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Artist Biographies -
All IN BLOOM,
March 23 - May 17, 2013

Artists

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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 and works 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 morning Milwaukee Art Institute class, and watercolor and acrylic remain her primary media.  Over the years she has worked in ceramics, various textile arts, photography, monoprints, and collage. Sandi’s art training continued through high school and college.  She completed coursework at Pomona College and Scripps College in Southern California, and at UCSF Extension, and CCAC in Oakland.  In addition she has studied with artists in the Bay Area, including Ann Baldwin, Tesia Blackburn, Kathleen Brennan and Judy Greenberg.  Sandi participates regularly in juried exhibitions at the Marin Society of Artists, the California Watercolor Association, and the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  She has had half a dozen solo exhibitions in the Bay Area, and won awards for her work. Current work is divided between representational watercolors, (often using her own travel photography as inspiration), and abstract layering and collage, done in acrylic.  “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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Judith Allen

Judith Allen is a long-time Berkeley, California resident and is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Unlike many fine artists, she does not have formal art training. Instead, her degrees were in philosophy and French literature.  She has since had a long and interesting career in writing, editing and communications project management for healthcare organizations.  Six years ago, she returned to school locally to update her skills in web technology – and stayed to begin her journey in the creation and printing of digital fine art prints. Judith says that she was totally shocked at finding herself  “a talented and burgeoning digital artist who came out of the box showing and selling prints with great success.” Her limited edition prints, After the Fact 1 and After the Fact 2, are part of a series entitled Nature 2.0; these prints reflect her fears and prayers for a world determined to destroy itself by the misuse of our precious natural resources; as always, though, her prints also reflect the tragically luminescent beauty of chaos of destruction. Judith is known, throughout her work, for her lustrous prints (available on watercolor paper as well as canvas) and a unique approach to color.  Her works have been shown in galleries in California and Massachusetts.

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Mark and Liz Aneloski

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

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Georgia Bassen

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

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Priscilla Birge

Priscilla Birge born in New York City and raised in New England, moved to Berkeley, California to continue her art education at the San Francisco Art Institute (then the California School of Fine Art) and U.C. Berkeley where she earned an M.A. in painting. She received her B.A. in art history and painting from Brown University before studying briefly at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. By the end of her kindergarten year she knew she wanted to be an artist and was fortunate to attend an art-oriented high school. Birge works in multiple media including digital. Many of her photo based images become abstracted in the creation process and live in a mixed media, shallow space environment. She works with watercolor, graphite, oil pastel, collage, assemblage, and traditional and nontraditional printmaking processes. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and she works in private and public collections. www.magpie7arts.com

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Carol Jones Brown

Carol Jones Brown has been painting and doing art for over 40 years.  She has a B.S. 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 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.  Expressions Gallery is proud to present her work as part of All in Bloom.

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Lois Cantor

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

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Aaron Carter

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

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Yüksel Dinccag

Yüksel Dinccag, a Berkeley resident, is a photographer and digital printmaker.  She grew up in Turkey and from a young age enjoyed painting and drawing.  She has a B.S. degree in Economics and Accounting; while earning a living as a finance manager, she continued to study art at the University of California Extension, in Berkeley and San Francisco.  Currently she has been studying at Berkeley City College to expand her horizons and explore new digital art forms.  She enjoyed working with the silkscreen printing process and uses the medium to create abstract art.  Her photography is influenced by the beauty and rhythms of nature found in everyday objects.  Whether abstract or realistic, she likes discovering and capturing images that are hidden in plain view.


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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley, CA. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of six.  She took up painting while attending her first classes.  While attending high school, she began her formal art training by studying figure drawing in preparation for an art degree. Following graduation, she took a position as a designer and artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater.  She returned to Berkeley to further her studies and became the head costume designer for a dance company.  She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB, receiving a fine arts credential. Marge continued her studies, receiving a B.A. in 1982 from New College.  She began to exhibit her ceramic sculpture in the community.  While studying ceramics at CAL State, she exhibited in shows there.  She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She was an artist-in-residence with the Berkeley Arts Center and the Oakland Museum.  She studied art in London and Hawaii.  She exhibited ceramic sculpture, painting, and photography in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda.  She received several artist grants from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she studied photography and photographic processes.  Along with sculpture and painting, her photographs were exhibited in two one-woman shows.

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Susan Duhan Felix

Susan Duhan Felix lives in Berkeley, California and has been a serious ceramic artist for the last forty-five years, specializing in ritual objects. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, the Craft and Folk Museum in Los Angeles, the Oakland Museum in Oakland, California and at Christie's in London, U.K. In 1986, she had a solo show at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley and has a piece in its permanent collection. She has pieces in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Jewish History in Philadelphia, and her work is owned by the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles and the Jewish Museum in the former Soviet Union. She is currently the art ambassador for the City of Berkeley, a member of the Berkeley Cultural Trust, and has served on the Berkeley Art Commission for six years and as president for three of those years.  She is a founder of the Jewish Arts Community of the Bay and served as its first Executive Director. In 1987, the California State Assembly passed Resolution No. 1452 commending Susan Felix for her brilliant display of artistic talents and her exemplary record of community leadership. In 1989, the City of Berkeley honored her by declaring March 16th, 1989 Susan D. Felix Day and again honored her with the same award in 1999.

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Ellie Fidler

Ellie Fidler is a textile and pattern designer, designing fabric for over 20 years, including large scale tapestries for major corporations.  Her national and international clients include Hyatt Hotel, TV Guide Headquarters, and the State of California.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, the artist now lives in Berkeley.  She has an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts and has studied at York University in Toronto.  Ellie finds inspiration in music, wildlife and flowers, the beach, and even her dogs.  She starts with sketches and hand-drawn pen-and-ink drawings, which are then colored and composed digitally to create patterns and prints.  This print, Hibiscus, Palm, Parakeet, is from one of her series of pen-and-ink paintings inspired by the tropical gardens and colors of Mexico.  She enjoys working with architects and interior designers for custom projects and is available for commissions.  See her website for more information: www.EllieFidler.com.

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Debbie Fimrite

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

 

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Sue Mary Fox

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

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Rohilah Guy

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

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Cynthia Harb

Cynthia Harb, born and raised in San Francisco, began her interest in crochet as a child, a skill learned through hours of watching her Spanish grandmother as she would sit and tell stories of her past. Cynthia was the only grandchild to take on what turned out to be a  lifelong hobby. Cynthia’s work was first picked up and sold by indie design shop Venus Superstar, which was searching for local handmade items. She went on to design for two more indie stores, both which praised crochet as a lost art. The Field of Sunflowers afghan won first place at the San Mateo County Fair. This piece was also exhibited in the 2012 UHS- Misconceptions Art Show under the title of “Not your grandmother’s crochet”, along with provocative crocheted fashion pieces created by Cynthia. This is Cynthia’s second time exhibiting her work in Expression Gallery.

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Christina Hauswald

Christina Hauswald was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in the bay area. Growing up in family of hikers and gardeners, she knew from early childhood the joy and solace to be found in the simple, many-splendored beauty of the landscape, natural or human-made. She taught herself to draw and paint the world as she saw it, and learned to sew from a class at Sears Roebuck. She worked in the landscape until her body insisted she give it a rest, and then, indoors, imaginary landscapes began to form in her mind, and, gradually, on paper. She was inspired to begin this type of work, water-color quilting, by Ms. Magaret and Ms. Slusser’s wonderful books. She enjoys everything about this medium, from the first spark to selecting and processing the fabric, to the solitary, meditative work on the design wall, and through all the sewing and quilting. She loves the richness of the color and texture, the play of light, and the freedom to “over-plant” all the wonderful garden flowers that can fit into each piece—many more than in any real garden. These works express transitions in the artist’s life—from the real to the imaginary, from the outdoors to the indoors, and from the craft to the art, as well as her deeply felt sense of the spiritual moving always in the material world.

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Bruce Heppler

Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley in 1955 (Kaiser).  He graduated from Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at the 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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Russell Hilken 

Russell Hilken was born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley, California, where he lives today. From a very young age Russell was drawing bits of nature, music and bizarre structures, themes that continue in his work today. After graduating Berkeley High where he learned printmaking, sculpture and photography, Russell went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study architecture. While there he focused primarily on drawing and building by hand, influenced by artists like Giovanni Piranesi, Douglas Darden, and Ernst Haeckel. At Cal Poly, Russell earned an AIA award for his thesis project Necropolis: the Living Cemetery. Since graduating Cal Poly, Russell has been drawing and screen printing in a style clearly influenced by architecture; the artist “enjoys exploring the patterns found in between the natural world and the human built environment.” He has also been heavily involved with Oakland First Fridays (more commonly known as Art Murmur) as a vendor and as a community organizer.

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Melanie Hofmann

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

 

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Stan Huncilman

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

 

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Diane Jacobson

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

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Ann Jasperson

Ann Jasperson lives and works in Stamford, CT but grew up north of Chicago the youngest of a large family. 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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Angela Johal

Angela Johal is a Bay Area artist who resides in the Livermore Valley, where she serves on the Livermore Commission for the Arts and participates in regional and national art shows and galleries.  Angela is an arts activist, art show judge, and art instructor.  Angela’s work draws from pop culture, consumerism, and the sea of images and choices that tend to leave one void.  “Embrace them, infuse them with the natural world, re-arrange and decode them, and give them a soul” is her mantra.  Ordinary consumer products are re-created and given a new identity, which transforms them into aesthetic works of art.  Her aim is not to make a representation or illusion of something, but rather suggest the human figure or natural world.  She prefers that objects hold some of their own identity.   In using neutral, recognizable icons she is free to explore the aesthetic quality of the medium. At a distance, her work can be interpreted as an abstract painting but as you move closer, identifiable consumer products begin to emerge.  She works to create a visual rhythm with shape, texture, color, and composition, which either calms or invigorates, then sends the viewer off into an infinite space of personal interpretation and freedom.

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Minal Jeswani 

Minal Jeswani lives in the Bay Area. She received a B.F.A. in Pictorial Art from San Jose State University in 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, San Jose, May 28th-June 12th, 2010; Alameda County Fair Juried Exhibit, June 30-July 11, 2010; Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA, June 28-July 24, 2010; Phantom Galleries; 2cc Gallery, Tesserae exhibit, September 4-October 3, 2010; Mystic Art Center,  CT, Art in Pieces,  October 1-November 13, 2010; Art and Soul Gallery, Burlingame, CA, September-November 2010; Tesserae Tile and Stone Gallery, Gloucester, MA, October-November 2010; Silver Circle Studio and Gallery, CT, Reasonable and seasonable exhibit, November-December 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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Suzanna Klein

Suzanna Klein has been living in the East Bay for years.  She was born and raised on the East Coast.  She graduated from Goucher College in 1966 and then studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, from 1968-69.  She was employed as biological illustrator through the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; she illustrated Womenfolk and Fairytales, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1975.  In 1976-9, she worked at Faunus Furniture, Berkeley.  She has been in various small shows and open studios.  Suzanna studied with Roland Worthington, did many paintings in acrylic and oil, made small plaster objects, and recently completed a ten-year stint in digital painting.  Working on the computer awakened her desire to make "hands-on" projects; this has led her into fabric work, weaving, and, most recently, needle-felting.  She is experimenting with converting her digital images into a softer, felty medium.

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Dianne Lake

Dianne Lake lives in Pinole, California and is originally from the Chicago area. She has been interested in art ever since she was a little girl visiting the Chicago Art Institute, over and over as a child and young woman, becoming especially enamored with the Impressionists. She didn’t become deeply interested in photography, however, until her photographer husband was helping her photograph local wildflowers for a Wildflower Identification Class she was teaching in the 1980’s. Learning more and more from him, she began to dabble and experiment, eventually becoming a serious photographer about 10 years ago. Dianne is fascinated with the effects of light on various subjects and how different ordinary things can look depending on how the light hits them. A botanist by profession, wildflowers and nature have remained her favorite subjects to photograph, but she also loves photographing architecture in its broadest sense – buildings, bridges, barns, old sheds, fences, windows, etc. She always tries to capture a certain atmosphere or emotion that is created by the play of light on her subjects. Dianne has exhibited at the Pinole Art Gallery and also the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. She and her husband show their work at numerous art fairs and art shows around the East Bay, and some of their work can also be seen on Zazzle.com under "lakeandlakephoto."

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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.

 

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Charles Lucke

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

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

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

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John Mallon

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

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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 & Arts.

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Julia L. Montrond

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

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

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



 

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Rose Moore

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

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Malcolm Nicoll

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

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Danute E. Nitecki

Danute E. Nitecki was born in Lithuania. Her family fled the second Soviet occupation at the end of the Second World War and spent the next six years as Displaced Persons in Austria and Germany.  In 1950, they immigrated to Chicago, where she attended the University of Chicago, and received a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961.  She worked for 20 years at the UCSF Medical School doing research in immunochemistry.  In 1982, she left UCSF to work on pharmaceutical research with a biotechnology firm.  She contributed to over one hundred scientific publications, has forty patents, and has contributed chapters to several scientific research books.  She started drawing and painting for her own amusement in 1987. Since then, her work has been shown in a number of juried art exhibitions and has won awards and ribbons.  One of her botanical paintings of Heracleum lanthanum (22 x 26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition at the Oakland Museum.  She contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, 2002; J. Gildow, editor).  Her contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil imagery painted on watercolor backgrounds on sheets of polyester vellum (drafting film).  She has always enjoyed painting botanicals with colored pencils (CP), but covering large background areas with CP is very painful, hence the combination of WC/CP on drafting film. Currently she works mostly with watercolor (CP requires very acute vision, which she is losing).

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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 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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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.

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John Rhodes

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

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Charlene Richter

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

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Selma Rockett 

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

 

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Christine M. Rossi 

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley, California, and originally comes from a rural area in upstate 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 with 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 oil, 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. Christine’s rich palette of color enhances the subject of interest, which includes mythological, natural and iconic imagery brought together in paintings and collage to tell a specific story or to create living characters within a two-dimensional world.  Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork displayed on http://www.mesart.com, as well as her blog and website, www.chrisrossiart.com.  Prints of these works are available upon reservation through this gallery.

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Rita Sklar

Rita Sklar is an award-winning artist who lives in the Bay Area.  She seriously took up art around the year 2000, attending classes and workshops throughout the Bay Area and training with a private watercolor master in Madrid for one year.  She draws inspiration from her life in the multicultural Bay Area. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and worked for corporate giving programs and foundations serving the Bay Area’s non-profit community.  Sklar’s works are in private collections across the country and in Europe.  Her paintings of animals and birds have been shown at the Oakland Zoo and other venues.  Her landscapes have been shown at Filoli Gardens.  Sklar skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint, all held together by a basic, underlying abstract shape.  It is this intricate dance, rendered in strong color and value, which produces her exciting paintings.  Rita depicts wildlife in her compelling paintings.  By choosing species at risk and emphasizing their beauty, Sklar reminds us that the diminishing populations not only are a loss to us, but send an urgent warning about the health of our environment.  Her paintings reflect a balance between the reality of representational shapes and forms juxtaposed with abstract backgrounds.  The use of texture weaves a distinctive tapestry that adds complexity.  She has had a number of solo exhibits.

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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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Gerry Traucht 

 

Gerry Traucht is a resident of Berkeley.  Gerry grew up in Toledo, Ohio.  He was one of the first to receive a Masters degree in Popular Culture in the U.S. He began his professional career as photographer and poet in Bowling Green, Ohio, Toronto, Canada, and the Bay Area.  His fine art photography is known for its emotionally expressive nudes, often of dancers.  He is a people and pet (especially dogs) photographer.  His current fine art photography focuses on mystically expressive flowers, like the White Poppy, and waterbirds, like the otherworldly egrets, of Berkeley.  He finds inspiration in music, literature, and art: Dante, Hamza El Din, Hendrix, Lorca, Antonio Machado, Bob Dylan, Ferlinghetti, Paul Klee, Leonardo da Vinci, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, the photography of Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Lee Miller, Man Ray and contemporaries.

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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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Mari Chovan-Upton

 

Mari Chovan-Upton is a Hungarian-born artist Mari Chovan-Upton creates figurative and abstract sculptures in ceramic, stone, bronze and glass. She studied drawing and sculpture in Budapest, Hungary. painting in Florence, Italy and stone carving with Italian masters in Pietrasanta. She studied glass at CCAC. She was an artist in residence in kiln-cast glass at San Jose State University and taught kiln-cast glass at the Crucible for several years. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Hungary and Italy. In her glass works, whether figurative or abstract, she loves working with both natural and artificial light. In the inner life of a glass sculpture the reflected or captured light is constantly changing. She entices the viewers’ eyes to move beyond the surface, to enter the form, and discover the captured light inside. These unpredictable plays of inner light and shadow make the works seem naturally alive. In her quest for this aliveness, her sculpture with artificial light (whether lit from below, or as plasma light inside) plays with how the light changes depending on both ambient lighting and viewer interaction.  Having intimately experienced the beauty of opaque colors in antique vases of Pate de Verre (“paste of glass”) back in Hungary, she has been using Pate de Verre for her figurative sculpture. This allows her to work in an opaque medium that brings in yet another element of light -- translucent color. 

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Carolyn WarmSun

 

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


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Liz Wiener

 

Liz Wiener lives in Albany, CA.  She arrived here from New York City fifteen 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 ten years and taught film/video at various colleges there. Her film about a New York City artist was included in 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 images are influenced by her Buddhist meditation practice.  Liz is fascinated by the enormous creative potential to be found working with digital media. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.

 

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