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Summertime Fun Recycling
July 19 – October 3, 2014

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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Georgia & Paul 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: (jewelry) and underwater: (with Paul Bassen) photographing in the Caribbean and in the kettle ponds of Cape Cod. In addition to the runner, in this show her images are from Tobacco Cave: A tiny island off the coast of Belize.

Paul Bassen has never studied photography, or any other art form, but has practiced it extensively, especially after retiring from teaching philosophy at Cal-State East Bay. The amazing trail shown in the runner photograph belongs to the system now called Huckleberry Preserve. Paul found the trail in 1961, and has walked it and explored the terrain around it hundreds of times.

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Sarita Blum

Sarita Blum was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has lived in Berkeley since 2008. She holds a BA in Communication and Advertising, and is currently dedicated to Digital Art. Her work reflects her remarkable ability to develop unique images, from multiple elements and using a variety of resources and media. She creates a vibrant and touching art based on her perception of commonly unnoticed details. Sarita enthusiastically describes herself as an experimental artist, constantly looking for new sources of inspiration and techniques to express them.

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Carol Jones Brown

Carol Jones Brown began her painting career in oils, but later switched to acrylics and mixed media. She has a BS degree in journalism and a teaching certificate for adult school in fine art, crafts and communications. She taught art classes at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, then 30 plus years with the Hayward Adult School. She has shown in a number of galleries, and her paintings are in many collections around the world. She is a member of several active Bay Area art organizations that display her work. Carol says, “After painting for many years, I don’t try for a particular image, such as a seascape or a floral. Now I strive to create something that is vibrant in color, fun and exciting—a surprise for me and those who view my art. Sometimes I attack my empty canvases with globs of acrylic paint in brilliant hues, dancing my brushes around the canvas for a challenging start.” Or she may add collage and interesting textures to discover a new direction. Her works are magical, stirring and exciting and Expressions Gallery is proud to present her work as part of this show.

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Michael Angelo Caci

Michael Angelo Caci, a Seattle-based artist, spent his formative years in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. He developed an early interest in photography inspired by his fascination for science and the visual intricacies of color and light. While initially investigating this world through photography, a move to the west coast and an encounter with formal instruction in drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture at the University of Washington he expanded his range of media. Rather than working solely in one area, the artist began experimentation with synthesizing digital and traditional methods into a singular and often laborious process. www.michaelcaci.com / mcacister@gmail.com

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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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Vanessa Castro

Vanessa Castro is an artist with Cerebral Palsy who uses a computer to communicate and a power wheelchair for mobility. In 2003 she graduated from the University of CA, Berkeley with a BA in English and a minor in Education. She started out as a street vendor in San Francisco and now owns her own art business, Ness Ness Va’s Art. Vanessa is a participant in the Casa Allegra Community Service IOU (Income Opportunities Unlimited) Program. Her work has been included in art shows across the county and is one of the artists represented by the AWOL Gallery in Petaluma. She currently resides in Alameda, and is very involved in the emerging East Bay art scene. She creates calendars, cards and prints with her artwork. She also writes and illustrates children’s books. Her most beloved character is a green gecko named Gloria, star of her first book Gloria, the Gecko Attendant. Her second book, Kyle and Gloria, Rollerblading on Autism, published in 2014, features a ten-year old boy with autism. She loves children and wants to educate them about disabilities through her writing and artwork. Her work can be seen and purchased on: http://www.nessnessva.com, http://stores.lulu.com/nessnessvasart


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Sherry Cullison

Sherry Cullison spent her childhood in the Northern California Redwoods where she discovered her love for nature. At the age of twelve her parents moved to the Bay Area, where she has lived and worked as a graphic artist for many years. As a young teenager she loved to watch as her grandmother stood painting at her easel on the back porch of their Walnut Creek home. Thinking that she would love to be an artist just like her grandmother; Sherry took that creative spirit into her heart, and set out to follow her dream. After studying Graphic Arts she was able to enjoy a long and successful career and support her young family, however she felt she was never far from realizing her dream. Primarily she is self-taught but recently she has studied in local Bay Area colleges. Artist States: “I love using oil pigment to capture the beauty of nature on canvas just as my grandmother did so many years ago.” Nature provides the inspiration, the colors and the harmony for all her paintings. Sherry exhibits her art in many cities around the Bay Area.


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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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John Davis

John Davis is a South Australian artist who lives at Maslin Beach on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. He is a caretaker of Maslin Beach for the Kaurna People. Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1958, of Indigenous Australian, Welsh, German and Spanish ancestry, John, a keen observer of nature, got interested in art at a very young age and at the age of 15, sold his first painting to a high school teacher. In 1998, John decided to become a full-time painter. In 2000, he married Evelyn Roth, an internationally renowned textile and performance artist who, like John, was a lifelong environmental activist. They began working together creating wearable art, spectacular air-sculpted NYLON ZOO storytheaters to raise public awareness about global warming and endangered species, and staging eco-events with their artwork at major festivals, celebrations and events around the world.  John is a self-taught painter with deep interest in surrealism, abstract art and native art from around the world. John, while fluent in many mediums, works primarily in acrylics, pencil and oils.In 2008, John was also invited by movie maker/environmentalist Gregory Hemmings to join a sailing expedition around North America to highlight environmental issues. His Polar Bear paintings were used in 2008 in eco-education programs in Alaska. Also they accompanied Evelyn’s Roth’s “Bear Necessities” installation commissioned by the Burnaby Arts Center in BC, Canada, for a 30-Year Retrospective of her work. This show was also presented at Red Poles Gallery in McClaren Vale, SA.  Currently John is involved with environmental issues related to Red Ochre at the City of Onkaparinga Coastline near Maslin Beach. John’s art has been shown in the US, New Zealand, France, Canada and Australia at the Fibre and Textile Forum in New South Wales, and the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, SA. John was Highly Commended by the Rotary Club at the Victor Harbor Art Exhibition, SA. He was also a Finalist at Fleurieu Biennale in 2000 and again Finalist for the 2007 SALA Advertiser Art Prize in Adelaide.

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Anna Dong

Still unwilling to grow up, Anna Hui Dong lives among noisy undergrads near UC Berkeley. Born in Jinan, China, she has since lived in Mississippi, New York, Alaska, and Guatemala. As a child, she was fascinated by brilliant colors and intricate shapes. Her great-grandmother, a poor, illiterate widow who raised her, taught her embroidery and paper folding. An improvisational storyteller, Great-grandma also attached a vivid narrative to every character made of thread or paper. Nowadays, while working as a dentist for community clinics, Anna continues to pursue her artistic interests: drawing, craft, writing, and dancing. She sees continuity in everything she does: Her travels and artworks often inspire her writing, and she has won intercultural-essay and fiction awards; the interest in Spanish literature and Latin dance brought her to Latin America, where she discovered the unique color combinations in indigenous clothing and crafts. These earrings, though made of Japanese origami paper, are largely inspired by the color schemes of the modern Mayan women’s trajes.

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Noach Dzmura

Noach Dzmura lives in El Cerrito. He grew up in Wheeling, WV and has been interested in making art since he first picked up a crayon. He became interested in plarn (yarn made from interlaced loops cut from plastic grocery bags) upcycling as a sustainability-based income stream early in 2013. Crafting for Noach is a spiritual practice; every stitch is accompanied by the intention of health and happiness for the product’s future owner. Dzmura’s craft expertise was instilled by his mother Kay, his Aunt Barb and his Great Aunt Gaby. He received awareness about the particular wonders of plarn from a homeless woman taking refuge from the winter chill in his neighborhood fabric store. She struck up a conversation with him and showed him her lovely white evening bag … made of plarn. He was charmed, and eternally grateful. He can’t express the measure of his passion for loops of plastic made into useful items and saved from the landfill. This work was given to him to do, in a way that seems the product of forces larger than himself, and it fills him with awe. Since he’s started talking about his work, he has seen the delicious madness that possesses people who ‘get it’ about plarn: what it is, how much it helps the planet, and how rewarding it is to do. He has an ETSY shop; please feel free to scan the QR code and browse.

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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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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.

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Dean Fogal

Dean Fogal’s visual artwork is sourced from his work in architecture, physical theatre training, and work with special needs children.  He studied in Paris for three years with Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux the creator of Corporeal (full body) Mime.  He worked with director Thomas Leabhart to develop and tour the Arkansas Mime Theatre in Fayetteville Arkansas for another three years. For the past two years Dean has worked only with recycled materials, acrylic felt with its colour fast and rich textural qualities derived from recycled plastic bottles, and with Italian acid free, recycled paper.  Dean says, "people are taking this concept of 'recycling' into whole new areas, beyond blue boxes and the obvious literal recycling we all do, and into areas of recycling our attitudes and approaches to how we bring back life to ourselves, to others and to the planet. We can see that 'recycling' is the tip of the iceberg, an iceberg with depth that involves creativity, communication and compassion leading straight to connection, aliveness, mindfulness, and empathy for all life.  I like what Georgia O'Keefe said once, "I found that working with shapes and colour I could say certain things, things I couldn't say with words".

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Rozita Fogelman

Rozita Fogelman is a Russian/American conceptual artist and eco-art activist. Born in 1964 in Tbilisi, Georgia, she immigrated with her family to Israel in 1975, and since 1998, she lives and works in Berkeley, California. She studied dance and music in Tbilisi, Georgia; graphic design and sculpture in Jaffa, Tel Aviv at Avni Institute of Art and Design, and in 2011, she pioneered a new multi-disciplinary media art graduate program at California State University East Bay with emphasis on multimedia, communication and contemporary studio practice arts. Fogelman is a conceptual, abstract-expressionist, colorist, minimalist, avant-garde, anti-war and environmental activist artist. She works with elements, language and abstract; using contemporary and traditional media: dealing with abstract representational often triggered by language, and experimental use of multimedia, times study of a single hue or a minimal form of structure. She distinguished visual communication and sound as her first language out of five. Her work is influenced by dance and jazz, shamanism and zen, dada and Art School of New York, the ancient Jewish Kabbalah and Gutenberg’s movable type, science and technology. She loves to try exploring metaphysical concepts.

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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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Jean Good

Jean Good was born in Oyen  Alberta , Canada . She moved to Montana  at the age of 6 months Her family moved to Lander ,Wyoming where her dad ran the Wayne Hotel . She lived there from the ages of 2-6. Jean moved to Martinez , California and attended Elementary and High School there.She was married the first  time at 19. She had 2 sons: Doug  & Clifford.  Shortly after that she moved to a dairy farm in Ft. Jones . It was here that her Aunt taught her to Create PINE NEEDLE BASKETS. She has continued this for 65 years. She moved from the dairy farmTo Carthidge, Missouri  & Oklahoma & Arkansas. She remarried Robert D. Good. In Arkansas , she She became the cook at the Arkansas Arts College. She assisted with Musical Presentations & other Art shows & Functions. Jean several other interesting jobs for the next few years . She returned to California in 1990 to live with her son Doug & his wife Louise.  Jean is an accomplished artist. She Enjoys drawing in pastel, charcoal and pencil. She also enjoys such crafts as decoupage , crocheting And PineNeedle Baskets.  She decorates anything she finds.   

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Nic Griffin

Nic Griffin grew in rural Cornwall and loved to make tiny dolls from candy wrappers, delighting even then in the exquisite beauty of packaging. An early interest in fashion design was crushed by losing a contest and resulted in a rebellion against mainstream fashion. Theater and costume have always been a love as well as the paintings of the old masters. Nic enjoys working in various media including acrylics, oils, ceramic, pastels, pen and ink and found objects. After a stint with owning a graphic design and illustration business and several jobs sewing costumes, luggage and banners, she pursued her various crafting skills to bring to life designs inspired by trash. Invited to collaborate at the Burning Man fashion show in 2000 she delved into her treasure trove of collected discards and created “Pink Panther Elizabethan”. In 2007 Ms Griffin met the fine folk of Haute Trash Artist Collective and has produced runway designs for several shows a year ever since. Her award winning designs have graced runways from Hawaii to Missouri and Seattle to Los Angeles. Her two dimensional art is in local collections and her 2010 trashion design “Pelagic In Green and Blue” is on permanent display at the Shoreway Environmental center. designing for the runway as “Lotta Rubbish”, Nic is troubled by the volume and attractive attributes of much of our society's unrecyclable discards  and feels compelled to create art that tells the stories of our modern lifestyles.

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Adrian Hern

Adrian Hern grew up in Orange County in a household where everyone made everything they could from scratch - For the fun of it.  Everything means everything… the meals, the curtains, the bookshelves, the coffee tables, the pictures on the walls, the afghans on the couches and more.  In her family, being idle was not an option and that meant do or make something.  As a result, Adrian became a creative do-it-yourself type.  During law school and business school all of her personal interests got put on hold.  After she got her law practice established, she engaged in art with a passion and seems to be making up for lost time.  Adrian’s medium is hand-pulled Linocuts.  A Linocut Print is made from a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum which is then artfully inked and hand-pulled through a press.  Adrian’s first Linocut editions ended up in 3 different galleries for 3 months in a row.  She has exhibited in juried and international shows and has won a Gallery Owner’s Award.

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

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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 few years. 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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Joanna Katz

Joanna Katz, a long time resident of Berkeley, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of a college professor and a poetess.  Her early years were spent on the East Coast, and her teens in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  During these formative times, with the encouragement of her mother, Joanna with-drew from the intellectual and verbal ways of her family to the visual.  While working for a B.A. in fine arts from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Joanna became convinced of the importance of becoming comfortable with the techniques of realistic representation. These techniques have helped her interpret many different subjects in many media. In the present exhibit, Spring Forward, this artist is showing two of her favorite watercolors.  The paintings are of sand dunes at Asilomar.  In Sand Dune #1 and Sand Dune #2, Joanna was pleased she could catch the realities of growth, blooming, springing vitality of the vegetation, and, in contrast, its wilting, dying back, drying up. 

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Jon Kerpel

Jon Kerpel was born in New York City in 1950 & received his formal art education at the School of Visual Arts, where he was involved with a progressive figurative workshop. Then in 1980 he had a life-changing experience when he attended a workshop at Arcosanti, an experimental city combining architecture with ecology in the Arizona desert. He then left New York City permanently & as a result, his art form departed from a formal figurative style & became focused on animals & their relationship to the environment. After moving to the Bay Area in 1982, Jon took classes at Laney College in print-making & ceramics. He has exhibited primarily in the Bay Area & his artwork has been included in shows at Expressions Gallery, the Bay Model, the Triton Museum & other venues. One-person shows have been at Gallery 555 (an Oakland Museum off-site exhibition space), the Alameda Free Library & Redux Studios & Gallery. He was recently awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation. Jon’s current medium is sculpture & shaped panels crafted with found & recycled objects focusing on positive animal imagery. For more information, please visit his website, jonkerpel.com.

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Coral Lambert

Coral Lambert, currently living in the Aok, 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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Silvia Ledezma

Silvia Ledezma was born in San Francisco, California, lived and traveled 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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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack held 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 applied.  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, as a Treasurer. "We are sorry to say that Jennifer Wallace Mack passed away in May, 2013. Her family knows we are pleased to continue 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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Patty McAfee AKA Rhinestone Patty

Patty McAfee AKA Rhinestone Patty spent many years singing with local country blues bands. Always adorned in rhinestones, her fans called her Rhinestone Patty and the name stuck throughout her singing career and is her signature as an artist. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Patty grew up in San Pablo and Richmond. She has been a resident of Oakland for twenty-five years. As a youngster and as an adult she was always inspired by the colorful art and music of Mexico. This influence shows in her brightly colored paintings. As an artist Patty is self-taught, except for some instruction in dot painting by her friend and well-known artist, John Mallon. “I paint with a certain type of acrylic to get that special effect. It takes a careful hand, a lot of concentration, and many hours to complete a painting.” Her art has shown in restaurants and art shows in Jack London Square, Alameda, San Ramon and the El Cerrito Art Association.

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Emmett McCuiston

Emmett McCuiston studied at Jones International University’s core program (2012), where a resolution of Secondary Education Curriculum and assessment instigated his authorship of Headland Landscape by Xlibris Corporation. His Molokai Hali oil landscape panel was constructed towards a Baccalaureate of Art outcome, with studio emphasis at Sonoma State University. Constructionist learning strategies assimilate the artist’s procedural knowledge processes to formulate oil upon canvas. His Molokai Hali panel was abstracted during the path of a hurricane stochastic climate event of the latter millennium. That inevitably was a cause and effect of continual global warming. Where precipitation cliffs line the windward coastal areas of Molokai, there is an annual windward-side rainfall of 75” to more than 150”.

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Maximilian McDonald

Maximilian McDonald grew up and currently resides in Oakland, CA. He became interested in art from an early age, and spent much of his childhood drawing. Maximilian’s parents have been avid Latin American art collectors for many years, so Maximilian grew up in a house filled with artwork. Therefore, Maximilian has mostly been influenced by Mexican artists such, as Diego Rivera, Alejandro Santiago, and Francisco Toledo. To create the prints, Maximilian began by drawing his ‘other hand’ with a pencil. He then traced the drawings in ink, and in some cases, colored them with watercolor as well. Next, Maximilian scanned the images onto the computer and altered the colors with Photoshop. The images are giclee prints on textured paper.

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Janice Meyer-Kirkpatrick

Janice Meyer-Kirkpatrick currently lives in Redwood City, CA. Born in South Africa, she was exposed to Art mostly through her mother, Patricia Meyer, also an artist. As a child she travelled with her family and visited European Museums seeing the art of Paul Klee, Leger and Picasso. Her exposure to art was extensive and creative expression encouraged. The family immigrated to the US in 1981. In 1993, she received a BFA from SJSU majoring in Painting and Metal Sculpture. Janice works in acrylic on canvas for her paintings, and is developing a series of paintings using recycled materials, three of which are featured here at Expressions Gallery, Berkeley. She feels it is important to make social statements with art, be it emotive, visual or etheric. As an Indigo adult and clairvoyant channel, working in the healing arts as well, her work emits strong energy. She has exhibited in the SF Bay Area for over 25years now, with solo shows on South First Street in San Jose, at local galleries in San Mateo and coffee houses in San Francisco. She was a member of the Art Council in San Mateo, and has recently had a framed drawing juried into a show at the PJCC in Foster City, CA. Her work is very well received with sales through her website, Facebook and studio. For custom Painted Furniture, Healing Jewelry and Native American Medicine Sticks please visit her website & FB page: www.janicekirkpatrick.com www.facebook.com/MedicineWheelArt

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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.  The 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, my grandchildren, 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 that stimulating environment: theatre, dance, voice, and painting. She studied dance with Martha 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. In N.Y.C., there was the opportunity to visit many exciting museums over and over. 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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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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Omonivie Tula Okhade

Omonivie Tula Okhade of Sacramento, CA, has always been passionate about creativity and art, yet her formal education and early career traveled along a different path. Originally from Oakland, she spent her adolescence in Sacramento before attending the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where she received her B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2003 and Master of Health Administration in 2007, concurrently working in healthcare management. Returning to Sacramento in 2011, Omonivie revisited creative passions from her youth and explored new areas of expression, including children’s book writing and illustration, painting, and jewelry design. In 2013 she established {tula in bloom}, a collection of unique jewelry and decor made with repurposed materials.  Primarily self-taught, Omonivie is inspired by nature, reinvention and renewal, and the embodiment and expression of authentic self.  She employs various materials and techniques including deconstruction, metalwork, and beading using wood, metal, glass, natural stone, and leather. Her curation of pieces to repurpose is influenced by a modern aesthetic highlighted by the singular beauty of a focal point. She incorporates pencil portraiture to display the jewelry, in and of themselves mixed media pieces that contrast two- and three-dimensional art, color, and texture. She was recently featured at a RAWartists showcase in Sacramento, and appeared on the local television program Good Day Sacramento. Omonivie happily creates her designs out of Hacker Lab, a shared work and maker space with many high tech toys at her disposal.

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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 throughout 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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Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a long time resident of Albany.  She began her artist's adventures as a painter, earning a B.A. in art from UC Berkeley.  She loved the challenge of painting but felt limited by the medium.  She expanded her interests to photography and loved the freedom of being able to produce an image independent of the studio.  Although photography allowed for more flexibility, she wanted to be able to push the image as she had done in painting.  Taking a class in digital printmaking at Berkeley City College, she found the perfect means to synthesize the immediacy of photography with the imagination of painting.  She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the Albany Arts and Music Festival in 2008 and was named Visual Artist of the Year by the Albany Community Foundation in 2009.  Her work has been exhibited around the Bay Area, was chosen for shows at the De Young Museum, the Best of the Bay Area 2010 at CSU East Bay, and the 33rd Annual Bradley International Print Show in Peoria, IL in 2011.  She continues classes in advanced digital printmaking at Berkeley City College and is an ongoing member of the BCC Digital Arts Club and a member of the Berkeley City College Arts Council. www.joannapippenarts.com

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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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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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Diego Marcial Rios

Diego Marcial Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. Diego has a C.L.P. from the University of San Francisco. He received a number of fellowships for his Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society. Diego Marcial Rios' fine art has been included in more than 450 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. 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; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more. He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television and Radio. His artwork has been included in many magazines. Diego has been a recent guest speaker at UC Merced, St. Marys College, San Jose State University, De Anza College.

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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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Evelyn Roth

Evelyn Roth is an internationally acclaimed environmental, performance and textile artist, born in 1936 in rural Alberta, Canada. In the 1950’s, she studied arts, crafts, yoga, fencing, Modern, Eastern and Classical Dance in Edmonton, before moving to Vancouver in 1961 to join Intermedia, a group of interdisciplinary artists, part of a flourishing international art scene at the time. In the 1970’s, Evelyn’s recycling came to the fore. With videotape culled from TV stations across Canada, and natural fibres, she created functional and wearable art showcased in The Evelyn Roth Recycling Book published by Talon Books (1974). Her Evelyn Roth Moving Sculpture Company was featured in the 1976 ETROG award winning film, Woven in Time. In the late 70’s, Evelyn, while living and working with the Haida First Nations people on the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC, created her first Salmon Tent and, to go with it, commissioned a half hour composition Salmon Dance in which choreographed costumed totemic characters interact with Human. Evelyn has, over her long and illustrious career, been Artist-in-Residence at major events, world games and expos around the world, and, as well, has taken her work to small community festivals in Canada, the US and Australia: the Evelyn Roth NYLON ZOO endangered species tents, giant crawling webs, eco-mazes, wearable art and Web-of-Life creature costumes. Her latest appearance was on Adelaide: Smart Global Cities, a National Geographic TV special seen by 120 million people worldwide. Evelyn currently resides in Maslin Beach, SA, with her husband, the gifted painter, John Davis.

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Laurie Rothman

 

Laurie Rothman is an Oakland based artist whose mediums include graphite, oil, watercolor painting and collage. A second generation native Californian, she grew up in the southern CA. town of Encinitas. Her father was a biology teacher who instilled a love of nature by taking her hiking, camping and fishing throughout the west. Imagery of nature: birds, plants, and landscapes provide subjects for her paintings. Water itself is one of her favorite subjects, and portraying its transparency and reflective qualities inspires musings on form, texture and value. Recently Laurie has been intrigued with images of the endangered wetlands in California, trying to capture the fleeting beauty of this important ecosystem. She studied art before switching to theatre design, and graduating from UCSD. After working in summer stock theaters, where she gained skills with power tools, she worked in visual merchandising. While raising two daughters she reconnected with her first love, fine art, and has been painting for the last decade or two. She is a member of the California Watercolor Association and the National Watercolor Society. She has shown extensively in the Bay Area and her work can be found in many private collections. Besides art she practices yoga, tai chi and tennis.


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Genevieve Saldanha

 

Genevieve Saldanha was born and raised in Berkeley. She comes from an artistic family and aspires to be an actress on Broadway. She is drawn to the razzle dazzle of the stage and incorporates that glamour and brilliance in her jewelry. Her favorite pieces integrate Swarovski crystals with other glass beads, Pave beads and semi-precious stones. She loves to customize her jewelry to fit the personality of an individual. Besides the Expressions Gallery, Genevieve also shows her jewelry at her local Parish community. Her other talents include charcoal drawings, and handmade cards.


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Arlene Risi Streich

 

Arlene Risi Streich, grew up and lives in Oakland, Ca. and cannot remember a time that she has not been interested in art. She received her B.A. ED and A.B. F. A. (Painting) from California College of Arts and Crafts (Now CCA) and has lived and spent much time in Mexico doing painting and photography. She has taught in the Oakland Public Schools, Diablo Valley College (Painting, drawing and fashion illustration) and CCAC (Children’s classes). She is presently exhibiting her glass jewelry, a medium started four years ago, and her painting. Her Jewelry work is influenced by her background in painting incorporating a bold use of color and line. Her painting and jewelry work has been shown in numerous exhibits around the country and in private collections. Artist states: “Our role as artists is to continue to amaze, provoke, stimulate, delight and agitate the senses. The fact that we continue to do so is a testimonial to not being complacent, while trying to process the internal/external creative dialogue.”


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Terry Telles

 

Terry Telles is a native of Oakland whose art has been influenced by the multicultural atmosphere of the Bay Area. He took art classes at Laney College and developed his own personal images and style. He started painting Mandalas, drums and music-related images, and has recently expanded to other visual areas. He has exhibited his work at the Alameda Art Center (Members’ exhibition and Sacred Images), Alameda Art Association (Museum show, Art in the Park, Cross Currents), Javarama Coffee House, new Alameda library, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, and has a solo show at Market Place (Mandalas) Coffee For Thought, Julie’s coffee and tea shop in Alameda. He has also participated in festivals at Montclair Art, Wine and Jazz Festival, Laurel District World Music Festival and his works are in private collections. He is a member of Frank Bette Center, Alameda Art Association, and is showing his work here at Expressions Gallery.

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Rory Terrell

 

Rory Terrell (b. 1979) is an outdoorsman-river-rat of Idaho, living and working in Oakland, California. Rory has studied fine art at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane Australia and Boise State University, where he graduated in 2012 with a BFA in painting and drawing. He has been awarded two Art Department scholarships in 2010 and 2012 whilst attending BSU and has been displaying his work at exhibitions in Boise and in the state of Washington and California. Rory is an Environmental Activism artist, an idea fostered while he lived in Brisbane, Australia (2008-2009). He is working with used motor oil as a media for a new form of conceptual painting. This concept was cultivated after he witnessed an oil spill off the coast of Queensland in 2009. The 71,000 gallons of oil from the capsized ship washed ashore and contaminated the beaches near to where he was living. Shortly after he returned to the United States, the Deep Water Horizon incident occurred and further fueled the desire to express his disquiet to the miss handling of the drilling process for hydrocarbon.


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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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Emmryss Wren

 

Emmryss Wren was born in England in 1932 and came to the States in the 60’s. She spent 12 years in feral cat rescue in Denver and is an avid animal lover. She is also a poet. Earlier, she used hubcaps as a form of art, some of which were already exhibited at the gallery. Presently, she is using the same material for her collages, which is sticky backed vinyl film, which she cuts into shapes, fitting them together, somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle, they just become what they become. Having tried several different surfaces, she has found that plastic works the best for this medium. She says that each one is an experiment with no actual concept in advance. She just goes with the flow, with color as the impetus. It’s a massive turn on, she says.

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Kajal Zaveri

 

Kajal Zaveri was born in India and currently resides in California for the past 16 years. She has an MBA in Finance and MA in Economics and has worked in various corporate positions for many years. However, since the last couple of years, she has switched careers and is pursuing his true passion; painting and working as a full time artist. She is largely a self-taught artist who enjoys the lack of any rules in art and painting, which makes his work free flowing, uninhibited, bold and colorful. She has worked in  many mediums over the years but loves the freedom of big, bold, tactile strokes and the multi-layering that oil painting allows, and is her current area of focus. Her painting style is a mix of abstract and semi abstract, mainly of nature, with a fresh, modern rendering, of something known and familiar, yet abstract enough for modern sensibilities.

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Via Nova Children’s Schools Students

 

Via Nova Children’s School is a community based preschool located just across the Ashby BART station, and serving children age 2 to 5 in a rich, nurturing, and diverse environment. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, our inquiry-based projects evolve from a variety of experiences in which the children, and the teachers, may have constructed knowledge together. The kids’ representational artwork on display at Expressions Gallery was born out of the children’s desire to repurpose beautiful found objects. The idea resulted from an initial project on super heroes and super power that led to discovering the wondrous powers of our physical world. It was only a natural progress for the children to end up exploring topics such as the ecosystem, water conservation, and the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover. The children decided to go on a “clean up” walk in our neighborhood. Most of the trash collected was very yucky, but some was interesting, even beautiful. We decided to recover and reuse interesting “junk” by sending paper bags home for children to gather found materials to bring back to school. Together, the children categorized, sorted and explored the found material. They decided to sort them into 8 categories: Buttons, Metal Parts, Ribbons, Trinkets, Corks, Rubber, Natural Material, and Treasures. Once they got to know the materials more intimately, they were ready to carefully select what they would use for their artwork. Most of the artwork are portraits of their fathers or themselves

Moses

Daddy's St. Thomas Bike

 

Sofia

Daddy

Hazel

Untitled

Tegan

Dad Working at the House

Malcolm

Tatay's Face

Santiago

Dad Fixing The Race Car

 

Eliza

Daddy on a Phone

 

Camilo

River Picture

Vicente

XOXOXO

Caleb

Daddy

Marilyn

The Headstand and Somersault

Olivia

Papa at the Park

Egan

My Dad in the Skyscraper

Hannah

Untitled

Arlo

Daddy on His Bike

Anais

My Dad Washing His Car

Mateo

Dad at Golden Gate

Niko

Mode

Lucy

Daddy Out Front

August

Rocket Ship

 

 

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