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Artist Biographies -
Autumn Colors
September 15 - December 7, 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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Rita Ayral

Rita Ayral, currently lives in Alameda, California and grew up in rural Alabama. Her first art experience was a drawing of her dog. She also made clay objects from the red clay abundant in her backyard. It was not until 1965 when she took an art class at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, under teacher Martha Johnson, that she discovered her lifetime passion for creating art. In this class, she met her fellow artist/friend, Jessica Phrogus, and they participated in their first group show at Central Bank. Rita received her BA from the University of Alabama, with an English Literature major, Spanish and psychology minor. Her art has included ceramics and painting in watercolor, oils, acrylics, and charcoal. She is presently working in acrylics and mixed media. Her current piece at this gallery is an acrylic painting, “Racing into the sunset” created while taking a class taught by Ruth Block at Berkeley City College. Previously, Rita experimented in workshops taught by the late Paula Powers. “I am always looking for new ways to work with different mediums and have found techniques taught in The Painting Experience, a catalyst for emerging projects. My early influences were Modigliani, Georgia O’Keefe and Salvador Dali.” she said.



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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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Carol Jones Brown 

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



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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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Mari Chovan-Upton

Mari Chovan-Upton is Hungarian-born artist creates figurative and abstract sculptures in ceramic, stone, bronze, wood and glass. She studied drawing and sculpture in Budapest, Hungary, painting in Florence, Italy and stone carving with Italian masters in Pietrasanta. She studied glass at CCAC where she got her degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Art. Recently she fell in love with wood. “What excites me is discovering the beauty of the once-living organism, as the unexpected patterns of the grain and the form are revealed by the chisels.” She currently carves wood at the Peninsula Art Institute. Mari’s work has been exhibited in the United States, Hungary and Italy.

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

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Carol Denney

Carol Denney is a self-taught artist, writer, and musician born in East Los Angeles. Her work is profoundly affected by the stories of blacklisting and discrimination from her musical family's acquaintance with jazz musicians in her early years. She is the founder and editor of the twenty-six year old Pepper Spray Times, the human rights editor of Street Spirit newspaper, a contributor to the Berkeley Daily Planet, a musician with the Augusta Music Heritage Center in West Virginia, a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and a cartoonist for the Berkeley Times. She works 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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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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Curtis Gould

Curtis Gould is a Richmond based artist originally from Pennsylvania. Curtis started experimenting in art as a child and eventually completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Illustration from Academy of Art University. His digital artwork features colorful, emotional storytelling in clean, graphic style. Curtis has been featured in the Academy of Art’s Spring Show, and the iJungle Illustration Awards. See more of his art on Instagram: @curtisgouldillustration and on His website: curtisgould.com

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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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Susan Hall

Susan Hall was born in Florida but has resided in the East Bay since age 5 and currently lives in Albany. She earned a BA and MSW at UC Berkeley. After 21 years as a juvenile probation officer, she retired in 1994 to pursue her life-long interest in art. Her journey into painting began with watercolors in sunny Puerto Vallarta Mexico where she used to hang out for a month almost every winter. More recently she has turned to oil painting. She is a frequent world traveler. During her travels to third world countries, she takes photos, which are later used for inspiration in painting. She searches out vibrant scenes when traveling and tries to translate the mystery and sparkle of the scene into a painting. In the past she has focused on vistas and landscape. More recently she includes people of the local culture into the scenes, engaged in their everyday activities. She especially enjoys trying to capture the charm and lively colors of indigenous peoples onto canvas. Her work has been shown in many restaurants, several art galleries in the Bay Area and in a gallery in Puerto Vallarta.

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Patti Heimburger

Patti Heimburger lives in Alameda and grew up in Long Beach, CA. She took a painting class at the age of 13, and later received a BA in art at UCSB. The artist has cultivated her textured painting through fabric, yarn that is applied to the canvas and then oil paint on the surface. All Patti’s playful landscapes are from her imagination. The artist has exhibited at the Oakland and Triton Museums, San Francisco Hotel Nikko, Alta Bates Hospital, colleges, banks, galleries in CA and WA. Recently she exhibited 13 paintings at the Alameda City Hall.

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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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Tony Kay

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

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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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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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Sandra Lo

Sandra Lo, an established award-winning artist, was born in China and immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1979. Her father, an art teacher and oil painter, inspired her to become an artist. Sandra grew up in an artistic environment full of his paintings, art books and stories, and received academic training from him during her childhood. Using oil and pastels, Sandra's subjects include portraits, figures and landscapes. She loves to paint from nature and from life models. Sandra’s painting style is realism towards Impressionism. Her goal is to bring the viewer into her painting and experience the emotion she has revealed. Her artworks and commission portraits are in galleries, publications and with collectors nationwide. 

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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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Noel Marsh

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

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Emmett McCuiston

Emmett McCuiston 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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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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Rose Moore

Teresa Moore Self-taught and painting mainly with her fingers, Moore's oil on canvas and mixed media works create an atmosphere of night life, good times, and fleeting romances. Her images bring to life a world at once sensuous, sophisticated, and sometimes sweet yet always alluring recalling a risqué lost generation that in this age can only exist within the confines of a fertile imagination. Moore's fiery independence shows through in these characters, which all seem to have their own checkered pasts, drawn from deep within the artist's own fantasies and realities, past and present. Moore's work is exhibited and collected worldwide.

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Christine Mulder

Christine Mulder was born and raised in the Bay Area, has been exhibiting watercolors, oils, and acrylics for the past several years and more recently has expanded her paintings to create wearable art in the form of jewelry. After earning degrees from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State, she studied locally with Dorcas Moulton and Carol Tarzier, and has taken workshops with Jane Hofstetter, Dick Cole, and Carole Maddox among others. She states "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 acrylic paintings at Orinda Library’s Library gallery, in addition to her watercolors in Expressions’ current show "Autumn Colors”. Additional work may be seen at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/christine-mulder.html

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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 is a Berkeley artist, originally from Massachusetts, who began making art after completing his Ph.D. in philosophy and Greek Tragedy at UC Berkeley. John is largely self-taught and admires the abstract art, folk art, and art from the ancient Mediterranean as well as the Neo- and Paleolithic eras. He works in real media, including acrylics, ink, and graphite and in digital media and prints in pigmented inks on rag paper. Recently, John has moved from pure abstraction to a conceptual art and bricolage that reincorporates his doctoral work in philosophy, mythology, epic and ethics.

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Heli Perrett

Heli Perrett is a sculptor and painter. She has lived and worked in some 40 countries. As of two years ago, she established her studio in Point Richmond. Her art can be found in several corporate and private collections as well as in museums. In the San Francisco Bay area, she has exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Richmond. The two paintings in the current show, one from 2016 and the other from 2017, are both acrylic on canvas, but represent quite different styles of painting.

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Jessica Phrogus

Jessica Phrogus has lived in Berkeley, CA for 40 years and has also lived in the South, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Jessica worked and went to school after leaving home at 17, studying at Cal State Eastbay received BA in Fine Art California College of Art MFA Printmaking Berkeley City College. Jessica has done multiple artist residencies and worked in different mediums, studios, as well as traveled around the world. She has been taught by many people and places. Jessica admires everyone as an artist. She believes art is everywhere and within everyone, even those who “can’t draw a straight line” (you know who you are). Jessica has worked in many mediums, mainly any surface that feels blank to her
acrylic painting, watercolor, printmaking, bookmaking, letterpress as well as ceramics and fabric sculptural installations. She has shown her work in Italy, Venezuela, and of course the Bay Area. Receiving a purchase award through the City of Berkeley’s Art Program, a vase is installed on the 5th floor of City Hall as part of the permanent collection.

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Vicki Pierpont

Vicki Pierpont was born in California and raised in the Bay Area.  She presently lives in the Lamorinda area, where she paints weekly with a group in Walnut Creek and Orinda.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in Art Education. She has always had a deep interest in the arts but only started painting seriously five years ago as a diversion to caring for gravely ill family members.  Her primary medium is oil, and she paints a variety of subject matter, including the abstract paintings on display.  She has work in private collections throughout the greater Bay Area, the wine country, Lake Tahoe, Southern California, and in Coeur d'Alene and Sun Valley, Idaho.  She has also displayed her work in galleries in Palm Desert and Soquel, California, and in Ketchum, Idaho.

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Jo-Anna Pippen

Jo-Anna Pippen is a 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 dual 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. She’s inspired by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Magritte and Georgia O’Keefe, who revealed their souls through their work. The variety of her work shows 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 many ribbons from art competitions. Her work can be seen at the Alameda Art Gallery, as well as on her website, www.tomatogurl.com.

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Stanford Rose

 

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

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Genevieve Saldanha

 

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


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Arlene Risi Streich

 

Arlene Risi Streich grew up and lives in Oakland, Ca. and cannot remember a time that she has not been interested in art. She received her B.A. ED and 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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Kathy Bryan Sturges

 

Kathy Bryan Sturges lives in Berkeley with her husband Steve and son Gabe. She grew up in Santa Monica where she attended St. Monica’s Catholic School from first grade through high school. She’s been interested in art since she colored in 1950s coloring books with her mother. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and from JFK University with an MA in Psychology. She is self- taught in art. She has been influenced by the children’s book illustrator Garth Williams and her most distinguishing paintings have a fairy tale style. Initially she worked in oil and acrylic, but now works exclusively in watercolor. She has exhibited in the San Francisco Library and California Watercolor Association show.

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Matthew Felix Sun

Matthew Felix Sun is drawn to document and critique social and political subjects steeped in tradition, yet alert to modern movements, development, and current trends. 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. A prolific painter, Matthew Felix Sun constantly explores new subject matter and technical challenges. He also works in mixed media, such as origami, and with found objects, coaxing the original from the mundane. Though his main oeuvre centers on dark themes, occasionally, he would venture into lighter sphere and his whimsical take on Greek mythology is such example.

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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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Nga Trinh

Nga Trinh came to the US as a refugee at the end of April 1975 from Sai Gon, Viet Nam.  She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Nga is an Origami artist and she uses recycled paper for her folds.  Her works have been bought by private collectors, Roundtree Visual Company in Emeryville, the Alameda County of Arts Commission, and the City of Mountain View's Visual Arts Commission. 

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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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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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Shuquan Xu 

 

Shuquan Xu was born in Jilin, China in 1942.  He is a retired professor who worked at Dalian Polytechnic University until 2002.  Shuquan likes painting and has participated and won prizes in various exhibitions.  He paints in oil, watercolor, and on woodcarvings.  His work has been shown in Hawaii, Denver, Seattle, and Berkeley.

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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.