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Artist Biographies -
Water. Water! Water?
July 25 - October 26, 2015

Artists

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Lahcen Abalil

Lahcen Abalil lives in Berkeley, Ca. He grew up in Morocco and moved to the United States in 2007. He began doing art in 2010. He is self-taught. While living at the Senior Center, his friends told him he had created unique pieces of art. He creates his artworks with wool, cotton, wood, sheets of glitter, sand, sandpaper and ink and colored paper cut and pasted to create an image. All his ideas are inspired from his imagination. He sees a bird or an animal and transforms it through his imagination into a unique composition. Recently, he has started taking classes at the Senior Center and has been in an exhibition there. He loves doing art and participating with others in doing it and he enjoys the interaction between his work and the viewer.

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Miriam Abramowitsch

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

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams is a longtime Berkeley resident with a lifelong interest in art. As a 9 year old she took Saturday morning classes at the Milwaukee Art Institute and continued her art training during high school and college and into adult life. Sandi has worked in various media, including watercolor, acrylic, textile arts (weaving), collage and ceramics. Since retiring from elementary school teaching in Albany, CA, she has renewed her interest and paints regularly in her “painting room”, (originally the guest room), as well as in workshops and painting classes in the East Bay. She has traveled extensively on 5 continents and often uses images from her travel photography as subject matter in paintings. Sandi exhibits work regularly at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, at the Marin Society of Artists in Ross, and at the Frank Bette Center in Alameda. She has received various awards in shows in these venues and has had 6 solo shows in local business establishments.

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Ayah Andoh

Ayah Andoh currently lives in San Francisco, California. She grew up in San Diego (Southern California) and developed an interest in art at a very young age. She was influenced by her father and old animation. She is currently enrolled in Academy of Art University's school of Illustration where she is expanding her skill for concept art in animation as well as book illustration and editorial illustration. Artists Ayah admires include Audrey Benjaminsen, Claire Wendling and Gustav Klimt to name just a few. She works in traditional mediums such a gouache, watercolor and oil paint as well as in digital. She is currently also showing a Tr!ckster gallery and has recently shown at Studio 23 for their 'Creature Feature' show.

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen took her first class on "computer graphics" at San Francisco State in 1989, and has been captivated by digital art ever since. " Discovering the multiple effects of reiterating and altering a single image which digital manipulation makes freely possible, is an endless pleasure.   Objects, as well as people change their perceived personalities with changes in lighting and color. Switching a drawing of a face from positive to negative can radically alter its persona.   Duplicating, superimposing, flipping and re-joining a figure can produce a dance. Georgia Bassen lives in the woods in Oakland with her husband, 2 cats and many raccoons.

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Yvonne Brady

Yvonne Brady currently lives in Vallejo, CA. She is a California native who was raised in Oakland. Her parents were from New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended college in New Orleans and San Francisco. She has worked as an accountant at Peralta Community College System and the University of California Office of the President. She is the mother of one son. Yvonne was always interested in jewelry and she took a class at Bead Inspiration in Alameda, CA to learn how to string beads in order to repair a turquoise and sterling silver necklace. She also took a class at Studio One in Oakland, Ca., to learn to make glass beads. Yvonne mostly works with gemstones using sterling silver, brass, copper, and pewter. She is greatly inspired by African and African American Art, which is part of her heritage and you will see this influence in some of her work. She uses African beads from Ghana and Nigeria, and pendants from the Tuareg in the Sahara, Ethiopian Coptic Christian Crosses as well as stones from other parts of the world. The Artist gives credit for her creative spirit to her mother who taught her how to sew at an early age and continued to encourage her throughout her life. Her endeavors are also fully supported by her son who promotes her work.


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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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Merle Burnick

Merle Burnick lives in Berkeley and grew up in San Francisco. She began making tongue drums after taking a workshop in the 1970’s. She has sold her drums at the KPFA Crafts Fair, and as a vendor on Telegraph Ave. She wrote a story about the experience, which appeared in the magazine section of the SF Chronicle (01/10/1982). Ms. Burnick has also sold her drums in a Kenyan art booth at the New York Port Authority. The tongue drum, carved in hollowed tree trunks, has its roots in Africa and Mexico.

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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 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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Marsha Dalmas

Marsha Dalmas, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, followed her degree in art from the University of California at Berkeley with service in the Peace Corps in Kenya. While teaching for thirty years at the French-American International School in San Francisco, art remained a great love. She is now painting and working in pastel full time. Whether focusing on a broad California landscape or on a simple still life, she is captivated by vibrant color and the patterns of simple shapes. Marsha’s work avoids a naturalistic palette and demonstrates an interest in unusual perspective and nuances of light and shadow. Her work is always bold and painterly, often challenging the picture plane. The artist says, “I am attracted by ordinary objects and the study of relationships in my composition. A new landscape with fresh color is always intriguing. Given what humanity is doing to the world, I feel compelled to capture moments and places that may be forever lost.” Dalmas has shown her work at the Pastel Society of the West’s annual Show, the Haggin Museum, the Greenlining Institute, East Bay Pro Arts, the Mother Lode Show, statewide shows of California landscape artists, and the Pastel Society of America’s annual show at the National Art Club in New York City. She has won awards in many of these competitions. Her work is often on view at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley.

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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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Carol Denney

Carol Denney is a self-taught artist born in East Los Angeles, and has lived in Berkeley since 1972. She’s best known as a musician and political activist, the founder and editor of the Pepper Spray Times and Fiddlers for Peace, the inventor of the Chairapillar, and a cast member and contributing writer on KPFA’s TwitWit Radio Sunday nights (6:30 to 7:00 pm). She’s always done a lot of drawing and painting “just to clear my mind.”  Carol has a new CD called “Unless Of Course You Die” available at CD Baby and her website,www.caroldenney.com.


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Anna Hui 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 dresses. 


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Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty

Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty is a mixed bag multimedia artist, engaged in “garbage collection and redistribution”.  Before completing her Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, Elizabeth was a camera assistant in the Hollywood film business for many years. Now, when not educating Californians on the beauty of water conservation and reuse as director of Wholly H2O, Elizabeth is building functional art with light, water, metal, wood and bits of the natural world. She finds ongoing delight in transforming the detritus of the earth and its inhabitants into newly enlivened useful artifacts. Elizabeth’s three-dimensional art is diverse in materials and subject matter, but always points us back to connection with the earth. Her light-filled studio is at American Steel Studios in West Oakland, CA.

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Olivia Eielson

Olivia Eielson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In college, Eielson majored in English because she didn't think it possible to capture on paper or canvas what she saw and imagined. Gradually, however, as she took classes in studio art and history of art, and most especially when she took evening classes with Boston painter Morton Sacks, she realized that painting would be her lifelong occupation. Encouraged by the fact that she won a first prize for painting as an undergraduate, she attended Oskar Kokoschka's Schule des Sehens in Salzburg, Austria. After that, she was largely self-taught. For Eielson it's all about the joy of painting, and the struggle to make a finished painting that is somehow "right," and answers the need or vision or question she felt in working on it. At present she is working on a series called "After Piranesi / After Us," about the possibility that we, like earlier empires, may leave ruins – in our case, dangerously toxic ones, but still beautiful in their way. She has had many solo shows, and representation in many juried group shows. Her work is in private collections across the country, as well as in Asia and Europe. For more of her work, see oliviaeielson.com.

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Jamie Erfurdt

Jamie Erfurdt lives in Berkeley, and has had studios in Oakland, Richmond and SF. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Univ. of SF & with Distinction from the Academy of Art, majoring in painting. While earning her MFA at SF Art Institute, she minored in experimental filmmaking. Born and raised in Denver, CO, she began to draw seriously at 10 years of age & painted with oils at 12. She knew she wanted to be an artist at age 7. She works from memory, dreams, imagination, intuition, photographs, live models & on location. The seascapes in this show are examples of, Plein Air oil painting. Known for her vibrant sense of color, she uses a broad range of media including gouache, acrylics, ink, pastels, watercolor, fabric paint, blood, photoshop, film, fotos, collage, executed on surfaces as diverse as canvas, silk, paper, film, photos, maps, doors & windows. Diverse periods, cultures & styles have influenced & reflect the multitudes of her own eclectic work. Classical Dutch Masters, Kandinsky, Klee, Franz Marc-German Expressionists, Monet, other Impressionists, Post Impressionists Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bonnard-Nabis, Sonia Delaunay-Orphism, cubism, futurism, cave painting, Chinese calligraphy & other Asian art. When Georgia O’Keefe died, Jamie did an “Homage to Georgia” Series, large oils. Travel inspires her. Her Wild Horse series began as postcard sized paintings. on an Alaskan trip with her brother. Bone series began after a car broke her clavicle & pelvic bone while bike riding. In the South. of France she did 36 small abstracts & landscapes. Mendocino Sojourn & River Incandescence Series were done on CA retreats, Collaged photos of Burning Man & performance art events were assembled in calendars. She is a published writer and has edited literary journals.

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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. 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 has 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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Joan Finton

Joan Finton was born in Buffalo, NY and educated at Vassar College and at Syracuse University where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. After many years as a teacher of art in NYC high schools and three years as an administrator of a federally-funded alternative school for high-risk students, she moved to the Bay Area. Here, she has continued to teach art, - in skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities, and in her home studio. As a printmaker, she belongs to a small cooperative press, The Blue Bay Press, is a member of The California Society of Printmakers and a former board member of that organization. Her prints tend to fall into two categories: large monotypes and small editioned etchings. Ms. Finton’s use of frosted Mylar as a plate on which to create the image, which is then transferred to paper under pressure from an etching press, has resulted in a serendipitous result; the Mylar itself, with the residual ink after printing, becomes a unique oil-on-Mylar work. One of these “plates” is what is being exhibited here. The content of Ms. Finton’s prints has ranged from responses to nature (milkweed, waves, and magnolia) to music (in particular, jazz related images) to the purely abstract. Over the years, subjects have changed, but the goal is the same, “to find beauty in strange places and to communicate my take on the world to others”.

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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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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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Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon was born in Montreal, Canada of mixed blood heritage which includes her French Canadian, Japanese and Native American ancestry. Both of her parents were actively involved in the arts, and she was surrounded by art in its many forms from an early age. Officially, Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, honors in Graphic design from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and is also a photographer, painter and multimedia artist. She strongly believes in the healing potential of visual art, and many of her creations reflect her deep love of nature and humanity. She recently arrived to Berkeley and began exploring the digital arts and especially photo composite work.  Since arriving to the United States 2 years ago, her work has been selected for over 30 National and International group exhibitions, as well as two solo exhibitions here in Berkeley. www.erikagagnon.com, info@erikagagnon.com

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Janet Gawthrop

Janet Gawthrop I have lived in Oakland for 19, even longer than 17 years spent growing up in northern Indiana.  My mother and sister both painted as a hobby, and I first became interested in art while watching them paint.   My early curiosity in oil paint did not last past my freshman year in high school, because of the many restrictions imposed by turpentine and cleaning pigments.  I never looked back at oil after discovering tube water colors produced richer colors, superior to those faded results from my kidhood pan watercolors.  I discovered Chinese brushes, ink, and calligraphy all in the early 1980's while studying at Chinese University of Hong Kong, also in Taipei Taiwan, best described as informal education by kind local college students, some calligraphy in Chinese language classes, and cultural immersion.  I did not start exhibiting until I resumed formal training at Berkeley City College (then Vista College) in 1984,  and my study with Chandra Garsson introduced me to acrylics as both a painting and sculpture medium. Most recently, I learned photocopy transfer, Photoshop at Kala Institute.  After my first solo show at the UCLA student gallery in 1985,  I exhibited at cafes in west LA and Santa Monica, Berkeley and San Francisco in the early 1990s.  I continue to enjoy mixing western watercolors with Chinese brushes and ink, which contain many possibilities besides the traditional monochrome ink landscapes.

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Rohilah Guy

Rohilah Guy was born in Canada and moved to the Bay Area in 1964. Rohilah works in pastel, watercolor, acrylic and sumi-e. She has recently begun studying photography. Rohilah has always been interested in art, studying it as a child and in university. Encouraged by many people along the way, the artist continues to explore all facets of art. She has been a weaver, and a textile and clothing designer. The paintings in this show combine watercolors and acrylics and aim to lift up the viewer and to bring the spiritual dimension into focus.

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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. 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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Tony Kay

Tony Kay is a digital artist living in Oakland. He grew up in a rural area of the Santa Cruz Mountains where he became enamored with nature’s forms, textures, and compositions. Tony’s artistic sensibility was nurtured by his parents’ modern art collection and frequent visits to modern art museums. He eventually went to UC Berkeley where he earned a BS in Landscape Architecture. This training developed his sense of design and allowed him to study photography. He continued his education at Art Center in Pasadena. Since then he has worked as a designer and photographer. However, he has always had a parallel track that focused on fine art. Up until fairly recently, Tony has only sporadically shown his art work. He is now trying to share his unique vision with those who share his aesthetic. Tony’s work uses digital manipulation of photographs. He plays upon the Modernist idea of simultaneity which explores an accelerating world by showing multiple views of the subject in one image. His primary influences have been the painters Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro and Diebenkorn. The work of photographers, Minor White and Brett Weston, have also inspired him. The unusual quality of Tony’s work has recently been recognized in a juried Oakland Art Association show, where one of his pieces earned first prize. He currently has a solo show at CafĂ© Venue on 5th Street in San Francisco. More of his work can be seen on his website, tonykayart.com.


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Stella Kisstiger

Stella Kisstiger One of my earliest childhood memories, back in the Eastern European country of Belarus, which was Soviet Union at the time, was a repetitive event: each morning at my kindergarten when an art session started, I had to be the first to take over the pencil I loved most – turquoise. It would be a disaster if I didn't. This is still my most favorite color to date. When I was a kid, I thought that art could only be made by people who studied at art schools. It seems it was a common belief, also shared by my parents. They wanted me to be in music, not fine art. At that time, I was a prize-winning table tennis player with a serious knack and awe for foreign languages. That led me to receive a BA in Linguistics from Minsk State Linguistic University. Nevertheless, my dormant passion for visual art re-emerged with an aquision of a digital camera. I studied photography at Photoacademy in Moscow, Russia, and apprenticed under Frank Herfort and Paul Eng. However, I didn't dare to paint up until I... landed in San Francisco, California, a little over 6 years ago. That's when I started teaching myself to paint and taking various painting classes. Since then, I've had a number of solo and group shows in the Bay Area and my work is owned by collectors on several continents. This journey is ongoing. Currently, my artistic endeavors are focused on acrylic/mixed media painting and glass fusing.

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Dave Kwinter

Dave Kwinter is a retired attorney who grew up in Toronto, Canada, and now lives in Walnut Creek. A self-taught artist who has been making art for the past 45 years, his favorite media are acrylic painting/collage and computer art. Some of his favorite artists are Max Ernst, Paul Wunderlich, Jess, Lauren Harris, and Doze Green. Dave has had a solo exhibit at the Fig Tree Gallery in Berkeley and has participated in group shows at the Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, and at the Expressions Gallery. His painting/collage, “Night Bird” won an award at the 2011 Mount Diablo Audubon Society art exhibit at the Lynn House Gallery in Antioch, California. His painting/collage of a fish; “Teeth'” was featured for a month on the home page of the Italian art website, “Equilibriarte.org.” Some of Dave's computer art is available on silk at Designerscarvesbymarlena.com. Dave typically starts a painting/collage by randomly combining brushstrokes and collage materials on canvas until something recognizable appears, usually a bird, fish or animal, or some combination of these. Dave says he starts a work with enthusiasm, then becomes increasingly frustrated and despairing over time, as he waits for something to appear. Eventually, something usually does, and at that point, his spirits are revived and the work “starts talking” to him, telling him what needs to be done until the work is completed.

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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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Jannie Ledard

Jannie Ledard's glass art studio is located in Talent, Oregon, where she creates fused glass jewelry and stained glass windows and art objects including glass mandalas, suncatchers, and more. Jannie was born and raised in the beautiful town of Rouen, France, known for Monet's paintings of its cathedral and cradle of writers Pierre Corneille and Gustave Flaubert. After graduating from the University of Rouen, she started a teaching career in France, then teaching in Martinique, New York City and San Francisco. She retired from teaching in Berkeley, California. Her friend Duane Sample, a mosaic artist, opened the doors of the luminous world of glass art to her. She then studied the techniques of stained glass with John Peterson in Santa Barbara and attended many workshops. When Duane offered her a kiln, she discovered the multi-faceted realm of fusing and kiln-forming which brought a new dimension to her art. She now enjoys challenging herself with new experimentations and techniques of making glass into extraordinary art objects to accent your home or office decor. Jannie attends numerous Southern Oregon art shows and exhibits in many galleries and special events. Please scroll down to see her current schedule!

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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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Lucy Lewis

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

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Charles Lucke

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

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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack 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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Noel Marsh

Noel Marsh lives in Berkeley, CA but was born in San Francisco and moved to New Zealand with his parents as a child. He returned to the U.S. as a young adult and has remained so ever since, despite being educated at UC Berkeley and Harvard and having a 25-year career in the U.S. State Department. Noel retired from the Foreign Service in 1984 after enjoying the excitement of living in different parts of the world serving in Asia, Latin America and Africa. He became a freelance international management consultant working in public health, child survival and population programs. This second career took him back to Africa and Asia as well as Egypt, Russia and Kazakhstan. When he quit consulting, he took up cartooning because he always liked to draw and joke. He was self-taught but took drawing and cartoon classes, including a seminar from Phil Frank, the well-known SF Chronicle cartoonist and creator of “Farley”. Phil became his friend and mentor and helped edit his first book: “Irreverent Ink for the Laughing Crowd”. Noel considers himself an internationalist. The cartoons emerging from his pen are definitely influenced by his exposure to diverse cultures and their humor. He believes laughing is always a good way to cope with grim realities of the developing world. His objective is find humor in life's absurdities and common situations.

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Emmett McCuiston

Emmett McCuiston initiated (1980) aesthetic learning at Columbia College in MO., where his interest in painting was influenced by the Regionalism scene paintings of Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Woods toward marginal mural forms. Studying within Jones International Universities core program (2012) where a resolution of Secondary Education Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment instigated his authorship of Headland Landscape, published by Xlibris Corporation. Headland Landscape painted panels were constructed towards a Baccalaureate of Art outcome, within a studio emphasis at Sonoma State University. Constructionist learning strategies assimilate the artist's procedural knowledge processes to formulate oil upon canvas. The National coastal seashore, from which the 3 painted HEADLAND LANDSCAPE panels were abstracted, employs a landscape and ecosystem that regionally differ from nearby landscapes and ecosystems within central California, according to the (NPCA) National Parks Conservation Association. With a high rate of endemic species that are found nowhere else. Where significant restoration projects are engaged that have removed invasive non-native plants, and reintroduced endangered plants. Also, scientific predictions predict that the Pt. Reyes climate compared with that of the globe will receive increased rainfall, more intense and frequent than El Ninon events with a rise in sea surface temperature. With a projected sea level rise of 18.9" to 36 inches by 2100, that will result in shore line erosion, and developing detrimental effects upon species that depend upon the inter-tidal zone to threaten cultural resources and infrastructure.

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Shirley McNeal

Shirley McNeal currently lives in Berkeley, California and grew up in Montana. She became interested in art in middle school when she took her first art class, although she had always enjoyed drawing and entering poster contests in elementary school. History of art courses in college influenced her and the Impressionist painters became a major influence. Her love of nature and outdoor pursuits led to her interest in landscape painting in particular. She has studied with Louise Smith from the art department at UC Berkeley, and prefers to work in acrylics although she works in watercolors and pastels as well.

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David Mintim

David Mintim graduated from the California College of the Arts in 1990 with a BFA in Painting. In 1998, he began to work in the medium Glass Fusion. He works out of Studio One Art Center (part of Oakland Parks & Recreation) as a Glass Fusion Lab Monitor since 2000. Now he is influenced by documentary films of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and British graffiti artist Banksy. His work represents a spontaneity and transition of abstract expressionism spawned from oil painting onto glass fusion. Cutting and assembling a collage of changing colors and textures of compatible glass allows him to express forms at a different approach from painting. Glass has an unpredictability when high firing several times, which gives David new vision on how to proceed between each firing. David is also a member of the Firehouse Art Collective and respectfully shows his artwork through public events of the collective and at Firehouseartcollective.blogspot.com. The body of Davis’s work is a consistent twenty five year span of some personal experience and free spirited thought that reflects art for art’s sake.

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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 Lauren Montrond

Julia Lauren Montrond grew up in New York City with the arts in her blood. In that stimulating environment she enjoyed frequent trips to its wonderful museums. She also enjoyed accessibility to world- class artists, studying ballet with Maria Tallchief and modern dance with Martha Graham. Majoring in theater at Hunter College, she performed as an actor and dancer at The New School, Greenwich Village and Off-Broadway. Having taught and lived on five continents, her sensibilities are multicultural. She studied art and painted in Spain, Mexico and extensively in Italy. Currently residing in Berkeley, her paintings have received awards in numerous juried shows and have been exhibited in numerous galleries. Her poems have won awards in the International Poetry and Dance Festival in San Francisco. In retirement from a 35-year teaching career, art continues to energize, inspire, give purpose, and even heal. Julia can’t imagine her life without it.

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Christine Mulder

Christine Mulder Born and raised in the Bay Area, Christine has been exhibiting primarily watercolors for the past several years.  After earning degrees from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, she studied locally with Dorcas Moulton, and has taken workshops with Jane Hofstetter, Dick Cole, and Carole Maddox, among others. She also paints in acrylics and oils, but always returns to what she calls the 'deceptive simplicity' of watercolors. She states "My paintings are often inspired by the local scenes when I'm out plein air painting with the El Cerrito Art Assn. group, or things in my everyday surroundings. As an artist I'm drawn to texture and contrast: fiery oranges against cool blues, soft mist against craggy rocks, the splash of sunlight again deep shadows".  She has exhibited work with the California Watercolor Assn., and more recently has won first place awards for her watercolors in the El Cerrito Art Assn. and Oakland Art Assn. shows. She is currently exhibiting watercolors at the Expressions Gallery show "The Golden Years", where some of her earlier work contrasts with her more recent explorations using masa paper.

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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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Heli Perrett

Heli Perrett is an Oakland artist. She has settled here after an international career during which she worked and lived in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Art has always been a part of her life, and while largely self-taught, she has taken courses whenever she could to acquire technical skills. Upon retirement, Heli was able to dedicate more time to sculpture. Her primary inspirations are Giacometti and Rodin, but also the well-known Turkish sculptor Seyhun Topuz, with whom she worked while living in Istanbul. Heli has exhibited in both solo and group shows in Caracas, Venezuela; Istanbul, Turkey; and various places in the United States. Her works are represented in private and corporate collections in a number of countries. Additional sculptures can be seen on www.heliperrett.com. The present limited-edition solid bronze work “Blue Kiwi” - is more playful than most of her recent sculptures which are often inspired by social issues or socio-political events. This sculpture depicts the unique New Zealand flightless bird. It is the only one in the edition with a blue patina.


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Alexander David S. Peter

Alexander David S. Peter is a local traditional figurative sculptor. He holds a master’s degree in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art and a bachelor's degree in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Alexander has participated in group shows in New York City and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alexander has taught Sculpture and Artistic Anatomy for local Bay Area colleges and cultural institutions. He is also a former chair of the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission. Alexander works on fine art projects and commissions and teaches privately in his Richmond Annex studio.

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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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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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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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Stanford Rose

 

Stanford Rose was born in Oklahoma, lived in several states as well as France and Africa, but has lived in Oakland the last forty years. He graduated from UC Berkeley in philosophy, followed by a year in graduate school. He is self-taught in photography and digital printing. He became serious about photography ten years ago at age 60 when he bought a cabin in the northern Sierra. He states, "Photographing Nature has led me to a deeper appreciation of it's inexhaustible and intricate beauty, has opened up a new way of viewing the world"


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David Silva Rose

 

David Silva Rose. The “Line” series, on which “Stormy Water” is based, began many years ago as a means to convert a drawing style I had developed into a painting method. The idea was to try and mimic the free flow of a pencil line while using a paintbrush. This proved harder than expected but nonetheless produced a kind of painting that emphasized motion and connectivity. David Silva Rose graduated from San Jose State University in 1992 with a BFA in painting and drawing. www.davidroseartwork.com


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Laurie Rothman

 

Laurie Rothman is a local artist based in Oakland.  She paints in both watercolor and oil.  She was educated at UCSD, in theater design and studied painting with Karen Frey and Carol Tarzier. She is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Association, winning first place award in one of their shows at the Oakland Museum of Art. She has shown extensively in the Bay Area. Her work can be found in private collections across the country. “Painting provides an opportunity to express my impressions of the world around me. I am continually finding subject matter which inspires me and am constantly looking at and photographing my surroundings; imagery of nature - birds, plants, landscapes and people - provide subjects for my painting and remind us that, even in an urban environment, we are part of the same ecology.”  Water is one of her favorite subjects, as well as form, texture, light and value, all of which add to her explorations in painting. Water is often where the manmade and the natural world collide. Recently I have been intrigued with images of the endangered wetlands in California, trying to capture the fleeting beauty of this ecosystem. Interpreting them visually is a way to tell their story and honor these precious resources.


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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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Rita Sklar

 

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


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Helene Sobol

 

Helene Sobol was born and grew up in Norway. She developed an interest in photography during her teenage years when she lived in Paris. Later, she began her studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, and received her B.A. in Art History from UC Berkeley. She also took photography classes and learned darkroom techniques. In 1979, she opened Images of the North, a gallery specializing in Inuit (Eskimo) art in San Francisco. After she retired in 2004 to pursue her longtime interest in photography, she had her first solo show, “Skin Deep - The Beauty of Bark”, at the Botanical Garden Library in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. In 2006, she presented “Memories and Moods - Norway Revisited” at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. Her travel to the Arctic with National Geographic to photograph polar bears in their natural habitat proved to be one of her most memorable photography expeditions. As a member of San Francisco Women Artists, her work is shown on a regular basis in their monthly juried exhibitions. She is the co-coordinator of Nordic 5 Arts, a Bay Area organization of artists with Nordic heritage.


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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 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 eight years ago, and her painting. Her jewelry work is influenced by her background in painting, which is 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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Matthew Felix Sun

 

Steeped in tradition, yet alert to modern movements, development, and current trends, Matthew Felix Sun is drawn to document and critique social and political subjects. As with many artists, Sun’s early work is grounded in realism, and evolved into a style that retains a representative cast but rejects slavish naturalism. He immerses himself in the patterns and rhythms of forms, particularly the contradiction between the surface beauty and harsh subjects, and from these foci has formed a distinctive style. The subject matter of his work ranges from portraiture and landscape/cityscape, to allegories and abstraction.

Living in the U.S. as an immigrant from China for more than half his life, he is alert to culture variance and nuance, and documents cultural difference through a personal lens. Sun’s deep engagement with western culture allows him to interweave classical western cultural references with personal interpretations, as in his painting Minotaur, which depicts the Minotaur eagerly anticipating his slayer and liberator; or an Expectant Medea, who carries her child knowing the tragic fate to which she will condemn him and his brother. A prolific painter, Matthew Felix Sun constantly explores new subject matter and technical challenges. He also works in mixed media, such as origami, and with found objects, coaxing the original from the mundane. Water is the perfect subject matter to reflect the Zeitgeist; an endeavor resonates through his artistic career.

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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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Michael Topliff

 

Michael Topliff the artist currently lives in Berkeley. He grew up in Sunnyvale, Ca.  The artist thinks he was always creative and wanted to do something in painting and drawing.  He started drawing and painting in his 20's.  The artist has taken some drawing classes at the community college level.  He likes the impressionists, in particular, Vincent Van Gogh and Gauguin.  The artist works in a variety of mediums such as, Oils, Acrylic, and in the last ten or so years watercolors. The Artist's favorite medium is oil, like those he is exhibiting in this show.  The Artist has exhibited in local fairs and has won numerous awards.

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Gerry Traucht

 

Gerry Traucht is known for his fine art photographs of Egrets, Wood Ducks Pelicans in east bay water ways, his gelatin silver prints of dancers and his passion for dog photography and all pets. He is a long time Berkeley resident, and especially fascinated by Berkeley's treasure of annually visiting egrets as they display their deeper dimensions and secret lives. He spends many hours a day watching as they reveal their personalities and respond to the environment. His work is in private collections in Canada and U.S. His photograph Fisher Warrior is on the cover of the The East Bay Monthly, November, 2013. His egret exhibit was picked in July by The Monthly as the top show to go see in the East Bay. This expanded collection is now open for viewing in preparation for national and Canadian exhibits.

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Ruby Trauner

 

Ruby Trauner lives in Oakland; CA. Ruby's interest in drawing took hold in her 20's and has grown exponentially over the years. She did not attend art school, but began drawing with friends and has taken, over the years, many community college classes and has studied at workshops using pencil, charcoal and pastels. For the past 10 years, she has studied Pastels and Figure Drawing at Merritt College. The camaraderie and support of her fellow artists inspires and supports her to continue to work, explore, define and expand her artistic vision. Now working primarily in pastels, she is most intrigued by the human face and form. Ruby's work has most recently been shown at the Vantage Points show at the SF LGBTQ Center and the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland.

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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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Jan Wall

 

Jan Wall lives in Oakland, but was born and grew up in West Texas. She has painted for the past fifty years, and retirement gave her the chance to move from hobbyist to professional. Her art education was at Laney College, where she taught English for forty-five years. She studied with Bill Snyder and June Steingart. She has won Silver Awards with Artmajeur in 2013 and 2014, and is a member of Alameda Women Artists, showing work in the past three Cross Currents exhibits at the Alameda Museum. Spring of '14 shows the low reservoir levels and burned hills of California.


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Harry Weisburd

 

Harry Weisburd was born in New York City and now lives in Berkeley, Ca. Harry became interested in art when at the age of 6 years old. He attended the School of Industrial Art, Manhattan. Today the school is called School of Art & Design. Harry continued studying art at top art schools in the country, Parsons School of Design, NYC. He went on to receive his MFA and BFA degrees at California Collage of Art, Oakland and San Francisco, Ca. After receiving an MFA degree, and graduating, he obtained a position as an Assistant Professor of Art, University of Connecticut. He taught painting, drawing, and color theory. From UCONN he went on to teach sculpture as a Professor of Sculpture at Westfield, Massachusetts. He became a tenured Professor. He relocated to San Francisco, and taught at the De Young Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco and numerous private schools. He exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle, WA. He is listed in Who’s Who in the West; 1997, 1998. Harry’s Art has been published in Yellow Silk, Journal of the Erotic Arts. Award winning Literary Journal, published for 10 years in Berkeley, Ca. He was the Featured Artist for the entire 5th Anniversary issue. Harry has also been published in PLAYGIRL magazine; GALLERY magazine, (pen and ink drawings published monthly for one year and a number of additional erotic magazines. Harry also exhibits internationally, including England, France, Italy, and Beijing, China.


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Lisa Yount

 

Lisa Yount currently lives in El Cerrito with her husband, Harry Henderson, and a variable number of cats. 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 was 50 years old before Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way made her realize that the people who had told her she couldn’t be an artist because she could not make convincing representational drawings or paintings might be wrong. She began her new art explorations with photography and collage, then combined these interests in digital photocollage after finally figuring out how to use Photoshop (after a multi-year struggle) in 2000. Her work, exhibited on her website, www.lionlight.com, has been strongly influenced by the Surrealists and by contemporary surreal and fantasy art. Now 70 years old, Yount 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, Market Street Gallery in San Francisco, the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, and other venues, including several World Science Fiction Conventions. She has had one-woman shows at the El Cerrito Library and the El Cerrito City Hall. The artist states, “I am a magician, transformer, and guide to other worlds; just as the Surrealists of the 1920s and 1930s built paintings around the random patterns of grain in old wood.


 

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