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Artist Biographies -
Flowers and Gardens
May 20 - August 11, 2017

Artists

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Lahcen Abalil

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

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Miriam Abramowitsch

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

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Sandi Adams

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

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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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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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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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Rita Davies

Rita Davies lives in Berkeley, CA with her wife Barbara. Rita is British and moved to California in 1980 as a teacher. She taught in the Mendocino and Berkeley schools and retired in 2007. She has always been a strong, life-long, proponent for the Arts in education as well as an artist herself, Rita works in pastel as well as graphite, colored and drawings bordering on the abstract. She is inspired by Kandinsky, Turner, Albers, Wolf Kahn and many others including the wonderful art teachers at Merritt College. She has exhibited in galleries and cafes with other artists and recently, with a small, newly formed group of pastel painters and friends from Merritt College. The artist states: When I’m drawing or painting, I’m focused more intensely than at any other time and, as Van Gogh said, “I’m in it with all my heart”.

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Carol Denney

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

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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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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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Erika Gagnon

Erika Gagnon was born in Montreal, Canada of mixed blood heritage, which includes her French Canadian, Japanese and Native American ancestry. Officially, Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, honors in Graphic design from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and is also a photographer, painter and multimedia artist. She strongly believes in the healing potential of visual art, and many of her creations reflect her deep love of nature and humanity. She recently arrived to Berkeley and began exploring the digital arts and especially photo composite work.  Since arriving to the United States 6 years ago, her work has been selected for over 35 National and International group exhibitions, as well as 3 solo exhibitions in California. www.erikagagnon.com, info@erikagagnon.com

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Gwendolyn Gardner

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

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Mary Anne Gerhardt

Mary Anne Gerhardt has lived in the South Bay Area, CA, her entire life, born in San Jose and now residing in Santa Clara.  She started drawing when she was in grade school, and followed through with learning formal art techniques and various mediums, once in high school.  She continued on to take more art classes in college.  Since 1995, Mary Anne has been more involved in creating expressive abstract pieces in oil pastels and chalk pastels.  In addition, Mary Anne began using mixed media and collage at the start of 2012, when she joined Lori Krein’s “Expressive Collage” classes.  Since then, Mary Anne has also experimented with various techniques of her own, and now uses them in her art.  Mary Anne is most inspired by artists who create large, bold abstracts.  She has her studio in San Jose and enjoys displaying her work in shows at various venues around the Bay Area.

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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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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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Sandy Kallenberg

Sandy Kallenberg lives in Berkeley. Since she was a small child, growing up in New York City, she's always enjoyed painting and drawing. When she was a teen-ager, she studied still life and figure drawing at the Art Students' League in New York City.  As an adult she studied the atelier/classical style of painting and drawing with David Hardy, the late Rob Anderson and Christian Fagerlund . She was a full-time faculty member at College of Marin where she taught Early Childhood Education. While coordinating the Early Childhood Education program, she developed and taught a course in Early Childhood Art Curriculum. Since her retirement, she has studied painting with Julie Cohn, and at Merritt College, figure drawing and portraiture with Sherry Kwint-Coattoche and pastel with Dorcas Moulton and Mark Lightfoot. Currently, Sandy works mostly in oil, gouache and pastel pencil. All of her pictures in this show are done in pastel pencil.  She has exhibited her work through the El Cerrito Art Association where she was a two-time second place winner in the pastel division of the Association's annual art show.  Also, through the El Cerrito Art Association, she had a solo show, "A Show of Roses" at the El Cerrito Community Center in September, 2016. She also exhibited in a group show, "4 Artists' Journey Through Art" at the UC Berkeley YWCA from April to June, 2014. Currently, Sandy is delighted to be part of a group of pastel artists called "Chalk It Up" whose members enjoy showing their work in various cafe in the East Bay, including Au Coquelet, Aunt Mary's Cafe, Tomate Cafe and West Side Cafe. She counts Monet, Manet, Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Stella among the artists she admires.
       

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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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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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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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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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Patty McAfee

Patty McAfee spent many years singing with local country blues bands. Always adorned in rhinestones, her fans called her Rhinestone Patty and the name stuck throughout her singing career and is San Pablo and Richmond. She has been a resident of Oakland for twenty-five years. As a youngster and as an adult she was always inspired by the colorful art and music of Mexico. This influence shows in her brightly colored paintings. As an artist Patty is self-taught, except for some instruction in dot painting by her friend and well-known artist, John Mallon. “I paint with a certain type of acrylic to get that special effect. It takes a careful hand, a lot of concentration, and many hours to complete a painting.” Her art has shown in restaurants and art shows in Jack London Square, Alameda, San Ramon and the El Cerrito Art Association.

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Idril Miller

Idril Miller currently lives in Oakland, CA. She grew up in London and moved to the United States in 2008. She began doing art in 2005, as she always admired the artistic technique of her father, a painter. She is self-taught, and discovered her eye for detail through her ability to create theme based mood collages'. When she is not writing, painting, sketching, or photographing nature she teaches at The Children's Workshop Oakland. She loves working with children in early childhood, and extends her knowledge of art with them each day. In the fall she will be transferring to further her studies and research of education at UCSB. She creates her artworks on canvas using acrylic paint with a watercolor base coat, and focuses on building texture on small or large areas. The artist states: "Nature inspires me to believe in something greater, within it I feel the most comfort".

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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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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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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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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 long-time resident of Albany. She began her artist's adventures as a painter, earning a B.A. in art from UC Berkeley. She loved the challenge of painting but felt limited by the medium. She expanded her interests to photography and loved the freedom of being able to produce an image independent of the studio. Although photography allowed for more flexibility, she wanted to be able to push the image as she had done in painting. Taking a class in digital printmaking at Berkeley City College, she found the perfect means to synthesize the immediacy of photography with the imagination of painting. She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the Albany Arts and Music Festival in 2008 and was named Visual Artist of the Year by at the Albany Community Foundation in 2009. Her work has been exhibited around the Bay Area, was chosen for shows at the De Young Museum, the Best of the Bay Area 2010 at CSU East Bay, and the 33rd Annual Bradley International Print Show in Peoria, IL in 2011. She continues classes in advanced Digital Printmaking at Berkeley City College and is an ongoing member of the BCC Digital Arts Club and a member of the Berkeley City College Arts Council. www.joannapippen arts.com


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Winthrop Prince

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

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Ernest and Lois Rich

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

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Charlene Richter

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

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Diego Marcial Rios

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

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Selma Rockett

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

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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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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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Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan lives in Guerneville, California. She has worked as a commercial and fine artist for more than 40 years. Susan graduated from Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, with a BFA in Illustration in 1971. She began a career in advertising as a freelance illustrator, working with agencies in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Chicago for the almost 18 years. In the early 80’s Susan left the world of advertising and started painting in oils and playing around with paper maché pulp. For the next several years she exhibited her paintings of funky LA architecture in solo and group shows in Southern California. She also completed numerous private commissions at this time. In the late 80’s Susan left painting and paper maché and created a line of wooden miniatures which she marketed through the wholesale gift market. Her work sold in galleries and museum gift shops throughout the United States. About 10 years ago Susan went back to painting and to paper maché. Her work in each medium is very different. Her paintings tell stories of an idealized world of architecture and gardens, vibrant, colorful and peaceful. Her trompe l’oeil paper maché sculptures are elegant and subtle—suggesting a spiritual world, infused by ancient songs. Susan currently shows locally, in both Solo and Groups shows; her sculpture may be seen at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley and at Graton Gallery in Graton



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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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Masha Schultz

 

Masha Schultz has always loved to create art as long as she can remember. She grew up in the Soviet Union going to school for art until the pressures of society forced her into a career of computers and included staging lights for events.  Masha has experienced tremendous ups and downs as Soviet refugee adapting to American Society, struggling through health issues and life's challenges. Masha’s paintings reflect her life experiences using vibrant oil colors.  Her artwork reflects the expression of her most challenging times in life, the “shadows of the underworld”, depression, and self-obsessions. Today, Masha feels transformed, rising above, experiencing personal spiritual enlightenment and self-awareness together with her family, friends and community.  She loves sharing her art and helping others heal. Her work exhibited in multiple art shows in the Bay Area and displaying in private collections around the world. Masha loves the contrast of light and dark and how it makes everything much more vivid and interesting. She truly believes by shining light into the darkness of her soul through her paintings she is coming to a peaceful place with herself and the world around her. 

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Karen Sergi

 

Karen Sergi has lived in Oakland, California for the last 38 years. Karen grew up in Morgan Hill, California, on a prune and walnut farm in the countryside. She was accepted to the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1972. Karen became interested in art many years into her adulthood. As an adult working in the biotechnology industry Karen’s whole career, she always liked details and accuracy in her professional work. Karen has been taking art classes thru the Peralta Community College School District for approximately 12 years. She loves repetitive patterns and designs that are found in tigers, giraffes and most recently in butterflies. When she is not working in chalk pastel, she loves to work in watercolors. When not in classes Karen enjoys zen tangling repetitive patterns, in ink, in small notebooks. Karen hopes her viewers enjoy the detail and exactness of each piece she creates.

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Ari Steckel

 

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

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Arlene Risi Streich

 

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

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Matthew Felix Sun

 

Matthew Felix Sun Steeped in tradition, yet alert to modern movements, development, and current trends, Matthew Felix Sun is drawn to document and critique social and political subjects. As with many artists, Sun's early work is grounded in realism, and evolved into a style that retains a representative cast but rejects slavish naturalism. He immerses himself in the patterns and rhythms of forms, particularly the contradiction between the surface beauty and harsh subjects, and from these foci has formed a distinctive style. The subject matter of his work ranges from portraiture and landscape/cityscape, to allegories and abstraction. Living in the U.S. as an immigrant from China for more than half his life, he is alert to culture variance and nuance, and documents cultural difference through a personal lens. One of the reoccurring theme in his paintings is the sense of isolation and alienation of modern life. His "Rowing” and "Father and Son” reflect this.

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Ruby Trauner

 

Ruby Trauner has lived in the Bay Area since 1979. Ruby's interest in drawing took hold in her 20's and has grown exponentially over the years. She did not attend art school, but began drawing with friends who modeled for each other, and has taken, over the years, many community drawing classes using graphite, charcoal and pastels. For the past 10 years, she has been studying pastels, portraiture and figure drawing at Merritt College. Her work has been shown at the annual Show of Merritt, at Qulture Collective in downtown Oakland, at Westside Cafe in Berkeley and at Expressions Gallery. Ruby is currently a member of Chalk It Up, Lifelong Learners Who Love Pastels. The group has shown widely at venues such as Aunt Mary's Cafe, Tomate Cafe, Westside Cafe and Cafe Galleria and will soon be part of a show sponsored by the Oakland Art Association. Ruby is especially drawn to the colors, intensity and freedom she experiences when drawing with pastels. She especially enjoys figurative work in both pastel and charcoal.

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Nga Trinh

 

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

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Aradhana Verma

 

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

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Wynette Weaver

 

Wynette Weaver lives in Albany, CA, when she isn’t on an adventure in another part of the world, combining her passion for travel and photography. Wynette’s passion for photography began when, at age fifteen, she took out a bank loan to buy a camera to replace her trustworthy, but not very exciting, Brownie. There was no looking back. Over the years, while working first as a nurse and then a tech writer, Wynette studied and practiced the art of photography in many areas; portraits, landscapes, black and white, etc. when the digital camera arrived, Wynette immediately envisioned the possibility of altering a photograph to create a truly original and more meaningful image. The ambiguity of the medium is also attractive to Wynette. There is a sense of mystery about the final image which prompts viewers to ask, “What is this? How did you do it? It’s beautiful.” This intention of sharing her adventures with others visually and emotionally is in Wynette’s mind as she works hours into the night on a new project. Wynette’s photos have been published in travel brochures, magazine articles, and won awards in various categories. The Tibetan Buddhist Way series was showcased at the ProArts Studio Tour in summer, 2006. Her most recent award was First Prize and Best in Show in the Travel/Journalism category at the Berkeley Camera Club.

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Benjamin Xu

 

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

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Lisa Yount

 

Lisa Yount currently lives in El Cerrito with her husband, Harry Henderson, and a variable number of cats. She has lived in the Bay Area all her adult life but grew up in Southern California (San Marino). Although interested in art as a child, she was 50 years old before Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way made her realize that the people who had told her she couldn't be an artist because she could not make accurate representational drawings or paintings might be wrong. She began her new art explorations with photography and collage, then combined these interests in digital collage after finally figuring out how to use Photoshop (after a multi-year struggle) in 2000. Her work, exhibited on her website, www.lionlight.com, has been strongly influenced by Surrealism and contemporary fantasy art. Now 72 years old, Yount has won awards at several El Cerrito Art Association shows and has also exhibited at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, Market Street Gallery in San Francisco, the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Expressions Gallery in Berkeley, and other venues, including several World Science Fiction Conventions. She has had one-woman shows at the El Cerrito Library and the El Cerrito City Hall.