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Artist Biographies -
Heart & Soul
February 11 - May 12, 2017

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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Manjot Bal

Manjot Bal has been exposed to multicultural values and ideas because of her education and her line of work. She grew up in India and as a young adult was drawn to the necessity of creative expression and the impact of art on young minds. She is a graduate of Computer Science and a Post Baccalaureate of Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She takes pride in SFAI's rich history and its extensive engagement in the historical, theoretical, sociopolitical, and creative concerns of the contemporary moment. Photography became the artist's medium of choice as she could capture reality and yet mold it into surreal narratives. Her works essentially focus on creating a parallel world, but at the level of the human psyche. She believes that once the outer veil of the human skin is disregarded, one finds astounding similarities on how a human mind perceives the world despite any differences in race, color, or geographical factors. What fundamentally impacts the mind is how it has been nurtured. She bases her works on a simple principle, The body can never reach as far as the mind will. Neither can it endure what the mind does.” She attempts to explore these atrocities and the ecstasies of the mind through her photographs. With juxtaposition of elements of dreams, thoughts and what the human mind endures, Manjot intends to create surrealist images that stimulate both the eye and the mind. These works are often accompanied by her own words. Her works are profoundly inspired by legends like Francesca Woodman, and contemporary artists like Brooke Shaden. The artist lives in a hamlet by the Pacific Coast. When she's not curious about looming smoke patterns or exhaust plumes over the Bay Area skies, she likes to travel. In the past two years she has traveled to Peru, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Sweden, and Hungary to study and fathom the fundamental fabric that binds our species together and is essential to understanding the full spectrum of the human experience. www.manjotbal.com.

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Donna Barati

Donna Barati lives in Berkeley California, and has lived in the Bay Area for almost 35 years. She was born in Honolulu Hawaii, and grew up surrounded by vivid color, bountiful nature, and bamboo forests. She wanted to be an artist at a young age, and drew and painted as a teenager. But instead of going to art school, Donna graduated from college with a Bachelor degree in Humanities. After many years raising a family, she has returned to painting. Mostly self-taught, Donna has been influenced by Monet, Van Gogh, and Abstract Expressionism. She is a member of the Berkeley Art Center, and participated in their recent Annual Artist Exhibit. Though Donna has painted with oils, she is now painting primarily with acrylics. She says " I paint intuitively, and also have a plan in mind-thinking of composition, shape, and color. My paintings are mostly abstract, and I want to convey a feeling or an idea with an element of mystery so that the viewer can connect with that vision”. Please visit Donna's website at Donnabarati.com.

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Georgia Bassen

Georgia Bassen works and exhibits in many genres: painting, photography, sculpture, and jewelry.  While teaching (philosophy) at Cal State East Bay she worked 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; small: making jewelry in precious metal clay with Hadar Jacobson; and digitally. Presently she focuses on jewelry and digital art. "The interaction with the material working with metal clay balances nicely with working virtually, and both have the lure of endless possibilities to be explored." 

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Berkeley Maynard School

Berkeley Maynard Academy is a Charter School. It serves grades K-8. It is located in the former Golden Gate School at 5900 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville. The school serves the Bay Area and is open to all children free of charge. The Art Program offers an Arts and Humanities Course of study. The students are taught by Sam Swail their art teacher. The work exhibited here is by the Middle School students who are in the 5-8 grades.

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Jude Berman

Jude Berman lives in Berkeley CA and is a self-employed writer and editor. She received a BA in Art from Smith College, where she studied with printmaker and sculptor Leonard Baskin, as well as a Doctorate in Education from UMass Amherst. Currently, Jude enjoys working with liquid acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media, following an intuitive process. She says, "When I paint, I prefer to be in a state of open-eyed meditation. This way I don't have to ‘do' anything; the images just ‘happen.' There is no external object to be reproduced. There is no internal object either. Everything comes from within in that moment.” Jude describes the themes that recur in her work: "The world in which we live is not only concrete but subtle in nature. As subtle beings, our substance is energy, which exists in continual motion. As spiritual beings, we inhabit a world not fixed in time and space. In my artwork, I seek to reveal the subtleties and paradoxes that characterize the human spirit.” You can view Jude's art blog at judeberman.org.

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Nancy Berry

Nancy Berry currently lives in Menlo Park, California. She was born and raised in Washington State and has enjoyed creating art since childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington State University. After thirty-one years as a flight attendant, she now works as an elementary school substitute teacher. She was an art assistant for the Cantor Art Museum's Family Sunday's program at Stanford University, 2013-2015. Nancy works in a variety of media, including acrylics, watercolor, collage, photography and etching. She has exhibited her work in galleries and art venues in Washington State and Northern California. She is a member of Arts of the Covenant and the Pacific Arts League. 

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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 Tuarag 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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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 shows in several local venues including the Albany Library and El Cerrito City Hall.

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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 was born in Budapest, Hungary, moved to the US in his early 20's and currently resides in Hayward, California. As the son of a graphical artist, he was exposed to different types of art early in his life. He continued his interest in art while working as a mechanical engineer. Attila started his formal art education at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and later continued at Chabot College, Hayward. Then studied printmaking at Laney College in Oakland and also participated in many workshops and classes given by well-known artists. Attila works in watercolor, acrylic and oil media. The subject matter of his paintings, range from landscapes to aviation and still lie to people. He was influenced by the brushstrokes and high key colors of the Impressionist painters like Monet, Renoir or Cezanne. For the past years he enjoys traveling to locations and painting en plein air. Artist states: "with my paintings I try to capture the moods created by the changing lights and rich colors of a landscape or express the exhilaration one feels at the sights and sounds of whirling propellers, roaring of a rocket. I am always looking for unusual shapes, lines or colors to best convey this message". Attila's paintings have been displayed and won numerous awards in local, national and international juried shows. His watercolors representing industrial landscapes are part of a corporate collection. He is a member of the California Art Club, Hayward Art Council and A.R.T., Inc.

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Jaren Dahlstrom

Jaren Dahlstrom currently lives and works in Vallejo, CA. He studied with Boyd Allen at the age 12, and continued his college studies with David Simpson, John Battenberg and Mel Ramos. He received an AA Degree from Contra Costa College, and also attended Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts and Hayward State University. He has had one person shows at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Littman Gallery at University of Portland, NRLG/Sierra Arts, a three person show at San Pablo Arts Gallery, as well as exhibiting extensively throughout the United States, including Oakland Museum, Palos Verde Art Center, Berkeley Art Center, Richmond Art Center, Legacy Gallery, University of Alaska and Synopsys Corp Gallery to name just a few. As a graphic designer he owned and was creative director for Crow-Quill Studios and was honored with about a 100 major design awards. He taught 28 years print production and other courses at Contra Costa College and at the University of California Extension. He is a painter, sculptor and a print maker. The works you see in this exhibition are all acrylic on Masonite, utilizing photography to capture a moment in time. He often manipulates the image, intensifying saturation color, distorting the original image creating abstraction rooted in reality, which ultimately paints. They are part of a series of paintings and prints examining reflected light on water and other surfaces, he began in 2001. The fleeting illusions, undulating constantly on a liquid world of enhanced color distorted by movement, creating abstract images of the most mundane objects. Whether it is a canal boat in Venice, Italy, a pier or outboard motor at a local marina, it is always a surprise, a gift. These objects captured in a moment of time are never to be repeated in the exact same way, a moment when light and water fuse to form an illusion of magic reality, transitory and yet more intense than the real. This fusion of fractured light seems to create more intense colors, surprising contrasts, generating incredible lines and fantastic shapes. It is out of this abstraction, that Jaren paints what he calls "abstract reality”. Using saturate colors, strong lines and shapes, he explores this often, overlooked realm of reflected light.

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Carol Denney

Carol Denney is an artist, writer, musician, and political activist born in East Los Angeles. She is the founder and editor of the twenty-five year old Pepper Spray Times. She is a Human Rights Editor of AFSC's Street Spirit Newspaper. She prefers to work in pen, ink, acrylics, and watercolor.

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Anna Hui Dong

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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Marge Essel

Marge Essel lives in Berkeley, California. She was born in Western Pennsylvania. She became interested in fine arts at the age of 6. She took up painting & attending 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 shows there. She received a Fine Art & 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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Debbie Fimrite

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

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Rinna B. Flohr

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

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Verona Fonte

Verona Fonte is a digital media artist producing fine art images, graphic designs and 2D/3D animations of her own style. The focus of her art is often archetypal and symbolic, inspired by Carl Jung, reflecting the two decades she spent as an academic/clinical psychologist. For the last twenty years she has worked in the art field as President of a 501(c)3 that produces and supports socially relevant art, media and education projects. Currently she is President of the Digital Arts Collective at Berkeley City College, and is on the Advisory Board of WEAD - Women Eco Arts Dialog. She's lived in Berkeley for 35 years. You can view her work at www.veronafonte.com.

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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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Olga Frame

Olga Frame resides in Berkeley, California and has had over 60 years of experience in art. She was born February 1, 1930 in Puerto Cortez, Honduras and moved to San Francisco, California in 1936. Olga graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1967, then attended San Francisco State College, and received a master's degree in painting in 1969. She currently works primarily in acrylic; although in the past she's used oil, water color, pencil, glitter, collage, chalk and gouache. Her work is influenced by nature, Jungian psychology and her personal life. She's interested in personal images, while at the same time being conscious of color, composition and space. Olga Frame believes that art is truth and beauty, a reflection of herself and the universe -- something that enhances one's vision of the world.

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Frances Freyberg

Frances Freyberg was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Childhood trips to exotic locations fostered an early appreciation for different places and cultures, as well as a continuing passion for travel. In 2008, she left her job in high-tech communications to travel the world for a year, taking photographs and writing about her experiences. During that time, she built an educational travel weblog with weekly photos at www.wheresfrances.blogspot.com, as well as historical and cultural information about the countries she visited. Frances specializes in portraits of people, wildlife, nature and architecture from her travels to more than 60 countries. She's particularly drawn to scenes that express the beauty, excitement, humor and diversity of our world, whether through a brilliantly colored blossom or a poignant face in the crowd. Following the birth of her first child in 2016, Frances turned her lens on a new subject: motherhood. Through these photos, she hopes to share with the viewer the overwhelming feelings of love, tenderness and vulnerability that she experienced as a new mom. More information about her work is available at www.francesfreyberg.com.

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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. 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 6 years ago, her work has been selected for over 35 National and International group exhibitions, as well as 3 solo exhibitions in California. www.erikagagnon.com, info@erikagagnon.com

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Gwendolyn Gardner

Gwendolyn Gardner is a native New Jersey, a Singer, Dancer, Sculptress, Print- Designer, and Actress. Resided in Northern California since the early 70’s.Fine Arts graduate Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. taught and encouraged to work in several media. A force of imagination, creative openness of new challenges was the central role in art making, and this carry-over allows my entire senses and free artistic style to flourish. Sharing my vision with the viewer in mind has transcended into something quite personally and meaningful as an artist, I find a true freshness that's so passionate in Nature, which imbues vibrant colors. The every changing color formations in the skyline is electrifying. Grasping a snippet of this building of shapes, painterly art forms, rhythmic texturing of surfaces in my sculptures, 2Dimensional, an aim in making of artwork at its best. I'm motivated and positive to channel doing just that through hard work and determination. There are many talented and down to earth artists out there, whose creative works inspires me in my growing discovery of developing an unique area of storytelling. Love of humanity is profoundly magical, and handling material and improving techniques makes quality art that appealing to the eye, heart and soul.

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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. 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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Kathleen Joynes

Kathleen Joynes, is a digital artist who lives in Palo Alto and grew up in Sacramento, where she first got interested in art. Though she was a math major, when she got to UC Davis, a D- in Calculus and a B+ in her first art class ever helped her see the light. She went on to get degrees in Graphic Design at Cal Poly and Fashion Design at FIDM in San Francisco. She's done graphics for Apple and Adobe, fashion for Levis and Gap, and taught both majors at FIDM. She currently teaches at CSMA in Mountain View and designs for various freelance clients. Kathleen loves all art genres, particularly abstract. She's currently working on a textile print influenced by Frank Stella. Although she has won awards and recognition for her graphic and fashion work, this is her first public exhibit. Kathleen says, "Give me a Mac and a snack and I can work happily all day on my prints.” You can see more of her work at www.kjtextiles.com.

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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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Jennifer Kapnek

Jennifer Kapnek lives in Portland Oregon, and is originally from NYC, NY. Jennifer was interested in art and design from early childhood. Jennifer attended a small art focused high school in NYC, and The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia PA, where she earned her BFA. Jennifer describes her style as Eco-Modern Iconography. She describes her paintings as serene, color drenched environments. Inspired by color, Jennifer saturates the field with many layers of acrylic paint. Her paintings are on wood, primarily recycled. She believes there is a quiet poetry painting images of trees on wood. The element of a bird or birds, often appear in her work. For Jennifer, the bird(s) are expressions of the most pure somebodies. Reacting and interacting with our natural world. Protected and exposed, alone and in relationships. These simple shapes plunge deeply into our fundamental existence. The consistent introduction of three dimensional elements, rough or broken edges, branches and texture are equally important. Capturing and incorporating these objects offers instant access to history, endurance and preservation. These concepts are integral for Jennifer in her work. Jennifer's work is purposeful, visually uncomplicated, yet very intentional. She driven by line, obsessed with the transition of color, and consumed by the honing and refining of her approach to detail. Her intention is to find the perfect blend of process and product, yielding works that are instinctively pleasurable.


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Rubina Kazi

Rubina Kazi was born in Bombay, India and moved to the United States in 1996. She is a computer and software engineer by profession. Rubina has always been artistically inclined with a keen creative eye, and a feel for the arts. Her work with calligraphy and abstract art is influenced by her upbringing, international travels, love of music and nature. She considers herself and "accidental" artist and feels lucky to be able to follow her childhood passion – painting. She always gets tremendous satisfaction from the act of painting o watching something come to life on a canvas in front of her. She loves colors, gestures and textures coming together to express a deeper emotion
 which has led to what she does now. She loves Sufi music and the message of peace, love, tranquility and the eternal being – across all religions and cultures. Her paintings and calligraphy are a humble attempt to reflect the same. Most of her work is acrylics/oil on canvas as she finds this medium is able to create layers of meaning and depth to reflect upon. She is actively supported in pursuing her passion by her husband and two lovely kids. Although, she is well versed in building software applications – and has been doing that for many years – for her the computer will never replace the feeling of brush on canvas or pen on paper. Contact: www.rubinakazi.com , and rubikaziartist@gmail.com


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Coral Lambert

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

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Silvia Ledezma

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

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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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Adrian Litman

Adrian Litman resides and works in the city of Santa Rosa, the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Born in 1948, he started to learn about art at a very early age, playing with colors and art materials in his father's Art Design and Restoration studio. In 1963, he was accepted in the Fine Arts High School N. Tonitza in Bucharest, Romania where he studied various art techniques including drawing, painting, graphics, engraving, sculpture, fresco, mosaic and ceramics. After finishing the Fine Art High School, Adrian attended the University of Bucharest Art Institute, graduating in 1974 with a Master's degree in Graphic Arts Design. Since 1980, after moving to California, Adrian has been creating an eclectic body of art, working on commissioned projects for Civic Public Art, Corporate and private clients, including custom paintings, murals, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, stained glass panels, fountains and wall treatments, all of which facilitate the harmonious integration of art with architecture. Adrian's sculptures can be seen in Napa, Cloverdale, Geyserville, Los Altos and Hillsboro, OR. Some of his larger projects are in Stanford University School of Law, City of Milpitas, many businesses in the Bay Area and private collections in the US and abroad. The "Heart" paintings in this show are executed with plaster, oil and varnish on canvas. The coffee mugs are handmade ceramics. To view more of Adrian's work, please visit www.adriandesign.us. Adrian accepts artwork commissions from small to large projects in a variety of media.

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Roberta Loach

Roberta Loach lives in Kensington, CA. She has had two children, a son, Robert who is deceased and a daughter, Judith who is Deputy Attorney General, Oakland, Ca. She has an M.A in painting from San Jose State University and two teaching credentials, one in art and one in history and political science. Roberta taught art history for many years at West Valley College in Saratoga and etching, drawing and design at DeAnza College in Cupertino. She edited and wrote for a visual arts journal from 1975 -" 1980 using an interview format. From 1990 - 2002 she exhibited her work in the gallery of Michael Himowitz, a major art dealer and close friend. She was also in Smith Andersen Gallery in Palo Alto, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara as part of their Bay Area Masters Series and her work is part of a number of private collections, most notably, Hunk and Moo Andersen of Atherton. She has curated many shows herself and has also served numerous times as a juror. Her work is currently at the SFMOMA Artist's Gallery in San Francisco and at the Collectors Gallery in the Oakland Museum of Art. She is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and exhibits with them often. She had a solo show with Smith Andersen and with d.p. Fong in San Jose. Roberta states "My major artistic influences are Francisco de Goya, Bosch, Dix, Kallowitz, Beckman, Daumier, Matisse, Picasso, Robert Colescott, Leon Golub, Ben Shahn, Paul Cadmus and others.”

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Charles Lucke

Charles Lucke was born in New York City, grew up in Connecticut and currently lives in Hercules, CA. His first photography slide show was the result of a trip to Europe when he road on the back of a Vespa motor scooter, at age 17, through seven countries in 21 days. He has been a freelance photographer since the early 1970s. His work has been published nationally and internationally and is permanently displayed at a Kaiser facility in San Leandro, CA. He has won a number of awards, including two Best of Show awards at the Marin County Fair and one at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda, CA. Two photographers who have influenced him are Ruth Bernhard, who emphasized seeing the light, and Gordon Parks, because Parks fearlessly accomplished so much during his life.

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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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Fabian Marquez

Fabian Marquez currently resides in the California Bay area. He is the youngest of a family of five and is the only member who decided to follow the path of an artist. He states that he discovered a passion for colors just five years ago but from a very young age had drawing skills when he started copying many of his favorite cartoons (dragon ball, animaniacs, looney tone's etc.).  He never imagined that this little hobby would become the passion that guides his life today. Artist states: "I consider that to make art, it is not necessary to follow a protocol. Art is a form of expression and that can manifest with any material. You work with what you have within reach. Personally, most of the time I do not plan what I want to do, I capture the feeling or the emotion in that moment, and surprise myself with the result.  I decided to take this art path because it makes me happy. I will continue in this way until finding its destiny.”

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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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Sandra Martinez

Sandra Martinez is an art photographer from California.  She was born and raised in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area. She finds great joy in her photography and is inspired by the works of Vivian Maier, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and her father, Santa Fe muralist, Ross Martinez.  Sandra can be found with her camera in hand and music in her ears in the community being inspired by nature, hands, the moon, vets, the beauty of everyday things and everyday people, and of course her many travels. Her work has been featured at the following shows: Sanchez Contemporary Art, Oakland, CA: Flora & Fauna Show; Arc Gallery, San Francisco: SNAP! Show; Sorenson's Gallery, Fresno: Art Scientifique show. Heart on My Head is an original photo taken in Hayward, California in 2015.  This sad little girl with an amazing painting on her face shows so much emotion in her eyes.  You wonder what she is thinking. www.sandramartinezphotos.blogspot.com

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Emmett McCuiston

Emmett McCuiston began aesthetic learning at Columbia College in MO., in 1980, where his interest in painting was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Woods. Studying with the Jones International Universities core program in 2012, 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 at Sonoma State University. Constructionism influenced the artist's processes of oil upon canvas.

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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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Jasmine Mirzamani

Jasmine Mirzamani grew up as an only child in San Jose, California. Even though she was an only child her cousin and her best friend were like her sisters. She loved drawing as a child and that love never stopped growing. Her parents went through many financial hardships. Art was an escape from the everyday challenges to her. Even though they could not afford it, her parents put her into private art classes when she was 12 until she was 18. She also was signed up for Farsi classes at the age of 12 but quit a week later. Jasmine put all her energy and passion into art. The class was small about 10 people that would always change since people would drop the art class. But Jasmine always stayed, because she loved art and her teacher was the best teacher anyone could ask for. As her love for art grew she was constantly reminded that art was not a responsible major to choose but she was so lucky to have her parents support her through her art journey. Jasmine graduated high school not knowing what to do. All the negative comments were making it difficult to move forward. Jasmine went to Iran during the summers to visit relatives and had an art teacher who would change her life. She gave Jasmine the courage to believe in herself when even her relatives were telling her not to. She went to community college for a few years and is now certain that life is not worth living without art. She is transferring to San Francisco State University with a major in Studio Art. Jasmine's goal is to open an art gallery to help artists that struggle with being accepted in society. She wants to encourage others to go after your dreams and to love yourself. She mainly works with oil paint. She has been in the Rotary Art Show and the Maker Faire. A common theme in many of her works in self-love and discovering who you are. When she looks up at the sky does not feel far, she loves expressing her connection with the universe by incorporating starry nights in her artwork.

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Joanie Mitchell

Joanie Mitchell born in Ohio, she has been sketching all her life. After traveling the world for some time, Joanie returned to her linear roots through the magic of digital art. Berkeley City College has given her a digital education and a community of artists with whom to share the journey. In the Pixel exhibition, Joanie's images digitally combine and enhance her original travel sketches. Sister Giant, a gathering of women, is a digital collage of encounters from India, Latin America, the United States and Africa. www.joaniemitchell.com.

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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 Montrond

Julia 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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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 Jose 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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Narcisse Jewelry

Narcisse Jewelry, Italian finished handmade jewelry, are all handmade with Natural Gemstones from around the world, and are held to the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. These bold fashion forward pieces caught the eye of a handful of celebrities and clothing designers and found themselves worn on the runway by designers and models for 2014/2015 fashion week Paris, NY, and Milan. Since then, celebrity clientele have included Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lawrence, and more.

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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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Marie Njoku-Obi

Marie Njoku-Obi is a born-and-raised San Franciscan. She grew up in an artistic family and was constantly surrounded by creativity throughout childhood. Mostly self-taught, Marie did not pursue painting more fervently up until after graduating college with an Interior Design & Architecture degree. Pop surrealism influences much of her work, and she integrates symbolism from her personal life into each painting and illustration. Her pieces are a representation of a personal, intimate journey towards good mental health. Marie works mostly with gouache and ink, and often incorporates materials such as specialty papers or glitter that add depth and texture to each piece. "Heart of Peonies” is one part of an ongoing series of anatomical heart paintings meant to convey a dynamic range of emotions from a significant period of her own life.

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Barbara Oplinger

Barbara Oplinger received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University in Boston, MA, 83'. Barbara's professional art career began as a billboard painter, portrait artist and mask maker. Her mediums of expertise include oil, watercolor, acrylic, and paper maché. After immigrating to San Francisco in 1996, Barbara focused on computer graphics and the integration of traditional painting and illustration whenever possible. Described as calming, vibrant and impressionistically surreal, Barbara's work shows a special understanding of color. Her latest series is inspired by the atmospheric light effects of coastal Scotland, and local natural settings in San Francisco. Her subjects include landscape and animal studies that are often designed to emphasize spacial movement and direction.


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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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Karen Redgreene

Karen Redgreene currently resides in Emeryville close to where she grew up. Her childhood affinity for the arts eventually led her to the San Francisco Art Institute where she earned an MFA in Performance/New Genres. She has worked in the mediums of performance and video and exhibited work at the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory, and the International Center of Photography in New York as well as in international film festivals. Currently she is concentrating on painting expressionistic mixed media portraits and other two dimensional works.

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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 Ancient myths and legends intermingle with today's issues to inspire the intricate art of Diego Marcial Rios. He creates explosions of color and texture in paintings, masks, woodcuts, and book illustrations. Inspired by Latin history including Aztec and Mayan symbols, Rios celebrates life, explores death, and confronts social and economic justice relevant today. His fanciful and provocative style is honored worldwide in museums including San Francisco's Legion of Honor. Rios works daily on new creations. After three decades, he continues to be a low profile but highly respected treasure in the art world. Rios' paintings, woodcuts, and masks have been included in more than 500 exhibitions in the USA, Asia, and Europe. His dynamic work is featured in a number of Museum Collections including the Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, and in public collections including tthe San Francisco Mission Cultural Center, C; Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; and the Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland. Rios conducts an ongoing series of very popular workshops including Sacred Heart/ Mask-Making in the Mexican Tradition in Berkeley, CA, and mask-making for Carnival in San Francisco, CA. In addition, Rios is an engaging and motivating speaker, and he welcomes opportunities to share his passion for creative expression with all audiences, from curious youth to imaginative adults. 

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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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Judith Rohrer

 

Judith Rohrer has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life and currently resides in Contra Costa County. Her love of art began during a year-long trip throughout Europe and N. Africa following her first year of undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Upon her return she decided to major in Art and went on to receive an M.A. in Art (Painting and Art History) from San Francisco State University. Although trained in representational modes, she developed an appreciation for abstract art following her exposure to Abstract Expressionism. Color is her primary medium as it interacts with either structured forms or is spontaneously rendered on the paper. Color evokes moods and emotions and as the artist states, “Color helps me connect with deeper places within myself.” Judith uses acrylics, hand-made and found papers, colored pencils and fabric to create her collages. She is currently a juried member of ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and Lafayette Art Gallery. She has been in several group shows—most recently at the Orinda Library—and in April, 2015, had a solo show at the Mt. Diablo Universalist Unitarian Church in Walnut Creek. For more information about Judith’s work, please call (925) 746-4454 or visit her website at judithrohrer.weebly.com.


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T. Scott Sayre

T. Scott Sayre is a well-known muralist in the Bay Area. He created the mural for Jack London Square on the life of Jack London. He also designs Light Art and is a photographer. This work is a collaboration between T. Scott Sayre and Lucy Lewis. It blends together Light Art and Dance. They developed this unique form over 10 years of working and performing together. The light is created with overhead projectors, colored oils and kinetic sculpture. This is not digital or computer generated.



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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 received the "Award of Distinction” from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She was a finalist for the BBC International Wildlife Artist. A Signature Member of the California Watercolor Association (CWA), she received two grants from the Oakland Cultural Arts Program and a commission from the Alameda Arts Commission. Sklar's work was selected for the National Watercolor Society in Los Angeles. The Triton Museum selected her work in their Statewide Competition. A Children's Hospital recently purchased eight of her paintings. Featured frequently at the San Francisco Women Artists' gallery, her work has been exhibited at Filoli Gardens, Firehouse Art Gallery, Tilden Regional Park, the Oakland Zoo, Expressions Gallery, Oakland Museum of California and the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts among others. Ms. Sklar was born and raised in New Jersey. A graduate of Rutgers University, she served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa for two years.  Sklar studied watercolors with a master painting in Madrid, Spain for one year.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.ritasklar.com.

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Ari Steckel

 

Ari Steckel lives in the East Bay in Oakland, Ca. She is and interfaith minister and works with the Tibetan Aid Project in Berkeley, Ca. She makes prayer beads and malas. She studied healing arts with a Tibetan Master and also attended Darma College. She now focuses on Chakras and Kundalini Yoga to bring joy, beauty, and health into our lives. She offers Sacred Art for this show.

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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

 

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. One of the reoccurring theme in his paintings is the sense of isolation and alienation of modern life. His "Rowing” and "Father and Son” reflect this.

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Darril Ann Tighe

 

Darril Ann Tighe was born and raised in Hawaii, around Honolulu, Waikiki and Kaneohe.  The lush tropical environment of the Hawaiian Islands influenced her sense of color and composition. As a painter her medium is mostly watercolor on paper. She also uses acrylics, gouache and oil for mixed media paintings. The paintings in this show are all done with watercolor on paper.  She is a colorist who explores the different vibrations of colors next to each other and she layers the colors on top of each other to get a translucent feeling or vision. She has an MFA from Claremont University. She attended their art school in Southern California for three years and was taught by the best art professors and colleagues.  She states: "Those years were enlightening and enriching.  I returned to the Bay Area, because this is my home and pursued an art career.  I have had many shows, juried and solo both in the Bay Area and Southern California.   I have gone to several art residencies, in Vermont, Chicago, and Hawaii.  Every day is a new experience.  I am visually acute all the time and see different variations of colors next to each other, shadows forms everywhere. My goal as an artist, when I paint, is to evoke a state of reverie, or reflection, through which the viewer is momentarily transported and then returns enriched.”

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Nga Trinh

 

Nga Trinh came to the US in 1975 from Saigon, Vietnam.  She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She used to work as an Instructional Assistant, and as a Bilingual Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, Calif., and is currently employed by Berkeley Public Library as a Library Assistant.  As a child growing up in Viet Nam, she learned paper folding to make her own toys when she was about ten, and now she often incorporates it into her artwork using mostly recycled materials. Her artworks concentrate on the themes of environmental stewardship through the use of recycled materials, and on illustrating the multifaceted interactions between man and nature, plant and animal, pattern, shape and color. Her interests include: graphic design, photography, origami, gardening, and reading. Her Origami also highlights the innate tensions between pattern and regularity of form, irregularity, spontaneity and emotion. She stresses the use of mostly recycled materials in order to show that art can be both sustainable and affordable, and she states that her goal of having her works displayed in public is to drive this environmental message forward for the public benefit. Her origami pieces were sold to private collectors, to Roundtree Visuals Company in Emeryville, The Alameda County Arts Commission and the Mountain View Arts Commission. tuyetrinh@gmail.com.

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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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Aradhana Verma

 

Aradhana Verma lives in Roseville, CA and hails from Central India. She won couple of painting competitions while she was studying in High school and that initiated her to pursue art as her career option. Later she did her Bachelors and Masters in Painting from one of the top tier universities of India. In last 8 years she won scholarship from Ministry of Culture, India together multiple group and solo shows in various cities of India. She has experimented on almost all type of media including acrylic, oil, dry media, lithography, screen printing, digital art, ceramic, etc. She is inspired from Van Gogh's painting, and other artists who work on new and unconventional mediums. Her current exhibits are acrylic on canvas and inspired by emotions and beauty of broken mannequins. Some of her accomplishments include National Junior Scholarship from Ministry of Culture India, Central Silver award in the category of Digital Art by Prafulla Kalanand Art Contest - 2016, Painting published in Prabhat Kiran Annual Calendar, Indore 2014, 3rd Digital Print Award by AIFACS, New Delhi -2013, Print selected in 74 all India fine art exhibition, Amritsar 2012, Group exhibition in Roopabh, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal M.P 2012, Print selected in 9th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print Art 2011 and Gold medal in Manav Sanket academy, Ujjain M.P – 2010.

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Grant Whipple

 

Grant Whipple's new paintings fragment the routines of daily life to bring overlooked contrasts into high relief. An elite university encroaches on a low-income community. Ecological crisis creeps its way in to the comforts of home. Tourists seeking leisure find a 21st-century world rearranged beyond comprehension. Born in Chicago, he received his BA from DePauw University and an MFA from Michigan State University. He exhibits in galleries nationally and internationally. Currently Grant lives in Santa Cruz, California, where he teaches drawing and painting at UC Santa Cruz.

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Anita Yan Wong

 

Anita Yan Wong, M.F.A is a an international artist, a Professor and a thinker. She is a Specialist in Modern traditional Chinese art and French Impressionism, a long time pupil of Hsin PengJiu– (a World-renowned Lingnan style master) and one of the first pupils of Chao Shao An. Anita is the 4th generations of Lingnan leading painter, mastering both traditional and modern, western and eastern Arts. She received her B.A. (Honors) in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; her M.F.A. and M.A. in Digital Photography and Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works were featured in “N.Y. Arts” Magazine, Emmy Award “Funny or Die” Magazine and she was awarded 1st place wall art by “Design within Reach” Design Philadelphia Award. Prof. Wong gained her Electronic Media and Culture Professorship and Award Excellence Scholarship from Maryland Institute College of Art M.D. and was recognized with a “Teaching excellence honor” from the Art Institute. She also served as a reviewer and guest speaker at AIGA and SVA for Film & Television Director Bob Giraldi (best known for Michael Jackson “Beat it” music video) She was the youngest member at Hong Kong International Art Club and Photography Club, where her works were exhibited Internationally since she was 10 years old. As a young artist encouraged by her Mom – a teacher in Chinese history and Biology, Anita has spent many hours caring and observing birds and plants, she has been captivated by their beauty where animals and nature became the subject to her art ever since. Her painting style is “xie yi” and Impressionist, in which her brush strokes are expressive yet delicate and precise. Her paintings are a display of her Identity – an International artist that lived in Beijing, Hong Kong, London and the United States. Her art captivates the traditional and the modern, eastern and western – a new group of International viewers. Anita's recent works have been dealing with Individualism in the viewer’s eyes, patterns in nature and the roles of traditional art forms in the digital age. Her current works are featured on Neehao U.K. Magazine, Interview and Cover story of Artdependence Magazine. She is currently collaborating her Arts with leading Scientists in MAHB Stanford University with the goal of preserving and pushing the limits of Lingnan style Guo hua. Yale University China Hands Magazine described her paintings as “Traditional art form that questions the Modern Minds”.  

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Benjamin Xu

 

Benjamin Xu (1961), was born in Shanghai, China.  He is the 3rd generation disciple of master artist Zhang Daqian. He immigrated to the U.S.A during the eighties. His art work has won several first and second place medals, both in the states & in China. He is a member of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Artist Association.  He is a director of USA/Chinese Art Institute of Painting and Calligraphy and The Chinese Art and Culture Association. He is a member of The U.S.A. Chinese Collection Association, and the founder of the Green Mood painting movement.

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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 accurate representational drawings or paintings might be wrong. She began her new art explorations with photography and collage, then combined these interests in digital collage 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 Surrealism and contemporary fantasy art. Now 72 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.