size scale with the photographs, and something clicked “ON”. The “ghosts” in the furniture jumped to life — on the page as well as in my head. Since the images are about 80″ tall I thought they are too big for a traditional bound book — until I thought about books very ancient and almost as old as the midden. I thought of scrolls on aged and yellowed paper. These pages are digitally printed on asuka, a natural warm white Japanese paper.


J. Fernandez

J. Fernandez resides in Oakland; he was born in Puerto Rico. His primary artistic medium for expressing himself is poetry; he has read poems in myriad venues, including universities and cafes. Before coming to St. Mary’s Center, he experienced many years of homelessness on the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley and the “darkness of silence.” Since participating in services for the past 5 years, he finds “the darkness” lifting, dissipating and that he’s freer to express himself and have conversations with the world. “His Name is Juan Gonzales” expresses a real story. J. was invited to read this poem at the United Nations on October 17th, 2012 for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by the Fourth World Movement that works to eradicate poverty internationally. J. painted, “Gray in black and blue” soon after this event; he feels it is his best painting.  J. realizes as a person who lives in extreme poverty, he has to make a strong effort to dispel darkness and to speak up for the rights of poor people whenever and wherever he can. 


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.


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. ( )


Rozita Fogelman

Rozita Fogelman is a Russian/American conceptual artist and eco-art activist. Born in 1964 in Tbilisi, Georgia, she immigrated with her family to Israel in 1975, and since 1998, she lives and works in Berkeley, California. She studied dance and music in Tbilisi, Georgia; graphic design and sculpture in Jaffa, Tel Aviv at Avni Institute of Art and Design, and in 2011, she pioneered a new multi-disciplinary media art graduate program at California State University East Bay with emphasis on multimedia, communication and contemporary studio practice arts. Fogelman is a conceptual, abstract-expressionist, colorist, minimalist, avant-garde, anti-war and environmental activist artist. She works with elements, language and abstract; using contemporary and traditional media: dealing with abstract representational often triggered by language, and experimental use of multimedia, times study of a single hue or a minimal form of structure. She distinguished visual communication and sound as her first language out of five. Her work is influenced by dance and jazz, shamanism and zen, dada and Art School of New York, the ancient Jewish Kabbalah and Gutenberg’s movable type, science and technology. She loves to try exploring metaphysical concepts. The two pieces in the Homeless show are the little window of the basement, where homeless people sleep to get warm. They are limited edition photography of 1/12 and represents architectural objects, which were first mass produced in metal works and manufactured in the USA in the1920's. The two photographs were taken in San Francisco in a victorian house, and framed in a country style to depict the old historical movement of mass produced metal works. and


Sue Mary Fox

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


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.


Evelyn Glaubman

Evelyn Glaubman currently lives in Berkeley, CA. She grew up in New York. Glaubman attended the Arts Students League in New York, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts , holds a BA, ED and BFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts, and did graduate work at Instituto d’Allende on a scholarship awarded through an International Competition. She has exhibited locally in galleries and at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Oakland Museum, Richmond Art Center and the Berkeley Art Center. In addition, her works have been seen nationally and internationally, in Italy and Mexico. She has been reviewed in publications; her Work is in Art of Engagement, by Dr. Peter Selz, University of California Press, 2006. Artist statement: “The motivating force of my work has been two-fold: The expressive embodiment of joy, grief and caring: concern for and comment upon social problems we face. Intervals between are work I call: “Scapes letting the unconscious flow”. The medium I work with depends on what I want to say.


Harriett Hache

Harriett Hache lives in Berkeley, Ca. She has a graduate degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass.  She is a professional artist working in multi- media, painting and printmaking. All of Hache’s work has an on-going theme. First and foremost is the story-telling aspect. Her work involves the human form. When asked about the concept behind her work; Harriett responds: “My work is about Relationships”. I admire Picasso and David Hockney. She recently received a scholarship to study Fashion Apparel and Design at the College of Alameda.


Robin Nourse Hipolito

Robin Nourse Hipolito (1917-2011) was born in Newport, Washington. As an adult she taught briefly and then  studied art at the University of Washington. In 1941, Robin became a mechanic at Boeing Aircraft. She then moved to San Francisco where she met and married David Hipolito and had two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca.  Her study of art was put on hold. At age 40, Robin went back to school to be trained as a Cytotechnologist, work she did for the next 20 years. The Hipolito family lived in Richmond, CA and Robin became active in social-political issues. After retiring in 1983, Robin began to study ceramics. She took classes for 12 years and participated in Pro Arts annual Open Studios for 5 years. In 1997 Robin exhibited as part of the Celebration of Older Life in the Berkeley Public Library Window. Her art was an expression of her desire for social and political justice.  Artist's Statement, 1998 “My work consists of commentary in clay about events and issues of the past 12 years that to me were of deep human and political significance. My involvement, in Richmond, was in a Community Center where I saw people who were struggling to survive.  When an organization for homeless people decided to have a “Richmond Homeless Tent City” to dramatize their plight, I participated and made my first activist piece of sculpture.  From that experience I found it was exciting and satisfying to put my political and social convictions into 3 dimensions. I call my work “The Art of Survival.”


Dwayne Hood

Dwayne Hood is a resident in BOSS shelter, working to address serious health issues and achieve housing and stability. Dwayne, 51, is a former fireman and also worked as a snake handler in Texas. He has been interested in Asian art most of his life. "It is mysterious and open to interpretation. I am also very impressed by nature. The selections that I have submitted represent, to me, sorrow and love. When I practice art, my mind opens up and I become relaxed."


Stan Huncilman

Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana, but he is a product of the San Francisco Bay Area art world.  He attended San Francisco State University, where he was introduced to Funk Art and Happenings in the 1970s.  He received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984.  S.F.A.I. is the home of the Bay Area’s leading art instructors. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years.  Stan works in a variety of materials.  As a matter of practice he uses the material that is most expedient to creating the sculpture he wants rather than “pushing a particular material.”  His sculptures often begin from a simple sketch.  He prefers to work in a direct manner rather than making molds of models before the final sculpture. The artist states: “I combine a child-like playfulness with primitivism. This creates a wonderland of intriguing forms and convoluted messages.  When I enter my studio there is a mental sign post reading ‘Linear Thinking Stops Here’. Through my sculpture I create a world of nutritiously puzzling paradigms whose roots may be in religion, folk art, nineteenth-century industrialisms or Greek mythology.  In this world, a whimsical sense of humor walks arm in arm with an obstinate determination to create.”  The sculptures in this exhibition are part of his “All My Psyches” series, a whimsical, yet intriguing observation of the complexities of consciousness.  His solo exhibits include Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.


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."


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.


Minal Jeswani

Minal Jeswani lives in the Bay Area. She received a BFA in pictorial art, San Jose State University, December 2009. She has exhibited her work in numerous places Including: Art Object Gallery, San Jose, August, 29, 2009 -September 19, 2009.Kalied Gallery, San Jose, August, 2009-January, 2010, Works Gallery, San Jose, May 28th-June 12th, 2010 Alameda County Fair: Juried Exhibit, June 30th to July 11th, 2010. Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA. June 28th to July 24th, 2010, Phantom galleries, 2cc Gallery, Tesserae exhibit, Sept 4th-Oct 3rd 2010, Mystic Art Center,  Art in Pieces, CT  Oct 1st-Nov 13th, 2010, Art and Soul Gallery, Burlingame CA Sep-Nov 2010, Tesserae Tile and Stone gallery, Gloucester MA Oct-Nov 2010, Silver circle studio and gallery, CT, Reasonable and seasonable exhibit Nov/Dec 2010. Artist’s Statement My work is about chaos and order, about struggling to find balance in the ever- changing world around me, about keeping steady amidst the turbulence of a constantly altering world. Over the last three years my art made the switch from representational to non-objective. Art is a medium that allows me to be in the present moment and helps me connect with my subconscious. I’m interested more in the unseen than the seen world. I am primarily interested in the essence, the life force that connects us all, the underlying life source that inhabits every plant, animal, and human. My art is connected with my everyday world, whether perceived or conceived. My relationship with my work is a quest for getting to know myself; art is a gateway to my inner world. (from Love, Unity and Freedom website page; dpd, 5/10/13)


Larry E. Jones

Larry E. Jones currently lives in El Cerrito, California, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He became interested in art from visiting museums and galleries and from the need for self-expression. He has had considerable black and white darkroom experience before switching to digital photography approximately ten years ago. Some of his favorite photographers include W. Eugene Smith, Cartier Bresson and Richard Misrach.

He originally made sculptural assemblages and approximately ten of his pieces are in the private collection of Doctor Saad Ghosn in Cincinnati, Ohio. His images have appeared in approximately seventeen publications, including Black and White Magazine, Street Art San Francisco, Mission Muralismo and others. His photographic project on the Millcreek Valley in Cincinnati was featured in a solo exhibition at the Carnegie Art Center in Covington, Kentucky. Other of his images have been exhibited in group exhibitions in the United States and Canada. Artist states he likes exploring new areas and photographing anything of interest that comes along. He travels light and frequently utilizes public transportation along with walking. Ongoing projects include street art, the Albany Bulb, Bay Area events, beach photography and continuing to photograph the Cincinnati Area and the Millcreek Valley when he visits his home town.


Coral Lambert

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


Silvia Ledezma

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


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.


Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack held a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.  She worked in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry.  Her work was consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applied.  She exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried.  Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnificent jewelry. Jennifer also served on various Boards of Directors for long standing artists organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists, where she was a past President and Vice Treasurer, and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization, as a Treasurer. "We are sorry to say that Jennifer Wallace Mack passed away in May, 2013. Her family knows we are pleased to continue to show her amazing work at our gallery.


Patty McAfee AKA Rhinestone Patty

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


Qadir McCray

Qadir McCray: “I was born in Harlem New York (1964). I grew up and went to College in Brooklyn - Pratt Institute - where is studied fine arts. After college, I worked as an elementary school teacher, teaching art, photography and computer graphics for over 20 years. During this time, I freelanced as a photographer, painter and artist in residence for public/private schools and museums in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Working with all age groups as an educator is something I really enjoy. I'm currently living in Berkeley California and loving it. Exploring and developing a personal body of work in addition to making a feature film is on it's way. My goal is to write, produce and direct a film based on true stories taken from a few of the people, places and things that I include in my art works leading up to film.”


Teddy Milder

Teddy Milder is a mixed-media artist living and working in Berkeley California.  Having retired from a public health policy career, she is currently constructing mixed-media pieces that integrate textile and digital techniques. She studied printing and digital arts at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley City college, Berkeley Adult School, Surface Design Association Workshops and attended Haystack Mountain Arts Center for mixed media in the summer of 2012.  Teddy has participated in numerous local and national shows including: Subterranean Arthouse, Buccis, La Pena, Berkeley City College, and Say Si Gallery, San Antonio, TX.  She was selected for the 2013 National Caucus for Women in the Arts annual juried show. She is a member of the 1030 Art Group, Surface Design Association (SDA), and Berkeley Digital Artists Collaborative.  Teddy is the production assistant for the SDA quarterly journal,  The artist states: “My work explores the tension between hard and soft surfaces, fragility and strength, ancient and contemporary, destruction and beauty, and shifting boundaries among them.   I employ photography, digital printing, hand and machine sewing, dyeing, and painting to create works on fine art and handmade paper, cloth, recycled soda cans and other alternative surfaces to provoke wonder, create mystery and question visual treasure in the context of historical, ecological, geographical, and social place.  Pieces submitted for the Expressions Gallery Homelessness Show are original photographs taken while wandering streets in Berkeley, New York and Madrid, Spain.”


Doug Minkler

Doug Minkler is a Berkeley printmaker, specializing in making posters. Past collaborations include work with ILWU, Rain Forest Action Network, SF Mime Troupe, ACLU, The Lawyers Guild, CISPES, United Auto Workers, Africa Information Network, Ecumenical Peace Union, ADAPT, Cop Watch, Street Sheet, and Veteran’s for Peace.


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’.”


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."


Malcolm Nicoll

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959.  He earned a B.F.A. in Art History from University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Art Education from Colorado State University.  He lived in and traveled extensively through Europe and is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been exhibiting his large-scale paintings and fused mosaic glassworks in Europe and the Bay Area for over fifteen years. He is currently creating highly colorful and expressive glass bowls, plates and jewelry and looks forward to showing his new works in the coming year.  The artist states: “George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.’  To deal with this crudeness we can either engage creation or destruction; to walk the artist’s path is to engage creation.  Through painting and working with glass, I am supported by dreams and visions that steer me toward existence beyond the ordinary.  Whether I’m creating in two or three dimensions, I have a heartfelt, spiritual connection that takes the work beyond beauty, dreams and aesthetic visions, beyond color and line on a surface into deep unity.  From this place, humanity’s inherent potential becomes visible, reminding viewers of their own divinity and the promises of their creativity.”


Aphra Pia

Aphra Pia is a native of California where she earned a BA in Art and Interior Design at San Jose State. In 1976 she initiated and still maintains her own design firm. An award winning photographer, her images have been featured in solo and group exhibitions. Her photographs of the Uyghur people were displayed in The Hague, as part of the UNPO: Unrepresented Nations& Peoples Organization’s twentieth anniversary. The early years of Aphra’s photography were spent photographing in the Sierras. Currently, as an avid traveler, she focuses on places where the feeling of space and freedom is the subject, i.e. Alaska, Antarctica, Africa, Patagonia and United States. And, she is also partial to places that convey the sense time past, i.e. China, Bhutan, Cambodia, and Cuba. Her images present a compassionate view of old cultures and ethnic people, landscapes, and close-ups. Her images are underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered. They are fragmentary glimpses of our world, i.e. the relationships of color in the land, waters and sky, dimensional repetition of texture, real or implied. Subtle backgrounds on which natural, rich color introduces itself are presented as semi-abstract graphic compositions of natural elements. Aphra’s goal is to have the viewer see beneath the obvious. ”I want them to empathize with a stranger, to cradle the flower in their hand, to feel the cold, to lift their faces to the sky and to see the relationship of each to the other.” Books:   Wanderlust – travel images and poetry , Silken Threads From the Past - celebrates the Uyghur people and their culture (Includes comments from Uyghur refugees.)
My new book: Silken Threads from the Past  (available at:


Vicki Pierpont

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


Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a long time resident of Albany.  She began her artist's adventures as a painter, earning a B.A. in art from UC Berkeley.  She loved the challenge of painting but felt limited by the medium.  She expanded her interests to photography and loved the freedom of being able to produce an image independent of the studio.  Although photography allowed for more flexibility, she wanted to be able to push the image as she had done in painting.  Taking a class in digital printmaking at Berkeley City College, she found the perfect means to synthesize the immediacy of photography with the imagination of painting.  She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the Albany Arts and Music Festival in 2008 and was named Visual Artist of the Year by the Albany Community Foundation in 2009.  Her work has been exhibited around the Bay Area, was chosen for shows at the De Young Museum, the Best of the Bay Area 2010 at CSU East Bay, and the 33rd Annual Bradley International Print Show in Peoria, IL in 2011.  She continues classes in advanced digital printmaking at Berkeley City College and is an ongoing member of the BCC Digital Arts Club and a member of the Berkeley City College Arts Council.


Marcia Poole

Marcia Poole spent her early years studying various philosophies and religions and became a Zen lay priest in her mid-twenties. She has continued her spiritual practices, with an emphasis on community action and artistic expression. Poole traveled extensively until the 1980s, when she stopped to relocate and received her BA at S F State College in 1985. She spent the next several years studying art & traveling. Poole joined Mother's Hen in 1994 and took over the graphics side of the organization, providing posters, web design, books, pamphlets and newspaper ads. Poole also helped established the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She wrote grants and proposals for funding, produced the programs and ads, and worked on the day to day coordination of the events. In 2010 she decided to resume her artistic career outside of the social and political realms and has produced numerous prints and has digitally printed and edited photos with Louis Cuneo. The latest show, Homelessness, which she co-curated with Rinna Flohr of Expressions Gallery, brings her artistic and social sensibilities together. She is one of the artists whose work is in the show.


Lynda A. N. Reyes

Lynda A. N. Reyes is a professional artist from Glendale, California. She is a visual artist, an art historian and an author. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting in the Philippines and a Master’s degree in Art History at Northern Illinois University. Her artworks have been featured in juried national and international exhibits in Kentucky, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, San Francisco, Salinas, Brea in Orange County, Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Burbank, Glendale, and in Alberta, Canada. Since 2008, Lynda has participated in 22 juried exhibits, including museum exhibits at the National Steinbeck Museum in Salinas, California in 2012 and at the Kenosha Public Museum in Wisconsin in 2013. She paints representational subjects in oil and watercolor and accepts portrait commissions in both media. She did her first oil portrait at age 17 in 1972. As a master watercolorist Lynda has been represented in published books and catalogs. To note, her “California Grandpa” has been published in Splash 14, a book series dedicated to high quality watercolor works from accomplished artists all over the world. The artist states: “Through my art, I want to interact with my viewers and to share with them what I have experienced. When the viewers participate, only then can I say my painting is done! My hands, mind and heart all work in unison to spark the awe the viewers experience in their initial encounter with any of my artworks.” Lynda taught Art History and in several community colleges in LA area including Glendale, Santa Monica and Pasadena. She is known in the international academia for her pioneering book titled "The Textiles of Southern Philippines” and her published studies in Philippine ethnic art.  Her book is in the collection of 141 libraries of major universities and museums all over the world.  She was a recipient of an International Fellowship Award from the American Association of University Women and has won awards and recognition both as an artist and art historian.


Ernest and Lois Rich

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


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"


Gregory William Rick

Gregory William Rick a muralist, artist of varying mediums has always liked to draw and paint. He has worked extensively in public arts. In 2003 he joined the army. The following year he was deployed to Iraq. He was there over a year with the hundred and first airborne, Infantry. Upon his return in 2007 he started creating art again, having participated in numerous shows as well as working on two murals Minneapolis. But thing became hard he was diagnosed with P.T.S.D. Booth his parents passed as well when he was in the army causing great hurt and depression. Soon he became homeless. For 4 years Greg battled his demons. A year ago he got back on his feet and has started doing paintings again. Primarily doing mix media and linoleum cuts now. In the future he is looking forward to doing murals with kids once again. The work demonstrates injustice along with some of the roots of homelessness. The pieces also have an air of optimism in there reflection of overcoming adversities.


Diego Marcial Rios

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


Selma Rockett 

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


Joanna M. Ruckman

Joanna M. Ruckman lives in Alameda, CA. She studied photography and cultural anthropology at Brown University and Multimedia Arts at Berkeley City College. She is the curator for the Subterranean Arthouse Gallery, teaches digital printmaking at Berkeley City College, and is an active member of both 4th Street Fine Art in Berkeley and the 1030 Art Group. Her shopping cart series is a social commentary about the various urban symbolisms of shopping carts in the East Bay. The shopping cart exists in seemingly opposite contexts of city life. One subculture of people survive in the streets, pushing their belongings around in shopping carts and recycling the discarded containers and packaging of consumers, who in contrast, push shopping carts around stores and collect items to buy or fill up virtual shopping carts online. Often these two communities seem invisible to one another even as they are living together on the same block. The shopping cart represents a vacancy longing to be filled. It is a container, which attempts to carry the weight of the needs of our human condition.


Saint Mary’s, Transforming Lives and Building Communities


St. Mary’s Center in Oakland engages the body, mind, heart, and spirit of elders and children.  Senior specific services (for people 55 and older) and a Preschool (for 3 - 5 year olds) address the distinct needs of extremely low-income elders and families wanting to change the circumstances of their lives.  St. Mary’s Center is the only nonprofit organization in Alameda County that offers comprehensive services specifically for homeless seniors. Services include case management, income and housing advocacy, mental health counseling and psychiatric care, winter shelter, financial management, nursing support, daily meals, recovery program, social justice advocacy and creative arts programs.  Center staff and volunteers use creative arts with elders as a medium for self-awareness and interconnection among participants and our community-at-large. Annual cultural and social justice events of St. Mary’s Community weave dance, music, drama, storytelling, poems, and rituals into celebrations that honor Black History month, Earth Day, International Day to End Poverty, a Homeless Memorial and other events. Arts programming includes classes for Winter Shelter residents and projects for Recovery and Support Groups. Senior artists attest that “Making art brings out my inner self and wisdom, the best in me.” “I feel content and strengthened through creating art.” And “It is so good to be creative, a life saver.” writing, movement, and art are integral to the healing and transformation that many seniors experience while at St. Mary’s Center

St. Mary’s Center

Transforming Lives Building Community Creating Change

925 Brockhurst St.  Oakland, CA  94608
510-923-9600 ext. 231



Sumiko Saulson


Sumiko Saulson states: This is my first time being shown at a gallery, so I am extremely excited about it. My previous showings have been in non-gallery spaces including cafes and cultural centers. My two-month long showing at Café 3016, ended on the 1st of January, 2014.  The tiny dresser and table lamp in the squalid hotel room with its yellow stained walls is the kind of thing I used to see on a regular basis during the period of time I lived in SRO hotel rooms in San Francisco when I first moved there between 1987 and 1989 and again, in the later months of 2005 before I left for the East Bay.  My painting,  “ Single Room Occupancy” depicts a depressed woman sitting on a filthy mattress in a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel with a single window and a single lamp on a tiny nightstand. Currently Sumiko is the author of three novels in the science fiction, horror and dark fantasy genres, “Solitude”, “Warmth”, and “The Moon Cried Blood”  and a short story anthology. She is also a published poet who once was profiled in a San Francisco Chronicle article about up-and-coming poets in the Beatnik tradition. The child of African American and Russian-Jewish American parents, she is a native Californian who has spent most of her adult life living in the San Francisco Bay area.


Jesse Sterling


Jesse Sterling was born in 1980 to a poorly planned adoption. He states: “ I hit the ground running. I attended Arcata High School while growing up in Humboldt County; a beautiful place with a high number of artists per capita. I learned most basic art principles in school or from the Children's Art Academy at HSU. After graduating high school, I attended Humboldt State University where my interests in invention prototyping was called "majoring in physics". After less than 2 years, I'd blown my mind with cold fusion and marihuana. This is where my independent efforts in art creation began. I was on the street for a year or so and was thinking I needed a productive use of my time. I decided to make paintings with a challenge in mind: low number of brush strokes, high amounts of information, at the cost of almost nothing. The solution was bed sheets and house paint.”


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.”


Elizabeth Teal


Elizabeth Teal lives in Oakland and was born in Alameda, CA. She went to St. Mary’s Center for emergency winter shelter in 2013, she states the following: “All the programs changed my life. Now I have a sense of belonging and community. I never had formal classroom training in art. I am a protégé of my mother who was a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. Before I learned to hold a fork or spoon properly she taught me to hold a paintbrush and to never, ever leave it in the water. She showed me how to make my own colors and how to smudge pastels. She would arrange fruit on the kitchen table and tell me to color what I saw on paper. My mom’s artwork was everywhere in the home. Anyone who entered our house would be taken to the kitchen where my mom would praise my artwork on the refrigerator as if a masterpiece. I never used crayons until Kindergarten. My teacher was disappointed in my choice of colors and that I didn’t color in the lines. As my mother walked me home she told me “Never color in the lines.” I am my mother’s legacy. When I create art I know it will express beauty and goodness, even when I’m feeling pain. I trust that art making comes from a true place within me. Rather than buy a birthday card to give to a friend, I prefer to draw a picture to express something personal, from the heart, and with feeling.


Gary Turchin


Gary Turchin is the author/illustrator of the wondrous, If I Were You (Simon DeWitt 2011), and the award-winning Ditty-Ditty Doggerel; A Life From Bad To Verse (Simon DeWitt 2012). In 2013, he published a book of serious poetry, Falling Home, (Sugartown Publications). Gary is also a performer and visual artist. His drawings and digital images have been shown in galleries throughout the region and beyond, and have been reproduced on  t-shirts, greeting cards and in calendars. His drawings have been collected in The Book of Self & Other Drawings (Green Man Press 1995). Gary has written/produced and performed three one-man shows for adult audiences and one for kids that he toured schools and libraries for more 10 years.


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.’ "


Roosevelt A. Washington


Roosevelt A. Washington was born and raised in Oakland, by a single alcoholic mother of six.  His family spent a lot of time at the welfare office.  He started drawing at age twelve to escape the difficulties of the household and the surrounding neighborhood.  He met a fellow student in high school who was an artist and challenged Roosevelt to see what was there more clearly.  He soon improved his technique and developed his own style.  The sanctuary provided him by his art saved him from ever becoming involved in the surrounding drugs, gangs and violence.  After a failed early marriage he became homeless for four years.  Living on the streets let him find himself through his art.  While in his late thirties, he learned to read and write.  The artist says, "I try to capture and express human emotions, fantasies and experiences."


Liz Wiener


Liz Wiener lives in Albany, CA.  She arrived here from New York City 15 years ago. Liz began studying art at the museum school of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC when she was a young child. Liz has an M.F.A. in Film Production from Columbia University and a certificate in Fine Arts from Cooper Union. As an adult artist, she has been influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, Kandinsky, Mark Tobey, graffiti and Japanese prints. Liz was an independent documentary filmmaker in New York City for 10 years and taught film/video at various colleges there. Her film about a New York City artist was included the National Film Board of Canada's catalog of films on art.  Her video about teenage graffiti artists was shown on television and received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Lately, Liz has been concentrating on digital photography and printmaking. Her prints and photographs have been shown in galleries in Berkeley and Oakland. Liz is fascinated by the enormous creative potential to be found in working with digital media.


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