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Artist Biographies -
Women in Art
August 19 - November 10, 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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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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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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Vanessa Castro

Vanessa Castro is currently a resident in Alameda and grew up in San Mateo, California. Castro’s father was an architect, so she must have inherited her artistic skills and creativity from him. All through her childhood, everybody always told Castro that she was just like her father. She always had a passion for drawing, writing, and painting, and took several art and creative writing classes during high school and college. Castro graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Education. After graduating Castro had trouble finding a job due to her physical disability called Cerebral Palsy. With nothing to do, Castro spent most of her time drawing and painting. She loves using acrylic paints on canvas, which she used for these paintings in this “Women In Art’ show. In 2006, she started her own art business called, Ness Ness Va’s Art. She often sells her work at art festivals and other events. In December 2016, Castro had her very first solo Christmas art exhibit in The ArtVale Gallery in Oakland. Currently, she has a few pieces at the ArtVale Gallery for the “Women Work Water and Wood” show. She wrote and illustrated two children’s books, which can be purchased on her website, nessnessva.com. On September 27, 2017, Castro will be launching her third book at Book Inc. book store in Alameda. She often does readings at elementary schools to teach kids that people with disabilities is just like everybody else. She was recently awarded a grant from the National Arts Disability Center, which allows her to go to more elementary schools to continue her desire “to educate children and others even though someone may have a disability or some other challenges, everyone has their own super-powers.”

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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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Verona Fonté

Verona Fonté has lived in Berkeley, California for 35 years. She is currently President of the Digital Artists Collective at Berkeley City College. She is also Executive Director of Iris Arts & Educational Group; an organization which has the mission to produce and support socially relevant media, educational and artistic projects. Her professional work is mostly in digital media: printmaking, video, graphic design, website design. She paints and draws for her pleasure. Her inspiration comes from both nature and archetypal images. Her prints are often multilayer compositions reflecting social issues that interspersed with symbolic, archetypal attributes. When she travels she always carries a camera. www.veronafonte.com

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Sue Mary Fox

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

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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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Ashley Gallo

Ashley Gallo is a 5th grade art student at Berkeley Maynard Academy. Berkeley Maynard Academy is a charter school that is located in 5900 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville. The Gallery’s education department has an on-going relationship with the school and its students.



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Gwendolyn Gardner

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

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Vicki Giordano

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

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Avram Gur Arye

Avram Gur Arye, having grown up in New York City during the 40’s and 50’s and who now resides in Berkeley, began his intense love affair with Art while in Mexico, in 1957, viewing strikingly modern buildings and the Diego Rivera murals and the ancient Aztec archeological site at Teotihuacan just outside of the current Mexico City. He’s had no formal training in Photography, instead following in the tradition of self-taught instruction. His major influences have been Joan Miro whose work seems to leap up at you with playful childlike abandon, Edward Weston for his love of the everyday, and the Mexican architect Luis Baragan whose works illustrate the bold use of color and fine architectonic relationships in his buildings. Avram has also had a 50+ year career as an architect, designing some 75+ buildings before coming seriously to Photography. The work Avram does he calls Toychitecture as illustrated here by the use of painted wood, magnetic blocks designed for 2-3 year olds, here used to create architectural form called Architektons. While Avram has shown in a number of small Bay Area Galleries, he is showing here for the first time as a professional.

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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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Kathleen Joynes

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


       

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Richard Kane

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

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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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Silvia Ledezma

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

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Lucy Lewis

Lucy Lewis lives in the Bay Area. She is a dancer and an artist. She performed with Anna Halprin’s, Dancers Workshop Company. She created her own company in the 1960’s performing innovative multi-media works, integrating dance, art and music. She became interested in the relationship of dance, art and healing and completed a master’s degree in cultural anthropology in 1985. She has been teaching “Dance as a Healing Art”, for the last 20 years. She created many performances including: Dreamscapes (1984), Between two Worlds (2002), The Planets (2006) as well as performing yearly at the conference on shamanism and alternative healing. She can be contacted at dancinglights@earthlink.net.


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Adrian Litman

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

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Sandra Lo

Sandra Lo, an established award-winning artist who 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 live 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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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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Sandra Martinez

Sandra Martinez is an art photographer from California.  She was born and raised in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area. She finds great joy in her photography and is inspired by the works of Vivian Maier, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and her father, Santa Fe muralist, Ross Martinez Sandra can be found with her camera in hand and music in her ears in the community being inspired by nature, hands, the moon, vets, the beauty of everyday things and everyday people, and of course her many travels. Her work has been featured at the following shows: Sanchez Contemporary Art, Oakland, CA : Flora & Fauna Show; Arc Gallery, San Francisco: SNAP! Show; Sorenson’s Gallery, Fresno: Art Scientifique show.

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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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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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Janell Moon

Janell Moon lives and works in Emeryville, CA.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Akron, Ohio. She returned to Chicago as an adult after receiving her BSEd, and MA in Education and Humanistic Counseling. She studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and with Ross Drago at his studio in Emeryville, California. She has shown in the Emeryville Art Show, Expressions Gallery and Mythos Galley, both in Berkeley, the Marin Civic Building Gallery in San Rafael and the Marin Art and Garden Gallery in Ross, California where her work received first price. She will be featured as one of three artists at Mythos Gallery in September 2017. Early in her work, she showed her mixed media through the Marin County Library System. Her paintings of layered paint  create texture and show the artist’s hand. She feels the use of oils is integral to her paintings because of oils’ soft, malleable effects. In the compositions based on texture and color of the portraits, cats, landscapes and abstracts, she strives to evoke an emotional response of connection. Her enjoyment in painting is to bring an abstract or subject to life, letting the composition’s own inward focus speak for itself to the viewer. She is the author of four inspirational self-help books, a memoir and two poetry volumes published by HarperCollins and Tuttle Publishing, available on Amazon and as e-books. She served as Emeryville’s first Poet Laureate in 2011-2. She feels her background in creative nonfiction and poetry brings a poetic, imaginative quality to her paintings. Collectors may contact her by text or phone.  Her work is shown on Etsy at sfstudioart under fine art and painting.



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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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S. Newman

S. Newman is a Bay Area resident originally from Chicago, Illinois. After living in Boston, Los Angeles, and London, England, S. Newman moved to San Francisco because of the multicultural environment. Trained as an opera singer, S. Newman preferred the creative expression of painting and began experimenting with oil paints with no formal training. The objective of the paintings is to embrace the viewer for people to build empathy and unification. In 1998 S. Newman was invited to become part of the SF MOMA Artist Gallery and has been with them ever since. Private collectors throughout France, Germany, England, and Tibet have purchased selected paintings by S. Newman. In 2007 Atea (formerly Ementor), Europe’s largest IT company with approximately 6,000 employees in over seven countries, purchased “The Place To Be” by S. Newman, from the SF MOMA Artist Gallery. It is presented at all corporate meetings with their international partners and prospects, including apple, Mac, and IBM. Atea has acquired three additional paintings which it remain at their headquarters in Oslo, but “The Place To Be” was replicated and hung in each office throughout the seven countries. It is a symbol of cultural unity which embodies the spirit of their company and the painting of S. Newman.

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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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Jessica Phrogus

Jessica Phrogus has lived in Berkeley, CA for 35 years but she was born in Middlesex, England and lived in the southeast most of her life until moving to California.  She found her way to art in high school through drawing, continuing to study art at various schools, receiving a degree from CSUH and a MFA from CCA as well as different residencies.  She has been influenced by different artists and schools of thought, mainly though, she has been very individual in her approach. Her mediums have included painting, print, ceramics, fiber, bookmaking and music. All the mediums blending between the mediums to become a wild concert for example the "The Elders" life sized fiber dolls were inspired by growing up in the Florida and Georgia and being told she is part Seminole.  The acrylic paintings included in this show, "Women in the Arts" were inspired by a library book about Renaissance painters where the female heroines were of special interest, sometimes copying as a way into the heart and mind of other artists. Jessica has been honored with receiving a purchase price for a portrait painted on a ceramic vase which is now installed on the fourth floor of city hall.  Her ceramic murals were shown in Faenza, Italy and Venezuela.

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Marcia Poole & Louis Cuneo

Marcia Poole, a spiritual practitioner and social activist, attempts to bring spirit to form. She earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University in computer graphics/conceptual design and studied various artistic disciplines in the Bay Area and Mexico. She was fortunate enough to have training in drawing and painting with some well-known Bay Area artists. Her personal style is more symbolic –often conveying political realities, social needs and spiritual calm with chaos. Her works have been seen in numerous juried shows and galleries. Her works are also Haiga, the visual aspect of Haiku.

Louis Cuneo, began his literary career as a poet and writer in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. He is a nationally recognized poet, author of fourteen books, Haiku expert, editor & publisher, professional photographer, director & founder of Mother’s Hen, and founded & coordinated the Berkeley Poetry Festival for 10 years. His book, Haiku Revisited Volume 2 - A Creative Textbook, was published in 2016.

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Winthrop Prince

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

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Karen Redgreene

Karen Redgreene is a painter currently living in the East Bay where she grew up during the 1960's. Her artistic roots are in Performance Art and video. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute in both Sculpture and New Genres where she is primarily known for her seminal performance piece "Marry Yourself". Her work has been exhibited in such venues as The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory, and The International Center of Photography in New York City and also internationally. She cites her major artistic influences as coming from both Linda Montano and George Kuchar while drawing inspiration from the Fluxus and Bay Area Figurative movements. Currently her concentration is on creating emotive portraits as well as abstract and semi abstract paintings in a continued search of the personal and collective unknown.

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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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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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Yaretzi Ruiz

Yaretzi Ruiz is a 5th grade art student at Berkeley Maynard Academy. Berkeley Maynard Academy is a charter school that is located in 5900 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville. The Gallery’s education department has an on-going relationship with the school and its students.

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Diane Rusnak

Diane Rusnak lives in San Pablo, Ca. She moved West from NE Ohio to Berkeley in the 60’s after receiving a degree in art from Ohio State University.  Work of women surrealists and the feminist art movement influenced her, as well as the color of Matisse.  She became very symbol-oriented, working from thousands of night dreams.  This summer she will show in St.Petersburg, Russia, as well as Tacoma, Washington. Her paintings are in public collections in Cleveland Clinics and Middlefield Ohio Library. She created the Rusnak-Cassell Women Artist Archives at St.Mary’s College, Moraga, Ca. She has been in over 140 shows and 40 publications.  “Embroidery Dreams Book” is made with recently rediscovered embroidery done as a child with her mother, matched with adult night dreams. See more art at:  dianerusnakart.com.


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Genevieve Saldanha

 

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


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Sumiko Saulson

 

Sumiko Saulson resides in Oakland, California. She was born in Los Angeles, California. She lived there until she was 11, and in Honolulu, Hawaii until 18. As a young adult, she spent two years in art training programs at San Francisco’s Central City Hospitality House where she learned silk-screening, illustration, and painting with acrylics. She studied computer graphic design and illustration at AppleTech in Campbell. She is a comic book artist with the following titles: Agrippa, Dreamworlds, Living a Lie, and Mauskaveli. She has been in art shows at Expressions, 509 Cultural Center, & Café 3016.


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Barry Shapiro

 

Barry Shapiro lives and works in Oakland. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he earned a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Art from Brooklyn College, before moving to Berkeley to continue his studies at UC. While completing his Doctoral degree in Philosophy, he co-edited and art directed twbooks; PsychoSources for Bantam Books, and The Women Say/The Men Say for Delta. For 30 years his political posters and political art appeared in several main-stream and counter-culture publications. After teaching Critical Thinking to college students and Diversity to employees in the public and private sectors, he returned to school to study Multi-Media: Video, Photography, and Digital Art. Since then he has had three solo shows in the greater Bay Area and contributed work to dozens of other group shows. See a retrospective of his work at: www.IntelligentDesignArtStudio.com

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Rita Sklar

 

Rita Sklar is an award-winning artist. She took up art seriously only 11 years ago, attending classes and workshops throughout the Bay Area and training with a private watercolor master in Madrid for a year. She draws inspiration from her life in the multi-cultural Bay Area. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa and worked for corporate giving programs and foundations serving the Bay Area’s non-profit community. Sklar’s works are in private collections across the country and in Europe. Her paintings of animals and birds have been shown at the Oakland Zoo and other venues. Her landscapes have been shown at Filoli Gardens. Expressions Gallery presents Sklar’s experimental works in water media on paper. Sklar skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint - all held together by a basic abstract underlying shape. It is this intricate dance, rendered in strong color and value, which produces her exciting paintings. Solo exhibits featuring Sklar works have been held at the Montclair Gallery, Tilden Park Nature Center, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Pro Arts Gallery’s Broadway Windows Project, and the Albany Community Center. Currently, Sklar’s work can be seen at the Royal Ground Gallery in Montclair, the Solano Grill in Albany, and the Cornerstone Cafe in San Leandro. More of her work can be found at www.ritasklar.com.


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Ari Steckel

 

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

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Kathy Sturges

 

 

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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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Yun Tong

 

Yun Tong was born in Beijing, China in 1972. Having grown up in a traditional Chinese family her love of the art was developed in an early age. She learned Chinese watercolor painting from her grandfather. She entered and won awards in art competitions from age of 11. Naturally, she was drawn to representational and traditional art. The interest was further developed when she studied at National Academy of Design School of Fine Art in New York City. Yun delved even more into her interest in Pastel medium by studying with Wolf Kahn, Lisa Dinhofer, Eric Michaels and other American Realism artists. After moving to the Bay Area, she studies with Sadie Valeri at Sadie Valeri Atelier San Francisco further her classical training in French academic art of cast drawing and indirect oil paint influenced by masters of Dutch Golden Age. Yun cherishes the opportunities to learn and connection with other artists. She feels that the art is a lifelong learning and practice to reach for proficiency. Yun is currently living in Kensington California. She has shown her art in New York and San Francisco. Her art is collected by individuals. Yun is involved in local communities by supporting schools and Oakland Rotary Club charitable causes.

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Serena Toxicat 

 

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

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Nga Trinh

 

Nga Trinh 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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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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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.

 

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