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Artist Biographies -
Life with Pets & Animals
April 30 - July 15, 2015

Artists

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Lahcen Abalil

Lahcen Abalil lives in Berkeley, Ca. He grew up in Morocco and moved to the United States in 2007. He began doing art in 2010. He is self-taught. While living at the Senior Center, his friends told him he had created unique pieces of art. He creates his artworks with wool, cotton, wood, sheets of glitter, sand, sandpaper and ink and colored paper cut and pasted to create an image. All his ideas are inspired from his imagination. He sees a bird or an animal and transforms it through his imagination into a unique composition. Recently, he has started taking classes at the Senior Center and has been in an exhibition there. He loves doing art and participating with others in doing it and he enjoys the interaction between his work and the viewer.

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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 is a longtime Berkeley resident with a lifelong interest in art. As a 9 year old she took Saturday morning classes at the Milwaukee Art Institute and continued her art training during high school and college and into adult life. Sandi has worked in various media, including watercolor, acrylic, textile arts (weaving), collage and ceramics. Since retiring from elementary school teaching in Albany, CA, she has renewed her interest and paints regularly in her “painting room”, (originally the guest room), as well as in workshops and painting classes in the East Bay. She has traveled extensively on 5 continents and often uses images from her travel photography as subject matter in paintings. Sandi exhibits work regularly at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, at the Marin Society of Artists in Ross, and at the Frank Bette Center in Alameda. She has received various awards in shows in these venues and has had 6 solo shows in local business establishments.

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Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman was born and raised in Israel. He studied Architecture at the Israeli Institute of Technology. He transferred to the University of California in Berkeley and
graduated from UC Berkeley in Architecture. Daniel worked as an Architect in New York and Israel and California. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Daniel loves Visual Art. During his years as an Architect He took many classes in Oil Painting, Water Color and Drawing. Daniel believes that there is beauty in the elements surrounding us, in the water, the sky, the Landscape, in buildings. He likes to express this beauty in his paintings. He was most influenced by the Impressionists. Daniel's favorite artists are Monet, Van Gough, and John Sargent. Many of Daniels' paintings are from his travels to Venice, Tuscany, Paris, and Jerusalem. Daniel exhibits his works in various galleries, such as The Collector, The Claremont Hotel, Bay Area libraries, and in private cafes, restaurants and businesses.

For further information please contact Daniel at daltman777@gmail.com

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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio, 57, of San Francisco started sketching as a form of rehab after he had a mini-stroke in 2009. Little did he know that eventually his illustrations would lead to a career as an artist, astounding critics, gallery owners, his friends and even himself. Immediately after the stroke, Attanasio’s speech therapists suggested that he get involved in some type of activity where he’d be using his brain on a daily basis. So, he started drawing a series of illustrations on Post-It-Notes, for hours and hours while he went through a 14-month recovery. Then, in October of 2011, Attanasio’s wife Simone handed him a notebook and all of the drawings were there—close to 400! During his recovery, he created a wacky collection of baseball and football players, gangsters, dinosaurs, dogs, birds, monsters and aliens. Since beginning his artistic journey, Ed has sold originals for as much as $4,000—all collages consisting of Post-It Notes. He currently has pieces in galleries all over the country; published Bushers, a graphic novel about his fictional baseball players; sells prints of all his work and uses his artwork to raise funds for his favorite causes—dogs and cats, elephants and children.

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Tiphereth Banks

Tiphereth Banks (Artist/Entrepreneur) was born in 1994 in Berkeley, CA and was raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from Oakland High School in the year of 2012, and is currently a student at Berkeley City College. At an early age, she had a strong passion for art. She has created art that has been put in contests, competitions, art shows, exhibitions, and worked on mural projects between the years of 2007 until now. While working at an art based youth training program as a junior artist, from the years 2011 - 2013, she discovered another passion, to teach and support youth of the urban community. Since then, she has been planning out her next move to successfully create an enterprise that benefits the community.

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Georgia Bassen

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

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Francesca Borgatta

Francesca Borgatta, daughter of painter Robert Borgatta and sculptress Isabel Borgatta says art is central to her experience. She directed her first dance-drama at age sixteen. She studied art and theater at Sarah Lawrence, and apprenticed at the Bread & Puppet Theater in New York. She worked with teenagers on Adventure Playgrounds with Inter-Action Theater in London (1969), using Gulliver and the Tempest as themes for installation and performance. This became her model for a socially-directed arts project which successfully evolved into a community. In 1971, she saw Tanjore Balasarawati perform Bharatanatyam and became a student of South Indian dance and music for the next fourteen years. She formed “Drum, Song, and Dance Co.” with other students of Asian Dance to explore personal imagery in a cultural context. She received an M.A. in Multimedia Theater from SF State 1986. As an Artist-in-Residence, with grants from the California Arts Council, BSEP, In Dulci Jubilo and Packard Foundation Francesca developed multi-cultural arts programs in various schools located in San Francisco, Montessori, Washington, and Longfellow.  She participates in many group art shows and has presented solo exhibits at the Berkeley Arts Center, Saint Vincent de Paul Community Center, and Skyline College Gallery. Francesca Borgatta designs art events using recycled materials for the East Bay Depot of Creative Re-Use as she searches for new places to teach and exhibit her work.


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Yvonne Brady

Yvonne Brady currently lives in Vallejo, CA. She is a California native who was raised in Oakland. Her parents were from New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended college in New Orleans and San Francisco. She has worked as an accountant at Peralta Community College System and the University of California Office of the President. She is the mother of one son. Yvonne was always interested in jewelry and she took a class at Bead Inspiration in Alameda, CA to learn how to string beads in order to repair a turquoise and sterling silver necklace. She also took a class at Studio One in Oakland, Ca to learn to make glass beads. Yvonne mostly works with gemstones using sterling silver, brass, copper, and pewter. She is greatly inspired by African and African American Art which is part of her heritage and you will see this influence in some of her work. She uses African beads from Ghana and Nigeria, and pendants from the Tuarag in the Sahara, Ethiopian Coptic Christian Crosses as well as stones from other parts of the world.The Artist gives credit for her creative spirit to her mother who taught her how to sew at an early age and continued to encourage her throughout her life. Her endeavors are also fully supported by her son who promotes her work.


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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 shows in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall.

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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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Guy Colwell

Guy Colwell is known for large scale social surrealist canvases that often spark controversy, as well as critical praise. But there is another side to Colwell’s work; nature and animals. Sometimes his figurative surrealism is exclusively about people. Sometimes the animal art and the social surrealism blend together in his evocative encounters between people and wild animals within human environments. But sometimes, as in the miniature paintings in this show, the animals become the focus. Colwell’s interest in animal art extends to a series of 17 natural history coloring books that can be downloaded from the web as printable files. He was born in Oakland in 1945 and went two years to the California College of Arts and Crafts. Leaving art school to engage in the turmoil of the anti-Vietnam War protests, he was unable to ever finish college but became a self-taught pictorial social commentator and comic book artist, received a great deal of positive critical attention and has  work in many important private and museum collections. website: atelier9.com


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Sherry Cullison

Sherry Cullison spent her childhood in the Northern California Redwoods where she discovered her love for nature. At the age of twelve her parents moved to the Bay Area. She has lived and worked as a graphic artist for many years. As a young teenager she loved to watch as her grandmother stood painting at her easel on the back porch of their Walnut Creek home. Thinking that she would love to be an artist just like her grandmother; Sherry took that creative spirit into her heart, and set out to follow her dream. After studying Graphic Arts she was able to enjoy a long and successful career and support her young family. However she felt she was never far from realizing her dream. Primarily she is self-taught but recently she has studied in local Bay Area colleges. Artist States: “I love using oil pigment to capture the beauty of nature on canvas just as my grandmother did so many years ago.” Nature provides the inspiration, the colors and the harmony for all her paintings. Sherry exhibits her art in many cities around the Bay Area.

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Pipi Ray Diamond

Pipi Ray Diamond has lived in the Bay Area since 1991 and currently resides in Oakland. She is a self-taught photographer who became interested in pet photography when volunteering for local shelters. This experience showed her how critical good photos were in getting animals adopted. She uses a digital Canon camera with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for post-processing. Her work has been exhibited in Downtown Oakland at Laurel Bookstore, in Oakland’s Diamond District at Paws & Claws pet stores in Oakland’s Laurel District at Pet Choice store and in Jack London Square at Canine Comforts. Her work has been featured on the cover of Bay Woof newspaper and in the East Bay Express as a part of a 2015 Looking Glass camera store ad campaign. She takes custom assignments and finds that creating wonderful memories for pet owners is very gratifying. You can find her professional work at www.SoulfulPetPhotography.com,on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoulfulPetPhotography on Instagram @SoulfulPetPhotographer. Pipi volunteers at the City of Oakland animal shelter photographing dogs, cats and rabbits. Her current pet is a six-year old Ragdoll rescue name Gertrude.

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Joan Clair Di Stefano

Joan Clair Di Stefano currently resides in Alameda but grew up in Oakland. She was a Former adjunct professor for the Center for the Arts and Religious Education at the GTU in Berkeley. She runs the Sacred Arts Workshops which are now held in the “By the Bay” studio. She holds an MA degree from New York University’s Venice, Italy program for both in Studio and Environmental Art and holds a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has done graduate studies at SFSU, CND, and Belmont and continues to study in Ravenna, Italy. She maintains a glass and mosaic studio in Alameda working in restoration of historic windows and the fabrication of new work in painting, stained glass and mosaics. Her past publications include: Works and Conversations, Milvia Street Annual Library Journal, Art of Mosaic Design, Mosaic Sourcebooks, Cara eghli Americani, Brescia Italia, Sesto Senzo, Bologna, Italia and La Genie de la Bastille in Paris, France.

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Will Doleman

Will Doleman was born in Pittsburg, California in 1949. He grew up in nearby Concord. He has lived in California, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.  During his year in Louisiana in 1975 he learned plumbing as a trade. While there he also met Charlotte Gabriel, who at the time was pioneering work in tie-dye. This concept of fluid art made a deep impression on Will, and in 2010 he began developing his own methodology, which he calls “Undye.” He started by doing entire cotton T-shirts, with the unsold pieces being converted to framed pieces. His style, which he calls “HippyGlyph,” emerged as an expression of his deep desire that all people and animals live in peace and harmony together on our humble planet. Will Doleman currently resides in Grass Valley, California, and has displayed and sold his work at a number of local arts and craft fairs in Grass Valley and Nevada City.  In 2014 the community cooperative market in Grass Valley, the Briar Patch, displayed and sold over a dozen pieces.

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Kateryna Dronova

Kateryna Dronova was born and grew up in Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine. Her early artistic endeavors were influenced by high contrast of industrial urban landscape and picturesque nature of Dnipropetrovsk region. She continued her education in Kyiv, where she perused a legal career. As a student, she was a member of «Antresolia» Arts Studio. Later on Kateryna’s profound interest in human rights studies has brought her to Budapest, Hungary. This period has given her a deeper insight into the modern trends in European art and culture. In 2012 Kateryna has moved to Berkeley, California. Although, Kateryna did not have any formal artistic training and was a self-taught artist, she decided to reflect and share her experience by painting. Her works are inspired by diverse and abundant nature of Northern California, as well as nostalgia for her restless motherland. Being armed with the unabated support of her sister Iryna and invaluable guidance of Prof. Charles Sullivan, she dared to get one step closer to her dream of becoming an artist and an illustrator. The range of Kateryna’s preferred media includes pencil, watercolor, ink, acrylics, and oil. Kateryna’s works are united by the idea of honoring nature. The wonderful and diverse world around humans must be preserved and cherished not only on a global scale but on a scale of one’s own home as well. Pets are portrayed as adventurous companions sharing our human experience and transforming spaces around us with their personalities. 



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Jamie Erfurdt

Jamie Erfurdt lives in Berkeley, and has had studios in Oakland, Richmond and SF. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Univ. of SF & with Distinction from the Academy of Art, majoring in painting. While earning her MFA at SF Art Institute, she minored in experimental filmmaking. Born and raised in Denver, CO, she began to draw seriously at 10 years of age & painted with oils at 12. She knew she wanted to be an artist at age 7. She works from memory, dreams, imagination, intuition, photographs, live models & on location. Known for her vibrant sense of color, she uses a broad range of media including gouache, acrylics, ink, pastels, watercolor, fabric paint, blood, photoshop, film, photos and collage,  executed on surfaces as diverse as canvas, silk, paper, film, photos, maps, doors & windows. Diverse periods, cultures & styles have influenced & reflect the multitudes of her eclectic work. When Georgia O’Keefe died, Jamie did an “Homage to Georgia” Series, large oils. Travel inspires her. Her Wild Horse series began as postcard sized paintings. on an Alaskan trip with her brother. Her Bone series began after a car broke her clavicle & pelvic bone while bike riding.  In the South.of France she did 36 small abstracts & landscapes. Mendocino Sojourn & River Incandescence Series were done on CA retreats, collaged photos of Burning Man & performance art events were assembled in calendars. She is a published writer and has edited literary journals.

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Marge Essel

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

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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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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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Gwendolyn Gardner

Gwendolyn Gardner is a native New Jersey, a Singer, Dancer, Sculptress, Print- Designer, and Actress. Resided in Northern California since the early 70's.Fine Arts graduate Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. taught and encouraged to work in several media. A force of imagination, creative openness of new challenges was the central role in art making, and this carry-over allows my entire senses and free artistic style to flourish. Sharing my vision with the viewer in mind has transcended into something quite personally and meaningful as an artist, I find a true freshness that's so passionate in Nature, which imbues vibrant colors. The every changing color formations in the skyline is electrifying. Grasping a snippet of this building of shapes, painterly art forms, rhythmic texturing of surfaces in my sculptures, 2Dimensional, an aim in making of artwork at its best. I'm motivated and positive to channel doing just that through hard work and determination. There are many talented and down to earth artists out there, whose creative works inspires me in my growing discovery of developing an unique area of storytelling. Love of humanity is profoundly magical, and handling material and improving techniques makes quality art that appealing to the eye, heart and soul.

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Rohilah Guy

Rohilah Guy was born in Canada and moved to the Bay Area in 1964. Rohilah works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic and sumi-e. She has recently begun studying photography. Rohilah has always been interested in art, studying it as a child and in university. Encouraged by many people along the way, the artist continues to explore all facets of art. She has been a weaver, and a textile and clothing designer. The paintings in this show combine watercolors and acrylics and aim to lift up the viewer and to bring the spiritual dimension into focus.

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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 used to hang 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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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. 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. 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 few years. 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, is currently living at Strawberry Creek Lodge, a retirement community also in Berkeley.  She lives a few blocks from her garage-studio where she works on her larger, messier art pieces.  She was born in Princeton, NJ, grew up in Rockville Center on Long Island, went to high school in Ann Arbor, MI. Joanna graduated from State University of Iowa, Iowa City with a B.A. in fine arts. The painting she is showing in “Life with Pets and Animals” titled Conversing Crows is a view from her fourth floor apartment at Strawberry Creek.  For a few years the building was being renovated, and you see the scaffolding covering her balcony.  Perched on the scaffolding are a couple of crows complaining to each other.


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Betsy Kendall

Betsy Kendall has been painting the landscape and people in and around her Berkeley home for 30 years. Training began with her artist mother, continued at Mills and San Francisco State with Ralph DuCasse and Robert Bechtle.  “For me, direct experiences are surprising and exciting. As they pass through my body and come out in oil paint or gouache they turn into something fresh. When the paint dries, you can see the motion of looking, thinking and marking it took to create.”  Kendall teaches at the Richmond Art Center. She shows regularly at Mythos Gallery, Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, and ProArts Open Studios. In 2012 she was shown at Stanford Art Spaces by DeWitt Cheng.

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David Korman

David Korman is a portrait and event photographer living in West Oakland from Piermont, New York. He is fascinated by performance and the selflessness of artistic expression. David believes that musicians, actors, dancers, painters, and others who devote their whole beings to creative expression are the delight of our society and that their energies should be vigorously celebrated. David’s photographs intend to capture the passion of people who would rather be vulnerable at great expense to themselves than integrate into the perceived safety of our materialistic society.

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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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Jannie Ledard

Jannie Ledard's glass art studio is located in Talent, Oregon, where she creates fused glass jewelry and stained glass windows and art objects including glass mandalas, suncatchers, and more. Jannie was born and raised in the beautiful town of Rouen, France, known for Monet's paintings of its cathedral and cradle of writers Pierre Corneille and Gustave Flaubert. After graduating from the University of Rouen, she started a teaching career in France, then teaching in Martinique, New York City and San Francisco. She retired from teaching in Berkeley, California. Her friend Duane Sample, a mosaic artist, opened the doors of the luminous world of glass art to her. She then studied the techniques of stained glass with John Peterson in Santa Barbara and attended many workshops. When Duane offered her a kiln, she discovered the multi-faceted realm of fusing and kiln-forming which brought a new dimension to her art. She now enjoys challenging herself with new experimentations and techniques of making glass into extraordinary art objects to accent your home or office decor. Jannie attends numerous Southern Oregon art shows and exhibits in many galleries and special events. Please scroll down to see her current schedule!

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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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Doc Baumann and Ruth Marcus

Doc Baumann and Ruth Marcus work together on certain compositions and go by the name of DOCDOC representing two German artists: Dr. Hans D. Baumann (better known as Doc Baumann) and Dr. Ruth Marcus. Doc Baumann is an art scientist. He started in 1984 working with digital images and compositions and is the leading Photoshop-expert in German and publisher of the magazine DOCMA. Dr. Ruth Marcus started as a medical doctor, later she worked as a photographer and journalist. During the last years she became known as a photographer of animals by exhibitions, portfolios in magazines and book-publications of her images. The name DOCDOC unites the academic degrees of the two artists. During their common work they created the concept of the project “Doguments of Art and History”: Presents scenes of history and art, ironically broken, at the borderline between something recognizable and something alienated-based on cultural conventions and knowledge, but questioning them at the same time.

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Ann Maloney-Mason

Ann Maloney-Mason grew up in rural Ireland. She received a teaching credential in Fine Art and Design from the Crawford Municipal College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland. In 1990 she moved to San Francisco, where she worked as a graphic designer for many years. She has always been attracted to strong line and bright color. She considers herself an intuitive artist, and she tends to work quickly and decisively. She finds inspiration in many subjects. She sees art as a form of meditation. She is Secretary of A.R.T. Inc., in Castro Valley, a member of Hayward Arts Council, and is art Chair and Secretary of the Diablo-Alameda Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. She has participated in numerous shows, and her work can be found in private collections in Ireland, England and the United States.

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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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Noel Marsh

Noel Marsh lives in Berkeley, CA but was born in San Francisco and moved to New Zealand with his parents as a child. He returned to the U.S. as a young adult and has remained so ever since, despite being educated at UC Berkeley and Harvard and having a 25-year career in the U.S. State Department. Noel retired from the Foreign Service in 1984 after enjoying the excitement of living in different parts of the world serving in Asia, Latin America and Africa. He became a freelance international management consultant working in public health, child survival and population programs. This second career took him back to Africa and Asia as well as Egypt, Russia and Kazakhstan. When he quit consulting, he took up cartooning because he always liked to draw and joke. He was self-taught but took drawing and cartoon classes, including a seminar from Phil Frank, the well-known SF Chronicle cartoonist and creator of “Farley”. Phil became his friend and mentor and helped edit his first book: “Irreverent Ink for the Laughing Crowd”. Noel considers himself an internationalist. The cartoons emerging from his pen are definitely influenced by his exposure to diverse cultures and their humor. He believes laughing is always a good way to cope with grim realities of the developing world. His objective is find humor in life's absurdities and common situations.

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Emmett McCuiston

Emmett McCuiston began aesthetic learning at Columbia College in MO., in 1980, where his interest in painting was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Woods.  Studying with the Jones International Universities core program in 2012, a resolution of Secondary Education Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment instigated his authorship of Headland Landscape, published by Xlibris Corporation. Headland Landscape painted panels, were constructed towards a Baccalaureate of Art outcome at Sonoma State University. Constructionism influenced the artist's processes of oil upon canvas. The National coastal seashore, from which the 3 painted HEADLAND LANDSCAPE panels were abstracted, employs a landscape and ecosystem that regionally differ from nearby landscapes and ecosystems within central California. It has a high rate of endemic species that are found nowhere else. Where significant restoration projects are engaged that have removed invasive plants, and reintroduced endangered plants. 

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Judith Meyer

Judith Meyer currently resides in Berkeley, California.  She grew up in Oakland, attended Oakland City College and the University of California, with a minor in Art.  Most influential in her life was an aunt who ran a small dairy farm in the Modesto area, but alongside the fly-infested farm she was an amazing portrait painter and watercolorist.  One of her distant relatives on her father’s side was Thomas Moran, whose paintings influenced the making of Yellowstone into a national park. About ten years ago she had a resurgence in painting, when a friend described how to lay down blocks of color and build up to the detail.  The painting shown here is done with acrylic and oil pastels.  She has done faux painting on walls for clients and floor cloths and color consultation.  Painting is a love, as her shed of paint cans can testify. Her favorite artist is Van Gogh, for the energy in his work.

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David Mintim

David Mintim graduated from the California College of the Arts in 1990 with a BFA in Painting. In 1998, he began to work in the medium Glass Fusion. He works out of Studio One Art Center (part of Oakland Parks & Recreation) as a Glass Fusion Lab Monitor since 2000. Now he is influenced by documentary films of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and British graffiti artist Banksy. His work represents a spontaneity and transition of abstract expressionism spawned from oil painting onto glass fusion. Cutting and assembling a collage of changing colors and textures of compatible glass allows him to express forms at a different approach from painting. Glass has an unpredictability when high firing several times, which gives David new vision on how to proceed between each firing. David is also a member of the Firehouse Art Collective and respectfully shows his artwork through public events of the collective and at Firehouseartcollective.blogspot.com. The body of Davis’s work is a consistent twenty five year span of some personal experience and free spirited thought that reflects art for art’s sake.

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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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Julia Montrond

Julia Lauren Montrond grew up in New York City with the arts in her blood. In that stimulating environment she enjoyed frequent trips to its wonderful museums. She also enjoyed accessibility to world- class artists, studying ballet with Maria Tallchief and modern dance with Martha Graham. Majoring in theater at Hunter College, she performed as an actor and dancer at The New School, Greenwich Village and Off-Broadway. Having taught and lived on five continents, her sensibilities are multicultural. She studied art and painted in Spain, Mexico and extensively in Italy. Currently residing in Berkeley, her paintings have received awards in numerous juried shows and have been exhibited in numerous galleries. Her poems have won awards in the International Poetry and Dance Festival in San Francisco. In retirement from a 35-year teaching career, art continues to energize, inspire, give purpose, and even heal. Julia can’t imagine her life without it.

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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 Jose 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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Christine Mulder

Christine Mulder born and raised in the Bay Area, Christine has been exhibiting primarily watercolors for the past several years.  After earning degrees from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, she studied locally with Dorcas Moulton, and has taken workshops with Jane Hofstetter, Dick Cole, and Carole Maddox, among others. She also paints in acrylics and oils, but always returns to what she calls the 'deceptive simplicity' of watercolors. She states "My paintings are often inspired by the local scenes when I'm out plein air painting with the El Cerrito Art Assn. group, or things in my everyday surroundings. As an artist I'm drawn to texture and contrast: fiery oranges against cool blues, soft mist against craggy rocks, the splash of sunlight again deep shadows".  She has exhibited work with the California Watercolor Assn., and more recently has won first place awards for her watercolors in the El Cerrito Art Assn. and Oakland Art Assn. shows. She is currently at the Expressions Gallery show "Into the Future".

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Narcisse Jewelry

Narcisse Jewelry, Italian finished handmade jewelry, are all handmade with Natural Gemstones from around the world, and are held to the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. These bold fashion forward pieces caught the eye of a handful of celebrities and clothing designers and found themselves worn on the runway by designers and models for 2014/2015 fashion week Paris, NY, and Milan. Since then, celebrity clientele have included Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lawrence, and more.

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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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Barbara Oplinger

Barbara Oplinger recently moved to Oakland after nearly 20 years living in San Francisco. Originally from the Boston area, Barbara has always been a curious, creative animal lover. Close proximity to Boston and New York City afforded trips to world class museums and many forms of expression.  She earned her BFA from the School of the Museum of FA/Tufts University where she found it difficult to focus on any one medium, sculpture, stained glass, animation and painting. After graduating Barbara was hired by Ackerly Communications as one of two women billboard painters, requiring that she join the Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trade union.  Subsequent forms of income included murals, paper machĂ© animals, illustration, and portraiture. Before the onset of computers Barbara also worked as a graphic production artist.  This launched her 20+ year graphic art career where she transitioned from print to digital to web design.  In the last 10 years Barbara started painting more regularly with acrylics - having come from an oil based background. She focused on a series of Scottish landscapes which helped familiarize the unique qualities of the acrylic medium.  Her awards include first prize drawing at Westfield State College, MIT Animation Showcase and Best Mystery Novel Book Cover. Since 2010 Barbara has been a regular contributor to group shows in the Bay Area. An avid dog lover, she has fostered 14 dogs for two rescue groups in San Francisco. Occasionally Barbara works as an usher at the Nourse Theater.  You can read about her adventures at the Nourse here alivewithoutamanual.com/

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Erin Partridge

Erin Partridge, MA, ATR lives in Lafayette, CA on the property she grew up on, though she has travelled back and forth across the country in between then and now. She is a lifelong artist, inspired by her creative, artistic family. She majored in fine art, with minors in psychology and women’s studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. From there, she moved to New York to study art therapy; she received a master’s in art therapy from New York University in 2008. She is a registered art therapist, currently working with older adults. Erin is a PhD candidate in art therapy at Notre Dame de Namur. Erin is inspired by the beauty of nature and the often-overlooked beauty in discarded ephemera. She incorporates vintage papers and fibers into her work; she is interested in the narrative and expressive potential of these items. Her work has been exhibited in group shows across the country and is featured in several publications. Artist states: “This piece is about how humbled I feel when my rescued African Gray parrot Sammy looks at me. It is such an honor to feel the trust and love in her expression, particularly since parrots are not domesticated animals. She is a survivor, having been through some trauma in her first two years of life. When I first saw her, she had pulled out all her feathers and was trembling with fear. Now she is in full-feather, talks, sings, dances, and visits with elders. She is an inspiration and a wonderful companion.”


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Heli Perrett

Heli Perrett is a sculptor, photographer, and the creator of the Geo Jewels line of ‘wearable wood art.’  Clients of her art include corporations, museums, and private collectors in several countries (including the USA, Italy, England, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Venezuela). A resident of Rockridge, Heli has lived in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Australia, Turkey, Peru, Venezuela, Canada and England and worked in many more as a ‘poverty expert’ for the UN and the World Bank. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Art studies have taken place in New York, Istanbul and Oakland. Her involvement in creating, exhibiting and selling art spans over 20 years.  She has recently been named ‘One of the best photographers of 2008’ by Photography Vibes, and her work appears in the Photography Vibes book of top photographers, printed July 2008. Heli’s involvement in Geo Jewels is a fairly recent addition, dating back to late 2007.  Geo Jewels are made primarily of wood. Each piece of jewelry is unique, influenced by the natural wood itself, tribal arts and the Art Deco style.  The belts in the series are the most recent addition. They are made of wood and leather. 

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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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Rene Pinchuk

Rene Pinchuk has been drawing and painting since he was a child and considered it his life’s work ever since. The amazing Art department at Cass Tech high school in Detroit gave him an excellent grounding in techniques, followed by a number of art schools, including a year at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and a summer Art Institute at Black Mountain College, NC, and a Masters in Drawing and Painting at the University of Michigan. His art work derives principally from early 20th century Expressionism and its relation to things seen and experienced without being bound to their literal representation. Of the many artists that have influenced him, he would name Max Beckmann, De Chirico and Matisse.

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Winthrop Prince

Winthrop Prince has lived in Berkeley for about 30 years. He grew up in the Boston Area and is part of a family of artists. He has drawn since he was a child and always admired artists who had a certain humor to their approach. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Art Academy of San Francisco, and has made a living as an illustrator, a nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist, and a fine artist showing his art at galleries and cafes. Certain artists he admires are: Kay Sage, David Park, Robert Crumb, Moebius, Phillip Guston and Saul Steinberg. He is presently involved in a graphic novel that aspires to add an element of fine art to the comic book form.

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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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Coygon Robinson Jr.

Coygon Robinson Jr. was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and received an Art Education degree from Mississippi Valley State University and an Associate Degree in Intelligence Collections from the community College of the Air Force.  He attended college on a music scholarship after 8 years of practicing.  He stayed in the humanities and majored in Art. The Geometric Formats and the atmospheric nature of color pencil fueled the beginnings of his art in 1975 while he worked in the Oakland Unified School District as a Rehabilitation Instructor at Goodwill Industries.  He moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where he opened the first of the three Studio Galleries. The next is in Biloxi and the most recent in Oakland in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina closed down most of his art venues along the Gulf Coast in 2005.  The Energy Crisis of the 1970s that dried up his art commissions in Wilmington, NC and the expected birth of his unborn son led him to the Air Force and a thirteen year world wind of a career as an Electronic Communication Specialist and Supervisor in the old Electronic Security Command.  A humanitarian reassignment to care for his ailing mother 1990 led to him leaving the Air Force and returning to the art world in 1992.  He finally retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2001 he developed his Photo Collage (Digital) and Tessellation Grid techniques while on assignment supporting military operations stateside and abroad.  These Photo Collage Prints use digital techniques that simulate various traditional drawing and painting styles.



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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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Barbara Rockhold

 

Barbara Rockhold’s home and studio is in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in Kansas and her grandmother was a well-known local artist in Texas. She painted her first painting under her grandmother’s instruction at age 5. In her school years, she designed and made intricate clothing for her paper dolls. Since then, she’s pursued a variety of creative interests, including painting, photography, lost-was jewelry casting, pottery making, and basket weaving. Barbara graduated from San Jose State University with a dual degree in Psychology and Art and has a Community College Teaching Credential in Art, Design and Photography. She’s worked as a design instructor, an art director for a yachting magazine, an ad designer for a newspaper, and co-owner of a graphic design business. Following both her interests in psychology and art, she paints a wide variety of subjects, from animals, portraits and flowers to psychological surrealism. She’s inspired by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Magritte and Georgia O’Keefe, who revealed their soul through their work. The variety of her work shows both the dark and light sides of her psyche. Barbara’s work has been exhibited in numerous gallery exhibits throughout the bay area, in online exhibits and in the Alchemical Art Salon in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has many ribbons from art competitions. Her work can be seen at the Alameda Art Gallery, where she is a regular member as well as on her website, www.tomatogurl.com

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Judith Rohrer

 

Judith Rohrer has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life and currently resides in Contra Costa County. Her love of art began during a year-long trip throughout Europe and N. Africa following her first year of undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Upon her return she decided to major in Art and went on to receive an M.A. in Art (Painting and Art History) from San Francisco State University. Although trained in representational modes, she developed an appreciation for abstract art following her exposure to Abstract Expressionism. Color is her primary medium as it interacts with either structured forms or is spontaneously rendered on the paper. Color evokes moods and emotions and as the artist states, “Color helps me connect with deeper places within myself.” Judith uses acrylics, hand-made and found papers, colored pencils and fabric to create her collages. She is currently a juried member of ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and Lafayette Art Gallery. She has been in several group shows—most recently at the Orinda Library—and in April, 2015, had a solo show at the Mt. Diablo Universalist Unitarian Church in Walnut Creek. For more information about Judith’s work, please call (925) 746-4454 or visit her website at judithrohrer.weebly.com.


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Genevieve Saldanha

 

Genevieve Saldanha was born and raised in Berkeley. She comes from an artistic family and aspires to be an actress on Broadway. She is drawn to the razzle dazzle of the stage and incorporates that glamour and brilliance in her jewelry. Her favorite pieces integrate Swarovski crystals with other glass beads, Pave beads and semi-precious stones. She loves to customize her jewelry to fit the personality of an individual. Besides the Expressions Gallery, Genevieve also shows her jewelry at her local Parish community. Her other talents include charcoal drawings, and handmade cards.


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Peter Samuel

 

Peter Samuel’s career began as a commercial photographer the 90’s and includes a vast array of clients and accolades. Then in 2009, a dog named Leica (after the camera), became his muse and a new photographic passion was realized. However, he soon learned Leica was a gateway animal as Peter began photographing more dogs, then cats, horses and before he knew it, even farm animals were becoming suspicious around him. While his time with Leica was sadly cut short, she lovingly inspired a new fine art direction in his work and career - good dog.  Peter’s foray into fine art has been one of serendipity: His animal photographs were discovered by an upscale interior gallery in San Francisco, from there Restoration Hardware included some of his equestrian photographs as fine art in their catalog. Those images quickly sold out and put his name on the map of horse artwork lovers throughout the world along the way. His newer light hearted work, "Fairy Tale Animals, a series of real animal portraits inspired by childhood tales", was recently shown in a solo exhibit at 111 Minna Gallery SF.


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Cesar Sanchez

 

Cesar Sanchez currently lives in Berkeley California, moved here from his hometown of New York. He came to California to pursue and perfect his craft. His love for film and the arts has brought him over to the west coast. Here where he hopes to someday work on film and have his works of art shown to the world. He studed at Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville and received a BA in applied science, for animation and visual effects. He has ventured into the world of computer arts, but still loves to get his hands dirty with traditional painting. He has been an artist from birth and is self-taught from a very early age in life. Working for over 30 years in many fields of art ranging from stage sets to wall murals, book illustrations and selling many custom art pieces. He brings his painting to life, using an airbrush and acrylic inks, which gives him the ability to lay down layers of paint quickly, enabling him to achieve a photo-real look in minimum painting time. He has shown his work at a group show in the EDMUD building in Oakland, and recently won first place in Blick’s “know thyself contest” where he had made a 3d mixed media self-portrait. The artist says he loves to watch people come up to his work for a closer look, to see the highly detail work involved in each piece.


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Sumiko Saulson

 

Sumiko Saulson a cartoonist, illustrator, and painter whose preferred media include pencils, ink, acrylic paints and digital design programs. Comic books she’s worked on include “Agrippa,” “Living A Lie,” and “Dreamworlds.” She has been exhibited at CafĂ© 3016, The 509 Cultural Center, and here at Expressions. She is a horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy writer. Born to African-American and Russian-Jewish parents, she is a native Californian, and has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area. She is a journalist who writes for Examiner.com.

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Eva Schlesinger

 

Eva Schlesinger is a native Conn. artist, who now resides in Berkeley. She grew up in a community of artists, writers, and musicians, and began painting and drawing at the age of two. She also spent her childhood making handmade books, weaving, spinning wool, making straw baskets as well as doing calligraphy, pottery, batik, and photography. She is primarily self-taught, but has studied printmaking at Oberlin College, photography at University Wisconsin-Madison, and book arts at San Francisco Center for the Book. Artist states: “I love animals and when I see them in their natural habitat, I am motivated even more to protect them from becoming extinct. By showing their beauty through photography, I hope to inspire others to respect wildlife as well.” She has exhibited her art in galleries, cafes, and libraries on the East and West Coasts. When not creating art, she plays Native American flute, guitar, xylopipes, and djembe, and also writes.


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Rita Sklar

 

Rita Sklar is an award-winning artist.  She took up art seriously only 11 years ago, attending classes and workshops throughout the Bay Area and training with a private watercolor master in Madrid for a year. She draws inspiration from her life in the multi-cultural Bay Area.  Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and worked for corporate giving programs and foundations serving the Bay Area’s non-profit community. Sklar’s works are in private collections across the country and in Europe.   Her paintings of animals and birds have been shown at the Oakland Zoo and other venues.  Her landscapes have been shown at Filoli Gardens.  Expressions Gallery presents Sklar’s experimental works in water media on paper. Sklar skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint - all held together by a basic abstract underlying shape. It is this intricate dance, rendered in strong color and value, which produces her exciting paintings. Solo exhibits featuring Sklar works have been held at the Montclair Gallery, Tilden Park Nature Center, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Pro Arts Gallery’s Broadway Windows Project, and the Albany Community Center. Currently, Sklar’s work can be seen at the Royal Ground Gallery in Montclair, the Solano Grill in Albany, and the Cornerstone CafĂ© in San Leandro. More of her work can be found at www.ritasklar.com. 


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Corless Smith

 

Corless Smith is Professor Emerita of Broadcast and Electronic Arts at San Francisco State University. Her mother was a seamstress extraordinaire and set an example of precision and ‘doing it over until it was right”. Corless has worked in many areas of needlework – quilting, wearing, embroidery, applique, needlepoint, knitting and crochet. Her novel Roberta Crousseau, Her Shipwreck and Return, published in 2014, featured 24 embroidered and appliquĂ©d illustrations.  “I am impelled to try to make beautiful things that satisfy my imagination”. Her horse applique is part of a series of six quilted settings for Chinese textile horses. The Sheep’s head is a jeu d’espit based on gratitude to sheep for producing wool.


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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 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 eight years ago, and her painting. Her jewelry work is influenced by her background in painting, which is 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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Matthew Felix Sun

 

Matthew Felix Sun is a Berkeley artist who grew up in China, and gained firsthand knowledge of the harshness human beings and nature can suffer under that repressive regime’s irresponsible stewardship. Art became his means to register protest from early age.  He strives to depict life frankly and critically in both its visual surfaces and interior aspects, reaching toward history and social commentary.  Through training at Cincinnati Art Academy, private studies, and self-discipline, he has created paintings and drawings recognized by arbiters such as ArtSlant and Art Portfolio Magazine. Reproductions of his work have been published by many literary and art reviews, including William and Mary Review, The Amistad, and Wilde Magazine. He has exhibited in several national competitions, and his work is collected in the U.S., Canada, and China. His digital portfolio can be viewed at www.matthewfelixsun.com.

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Mark Treuenfels

 

Mark Treuenfels currently lives in Vallejo, California. He grew up in Fridley, Minnesota, where he started working with clay in high school. He graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, and was influenced by many of the bay area artists. Robert Arneson, Peter Voulkous, Stephen DeStaebler and Manuel Neri are a few. His interest in ceramic as a medium stems from the challenge of working with a material that, despite its limitations, provides great challenges and possibilities. In this show, getting clay to stand up on four legs was an interesting challenge for the artist. The pieces in this show were completed after a 'research and development' trip to the Presidio Riding Club in the Marin headlands. 

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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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Lisa Yount

 

Lisa Yount currently lives in El Cerrito with her husband, Harry Henderson, and a variable number of cats. She has lived in the Bay Area all her adult life but grew up in Southern California (San Marino). Although interested in art as a child, she was 50 years old before Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way made her realize that the people who had told her she couldn’t be an artist because she could not make convincing representational drawings or paintings might be wrong. She began her new art explorations with photography and collage, then combined these interests in digital photocollage after finally figuring out how to use Photoshop (after a multi-year struggle) in 2000. Her work, exhibited on her website, www.lionlight.com, has been strongly influenced by the Surrealists and by contemporary surreal and fantasy art. Now 70 years old, Yount has won awards at several El Cerrito Art Association shows and has also exhibited at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, Market Street Gallery in San Francisco, the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, and other venues, including several World Science Fiction Conventions. She has had one-woman shows at the El Cerrito Library and the El Cerrito City Hall. The artist states, “I am a magician, transformer, and guide to other worlds."

 

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