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Artist Biographies -
Art and Labor
June 12- August 6, 2010

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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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Philippe Barnoud

Philippe Barnoud, based in Paris, is a photographer who documents a key moment in a long struggle between plant workers and the German transnational firm Continental at a tire factory in Clairox, Picardy. 1,120 workers will be leaving the company after obtaining a departure premium of 500,000 euros. The workers’ struggle is now an operative symbol in France for other social movements. Barnoud’s portrait work is notable for its clarity and humanity as the artist brings his camera to the service of political, social and literary movements in France and the United States. His work has exhibited his photographs in American Seven at Works/San Jose (August 2006), Detainee Wear at Bluedahlias Gallery and Studios, San Francisco (January 2009), Art and Labor Today/LaborFest at SOMArts Cultural Center San Francisco (July 2009), Auteurs at Apostrophe, Paris (January 2010), and Exodes at Apostrophe (March 2010).

 

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Georgia Bassen

 

Georgia Bassen, who "never met a process she didn't like" works in many mediums.  She grew up in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area and at 17 went off to Smith College to major in art. There a scheduling problem led her into a philosophy class, eventually into the Ph.D. program at Berkeley, and to teaching human rights and logic at Cal State Hayward. While teaching at Hayward she went through their  studio art program and from there  to an MFA at San Francisco State in 1991. She has studied ceramics, painting (with Mel Ramos, and Ray Saunders), sculpture (with Stephen de Staebler),  set design (with Ming Cho Lee). For the past 5 years she has been making jewelry, working with Hadar Jacobson in Metal Clay.  She is now experimenting with digital art in video and printed image formats. Her favorite recreations include photography - on many  many trips to  Mexico  and (underwater) in Cape Cod and Belize; snorkeling, scuba and beach combing.

 
 

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Jude Berman

 

Jude Berman lives in Berkeley CA and is a self-employed writer and editor. She received a BA in Art from Smith College, where she studied with printmaker and sculptor Leonard Baskin, as well as a Doctorate in Education from UMass Amberst. Currently, Jude enjoys working with watercolor, following an intuitive process. She says, “When I paint, I prefer to be in a state of open-eyed meditation. This way I don’t have to ‘do’ anything; the images just ‘happen.’ There is no external object to be reproduced. There is no internal object either. Everything comes from within in that moment.” Jude describes the themes that recur in her work: “The world in which we live is not only concrete but subtle in nature. As subtle beings, our substance is energy, which exists in continual motion. As spiritual beings, we inhabit a world not fixed in time and space. In my artwork, I seek to reveal the subtleties and continual movement that characterize the human spirit.”In this show, Jude explores the notion of art as a labor of love. Her premise is that the work we do to take care of one another, and to truly take care of ourselves, often is done by invisible hands. It is a labor of love that never ends. 

 
 

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Joseph  Blum

 

Joseph  Blum lives in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, but his second home is out on the Bay, on the construction site for the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Since the start of soil sampling, he has been spending a couple days a week in sometimes precarious perches photographing the men and women who are putting the bridge together, humongous piece by humongous piece. Blum brings an insider’s viewpoint to the task of documenting this monumental public works project. He worked as a boilermaker, shipfitter, and welder for 25 years before trading in his laborer’s tools for a camera. He started out photographing the shipyards and metal trades before turning his attention to bridge construction — both the new East Span and the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge across the Carquinez Strait, which opened in 2003. Like the skilled workers he’s covering, Blum is impervious to fog and rain, and can be found out on the Bay at all hours of the day and night. His preferred medium is black and white film (shot with a 35 mm Nikon or larger format Pentax), although he also has been known to shoot digital color images. By intent, his images evoke the great Depression-era photographers, and especially those who captured the building of the original Bay Bridge in the 1930s. The esteemed Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley campus has taken notice, acquiring many of Blum’s bridge photos – which now number more than 25,000 -- for its Pictorial Collection. First and foremost my over-arching goal is to document and honor the labor of the men and women who are building this bridge. This marvel of modern engineering and technology is being constructed by thousands of rank-and file unionized workers — pile-drivers, operating engineers, laborers, carpenters, ironworkers and others — whose skill, effort and determination are transforming the architectural and engineering plans into a fully functional structure of concrete and steel, which will be used by hundreds of thousands of California residents daily.

 
 

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Carol Jones Brown

 

Carol Jones Brown has been painting and doing art for over 40 years. She has a BS degree in journalism and a teaching certificate for adult school in fine art, crafts and
communications. She has taught art classes at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, then 30 plus years with the Hayward Adult School.She works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. She has shown in a number of galleries, and her paintings are in many collections around the world. She is a member of several active Bay Area art organizations that display her work. Carol says, “After painting for many years, I don’t try for a particular image, such as a seascape or a floral.  Now I strive to create something that is rich in color, fun and exciting—a  surprise for me and those who view my art.  Recently, I have been attacking my empty canvases with globs of brilliantly hued acrylic paint, dancing my brushes around the canvas for a challenging start”

 
 

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Daniel Camacho

 

Daniel Camacho currently lives in Oakland, California, though he was born, raised and schooled in Mexico City.  He was heavily influenced as a young man by the renowned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, though his earliest and greatest influence in art was his own single mother, who was a seamstress.  Daniel would watch her draw and design patterns, and was awestruck by her creations.  She not only designed and sewed dresses for her wealthier clients, but also made most of the clothing that he and his 5 siblings grew up wearing.  These early memories laid the foundation for his artistic development, and inspired him to pursue an arts education in painting and sculpture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as the National Institute of Fine Arts, San Carlos, in Mexico City.   Upon completion of his coursework at the University, Daniel spent many years as an artist working alongside a group of garment workers in the “19th of September” Garment Workers’ Union, also in Mexico City.  He and two others painted mural-like images on large pieces of canvas, which were carried by the union members in marches and demonstrations, and represented the labor struggles in Mexico to an international audience. The piece hanging in this show was painted very recently in support of the Oakland public school teachers’ 1-day strike.  The image was created with acrylic on canvas, and was designed to be carried and hung at public events.

 
 
 

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Ji Youn Chu

 

Ji Youn Chu was born and grew up in Seoul,Korea and lives in Fremont,CA. She has B.A. degree in fine art at Sookmyung University in South of Korea and M.A. in glass at University of Sunderland in U.K. She has worked with a variety of materials and has exhibited her installation works and crafts in many countries. After starting new life in the bay area, she shows her life experience as a newcomer and the process of adapting to the new surroundings in her works. Artist states: "Playing with glass is like witchcraft. With fire and water, hot melted glass is reborn in my hand. "Recently, Ji Youn is concentrating on glassblowing. She uses "Graal"technique which requires artistic sensitivity, intuition and great skill throughout the long, complicated and risky process. And each work represents freedom and beauty of nature.

 
 
 

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Elizabeth Dante

 

Elizabeth Dante was raised in the rural south and now is living and working in Richmond, Ca.  Dante has worked and traveled in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Germany and Italy.  She has attained an affinity for the third world, and acquired the skills of the old world. This ever present influence has provided Dante with a stylistic inspiration for works ranging from classical naturalism to primitive stylistic narration. Much of her work explores the dynamics between round organic forms and hard ridges angles, and the spaces in-between.  By exaggerating this interplay, her work creates a sense of tension which is both lively and sensual.  Dante states, "My world combines ancient and modern rituals, extracting stylize motifs and archetypes, ancient and I pay homage to the many facets of the human sprit, characterized by warmth, humor and sometimes political commentary.  Her works have been showcased in "Art on The Rock At Alcatraz" and "Day of the Dead" exhibition at the Museum of Mexican Art. In 1990, The City of Oakland purchased her sculpture "Woman’s Liberation", as a gift to Nelson Mandela. She also received the Art of Peace Award the same year. Elizabeth is moved and inspired by the cubist movement and the work of Fernand Leger. She also admires Modigliani’s elongation of the human body.

 
 
 

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Joanna Davenport

 

Joanna Davenport lives in Oakland, California.  She spent her childhood in a town near Boston, Massachusetts.  Each Saturday she traveled into the city for morning dance and piano lessons and in the afternoons frequented the Boston Fine Arts Museum and the Gardner Museum.  Two of her favorite American artists are John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer.  She spent her college years at Oberlin College where the college’s Allen Art Museum provided a place for studying, drawing and painting and observing art.  During her junior year she made an extensive visit to Europe , thrilled to  see firsthand the paintings  studied in class slides and reproductions.   She has continued  taking classes from local artists , taught high school art and earned an MALS from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.  At present she paints in acrylic and oil, a change from watercolor, pastel and drawing mediums.  The paintings in this show were done both at a farm in central Massachusetts and in a hayfield in the East Bay.  The artist has exhibited in many group shows in San Francisco and the Bay Area, including the deYoung museum, San Francisco Women Artists, and the San Francisco City College gallery. She shows annually at San Francisco Open Studios.

 
 
 
 

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Barbara de Groot 

 

Barbara de Groot started her artistic interests when she was in grade school. By the time she was a teenager and had devoured the book Lust For Life, a biography about Vincent Van Gogh given to her by her nanny the dye was cast.  She was drawing whenever the opportunity arose.  In her early High school years she drew and painted from live models at the Brooklyn Museum Art School with Isaac Soyer, one of three brothers who worked with figurative imagery. She also was fortunate to study in high school with very talented and comprehensive artist/instructors. Much later in Berkeley, CA she joined a group of artists and drew weekly from live models for about 12 years.  Barbara de Groot is a local Berkeley Artist and teacher of art who works in various types of media such as monotypes; Chine Colle with other media; Wood Block prints; Linoleum Block prints; Mixed Media Collage, as shown here; Drypoint; Transfer Methods; painting and drawing. She was an Art Major in Hunter College in New York. Where she learned basic printmaking under noted printmaker, Gabor Peterdi and later attended Academic Goetz in Paris, France where she learned many of her specialized printmaking skills. She also takes photos to capture inspirations for future paintings and prints and has developed her photographic skills as well.  Her work is in many private collections and has appeared in many exhibits in various galleries here and abroad and is archived in the Women’s Museum in Washington, DC and in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

 
 
 
 

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Debbie Fimrite

 

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

 
 
 

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Rinna B. Flohr

 

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

 
 
 
 

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Sue Mary Fox

 

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

 

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Chandra Garsson

 

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

 

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Evelyn Glaubman

 

Evelyn Glaubman currently Lives In Berkeley, CA. Grew up in New York. Evelyn Glaubman attended the Art Students League in New York, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, holds a BA ED and BFA from the California College of Arts ;& Crafts, and did graduate work at Instituto d'Allende on a scholarship awarded through an International Competition. She has exhibited locally in galleries and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Palace of the Legion Honor, Oakland Museum, Richmond Art Center and the Berkeley Art Center. In addition, her works have been seen nationally and internationally, inItaly and Mexico. She has been in review and publications, her work is in Art of Engagement, by Dr. Peter Selz, University of California Press, 2006 
Artist statement: “The motivating force of my work has been two-fold: The expressive embodiment of joy, grief and caring; concern for and comment upon social problems we face. Intervals between are work I call " Scapes" letting the unconscious flow. Medium I work with depends on what I want to say. ‘Corporate Greed’ is collage and acrylic.

 

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Dmitry Grudsky

 

Dmitry Grudsky is currently residing in Newark California. Dmitry grew up in the former Russian republic Uzbekistan showing interest in art at an early age. He got his formal training in Art College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education. After that he graduated the Art Institute with a Master of Fine Arts specialization in design of monument and decorative art. Dmitry Grudsky was influenced by many artists including: Gustav Klimpt, Juan Miro, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigiliani.... Primarily Dmitry Grudsky works in watercolor medium, pastel and mosaic. The painting that he presents in this show "Tree Sitters" is painted in mixed medium: water color & collage. He had his painting "Last call for Coffee" displayed on National Watercolor Society 87th Annual Exhibition 2007 and 55th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition "The Hagen Museum" Stockton, CA 2008. Artist states: "The art process is similar to rolling a snow ball; it builds up and develops as you are continually working". 

 

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Dean Gustafson

 

Dean Gustafson lives in San Francisco, and is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art College in 1990 with a strong history of exhibiting artwork and working as an illustrator and graphic designer in the bay area for the past 25 years, using both traditional and digital media. The artist states: “My work stems from the imagination and life, from rendering illustrative visions to exploring texture and abstraction.” For this particular show, the oil paintings reflect images of WPA structures that can be found across the U.S. More samples of the artists work can be seen his online art gallery at: http://deangustafson.net.

 

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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 Learn, Inc. 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.

 

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Veronique Held

 

Veronique Held was born and bred in Paris. She spent her childhood drawing, reading, writing and dreaming before choosing to study literature, arts and history at La Sorbonne.
 For a while she taught French however, being Montessori educated, she had difficulties with the ministerial way of thinking so she turned to work in the art department of the publishing company Flammarion. Currently she writes pedagogical texts benefiting teenagers. As an artist she worked on a series of Land Art projects with her husband, Luc Held, which involved installations in the landscape from which I photographed and he then  serigraphed using silk screen. The image becomes a secondary trace of the sculptural intervention in the landscape in the measure that the viewer does not see the photo but instead follows the thread of the image directly to the silk screen print. Artist States: “Regardless of the medium that I use I express a regard simultaneously caustic and sensitive of the world around me, as well as the world that pre-existed me, that made me who I am. Photography permits me to present images that induce questions by demanding the evidence of the subjects or objects represented. Other medium I have used to delve the questioning of evidence are yarn and fabric. Despite their traditional techniques, or perhaps in light of them, they are materials that allow the viewer to subtly be confronted, but, in further viewing provoke a deeper reflection. Most recently I performed at Ulice Deborne's Petite Fabrique de Patron in March 2010 and I currently reside in Paris with my husband and five children.

 

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Bruce Heppler

 

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

 
 

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Melanie Hofmann

 

Melanie Hofmann graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and studio are located in Berkeley.  She first explored the joy of creating art in pre-school and she has not stopped since.  As a teenager Melanie fell in love with fiber art, specifically with weaving and dyeing fabrics. Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International.  Limited edition prints of her digital art are in the corporate collection of Lifescan, Inc. in Milpitas. Melanie works with both textile and digital media.  For this show, she is featuring her art of tile and Italian Charm bracelets. Her work has been inspired by a number of artists including, Jean Miro, Rene Magritte and Magdalena Abakanowicz. She was also influenced by the artwork of her maternal grandmother, Zura Young, an abstract painter. Melanie seeks to convey through her work the interactive process with her media and a visual representation of her inner world.  In addition to Italian Charm bracelets, she can make custom bracelets or tiles with photos and artwork that you provide.

 

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Fred Holle

 

Fred Holle currently lives in San Carlos, He was born in Milwaukee , Wisconsin. He Attended Arizona State, Tempe, Arizona and received BA and MA from San Diego State The Artist states that he is a figural artist of "Expressionist" persuasion. He’s also a painter/printmaker who's aware that drawing is the genesis of all of his work. He constantly draws from models, partly for the great pleasure it affords but, primarily, to maintain perceptual sensitivity and to obtain fresh data to fill a reservoir of images that may be tapped, when needed, for his prints and paintings. He stresses, however, that the use of this stored information is strictly a sub-conscious act as regards the works from his imagination. The Artist’s primary “vehicle” of expression over the years has been an on-going Series of prints and paintings titled "GNOMEGAME". It's guiding CONCEPT relates to the revelation and personification of universal human attitudes ranging from foibles to the darker edges of human nature. His awareness of the particular "attitude" being manifested on the picture plane usually crystallizes as the work unfolds. That is, he doesn’t preconceive. Perhaps this approach is the result of his early years as an Abstract-Expressionist. He has the greatest faith in intuition and the truth it generates. As a printmaker,the Artist’s principal MEANS of expression is the computer. Ironically, about 15 years ago, he was what might be called "a raging luddite". He was totally averse to computers on every level. An “epiphany” occurred when he found that, with the free-hand use of the computer, one could develop works of a traditional nature just as when utilizing traditional mediums. The computer also afforded a great sense of experimental freedom due to its capacity to create multiple versions or return to earlier states of any given work. This freedom has also allowed the Artist to synthesize his drawing and printmaking into one act, a direct conduit from subjective cognition to the picture plane.

 

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Stan Huncilman

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

 

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Darrell Hunger

Darrell Hunger lives in Oakland California where he was born and grew up. He attended San Jose University and studied Art and Industrial Design and received a BA. Later he continued his studies at the UC Berkeley where he received a MFA. Darrell works in many medias, but is presently showing his acrylic paintings at Expressions Gallery.  The Artist refers to the pieces as reconstructed paintings or abstracts of abstracts. They work on many levels. At one level they explore the dissection and reconstruction of the parts to create new compositions. Puzzles are created and unassembled then reassembled. The process explores attachment, change and the illusion of completion. The contentment of finishing is only over come by the possibly of creating something better out of the fragments. Change is constant, newness is the outcome. The "mother" painting is created to have its own expression, a combination of controlled serendipitous application of paint and very controlled geometric shapes. This is a symbol of human existence, controlling yet at the mercy and part of the natural scheme. Lurking within each painting is the ever present void area either a "black hole" or "pure white cloud." These zones represent the unknown we all face.

 

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Torchy Hunter 

Torchy Hunter is the daughter of a military family that got transferred a lot. Torchy Hunter lived all over the US. She came to San Jose in 1965, after living in Florence, Italy for the previous two years where she loved being surrounded by the overwhelming art of that city.  But it wasn't until she was 60 that she took her first art class, fulfilling an often hidden dream. She had previously expressed her creativity in acting and writing. She began to paint realistically, in very bright color, but started to think about the old walls in Europe, covered with the remains of generations of posters glued up and then pulled off.  Then the use of bleeding tissue paper began to interest her in its ability to seep color into other color, and wash out, and transform itself. "I love color - bright, intense color.  Color has magical properties - the way light changes it, the way it speaks directly to the brain, bypassing the rational mind." she says. She works in mixed media, chiefly construction paper, sand, and acrylic paint. "Layers are built up and I let the colors slip and move and share themselves.  They merge into one another and create new colors and shapes. The discoveries are surprising, moving, and beautiful." 2010 Shows: She had a solo show at Crema Coffee this spring, and exhibited at the Evergreen Community College Invitational Show, the Swan Day Exhibit, Expressions Gallery “The Modernists” show, Open Studios San Jose. If my paintings make you feel good, my goal is accomplished.”

 

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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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Roz Joseph

 

Roz Joseph's photographs have been exhibited and published since l978.  Her work has appeared in calendars, note cards, magazines and on the Web.  Her photographic book, 'DETAILS: The Architect's Art" with text by Sally B. Woodbridge, was published by Chronicle Books.  Her photos are in the corporate collections of IBM, Security Pacific Bank and Transamerica Corporation.   Roz’s work captures things we see everyday but often do not notice -- found art.  She captures the image with her creative skill, with an eye for the richness of  color and presents it in a way we can’t help but notice it. Her subject matter has varied over the years from natural subjects, to architecture, to festivals and celebrations and to detailing city scenes. She turns these images of everyday encounters with our world into modern abstractions.  Color is definitely a driving force in her photography. She says that she used to work primarily in Black and White when she lived in New York, but  since having moved to bright and colorful California, color photography has become her prime medium.

 

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A John Kammer

 

A John Kammer, of Alameda, was born in Atlantic City, spent his early years in Philadelphia, PA, where he won a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was awarded the coveted Cresson Traveling Scholarship, to study master paintings in France, Holland and Italy. His love of old world architecture inspired his street scenes of Philadelphia.  Long before the phrase, "plein air" came into vogue, John routinely set up his easel "on site". In the community art movement of the '60's, John and fellow artists founded the Painted Bride Gallery in Philadelphia. In 1974, he and his wife, Blanche, opened the Kammer Gallery in their home, to promote local artists. John blends realism and impressionism in his work in varied media: oil, watercolor, pastel and pencil. He aims to capture the glowing transparency of the California coastal light. John's expertise in drawing, composition and perspective is a result of his rigorous training.  Some of his many awards include the 1989 Berkeley Art Award and 1st Place in the 1993 Miniature Show from the East Bay Watercolor Ass'n, and the 2006 Award of Excellence from the Alameda Art Ass'n. His work is represented in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Temple University, Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Caesar's World, Las Vegas and many private collections. Membership in professional organizations include: the Alameda Art Ass'n, the California Watercolor Ass'n and the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. John’s work is inspired by de Kooning and like de Kooning it is both figurative and abstract fusing images that combine biomorphic and geometric shapes.

 

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Rebecca Kerlin

 

Rebecca Kerlin lives and works in Oakland California. A Bay Area native who in her later childhood lived in Davis, California, she attended her first college art class at the age of two. She trained as a contemporary sculptor under Russell Dudley and Robert Morrison, both of Reno, Nevada. She considers herself to be working in the space between formalism and structuralism, with an eye to drawing attention to the work’s material properties via emotional response. In her ‘Constructions’ series, Kerlin works with oil paint and unmodified low resolution digital photographs printed with Epson pigment ink on Legion Silk archival paper to represent the limitations and processes of perception and memory. Material and visual changes occur as the oil medium seeps into the edges of the prints. Kerlin states, “the interaction between oil and paper print represents the mutability of memories over time and the persistence of historical metaphors in current culture.” The ‘Underpass Under Construction’ works examine the sensory and emotive qualities of a multi-year construction project on a major commute corridor, 4th Street at Interstate 80 in San Francisco, California. Kerlin exhibits in the Bay Area and the West.

 

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Coral Lambert

 

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

 

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Sandra Lo

 

Sandra Lo was born in china. She grew up in China and Hong Kong and immigrated to the US in 1989. She started learning drawing at a very young age.  Her father, William S. Hung a famous oil painter, has been her teacher.  Sandra took some workshops, figure drawing and painting classes but other than that, she is mostly self-taught.  She is following in her father’s footsteps, and has become a accomplished painter who works primarily in oil and pastels.  Sandra has a fill time job in paint on lunch hours, another field but still finds time to paint on lunch hours, evenings and weekends.  She is a member of San Francisco Women Arts and her paintings are exhibited at SFWA Gallery in San Francisco, every month.  Sandra’s portraits are extremely well executed and she offers commissioned portraiture through Expressions Gallery.

 

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Roberta Loach

Roberta Loach lives in Kensington, but grew up in Los Angeles County and Los Altos, CA. She is a fourth generation native Californian. She has been passionately committed to art since age 3. She has a Master’s degree in Fine Art: Painting from San Jose State University with a teaching credential in art and another in political science and history. She learned etching and the multiple plate color processes at the Fort Mason Print Center. Artists she admires: Francisco Goya, Rembrandt, Heckel, Mary Cassatt, Kathe Kollwlitz, Max Beckmann, Jack Levine, Picasso, Daumier, Felician Rops, and many others. The same names crop in painting along with Manet, Monet, Golub, Delacroix, Red Grooms, Matisse, Bonnard, Kahlo, Rivea, etc. As to inspiration, life is what inspires her. The psychological and sociological complexities for content, and the beautiful colors found in nature. She is strictly a content artist. She works from the inside out, not the outside in as do most Ab-Ex artists. She works in acrylics, gouache, etching, prismacolor drawings and waterbase monotypes. He content runs the gamut from serious historical works to satire, ordinary humor, just plain irony, and non specific images of animals which she loves and wants to see cared for, in the jungle and here at a domestic level.

 

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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.”

 

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

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

 

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon lives in the Bay Area. After 30+ years writing about technology inSilicon Valley, he became interested in another use of silicon: creating art glass. After all, crystal vases and microprocessors both start out as sand.People have been making decorative and functional glass objects for thousands of years, either by cold working (etched, carved and stained glass), or by blowing hot glass with a pipe.  But there is also warm glass work (fusing pieces together and then slumping them in a mold) that pre-dates glass blowing but was set aside and largely forgotten in antiquity when furnaces got hot enough to melt glass to blow it. With the development of new technologies for working warm glass over the last 20 years, such as the introduction of iridized and dichroic glass surfaces and computer controlled kilns, it’s now possible to create glass pieces that are as alive when lit from the front as traditional stained glass is when lit from behind.  So he applies these new technologies to the ancient craft of glassmaking to produce works that speak to the eye, the mind and the heart - seeking to infuse soul into silicon. You can visit 
http://web.me.com/tmahon3/GlassRootGallery/Welcome.html
where Tom has a Gallery of his glasswork alongside some essays he's written in recent years.  He also has a YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr0mr7RQelk showing his work in motion set to music by J.S. Bach.

 

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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 is still a Member of both 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 is my favorite and best mediums. In this show he presents artwork that uses dots of acrylic paint to build up texture and create a landscape. This method is similar to pointillism a technique used by George Seurat but unlike Seurat, he does not stick to combining the primary colors to create the image, rather his work is also similar to Australian Aboriginal work that uses large dots of paint to create the image.  I also have fun decorating hats and t-shirts using fabric paints and making fun clocks.”

 

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Douglas Minkler

 

Douglas Minkler is a San Francisco Bay Area poster maker specializing in fund raising, outreach and educational posters. Past collaborations include work with ILWU, Rain Forest Action Network, SF Mime Troupe, ACLU, The Lawyers Guild, CISPES, United Auto Workers, Africa Information Network, Ecumenical Peace Union, ADAPT, Cop Watch, Street Sheet, and Veteran's for Peace. Artist Statement: At this time in history, the survival of our species is dependent upon cooperation. Unfortunately, National chauvinists and greedy corporations rule most of the world. Consequently, much of my work has been about the divisiveness of patriotism and the folly of borders and wars. But, interspersed in my work, are visionary images of hope that promote justice and equality as well as popularize alternative models of social organization. It is this type of image that has the real power to create change in society. It is my hope that these works be used in current share-the- wealth/social justice battles. Teachers of all levels are welcomed to download my images for course curricula and readers. Activists, please feel free to use these designs for your fliers and web sites.

 

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

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

 
 

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Malcolm Nicoll 

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959earning a BFA in Art History from UNC and a BA in Art Education from CSU. He lived in and traveled extensively in 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. 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 2 or 3 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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Deborah Robins

 

Deborah Robins is a real live folksinger who lives in Berkeley, CA.  She makes fun and wearable jewelry out of repurposed and found objects like paper clips, safety pins, and sea glass, with the addition of colorful vintage buttons gathered from flea markets around the worlds.  Originally from Chicago, she was exposed to fine art through innumerable trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the colors and shapes from several Grant Wood landscapes, captured her imagination.  For two years in a row, Deborah has been selected to participate in the unique Maker Faire as “Folkiedokies: Repurposing with a Purpose”.  Deborah Robins is the Executive Producer of a PBS/WETA television series about the history of American folk music, “THE MUSIC OF AMERICA: History Through Musical Traditions”. www.themusicofamerica.org  Deborah is the sister of Laura Olear.

 

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Selma Rockett

 

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

 

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Rosie Rosenthal

 

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

 

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Christine M. Rossi 

 

Christine M. Rossilives in Berkeley California but originally comes from a rural area in up-state New York. Christine Began exploring art at an early age winning several art competitions while in high school. She was influenced by Japanese art and theater while on an exchange program to Japan. Christine later studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton, illustration, oil painting and color theory through the University of California Extension Programs and has also explored the mediums of Casein and Encaustic paint. She recently branched into photography to include original photographic images within her pieces through the use of collage, transfer and digital manipulation. The images in this show are a part of a continuing project of paintings, collages and photographs developed around the central theme of family heritage. “I explore the roots of family life through ancestral family imagery and their working lives. Farmers, coal miners, craftsmen all contribute in the genetic makeup of who I am and who chose to be. ”Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork displayed onhttp://www.mesart.com. as well as her blog http://christinerossiart.blogspot.com/ Prints of these works are available upon reservation through this gallery.You may contact Christine at cmaerossi@gmail.com.

 

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T. Scott Sayre

 

T. Scott Sayre is an internationally acclaimed artist residing in the Bay Area for the last 25 years.  He produces murals and fine art. His works include historical murals such as the Life of Jack London in Jack London Square, Oakland California.  He creates fine art, landscapes and portraits. He has worked with light show artists since the 1960’s and collaborated with dancer, Lucy Lewis on numerous projects.  He has done many murals for various labor unions.

 

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Jason Sobelman

 

Jason Sobelman was born in Vallejo, CA. Reared in Napa , Ca. I have always had an affinity with artistic expression. I grew in this art form through drawing and painting. It was evident my ideas were non-sequitur to the classroom environment. Although, after high school finding no encouragement from my instructors, I put art on a shelf. 15 years as pipefitter with Local Union 343. I am pursuing my degree in Art & Humanities. Artists as David Smith, Jeff Owen, invigorate the imagination.

 

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Denise D. Stansfield

 

Denise D. Stansfield is a, native of Santa Cruz, California has been devoted to the creation of fine art since childhood with her first show at age 9. She was an Art Major at Humboldt State College and continued through the Graphic Design Program at UCSC. Denise has traveled around the Globe Painting & Illustrating colorful images capturing moments in life while on assignment as Contributing Editor, Travel Photographer & Graphic Designer. Her articles feature sustainable practices in tourism that raise the consciousness of how we live and travel. Her work has been presented before the Presidential Cabinet of the White House and she has received outstanding recognition for her designs and illustrations including a series of wine labels for the former Beatles member, Sir Paul McCartney. Her canvases have no limit when designing stage sets and illustrating back drops for National TV and Broadway Shows. Denise continues to be instrumental in creating award winning concepts, designs and images that have grown to international status. Oil Pastel Series: Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. “D.Stansfield's talent is unmatched but it is her dedication and heart that makes her work truly priceless”

 

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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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Susan Trubow

 

Susan Trubow lives in San Mateo, she grew up in San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University graduating with an Elementary Teaching Credential in 1972. Always interested in art Susan joined the Peninsula Serigraphers under the tutelage of Anne Kendall Foote who was a great influence in her becoming a professional artist. The printmaking process of serigraphy interests Susan and she has developed an unique approach to it. Her work has been exhibited world wide including Japan and Great Britian and is part of private and corporate collections including the Bank of America, and Peoria Universiy. Susan attended the California School of Arts to enrich her skills and graduated with a BFA in 1989.  Susan has taught art to childern in public and private schools on the Peninsula. She has a studio at the 1870 Art Center in Belmont were she creates her prints and teaches private lessons.

 

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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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Aristotle Vlacos

 

Aristotle Vlacos was born and lived in New Orleans until he relocated to Sunol California in 2001.  Aristotle became interested in art as a means of conveying a message.  Art provided him passion and freedom of expression and release from the frustrations of elitism, due to being 16 years old.  Aristotle has always been precocious and was born an “old soul”.  He has no formal training though Aristotle was selected to attend the California State Summer School for the Arts in 2009 and left as a California Sate Art Scholar.  He has had two solo shows entitled Transcending Self (Jul 7-Aug 30, 2009; San Leandro Museum and Art Gallery), and You Are Now Breathing Manually (Jan 12-May 23, 2010; Sunol Jazz Cafe). Aristotle has also been selected to display many pieces in various venues around the Bay Area and in New Orleans, LA.  Aristotle works with mixed media and is interested in recycling, reusing and re-purposing found or unwanted items.

 

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Emmryss Wren

 

Emmryss Wren currently lives in Berkeley and was raised in London, England.  She has received no formal training in art, but has always considered herself creative, making art out of things that were available, at the time.  Her current art uses hubcaps and sticky backed vinyl sheets of color, old jewelry etc:  The artist states that she always starts at the rim and works inward, with no actual conception of the finished outcome. She says the pleasure, for her, is in the end surprise. One could say she is a Pop Artist who takes the hub cap (an article from popular culture) from its natural context, solates it, merges it with other materials and presents it in a new context for contemplation as an art piece –an icon of contemporary life.

 

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J. R. Brady

 

J. R. Brady is an actor, an award winning playwright and a poet. Her plays have been produced both in the United States and in Scotland. From 1995 to 2002 she performed poetry and jazz with her late partner, musician, Jon Greene. They appeared at numerous venues including Scotland's Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival. Her poetry has appered numerous publications including: 3300 Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Oxygen, North Coast Literary Review, Earth's Daughters, and Van Goghs Ear. She has published three chapbooks (Eyelet Press and 3300 Press). Most recently, a collection of her poems, THE SPACE BETWEEN, was published by Beatitude in April of this year. When not writing, she has a part-time psychotherapy practice in the Napa Valley.

 

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klipschutz is

 

klipschutz is the pen name of Kurt Lipschutz of San Francisco. His poems have appeared in venues ranging from Poetry (of Chicago) to zines, as well as numerous anthologies. His books include Twilight of the Male Ego and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder. His imprint Luddite Kingdom Press has issued the limited edition collectible All Roads. . .But This One.

 

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Maw Shein Win

 

Maw Shein Win lives in Berkeley, California. Her writing has appeared in such journals as Watchword, 2River, No Tell Motel, Big Bridge, Babel Fruit, and Moria. She was co-founder of Comet, a Bay Area arts and literature journal as well as an Artist In Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and Can Serrat in Spain.

 

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Richard Di Grazia

 

Richard Di Grazia The artist currently resides in Hayward, California. He grew up in East Oakland, California where there was a library donated by Andrew Carnegie within walking distance from his home. He says that early readings from the poetry books in that library started him on the path of becoming a poet. After a stint in the US Navy as a medic, he attended UC Berkeley and received his BA in English Literature. While working at various jobs he has written continuously. The artist states: "I have been a person of the streets, East Oakland marked me so. When I left Cal I returned to my beloved streets which are my code for a life lived adventurously: parachuting, scuba diving, motorcycle racing and the love I've shared with women. Out of these experiences I've created my poems as refined and adamantine as possible." Publications: The Saboteur, POETS WEST, 1975 Fragment, 1989 AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY, BAPC, Maggi H. Meyers Memorial Contest 29, 1st Prize, Maxi Poems, Telemachus, HOUSE ARREST, Beatitude Press, 2009

 

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Ken Saffran

 

Ken Saffran has poems published in the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review and upcoming in the inaugural issue of Ambush.  His chapbook Strange Animal was published by the 3300 Press.

 

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Guest Curators

David Duckworth

 

David Duckworth is an artist, cultural historian, and independent curator. His work is published in Film & History, The International Review of African American Art, and the Worm Wood Review. The author lectured at California Institute of Integral Studies, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, State University of New York at Binghampton, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of College Art Association, American Culture Association and Popular Culture Association. As a curator, Mr. Duckworth co-organized Body Commodities/Queer Packaging (2004) and American Seven (2006) for Works/San Jose, organized Detainee Wear at Blue Dahlias Gallery and Studios, San Francisco (2009), and Art and Labor Today for LaborFest at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco (2009).

 
 

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Steve Zelzer

 

Steve Zeltzer is founder of the Labor Video Project and has been producing labor video documentaries since 1983. Some documentaries, such as "Halfway to Hell: The Workers and Unions That Built the Golden Gate Bridge," with narration by Danny Glover, have been broadcast by PBS and KQED in San Francisco (see www.laborvideo.org). He produces a bi-weekly show called "Labor on the Job," which is the longest running labor television show in the United States, and helped establish a biannual labor communication media conference called Labortech (see www.labortech.net). In 1994, Zeltzer co-founded LaborFest (see www.laborfest.net), a month long labor and cultural arts festival in the San Francisco Bay Area region held every July 5 to July 31. Zeltzer also documents labor struggles through his photography. Zeltzer is an active organizer and defender of injured workers, supporting the struggle for health and safety on the job. He is founder of the California Coalition For Workers Memorial Day (see www.workersmemorialday.org). In the course of this work, he has interviewed many injured workers and advocates for injured workers in the United States. Zeltzer produces labor documentaries about the issues of injured workers, as for example the documentary "Disability Nightmare."  Zeltzer can be reached at lvpsf@igc.org or (415) 282-1908.

 
 
 

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