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The Beautiful Chaos of Art

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

By Emaline Lubinger-Chavez (Pinole Valley High School)

The ability to create and share art has always been a huge part of community. From artists working together to create murals, to a shadowy figure in the night clinging to an overpass to get the graffiti just right. Fences made from street signs, a scribble on a bathroom mirror, a camera set to capture all these things that burn gold against the gray monotony. Some work is seen as vandalism, however, no place would be the same without the clashing colors splashed across bridges, walls, and boulevards.

Recently, the Richmond Art Center opened its doors to the beautiful chaos of art waiting just outside. Young artists from middle and high schools across western Contra Costa County took advantage of the space awaiting them and filled every inch of the Community and West Galleries. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and more almost overwhelm the eyes. Over 400 pieces cover the walls from floor to ceiling; each one a window into an artist’s life.

These sorts of spaces are incredibly important to young people today. As a certified young person, I can say that many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and general confusion. It’s like reading the back of a pill bottle. But art is a salve on the leaking wound of the soul. It calms and cools the raging fire within us and gives us space to think and reflect on life.  The annual WCCUSD Student Art Show pushes kids to create art, which in turn pushes them to better understand themselves and the world around them.

I myself actually have a piece in the installation. A relatively small black and white photo, with words carved ruggedly into its surface, it stands out from the colorful almost piñata like masks above it. Across the way, the masks lock eyes with eerie portraits both painted and photographed. The contrast serves to show just how different everyone’s story is. And just how important it is that everyone’s story has a chance to be told.

We are all different. That is a simple fact of life. Art is how we express our differences. This installation provides a healthy and positive environment for young people to express themselves and be accepted as artists. For this, I am thankful.

Top image: Elianna Moran, Over the Rainbow, 2019 (Pinole Valley High School, Grade 9). On view in 54th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show, March 26 – April 24, 2019.

Party Richmond Live Auction Preview!

Join us for Party Richmond!
Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards, Live Auction, Entertainment
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Here are just a few of the wonderful live auction items that will be available at Party Richmond on Saturday. April 13:

  • Peter Voulkos, Got the Cobalt Blues, 1979, Lithograph, 44/200
  • Santa Fe Getaway, three nights at the Casa de los Arroyos
  • Claire Falkenstein, Untitled, 1970, 18″x 24″
  • Fly fishing for two on the Feather River

Don’t forget that early bird picket prices for Party Richmond end in on Friday, March 15. Lock in the best and lowest ticket price by purchasing your event tickets now – online or by phone at 510-620-6580.

Plan now for a fun evening of art, live entertainment, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and seeing the Richmond Art Center in action!

Early bird price until March 15: $50 member/ $55 non-member
Tickets after March 15: $55 member/$60 non-member
Tickets at the door: $65

Doors open at 5:30 pm
5:30-7:00: Entertainment, food, & drink
7:00: Awards ceremony
7:30: Live auction

Proceeds from the event will go towards the support of the education programs of Richmond Art Center.
Get your tickets today.

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Don’t miss Early Bird ticket prices for Party Richmond!

Join us for Party Richmond!
Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres,
Awards, Live Auction, Entertainment

Early bird ticket deadline coming up!

Don’t forget that early bird picket prices for Party Richmond end in one week on March 15. Lock in the best and lowest ticket price by purchasing your event tickets now – online or by phone at 510-620-6580.

Plan now for a fun evening of art, live entertainment, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and seeing the Richmond Art Center in action!

 

Early bird price until March 15:  $50 member/ $55 non-member
Tickets after March 15:  $55 member/$60 non-member
Tickets at the door:  $65

Doors open at 5:30 pm
5:30-7:00: Entertainment, food, & drink
7:00: Awards ceremony
7:30: Live auction

Proceeds from the event will go towards the support of the education programs of Richmond Art Center.

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Party Richmond tickets now on sale!

Tickets on sale now for Party Richmond!
Richmond Art Center’s 2nd Annual Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards, Live Auction, Music

Tickets:

Early bird (by March 15): $55/$50 members
After March 15: $60/$55 members
$65 at the door

 

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Image: Hilda Robinson, Here Stands the Blue Bird, 2017, Oil pastel on paper. Photo by Marty Heller.

February Workshops in the Studio

Check out these inspiring short workshops.
Workshops are a perfect addition to your artist knowledge base.

New student? Use Code NEW19W for $5 off your next workshop.

Metals Classes Lineup for Winter

Want to learn to make your own jewelry or small sculptures?

Now’s the time to take one of our exciting Jewelry and Metals classes that are starting soon… most classes begin the week of January 7, so time is running out! (Registering as early as possible ensures you a seat in the class, and also helps the RAC staff know which classes need to be cancelled due to low enrollment.)

Here’s the lineup for Winter Quarter:

Fundamental Jewelry & Small Metals
Kasey Jorgensen
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Jan 8 – Mar 12

Stone Setting: Bezels and Prongs
Tess Young
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
Jan 16 – Feb 20

Lost Wax Casting
Trevor Twist
Mondays, 1-3:00 pm
Jan 7 – Mar 11
Instructor-supervised Casting Studio
Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Rings!
Juliana Duncan
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Feb 14 – Mar 14

Lapidary Arts: Polishing and Shaping Stone
Annie Gwathney
Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Jan 9 – Mar 13

Advanced Jewelry
Juliana Duncan
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 10 – Mar 14

Enameling
Juliana Duncan
Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 11 – Mar 15

Instructor-supervised Jewelry/Metals Studio
Thursday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
OR Friday 1:00 – 4:00 pm

All metals class students receive 3 hours per week of open studio during the following times:

Tuesday: 9:30 am -12:30 pm, 1:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
If you are a recent former student (Summer or Fall 2018) and wish to work in the studio without instructor supervision, you can sign up for Beyond the Classroom Metals, and use the studio for 3 hours per week during the above times
And if 3 hours is not enough, and you’d like to work for up to 6 hours per week, sign up also for Metals Open Studio. This can be added on to either Beyond The Classroom or any class, but can’t be taken alone.
Questions? Call our front desk at (510) 620-6772.

Be our Spring Catalog cover artist!

We’re looking for extraordinary art made here in our studios to feature as our Spring catalog cover image. Maybe it’s yours!

Image requirements:

  • Work must be made here in one of our studio classes or workshops within the last year.
  • Current students and teaching artists may apply.
  • Work must be emailed to julie@nullrichmondartcenter.org 
    • Full size color jpegs at 300dpi. (Please, no cell phone pics, only final images you wish to be considered.)
    • Minimum size 8″ x 10″
    • Caption including artist’s name, title of work, class taken (and instructor’s name), medium, date.
    • Limit three images per person.

Questions? Email Julie Sparenberg at julie@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Deadline is January 25.

Winter Class Recs for You!


Not sure what class to take this Winter? Here are a few suggestions to build your art skills. And we’ve got some new selections for the young people in your world, too!

Table Top Loom Weaving

Weaving Explorations

NEW! Lapidary Arts: Shaping and Polishing Stone

Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting

NEW! Stunning Abstracts in Soft Pastel

Design Thinking, Ages 8 – 11

Stop-Motion Animation, Ages 8 – 11

3D Modeling and Printing, Ages 11 – 14

Art Embroidery

Soft Sculpture: Knit and Crochet

Lost Wax Casting

Winter Beyond the Studio

Busy? Did you know that you can use the RAC PrintmakingMetals, and Ceramics studios WITHOUT taking a class? Previous RAC students can attend 3 hours per week of studio time by signing up for Beyond the Studio! Must sign up either in person or by calling (510) 620-6773. Whether you’re an advanced artist who just needs to use the equipment, or you’re schedule is too tight to take a full class this Winter, we’d love to see you here!

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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804
510.620.6772

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