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Current Show | Show Archives

Artist Biographies -
Abundance of Color and Light
October 13, 2007 - December 7, 2007

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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 art, 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 Bernman, 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 three solo shows in the East Bay. 2007 has been a good year –she has received five awards! 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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Forest Aliya

Forest Aliyais a native of Knoxville, TN who currently lives in Oakland, Ca. Forest has worked as a fine art muralist and oil painter in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997. Being a self-taught artist her work has been influenced by Asian painting and the concepts of the modern art movement, such as expressing an idea abstractly using simple lines and color, and creating a space on canvas. Her work has been exhibited in Seattle, Washington and local galleries in Berkeley, the Gorigi Gallery, Epic Arts, Belladonna, and the Nomad Cafe. Her public murals can be seen at Breads of India (912 Clay St. Oakland, CA) and the Berkeley Secret Garden on University Ave between 7th and 8th St in Berkeley. " I portray a broad range of subject matter in my work. I paint what is beautiful to me, which are the elements of nature and human relations and how they relate and respond to one another. Every one of my paintings is a new experience for me.  I sit with each and study the subject matter (or images) I have chosen and watch the energy vibrating from the canvas. The picture itself lets me know when it is complete."

 

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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 theVorpal 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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Carol Jones Brown

 

Carol Jones Brown of Castro Valley, grew up in Sacramento, began painting in oils more than 40 years ago.  She has a BS degree in journalism and teaching credential for adult schools.  She attended many workshops and classes by regional and national artists, is inspired by the work of Matisse, Chagall, Jaspar Johns, and sculptors such as Magdalena Abakanowitz and Niki de Saint Phalle. She taught painting classes at the Adobe Art Center, Castro Valley, then recently retired after 30 plus years with Hayward Adult School. Carol now works in acrylics and mixed mediums in an abstract manner.  She craves strong, bright colors, saying, “I love to attack my blank canvases with globs of hot color or luscious cool tones, then slap on a variety of textured papers to see what will happen. My goal is to create a surprise, for myself and for the viewer” She has shown in many galleries and her pieces are in private collections around the world.  She is a member of several active Bay Area art organizations and currently president of A.R.T., Inc. in Castro Valley. Her website is www.silktreegallery.com.

 
 
 
 

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Marsha Dalmas

 

Marsha Dalmas, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, followed her degree in art from the University of California at Berkeley with service in the Peace Corps in Kenya. While teaching for thirty years at the French-American International School in San Francisco, art remained a great love. Whether focusing on a broad California landscape or on a simple still life, she is captivated by vibrant color and the patterns of simple shapes. Marsha’s work avoids a naturalistic palate and demonstrates an interest in unusual perspective and nuances of light and shadow. Her work is always bold and painterly, often bursting through the picture plane. The artist says, “I am captivated by ordinary objects and the study of relationships between value, hue and texture. The thrill of a new landscape with fresh color is always intriguing.” Dalmas has shown her work at the annual show of The Pastel Society of the West, at the Greenlining Institute, at East Bay Pro Arts, and this fall The Pastel Society of America selected her work for its annual exhibition at The National Arts Club in Manhattan. She is happy to show her work at Expressions Gallery once again.

 
 
 
 

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Elizabeth Dante

 

Elizabeth Dante is a master artisan highly skilled in all aspects of casting and carving, Elizabeth works in numerous media such as bronze, aluminum, acrylics and other gypsum products: resins concrete, marble and various products.  While a gemologist living and traveling in Brazil, Panama and Southeast Asia, Ms. Dante attained an affinity for the Third World.  This ever-present influence has provided Dante with stylistic inspiration for works ranging from classic naturalism to stylistic narration.  Much of her work explores the dynamics between round organic forms and hard rigid angles.  By exaggerating this inter- play, her work creates a sense of tension that is both lively and sensual. Ms.Dante has said that her work combined ancient and modern rituals, extracting stylized motifs and archetypes. ”I pay homage to the many facets of the human sprit, characterized by warmth, humor and sometimes political commentary.” Although she possesses an academic background that includes the Gemological Institute of America, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the College of Marin, Ms. Dante remains essentially self-taught.  She has honed her craft by working for established sculptors most notably Ellio Benvenuto.  While an artist assistant to German artist Toni Bruchert in Pietra,Italy, Ms. Dante learned traditional techniques and methods for chasing bronze, patinas, casting methods, and marble carving.  Most recently as a patina artisan, Ms. Dante has  worked with Bay Area Artists Steven De Stabebler, Bruce Beasley, and Ruth Asawa.  Ms. Dante has exhibited in numerous shows in United States and Italy.  Her outstanding works have been showcased in collaborative efforts such as “Art on the Rock at Alcatraz”, and “The Day of the Dead” Exhibition at The Museum of Mexican Art.  In 1990, she received the prestigious Art of Peace Award from the Artist Embassy International for her sculpture “Woman's Liberation”, which was chosen by the Oakland Art Commission as a gift to Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa

 
 
 
 

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Joan Di Stefano-Ruiz

 

Joan Di Stefano-Ruiz lives in the Bay Area and is perhaps most known for her work with Stained Glass. She has an M.A in Studio and Environmental Art from New York University, Venice, Italy. She has a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. And she has studied at the Pilchuck School – Washington and Dale Chihuly's international Mecca for the study of art glass.  Her studio is well respected and has been commissioned to do restoration stained glass work for places such as the Bohemian Club, San Francisco, California, Residential creations in Paris, France: Chapel window in St. Mary's in the Mountains; Virginia City, Nevada Interior art restoration at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Oakland, California Garden Art for Musee De Brux, France and Private Residences.  Di Stefano-Ruiz pioneered the use of stained glass as the main component of mosaic stepping stones and tabletops. A local mosaic mural can be seen at Blondie's Pizza, Berkeley, California. A fireplace mosaic creation of Ms. Di Stefano Ruiz is included in the published work 'The Art of Mosiac Design: A Collection of Contemporary Artists' by Joann Locktov. Her work can be commissioned through Expressions Gallery.

 
 
 
 

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Marin Fischer

 

Marin Fischer was born in New York City, attended City University and Brooklyn College in New York, and received her Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Arizona State University. She now lives in Berkeley, California. Ms. Fischer is a nationally known painter and muralist. Her drawings and paintings have been shown at U.C. Berkeley, the Phoenix Art Museum, and galleries throughout the United States. Her murals can be seen on the Claremont Avenue underpass in Oakland, California, the O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, and various locations in Phoenix, Arizona. She has also been a teacher of art, murals, and theatre; a scenic artist—painting sets for the Lyric Opera Theatre at Arizona State University; and designed, built, and painted sets for a local theatre production of the rock musical “Hair.” She states that as far back as she can remember, color has been the primary focus of her awareness. “ In my art, I try to convey my impression of the physical and emotional impact of light and color reflected from smooth and textured surfaces onto the eye.” “Art is the creation of forms symbolic of human feeling.”—Suzanne Langer, Feeling and Form, 1952.

 
 
 
 

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Mark Fischer

 

Mark Fischer is a Cetacean Acoustic Artist – an artist who works with the sounds of whales, dolphins and birds he records while out on the ocean.  He then uses a mathematical formula and a computer to convert these sounds into images each unique from each other.  He 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 acoustics using wavelets, exploring both the science and the art of the way they use sound.

 
 
 
 

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Rinna Flohr

 

Rinna Flohr lives in Oakland, California. She grew up on the East Coast in Montclair, New Jersey and New York. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in theatre arts and a later completed a Certificate from the Moreno Institute of Psychodrama to use drama as a psychotherapeutic technique, which she did for a number of years. She went back to graduate school at Syracuse University, in New York and completed her Master Degree in Clinical Social Work in order to better understand the psychotherapeutic uses of psychodrama as a psychotherapeutic approach to working with people with psychological problems. She received her license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and then for 37 years she worked as a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice and for both the Alameda County Mental Health and Community Behavioral Health Services in  San Francisco, Ca eventually becoming Assistant Director. 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 background she began doing remodels and interiors that later led her to floral designing. She studied floral design with Ron Morgan. Her floral designs were part of the Bouquets to Arts show in the past and she is a member of the S. F. Museum floral 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. Currently she is Founder and Director of Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, Ca. She presents her floral art as part of the current show.

 

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Devon Gaster

 

Devon Gaster lives in San Francisco and is a florist and floral design instructor with 26 years experience in the Floral industry. He had his own retail floral store for 13 years and taught floral design classes in Hawaii and in San Francisco. For the last two years, he has been teaching classes at the San Francisco Flower Market. Devon Gaster presents his interpretation of Abundance and Joy as part of this current Expressions Gallery show. He will also be doing some demonstrations and classes at the Gallery and will Jury a couple of floral artists, student and public entrant floral art shows and contests during the run of the show. Expressions Gallery is proud to take the lead from the San Francisco Museums who have brought us the Bouquet to Arts Shows at the Legion of Honor and De Young Museums over the years and feature floral arts as another regular art form offered for viewing and sale in its Gallery and as part of its educational program.

 
 
 
 

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Andrea Gunderson

 

Andrea Gunderson – Andrea grew up in Northern Wisconsin and now lives in Berkeley, California.  She states that her work is inspired by childhood walks with her grandfather where she first learned to observe and appreciate nature and then as an adult as a park ranger in the Arizona desert – another place where she states that she learned to watch and listen. She states: “This reflective, meditative process is what I use in my work. In fact, painting is a form of meditation for me. As I slowly build up layers of wax and pigment, I watch the colors and forms emerge, which suggest but do not define.” Andrea is also inspired by painters who use rich, even violent, colors – Soutine, with his deep primitive richness and violent surfaces, and Rothko in his exuberant use of color.” Andrea studied painting at California College of Arts in Oakland with Mary Snowden and Frank Williams and studied drawing with Larry McClary. Among her solo shows, she has exhibited at Animal Art Gallery in Menlo Park and Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. Selected Group Exhibitions include SFMOMA Artists Gallery, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Nexus Gallery in Berkeley, and the Citrine Gallery in San Francisco.

 
 
 
 

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Susan Hall

 

Susan Hall was born in Florida but has resided in the East Bay since age 5 and currently lives in Albany. She earned a BA and MSW at UC Berkeley.  After 21 years as a juvenile probation officer, she retired in 1994 to pursue her life-long interest in art.  Her journey into painting began with watercolors in sunny Puerto Vallarta Mexico where she hangs out for a month every winter.  More recently she has turned to oil painting and has taken art classes at Laney college.   She is a frequent world traveler. What inspires her most is color, design and value contrasts.  She is attracted by abstract organic patterns found in nature such as the aerial views of landscapes, the graceful rounded shapes of rivers or plant forms.  And she is drawn to rich color combinations – bright tropical hues like those she might find in the ornamental design of a tribal costume.  Her brightly colored oil paintings are sometimes inspired from photos taken during her travels or they just spring from her imagination.  She is also part of a local pleim-air group that paints from nature. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several galleries in the Bay Area and is on display year-round in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

 

 

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Paul Higham

 

Paul Higham comes to California from New Orleans, relocated here under the Gulf Coast Artists Hurricane Relief Program, an initiative of the Alliance of Artists Communities supported by the James Irvine Foundation. Through the Gulf Coast Project, the Alliance of Artist Communities supports and promotes the work of outstanding individual artists helping them to get reestablished. Paul does what he calls translation modeling, a method he developed for creating sculpture and wall art from the GPS waves, or the Dow Jones, or any immediate on-going data flow that can be followed on a computer. This data is converted into sculpture or images on paper or moving images on a screen that are virtually alive.  Paul’s view is that conceptual art captured by the still camera invented in the 1880’s is dead and this literally, is the wave of the future. Paul teaches about the history of art and its future, as a university professor.  Trained at one of the finest schools in the world, The Goldsmiths College of Art, London University, Paul offers us a glimpse into the future, as he gives us a picture of our world outside of our vision in which we live everyday. He makes the invisible, visible and interprets it into art.

 

 
 

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Melanie Hofmann

 

Melanie Hofmann graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts in 1996. Her home and studio are located in Berkeley.  She first explored the joy of creating art in pre-school and she has not stopped since. Melanie works with both textile and digital media. Melanie has received awards from the Taegu International Textile Design competition and from Manhattan Arts International.  Limited edition prints of her digital art are in the corporate collection of Lifescan, Inc. in Milpitas. Last year, Melanie had a solo exhibition of textiles in the corporate lobby of 255 California Street in San Francisco. Her work is widely represented on the Internet. In addition to her work in other mediums, Melanie offers custom designed Italian charm bracelets with images transferred to the charms using a heat transfer process. Any image can be transferred to the charms including scanned and digital photographs and art that has been converted to a digital format. These bracelets are perfect for showing off family or vacation photos as well as for featuring a small collection of artwork. Melanie’s artwork on charm bracelets is available as well.

 
 

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Helen Holt

 

Helen Holt lives in Berkeley California where she grew up after moving to America from England in the mid 1950's. She was interested in art from a young age. Helen received a B.A In Art from UC Berkeley In 1975 and an MFA In Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute In 1977. Helen taught lithography and etching and was manager of several printmaking facilities, as well as curator and preparator of exhibits at the ASUC Student Union for many years. She received an NEA grant In 1987 to publish an International mail artists calendar. In 1987 Helen began experimenting with paper and light and in 1990 she started Helly Welly Lighting and has been inventing and making illuminated pieces ever since.

 
 

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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 or 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 signpost 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 industrialism 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.this show were done on her 2005 visit to France.

 

 
 
 
 

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Talya Arianna Jackson

Talya Arianna Jackson resides in Walnut Creek. She is a self-taught artist. Talya’s art swims in color with an abstract theme. Talya States, “ I strive to draw subject matter that invokes thought and compassion.  My art is vibrant and filled with poetic energy.” Her main influences are Picasso and Matise. Talya fist started drawing with oil pastels, she now only works with oil paints. Talya has been in several art and wine festivals around the Bay Area.  She shows her work in several galleries and her note cards can be found in 7 stores in California.

 

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Francine Kohn

 

Francine Kohn lives in Napa Valley and grew up in Long Beach, California. Her first language is painting; her first love is color & spirit. Francine believes we are here to learn lessons and the essence of reality is energy. Her acrylic paintings are spiritual passages - connecting the individual with the cosmos, mystic law, She weaves layers of unique transparent and translucent, glowing and shimmering color harmonies with glazing techniques from the Masters.The colors and shapes appear to change from different distances creating vignettes of passion, power and perception. Their roots are in Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, Hindustani music, metaphysics, personal growth, and technology.  San Francisco art curator, Beth Goldberg states, "Francine's work reaffirms the magic and the power of art to influence perception and understanding." Art Holman, Who's Who in American Art, adds, "Francine Kohn has been able to move through a philosophical and psychic realm that one seldom sees in painting. she has been able to set up intense living relationships that express far more than just themselves." Exhibited nationally and collected internationally, Francine has been featured on the award-winning cable "Bug Girl Show". Her work exhibited Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York, and the Palm Springs Desert Museum in Palm Springs, California.

 

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Stan Lipsitz

 

Stan Lipsitz resides in San Francisco but grew up in the Pennsylvania Dutch country of Lancaster County. Stan studied photography at the City College of San Francisco and has shown his work locally. He works in both color and black and white, preferring film to digital. Stan is mainly a documentary photographer, which allows him to include portraiture and landscapes in his work. He also likes alternative processes, such as Van Dykes. Most of the works in this show are landscapes taken in California. For Stan photography is a way of knowing the world and ourselves. It forces us to stop, look and see, something most of us have little time for in our busy lives. He believes that in the act of seeing we get to know our world better and ourselves.

 

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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 are her mixed media paintings and her magnificent jewelry.  Jennifer has served on various Board of Directors for long standing Artist Organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists where she was a past President and continues n the current Board as Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she is currently Treasurer.

 

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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 and has only sporadically been showing her art work. 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).  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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Julia L. Montrond

Julia L. Montrond lives in Berkeley. She grew up in New York City and was involved in all the arts: painting, acting, dancing & singing. She majored in Theatre arts at Hunter College and studied art at U.C. Berkeley, CCAC Extension, a studio in Florence, Italy & another in Guanajuato, Mexico, as well as numerous workshops in the Bay Area.  Painters she most admires: Turner, Sargeant, and most of the Impressionists.  About what inspires her, she says:  "I'm intrigued by the challenge of trying to capture the effect a scene or other subject has on me--of creating different moods; and of course the joy of working with color."   She works primarily in watercolor & has begun painting with oil.  Awards won in Art Shows include: Napa County Fair 2x.; El Cerrito Art show 3x, and being exhibited in numerous juried shows of: Marin County Art Fair; The Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley;  Shadelands Gallery, Walnut Creek; and the MTC Gallery, Oakland.

 
 

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Mitsuyo Moore

 

Mitsuyo Moore is a Bay Area artist who was born in Tokyo, Japan. Coming to the US to study fine arts, she graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Moore's painting and monotypes are reflection of rhythm, movement, and her spiritual experiences. Her artistic direction was inspired by the philosophy of Henry Bergson and his writings, "Duree Pure" and "Elan Vital," which deepened her appreciation and understanding of intuition and the inner spirit of human beings. A New York gallery curator described her as "the heiress to the New York School, combining the impulse and energy of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning with Mark Rothko's fascination in the juxtaposition of bold color and its ability to evoke subtle sentiment." Her works have been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad such as the Fine Arts Institute of San Bernardino County Museum Redlands, CA; "Spirits in the Arts" at California Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA; Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York; Bienale International dell 'Arte Contemporanea, Firenze, Italy; International Art Festival in Chania, Crete, Greece. "Line is the most basic element of vision, as it reveals rhythm, movement, and spirituality. Color enhances the vision and stimulates emotions." —Mitsuyo Moore

 
 

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Norman Moore

 

Norman Moore lives in Alameda, CA. He trained in neon and glass work at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute
and lived in New York City from 1983 to 1996, where he made sculpture, mosaics and furniture. He attended undergraduate school at Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. Norman has been creating and showing light sculpture in the Bay area for the past ten years, and has taught classes at the Crucible in neon, plasma and light sculpture since 2004. In collaboration with Nancy Mizuno Elliott, he is currently designing a light sculpture installation for the Castro Valley Library to open in 2009. He has also made commissions for the New York Subway System and private residences. He has collaborated with Carol Kueffer Dance in New York and California, making sets and light costumes for dance, including a performance at the de Young Museum in San Francisco for L'Oreal of Paris in 2006.Norman's work uses the play of light and color on forms in space to bring attention to the energy and vitality that is world all around.

 

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Vicki Pierpont

 

Vicki Pierpont was born in California and raised in the Bay Area.  She presently lives in the Lamorinda area where she paints weekly with a group in Walnut Creek and Orinda.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in Art Education.  She has always had a deep interest in the arts but only started painting seriously five years ago as a diversion to caring for gravely ill family members.  Her primary media is oil, and she paints a variety of subject matters including the abstract paintings on display.  She has work in private collections through out the greater Bay Area, the wine country, Lake Tahoe, Southern California, and in Coeur D' Alene and Sun Valley Idaho.  She has also displayed her work in galleries in Palm Desert, and Soquel California and in Ketchum, Idaho.

 

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Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter lives and works full-time in her studio in a small prairie town of Morse, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dale came to fabric naturally.  Her Mom sewed all their clothes and she used to make doll clothes with all the leftover scraps of material.  She began making quilts in the fall of 1983 and started by doing only hand piecing & quilting.  With the change to a full time job in the High Arctic, she decided it was time to consider machine piecing. At the same time, the progression to Art Quilting came about because she was uninspired by quilts made from patterns published by others, and became excited by her own designs.  Everyday the world around her - nature, its textures, rhythms and colors, the materials at hand, fabrics, paper, found objects, and the movement of life – provide her with the ideas and enthusiasm to create new work.  In addition, she an avid student of design using books, magazines, the internet and as many other resources as she can find.  The result is a variety of methods and diversity of materials. Dale’s artwork has further expanded from art quilts to fabric postcards, books, cards, altered art, scrapbooks & memory books. Dale’s artwork has been exhibited locally in Morse & Swift Current, nationally in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario as well as internationally in California, Wisconsin, Vermont, Washington.Website: www.daleannepotter.com

 
 

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Neshat Rezai

 

Neshat Rezai was born in Shiraz, Iran and moved to the U.S. at the age of 14 where she completed undergraduate and Dental School.  She currently resides and practices in Berkeley. Neshat is a glass artist specializing in kiln form glass fusing.  She uses glass as her medium with occasionally incorporating metal and gold leaf.  She finds glass work very similar to dentistry where one needs to have artistic ability and precision.  Her work is largely inspired by Persian patterns and nature. “My work is a celebration of colors–LIFE.  Glass is truly a medium that is limitless.  Since childhood, art has always been part of my life.  When I found glass, I found my passion.Glass is so fragile, yet so powerful.

 

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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 Wisconson 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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H. Alex Santurio

 

H. Alex Santurio now living in Fairfield, Ca. was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, S.A.  He became interested in art in the early elementary school years.  He is a self-taught artist with a unique style.  The artist states that he admires the stroke of Van Gogh, the impressions of Monet, and the colors of Gaugin. He has won various awards in both juried and non-juried art shows.  The four pieces exhibited are selections from his “Buildings” Series.  “I attempt to bring out the colorful and whimsical side of architecture through the use of oils on canvas.  I paint using a pallet knife to add texture to my paintings and mix my colors  on the canvas itself instead of on a color pallet.”

 
 

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Kazuyo Sato-Leue

 

Kazuyo Sato-Leue lives in Oakland, CA and has a studio at 2211 San Pablo, Berkeley. She was born in Japan and came to San Francisco to study art at the Art Institute in 1976. After studying for 8 years at this school, she mastered American Abstract Expressionism. Her work contains representational (metaphoric) images, which all of 50’s American Expressionistic painters strictly avoided and therefore her paintings are not really in the style of 1950. You will notice her paintings have squiggles in bold colors and symbols as well as drippings, brush strokes and color patches. Is she developing American Abstract Expressionism or regressing? Her work is a combination of expressionism (Klee, Kandinsky and Chagal), and American expressionism. Her paintings will give you a very poetic impact (even a story) like Klee or Chagall with the dynamic energy of De Kooning or Kline at the same time. Her love and interest resurrects old painters in her work. She has renounced painting with oils, throwing them away in favor of quickly drying acrylics. View more of her work at www.studiokazuyo.com.

 

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T. Scott Sayre

 

T. Scott Sayre is an internationally acclaimed artist residing in the Bay Area for the last 25 years.  He produces murals and fine art. His works include, an historical mural 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. He has worked with light show artists since the late 1960’s and collaborated with dancer and choreographer, Lucy Lewis, on interactive performances. Their collaborative work was featured at an exhibit at the Los Gatos Museum of Art, in 2005. T. Scott Sayre has transparently reconstructed the formula for color in light show gels from the 1960’s in photographic form. Each print is created from an original hand made gel  slide. This freeform style is stunning in color, shape and form. Scott aspires to someday create a large mural using this Gel Form for the design.

 

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Christian Schiess

 

Christian Schiess  is a Bay area artist raised in New Mexico.  His education spans several disciplines  and institutions  that include a B.A. from Univ. of New Mexico in Anthropology, a B.F.A. degree in Visual Arts from the Univ. of San Francisco, and an MFA in Sculpture from Mills College.   Additionally, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the Royal College of Art in London and is the author of the book “The Light Artist Anthology.” His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.  His  awards include an NEA/AFI Grant, three NEA/Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships,  several artist-in-residencies including the San Francisco  Exploratorium,  the Bristol Exploratory England, and a New York State Council on the Arts residency at Binghamton, NY.  Most recently  he has been chosen twice as a visiting guest artist at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.  Although he makes use of a variety of materials and techniques in his art,  the conceptual focus has been primarily concerned with luminous and kinetic materials and processes. His most recent work  is “The Cyber Arboretum Series,” which explores the  interface between technology and nature.  From his perspective the competitive relationship between technology and nature  runs from the beautiful and sublime to the absurd and malefic.  This series of work examines the spectrum of  competitive interaction as revealed through his prosthetic repairs to an injured  environment. The prosthetic  materials used include multicolored radiant light, glass, machined stainless steel, aluminum,  and plexiglas.   The damaged environment in the work is represented by pieces of natural wood from trees unique to a specific location.

 
 

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Rita Sklar

 

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

 
 

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Chaya Spector

Chaya Spector was born in The Bronx. She is a self taught Photographer and mixed media artist living in Oakland for the past 25 years. Nature has been a primary source for her images, being drawn in by the many colors and textures. She shoots primarily with Canon SLR digital format primarily using close up macro and portrait lenses. Whether photographing nature or people, she fills her frame with both nuance and simplicity. Chaya has shown her work in Ithaca New York, SF and Oakland having had pieces at the California Modern Gallery in SF, State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY, the Napa Library, Go West, Richmond Art Center and SomArts, as well as various Cafes in the bay area. Her work has been published in Birders World 2004, Cal Photo Journal of Photography and on the www.magnoliacloudforest.com website, and www.cittiproject.org website. Her images add a depth of  color and a sense of adventure to this show highlighting an abundance of Color.You can see more of her work at: www.redeyephotos.com and www.cittiproject.org

 
 

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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 in 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, fashion illustration) and CCAC (Children’s classes). She is presently exhibiting her glass jewelry, a medium started four years ago. Her background in painting, incorporating a bold use of color, influences her jewelry work and line and her paintings and jewelry have been shown in numerous art exhibitions 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 dialog.”

 

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Vera Tour

Vera Tour lives in Alameda, CA since 2006. Born in 1979 she grew up in the former Soviet Union. Art was always a big part of her life but she never thought she would be a part of an artistic community herself. Vera left for the United States in 2000.Travelling through the states and going through various experiences, she picked up a pencil only a few times without thinking much of what it possibly
could turn into. In 2006 a series of inspirational events happened that led to the beginning of the first few drawings that helped her to discover hidden qualities she never thought she had. Not having any training in arts previously, she felt though as if painting was her "get-away" time and a new way to "visually express the unexpressable, define the indefinable never-ending ever-changing beautiful illusion of Life. "At this exhibition she presents three prints of her first works that were originally painted with the acrylic paint on canvas in August 2006. Talking about her art, Vera Tour states: "Each painting doesn't happen by itself. It happens when somebody is on the verge of passing, when somebody else is on the way to recovery, when someone laughs and someone else cries, when the sun rises and sets... Each painting has a story to tell... A story of life. At times life seems to be full of imperfections. But these little imperfections make the whole picture perfect."

 

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Georgia Whitaker

 

Georgia Whitaker lives in the Hayward hills and grew up in Sacramento, CA where she graduated from high school with a scholarship in Art.  She graduated from California College of Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree and worked in the field of graphic arts for five years.  She taught color theory and gave collage classes at the adult school in Castro Valley, Marin Society of Artist and Valley Arts Gallery in Walnut Creek shows her work. She received best of show at the Alameda County Fairs. Georgia loves fine arts and is an accomplished artist with many exhibits and honors behind her   She has plunged into the world of fashions and is now designing wearable art.

 

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Elizabeth M. Williams

 

Elizabeth M. Williams is a Connecticut native and current Berkeley resident who is passionate about the arts and humanities.  A published author in several anthologies (Alyson Books’ Heatwave, Skin Deep, and Electric), she holds a B.S. in Mass Communication, magna cum laude, from Boston University and an M.B.A. Certificate, awarded with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. Elizabeth’s career in marketing and fund raising spans the arts and higher education, including positions with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ansel Adams Center for Photography, the American Conservatory Theater, the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic, the University of California (Berkeley and Davis campuses), and Stanford University. Her artistic inspirations derive primarily from artists associated with Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.  Elizabeth currently works in digital color photography.  Her photographic works have been featured in group shows at the Ft. Mason Art Center, Herbst Pavilion, Theresa Mullens Gallery, and Southern Exposure Gallery, all located in San Francisco, and at the Berkeley Art Center and Expressions Gallery in Berkeley.  About her photography, she states, “I use the medium to re-appropriate and re-contextualize images in our material world, throwing into question habitual points of reference.  I explore the subjectivity of perception, and thus reality, and leave interpretations of meaning to the viewer.”

 
 
 

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