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Nothing But the Best
June, 25- September 9, 2011

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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 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 Milwaukee Art Institute class. Watercolor has remained her primary medium, but she has also worked in ceramics, textile arts, photography, and now, acrylic and mixed media collage. Her art training includes coursework at Pomona College, Scripps College, UCSF Extension, CCAC in Oakland, and service as an Art Docent at the Oakland Museum. In addition, Sandi has taken workshops with local artists including Judy Greenberg, Jane Hofsteter, Kathleen Brennan, and Ann Baldwin.  She is affiliated with the California Watercolor Association, Marin Society of Artists, Valley Art Center, and Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  Sandi participates regularly in juried shows at these organizations and has had solo exhibitions in the East Bay and in Marin County and received recognition in various exhibitions. Sandi uses her photography as inspiration for much of her representational work, but has been increasingly drawn to abstract layering and collage.  She says, “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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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen, who "never met a process she didn't love" grew up in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, In high school she worked intensively with a local painter 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, logic and critical thinking at Cal State Hayward. While teaching part time, she went through the CSUH studio art program and from there to an MFA at San Francisco State (1991). She worked in ceramics, (Leslie Ceramics prize, 1986) painting (with Mel Ramos, Ray Saunders), bronze casting, sculpture (Stephen de Staebler), set design, and digital art. For the past 5 years she has been making jewelry, working with Hadar Jacobson in Metal Clay and investigating the endless possibilities of digital imagery.

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Bart Borland

Bart Borland lives in Oakland, Ca.. Born in New York, he was influenced by his parents in his choice of careers. His mother was an artist and his father a scientist and businessman. Bart studied Chemistry as his major and took art classes on the side. In 1967, he moved to the Haight-Ashbury and by 1969, he had a one-man show that was reviewed by Thomas Albright in the SF Chronicle and was described as “hallucinations that follow the tradition of psychedelic posters” and his work was compared by Albright to “Rauschenberg’s silk screens”. His work was loaned to the SFMOMA and he was represented at the Vorpal Gallery during this period. He gave up art while raising a family and returned four years ago when he discovered digital art. The digital medium opened a door and gave him powerful new tools to create art. He states: “This medium is revolutionizing art in America. It enables fantastic composition of patterns, shapes, colors and images inviting the viewer to closer inspection. Photographs are inset among amorphous shapes to give the impression of looking through one reality to another.” Bart seems to embrace the changing times and take an enthusiastic lead in exploring new art tools and creating new art forms that express the times.

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Leonard Breger

Leonard Breger has lived in San Francisco since the late 50s, and with his wife Liz (also an artist and known as Beth Pewther) in their Bernal Hts home for over 30 years. He was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  From childhood, he was exposed to and infused with a love for art. The great art museums in NYC were his favorite wandering places. He began to pursue his own art as a young man. Breger graduated from City College of New York, and after serving in WW2, he returned to New York City to continue his education at the Art Students League. He married Helen Breger the mother of his daughters during this time. In 1949, he moved his young family to the West Coast; first to Washington and a year later to San Francisco. He worked as a display artist at Macy’s until he found work as an art teacher. Thereafter, he taught and has exhibited his art for over 50 years in numerous Bay Area/West Coast venues. He was recognized early in his career for his artistic achievement and was given one man shows at both the San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the DeYoung Museum. In 1966 Breger broke with the tradition of painting in rectangles after experiencing the Altamira cave paintings on a summer trip through Spain. He conceived of an organic relationship between wall and art rather than the "window effect" of the rectangle. His resulting cut-shape figurative paintings have continued evolving through the years, going through several distinctive phases. Breger’s recent shows include one man shows at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in 2009, Grants Pass Museum, in Oregon, and the Sun Gallery in Hayward, as well as numerous other venues in Bay Area galleries, community centers, churches and cafes. He continues to paint and to teach; leading 2 critique groups in the Bay Area. His art is sometimes deeply serious, ...but just as often, he plunges off into the quirky, the absurd, the joyous, Leonard affirms and celebrates life. The Bulldog Series of paintings began with a painting, for a friend, of her bulldog "Sugar". The rest followed because he was having so much fun working on the subject.

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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”  Her works are magical, stirring and exciting and Expressions Gallery is proud to present her work as part of Nothing But The Best Show.

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Elio Camacho

Elio Camacho was born on the island of Madeira, hundreds of miles south of Portugal in the North Atlantic Ocean. Long an admirer of the master impressionists such as Bongart, Sorrolla, and Fechin, in his mid-twenties Camacho decided to follow his childhood passion of fine art. Intensive studies with Ovanes Berberian led to the development of a distinct style with abstract brush work. All of his paintings capture the first impression and light on a given subject. He is currently exhibiting in galleries throughout the United States

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Lois Cantor

Lois Cantor, a Berkeley resident, grew up on the east coast and spent several years in Italy. She received degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Hartt College of Music. A child prodigy, she was a professional pianist until tendonitis ended her career several years ago. At that time she turned to composing electronic music as well as exploring computer art and painting. She has had shows in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall.  These acrylic paintings are an homage to Matisse, Picasso, and the colorful Fauves. The artist states, “In painting, I improvise in much the same way I improvised with my music; I like the paintings to emerge spontaneously as I go along, and sometimes I am surprised and delighted by the outcome.”

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Tina Curiel

Tina Curiel, born in 1991, is an environmentalist and student by day, artist by night. Tina grew up in the hills of Lafayette, California. Her grandmother noticed her artistic talent at a very young age, and consequently, she spent hours painting and drawing in her grandmother's studio before the age of five. Being her biggest influence, her grandmother would take her to zoos and wildlife centers where Tina spent hours sketching the animals. This is also where she gained a passion for preserving endangered species.  Today, she prefers mixing her own paints from pure pigment and linseed oil, and she continues to spend hours photographing animals at zoos, and researching endangered species for her paintings. Tina is a sophomore attending California College of the Arts, acquiring a bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting. 

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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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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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Ella Driscoll

Ella Driscoll is a native San Franciscan. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a B.S. degree in Public Health. For many years she worked as a medical technologist in bay area hospitals and clinics.  Regarding her formal art training, she studied art at Berkeley Evening High School, City College of San Francisco, and with Richard Yip , watercolor artist, and with Rupert  Garcia, Chicano artist.  She also studied photography with master photographer, Allen Stross and at San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University and continued her formal art education when she was awarded a scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California.  Ella has had a number of solo and group shows and has received a number of prestigious awards for her work. Her work has been shown in juried shows in New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Krakow in Poland and locally at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery.   Her awards include, Purchase Prize,  San Francisco Art Festival, Best of Show, San Mateo Art Festival, New  Brunswick  Bureau of Tourism, State of Alaska, Photography, Pacifica,  California, Photography.  She has several Merit Awards from the San Francisco Women Artists. In this show, Ella uses does assemblage pieces that comment on today’s changing world and states: “I try to portray in my work the area between life and reality and the unreal or fantasy, while still maintaining a sense humor.  I find this leads me to do collage, assemblage, sculpture, "shoe art" and boxes.” 

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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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Mark Fischer

Mark Fischer lives in the Bay Area in California and was born in Pennsylvania, Stationed in Amberg, Germany in the US Army and earned a B.S. in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University. For 10 years he worked in software development, defense and telecommunications and since 2002, has been doing independent research in cetacean and more recently, avian acoustics. He states: “There are any number of paths to an environmental epiphany: For many people it was the first time they heard the song of the Humpback whale. While on a "walkabout" in Baja California Sur, I became fascinated by cetacean acoustics during an especially vivid encounter in the Sea of Cortez. As a trained computer engineer, I soon realized that the visual representations of the songs of whales had not advanced much beyond crude graphs and spectrograms. There was nothing that adequately captured the sheer beauty of sounds that can be louder than a jet engine and as melodic as the human voice. Researching the issues lead to the mathematics of wavelets, and the development of a process for visually expressing the sounds of whales and dolphins.” Recently artist Mark Fischer has been widening the scope of this work, from initial forays with the acoustics of whales and dolphins, now including the songs of birds and insects. The result is AGUASONIC® art in the form of prints and movies made from these sounds. The prints can be finished as large as 4 feet by 8 feet using Alumin Arte, or more modest sizes on Crane Museo archival paper and canvas.

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Sue Mary Fox

Sue Mary Fox splits her year between her winter workroom in Berkeley, CA, and her summer workroom in the village of Robbinston, Maine.  Born and raised in a rural hamlet on the wild Maine coast, Fox spent her early summers organizing bits and pieces of nature’s “art parts” into patterns on 2- and 3- dimensional surfaces.  Much of her outdoor time was spent along beaches assembling installations of flotsam & 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 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. Influenced by her textile design, she finds freedom to incorporate patterns and design into her paintings as did Henri Matisse. Currently she is focused on mixed media and photography.

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Sofia Harrison

Sofia Harrison is self-taught; she started creating artwork in 1999 and since then has participated in numerous gallery and juried exhibitions in the bay area, with selected shows in New York. She lives and works in Napa and has been commissioned by clients across the country.  Sofia uses glass and words with an entirely fresh perspective to create a mixed-media piece that is visually pleasing, intelligent and soulful. "I gather words in much the same manner as a painter mixes paints," she explains.  Magazine advertisements are her favorite source for words and phrases: "When taken out of context, they become either particularly funny or especially poignant." Her work embodies the collective thought patterns of our society: fractured but connected, expressing individuality, desire, spirit and reason.   She affixes the words to the hand cut glass pieces and then attaches them to mannequins, boxes, sash windows, baby dolls and furniture. The framework chosen is often dictated by what she can, to put it plainly, garbage-pick. "I was driving in Berkeley and spotted an old stool half buried in tall grass in a vacant lot. I almost caused an accident by making a b-line to nab it." Now encrusted with verbiage, the work is entitled Tossed in Berkeley. "I love the process of reincarnation."

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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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Laura Hicklin

Laura Hicklin lives and works in Grizzly Flats, Ca with her musician husband David, eight year old firecracker daughter Ariana, and 16 year old aspiring musician son Fletcher.  She also has four cats and one fish. Laurie's interest in art began as early as she  can remember. More than anything she wanted to grow up and become an artist to which she has succeeded to some degree, with music having helped feed her inspiration quite consistently throughout her life.  As much as she had longed to go to art school, she has had very little formal training and is primarily a self taught artist.   Career wise, her past experience includes interning as an illustrator for the Sacramento News and Review which then led her to work as a part time freelance illustrator for several years. Additionally, she worked as a display artist for Tower Records and Books from 1992 to 2000 and enjoyed it immensely. Artist statement: “Every work I do is drawn from my "inner depths'' so to speak, which more often than not can be a relatively dark and unpleasant place to delve ...but it is a necessary place nonetheless. I find I must spend a lot of time there in order to unearth feelings /ideas and confront them through the artistic process. On the other hand , sometimes its an extraordinarily carefree place  to delve and the happy silly things materialize...which is the magic of art. Artists can do anything and its never wrong. "

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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. The 18mm charms on the bracelets 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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William Hung

William Hung was born in 1928 in China and died in 2011. He immigrated to the US in 1980. In the same year, he founded and operated Hung’s Art Studio in Oakland.  He has had numerous recognitions for his outstanding work, In1983, he became a member of American Portrait Society and was awarded certification by the society’s Credentials Committee – Entitled APSC honor. He has had a number of Solo exhibitions here and in China. In 2001, the Fine art book: “William S. Hung, Oil Paintings” was published by the Chinese leading government publishing company – People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing. This book has been in over three hundred library collections worldwide, including the US Library of Congress, National Library of China, The British Library, Beijing University Library, Qing Hua University Library, Harvard college Library, Stanford University Library, the New York Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Shanghai Library and more. In 2006, Mr. Hung compiled and published a commemorative book – “Back to Motherland, Artist and Mrs. William S. Hung”, with abundant contents, the book is very well received. Website: http://www.williamhung.com. We are very proud to be able to present the work of such an internationally renowned and accomplished artist as part of Nothing But The Best Show.

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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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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 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. She 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. Prior to this show, her most recent show was a one-person show at the Berkeley City Club in 2009. 

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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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Rafael Landea

Rafael Landea is a local Bay Area Artist who came to the United States from Argentina. His works are exhibited and admired in galleries around the world. He captures the movement and energy of dance in a number of his series of paintings:  In the high wire acts of “The Argentinas ” in the romantic close-up of “Arms” , in the embrace of the couple seen through their windows in “ Rear Window “, and in the picture of the couple practicing the “Tango”.  Much of Rafael’s work relates to the theatre in which he has been active as an artist.

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Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis lives in the Bay Area. He is basically self-taught in art. He started painting in kindergarten. He loved the finger paints squishy feel and their bright colors. He took a painting class in college. After college, he didn’t paint for quite a while as he spent the next decade living and traveling throughout Europe, Asla and South America. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, he helped remote northern Thai villagers build water systems and bridges. Later, he worked as a construction laborer, surveyor, house painter, building inspector, soil tester on drilling boats in the North Sea, and freelance writer. Since my childhood in Colorado I’ve loved the mountains and have traveled to Nepal many times to unwind on long Himalayan treks. But eventually he returned to painting viewing painting as a challenge where the objective is to animate the object, bring it alive, make it leap off the canvas and burrow inside your mind. But never just make a painted copy. The colors, the expressions and the strange essence of the thing itself is the goal to express and a work is never done until it is “done, done.” Charles’ work has appeared most recently on the cover of THE MONTHLY magazine.

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Lucy Lewis

Lucy Lewis lives in the bay area.  She is a dancer and an artist. She performed with Anna Halprin’s, Dancers Workshop Company.  She created her own company in the 1960’s performing innovative multi-media works, integrating dance, art and music. She became interested in the relationship of dance, art and healing and completed a master’s degree in cultural anthropology in 1985. She has been teaching  “Dance as a Healing Art”, for the last 20 years. She created many performance including: Dreamscapes (1984), Between two Worlds (2002), The Planets (2006) as well as performing yearly at the conference on shamanism and alternative healing.She can be contacted at ,  dancinglights@earthlink.net.

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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 an accomplished painter who works primarily in oil and pastels.  Sandra has a full 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, Ca. She had two children, a son, Robert who is deceased and her daughter, Judith who is Deputy Attorney General, Oakland, Ca.  She has an M.A in painting from San Jose State University and two teaching credentials, one in art and one in history and political science. Roberta taught art history for many years at West Valley College in Saratoga and etching, drawing and design at DeAnza College in Cupertino. She edited and wrote for a visual arts journal from 1975 – 1980 using an interview format. From 1990 – 2002 she exhibited her work in the gallery of Michael Himowitz, a major art dealer and close friend. Here she had four solo shows and a number of group shows. She was also in Smith Andersen Gallery in Palo Alto, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara as part of their Bay Area Masters Series and her work is part of a number of private collections, most notably, Hunk and Moo Andersen of Atherton. She has curated many shows herself and has also served numerous times as a juror. Her work is currently at the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery in San Francisco and at the Collectors Gallery in the Oakland Museum of Art. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and exhibits with them often. She had a solo show with Smith Andersen and with d.p. Fong in San Jose.  Roberta states “ My major artistic influences are Francisco de Goya, Bosch, Dix, Kallowitz, Beckman, Daumier, Matisse, Picasso, Robert Colescott, Leon Golub, Ben Shahn, Paul Cadmus and others.”

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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 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. He 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 closer to Australian Aboriginal work that uses large dots of paint to create the image. He also has fun decorating hats and t-shirts using fabric paints and making fun clocks.”

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Sonia Melnikova-Raich

Sonia Melnikova-Raich was born and trained as an architect and artist in Moscow, and has been living in San Francisco since 1987. Later in life she discovered photography but her training as an architect and painter remains present in her work. She likes to explore the abstract in the material world and strives to emphasize geometry and texture of the object to bring the viewer’s attention to the physical surface of the artwork, its tangible qualities, pictorial aspects, and composition. As to her objects, she looks for grace, poetry and mystique in the most common of things. In that respect she feels strong affinity with the Japanese philosophy and aesthetics of wabi-sabi, with its focus on the transient nature of things and reverence for the beauty and dignity in old things. “Still Life With Rusted Keys,” captured in Kyoto, Japan, is a good example of such work. The works represented in this exhibit come from the artist’s “Concrete Art,” “Scrap Art,” and “Rusty Things” series which are mostly comprised of images captured at abandoned California forts, old foundries, and other similar places, where the artist found a wealth of beautiful shapes, colors and textures. Together with the artist’s other series with a focus on the themes of past and impermanence, these series are a reflection on discarded things of the past whose value is not necessarily in the preciousness of the material, practical usefulness, or conventional attractiveness. Their message is that beauty and artistic ideas can be found even in a flight of broken stairs, pile of trash, a tarnished can, or corroded iron grid.

 

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Dawn Ming

Dawn Ming lives in San Francisco. She was born and grew up in New York City. Her parents immigrated to the US from China.   She attended Parson’s School of Design. Ohio State University, BFA. CCSF - Ft. Mason Printmaking. California Society of Printmakers.  She painted and exhibited in New York and Long Island where she lived and raised her family. When she retired to San Francisco, she took up printmaking. Dawn is a painter and a printmaker. She enjoys working with the richness and intensity of color and texture in oil painting; where, in printmaking there is the beauty of the paper and many techniques. The results can be varied and different. Her subjects are things from nature to images of her Chinese Heritage. As an artist, Dawn strives to make a picture bring pleasure to the viewer. Dawn Ming has won numerous awards. San Francisco Women Artists -Merit Awards: 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, KTEH San Francisco, CA; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts and more..... Her art can be found in private collections all over the US and world. At the 4th World Conference on Woman in Beijing, China 2 etchings were selected and exhibited in Moscow and then traveled all over the US and now in the achieves of The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. A monotype was selected for exhibition at The Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s.  Her work can be seen at the San Francisco Women Artists and Oakland Museum Collector’s Gallery and currently at Expressions Gallery.

 

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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,
on 1959, earning 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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Udi Peled

Udi Peled is a local artist whose work has been purchased for exhibit at the Berkeley Jazz School.  In addition, his work adorns many a catalogue cover for UC Berkeley.  He has shown his art at various select galleries.  Born in Israel, he is now living permanently in the United States. Udi blends expressionism with a style based on raw talent.  Udi’s versatile works are a favorite amongst local art collectors. He is available for commissioned art works as well as the artwork that is displayed in this show.

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Winthrop Prince

Winthrop Prince has lived in Berkeley for about 30 years but grew up in the Boston Area. He is from a family of artists; his grandmother was an illustrator, his mother and aunt were Painters. He met the Illustrator Bill Shields at the Academy of Art in SF and chose him as a mentor. After graduating with a BFA in Illustration from the Academy
Winthrop made a living as an illustrator, a nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist and a fine artist showing his art at galleries and cafes. He has received awards from the East Bay Watercolor Society and Print Magazine for his drawings. Growing up he always admired artists who had a certain humor to their approach. Today some of his influences are Red Grooms, David Park, Robert Crumb, Moebius, Phillip Guston and Saul Steinberg. He is presently involved in a graphic novel that aspires to stretching the medium by abstracting the images and story in the manner of the fine artist with the intention of lending more “sophistication” and soul to the comic medium.

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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 the world of jewelry making.  Currently she is designing jewelry and multi-pieced silk scarves.  The unifying factor in all her work is the essence of color.  The artist who has influenced her the most is Kaffee Fassett, who started out as a painter, but who is now working with textiles.  She admires his unique sense of mixing different patterns and colors.  Artist states, " I love to work with colors,... to watch what happens when you put them next to each other and to make them sing".

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Diego Marcial Rios

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and  a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. He received a number of honors scholarships for Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.  About his work he states: “I create art that is visually stimulating to gain initial viewer acceptance.  Once this is achieved, the viewer is confronted with ancient symbols of life and death.”  The figures and landscapes in the art are inspired by what I have experienced and later dreamed about. Diego’s work has been widely shown throughout the United States and Mexico and he is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, Ca.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc.. He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; The Collector Gallery of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, Ca.; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more.  He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television. His artwork has been included in many magazines.

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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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Stanford Rose

Stanford Rose spent his childhood in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Utah. He now lives in Oakland, California. His style has evolved from simple landscape photography toward emphasis on perspective and formal properties at the expense of subject matter.  He states, “I want to free the viewer from the habits of perception that attend the recognition of subject.  It’s especially delightful when you see the esthetic values first, which then may evoke different images and emotions, then perhaps say irrelevantly, “Oh, it’s a---.”’  These photographs were taken in Indian Valley, Plumas County last winter in the backwaters of a small stream where unusual and unpredictable conditions of freezing occur.  Scientists at the Earth Sciences department, Washington State were unable to account for some of the phenomena in these pictures.  As a physicist states, “Phase change is imperfectly understood.”

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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. Rossi lives in Berkeley California and 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 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. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 80's she began working as an architectural model builder and illustrator for a San Francisco Architectural firm. She branched out into creating illustrations, two and three dimensional, as well as models throughout the 80's and early 90's. Other career pursuits took her away from her art practice; however, she returned to creating pieces that reflect her philosophical reactivity to her personal world and the world at large.  The works are secular in nature but draw heavily on iconic, religious and mythological imagery. The Alice series uses images based on the original Tenniel illustrations of “Alice”, and are reflections on the state of our modern world and collective psyche.“ Art is meant to be seen and shared...to promote discourse and provoke thought.. Our stories are the inspiration but the interpretation is open for debate.” Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork on the Ovation TV website, www.ovationtv.com  under cmaerossi, as well as her own website and blog, http://christinerossiart.blogspot.com and  http://www.mesart.com.

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T. Scott Sayre

T. Scott Sayre lives  is an internationally acclaimed artist  residing in the Bay Area for the last 25 years.  He produces murals and fine art. He has done work for Labor unions for many years, including the carpenters union in Seattle Washington, which houses a depiction of the history of labor. Other works include an historical mural created for The City of Cupertino in the foyer of the city hall and the Life of Jack London, at the Jack London Square in Oakland. His work can be seen from Japan to Washington DC.

The Plumbers Union has an original mural in their office in Sacramento. In 2003 Scott received the Master Muralist award from Precita Eyes.You can view his work at, studiowindows.com

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Emily Jurs Sparks

Emily Jurs Sparks is a native of Oakland. She is a soprano with Chora Nova, and she also likes to write. She has had no formal art training, but has been making things all her life. Her house and yard are her main canvas, where her biggest installations are the deer mural on the hillside retaining wall, Allegra the garden dryad, and the pique-assiette (broken ceramic) wall on the driveway that delivery trucks keep breaking. In the house, few surfaces are safe from paintbrush or glue; so far her Saab is untouched. Her current art form is toy-size Art Cars, inspired by what you see in the "How Berkeley Can You Be?" parade. Emily combines materials such as collage, piece- and glue-work. She does not use patterns; all her work is original. Animals, the whimsical, and the unexpected are driving forces. Her favorite subject has always been animals, and they are passengers in all her Art Cars.

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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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Terry Telles

 

Terry Telles is a native of Oakland whose art has been influenced by the multicultural atmosphere of the bay area.  He took art classes at Laney college, worked with local artists and developed his own personal images and style. He started painting Mandalas, drums and music related images and has recently expanded to other visual areas.  He has exhibited his work at the Alameda Art Center (Members exhibitions & Sacred Images), Alameda Art Association (Museum show, Art In the Park, Cross Currants), Javarama Coffee House, new Alameda library, Frank Bette Center. for the Arts, and has had solo shows at Market Place (Mandalas) Coffee For Thought, Julies coffee & tea shop in Alameda. He has also participated in Festivals at Montclair Art-Wine & Jazz Festival, Laurel District World Music, Festival and his works are in private collections. He is a member of Frank Bette Center, Alameda Art Association, and is now showing his work here at Expressions Gallery

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Diane Moomey

Diane Moomey is a sculptor, a painter, a gardener, a dreamer, and a storyteller who lives in El Granada, Cali­fornia. She has had gallery exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec and in California showing paper collage accompanied by poems. Her poetry and short prose have appeared in Northwest Literary Forum, Earth Prayers, (Roberts/Amidon, Harper-Collins, 1991,) Two-Twenty-Four Poetry Quarterly, Blis, Icon, The Love Project (Anabasis), The Sand Hill Review and Writing For Our Lives. One prose piece from this last, “Grandmother, Geo­thermally Yours,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her new book … Place…, a collection of poetry and literary fiction, was published in the fall of 2010 by Day’sEye Press and Studios.  Love’s House, a small chapbook of love poetry, appeared in 2009. While on the Way Home, a hand-bound collection of poetry, prose and brush drawings, was published by Day’sEye Press in 1988. Diane reads frequently at the California Writer’s Club Open Mic in San Mateo, at CoastWriters in Half Moon Bay, at Waverley Writers in Palo Alto, at the Not Yet Dead Poets’ Society in Redwood City, at Lit Nite in La Honda, and at various benefits for worthy causes . . .

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Debra Grace Khattab

Debra Grace Khattab has won poetry, literary and health writing contests, as well as being featured at reading series all over the San Francisco Bay Area.  She's been published both online, and in magazines and anthologies such as the 9/11 Anthology called An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind edited by Allen Cohen & Clive Matson, The Lion Speaks (a Hurricane Katrina anthology), Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, Binnacle, The Circle, SoMa Literary Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, Writer’s Choice Literary Zine, A Room Without Walls, The Real Eight View Poetry Ezine, Sacred River, Sonoma Mandala, Blue Buildings and others.  She has had articles published online about health, and how to write SF&F critiques.  In addition to the Word Beat poetry series which she hosted, running the website and publishing a WB literary ezine for the Bay Area for 4 years, she also hosted a number of other series, helped with PR at others, was VP of the Bay Areas Poets Coalition, BAPC, and worked with the Berkeley Poetry Festival.  Her first chapbook with a press, When the Phoenix Died, was published in 2010 by Meridien PressWorks.

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Judy Bebelaar

Judy Bebelaar taught English and creative writing in San Francisco public high schools for thirty-seven years. Her work has been published widely, most recently in The Louisville Review, Pearl, Westview, The Old Red Kimono, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Willard and Maple, The Griffin, The Squaw Valley Review and Ship of Fools. She recently won an honorable mention in the San Francisco Pen Women's poetry contest and was a finalist in Flyway's Writing the Wild chapbook contest. With Marty Williams and David Kloker she hosts a reading series for the Bay Area Writing Project, Writing Teachers Write, on 4th Wednesdays at 5:30 at Expressions Gallery.

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David Gollub

David Gollub was born in 1951, the son of an opera singer and a trial lawyer. He got a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He met David Lerner in Palo Alto in 1973. Lerner got him his first poetry publication. He has been on the Bay Area poetry scene since April 7, 1983, when he showed up at the Old Spaghetti Factory in North Beach. He participated in the Cafe Babar reading series in the Mission, and for a time ran the series. It was at the Babar that he re-encountered David Lerner. He also edited and published Bull Horn, a monthly photocopied poetry magazine. His most recent books are As For Us (1990), Special Effects (1992), and As Needed For Rage (1996), all from Zeitgeist Press. He lives in the Tendernob area of San Francisco.

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