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This Land is My Land
March 10 – June 1, 2012

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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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Janet Inez Adams

Janet Inez Adams has lived in Costa Mesa, California for 40 years where she attended California State University Fullerton and received a MFA in Painting and Computer Graphics, and a MA in Printmaking. She grew up in New York City and earned her BFA in Design from Hunter College of the City University of New York and received the Graduate Study Award. Adams has taught art to both adults and children in Colombia, S.A., and and in California. She received the State of California $5000 Grant for Innovative Instruction at the College level, and the CAEA Exemplary Art Instruction Award at the Elementary School level. Her art work has been exhibited and collected for many years. She is interested in the power of color and shape to heal and transform the artist and the viewer, and has studied Aesthetic Anthropology extensively.The artist believes that Nature is the best storyteller and she has been taking notes and this is the basis of her imagery. EGRET is a mixed media painting on archival paper and is part of the Healing Series which numbers one hundred and twenty paintings and counting. Her work has been exhibited in LACMA, OCMA and LAM, many university and private galleries, and has been donated to charities in Africa, Haiti, and to children in distress through Arts4Kids, Inc and A Window Between Worlds nationwide.

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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, monoprint,  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, Valley Art Center 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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Guy Alec Avoth

Guy Alec Avoth, a local photographer recently relocated from South Florida area where he was involved with ArtsUnited, a local artists group. he participated in various gallery show and art fairs both in south Florida and the East Bay area as well as national publications and websites. Guy specializes in travel, landscape and event photography.
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Mari Bailey

Mari Bailey grew up in Hawaii in a houseful of music and pets and books. But it wasn't until I was in Junior High and fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh's work that I knew I was meant to create. I studied art at The University of Hawaii, and was accepted into three juried shows while there. I eventually moved to California where I earned my BA in Creative Arts with a minor in writitng from San Jose State. I'd been selling my crafts since the 70s but in 1985 sold my first short story to a magazine. This was eventually followed by fifty more plus three novels. I still write freelance for newspapers and various other writing jobs and I still sell crafts at bazaars and on line. Eventually my art turned towards collages and shadowboxes. Visit my etsy store: etsy.com/shop/maribailey I still like music, preferably The Beatles, and live with the world's best boyfriend, four cats and two bunnies.

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Georgia Bassen

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

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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 Matisse. 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: ceramic, 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, silk screen, advertising art and art history); at San Francisco State (advanced drawing, metal arts, film, advanced ceramics, and Raku and at Merit College (advanced ceramics}. He is continuing his studies and is very close to a degree in art. He was hired as part of the college staff doing the firing for one class and helping students as a mentor. A teacher gave him a Raku kiln and he also bought a small kiln and started doing his work from home and selling his ceramics on Telegraph Ave and in Street Fairs and art galleries. As a Member of the Richmond art center since 2003, he had a one of his pieces displayed with the featured artist that year. 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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Louis Cuneo & Marcia Poole

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

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Marsha Dalmas

Marsha Dalmas, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, followed her degree in art from the University of California at Berkeley with service in the Peace Corps in Kenya. While teaching for thirty years at the French-American International School in San Francisco, art remained a great love. She is now painting and working in pastel full time. Whether focusing on a broad California landscape or on a simple still life, she is captivated by vibrant color and the patterns of simple shapes. Marsha’s work avoids a naturalistic palate and demonstrates an interest in unusual perspective and  nuances of light and shadow. Her work is always bold and painterly, often challenging the picture plane. The artist says, “I am captivated by ordinary objects and the study of relationships between value, hue and texture. A new landscape with fresh color is always intriguing.” Last fall her work was selected by The Pastel Society of America for its annual exhibition at The National Arts Club in Manhattan. Dalmas has also shown her work at The Pastel Society of the West annual show,  the Haggin Museum, the Greenlining Institute,  East Bay Pro Arts, the Motherlode Show, and at Alameda’s Cross Currents Show. She won awards at several of these events. Dalmas is happy to be showing her work at Expressions Gallery once again.

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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 used the medium to create abstract art.  Her photography is influenced by the beauty and rhythms of the nature and beauty found in everyday objects.  Whether abstract or realistic she likes discovering and capturing images that hidden in plain view.  

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Christine A. Dougherty

Christine A. Dougherty resides in the Oakland Hills. Originally from Colorado, she was surrounded by nature & the arts. Phyllis, her mother, a violinist, took her to concerts, art museums, & galleries. Constantly creating, she has won many awards. Designing & making her own clothing lead to design school in Chicago, a career in fashion with her own line of clothing that segued into complete costume design. She received her MFA from UCSD in Theatre & continues as a member of United Scenic Artists as Costume Designer for professional theatres across the USA, often working with her husband, Scenic & Lighting Designer, Kent Dorsey. Their recent designs can be seen in BODY AWARENESS at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. They enjoy travel, skiing, scuba diving, & were married in Venice, Italy. Her father Ted, acted on stage while operating his own construction company, and engineered many of Christo & Jeanne- Claude’s art projects beginning in 1971 with The Rifle Gap Curtain. While a free lance costume designer, Christine also worked as: quality controller, trouble shooter, fabric consultant, trainer, team leader, monitor on site with Ted, Christo & Jeanne-Claude on Wrapped Walkways, Surrounded Islands, Le Pont-Neuf  Empaquete, The Gates, Central Park, NYC, & preliminary work for The Umbrellas  & Wrapped Reichstag. Christine resumed painting while traveling, & exhibits her watercolors of nature in a variety of venues. Her collectors span across the USA, Italy & Japan. Over the years, she has studied art & painting with notable artists: Joe Wetherbee, Faith Ringgold, Irina Gronborg, Howard Rees, Kay Russell, Fred Kling, Karen Frey & at The Art Students League, NYC.  Always connecting with colors, movement, texture, water, & nature, her favorite medium is watercolor, especially while painting en plein air. Her landscape, Vermont can be seen on stage during BODY AWARENESS through it's extended run at the Aurora Theatre, in Berkeley. www.ChristineDoughertyWatercolors.com

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Marge Essel

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

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Debbie Fimrite

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


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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Sue Mary Fox

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

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Chandra Garsson

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

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Dean Gustafson

Dean Gustafson is a local artist currently residing in the east bay, who first moved to the San Francisco bay area in 1984 from Minneapolis. Education includes attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where I currently work as an educator of Art History and Digital Tools. Work in this show includes landscapes from an eclectic output of oil paintings. A love for nature and culture is an interest that fuels much of my artwork, and is reflected in the paintings chosen for this particular show. He states: “I like to reflect upon a phrase heard many years ago: “Paint ‘til you ain’t!”

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Rohilah Guy

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

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Philip Hall

Philip Hall lives in Oakland, originally from Chicago. Philip attended the Chicago Art Institute, San Francisco Art institute and received his BFA from CAL ARTS.  For 35 years Philip has worked with light as a lighting designer, lighting director, designer and consultant of theatrical and architectural lighting control systems.  With his experience, Philip's photography speaks of many dimensions and experiences with light.  His photography for the last 8 years has focused on light, color, texture, line and reflection of classic and customs cars to drive his work to the physical. "Landscapes are another way for me to speak about light".

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Kelly Hammargren

Kelly Hammargren is a full time artist living in Berkeley, California. She describes herself as being uncomfortable with routine and works in multiple mediums, including lithograph, intaglio, and linocut prints, oil paint, pastels, collage, clay, cloth and sculpture incorporating found objects. The common thread is to evoke thought and feeling. Often the works tell a story about life and culture. Kelly’s formal education is a BA in Nursing from Gustavus Adolphus College and MBA in Health Care Management from Golden Gate University. Early experience includes working as a Visiting Nurse in the poor inner city of Los Angeles. She often draws on this experience to bring attention to social justice issues. She has taken classes in art to speed up the process of learning to work in multiple mediums, but is mostly self taught through looking at a lot of art. To this goal, she visited 22 different museums in 2011. Her summer trip was typical. In a thirteen day trip in the midwest through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois she visited nine museums. Kelly most admires artists who work in multiple mediums, continue to evolve throughout their careers, develop an individual style and express emotion in their art. Her summer favorite exhibits Thorton Dial at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Aminah Robinson at the Columbus Museum of Art continue to stay at the top of her list. In 2011-2012, her work was exhibited in juried shows at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley and Hebrew University in Los Angeles, at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley and member shows at the ARC Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland,California. Kelly is a member of Women’s Caucus for the Arts and Pro Arts.

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Patti Heimburger

Patti Heimburger lives in Alameda, grew up in Long Beach, California and took her first oil painting class at 13. More art classes at a community college in Long Beach and more in Seattle, Washington; finally, she received a BA in Studio Art at UCSB in Santa Barbara. All her landscape paintings are created from the artist’s imagination that includes the use of texture. This texture is created by fabric and yarn which is loosely assembled, randomly applied, then stiffened, and finally painted over in oil. Image is important to the artist as well as the process of creating the under-painting that has no reference to the subject matter. Ms. Heimburger is a permanent artist at “The Coastside: A Gallery” in Half Moon Bay. She has exhibited at Hotel Nikko San Francisco for over 2 years, in many different galleries, art centers, colleges, universities, banks, library, and other public spaces.

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Bruce Heppler

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

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Melanie Hofmann

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

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Stan Huncilman

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

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Torchy Hunter

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

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Diane Jacobson

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

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Ann Jasperson

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

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Minal Jeswani

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

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Suzanna Klein

Suzanna Klein has been living in the East Bay for years. She was born and raised on the East Coast. She graduated Goucher College in 1966 and then studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 1968-69. She was employed as biological illustrator through the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut; she illustrated Womenfolk and Fairytales, published by Houghton Mifflin, 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 and did many paintings in acrylics and oils, made small plaster objects and recently completed a ten year stint of 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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Coral Lambert

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

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Mary Lanza

Mary Lanza currently lives in Oakland California where she was born and raised. She became interested in collage art at an early age. For many years she shared her talent with friends and family who encouraged her to sell her work rather than give it away. Although she did not have any formal training she found herself creating collage after collage and showing her work in cafes throughout the bay area. Mary, inspired by her love of vintage magazines, found herself creating collages from popular magazine from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. By creating these collages she feels she is creating scenes and scenarios for her viewers to reminisce. Her belief is that the viewer would recognize images from their past but by seeing them in the context she creates, the images seem new and fresh again. She decided to join the Oakland Art Association in 2001 in order to share her work with the public. Her collage art has been shown and sold in banks, cafes, and retirement homes throughout the bay area.

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Lucy Lewis

Lucy Lewis, grew up in Los Angeles, Ca. She began her career as a dancer at the age of 10. She studied with Bella  Lewitsky and Masami Kuni, and Murray Louis before coming to San Francisco State College. There she met John Graham and began performing with Anna Halprin, The Dancer’s Workshop, in the 1960’s.  She has lived and worked in the Bay Area ever since. She created her own company bringing together artists, musicians and dancers, in what were some of the first multimedia productions in the Bay Area.  She incorporated masks, visual arts, and inspiration from nature, animals and dreams into her work.  She produced full-length compositions, Dreamscapes (1985), at the Matrix Gallery and Between two Worlds (1998) and many shorter pieces, The Planets (2005), Waters of Life (2006), The Voices of Earth (2007). She is now working with dance as a healing art, looking at dance from a cross-cultural perspective. Lucy has a masters degree in cultural anthropology and the role of arts in healing. Her love of art and painting came from her mother who was an accomplished painter. For the last 10 years she has been painting and drawing.  She is especially inspired by the human figure as a study of the beauty and depth inherent in the human form the expression of human emotion. She has exhibited her work at, ECLECTIX GALLERY, 2006, ADDISON STREET WINDOWS U.N. SHOW, 2007, EXPRESSIONS GALLERY, 2008. GEORGI  GALLERY.

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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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Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Tucson, Arizona, but moved to East Oakland at the age of six, where she grew up and attended St. Elizabeth high School. She currently maintains a studio in the produce market in lower Chinatown, near downtown Oakland. Her first introduction to art can be traced back to the old coffee table book Art Treasures of the Louvre, printed in 1951. The evocative portraits in that book influence her work to this day. The excitement of Oakland’s diversity and multiculturalism have inspired and informed her figurative imagery. Susan holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting at U.C. Berkeley, and an MFA at San Francisco State University. Susan has been influenced and inspired by the stylization and highly emotional interpretations of the human form in Spanish Gothic and early Renaissance paintings, icons, and mosaics, as well as more contemporary Latin American figurative art. She has been wandering around studying baroque churches, public murals, and museums in Mexico, Spain, and Cuba since she was first able to travel on her own as a teen. Landscape, especially the California deserts, mountains, and shores are also a recurring theme. She often takes road trips to paint on location, in acrylic, oil, and watercolor. “Cherry Lake” was painted in oil over several days on a small sand bar in the middle of a lake by that name near Yosemite. Although it is a landscape, it reveals the intrusions of airplane vapor trails and the disturbance of the placid lake by currents from motorboats. “Above the Falls”, acrylic, was painted in the studio after a hike to the location and is alternately called “On the Brink”. It humorously refers to four friends who take turns on the edge. Susan’s current work is part of an artist’s collaboration investigating the sources of Cuban Arara spiritual traditions in a small town in rural Matanzas province. It can be found in the collections of Museo de los Orishas in Havana, and Museo Constantin Barrero Guerra in Perico, Matanzas, Cuba. The project is called “Secrets Under the Skin”, and can be viewed at www.uaa.alaska.edu/spotlight/secretsundertheskin. Susan’s work has been exhibited throughout California, in Nevada, Alaska, and Cuba.

 

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Shirley McNeal

Shirley McNeal currently lives in Berkeley, California and grew up in Montana. She became interested in art in middle school when she took her first art class, although she had always enjoyed drawing and entering poster contests in elementary school. History of art courses in college influenced her and the Impressionist painters became a major influence. Her love of nature and outdoor pursuits led to her interest in landscape painting in particular. She has studied with Louise Smith from the art department at UC Berkeley, and prefers to work in acrylics although she works in watercolors and pastels as well.

 

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Doris Villadsen Mendell

Doris Villadsen Mendell, Albany artist, is a local having been born at Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley and growing up in Piedmont. Her father filled her home with original paintings and, notably, sculpture done by Carl Bonnesen, his friend in Denmark. Inspired by her surroundings, she, at 6, made a booklet of poetry and illustrated it. More to the point,the artist has said, " I have been inspired by Constructionism (particularly Charles Sheeler), looking for abstract in the real: lines, shapes, reflections, shadows: anything that retains  reality but emphasizes the visual effects" She has a BA and  MA from UC, Berkeley and studied and taught art at Mills College on a fellowship. She later taught art at Berkeley Adult School and the present Berkeley City College. She has shown her paintings in egg tempera and acrylics, stitchery, ceramics, and sculpture. Presently she is showing at the Marvin Gardens Kensington Office Gallery, Arlington, through April. Photography is her most recent medium. With the latest technology of digital cameras, she says, "Anyone can be a photographer. It now behooves the artist to be more than a technician." She strives to be that eye.

 

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

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

 

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Julia Montrond

Julia Montrond grew up in New York City immersed in many of the arts: theatre, dance, voice, and painting. She studied dance with Martha 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 and over; U.C. Berkeley CA; C.C.A.C in Oakland; and numerous studios 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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Christine Mulder

Christine Mulder was born in Santa Cruz, California and has lived in the Bay Area most of her life. After earning her MSW, her formal art studies began. Classes at junior colleges allowed her to acquire the basics of drawing, color theory, watercolors and acrylics, and in the past few years she has studied both acrylics and oils at Arte Cedraz in Salvador, Brazil, where she makes her second home. She counts as one of her main influences Jane Hofstetter, and states: "Although Jane's focus in her classes has been watercolor, her emphasis on strong design elements and use of color has helped me improve my work in whatever medium I choose."  Christine's work has been juried into various shows and competitions, among them, county fairs of Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Marin Counties. She is also an award-winning member of the California Watercolor Association, Oakland Art Association, and El Cerrito Art Association, where she exhibits regularly. Warm weather frequently finds her outdoors sketching and painting. Her painting “At China Camp” is a result of one of these painting expeditions.

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Joanie Murphy

Joanie Murphy currently lives in Vallejo, and was born and raised in Oakland. She first became interested in art while in grammar school and received a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University where she served as a Gallery Attendant/Intern. Her painting is most influenced by the Impressionists. In the world of photography she has always admired the Weston family. Joanie also works in ceramics. The two works she is presenting for this show are an acrylic painting and a watercolor. Previously she has shown her work at various venues through the Oakland Art Association, where she served as both President and Exhibits Coordinator. While exhibiting with OAA she received several awards in juried shows. Joanie has also shown her art with the Benicia Art Association.

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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 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 Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961. She worked for 20 years in UCSF Medical School doing research in immunochemistry. In 1982, she left UCSF to work on pharmaceutical research in a biotechnology firm. She has over a hundred scientific publications and 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 (22x26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition in Oakland Museum. She contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, publisher; J. Gildow, editor, 2002). Her contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil images 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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Audelin Pacassio Oregon

Audelin Pacassio Oregon who lives in Richmond, California, grew up in a small town in Pantla, Guerrero, Mexico. She lives with her four children. She is following in the footsteps of her older brother, Crescencio Oregon who is a famous sculptor in Mexico. While she is a busy working mother, she hasn’t had time for formal schooling in art. Any time she has for schooling, is used in learning English. She has been painting for 7 years. Some of her early still lifes when she was learning to paint resemble Cezanne’s. She sometimes paints in a more abstract style such as a series depicting the embryonic essence of life. She works mainly in oil or acrylics on canvas. One of her landscapes is done using coffee; a depiction of the coffee plantation owned by her family in Mexico. She is often inspired by memories of her childhood, her family, and especially the elders and “matters of the heart”. She has been encouraged by a colleague, Mirium Wong and her ESL teacher, Jeanne Keja. This is Audelin’s third show.

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Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a long time resident of Albany. Originally from Chicago, she took photography and design classes at the University of Illinois before transferring to UC Berkeley where she earned her BA in art with an emphasis in painting.  Although her current focus is on digital printmaking she never completely abandoned photography. For the past 35 years she has traveled extensively and with her camera attempts to capture the landscape and architectural feeling of the places she visits.   She is particularly interested in images that convey the mood and beauty of solitude and rarely shows people in her work.  She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the Albany Arts & 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 and was chosen for shows at the De Young Museum, the Best of the Bay Area Photography 2010 at CSU East Bay and the 33rd Annual Bradley International Print Show in Peoria, IL. She continues to take classes in advanced digital printmaking at Berkeley City College and is a member of the BCC Digital Arts Club.

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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 the world of jewelry making. Currently she is designing jewelry and multi-pieced silk scarves. The unifying factor in all her work is the essence of color. The artist who has influenced her the most is Kaffee Fassett, who started out as a painter, but who is now working with textiles. She admires his unique sense of mixing different patterns and colors. Artist states, " I love to work with colors,... to watch what happens when you put them next to each other and to make them sing".

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Selma Rockett

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

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Barbara Rockhold

Barbara Rockhold resides in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in the midwest. Her grandmother was a locally well-known Texas painter and Barbara painted her first painting at the age of six while visiting her grandmother. Since then, she has been involved in a constant stream of creative pursuits. Her educational background is in the fields of art and psychology, and she loves to combine these two interests in her work. Barbara has been co-owner of a graphic design business, a graphics instructor and designer at Contra Costa College and an ad designer at The Daily Californian, as well as conducting art therapy groups at two locked psychiatric facilities. She believes in the value of art as a spiritual healing process and is inspired by artists who have shared their souls with us through their art, such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe and Surrealist artist Magritte. Working mostly in the medium of acrylics, Barbara has also worked in watercolors, oils, and mixed media. She has shown in numerous galleries in the bay area and was pleased to be juried into an exhibit of the Santa Fe Alchemical Society Art Salon in 2010. She regularly exhibits in the Alameda Art Gallery and serves as Vice-President of the El Cerrito Art Assn., is on the board of the Alameda Art Gallery and is on the Progam Committee of a weekly speaker series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley.Barbara finds the Southwest to be a very spiritual place and she collects Native American art and loves to paint Southwest scenes, as well as psychological/symbolic art. She hopes to convey the sense of mystery and awe in the world around us. She values an understanding of the nature of paradox, and as such, finds no conflict in alternating the styles of Realism and Surrealism.

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Terrie Rockwell

Terrie Rockwell lives in Auburn, CA. She grew up the seventh of ten children in upstate New York. After attending SUNY Plattsburgh as a math major for a year, she moved to California. There she took figure drawing from Fred Dalkey, and learned printmaking by working in a silkscreen shop. She did freelance artwork with her husband while raising two daughters in the Sierra foothills. When her girls were grown, Terrie returned to school at UC Davis to complete her BA in Art Studio. Terrie has been resident artist at the Arts Building in Auburn. She has studied art in Europe and shown and sold her work in many parts of the world including France, Germany, Japan, New York and California. This painting “The Tree of Life” is about her take on it all… “Where did we come from?”, “Where are we going?” “Why are we here?” This dream piece took seven years in the making. Painting and repainting, every mistake only making the final work richer.

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Stanford Rose

Stanford Rose was born in Oklahoma, lived in several states as well as France and Africa, but has lived in Oakland the last forty years.  He graduated from UC Berkeley in philosophy, followed by a year in graduate school.  He is self-taught in photography and digital printing.  He became serious about photography ten years ago at age 60 when he bought a cabin in the northern Sierra.  He states, "Photographing Nature has led me to a deeper appreciation of it's inexhaustible and intricate beauty, has opened up a new way of viewing the world".

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Rosie Rosenthal

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

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Christine M. Rossi

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley California and originally comes from a rural area in up-state New York. Christine began exploring art at an early age winning several art competitions while in high school. She was influenced by Japanese art and theater while on an exchange program to Japan. Christine later studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton, illustration, oil painting and color theory through the University of California Extension Programs and has also explored the mediums of 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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Aaron  Sherman

Aaron  Sherman (aka  Echo Shaman) is a multi-talented artist and poet. Originally from New England, he has been living in Oakland, CA for the past 25 years.  He enjoys the spontaneous in the creative process of  both written and visual art forms :“By allowing my intuitive senses to guide me in the movement of my hands and the colors that it selects for me! All my art comes from a very deep ‘well’ inside me that is looking for an outlet to express my subconscious both psychologically and spiritually.”  Art runs in Echo's family. His late beloved mother Flora  was a watercolor artist who loved to paint flowers. Echo studied liberal arts  at Boston University, and started writing poetry and performing in the 1980’s at open mike readings in San Francisco.  Around 1995, Echo did a series of abstract art utilizing the bearded iris’s natural color. His style is most improvisational, and has led to doing free form murals on walls for several residential clients. He has recently studied watercolor with Julie Cohn, and enjoys using all other mediums such as oils and acrylics. Echo showed at  the Divine Art Show in 2007 whose theme was art and spirituality, and had a one person show at the Rolling Dunes Cafe on Lakeshore in Oakland in 2008.  He has currently pieces hanging at The Art Thou Gallery on Solano Ave. in Berkeley. www.echoshaman.com

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Monica Singh

Monica Singh currently lives in Berkeley. She grew up in India, spending many years on the arid centralDeccan plateau, and then in the lush mountains of the Himalayas. In her early years, she loved to look at children's books, religious Indian art, and paintings of landscapes. Later she saw paintings by Nicolas Roerich, who lived and painted in the Himalayas for the last decades of his life, and all these early influences still permeate her imagination. She began painting as an adult while she was travelling in Japan, using watercolors, crayons, and gouaches to depict what she saw around her as well and to express herself. She then learned to draw formally in a class taught at Marin Community College. Many years later, she found a painting teacher in Gage Taylor of Sausalito, and she started to use oil paints. These two landscapes were painted using water-based oil paints. Artist continues to draw daily, and to work with pastels, acrylics, and oils - she dreams of writing and illustrating children books and painting murals.  

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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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Linda Taylor

 

Linda Taylor was born in San Francisco and lived there in the fog out by the zoo until the age of eight, when her parents dragged her away to Denver. From a young child she was interested in art and animals and spent many hours trying to combine them in pictures. She returned to the Bay Area at 17 to attend the University of San Francisco where she received a BA in Art And English. She explored many art forms in the next few years, including acrylic landscape painting which is exhibited in this show. She received a certificate in Graphic Design awarded with distinction from the University of California at Berkeley and has operated a successful design business in the area for over 30 years. She helps out with the graphics for Expressions Gallery including the banners all around the outside walls of the building. She now has a pet care business which she runs out of her historic home in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood in Oakland. The home is also an art project; Linda is restoring it to its original craftsman beauty. In her spare time she volunteers to walk the dogs at the Oakland Animal shelter and hikes in the East Bay hills. She is exploring the idea of taking up landscape painting again, perhaps Craftsman-style Impressionist or Plein Aire painting.

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Susan Trubow

 

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

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Liz Wiener

 

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

Poets and Authors

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Richard Hack

Richard Hack is a writer in many genres with a focus on poetry. He was the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Oxygen (1991-2002), one of San Francisco’s longest-running and most respected literary magazines. (People are still after him to start it up again.) Some years before he was the editor of Chicago Review, the literary quarterly of the University of Chicago, where he earned a degree in English. He began his career writing satire and parody for the Allied News Company in Chicago and book reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications. He was part of the grassroots literary scene in that city and continued such activity after he settled in San Francisco several decades ago, e.g., the café reading scene and National Poetry Week. His poetry, stories, social commentary, and criticism of books and movies have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Chronicle, the Hearst Examiner, Fiction International, Poetry USA, Sports History, The Redwood Coast Review, North Coast Literary Review, et al. He has also worked for McGraw-Hill, The University of Chicago Press, and the City and County of S.F., but his favorite job was driving a cab.


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Jan Steckel

Jan Steckel is a retired pediatrician, a bisexual and disability rights activist, and a poet and writer. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared inScholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, Bi Women, Red Rock Review, and elsewhe re. Her chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) won a Rainbow Award for lesbian and bisexual poetry. Her Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) won the Gertrude Press fiction chapbook award. Her first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet, is just out from Zeitgeist Press. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband Hew Wolff.


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Selene Steese

Selene Steese credits writing with saving her life. "I felt very lonely growing up," she says. "Words gave me focus, provided a lens through which I could make sense of the world." Selene is a prolific writer, immersing herself in words as often as possible. In addition to frequenting workshops around the Bay Area, she also teaches writing, composes and sings her own songs and works as a freelance copy editor. Reflecting on her song "Addicted to Words," she says, "I can't imagine a healthier or more life-affirming addiction than my obsession with committing poetry."


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Jeanne Wagner

Jeanne Wagner is the recipient of several national awards, including the MacGuffin Poet Hunt, the Ann Stanford Prize, the Briar Cliff Review Award and the 2011 Inkwell Prize, judged by Mark Doty. Her poems have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, RHINO, Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and PBS website’s Poem of the Week. She has five collections of poetry, the most recent, In the Body of Our Lives, was released by Sixteen Rivers press in 2011.

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Sherri Rose-Walker

Sherri Rose-Walker is a life-long poet living in the coastal hills of California.  Her work has appeared in the We'Moon Womens' Wisdom Calendar, Bay Area Poets' Seasonal Review, The Salt Reader, Blueprint and SF Peace and Hope.

 

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