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Artist Biographies -
Our Many Cultures
May 25 – July 26, 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. She has visited Japan a number of times over the past 10 years, and most of these paintings were done from photographs taken while traveling there. She is most familiar with Kyoto (and Nara) and Higashi (Eastern) Hiroshima, the site of Hiroshima University. Traditional Japanese architecture, like temples, shrines, castles and gardens have been the subject of many of Sandi’s paintings and collages. The mystique surrounding geisha performers, and the beauty of their traditional ‘costumes,’ have also been a source of inspiration. Though the subject matter of the work is Japanese, Sandi’s artistic treatment of these themes is Western, rather than Eastern. She expects to return to Japan in September 2013 and will hopefully replenish her supply of photographic source material then!

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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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Mari Bailey

Mari Bailey grew up in Hawaii in a houseful of music and pets and books. But it wasn't until she was in junior high school and fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh's work that she knew she was meant to create. Mari studied art at The University of Hawaii, and was accepted into three juried shows while there. She eventually moved to California where she earned a BA in Creative Arts with a minor in writing from San Jose State. She had been selling crafts since the 1970s but in 1985 sold her first short story to a magazine. This was eventually followed by fifty more, plus three novels. She still writes freelance for newspapers and various other writing jobs and still sells crafts at bazaars and online. Eventually her art turned towards collages and shadowboxes. Visit her etsy store: etsy.com/shop/maribailey. Mari still likes music, preferably The Beatles, and lives with the world's best boyfriend, four cats and two bunnies.

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Georgia Binns Bassen

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

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Jude Berman

Jude Berman lives in Berkeley CA and is a self-employed writer and editor. She received a BA in Art from Smith College, where she studied with printmaker and sculptor Leonard Baskin, as well as a Doctorate in Education from UMass Amherst. Jude draws inspiration from the rich experience of Indian culture and her study of yoga philosophy (particularly Shaivism) over the past 30 years. Currently, she enjoys working with liquid acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media, following an intuitive process. She says, “When I paint, I prefer to be in a state of open-eyed meditation. This way I don’t have to ‘do’ anything; the images just ‘happen.’ There is no external object to be reproduced. There is no internal object either. Everything comes from within in that moment.” Jude describes the themes that recur in her work: “The world in which we live is not only concrete but subtle in nature. As subtle beings, our substance is energy, which exists in continual motion. As spiritual beings, we inhabit a world not fixed in time and space. In my artwork, I seek to reveal the subtleties and paradoxes that characterize the human spirit.”

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Carol Jones Brown

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

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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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Attila Cziglenyi

Attila Cziglenyi works in oil, acrylic and watercolor. The subject matter of his paintings ranges from landscapes to aviation and still lifes to people. He was influenced by the brushstrokes and high key colors of the Impressionist painters like Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. For the past years he enjoys traveling to locations and painting en plein air. He started his art education in Texas at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and later continued at Chabot College in Hayward. He studied printmaking at Laney College, Oakland and also participated in many painting workshops and classes given by well-known artists. Artist states: "with my paintings I try to capture the moods created by the changing lights, shadows and atmosphere in a landscape or express the exhilaration one feels at the sights and sounds of whirling propellers, the roaring of a rocket. I am always looking for unusual shapes, lines or colors to best convey this message". Attila’s paintings have been displayed and won numerous awards in local, regional and national juried shows. His watercolors representing industrial landscapes are part of a corporate collection.


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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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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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Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon was born in Montreal, Canada, of mixed blood heritage, which includes my French Canadian, Japanese and possible Native American ancestry. Both of my parents were actively involved in the arts, and so I was surrounded by art in its many forms from an early age. Officially, I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, honors in Graphic Design from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I worked many years as a graphic designer, but I have always had a deep love for all of the visual arts, and I am also a photographer, painter and multimedia artist. Many of my artistic creations reflect my deep love of nature and humanity and the healing potential of art. I recently began exploring the digital arts and especially photo composite work. With this I am experiencing a fusion of my work as a painter and as photographer, and I am very excited about this new creative direction. I am currently busy working on my first photography book on “The Dragon Tree”, a prehistoric tree found only in the Macaronesia region and specifically in the Canary Islands, Spain.

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Chandra Garsson

Chandra Garsson’s artwork has been shown nationally and internationally. Her paintings and sculptures have been featured at the Bedroom Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic, Berlin, Germany, Manukan City, New Zealand, and Art Forum Gallery in Singapore. Closer to home, her art has been seen over the years at Morphos Gallery, Olga Dollar Gallery, Fobbo Gallery, in San Francisco, and more recently at Expressions Gallery, in Berkeley. The Union Gallery featured Chandra's work in a solo exhibition at San Jose State University. Her art has also been exhibited at the Oakland Museum Sculpture court, The Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and The Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California. Chandra's artwork and writing also features prominently in Bittersweet Legacy, Creative responses to the Holocaust, an anthology edited by Cynthia Brody, forwarded by Michael Berenbaum, University Press of America. Her book, Insomnia (Awakening), was published by Meridian PressWorks in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition of the same title at ProArts Gallery in Oakland, California in 2004. http://www.darksecretlove.com/chandra
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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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Susan Hall

Susan Hall was born in Florida but has resided in the East Bay since age 5 and currently lives in Albany. She earned a BA and MSW at UC Berkeley. After 21 years as a juvenile probation officer, she retired in 1994 to pursue her life-long interest in art. Her journey into painting began with watercolors in sunny Puerto Vallarta Mexico where she hangs out for a month almost every winter. More recently she has turned to oil painting. She is a frequent world traveler. During her travels to third world countries, she takes photos, which are later used for inspiration in painting. She searches out vibrant scenes when traveling and tries to translate the mystery and sparkle of the scene into a painting. In the past she has focused on vistas and landscape. More recently she includes people of the local culture into the scenes, engaged in their everyday activities. She especially enjoys trying to capture the charm and lively colors of indigenous peoples onto canvas. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several art galleries in the Bay Area and in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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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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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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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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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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Juliet Kemble

Juliet Kemble was born in Victoria and raised in North Vancouver, jewelry designer Julie Kemble, graduated from art school with a major in fabric art. During the 1980’s she earned a notable reputation for creating large silk banners and three dimensional architectural pieces.The ornate body adornments that she designs today, under the name of Giulietta Designs, represent a continuity of her artistic vision with her passion for color and an unpretentious sense of design inspired by frequent travels to faraway places.More than mere jewelry, her complex and highly textured body adornments are “not for the faint of heart.” They make an assertive statement about the designer, and the wearer, by combining carefully selected found objects with semi-precious stones and other natural materials to create unique one-of-kind pieces that evoke an intelligent sense of adventure and romantic escapism.


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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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Chloe Littrell

Chloe Littrell lives in Turlock, CA where she was born and raised. She does pencil drawings as well as mosaics and has a keen eye for detail. At age 19, she is inspired by and has a deep love for 60's and 70's culture. She is currently preparing to further her art studies as well as going into the Air Force.

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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.

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

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

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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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Joanie Mitchell

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

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

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

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Julia L. Montrond

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

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Rose Moore

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

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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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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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Marcia Poole & Louis Cuneo

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

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John Rhodes

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

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Charlene Richter

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

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Diego Marcial Rios

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

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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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Alfred Smith

Alfred Smith was born and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Alfred has always been interested in art. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and design. He was a graduate assistant to famed Mexican artist, Amelio Amero.. Alfred worked as a graphic artist, art director, and art instructor, while continuing to work on his painting and printmaking. Since his retirement as a Senior Artist from the University of California, he works full time on his personal art. He works in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, various drawing materials, and etching and lithography. Alfred has received numerous awards and is included in collections from California to New York, Michigan to Texas.

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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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Obrien Thiele

 

Obrien Thiele: my involvement with art, and my development as a young artist, began with two influences: my experiences with my wonderful art teacher, Del Carlson, at Cubberly High School in Palo Alto, and my work as an automobile pinstriper. Del Carlson kept me in high school by making a deal with my U.S. history teacher that I could remain in school if I created signs for use in the history class. Mr. Carlson gave me tremendous support as I created sculptures and paintings, to the sounds of classical music and jazz in his art class. A sign painter at my grandfather's Chevron gas station showed me how to use a striping brush, then gave me the brush. I then started on my early career of striping cars and motorcycles, specializing in flamboyant scallops and flame jobs. This combination of creating fine art and commercial decoration continues in my work to this day. In the early sixties, I worked for antique stores and interior decorators, just surviving on the periphery of the arts doing decorative art and studying. In the late sixties I had a sudden creative burst with psychedelic art A West Coast movement, combining elements of Japanese Zen art and abstract expressionism, had developed and I found new horizons in art conceptions and techniques. For example, I used Sumi ink mixed with colors in gouche with a bamboo brush, and started painting my own type of mystical/psychological art. I used casting the three coins and reading the Book of Changes as a source for my art work, illustrating the characters from this Taoist classic. During this period, I traveled in Europe and in the Near East, drawing and painting as I explored new landscapes and cities.

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Lawanda Ultan

 

Lawanda Ultan lives in Berkeley California.  She was born Oklahoma, and grew up in California. She became interested in art to express herself. Her brother was the natural artist in the family, and it was his influence that gave her the courage to pursue artistic interests, which ranged from music, to clay, to painting. She traveled in Europe and states: “I saw at first hand the magnificence of Rembrandt, Picasso, and all the painters that touched me, making me hope that I could speak the same language”. She graduated in art from Berkeley, and has taken many workshops and courses. She says: “My statement is stolen from a great poet.  ‘This shaking keeps me steady this I know. I go by going where I have to go.’ "

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Carolyn WarmSun

 

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


 

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