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Artist Biographies -
Imagination
February 24 - March 25, 2018

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.

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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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Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman was born and raised in Israel. He studied Architecture at the Israeli Institute of Technology. He transferred to the University of California in Berkeley and graduated from UC Berkeley in Architecture. Daniel worked as an Architect in New York, Israel and California. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Daniel loves Visual Art. During his years as an Architect He took many classes in Oil Painting, Water Color and Drawing. Daniel believes that there is beauty in the elements surrounding us, in the water, the sky, the Landscape, in buildings. He likes to express this beauty in his paintings. He was most influenced by the Impressionists. Daniel's favorite artists are Monet, Van Gough, and John Sargent. Many of Daniels' paintings are from his travels to Venice, Tuscany, Paris, and Jerusalem. Daniel exhibits his works in various galleries, such as The Collector, The Claremont Hotel, Bay Area libraries, and in private cafes, restaurants and businesses.



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Richy Sanchez Ayala

Richy Sanchez Ayala was born in the Dominican Republic. Being from a small half island in the Caribbean, he never understood his passion for drawing could one day become a viable career path. He was always interested in both art and music so he decided to pursue both when he moved to New York to attend Manhattanville College. After graduating he decided to pursue higher education and enrolled in an MFA program at Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, California. For the past three years he has been developing his skills as a concept artist and a fine artist simultaneously. Richy is heavily influenced by his passion for animation; he was always obsessed with cartoons and has tried to marry them to art and design.



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Tiphereth Banks

Tiphereth Banks (Artist/Entrepreneur) was born in 1994 in Berkeley, CA and was raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from Oakland High School in the year of 2012, and is currently a student at Berkeley City College. At an early age, she had a strong passion for art. She has created art that has been put in contests, competitions, art shows, exhibitions, and worked on mural projects between the years of 2007 until now. While working at an art based youth training program as a junior artist, from the years 2011 - 2013, she discovered another passion, to teach and support youth of the urban community. Since then, she has been planning out her next move to successfully create an enterprise that benefits the community.

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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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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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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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June Daskalakis

June Daskalakis, an artist who creates mixed media and assemblage works, was born and raised in New York City and eventually found her heart in San Francisco. She developed her appreciation for art at an early age in the Brooklyn public schools, where she won a citywide competition and displayed her first mixed media piece in the Brooklyn Museum of Art. June’s early influences include Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol. Her fondness for Surrealism informs her work. June holds two degrees: one in Sociology from S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz and another in English Literature from San Francisco State University. She later attended the San Francisco Academy of Art and pursued graduate studies as an MFA candidate at J.F.K. University in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently based in Davis, California, June continues to favor mixed media and regularly shows her work, which can be found in a number of private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Within June’s work are fragments of memory, intuition, and hints of what is yet to come. She attempts to engage the viewer to look more closely, “for the eye to wander while the mind wonders.” If all goes well,” she explains, “time stands still, the humdrum of daily routines are suspended – creating a truly magical moment.”

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Michele C. Dodge

Michele C. Dodge currently lives and works in Union City, CA. She grew up in a small town at the outskirts of the Washington D.C. metro area, the oldest of seven children. As the eldest child in the family, she arranged activities for the younger ones: she assigned them “art projects,” requiring gallons of paint, reams of paper, and untold quantities of glue and glitter over the years. Up until about the age of 10, Michele wanted to be an artist when she grew up. This changed when a science and technology high school opened in the adjacent county. Going there and studying to become a scientist became her new dream. Her head (and her heart) were always divided between science and art. Michele attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, concentrating on math and science, and putting aside art for the time being. In college, she studied physics and geology. Watercolor painting was relegated to hobby status. In 2005, she decided to start working for herself. She bought a few jewelry components and set up shop online to sell her new jewelry creations. Michele soon realized that she wanted to learn to do more in jewelry, so she enrolled at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, where she earned her Jewelry Technician diploma. Michele has since found her passion in cloisonné enamel, gemstones, and fabrication. She satisfies her art side with the hours spent designing new pieces and playing with color. She satisfies her science side by using her knowledge of gemstones and metals in her work, and by basing many of her designs on mathematical principles. As a jeweler, she loves to create for her fellow nerds and geeks.

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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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Jessica L. Essel

Jessica L. Essel is an artist & a writer. She has written & published her own poetry book. It contains such literary works as “The Moon”, “The Stars “and “The Sun”. Her poetry has also been published in literary journals. She is a graduate of New College of California. She has also illustrated her poetry through drawing, in ink and etchings in color. Her artwork and poetry have been featured in several Bay Area galleries as Somarts. Her work was also featured in a one- woman show in San Francisco. She continues to study etching, fine arts and writing with noted local artists and writers. She has been published by the International Library of Poetry in “Dawn’s Shadow” in 2001. She continues to create new works. For info email her at jessessel@gmail.com.

 

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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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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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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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Vicki Giordano

Vicki Giordano was raised in Scranton, Pa, before going to Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY, for her BFA, UCLA for a Masters Animation Program, and National University, for her CA Teaching Credential.  After moving to California from the East Coast, in the late 80’s, Pratt Institute of Art employed her to review the portfolios of candidates for their four-year scholarship competition, up and down the west coast.  She has shown her own work in SOHO in NYC, in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, Old Town Napa, West Los Angeles, and Scranton, PA. She now lives in Richmond.  Vicki includes a variety of subjects in her body of work, figurative drawings, landscapes, still life, portraits, with the medium ranging from oil paint, to pastel, charcoal, original lithographs, woodcuts, and some mixed-media. She also exhibits her Digital Photography, taken in all the areas where she has lived.  The artist includes “Phaintings” or Photo Paintings, where she digitally manipulates aspects of several of her photos, painting with those elements, to create a new image. Vicki has either admired or been influenced by many of the great artists she has studied.  Standouts among them are Peter Milton, Gustav Klimt, Rembrandt, R.B.Kitaj, and Andrew Wyeth. The artist’s work conveys an affiliation for traditional fine art work, as well as a reverence for nature, for the human figure, and for how light defines them. Regardless of  where she resides, she has never found a shortage of inspiration for her art work, only the time to create it.

 

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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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Richard Kane

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

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Joanna Katz

Joanna Katz a long time resident of Berkeley, who is currently living at Strawberry Creek Lodge, a retirement community also in Berkeley.  She lives a few blocks from her garage-studio where she works on her larger, messier art pieces.  She was born in Princeton, NJ, grew up in Rockville Center on Long Island, went to high school in Ann Arbor, MI. Joanna graduated from State University of Iowa, Iowa City with a B.A. in fine arts.  “Giant Pansies” was one of several quickly completed paintings of pansies growing in a flower pot outside her front door.  It is her favorite of this series.


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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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Tom Kirk

Tom Kirk states “I started making art when I was 3 years old, graduating with a degree in Art from University of San Francisco. I had focused primarily on sculpture and enjoyed the process of creating something I could hold with my own hands. I am now predominantly a painter and have been in practice for about 5 years. I paint acrylic on canvas and more recently have been working with a digital iPad as a medium. My work is inspired by my immediate surroundings and observation. I live in Marin County, California and inspiration and beauty are always abundant. I was lucky enough to live in France for three months and took a lot of inspiration from my travels there as well. I create art because of the joy it brings me to express the beauty around me”


 

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Mayumi Kohsai

Mayumi Kohsai was born in Osaka Japan, living in California. Most of her works are focused around her birth place. After being charmed by Berkeley's beautiful weather, its expressive skies, and its diverse people, she decided to make it her home for the time being. Using colored pencils, markers, watercolors, acrylic paint, and various other tools, she focuses on creating mixed media pieces. She also creates kirigami, ceramics, collages, and wearable art among other things. Kohsai is always developing her own style. Her strong suits are the use of vivid colors and vibrant depictions of life. She often uses things like sun flowers, animals, or girls as motifs. Whenever possible, she creates artwork for magazines, T-shirts, and portraits.

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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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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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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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John Mallon

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

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Noel Marsh

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

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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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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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Christine Mulder

Christine Mulder, born and raised in the Bay Area, Christine has been exhibiting primarily watercolors and acrylics for the past several years.  After earning degrees from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, she studied locally with Dorcas Moulton, and has taken workshops with Jane Hofstetter, Dick Cole, and Carole Maddox, among others. She states "My paintings are often inspired by the local scenes when I'm out plein air painting with the El Cerrito Art Assn. group, or things in my everyday surroundings. As an artist I'm drawn to texture and contrast: fiery oranges against cool blues, soft mist against craggy rocks, the splash of sunlight again deep shadows".  She has exhibited work with the California Watercolor Assn., and more recently has won awards in the El Cerrito Art Assn. and Oakland Art Assn. shows. She is currently exhibiting acrylics at the Expressions Gallery show "Peace in the World”.



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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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John Paulin

John Paulin grew up in Massachusetts, studied ancient Mediterranean religion and culture in college, and moved to Berkeley to study Greek tragedy and German and Greek philosophy.  His formal training in the arts includes instruction in Multimedia and traditional arts at Berkeley City College.  He works in a variety of virtual and real media including digital photographs, paints, and ink, which he scans and further manipulates through various digital imaging applications.  The image presented here is a scan of an original acrylic work recomposited in Adobe PhotoShop and printed in archival ink on cotton rag paper. Currently, he is a writer, researcher, and editor of academic journal articles in subjects that have ranged from Lutheran theology and Mongolian art history to STEM education and Astrophysics--all of which is a continuing education.

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Heli Perrett

Heli Perrett is a sculptor, photographer, and the creator of the Geo Jewels line of ‘wearable wood art.’  Clients of her art include corporations, museums, and private collectors in several countries (including the USA, Italy, England, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Venezuela). A resident of Rockridge, Heli has lived in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Australia, Turkey, Peru, Venezuela, Canada and England and worked in many more as a ‘poverty expert’ for the UN and the World Bank. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Art studies have taken place in New York, Istanbul and Oakland. Her involvement in creating, exhibiting and selling art spans over 20 years.  She has recently been named ‘One of the best photographers of 2008’ by Photography Vibes, and her work appears in the Photography Vibes book of top photographers, printed July 2008. Heli’s involvement in Geo Jewels is a fairly recent addition, dating back to late 2007.  Geo Jewels are made primarily of wood. Each piece of jewelry is unique, influenced by the natural wood itself, tribal arts and the Art Deco style.  The belts in the series are the most recent addition. They are made of wood and leather. 

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Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a native of Chicago who migrated to sunny California during a particularly nasty Chicago winter. She studied art at UC Berkeley with an emphasis in painting. Over the years she expanded her interests to included photography and digital printmaking. Those mediums were her main focus for the past decade as she participated in exhibits around the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, the painting muse tapped her on the shoulder encouraging her to dust off the paintbrushes and revisit her old love. She is enjoying working in both acrylics and oils and is experimenting with new techniques using metallic paints. She currently lives in Albany, CA with her husband of 42 years and 3 rescue cats.
 

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Winthrop Prince

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

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Ernest and Lois Rich

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

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Charlene Richter

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

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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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Barbara Rockhold

Barbara Rockhold’s home and studio is in El Cerrito, CA. She grew up in a small town in Kansas and her grandmother was a well-known local artist in Texas. She painted her first painting under her grandmother’s instruction at age 5. Since then, she’s pursued a variety of creative interests, including painting, photography, lost-wax jewelry casting, pottery, and basketry. Barbara graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Psychology and Art and has a Community College Teaching Credential in Art, Design and Photography. Her career has been as a design instructor, an art director for a magazine, an ad designer, and co-owner of a graphic design business. Following her interests in psychology and art, she paints a wide variety of subjects, from animals, portraits and flowers to psychological surrealism. The variety of her work reflects both the dark and light aspects of life. Barbara’s work has been exhibited in numerous gallery exhibits throughout the bay area, in online exhibits and in the Alchemical Art Salon in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has won many awards in art competitions.

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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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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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Karen Scroggs

 

Karen Scroggs was born in Marin and is a long-time resident of Oakland, Karen found that both glass under studio light and reflective mica embedded in the unique underground walls of Arizona's Antelope Canyon offer unique subject matter for expanded sensors of today's cameras. These natural abstracts come alive with digital color. Karen says, "I feel I've experienced new stories in Antelope Canyon through what I see as "brush strokes" carved into natural landscapes by annual flash floods." She has received Bachelor degrees in Art/Photgraphy and Music/Voice at San Francisco and Hayward State Universities and accrued twenty years experience in print media and art for businesses and schools. Returning to watercolor and drawing at the Peralta Community Colleges ten years ago, Karen is now engaged in Multi Media Arts at Berkeley City College, tying her loves of photography and the watercolor materials of pure rag paper and pigment colors. Active with the El Cerrito Art Association and BCC's Digital Artists Collective, the last two years Karen has received awards for watercolor and digital photography, participated in four solo and twelve group shows, including publications and National Photographic Competitions.

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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.

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Michael Topliff

Michael Topliff currently lives in Berkeley, CA.  The artist grew up along the Southern Peninsula, San Mateo, Foster City and finally in Sunnyvale, CA. The artist thinks he was always creative and in his early twenties he knew he wanted to do something like drawing and/ or painting.  The artist has taken drawing classed at the community college level, but is mostly self-taught. The artist admires the Impressionist and Surrealist movements, and is inspired by Salvador Dali and Max Ernst.  The artist likes acrylic paint because it dries quickly and you can apply many layers in a short period of time.  The artist has shown his paintings numerous times in the Marin County Fair and the Napa County Fair.  The artist is also a member of the Oakland Art Association who has shows at a number of venues in the East Bay.

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Serena Toxicat

Serena Toxicat was an accidental first-grade pointillist who already admired Margaret Keane (and knew she wasn’t a pointillist). The San Francisco native slinks across the dimensions as (alternately and simultaneously) a painter/visual artist who favors acrylics and enjoys collage and montage, a bilingual poet and novelist, a stage and screen actor, a wild and domestic cat socializer, and a certified life coach. She is a priestess of the feline goddess Bast with her own floridly painted temple in Oakland. Her current, oh-so-obscure music projects include Protea and Starchasm. She lived nearly 8 years in Paris, hung out in dank museums, and drank chantilly espressos in grungy neighborhood cafes. Serena traveled to Egypt, where she recorded vocals and excavated more inspiration in the King's Chamber of Khufu. If she could meet three historical figures, they would probably be Nefertiti, David Bowie and Camille Claudel. Her latest project is a completed Tarot deck called the Incredible Psychic Meow. Being an author in the field of mental health--eating disorders, in particular--is what gave substance to the painting she contributed this very show.

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Nga Trinh

Nga Trinh I came to the United States in 1975 from Viet Nam. I graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I used to work as an Instructional Assistant, and as a Bilingual Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, Calif. I am currently employed by Berkeley Public Library as a Library Assistant. I'm a member of Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, California. My interests are: graphic design, photography, origami, gardening, reading, and I am passionately in love with nature. My favorite flower and color are orchid and purple. I wish to be a famous environmentalist when I grow old, so if there is a genie out there who could grand me my wish, please contact me at tuyetrinh@gmail.com

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Jan Wall 

 

Jan Wall has painted for the last fifty years, off and on.  Retirement has given her a chance to move from hobbyist to professional, making painting part of every day.  Her art education has been at Laney College in Oakland, where she taught English for 45 years.  There she had the good fortune to study with June Steingart, Bill Snyder, Charles Chavez, Heinrich Smidt, and David Brown.  She's grateful for their skill, generosity, and patience.  She has of course been influenced by her teachers, especially by Bill Snyder, and she says she hopes by the great Winslow Homer. In her work, she looks for that place where work and play meet, where spirit and matter come together.

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Carol Witten

 

Carol Witten was born in Ohio and lives in Richmond, CA. She became interested in photography when she discovered a 35 mm camera in the lounge at the Sheraton-Waikiki. When no one claimed the Canon, the management gave her the camera. She enrolled in a photography class at the University of Hawaii held on a 25 foot yawl. Carol recalls the instructor said, “ Take your camera to the streets and explore, explore, explore!. Carol loves to do just that as her restless eye seeks the interplay of light and shadow whether in a studio or on the street. Imogene Cunningham and Yousuf Karsh have both fed her curiosity and enthusiasm for the medium. Carol’s work is represented in both private and corporate collections. She is currently enrolled in Multi-Media Arts at Berkeley City College and is a member of the Digital Arts Council.

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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.