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Miriam Abramowitsch

Miriam Abramowitsch was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of a concert pianist. Following in her father's footsteps, she devoted her life to music and has experienced a long and fulfilling career as a singer and teacher of voice. She has also had a lifelong love for color, style and texture (as a child she wanted to be a clothing designer).  Three years ago, having never before attempted any visual art medium, she became interested in felting and took a number of classes at Deep Color in Kensington.  Since then she never looked back and has been creating and selling her colorful felted scarves throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  The artist states:  Felt is created by the alchemy of wool fiber with warm water and pure olive oil soap to produce a versatile material that ranges from spider-fine and soft to thick and strong, depending on its intended purpose. I design my scarves in a number of different ways. I mostly use a blend of wool and tencel fiber, which produces a soft, crinkled, shimmery effect. Right now I especially enjoy creating playful latticework scarves in a riot of different color combinations, and felting a variety of shapes and colors onto lengths of silk chiffon or hand dyed habotai silk.

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams lives and works in Berkeley, CA.  Interest in the visual arts has been a constant in her life.  At nine, she was introduced to watercolor at her Saturday morning Milwaukee Art Institute class, and watercolor and acrylic remain her primary media.  Over the years she has worked in ceramics, various textile arts, photography, monoprint, and collage. Sandi’s art training continued through high school and college.  She completed coursework at Pomona College and Scripps College in Southern California, and at UCSF Extension, and CCAC in Oakland.  In addition she has studied with artists in the Bay Area, including Ann Baldwin, Tesia Blackburn, Kathleen Brennan and Judy Greenberg.  Sandi participates regularly in juried exhibitions at the Marin Society of Artists, the California Watercolor Association, Valley Art Center and the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  She has had half a dozen solo exhibitions in the Bay Area, and won awards for her work. Current work is divided between  representational watercolors, (often using her own travel photography as inspiration), and abstract layering and collage, done in acrylic.  “Involvement in my artwork renews and enriches me.  The doing of it, the process, is critical to my well-being.  An end product is almost secondary to the process.  I am working toward achieving glowing, translucent color to convey an emotional  impact and enjoyment for my viewer.”  

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Mark and Liz Aneloski

Mark and Liz Aneloski both grew up in the Bay Area; true California natives. Mark's love of woodworking and metalworking began in middle school shop classes where he learned the Mr. Handy skills that started him on his creative journey. Liz's love of all things creative began in high school art and jewelry classes. She is also a quilt maker and has written numerous books on the subject. Mark and Liz love going to flea markets, scrap yards, yard sales, reuse outlets, and anywhere they can find beautiful rusty treasures they can give new life. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.


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Mari Bailey

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

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Judy Barnett

Judy Barnett lives in Larkspur. She was born in rural Pennsylvania and went to one room school houses until the age of thirteen when the family moved to the mid-West. On her ninth birthday she received a knitting spool for a birthday present and was hooked on art. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri. She came to California to find fame and fortune. However, finding neither, she is very happy being retired and taking art classes from the College of Marin Sculpture department. She usually works with wire and metal. The paper from her new mattress cover was too good to toss out so she bought a pattern from Jo-Ann’s with a 40% off coupon and this is the result.

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen, who never met a process she didn't love, works and exhibits in many genres: painting (natural and digital), photography (portrait, nature and especially underwater), sculpture, and jewelry. During years of teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she had the  opportunity to work 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, and small: making jewelry in precious metal clay with Hadar Jacobson, and digitally. Presently she focuses on jewelry and digital art. "The intense interaction with the material working with metal clay balances nicely with working virtually, and both have the lure of endless possibilities to be explored." Georgia Bassen lives in the woods in Oakland with her husband, two cats and many raccoons.

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Paul Bassen

Paul Bassen lives in Oakland, grew up in the Boston area, and is retired from teaching philosophy at Cal State East Bay. His artistic activities began as an eight-year-old, making designs on his bedroom ceiling with tacks and string. Since then he has made furniture out of saplings and hemp; many sorts of figures from scrap lumber; a light-show device from a toy piano, 18 colored floodlights and a window shade; as well as a variety of constructions from assorted hardware. He has exhibited his underwater photography of Cape Cod ponds here at Expressions Gallery. He appreciates serious art, but knows of no artistic influences beside those of his wife, Georgia.

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Sophia Bloch

Sophia Bloch, a Menlo Park resident, grew up in Russia and later in Israel. She holds Master’s degree in Chemistry and spent most of her career developing novel catalytic materials. Her interest in art creation started in 2005 when a friend suggested enrolling for the painting class at the local art studio. She concentrates mainly on abstract forms, the inspiration comes from objects and nature, and she loves to infuse her art with the visions of quantum physics, light reflection and music. In addition to her work with traditional mediums such as oil and acrylic on canvas, she now pioneering new format for metal art, using innovative and experimental approach in creating 3 –D artwork which are as strong and rigid as they are intense in color schemes and kinetic. She describes her 3- D work as industrial with unique depth and beauty, allowing emotional interaction between the observer and the ever-changing landscape of the piece. Her works become part of their environments because boundaries are not held to the confines of the painting: each piece has a unique interplay with light, creating bare silhouettes which in turn allow constant reinterpretation by the viewer. She successfully sold many of her artworks, with her artwork residing in private residencies and also in the Trans- America building in San Francisco. She exhibited in local venues in Palo Alto and Woodside and had an article about her innovative art in inmenlo.com. You can find more information and view the her art on www.sophiabloch.com

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Annie Chang

Annie Chang grew up in the bay area all her life, seeing the variety of expression throughout the arts education during school allowed her to tap into a personal reflection within fine art. Throughout middle school and high school, she was able to have a rich art curriculum in the public schools. Developing the passion for fine arts in high school, while winning awards, painting community murals, Annie was able to appreciate the variety of work others brought to the community as well as understand that this was a fulfilling passion she had for herself. Majoring in Art Studio in college at University of California, Davis, she was able to go deeper into a variety of materials available in the studios, from mold-making, plaster, clay, oil painting, acrylic painting, Japanese woodblock printing, photography, mixed media and much more. During her college career, she was also able to take classes to explore the art history and studio of Italy, traveling to see the many masterpieces that influenced art in Rome. Early on in her career, Annie knew that her passion for the arts was to help others explore and see art as beautifully as she did. Through the many influences of educators and the personal art I've created, she was motivated to become an arts educator for schools. She hoped to emphasize the importance of arts education in our daily lives, and address how art can be an essential part of allowing creativity to follow through in all aspects of learning. After getting her Art teaching credential at San Francisco State University, she went back to school for her Masters in Education to build an engaging yet culturally relevant art curriculum for the secondary level. She feels relaxed when she creates art and is continually creating art pieces in any medium. She also states that it is a bigger reward for her to teach the next generation of students how art can impact their lives forever. As she is currently teaching art at secondary levels, she shares that the ideas and inspirations come from a wide range of talented students in her classes.

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Christine A. Dougherty

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

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Marge Essel

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

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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Rozita Fogelman

Rozita Fogelman is a Russian, American conceptual artist and eco-art activist. Born in 1964 in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1975 she immigrated with her family to Israel, and since 1998; she lives and works in Berkeley, CA. She studied dance and music in Tbilisi, Georgia; graphic design and sculpture at Avni Institute of Art and Design, Jaffa Tel-Aviv, and in 2011, she pioneered a new multi-disciplinary media art graduate program at California State University East Bay with emphasis on fine art, painting, drawing, graphic and multimedia arts. She has an M.A. in Multi-Disciplinary Media Arts CSUEB, 2011. The style of her work is mainly abstract expressionist with emphasis on experimental use of unconventional tools and techniques. The work's primary focus is on energy, color with a great attention to texture and surface. Themes of her work explore three elements: body, land and water. She has been exhibiting in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide since 1992. She has a book of her of Abstract Paintings, 2005-2011 entitled, “Body, Land and Water”. http://art.rozita.com/

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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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Rohilah Guy

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

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Bruce Heppler

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

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Melanie Hofmann

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

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Stan Huncilman

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

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Torchy Hunter

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

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Diane Jacobson

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

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Ann Jasperson

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

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Minal Jeswani

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

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Angela Johal

Angela Johal is a Bay Area artist who resides in the Livermore Valley where she serves on the Livermore Commission For the Arts, participates in regional and national art shows & galleries, is an arts activist, art show judge & art instructor. Angela’s work draws from pop culture, consumerism and the sea of images and choices that tend to leave one void. “Embrace them, infuse them with the natural world, re-arrange and decode them, and give them a soul” is her mantra. Ordinary consumer products are re-created and given a new identity, which transforms them into aesthetic works of art. Her aim is not to make a representation or illusion of something, but rather suggest the human figure or natural world. She prefers that objects hold some of their own identity. In using neutral recognizable icons she is free to explore the aesthetic quality of the medium. At a distance, her work can be interpreted as an abstract painting but as you move closer, identifiable consumer products begin to emerge. She works to create a visual rhythm with shape, texture, color & composition which either calms or invigorates, then sends the viewer off into an infinite space of personal interpretation and freedom.

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Jon Kerpel

Jon Kerpel was born in New York City in 1950 and received his formal art education with a sponsorship to the School of Visual Arts. There he was instrumental in helping to run a progressive figurative workshop for four years. In 1977 Jon had his first one-person show at 47 Bond Street Gallery. Then in 1980 he had a life-changing experience when he attended a workshop at Arcosanti, an experimental city combining architecture with ecology in the Arizona desert. Jon then left New York City permanently and lived near Arcosanti for two years. As a result, his art form departed from a formal figurative style and became focused on animals and their relationship to the environment. After moving to the Bay Area in 1982, Jon Kerpel took classes for three years at Laney College, immersing himself in ceramics and printmaking. Since then he has exhibited primarily in the Bay Area and his artwork has been selected for inclusion in many exhibitions including three Pro Arts shows, several California Society of Printmakers shows as well as shows at Expressions Gallery, Art Works Downtown and K Gallery. Recent one-person installations have been at Autobody Fine Arts, Alameda Free Library and the latest at Gallery 555, an off-site exhibition space sponsored by the Oakland Museum. He has sat on the California Society of Printmakers Board and is currently on the Alameda Free Library Art Board. Jon’s current medium is sculpture and shaped panels crafted with found and recycled objects focusing on positive animal imagery.

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Suzanna Klein

Suzanna Klein has been living in the East Bay for years. She was born and raised on the East Coast. She graduated Goucher College in 1966 and then studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 1968-69. She was employed as biological illustrator through the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut; she illustrated Womenfolk and Fairytales, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1975. In 1976-9 she worked, at Faunus Furniture, Berkeley. She has been in various small shows and open studios. Suzanna studied with Roland Worthington and did many paintings in acrylics and oils, made small plaster objects and recently completed a ten year stint of digital painting. Working on the computer awakened her desire to make "hands-on" projects; this has led her into fabric work...weaving and most recently needle-felting. She is experimenting with converting her digital images into a softer, felty medium.

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Coral Lambert

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

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Mary Lanza

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


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Charles Lucke

Charles Lucke lives in Hercules, CA. He began borrowing his father’s cameras while growing up in Stratford, CT, and has been a freelance photographer since the 1970s. He added a darkroom to each of five consecutive residences, and though he shoots mostly digital today, he continues to mine an inventory of thousands of slides and negatives for images to exhibit. His first solo exhibit, “Four Ways to Abstraction,” was on view at the XZIBTit Gallery in Hercules for two months in 2007, and in July 2008, the Hercules City Council awarded him First Place in the first annual Hercules Photography Contest. Charlie’s inspirations include Hugo Steccati and Ruth Bernhard, who, though their work is very different, were both creatively involved in photography to the end of their long and interesting lives. Regarding his interest in abstract photography, the artist states: “There’s a desire in me to create something that no one else has created (or at least, not precisely the way I have created it.) It’s a way to free the form and change it from a visual reality to an unreality. It’s a way to free the process from the precise reproduction of tone, colors, and forms and let the right brain reign.” Charles brings to us visions of nature we all wish to preserve.

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

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

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John Mallon

John Mallon grew up in the East Bay Area being born in Oakland, his present residence. Arts and crafts have been an interest since early childhood. While in the Navy, pencil portraits were a hobby. From there sculpture and painting became an interest as time went by, resulting in private painting instruction from a bay area teacher. A long list of “How To” art books have helped along the way with sculpture and pencil drawing, as well as a teacher in woodcarving. Awards came from Art shows presented by the Oakland and Alameda Art Associations the past 20 years. Mallon was a Member and has been President of both Associations. Mallon states: “Monet, Dali and CA painter George Otis are an inspiration to me. Color and graphite pencil are my favorite and best mediums. At the beginning of 2000, he states: “ I was inspired by the dot paintings of the Australian Aboriginals, somewhat similar to Seurat’s pointillism, using dots of acrylic paint to build texture.” For ten years, he focused on dot painting and then discovered the color combinations that create 3-D seen with 3-D glasses. Many of his dot paintings created during the 10 years period were 3-D, he discovered as he just happened to use colors that create the 3-D effect without realizing it. Most of his work now is in 3-D deliberately. Another interest has been in fun projects decorating hats using fabric paint and making fun clocks and masks.

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Victor Mavedzenge

Victor Mavedzenge lives in Oakland, California. He was born in Zimbabwe. Art became a favorite pass-time for Victor from an early age when at the age of 6, his mother asked him to draw a picture of his father. Victor studied for his Masters in fine art degree at University College London’s Slade School of Fine Art. Victor works in mixed media combined with oil or acrylic paint. The work on show here is made from, coffee grounds and found objects. This is inspired by a desire to use material to its fullest potential without waste. Over the past 4 years, he has received: Canon Collins Scholarships for Southern Africa- 2009 Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship- 2009 Chelsea Arts club, London: Honorary Membership 2009 Artist states: “ My work is constantly morphing in response to my environment. If I am not working with found objects, then I am painting abstract compositions from the multitude of influences everyday life offers. I consider myself a very free spirit when it comes to art, I break a lot of rules-the underlying theme is freedom”.

 

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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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Joanie Murphy

Joanie Murphy was born and raised in Oakland and received her BA in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. While at San Francisco State she worked in the Student Center Art Gallery as a gallery attendant. She has been a member of the California Watercolor Society and studied with Marianne Brown. While with the Oakland Art Association she served as President and as the Exhibits Coordinator. Joanie taught ceramics at The Art Room in Lafayette and also taught in several after school art programs in Contra Costa County. She operated a Children's' Art Booth for the Jack London Farmers' Market. Joanie has worked in ceramics, watercolors, acrylic painting, quilting,  and is also a photographer. Her two works in the current show include a weaving and a small quilt.

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Pat Philipps

Pat Philipps lives in Davis, California. She grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and has always been interested in fiber arts. She began weaving in college as a pastime, taking lessons on and off throughout her twenties in the United States and Sweden. In the 1990’s she began learning needlework techniques: needlepoint, crewel, pulled work, stumpwork, and goldwork. In 2004 she began taking weaving lessons from Maj Britt Mobrand in Berkeley, California and has been weaving consistently for 8 years. Although she concentrates on weaving wool rugs and wall hangings, she has been experimenting with different media such as the plastic newspaper bags used in this show. She wishes the viewer to know these hangings will disintegrate very slowly over time, thereby being the ultimate recycled product.


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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 BFA in Illustration from the Art Academy of SF. 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.

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Mona Ram

Mona Ram, native New Yorker, now living in Berkeley, has just completed her goal in achieving a BFA in Studio Art from Mills College, Oakland, CA. Mona continues to exhibit impartiality in choosing her preference in medium. Sculpture and painting seem to be the most comfortable; unafraid to use a wide variety of material and a whimsical palette. Mona’s threaded hanging curtain, oil and acrylic paintings were recently exhibited at the Mills Art Museum last month and may be viewed on their website, on Facebook and/or on Phil Bond.com, photographer’s website. Once again, “Treats” (on a Silver Platter), exhibits the artists love for reusing available resources and one of her dark humored themes: parental messages. Distress and tactile feel of old blocks of wood combined with a natural instinctive love for “painterly” cows atop a “spilled milk(y)” mess works effectively for her. Printmaking will be Mona’s next artistic endeavor early this Fall. Mona sings with the world famous gospel Glide (Memorial Church) Ensemble, S.F. for the past 10 years, has an incredible daughter, Shree, the best of friends, all to whom, by the GRACE , she is forever grateful.

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John Rhodes

John Rhodes lives in San Francisco. He lived in Illinois , mainly Springfield in his youth and then in his teens he lived in Guadalajara , Mexico . For a while he lived on the beach where Jan Kerouac, the daughter of Jack lived, in a thatched hut next to him. One of the works of art he has at Expressions Gallery has a tribute to period and to Jan.  He states:” The 1st chapter of her book "Baby Driver", oddly exactly quotes, without a "he said, she said", their conversations.” He started studying Mysticism, from the age of 12. He states” I tuned myself to the inner world which helped me with my art.” At age 25 he started learning pottery. He worked on and off until 2010 when he decided to perfect  his skills in pottery, especially with a process called "Image Transfer". He is also a writer/videographer, He has written 4 books. He has 2.5 years of college without a degree and is mostly self taught. He was part of "Open Studios" in San Francisco around 1978 and participated in their auction sale. He sold pottery regularly for a year at an art store at Crocker Galleria in S.F.  He sold some pottery to Brett Butler the sit-com star during that time. He also works in watercolors and also runs a PEG TV Show.   http://rhodespoetry.com.

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Charlene Richter

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

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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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Maurice Schwartz

Maurice Schwartz, a west coast artist, formerly from New York, is a collage and assemblage realist. His creative expression developed out of his fascination with color, pattern and texture. The artist's sensitivities regarding detail, attention and craftsmanship were acquired while working within a creative community and while working with a commercial lithographer in New York. The artist was inspired by the well-known shadow box constructionist Joseph Cornell who's influence can be seen in the artist's own shadow box constructions. His creative abstractions draw the observer ever closer, into the deep recesses of each box compartment. He uses his viewers own depth perception as a design tool thereby reinforcing the idea of time as being an abstract expression of and unseen fourth dimension. He gathers and assembles found items, with a particular focus on color dynamics to create vitality and energy as seen in his multi-compartmentalized box compositions. His creative dreaming breathes new life and meaning into forgotten or discarded fragments that humanity has forgotten over time. With his creative imagination and sense of purpose he continues searching the world for discarded treasures from other places and other people's lives to create new beginnings and new life


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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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Lawanda Ultan

 

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

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Carolyn WarmSun

 

Carolyn WarmSun grew up in rural Indiana with little art. She loved art history courses in college and haunted museums. About six years ago she began learning to paint and has focused intently on it since. Her most transformative experience was with Maxine Masterfield. Her thinking about art and painting changed dramatically and her work became increasingly the abstraction of nature. Another important experience was with Katherine Chang Liu, who helped her see the poetic and contemplative aspects of her painting and to incorporate symbols in her work. The best example is her 30-piece series called Honoring First Artists in which she creates cave and canyon walls and rocks on which she places a small piece of cave art or a petroglyph. In her home studio in Montclair, Carolyn works with acrylic and watercolor paints, oil pastel crayons, watercolor pencils, and ink. You will see her use of creative texturing materials in her pieces in this show: two have texture obtained by painting through Halloween webbing, and one has dry pine needles collaged onto its surface. She works both from an idea and from playing with paint to see what happens and what is suggested. Her work hangs frequently in shows and galleries, and more of her work can be seen on her website at www.warmsunart.com.


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BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

Berkeley High School students are from the communities of AC and BIHS. Students were given the opportunity to display their art work and build strong connections through the process in Ms. Chang's drawing and creative arts classes. The two focused learning communities the students belong to are: 1)Academic Choice (AC) is a learning community focusing on a rigorous humanities curriculum in grades nine through twelve. Academic Choice at BHS provides not only a college preparatory curriculum but also a community of students working with teachers, parents and peers to realize their full intellectual and creative potential. Academic Choice teachers, students, and families strongly believe that the program should reflect our diverse school population and that all students should have the resources to succeed in school and beyond. The typical Academic Choice class follows a seminar approach, encouraging intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and a close working relationship between student and teacher. 2) Berkeley International High School (BIHS), an authorized International Baccalaureate school, is a program within Berkeley High School, focusing on international studies for grades nine through twelve. The overarching goals of BIHS are to offer insights into the nature of international education and to build students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness, fostering a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning for all BIHS students. Fundamental to the BIHS curriculum is developing the students’ understanding of the nature and value of their own cultures. Students learn to approach academics from a variety of standpoints, and the curriculum furthers students’ recognition and development of universal human values.

This work in this show is from a project that focused student awareness on the value of recycling. Not all things of value and beauty need to be made from newly purchased items. Reusing things that others have discarded and recycling materials by using them for different purposes can result in exciting artwork of new value as demonstrated by the work this show.

Selene Jone

Light My City

Tyshah Williams

Battle of the Year

Efrain Gonzalez

Unknown

Borbala Kozek

Crazy Orange Sherbert Lady

Barbara Kozek

Wild

Nicholas McClain

Folk Art Mask

Elin Amanda Torngren

Colombian

Sarah Birch

Youth

Gabriella Mead

Folk Art Mask

Evelyn Goessling

Folk Art Mask

Borbala Kozek

Folk Art Mask

Gabriella Mead

My Home

Aiden Magarian

Natural Vision

Evelyn Goessling

Desert Light

 

Poets and Authors

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Connie Baechler

Connie Baechler’s writing has appeared in Kalliope, Pearl Magazine, Hurricane Review and Desire: Women Write About Wanting (Seal Press). She also works as the editor for Zona Rosa Books, an imprint founded by her mentor and acclaimed author Rosemary Daniell. She holds an MFA in Poetry and is currently working on her MA in Counseling Psychology. When she’s not being an overachiever, she tends to her menagerie of pets and fosters small dogs when she finds some room. Connie’s poetry explores the themes of self-transformation, connection seeking and the intricacies of sexual expression.

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Q. R. Hand, Jr.

Q. R. Hand, Jr.’s poetry, according to his late, great compadre Reginald Lockett, “traverses the terrain of form, music, and language. This is an inspired, well crafted poetry that is political in intent and spirited in execution and defies any comparison to any literary precursors or contemporary schools of thought. Q.R. Hand is an entity unto himself; a true visionary walks among us.” We couldn’t have said it better, except simply to emphasize how completely hip Q really is…

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Bruce Isaacson

Bruce Isaacson is a poet and publisher of Zeitgeist Press, with some 90+ titles to date, including books by Bay Area legends like Jack Micheline, Julia Vinograd, and David Lerner.  He earned degrees from Claremont McKenna, Dartmouth and Brooklyn College, where we wrote a thesis for Allen Ginsberg.  He was a slam champion in the first Nuyorican Poet’s Café slams in New York, an enthusiastic participant in the Helena’s & Largo readings in Hollywood, and is known as one of the poets from the Cafe Babar in the 1980s-1990s in SF. He has also lived in Michoacan, Paris, Leningrad and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.  His books include Bad Dog BluesGhosts Among the Neon, and Dumbstruck at the Lights in the Sky.  His new chapbook is entitledBook of Rebellions

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Allen Isaacson

Allen Isaacson is an actor, debater, editor and writer. He edited of Meet Your Monster, a journal of writing and art by notable writers and 16 young people. He lived with a native family in Chile.  He has been admitted to begin Reed College this fall.

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Marvin Hiemstra

Marvin Hiemstra is an award-winning poet, humorist, editor, critic, and entertainer who publishes and performs around the world: poetry forthcoming in RFD and The Tower Journal.  Roger Huet, Montreal Gazette, called Marvin R. Hiemstra's new collection, Poet Wrangler, "nothing less than a philosophy of poetry and, in the process, a radiant philosophy of life."

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Al Auerbach

Al Auerbach has performed poetry features at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Word Dancing, Word Painters, Gallery Café, The Last Word, Poetry Scene, Poetry Express, the Randall Museum, Poetry Hotel, Wooing Our Imagination, and the de Young Museum. His poetry has appeared in Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Poetalk, The Throwback, Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, Po, Ambush Review, The Gathering/11, The Guardsman, Harm’s Way (a chapbook), and Poets 11 2008 (featuring 33 San Francisco poets), and his history research in California History and Yerba Buena: Land Grab and Community Resistance. A co-editor of Poetalk and editor of The Poetry of Beth McDonald (Meridien 2006).

 

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