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Artist Biographies -
Playful, Funny, Wild and Wacky
August 3 – October 18, 2013

Artists

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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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Adel Ahn

Adel Ahn grew up in South Korea half of her life and has been living in Berkeley since 2008.  As the daughter of a professional artist in Korea, she has had opportunities to visit various exhibitions where she had inevitably fallen in love with all aspects of art. She had a few group and duo exhibitions in Insadong, Korea, historically famous for being the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. She has tried painting with different media which led her to come up with ideas incorporating materials like mirror pieces, beer bottle caps, etc., into paintings. She loves to express her love for color, texture, light, and reflection in her paintings. The artist states: “The purpose of creating artwork is to brighten viewers' day with my brushstrokes and bright colors, making the source of healing. By incorporating familiar materials like beer bottle caps, the artist and the viewers can interconnect and reflect back to memorable times over couple of beers.” The subject matter ranges from animal, landscape, still life, to abstract images. She continues to develop her signature style and expand her work.

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Mark and Liz Aneloski

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

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Binns Bassen works and exhibits in many genres: painting, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. While teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she worked through their studio arts program in painting, sculpture, and ceramics, going on to an MFA in sculpture from San Francisco State in 1991. Since then she has worked large: as the set designer for the Cal State Opera Workshop; small: making jewelry in metal clay with Hadar Jacobson; and underwater: photographing off Belize and in the kettle ponds of Cape Cod. She returns as often as possible to the highlands of Michoacan, a favorite place to be and to paint.

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Sheila Biddle

Sheila Biddle states : “While growing up in Byrdstown, TN I realized I had a knack for art in my first art class as a high school junior. I left home for California a month after graduation in 1998 in pursuit of seeing how far my art could take me. After studying at a community college in San Diego, I was admitted to UC Berkeley to major in Art and graduated with honors in 2007.The genre of non-representational oil on canvas allows me to create unique landscapes where I can attempt to express feelings, emotions and states of mind. My influences include Van Gogh, Picasso, Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Lee Friedlander, Chuck Close, etc.”


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Gloria Bloom

Gloria Bloom has lived in Berkeley, California since 1960. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she showed artistic promise in elementary school, but never pursued art seriously until after retiring in 1990 from her profession as Speech Pathologist. She began with watercolor but has enjoyed working in graphite, acrylic, pen and ink, and more recently in pastel. Her subjects have included figures, portraits, still lifes, flowers, and landscapes. She has appreciated the guidance of such teachers as Betty Saarni, Stephanie Scott, Sherry Kwint-Cattoche, Dorcas Moulton, and Sai Thongvanh. She is currently a member of the El Cerrito Art Association, where she has exhibited in annual shows and won several awards.

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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.  This acrylic painting is an homage to Picasso. 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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Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter lives in the East Bay.  He works in various mediums: ceramics, drawing, sculpture, design, and painting. He went to Castlemont High where his drawing teacher put one of his works in an exhibit at the Oakland Museum. This spurred his interest in learning more about different forms of art and he took classes at Laney College (drawing, design, silkscreen, advertising art, and art history); at  San Francisco State (advanced drawing, metal arts, film, advanced ceramics, and Raku); and, at Merritt College (advanced ceramics).  He continues his studies and is very close to a degree in art.  He was hired as part of the college staff, firing for one class and helping students as a mentor.  With a Raku kiln given to him by a teacher and a small kiln that he purchased, the artist started doing his work from home, selling his ceramics on Telegraph Avenue, at street fairs, and in art galleries. As a member of the Richmond Art Center since 2003, he had one of his pieces displayed with the featured artist during his first year of membership.  In 2006, he became one of the featured artists and won the Jan Hart-Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award.  Currently, he is a member of Pro Arts and is now also showing his work at Expressions Gallery.

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Attila Cziglenyi

Attila Cziglenyi is a contemporary artist in watercolor, acrylic and oil media. For the past two and a half decades, the subject matter of his paintings ranged from landscapes to aviation and still lifes. Always interested in art, he started his art education in Texas at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, then continued at Chabot College, Hayward and participated in workshops and classes given by well-known artists. Attila has participated in numerous juried group shows in Texas and California and was accepted in the Oshkosh EAA Air Adventure Museum exhibit. He is a member of the Hayward Arts Council and ART Inc. “With my paintings I try to express the exhilaration one feels at the sights and sounds of whirling propellers, roaring of a rocket or the moods created by the changing lights in a landscape. I am always looking for unusual shapes, lines or colors to best convey this message.”


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Jaren Dahlstrom

Jaren Dahlstrom currently lives in Vallejo, CA, in the East Bay. He started studying art when he was 12 years old. He received an AA Degree in art at Contra Costa College in 1965, and continued his education at Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and Hayward State University. He operated an award winning design firm in San Francisco for 30+ years. Jaren has had one-person exhibitions at Villa Montalvo, the Littman Gallery at the University of Portland, and Sierra Arts. He has been in numerous group shows throughout the United States, including the Oakland Museum. He shows regularly and is in collections throughout the United States. The paintings are all based on reflections on water created from his digital photographs, which are then altered by increasing saturation and other changes until the final image emerges and is painted. The image is transferred to the panel or canvas and then painted. As he says: “Whether it is a canal boat in Venice, Italy, a pier or outboard motor at local marina these objects capture a moment in time, when light and water fuse to form an illusion of reality, transitory and more intense than the real.”

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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 six.  She took up painting while attending her first 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 and artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater.  She returned to Berkeley to further her studies and became the head costume designer for a dance company.  She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB, receiving a fine arts credential. Marge continued her studies, receiving a B.A. in 1982 from New College.  She began to exhibit her ceramic sculpture in the community.  While studying ceramics at CAL State, she exhibited in shows there.  She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She was an artist-in-residence with the Berkeley Arts Center and the Oakland Museum.  She studied art in London and Hawaii.  She exhibited ceramic sculpture, painting, and photography in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda.  She received several artist grants from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she studied photography and photographic processes.  Along with sculpture and painting, her photographs were exhibited in two one-woman shows.

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Ellie Fidler

Ellie Fidler is a textile and pattern designer, designing fabric for over 20 years, including large scale tapestries for major corporations nationally and internationally including Hyatt Hotel, TV Guide Headquarters and State of California. From Toronto Canada, now living in Berkeley, she has an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts and has studied at York University in Toronto. Ellie finds inspiration in music, wildlife and flowers, the beach, and even her dogs. She starts with sketches and hand-drawn pen-and-ink drawings which are then colored and composed digitally to create patterns and prints. This print, Hibiscus, Palm, Parakeet, is from one of her series of pen-and-ink paintings inspired by the tropical gardens and colors of Mexico. She enjoys working with architects and interior designers for custom projects and is available for commissions. See her website for more information: www.EllieFidler.com 

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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Sue Mary Fox

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

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Chandra Garsson

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

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Rohilah Guy

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

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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 almost every winter. More recently she has turned to oil painting. She is a frequent world traveler. During her travels to third world countries, she takes photos, which are later used for inspiration in painting. She searches out vibrant scenes when traveling and tries to translate the mystery and sparkle of the scene into a painting. In the past she has focused on vistas and landscape. More recently she includes people of the local culture into the scenes, engaged in their everyday activities. She especially enjoys trying to capture the charm and lively colors of indigenous peoples onto canvas. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several art galleries in the Bay Area and in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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Roxanne Hanna

Roxanne Hanna grew up in Los Angeles, went to college at several places and graduated from Sonoma State. The artist did not get seriously interested in art until mid-life. Hanna found the figure most interesting; she is inspired by Picasso, Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Basquiat, Squeaky Carnwath, Marlene Dumas, Rauchenberg and Hung Lui, to mention a few. She works lately in resin, tin, and bookmaking.  The artist says that she feels like an artist when she is working and that's about it.

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Bruce Heppler

Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley in 1955 (Kaiser).  He graduated from Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at the 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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Stan Huncilman

Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana, but he is a product of the San Francisco Bay Area art world.  He attended San Francisco State University, where he was introduced to Funk Art and Happenings in the 1970s.  He received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984.  S.F.A.I. is the home of the Bay Area’s leading art instructors. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years.  Stan works in a variety of materials.  As a matter of practice he uses the material that is most expedient to creating the sculpture he wants rather than “pushing a particular material.”  His sculptures often begin from a simple sketch.  He prefers to work in a direct manner rather than making molds of models before the final sculpture. The artist states: “I combine a child-like playfulness with primitivism. This creates a wonderland of intriguing forms and convoluted messages.  When I enter my studio there is a mental sign post reading ‘Linear Thinking Stops Here’. Through my sculpture I create a world of nutritiously puzzling paradigms whose roots may be in religion, folk art, nineteenth-century industrialisms or Greek mythology.  In this world, a whimsical sense of humor walks arm in arm with an obstinate determination to create.”  The sculptures in this exhibition are part of his “All My Psyches” series, a whimsical, yet intriguing observation of the complexities of consciousness.  His solo exhibits include Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Diane Jacobson

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

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Ann Jasperson

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

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Minal Jeswani

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

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Angela Johal

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

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Richard Kane

Richard Kane has lived in the Bay Area since 1975, first San Francisco, then Oakland since 1990. He grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota. He has been doing various art forms since the crayons and finger paint of kindergarten, including drawing, airbrush/spray-paint, poetry, and cooking; with a current passion for masks of man made materials and Poetry. He participated in art workshops with the Walker art center in Minneapolis in High School, attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Laney College in Oakland. He has a certificate in culinary arts from San Francisco Community College [now part of S.F. City College]. He made and sold locally note cards done with airbrush and spray paint using found objects as templates in the 1980’s. He displayed locally in the 1980’s and 90’s and has been doing local shows the past year. Artist states: With this art form I consider myself part of an ancient tradition of mask making using the materials at hand, I just happen to have very different material at hand. I see the face of humanity in everything we make; I love to find things and I hate to see interesting things go to waste.


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Dianne Lake

Dianne Lake lives in Pinole, California and is originally from the Chicago area. She has been interested in art ever since she was a little girl visiting the Chicago Art Institute, over and over as a child and young woman, becoming especially enamored with the Impressionists. She did not become deeply interested in photography, however, until her photographer husband was helping her photograph local wildflowers for a Wildflower Identification Class she was teaching in the 1980’s. Learning more and more from him, she began to dabble and experiment, eventually becoming a serious photographer about 10 years ago. Dianne is fascinated with the effects of light on various subjects and how different ordinary things can look depending on how the light hits them. A botanist by profession, wildflowers and nature have remained her favorite subjects to photograph, but she also loves photographing architecture in its broadest sense – buildings, bridges, barns, old sheds, fences, windows, etc. She always tries to capture a certain atmosphere or emotion that is created by the play of light on her subjects. Dianne has exhibited at the Pinole Art Gallery and also the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. She and her husband show their work at numerous art fairs and art shows around the East Bay, and some of their work can also be seen on Zazzle.com under "lakeandlakephoto."

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Coral Lambert

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

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Rafael Landea

Rafael Landea is an Argentinean artist who moved to San Francisco in 2002. He graduated in Art and Set Design from the University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and continued his education with some well-known Argentinean visual artists in the areas of painting, creativity, and literature. From the beginning of his career, he has been interested in theater, music, literature, and murals. Rafael joined a theater company as a set designer and later started to work in some of the biggest theatrical venues of Buenos Aires. Working as a muralist and set designer has allowed him to travel to different countries in Latin America and Europe. Rafael painted several murals in different countries such as Brazil, Uruguay, Cuba, and the latest in Torino, Italy. Rafael has also held exhibits of his art in Chile, Switzerland, Spain, and the USA. Since arriving in San Francisco, he painted his first mural in the city (the façade of a City and County Clinic for Children) and has focused his work on painting and multimedia projects. His work is regularly published in different media, reviews, interviews, essays, CD covers, and books. Photos of his murals in Buenos Aires are commonly found in tour guides and other travel publications. Different collectors from Spain, Basque Country, USA, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay own his art. Lately, he has been working on web based projects, websites, animation, and short film, one of them commissioned by the Museum of Art and Memory, which premiered in July 2007 in Argentina. The short film was done in homage to one of the most important political Argentinean comic strip writers, Hector G. Oesterheld, who was killed during the dictatorship ’76-’82. Currently, he is working on a new series of large size oils called “Dress Rehearsal,” where he explores the backstage world of opera houses. For this show, he enters ink drawings and acrylic paintings, all displaying his delightful sense of humor, which is almost always part of his art.

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Silvia Ledezma

Silvia Ledezma was born in San Francisco, California, lived and travel throughout Mexico. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds an M.A.in Design / Visual Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. The artist attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland California and received a B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts. Ledezma currently serves as an Art Commissioner for the City of Richmond. She also became a Journeyman Carpenter and Scaffold builder. Currently the artist is interested in Photography and Jewelry making. She states: “As a Visual Artist, the way I create a piece of jewelry is by choosing color and form or sometimes current events and trends or by Ancient Civilizations aesthetic. I combine my skills with new inspirations; sometimes by a spiritual moment or the urge to assemble pieces of stones or metal and or found objects that have a meaning to me.” These jewelry pieces at times depict a story or just serve as an aesthetic piece of work.

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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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Laura Luzzi

Laura Luzzi, M.S. grew up in NJ and formally studied art in 1992 at the NW College of Art in Oregon. During her years as a therapist and in higher education, her illustrations were published with Wild Earth magazine. Laura moved to NM where she started to paint in acrylic and experiment with mixed media. She aims to paint in ways that inspire and challenge observers to discuss, interpret and conceptualize what is happening. She enjoys painting "your favorite things". Laura has exhibited in solo and group shows in the SF Bay Area for several years now, also serving as Art Competition Judge with the First Hispanic Youth Symposiums in CA & NM and as volunteer Board of Director with Berkeley Art Center. She states: "personal, emotional and potentially healing, art is an opening to a world of symbols and at its best, elicits a response". www.tigerseyeonart.com

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack had a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.  She worked in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry.  Her work was consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applies.  She exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried.  Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnificent jewelry. Jennifer also served on various Boards of Directors for long standing Artists Organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists, where she was a past President and Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization and a Treasurer. "We are sorry to say that Jennifer Wallace Mack passed away in May, 2013. Her family knows we are pleased to contine to show her amazing work at our gallery."

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John Mallon

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

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Dana Mano-Flank

Dana Mano-Flank currently lives in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. degree in Comparative Arts from Washington University. After graduating, Dana found herself working as an executive director, program director and youth and teen director all for non-profits. In mid 2012, Dana fulfilled a long delayed commitment to devote herself full-time to art. By September 2012, things fell into place as she featured her art in community sites and later in several juried shows. Dana is an abstract artist who works with acrylic and mixed media on canvas, and trusts her passion for color and texture as her guide. She chooses materials such as agates, jasper, coral, specialty paper, wood, copper, metal and sand to reflect nature to its utmost. Painting for Dana is an intuitive, dynamic and growing process and her work a continuous investigation of abstraction and exploration of color and texture using different materials. Dana is thrilled to be following her dream of being involved in the art community and producing artwork that can be appreciated by others. She sees art as an invitation for the imagination to play and expand.

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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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Julia L. Montrond

Julia L. Montrond grew up in New York City immersed in many of the arts: theatre, dance, voice, and painting. She studied dance with Marha Graham and Maria Tallchief; performed as an actress at The New School in Greenwich Village and Off-Broadway, as well as majoring in theatre at Hunter College. She studied art in N.Y.C., visiting the many museums over in the Bay Area. Having taught and lived on five continents, her sensibilities are multicultural. She has practiced her art in Seville, Spain; Guanajuato, Mexico; and most extensively in Florence, Italy. Currently residing in Berkeley, CA, her paintings have received awards in numerous venues. Some artists she most admires include Caravaggio, Turner, Sergeant, and most of the Impressionists. She enjoys creating different moods in her painting, as well as the joy of working with color. Working largely in watercolor, she also works in pastel and mixed media and experimental media. One of her stated goals in art is to find the magic in ordinary things, and to create art that evokes in the viewer a personal interpretation.

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Rose Moore

Rose Moore was born in Nashville, TN and majored in Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota where she grew up.  After marrying fine art painter Joso Vidal of Barcelona Spain in 2005 she launched her line of hand painted natural shell jewelry.  She currently makes her home in various locales, the Mission District of San Francisco being one.  An avid traveler and one time recording artist, Rose draws her inspiration for her painting from nature.  She says:  "I find the intrinsic beauty of nature to be a key element in what allows me to create.  Light and texture influence my choice of colors whether painting flowers or abstracts.  Working with mother of pearl shell is especially captivating as it possesses its own natural light.  The bend of curve of every shell in its pristine state is of itself a work of art."

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Seren Moran

Seren Moran was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California. Her early childhood drawings reflected her talent and curious mind. She did not, however, receive formal instruction in the visual arts until she was 17 years old and attended the summer youth program at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  That experience influenced her decision to enter an art program. In May 2011, Seren graduated from San Diego State University's Fine Arts Program, with an emphasis in painting. She graduated with honors, was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was the only undergraduate to receive the annual Art Council Scholarship that year. During her junior year of college, Seren studied abroad in the highly competitive art program at the original Leonardo da Vinci School of Art, L'Accademia di Bella Arte, in Florence Italy, where all classes were taught in Italian. After graduating from college, Seren moved to Indaiatuba, Brazil, where she taught English and learned Portuguese for 10 months. There, she painted her Brasil Series. Inspired by the vibrancy of Brazilian culture, her representation in that series allows us to see Brazil's colors and wonders through her eyes.  Seren is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is exhibiting her paintings and continues working on her newest series.


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Malcolm Nicoll

Malcolm Nicoll was born at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado on September 26, 1959.  He earned a B.F.A. in Art History from University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Art Education from Colorado State University.  He lived in and traveled extensively through Europe and is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been exhibiting his large-scale paintings and fused mosaic glassworks in Europe and the Bay Area for over fifteen years. He is currently creating highly colorful and expressive glass bowls, plates and jewelry and looks forward to showing his new works in the coming year.  The artist states: “George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.’  To deal with this crudeness we can either engage creation or destruction; to walk the artist’s path is to engage creation.  Through painting and working with glass, I am supported by dreams and visions that steer me toward existence beyond the ordinary.  Whether I’m creating in two or three dimensions, I have a heartfelt, spiritual connection that takes the work beyond beauty, dreams and aesthetic visions, beyond color and line on a surface into deep unity.  From this place, humanity’s inherent potential becomes visible, reminding viewers of their own divinity and the promises of their creativity.”

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Danute E. Nitecki

Danute E. Nitecki was born in Lithuania. Her family fled the second Soviet occupation at the end of the Second World War and spent the next six years as Displaced Persons in Austria and Germany.  In 1950, they immigrated to Chicago, where she attended the University of Chicago, and received a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961.  She worked for 20 years at the UCSF Medical School doing research in immunochemistry.  In 1982, she left UCSF to work on pharmaceutical research with a biotechnology firm.  She contributed to over one hundred scientific publications, has forty patents, and has contributed chapters to several scientific research books.  She started drawing and painting for her own amusement in 1987. Since then, her work has been shown in a number of juried art exhibitions and has won awards and ribbons.  One of her botanical paintings of Heracleum lanthanum (22 x 26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition at the Oakland Museum.  She contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, 2002; J. Gildow, editor).  Her contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil imagery painted on watercolor backgrounds on sheets of polyester vellum (drafting film).  She has always enjoyed painting botanicals with colored pencils (CP), but covering large background areas with CP is very painful, hence the combination of WC/CP on drafting film. Currently she works mostly with watercolor (CP requires very acute vision, which she is losing).

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Vicki Pierpont 

Vicki Pierpont was born in California and raised in the Bay Area.  She presently lives in the Lamorinda area, where she paints weekly with a group in Walnut Creek and Orinda.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in Art Education.  She has always had a deep interest in the arts but only started painting seriously five years ago as a diversion to caring for gravely ill family members.  Her primary medium is oil, and she paints a variety of subject matter, including the abstract paintings on display.  She has work in private collections 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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Anne Pinkowski

Anne Pinkowski lives in San Leandro, California just miles from the home she grew up in on Oakland’s Glenview district. Since a very young age, Anne has always had an interest in art. Anne was initially drawn to photography but after taking a sculpture class with George Herms, she fell in love with sculpture. Anne graduated from UCLA with a B.F.A. in Fine Art in 1991. After graduating and returning to the Bay Area, Anne continued her explorations of other mediums by taking classes at The Crucible.  Under the instruction of Christian Schiess and Norman Moore, Anne developed an interest in neon which she incorporates into her found object sculptures. Anne has exhibited nationally and has won awards for her pieces.  Her work has been published in three art anthologies. “It’s what I feel I was meant to do.” states Pinkowski. “Making the piece is only one aspect of what I enjoy about working with found objects,” states Pinkowski. “For me, it’s the whole adventure of collecting. I am drawn to objects where you can really tell that a human used them and objects discarded due to advances in technology/design. It’s like cataloging the evolution of man and the neon elements that I contribute are how I am able to say 'Anne was here'.”You can read more about Anne Pinkowski on her website: www.afoundobject.com

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Adonis Pollard

Adonis Pollard is a young artist from Compton. He is currently living in Berkeley, California where he is studying and working at Youth Spirit Artworks as a Store Manager and Junior Art. Adonis recently started exploring the world of art and has grown exponentially in skill and approach. His work is characterized by gently painted landscapes and also an abstract style that echoes that of Jackson Pollock’s splatters and drip splash. Adonis has exhibited at Rock Paper Scissors in a group show in 2011.

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Winthrop Prince

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


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Mona Ram

Mona Ram likes to refer to herself as an “original” flower child because it is still her favorite description of how she lives her life to the fullest. Her new found freedom continued to manifest through her professional appearances as a character actress in numerous theaters throughout the Bay area, her love and participation with music and certainly the visual arts. Mona made a decision to complete her education and earned a BFA degree in Studio Art from Mills College just this year. Painting, sculpture (especially paper and threading), are her favorite disciplines. Mona has shown her work at Expressions numerous times. "Treats?-On a Silver Platter" was her first attempt at large scale Paper Mache sculpture. This project was inspired during her daily walks while collecting trashed colored candy wrappers, around a duck pond in Point Richmond. Mona is planning on creating another gender character as a “playmate” for her little girl.

Ram usually makes a strong attempt to educate the viewer. Quite often her work carries a message; one that is hopeful, that might evoke a curiosity by revisiting or re-thinking the topic or issue that emanates from the work presented. Mona is inspired when singing with the world famous Glide Ensemble at Glide United Methodist Church in SF for the last 12 years. She sings praises to her Higher Power with the most diverse group of folks she’s ever known. Her daughter, Shree makes her the most proud parent ever, not just for who she is, but by utilizing her “all” to help make this world a better place.

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John Rhodes

John Rhodes lives in San Francisco. He lived in Illinois, mainly Springfield, in his youth and then in his teens he lived in Guadalajara , Mexico . For a while he lived on the beach where Jan Kerouac, the daughter of Jack Kerouac, lived, in a thatched hut next to her. The first chapter of Jan Kerouac’s book, Baby Driver, oddly exactly quotes, without a "he said, she said", their conversations.” He started studying Mysticism, from the age of 12. He states: “I tuned myself to the inner world which helped me with my art.” At age 25 he started learning pottery. John usually makes ceramics with a technique loosely classified as "Image Transfer". It is a very complicated process, partially lost, much like the "Lost Wax" process.  He worked on and off until 2010, when he decided to perfect his skills in pottery, especially with Image Transfer. He is also a writer/videographer. He has written four books. He completed 2.5 years of college without a degree and is mostly self- taught. He was part of "Open Studios" in San Francisco around 1978 and participated in their auction sale. He sold pottery regularly for a year at an art store at Crocker Galleria, also in San Francisco. He sold some pottery to Brett Butler, the sit-com star, during that time. He also works in watercolor and runs a PEG TV Show. For more information, visit: http://rhodespoetry.com.

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Ernest and Lois Rich

Ernest and Lois Rich are metal artists who operate as an artist team, for 35 years they have designed and created sculptural and functional art for private and public spaces. Their move to California from North Carolina four years ago has been inspirational. The medium they prefer is mild steel. Initial shaping is done using traditional methods of fire, anvil, and hammer. The pieces are then joined for final shaping and finishing. The themes they enjoy most nature, music, and human form are a joy to watch evolve from the flat plane of hard steel. At this step, when the final touches either give movement and purpose to the medium or leave it cold and hard, define their success. Recent commissions include garden gates, entrance gates, footbridges, security railings, fences, furniture and sculpture for homes and gardens.

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Charlene Richter

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

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Selma Rockett 

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

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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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Gerry Traucht

 

Gerry Traucht is a resident of Berkeley. Gerry grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He was one of the first to receive a Master’s degree in Popular Culture in the U.S. He began his professional career as photographer and poet in Bowling Green, Ohio, Toronto, Canada, and the Bay Area. His fine art photography is known for its emotionally expressive nudes, often of dancers. He is a people and pet (especially dogs) photographer. His current fine art photography focuses on mystically expressive flowers, like the White Poppy, and waterbirds, like the otherworldly egrets, of Berkeley. He finds inspiration in music, literature, and art: Dante, Hamza El Din, Hendrix, Lorca, Antonio Machado, Bob Dylan, Ferlinghetti, Paul Klee, Leonardo da Vinci, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, the photography of Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Lee Miller, Man Ray and contemporaries.


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Lawanda Ultan

 

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

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Liz Wiener

 

Liz Wiener lives in Albany, CA.  She arrived here from New York City 15 years ago. Liz began studying art at the museum school of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC when she was a young child. Liz has an M.F.A. in Film Production from Columbia University and a certificate in Fine Arts from Cooper Union. As an adult artist, she has been influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, Kandinsky, Mark Tobey, graffiti and Japanese prints. Liz was an independent documentary filmmaker in New York City for 10 years and taught film/video at various colleges there. Her film about a New York City artist was included the National Film Board of Canada's catalog of films on art.  Her video about teenage graffiti artists was shown on television and received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Lately, Liz has been concentrating on digital photography and printmaking. Her prints and photographs have been shown in galleries in Berkeley and Oakland. Liz is fascinated by the enormous creative potential to be found in working with digital media.


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Lisa Yount

 

Lisa Yount currently lives in El Cerrito. She has lived in the Bay Area all her adult life but grew up in Southern California (San Marino). Although interested in art as a child, she became an artist only in the late 1990s, after her 50th birthday. She began with photography and collage, then combined these interests in digital photo-collage after finally figuring out how to use Photoshop (after a multi-year struggle) in 2000. Her work has been strongly influenced by the Surrealists and by current surreal and fantasy art. She
has won awards at several El Cerrito Art Association shows and has also exhibited at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley and Market Street Gallery in San Francisco. Her most recent solo show, “Fractal Fantasies,” at the El Cerrito Library in May and June 2013, displayed old and new fantasy art using fractals. The artist states, “I am a magician,
transformer, and guide to other worlds. I see landscapes in rocks and tree bark, sunsets and galaxies in the peeling paint of old cars. I digitally combine my photographs, fractals and other computer-generated patterns, and vintage photos and line art to reveal secret places within and beyond our everyday surroundings. Much of my recent work combines photos or line art with flame fractals. See more of my art on my website, www.lionlight.com.”

 

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