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Artist Biographies -
Attraction to Abstraction
September 8 – November 9, 2012

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Miriam Abramowitsch

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

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Sandi Adams

Sandi Adams lives and works in Berkeley, CA.  Interest in the visual arts has been a constant in her life.  At nine, she was introduced to watercolor at her Saturday morning Milwaukee Art Institute class, and watercolor and acrylic remain her primary media.  Over the years she has worked in ceramics, various textile arts, photography, monoprint, and collage. Sandi’s art training continued through high school and college.  She completed coursework at Pomona College and Scripps College in Southern California, and at UCSF Extension, and CCAC in Oakland.  In addition she has studied with artists in the Bay Area, including Ann Baldwin, Tesia Blackburn, Kathleen Brennan and Judy Greenberg.  Sandi participates regularly in juried exhibitions at the Marin Society of Artists, the California Watercolor Association, Valley Art Center and the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  She has had half a dozen solo exhibitions in the Bay Area, and won awards for her work. Current work is divided between  representational watercolors, (often using her own travel photography as inspiration), and abstract layering and collage, done in acrylic.  “Involvement in my artwork renews and enriches me.  The doing of it, the process, is critical to my well-being.  An end product is almost secondary to the process.  I am working toward achieving glowing, translucent color to convey an emotional  impact and enjoyment for my viewer.”  

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Mark and Liz Aneloski

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


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Georgia Annwell

Georgia Annwell grew up in South New Jersey, Maryland, New York City, and Connecticut before living in France and California.  She studied art on the side most of her life, got an associate degree in art from College of Marin and a bachelor of architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She was inspired to work hard at whatever she did by her parents and the dean of her graduate school at NYU. Retired from occupational and business life, Ms. Annwell maintains a studio at MMOCA where she paints almost every day. Georgia Annwell works in aqua media and paints human figures, other animals, buildings, and social commentary.  She instills both humor and whimsy in her work. During the past six years, she has participated in over 150 group shows, received 12 awards, been named artist of the month, been written about in the local press,  shown in several festivals, and had seven one person shows.  Her last solo show was held at CMCM (Community Media Center of Marin), where she had forty portraits of senior artists of Marin.  She is currently producing a film of senior artists for Marin TV. 


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Mari Bailey

Mari Bailey grew up in Hawaii in a houseful of music and pets and books. But it wasn't until I was in Junior High and fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh's work that I knew I was meant to create. I studied art at The University of Hawaii, and was accepted into three juried shows while there. I eventually moved to California where I earned my BA in Creative Arts with a minor in writing from San Jose State. I'd been selling my crafts since the 70s but in 1985 sold my first short story to a magazine. This was eventually followed by fifty more plus three novels. I still write freelance for newspapers and various other writing jobs and I still sell crafts at bazaars and on line. Eventually my art turned towards collages and shadowboxes. Visit my etsy store: etsy.com/shop/maribailey. I still like music, preferably The Beatles, and live with the world's best boyfriend, four cats and two bunnies.

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Judy Barnett

Judy Barnett lives in Larkspur. She was born in rural Pennsylvania and went to one room school houses until the age of thirteen when the family moved to the mid-West. On her ninth birthday she received a knitting spool for a birthday present and was hooked on art. After receiving a degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri, she came to California to find fame and fortune. However, finding neither, she is very happy being retired and taking art classes. Although, she usually works with wire and metal, she was
fascinated by the hand bags at the Gaultier gift shop. This is her version.

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen, who never met a process she didn't love, works and exhibits in many genres: painting (natural and digital), photography (portrait, nature and especially underwater), sculpture, and jewelry. During years of teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she had the  opportunity to work through their entire studio arts program, going on to get an MFA in sculpture from San Francisco State in 1991.  Since then she has worked large: designing and building sets for the Cal State Opera Worshop, and small: making jewelry in precious metal clay with Hadar Jacobson, and digitally. Presently she focuses on jewelry and digital art. "The intense interaction with the material working with metal clay balances nicely with working virtually, and both have the lure of endless possibilities to be explored." Georgia Bassen lives in the woods in Oakland with her husband, two cats and many raccoons.

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Tai Belize

Tai Belize currently lives in the East Bay in California. She has painted periodically throughout her life. She took studio art classes at New York University, School of Visual Arts, and theater art at Hunter College. Self-taught she learned art by studying the work of various schools of painters, through books, frequent visits to the museums and galleries, and association with other painters in New York City. She also taught art in various community programs for children. Her first creative passion is the theater, and she has written and produced plays. She holds a master in theater from Hunter College. She exhibits regularly with The Art of Living Black, donated to Visual Aid auction in San Francisco, exhibited in various East Bay cafes; and sold several paintings to private collectors. She states: “I speak with color. I hear the voice of my ancestors and spirit guides. I see the world in shades and shapes. All in the light that shines from above. My journey begins with women, Madonna’s, this and that images... to color for the sake of color finding harmony, the love between the tones and differences of hues as they lay side by side or mix and blend. The peace and love of colors give spiritual growth, because they are true unto themselves, as all things in life should be.

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Pam Borrelli

Pam Borrelli, a San Francisco-based photographer, grew up in the Bay Area, and has been creating photographic images throughout her life, a passion she first discovered in childhood. Her formal study of photography led Pam to a fortuitous meeting with Ruth Bernhard, the acclaimed photographer, who became Pam’s mentor and encouraged her to pursue a commitment to photography. Pam attended the San Francisco Art Institute and later earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, expanding and deepening her awareness, sharpening the desire to express herself artistically through photography. “My photography focuses on the interplay of reality and imagination. My goal is to capture a glimpse of that which often surrounds us but which we can only vaguely sense and do not clearly see. After years of honing my skills in the traditional dark room, I have embraced the digital revolution in Photography and I am continually inspired by its creative applications.”  Pam has participated in a number of juried exhibitions where she has won recognition and awards for her work, most recently from the Coastal Arts League of Half Moon Bay, and the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, and her floral images are featured in “Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists” to be published in January 2013. Pam’s art may be seen at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, founded in 1887, where she currently serves as the President of its Board of Directors.


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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 shown in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall. 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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Joan M. Corrigan

Joan M. Corrigan grew up in New York, and began her artistic journey by drawing in art classes as a youth. Later, she studied English at Columbia University. Then, coming to the West Coast, she began studying art at San Francisco State and City College of San Francisco in the mediums of painting, etching and monoprinting. Also, she studied privately with noted San Francisco artist Elaine Badgley Arnoux.  In her extensive list of Selected Group Exhibitions, notable highlights include “Splash of Color,” Oakland Museum; “Three Bay Area Printmakers,” Bay Model Gallery, Sausalito; and, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael.

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Deborah Cowan

Deborah Cowan is a Berkeley native who graduated from UCB in 1968.  She has always loved art, and started painting as a teenager, inspired by the Cubists, developing her own individual style with colored inks and paper.  All mediums have appealed to her, and she has taken classes in landscape design, glass fusing, ceramics, weaving, silversmithing, and African art. She lived overseas for many years, and traveled through Africa, India, and the Middle East, where she became entranced with the power and beauty of traditional and tribal jewelry design.  She studied jewelry making in Israel with a Yemenite master jeweler, and much later, in Oakland, with Peter Oswalt.  After retiring from teaching, she has concentrated on hand-fabricated silver jewelry, inspired by the designs of traditional cultures.  Deborah is showing her work for the first time at Expressions Gallery.  She feels that the fabrication and wearing of jewelry, throughout history, is not only and expression of wealth and status, but more essentially, as in tribal cultures, reflects and symbolizes the connection between a people and their environment.  Her website is deborahcowanjewelry.com

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Louis Cuneo & Marcia Poole

Louis Cuneo & Marcia Poole, both originally from the East Coast, settled in the Berkeley in the 1960s and 70s. They met in the early 90s and began a 20 year partnership and collaboration that has grown more productive each year. Cuneo’s artistic career spans over 40 years, beginning in Greenwich Village where he honed his skills as a poet and continued in the Bay Area where he worked as a poet, photographer, editor/publisher, coordinator, Haiku expert and grants recipient. He founded and still coordinates, with Poole, the Berkeley Poetry Festival, Mother’s Hen and Touch of the Poet Series. His photographic skills are self- taught, but he has the Zen eye of a Haiku poet, preferring to photograph landscapes and animals, saying “that have retained their natural state.” Poole traveled extensively, pursuing studies in philosophy, art and politics. A former Zen lay priest and still a yogi, she attempts to bring spirit to form. She earned her B.A. from San Francisco State University in computer graphics/conceptual design and studied various artistic disciplines with some well-known Bay Area artists & teachers in Mexico.

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Jaren Dahlstrom

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


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Barbara de Groot

Barbara de Groot started her artistic interests when she was in grade school. By the time she was a teenager and had devoured the book Lust For Life, a biography about Vincent Van Gogh given to her by her nanny the dye was cast. She was drawing whenever the opportunity arose. In her early High school years she drew and painted from live models at the Brooklyn Museum Art School with Isaac Soyer, one of three brothers who worked with figurative imagery. She also was fortunate to study in high school with very talented and comprehensive artist/instructors. Much later in Berkeley, CA she joined a group of artists and drew weekly from live models for about 12 years. Barbara de Groot is a local Berkeley Artist and teacher of art who works in various types of media such as monotypes; Chine Colle with other media; Wood Block prints; Linoleum Block prints; Mixed Media Collage, as shown here; Dry point; Transfer Methods; painting and drawing. She was an Art Major in Hunter College in New York. Where she learned basic printmaking under noted printmaker, Gabor Peterdi and later attended Academic Goetz in Paris, France where she learned many of her specialized printmaking skills. She also takes photos to capture inspirations for future paintings and prints and has developed her photographic skills as well. Her work is in many private collections and has appeared in many exhibits in various galleries here and abroad and is archived in the Women’s Museum in Washington, DC and in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

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Anna W. Edwards

Anna W. Edwards lives in San Leandro, CA Anna grew up in New York City, and lived on Sugar Hill. The Sugar Hill Neighborhood is a small enclave, north of Harlem. She attended CCNY and The New School. After moving to California and balancing Corporate life with the desire to express creatively, Anna worked as a wardrobe consultant serving to outfit women in accord with their color harmony; She studied floral design with Alisa deJong-Stout and Soho Sakai, and started Holiday Faire, a dried floral design business; Anna began painting and studied painting with Takeshi Nakayoshi. Her work in acrylic, mixed media and collage has been influenced by Bob Rauschenberg and Antoni Tapies. Her Sugar Hill neighborhood had a plethora of famous musicians and artists and Edwards says "The Neighborhood, the Music and the Musicians influenced my art when I started painting some 25 years later. The urban landscape has been my focus, because cities have always held a special fascination for me, acquired from traveling, which started up and down the east coast from Buffalo to Richmond with Grandmother Edwards, and continuing to other continents and I endeavor to give that environment an emphatic and personal quality". "Connecting to the music, the musicians, the energy and the people of Sugar Hill and beyond is a constant source of inspiration for me. “Anna has had a number of solo and group shows in the Bay Area and beyond. She is collected privately throughout the United States and abroad. Presently she operates Anna Edwards Gallery in San Leandro, CA.

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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley.Ca. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of 6. She took up painting & attended her 1st classes. While attending high school, she began her formal art training by studying figure drawing in preparation for an Art degree. Following graduation she took a position as a designer & artist for the Lovelace Marionette Theater. She returned to Berkeley to further her studies & became the head costume designer for a dance company. She returned to college in 1980 to attend UCB. to receive a Fine Arts credential. Marge continued her studies & in 1982 received a B.A. from New College. She began to exhibit her ceramic sculptures in the community. She studied ceramics at CAL State. She exhibited in shows there. She received a Fine Arts & Multiple Subjects credential. She has been an artist in residence with the Berkeley Arts Center & the Oakland Museum. She has studied art in London, England & Hawaii. She has exhibited ceramic sculptures, paintings & photographs in group shows in Berkeley, Oakland & Alameda. She has received several artists grants from the Academy of Art In S.F. where she studied photography & photographic processes. These along with her sculptures & paintings were exhibited in 2 one woman shows.

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Irina Evangelidy

Irina Evangelidy was born in Budapest, Hungary in the family of Russian émigrés. Her mother an architect, taught Irina to draw, to love and appreciate fine arts. Irina’s family returned to Russia in 1957. Irina grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where she studied classical fine arts in Art School for children and then in the College of Modern Arts. In 1989 Irina immigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco. She has been participating in a number of art shows across the US. In Irina words: “Most of my art works I created here in San Francisco. They are influenced by modern Western art, inspired by travels, and acquired freedom that I treasure the most. I believe the art should be a combination of talent, intelligence, imagination and skills, together giving ability to create timeless pieces, provoke thoughts and evoke empathy from the viewer.

My art is created by using conventional and unconventional materials.  My artworks are mostly surrealistic, where full range of imagination has a free flow creating unexpected shapes and forms, enhanced by choice of combination of colors.

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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Mark Fischer

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Sue Mary Fox

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

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Olga Frame

Olga Frame was born in Puerto Cortez, Honduras. She has a degree in nursing which she received from the Fresno School of Nursing. She has an interest in art therapy and studied art therapy at the College of Arts and Crafts. She studied and received a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute – Olga went on to study for and received a Master’s degree in Painting from San Francisco State University. She has since then exhibited her artwork at the S.F. Art Institute in the Alumni show in 1981. Her work was also shown at the San Francisco Women’s Artists Gallery. She has had her work exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Olga has over 30 years of experience as an artist painting oils, water colors and mixed media paintings and drawings.

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A. E. (Audrey) Gabrielson

A. E. (Audrey) Gabrielson – artist, poetess, sculptor, lives in San Francisco, was born in Canada; drew, colored, modeled in clay when very young; studied art by correspondence winning honors, intro to oils with a Canadian Indian teacher; at Reed College, Portland, studied with famous West Coast artist, Louis Bunce; in San Francisco painted with artists cucaro, Alexander E. Anderson, Raymond Howell; hung in the famous Hungry I with well-known artists, had shown in North Beach, Modesto, Gualuala Hotel, Sausalito, Abbey Party Rents (S.F.) and many more; has ongoing exhibit at Alberta Art, Red Deer and Uglies, Lacombe. Has local, national and international collectors, authors C.Y. Lee (“Flower Drum Song”), Alfred Coppel (“34 East”); musical promoter, Ilka Pardinas, FLY, Los Angeles. Worked in bronze, studying under S.F. sculptor C.B. Johnson. Inspired by German Expressionists, Van Gogh, Lautrec, Picasso, Klimpt, Schiele, Tamayo, Conners, Park – and many more! “Family,” small acrylic just happened, filling a blank space. I work in oils, acrylics, water color. Original art should hang on every wall, representing the wonderful universe, thought and reflection of our mind's eye, here, the place we briefly are.

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Lucia Gonnella

Lucia Gonnella lives in San Francisco, but she frequently travels to Bari, in Italy where she grew up. She started painting since she was child. In her twenties she attended the studio of t Sergio Albano a painter influenced by the Surrealists. Then she attended the Academy of Brera in Milan for 8 years. Her teacher Sabrina Capraro was a student of Carra' and other Italian artists of 20th century. Lucia Gonnella she had in May 2012 a very successful solo show at Live Worms Gallery in San Francisco and since 2011 she is a member SFWA Gallery. She is a plein air artist because she likes to work on location and is influenced by the impressionists, especially Monet. The artist states: Nothing is more abstract than reality, like Giorgio Morandi said. I am fascinated by the infinite patterns that my mind can create looking at an indefinite form. So my artwork is never finished because it continues to grow and change in the mind of people who look at it.


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Mark Greyland

Mark Greyland was born, raised and is currently living in Berkeley, California but has traveled extensively. Mark became interested in art as a teenager and went on to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Computer Animation at the Arts Institute International in Colorado in 1998. Extensive self-training in Illustrator and Photoshop led him to develop a distinctive style based on extensive personal study of the works of MC Escher, Yves Tanguy and Hans Bellmer among others. The works offered in this show are digitally created without scans or placed photographs and use both fractals and carefully prepared geometric images. In March of 2012 Mark was privileged to have a one-man solo exhibition of his work entitled “Seeing Stars: Geofractals by Mark Greyland” and recently had a display at the art show at Comic Con International. The artist states: “The geofractal images in this collection are built on the principals of Sacred Geometry and are designed to silence the inner dialog of the viewer and open a door to the inner wordless experience within us all.”

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Rohilah Guy

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

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Bruce Heppler

Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley 1955 (Kaiser). He graduated Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab from 1975 to 1983 as a mechanical technician. He moved to Covelo, Mendocino Country and opened a welding and repair shop. Bruce has been working with metal all his life. He did an art sculpture for a benefit for a local music teacher whose mobile home burned (made a phoenix from trailer frame); got positive comments and started making other things. He takes inspiration from many sources, notably Louis Armstrong, the Three Stooges, and the Marx Brothers. When he’s not working on farm equipment, he’s making art.

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Melanie Hofmann

Melanie Hofmann lives in South Berkeley. She has loved viewing and creating art since she was a child.  She has a degree from California College of the Arts in Textiles. In addition to her hand painted and printed fabric pieces, Melanie has ventured into the digital realm with her photographic, video and image transfer work. In this exhibit, she is showing her work on Italian Charm Bracelets and a mother of pearl photo pendant. The 18mm charms on the bracelets or the mother of pearl pendants feature her work or can be custom made to feature your photographs or artwork. Melanie has a collection of seven works of digital art in the corporate collection of Lifescan in Milpitas. She has been the featured artist in several corporate lobby exhibits curated by William Torphy, an art consultant. Melanie is currently inspired by the hummingbirds in her backyard that have provided lots of opportunities to photograph them when they are sitting in a tree, feasting on flower nectar, or playing in the fountain. She also ventures into the field to photograph hummingbirds in other Bay Area locations.

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Stan Huncilman

Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana but he is a product of the San Francisco Bay Area art world. He attended San Francisco State University where he was introduced to Funk Art and Happenings in the ‘70s. He received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984. S.F.A.I. is the home of the Bay Area’s leading art instructors. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years. Stan works in a variety of materials. As a matter of practice he uses the material that is most expedient to creating the sculpture he wants rather than “pushing a particular material.” His sculptures often begin from a simple sketch. He prefers to work in a direct manner rather than making molds of models before the final sculpture. The artist states: “I combine a child-like playfulness with primitivism. This creates a wonderland of intriguing forms and convoluted messages. When I enter my studio there is a mental sign post reading “Linear Thinking Stops Here.” Through my sculpture I create a world of nutritiously puzzling paradigms whose roots may be in religion, folk art, nineteenth century industrialisms or Greek mythology. In this world, a whimsical sense of humor walks arm in arm with an obstinate determination to create. The sculptures in this exhibition are part of his “All My Psyches” series, a whimsical yet intriguing observation of the complexities of consciousness. His solo exhibits include Holy Names College in Oakland, California and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Jason Holtz

Jason Holtz was raised in Petaluma California. He took an interest in mural art at age thirteen and has pursued a variety of art forms since. As a recent high school graduate Jason has had very little training outside of standard high school courses. His work is spilt in style and technique from life drawing, abstract painting, murals, and sculptures. His most recent concentration has been exploring the process of translating thought and feeling through abstract colors and forms. Having just moved to Berkeley to begin his college career Jason hopes to build more as an artist and experience his new surroundings.

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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. 

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Angela Johal

Angela Johal is a Bay Area artist who resides in the Livermore Valley where she serves on the Livermore Commission For the Arts, participates in regional and national art shows & galleries, is an arts activist, art show judge & art instructor. Angela’s five works in the show are part of ten works which were created to explore the idea of what lies above, beneath, and through. The past, present and future are tied to these three elements where the present is the act of the viewer looking through the multiple transparent and semi-transparent layers, and the future is represented in shapes that have a sense of movement and seem to either float or “take flight” off the canvas. Her painting process involves little pre-planning or drawing. She works intuitively to discover who she is, where she comes from-what lies beneath. First, she limits her color choices, then applies opaque outlines of random shapes with acrylic paint. She learns from this process that the shapes most repeated are: the spiral, the circle, the cross, the human eye, water, birds, and flowers. She then rips and cuts shapes of colored and sometimes patterned tissue paper and applies them with acrylic gel, building up multiple layers of transparent and semi-transparent layers over the entire piece. When she feels the piece is somewhat complete, she allows herself to “stand back”. This technique gives her a euphoric experience where “process” becomes paramount. If you look through, you can see all the multiple layers to what lies beneath then float off the surface to an even better place. It’s all there, nothing is hidden.

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Suzanna Klein

Suzanna Klein has been living in the East Bay for years. She was born and raised on the East Coast. She graduated Goucher College in 1966 and then studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 1968-69. She was employed as biological illustrator through the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut; she illustrated Womenfolk and Fairytales, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1975. In 1976-9 she worked, at Faunus Furniture, Berkeley. She has been in various small shows and open studios. Suzanna studied with Roland Worthington and did many paintings in acrylics and oils, made small plaster objects and recently completed a ten year stint of digital painting. Working on the computer awakened her desire to make "hands-on" projects; this has led her into fabric work...weaving and most recently needle-felting. She is experimenting with converting her digital images into a softer, felty medium.

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Coral Lambert

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

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Mary Lanza

Mary Lanza currently lives in Oakland California where she was born and raised. She became interested in collage art at an early age. For many years she shared her talent with friends and family who encouraged her to sell her work rather than give it away. Although she did not have any formal training she found herself creating collage after collage and showing her work in cafes throughout the bay area. Mary, inspired by her love of vintage magazines, found herself creating collages from popular magazine from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. By creating these collages she feels she is creating scenes and scenarios for her viewers to reminisce. Her belief is that the viewer would recognize images from their past but by seeing them in the context she creates, the images seem new and fresh again. She decided to join the Oakland Art Association in 2001 in order to share her work with the public. Her collage art has been shown and sold in banks, cafes, and retirement homes throughout the bay area.

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Jessica Levant

Jessica Levant grew up in San Francisco and has lived in New York City and London.  For most of her adult life, art including graphic design was a sideline to her careers as a social worker and then a management consultant.  Since 1998, after returning to San Francisco to live, she has focused her energies on graphic and web design and fine art photography.  A member of San Francisco Women Artists since 2010, Jessica has had several award winning pieces in their monthly juried shows.  Her work can also be seen at the Belmont Art Council's gallery in Belmont. She recently had 3 works accepted into a Photo Nouveau show at San Francisco's Misho Gallery in July.  Additionally she has had several works exhibited at the Still Point Gallery in Maine (online).  She also organized and was part of a successful small group show in North Beach in October of 2011, "3 She's and a He", featuring 4 photographers.  With a passionate emphasis on shape, color and texture, Jessica's photographic motto is "unexpected views of the ordinary and ordinary views of the unexpected".

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Charles Lucke

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

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Laura Luzzi

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


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Jennifer Wallace Mack

Jennifer Wallace Mack has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.  She works in various media: painting, photography, mixed media, and jewelry.  Her work is consistent in the quality and detail in each medium she applies.  She has exhibited at a number of solo and group shows, many of which were juried.  Shown at Expressions Gallery is her magnificent jewelry.  Jennifer has served on various Boards of Directors for long standing Artists Organizations such as the San Francisco Women Artists, where she was a past President and Vice Treasurer and The San Francisco Gem and Mineral organization where she was Treasurer.

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John Mallon

John Mallon grew up in the East Bay Area being born in Oakland, his present residence. Arts and crafts have been an interest since early childhood. While in the Navy, pencil portraits were a hobby. From there sculpture and painting became an interest as time went by, resulting in private painting instruction from a bay area teacher. A long list of “How To” art books have helped along the way with sculpture and pencil drawing, as well as a teacher in woodcarving. Awards came from Art shows presented by the Oakland and Alameda Art Associations the past 20 years. Mallon 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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Paolo C. Mejia

Paolo C. Mejia is an experimenting fine art and visual artist. He is a painter, designer, installation artist, potter and sculptor that grew up in the Bay Area. Paolo attended couple of art schools and graduated at Cal State East Bay in Hayward with a Bachelors of Art degree in Traditional Arts. He is currently seeking a Master’s degree. Paolo’s inspiration and passion for art was initially brought out by a great mentor and friend, Barbara Bouchard and in the latter, Dickson Schneider, who fill gaps to complete his love and devotion to and of art. He has shown at Crocker-Kingsley Museum, galleries in the Bay Area and Washington state. Paolo has also shown at state facilities, private businesses, community centers, cafes, restaurants and other alternative venues. His artwork utilizes a broad array of medium to create his paintings, illustrations, installations and sculptures. The pieces shown at Expressions Gallery represent something ineffable and intangible, complex and dynamic, creative and contemporaneous. The processes he uses are an approach to understanding the materials, tactility and limitation of art. Paolo’s oeuvre deals with the formality of art and the metaphysical state of the mind that deals with the Gestalt or the automatism of the subconscious with a bit of chance. He amply uses this process to explore the ineffable and to understand oneself and how one relates to society. All-in-all, this is the driving factor in his art making. Paolo continues to explore things new, ephemeral and traditional.

 

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Maj-Britt Mobrand

Maj-Britt Mobrand lives in Berkeley, CA but was born and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. As a little girl, she saw her grandmother’s loom in the attic and was very intrigued by it and knew she wanted to master one of those. She has taken weaving classes both in Sweden and the U.S., but is for the most part self-taught. She has been teaching weaving here in Berkeley since 1968. Some of the juried shows she has participated in are U.C. Berkeley and Live Oak Art Galleries in Berkeley (1969); Artist League of Vallejo Gallery (1975); Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont (1988); and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland (2006 and 2008). She has also participated in many Open Studios and has shown her work at various local venues and as a result has weavings in many private collections. Artist states: “I enjoy using traditional weaves and patterns in a non-traditional manner and am striving to find a harmonious balance between the natural and the artificial or planned. My inspiration is derived from music, nature, travels, and from my students. It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm of my students as they develop their projects on their looms after I’ve given them the ‘know how’.”

 

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Julia L. Montrond

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

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Rose Moore

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

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Joanie Murphy

Joanie Murphy currently lives in Vallejo, and was born and raised in Oakland. She first became interested in art while in grammar school and received a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University where she served as a Gallery Attendant/Intern. Her painting is most influenced by the Impressionists. In the world of photography she has always admired the Weston family. Joanie also works in ceramics. The two works she is presenting for this show are an acrylic painting and a watercolor. Previously she has shown her work at various venues through the Oakland Art Association, where she served as both President and Exhibits Coordinator. While exhibiting with OAA she received several awards in juried shows. Joanie has also shown her art with the Benicia Art Association.    

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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 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 Ph.D. in chemistry in 1961. She worked for 20 years in UCSF Medical School doing research in immunochemistry. In 1982, she left UCSF to work on pharmaceutical research in a biotechnology firm. She has over a hundred scientific publications and 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 (22x26) was selected for the bi-annual California Species exhibition in Oakland Museum. She contributed to a book on unusual backgrounds in Color Pencil Explorations (North Light, publisher; J. Gildow, editor, 2002). Her contribution describes a somewhat novel use of colored pencil images 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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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 print making 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.

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Louis Cuneo & Marcia Poole

Louis Cuneo & Marcia Poole, both originally from the East Coast, settled in the Berkeley in the 1960s and 70s. They met in the early 90s and began a 20 year partnership and collaboration that has grown more productive each year. Cuneo’s artistic career spans over 40 years, beginning in Greenwich Village where he honed his skills as a poet and continued in the Bay Area where he worked as a poet, photographer, editor/publisher, coordinator, Haiku expert and grants recipient. He founded and still coordinates, with Poole, the Berkeley Poetry Festival, Mother’s Hen and Touch of the Poet Series. His photographic skills are self- taught, but he has the Zen eye of a Haiku poet, preferring to photograph landscapes and animals, saying “that have retained their natural state.” Poole traveled extensively, pursuing studies in philosophy, art and politics. A former Zen lay priest and still a yogi, she attempts to bring spirit to form. She earned her B.A. from San Francisco State University in computer graphics/conceptual design and studied various artistic disciplines with some well-known Bay Area artists & teachers in Mexico.

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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 BFA in Illustration from the Art Academy of SF. 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.

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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 lived, in a thatched hut next to him. One of the works of art he has at Expressions Gallery has a tribute to period and to Jan.  He states:” The 1st chapter of her 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. He worked on and off until 2010 when he decided to perfect  his skills in pottery, especially with a process called "Image Transfer". He is also a writer/videographer, He has written 4 books. He has 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 in S.F.  He sold some pottery to Brett Butler the sit-com star during that time. He also works in watercolors and also runs a PEG TV Show.   http://rhodespoetry.com.

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Charlene Richter

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

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Selma Rockett

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

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Christine M. Rossi

Christine M. Rossi lives in Berkeley California and originally comes from a rural area in up-state New York. Christine began exploring art at an early age winning several art competitions while in high school. She was influenced by Japanese art and theater while on an exchange program to Japan. Christine later studied costume design at SUNY Binghamton, illustration, oil painting and color theory through the University of California Extension Programs and has also explored the mediums of Oil, Casein and Encaustic paint. She recently branched into photography to include original photographic images within her pieces through the use of collage, transfer and digital manipulation. Christine’s rich palette of color enhances the subject of interest, which includes mythological, natural and iconic imagery brought together in paintings and collage to tell a specific story or to create living characters within a two dimensional world. Christine exhibits in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area and has artwork displayed on http://www.mesart.com as well as her blog and websitewww.chrisrossiart.com Prints of these works are available upon reservation through this gallery.

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Gala Sadurni

Gala Sadurni is a San Francisco-based visual artist who works in the mediums of photography and painting. She graduated in 2009 with a BA in Art upon completing the Honors Program of the Art Dept. at UC Santa Barbara. Since then, her work has been shown in a variety of venues including group shows in San Francisco and the North/South Bay, where it has gone on to win a couple of awards. Most recently, her work was shown at San Francisco City Hall. Born in San Francisco in 1987, Gala spent half of her childhood in the Bay Area and the other half on a ranch in rural Mexico. It was during this transition that she began taking photographs as a personal response to the many changes that were happening around her. Her photography soon developed into a form of creative expression that became both her ballast and constant source of motivation. It also went on to serve as her gateway and inspiration for working in other mediums. Today her work reveals a keen interest in the abstract and the fusion of media and styles. She is currently working with elements of mixed media in the context of abstract photography and her paintings blend a degree of realism with abstraction.

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Ruth Schafran

Ruth Schafran currently lives in San Anselmo. A California native, she was raised in San Francisco where she attended the California School of Fine Arts (now the S.F. Art  Institute) and San Francisco State College. She has always loved the medium of collage. Over the past decade she has focused on creating new landscapes through her photography. All of the collages are created by cutting and pasting the photos manually, a process she finds not only effective but more enjoyable and creative. Color is very important in her work. A simple change in the color of the sky or the placement of a statute in a new location can give the picture an element of the unexpected. Ruth lived in Manhattan for a decade and created collages on the walls of fellow artists’ lofts and studios. Her works have been shown in galleries in Marin County and San Francisco. She received a Merit Award from the San Francisco Women’s Art Gallery in September 2010 and Honorable Mention at the Marin County Fair in July 2010.

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Arlene Risi Streich

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

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Terry Telles

 

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

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Constance Terrell

 

Constance Terrell: Currently living in the Antioch, I grew up in Vallejo Calif. My life-taught journey began when I was eight years old and is my ice cream and cake. My goal is to give recycled materials a face lift by creating new style and technique. I studied art at Laney College in Oakland and Bauder College Sac. Calif. College gave me direction and the will too never give up. I knew if I put my mind to it, I could teach myself to create any kind of art I so desired. My passion is too become a well-known artists that creates art from recycled  materials. I am self- taught and love it. My greatest fan is myself, keeping my focus and remembering there is always room for old, new and recycled art materials that I use to create beautiful paintings and Soft Sculpture. The Universe inspires me although I read about different artists, Pasco, Sam Gillian and Gordon Parks. My teacher, the Universe has given me different ways to see changes each day. I claim it to be my greatest teacher. Feel The Chains Of My Heart.

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Michael Topliff

 

Michael Topliff, Artist, lives in Berkeley, CA. He grew up along the Southern Peninsula, including Foster City, San Mateo, and then Sunnyvale, CA.  He became interested in Art in his early twenties. He knew he wanted to do art of some kind. He took his first class at San Francisco City College. It was a basic drawing and composition class.  Then he took several more classes at SF City College before moving to the East Bay.  He enrolled in Figure drawing and Intermediate drawing classes at Vista Community College and Laney College. He belongs to an art group that meets twice a week. He finds it helpful to work with others for inspiration and feedback.  He paints in oils and acrylics.  He likes the thickness of oil paints.  He likes the quick drying time of acrylics, which allows the application of repeated layers in a short period of time. Some shows He entered and some awards he has won are: One-man art shows at Just Desserts Bakeries in 1996, at their stores in Berkeley, Oakland, and Palo Alto.  He is a member of the Oakland Art Association and has showed and won the awards at their following venues: Orinda library, June 2012, won 3rd place. Chamber of Commerce, July 2011, won 1st place. He has exhibited in Fairs in the Bay Area.  Napa Town & Country Fair won 4th place in 2007 and 5th place in 2012.  Marin County Fair 2012 won a merchant award.

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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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Carolyn WarmSun

 

Carolyn WarmSun grew up in rural Indiana with little art. She loved art history courses in college and haunted museums. About six years ago she began learning to paint and has focused intently on it since. Her most transformative experience was with Maxine Masterfield. Her thinking about art and painting changed dramatically and her work became increasingly the abstraction of nature. Another important experience was with Katherine Chang Liu, who helped her see the poetic and contemplative aspects of her painting and to incorporate symbols in her work. The best example is her 30-piece series called Honoring First Artists in which she creates cave and canyon walls and rocks on which she places a small piece of cave art or a petroglyph. In her home studio in Montclair, Carolyn works with acrylic and watercolor paints, oil pastel crayons, watercolor pencils, and ink. You will see her use of creative texturing materials in her pieces in this show: two have texture obtained by painting through Halloween webbing, and one has dry pine needles collaged onto its surface. She works both from an idea and from playing with paint to see what happens and what is suggested. Her work hangs frequently in shows and galleries, and more of her work can be seen on her website at www.warmsunart.com.


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Liz Wiener

 

Liz Wiener- Liz lives in Albany, CA. She arrived here from New York City 15 years ago. Liz began studying art at the museum school of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC when she was 6 years old. She had her own pass to the museum and loved to wander around looking at the art. She was especially drawn to art of Hans Arp and Brancusi. Liz has an M.F.A. in Film Production from Columbia University and a certificate in Fine Arts from Cooper Union. As an adult artist, she has been influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, Kandinsky, Mark Tobey, graffiti and Japanese prints. Liz was an independent documentary filmmaker in New York City for 10 years and taught film/video at various colleges there. She also taught video and computer art at a magnet elementary school for the arts for several years. Her film about a New York City artist was included the National Film Board of Canada's catalog of films on art. Her video about teenage graffiti artists was shown on television and received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Her prints have been shown in several galleries in the Bay area. Liz is currently an artist in residence at the KALA Art Institute in Berkeley. She loves the artistic possibilities that digital media bring to her work.


Musicians

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Sallie Hanna-Rhyne

Sallie Hanna-Rhyne was born in Brooklyn and received a B.S. at Brooklyn College. After traveling in Europe she came to live in San Francisco where she earned an Elementary Teaching Credential at S.F. State. Music, playing the piano, was always a part of her life and became more important as time went on. She played in a women's rock band, "The Ways of Meringue", and a Latin-funk band "East Bay Mud" before falling in love with jazz. She played in various Big Bands before settling in on the "Jazz Express", a loose conglomeration of friends who play jazz standards. She is very happy earning a living as a piano teacher.

 

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David Topham

David Topham was born in a small town in Massachusetts. The zig-zag path to his current residence in Livermore has given him the opportunity to live in many areas of the U.S. and to experience the culture in cosmopolitan cities as well as the countryside and suburbia. From the beginning, music was the artistic expression that most captivated him. The classic scene of the kid glued to the radio to hear big-bands play was a reality for Dave! Although he tried several of the traditional formal methods of learning music (i.e. private instruction, music schools, etc.), it is really on-the-job training that most inspired him to continue his exploration of jazz and other improvised music. This kind of music that is created in real time is the most satisfying and allows influences from classical, folk, and world music to be blended in any way that is meaningful. He especially loves the songs from the American musicals and their great composers. Besides playing trumpet at art galleries (his favorite venue because of the inspirational surroundings), he plays regularly with local bands such as the Golden Gate Park Band in SF.

 

Poets and Authors

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Steve Arntson

Steve Arntson was born in Massachusetts in 1945 and moved with his family to the Seattle area in 1951. Arntson studied music at the University of Washington 1961-63. Arntson then traveled to California via Colorado, later joining the Army Reserves, boot; camp was in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was in the 1970’s that he discovered poetry readings. Previously, Arntson had been involved with a Shakespeare reading group; and had gone through poetry books, especially those by English romantics. When Arntson began writing his own poetry, music was an important part of the process.  He was impressed with poet Ralph LaCharity, who would memorize his work. It struck Arntson that taking that extra step seemed to energize the text.  Arntson began rehearsing vigorously and performing most of his work by heart.  Arntson says, “The poetry can be like prayers that way, almost.” He credits Julia Vinograd, Bruce Isaacson, Eli Coppola, David Lerner, Joie Cook, Eric Walker, and all those that gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory, and Café Babar to share their poetry, with helping him. Steve Arntson has since recited at many venues far and wide, but has a special fondness for Waverley Writers of Palo Alto. Eventually Arntson settled on geography as a theme and has devoted much time to writing about the Oregon Coast and other landscapes, exploring how a place conjures and perhaps induces philosophy as well. The Burning Man Arts Festival captured Arntson’s attention and he has been many times to that lake bed in Nevada.  Steve Arntson has said writing is like documenting Fellini in the desert – there are endless subjects for poetry there, if you can take the dust and wind and heat and being in the middle of the mega-tribe of party animals - there is great art and great performances in the world, all week, all the time.

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Mary-Marcia Casoly

Mary-Marcia Casoly is a member of the steering committee of Waverley Writers, a Palo Alto poetry venue and is the editor of their magazine Fresh Hot Bread. She is the author of Run to Tenderness,(Pantograph Press and Goldfish Press) Lost Pages of Bird Lore (Small Change Series WordTemple Press) and her chapbook Australia Dreaming appears in Ahadada Reader 3, (Ahadada Press) available at Small Press Distribution, Berkeley CA.

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Richard Di Grazia

Richard Di Grazia The artist currently resides in Hayward, California. He grew up in East Oakland, California where there was a library donated by Andrew Carnegie within walking distance from his home. He says that early readings from the poetry books in that library started him on the path of becoming a poet. After a stint in the US Navy as a medic, he attended UC Berkeley and received his BA in English Literature. While working at various jobs he has written continuously. The artist states: "I have been a person of the streets, East Oakland marked me so. When I left Cal I returned to my beloved streets which are my code for a life lived adventurously: parachuting, scuba diving, motorcycle racing and the love I've shared with women. Out of these experiences I've created my poems as refined and adamantine as possible." Publications: The Saboteur, POETS WEST, 1975 Fragment, 1989 AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY, BAPC, Maggi H. Meyers Memorial Contest 29, 1st Prize, Maxi Poems, Telemachus, HOUSE ARREST, Beatitude Press, 2009

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Kirk Lumpkin

Kirk Lumpkin is author of two books of poems, Co-Hearing and In Deep. His poetry/music ensemble, The Word-Music Continuum (all 3 members of which were in the Bay Guardian "Demo Tape O' The Week" winning band, DETOUR) has released two CDs, the first was self-titled and the second is Sound Poems. He has done featured performances of his poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area and all around Northern California, in Los Angeles (Beyond Baroque), New York City (Bowery Poetry Club), Colorado, Toronto, Canada and has also done readings in England and Scotland under the auspices of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). He is on the Board of PEN Oakland.

 

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