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Artist Biographies -
Spring Forward
April 26 – July 11, 2014

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 at her art in Berkeley.  She has had a lifelong interest in art.  Besides watercolor and acrylic painting, she has worked in textiles (weaving and basketry), ceramics, photography, and collage.  Currently, Sandi shows her work regularly at the Marin Society of Artists, the Frank Bette Center in Alameda and Expressions Gallery in Berkeley. Sandi has had eight solo shows in various venues in the Bay Area., Her work is included in private collections across the U.S. The paintings in this show are both abstract and semi-representational.  Initially, they drew inspiration and color from nature.  “Once a painting has begun, it takes on a life of its own, and the materials themselves dictate an elaboration and exploration of the original theme.  The final work is often quite different from what I envisioned at the outset.” Several of these pieces were developed over a number of years.  I think I’m done, but when I hang it up and look at it for a while, I discover ways to change and improve the painting.

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Sola Aina

Sola Aina, currently an Oakland resident, grew up in Osogbo Osun State Nigeria.  He became interested in art during his childhood and the interest was further developed by a Vest Cultural Heritage.  He received a Bachelor of Art Design from Osun State College of Art, training under Jimoh Buraimoh, a creator of African beads painting.  Sola's focus includes bead-work, traditional tie dye, batik, mosaic murals and cultural dancing.  He has exhibited bead-work and paintings at The American Embassy in Nigeria, American National School Abuja and the San Francisco African American Historical Society.  His solo exhibit, entitled Treasure View, was shown at the African American Cultural University of Chicago.  That show displayed bead-work, bead-painting, and tie dye clothing from Nigeria, West Africa.  The images in this show display art from indigenous parts of Africa.  The artist's intention is to record these traditional cultures in his artwork and to share them with the world in general.

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Tiphereth Banks

Tiphereth Banks was born in the Bay Area and lives in El Cerrito, CA. Since High School, she has been involved in numerous art projects, which include murals, commissions and design. She has won contests in High School and most recently at her Job training program (Youth Spirit Artworks) for a t-shirt design. She has also won one of the local utility box contests in Berkeley, Ca. with the company Streets Alive ( Earth Island).  Tiphereth has been interested in art since elementary school. She works in acrylic, pencil and marker. She is currently searching for a job and trying to enroll into college. Photography has become an interest for her of late. She hopes to own a clothing line and boutique in the Bay area. “A vision without execution is hallucination” -Thomas Edison.

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Binns Bassen works and exhibits in many genres: painting, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. While teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she worked through their studio arts program in painting, sculpture, and ceramics, going on to  an MFA in sculpture from San Francisco State in 1991.  Since then she has worked large: as the set designer for the Cal State Opera Workshop; small: making jewelry in metal clay with Hadar Jacobson; and underwater: photographing off Belize and in the kettle ponds of Cape Cod. The work in this show derives from photographs of the fruit trees along Highway 5.

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Paul Bassen

Paul Bassen lives in Oakland, grew up in the Boston area, and is retired from teaching philosophy at Cal State East Bay. His artistic activities as an eight-year-old included making designs on his bedroom ceiling with tacks and string. Since then he has made furniture out of saplings and hemp, many sorts of figures from scrap lumber; a light-show device from a toy piano, 15 colored floodlights and a window shades, as well as a variety of constructions from assorted hardware. He has exhibited his underwater photography of Cape Cad ponds here at Expressions Gallery. He appreciates serious art, but knows of no artistic influences beside those of his wife, Georgia.

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Rodney Bell

Rodney Bell, currently residing in Berkeley, was raised in St. Louis, MO.  His mother remembers a drawing he did at age three, an abstract on a man's white leather jacket.  Rodney remembers having "happy hands" as a child, when holding two or three crayons in each one.  At a young age he felt compelled to express what he saw in color on paper instead of on jackets.  He knew he has a mission to draw as a way of life.  His parents, especially his mother, encouraged and supported his art endeavors.  Drawing became Rodney's first love and he created art to express his inner self and interest in spirituality and African American studies.  Marilyn Bradley, his art instructor at Webster Groves Senior High, encouraged him to develop and define his art skills and to enter art exhibits and contests. He was awarded two blue ribbons and a gold key from National Scholastic Art Magazine.  Portraiture became Rodney's passion, and in 1996 earned the opportunity to present a sketch of President Clinton and his wife Hillary to the President in person. Since residing at St. Mary's Center's shelter in 2011, he has created art to bring about the spirit that uplifts people, and has recently been drawing scenes from nature.  Rodney's artwork is currently exhibited at St. Mary's Center in Oakland and in the Street Spirit newspaper.

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Sarita Blum

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

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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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Pedro Del Norte

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

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Anna Hui Dong

Still unwilling to grow up, Anna Hui Dong lives among noisy undergrads near UC Berkeley. Born in Jinan, China, she has since lived in Mississippi, New York, Alaska, and Guatemala. As a child, she was fascinated by brilliant colors and intricate shapes. Her great-grandmother, a poor, illiterate widow who raised her, taught her embroidery and paper folding. An improvisational storyteller, Great-grandma also attached a vivid narrative to every character made of thread or paper. Nowadays, while working as a dentist for community clinics, Anna continues to pursue her artistic interests: drawing, craft, writing, and dancing. She sees continuity in everything she does: Her travels and artworks often inspire her writing, and she has won intercultural-essay and fiction awards; the interest in Spanish literature and Latin dance brought her to Latin America, where she discovered the unique color combinations in indigenous clothing and crafts. These earrings, though made of Japanese origami paper, are largely inspired by the color schemes of the modern Mayan women’s trajes.

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Jamie Erfurdt

Jamie Erfurdt began drawing and painting seriously with oil paints in her pre-teen years growing up in Colorado. After high school she worked, traveled and attended art school in San Francisco, where her main home was on the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets. In 1995 she moved to the East Bay and currently resides in Berkeley, CA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of SF, and with Distinction from the Academy of Art. In graduate school at the SF Art Institute, she minored in experimental film making. She has co-edited and contributed art and writing to literary journals and is learning InDesign, a desk top publishing program, with hopes of continuing this avenue of expression. Ms. Erfurdt's art is widely collected in the United States and abroad. Known for her vibrant sense of color, Jamie Erfurdt uses a broad range of media, including oils, acrylics, pastels, gouache, water color, fabric paint, film, photography and collage, executed on surfaces as diverse as canvas, silk, paper, film, photos, maps, doors, and windows. When not creating visual images, she coordinates meditation programs, does yoga, hikes, reads, writes, acts, sings, dances, attends film, theatre, art and music events and enjoys playing games like mah-johngg, pente, the jumble and sudoku. She has years of experience in the healing arts and works part-time as a decorator in the convention industry. Jamie’s lifelong love affair with Mother earth inspired the pieces in this show. The impasto oil painting “Budding Cornflower” was inspired when a tall house plant began producing juicy flowers. Creating “White Rose One”  helped her heal from surgery. “Two Rose Faces” includes a subtle self portrait.

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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.

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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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Linda Friedman

Linda Friedman grew up in the Los Angeles, California area and now resides in Vista, California, a short distance from the Pacific Ocean. Her formal art training came about at California State University, L.A., where she was awarded dual degrees in English Language and Fine and Applied arts. Subsequently she worked in a non-art related academic environment but continued to paint in oil and watercolor while becoming increasingly fascinated with fiber. In early 2000 she began experimenting with applying paint, ephemera and machine stitching to fabric to express her passion for color, texture and design. Linda’s art often contains a hidden or an explicit message to elicit a response in the viewer. Her quilted fiber art has been juried into numerous national quilt shows that have traveled throughout the country. Her work has also enjoyed exhibition in the following galleries: Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM.; Red Z Gallery, Mt. Vernon, OH; Soft Expressions Upstairs Gallery, Anaheim, CA; Red Bluff Art Gallery, Red Bluff, CA; Pouder River Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO; and The Chait Galleries Downtown, Iowa City, IA. Recently, she was filmed demonstrating one of her techniques for the PBS show, Quilting Arts TV.

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Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon was born in Montreal, Canada of mixed blood heritage which includes her French Canadian, Japanese and Native American ancestry. Both of her parents were actively involved in the arts, and she was surrounded by art in its many forms from an early age. Officially, Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, honors in Graphic design from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and is also a photographer, painter and multimedia artist. She strongly believes in the healing potential of visual art, and many of her creations reflect her deep love of nature and humanity. She recently arrived to Berkeley and began exploring the digital arts and especially photo composite work.  Since arriving to the United States 2 years ago, her work has been selected for over 30 National and International group exhibitions, as well as her first solo exhibition last year in Berkeley. www.erikagagnon.com, info@erikagagnon.com

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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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Janet Gawthrop

Janet Gawthrop I have lived in Oakland for 19, even longer than 17 years spent growing up in northern Indiana.  My mother and sister both painted as a hobby, and I first became interested in art while watching them paint.   My early curiosity in oil paint did not last past my freshman year in high school, because of the many restrictions imposed by turpentine and cleaning pigments.  I never looked back at oil after discovering tube water colors produced richer colors, superior to those faded results from my kidhood pan watercolors.  I discovered Chinese brushes, ink, and calligraphy all in the early 1980's while studying at Chinese University of Hong Kong, also in Taipei Taiwan, best described as informal education by kind local college students, some calligraphy in Chinese language classes, and cultural immersion.  I did not start exhibiting until I resumed formal training at Berkeley City College (then Vista College) in 1984,  and my study with Chandra Garsson introduced me to acrylics as both a painting and sculpture medium. Most recently, I learned photocopy transfer, Photoshop at Kala Institute.  After my first solo show at the UCLA student gallery in 1985, I exhibited at cafes in west LA and Santa Monica, Berkeley and San Francisco in the early 1990s.  I continue to enjoy mixing western watercolors with Chinese brushes and ink, which contain many possibilities besides the traditional monochrome ink landscapes.

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Denise Hart

Denise Hart lives in Berkeley. She began to paint full-time in 2004 and is mostly self-taught. She enjoys exploring color as a means to express her understanding and love of the remote places that she loves to frequent. Growing up in Canada, Denise connected with the works of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. She also admires the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Denise has shown work in juried shows in various venues in Northern California (Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont; Coastal Art Leagues Museum in Halfmoon Bay; the Alameda Arts Center; the Sacramento Fine Arts Center; and the Placerville Art Association Gallery); in southern California (Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College); and nationwide, including the Laredo Center for the Arts in Texas and the Wichita Center for the Arts in Kansas. Denise’s paintings grace the homes of patrons on both coasts, from East Bay, San Francisco and San Diego to New York, Washington, D.C., and in Canada. Two pieces in this exhibition, “Hawaiian Gem” and “Bamboo Orchid: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park” are inspired from a trip to the Big Island. “Iris Gem” is a portrait of a flower blooming right now in her fabulous garden. Denise plans to paint more in this flower series. She can be contacted at denisehartpaintings@gmail.com, through her website at www.denisehartpaintings.com or at facebook.com/denisehartpaintings.

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Adrian Hern

Adrian Hern grew up in Orange County in a household where everyone made everything they could from scratch - For the fun of it.  Everything means everything… the meals, the curtains, the bookshelves, the coffee tables, the pictures on the walls, the afghans on the couches and more.  In her family, being idle was not an option and that meant do or make something.  As a result, Adrian became a creative do-it-yourself type.  During law school and business school all of her personal interests got put on hold.  After she got her law practice established, she engaged in art with a passion and seems to be making up for lost time.  Adrian’s medium is hand-pulled Linocuts.  A Linocut Print is made from a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum which is then artfully inked and hand-pulled through a press.  Adrian’s first Linocut editions ended up in 3 different galleries for 3 months in a row.  She has exhibited in juried and international shows and has won a Gallery Owner’s Award.

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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 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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Richard Kane

Richard Kane has lived in the Bay Area since 1975, first San Francisco, then Oakland since 1990. He grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. He has been doing various art forms since the crayons and finger paint of kindergarten, including drawing, airbrush/spray-paint, poetry, and cooking; with a current passion for masks of man made materials and Poetry. He participated in art workshops with the Walker art center in Minneapolis in High School, attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Laney College in Oakland. He has a certificate in culinary arts from San Francisco Community College [now part of S.F. City College]. He made and sold locally note cards done with airbrush and spray paint using found objects as templates in the 1980’s. He displayed locally in the 1980’s and 90’s and has been doing local shows the past year. Artist states: With this art form I consider myself part of an ancient tradition of mask making using the materials at hand, I just happen to have very different material at hand. I see the face of humanity in everything we make; I love to find things and I hate to see interesting things go to waste.

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Joanna Katz

Joanna Katz, a long time resident of Berkeley, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of a college professor and a poetess.  Her early years were spent on the East Coast, and her teens in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  During these formative times, with the encouragement of her mother, Joanna with-drew from the intellectual and verbal ways of her family to the visual.  While working for a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Joanna became convinced of the importance of becoming comfortable with the techniques of realistic representation. These techniques have helped her interpret many different subjects in many media. In the present exhibit, Spring Forward, this artist is showing two of her favorite watercolors.  The paintings are of sand dunes at Asilomar.  In Sand Dune #1 and Sand Dune #2, Joanna was pleased she could catch the realities of growth, blooming, springing vitality of the vegetation, and, in contrast, its wilting, dying back, drying up. 

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Coral Lambert

Coral Lambert, currently living in the Aok, 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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Silvia Ledezma

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

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

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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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Patty McAfee AKA Rhinestone Patty

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

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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.  The 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, my grandchildren, and from my students.  It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm of my students as they develop their projects on their looms after I’ve given them the ‘know how’.”

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Rose Moore

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

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Malcolm Nicoll

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

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Omonivie Tula Okhade

Omonivie Tula Okhade of Sacramento, CA, has always been passionate about creativity and art, yet her formal education and early career traveled along a different path. Originally from Oakland, she spent her adolescence in Sacramento before attending the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where she received her B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2003 and Master of Health Administration in 2007, concurrently working in healthcare management. Returning to Sacramento in 2011, Omonivie revisited creative passions from her youth and explored new areas of expression, including children’s book writing and illustration, painting, and jewelry design. In 2013 she established {tula in bloom}, a collection of unique jewelry and decor made with repurposed materials.  Primarily self-taught, Omonivie is inspired by nature, reinvention and renewal, and the embodiment and expression of authentic self.  She employs various materials and techniques including deconstruction, metalwork, and beading using wood, metal, glass, natural stone, and leather. Her curation of pieces to repurpose is influenced by a modern aesthetic highlighted by the singular beauty of a focal point. She incorporates pencil portraiture to display the jewelry, in and of themselves mixed media pieces that contrast two- and three-dimensional art, color, and texture. She was recently featured at a RAWartists showcase in Sacramento, and appeared on the local television program Good Day Sacramento. Omonivie happily creates her designs out of Hacker Lab, a shared work and maker space with many high tech toys at her disposal.

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Aphra Pia

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

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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 throughout the greater Bay Area, the wine country, Lake Tahoe, Southern California, and in Coeur d'Alene and Sun Valley, Idaho.  She has also displayed her work in galleries in Palm Desert and Soquel, California, and in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Jo-Anna Pippen

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

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Lynda A. N. Reyes

Lynda A. N. Reyes is a professional full-time artist from Glendale, California. Pursuit of fine arts has been Lynda’s life-long aspiration. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in painting in the Philippines and a Master’s degree in Art History at Northern Illinois University. Her artworks have been featured in juried exhibits in Kentucky, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado, New York, San Francisco, Salinas, Brea (Orange County), Bergamot Station (Santa Monica), Burbank, Glendale, and in Alberta, Canada. The artist states: “I aspire to create representational imagery that triggers a lasting smile, a longing to look and find a positive view of our world and of the people living in it. Through my art, I want to interact with my viewers and to share with them what I have experienced. I paint portraits, landscapes and inanimate objects in both watercolor and oil.” In “Scavenger’s Loot” the subject is portrayed with harsh realism and drama made palpable by a contrast of earthen colors, vivid brushstrokes in a trash-ridden setting. One can almost smell the stench and ask why this social condition is still prevalent in this century. The artist further states: “When the viewers participate, only then can I say my painting is done! I believe that the appreciation of art is a very personal response to creative work and that as an artist I strive to engender this response in my viewers. My hands, mind and heart all work in unison to spark the awe the viewers experience in their initial encounter with any of my artworks.” As a master watercolorist Lynda has been represented in published works and catalogs. Her “California Grandpa” has been published in Splash 14, a book series dedicated to high quality watercolor works from accomplished artists all over the world.

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Ernest and Lois Rich

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

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Charlene Richter

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

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Selma Rockett 

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

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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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Mary Takemoto

 

Mary Takemoto is a digital artist living in Alameda. She grew up in the foothills of Northern California where as a child she was allowed to roam her parent’s farm with few distractions. It was there that she realized her deep connection to the natural world. After graduating U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Social Science, she began studying art at the Peralta Colleges and at San Jose State University. A decades-long hiatus occurred during which she worked as computer programmer. She is now a born-again artist whose digital work reflects her appreciation of the complexity of nature and its enduring and fleeting beauty.

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Yukari Tanaka

 

Yukari Tanaka is primarily a San Francisco based digital illustrator and photographer originally from Fukuoka, Japan.  Her lifelong interest in visual arts, crafts, and photography led her to study digital imaging and digital printmaking at Berkeley City College. She has a deep-seated affection for animals visually captured as digital illustrations which she furthers embellish with lively patterns and subtle consideration of space. Her series of animal portraits captivate the innocence and beauty within each animal. Her hope is that with her illustrations one can have the joy of new visual discovery with a combination of peaceful color palettes and detailed patterns that will cheer one up.

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Ruby Trauner

 

Ruby Trauner has been living in the Bay Area since 1979.  Ruby's interest in drawing took hold in her 20's and has grown exponentially over the years.  She did not attend art school, but began drawing with friends (who modeled for each other) and has taken, over the years, many community drawing classes using pencil, charcoal and pastels.  For the past 7 years, she has studied pastels with Dorcas Moulton and Mark Lightfoot at Merritt College.  Her work has been shown at the annual Show of Merritt and most recently at the show "Vantage Points: A Lifetime of Perspective by LGBT Elders" at the LGBT Center in SF.  Ruby is especially drawn to the colors, intensity and freedom she experiences when drawing with pastels.


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Jan Wall

 

Jan Wall, a current Oakland resident, grew up in Texas.  Painting as a hobbyist for the past five decades, retirement now gives her a chance to work as a professional and to paint every day.  Jan studied art at Laney College where she taught English for 45 years.  She considers herself fortunate in having studied art with June Steingart, Bill Snyder, Charles Chavez, Heinrich Schmidt and David Brown.  Jan believes that art is a way to learn about the world, about yourself and your experience.  In this show, "California Spring of '14" shows drought in a place where she took her kids when they were little, "Wheatfields Under Thunderstorms" is an homage to Vincent van Gogh, and "Rose" has echoes of Georgia O'Keefe.  (Visit www.artmajeur/janwall.com to view Jan's surrealist paintings.)  Jan feels she has been influenced by her teachers, especially Bill Snyder, and also by the great Winslow Homer.  In her work, she is "looking for that place where education and recreation meet, where work and play come together, where spirit is not distinguishable from matter."

 

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