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Remembering Ed Lay

The hearts at the Richmond Art Center are broken today, as we share the news that Ed Lay, our Head Metals Studio Instructor, has passed away.

Ed taught Metals at the Art Center for the past 8 years, and prior to teaching with us, was a student for 17 years. Ed was the heart and soul of the Metals program. An humble person, patient and thoughtful instructor, Ed drew the best from each of his dedicated students, many of whom studied under him for several years.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Ed’s family and our community of students for whom Ed was a treasured friend and mentor.

We will announce memorial plans and remembrances for Ed as soon as we have more information.

Please take a moment to watch this short video about Ed, filmed recently by Richmond Confidential.

Around the Way: Rhythmic Metals from Richmond Confidential on Vimeo.

Alexis Amann Art & Illustration

About Alexis’ work: “My work is based in personal and mythological narrative, story fragments, and illustration. I consider myself both a painter and an illustrator. ”

Alexis is an artist and illustrator raised on the Pacific Northwest coast and now based out of the SF Bay Area. She earned her BA in Painting from Portland State University and her MFA in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute. She loves gouache, ink, and making pixels look like gouache and ink. Alexis lives in El Cerrito.

Alexis’ website
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Lauren Ari

About Lauren’s work: “The work I will be selling: small, colorful intuitive paintings possibly small ceramic sculpture some larger works on paper. I create painted and collaged intuitive works on book covers and other recycled materials, small ceramic sculpture of a narrative nature, and small prints of some of the original work that will be available for sale.”

Lauren Ari is artist, teacher, dancer and mother. She has lives in Richmond for over 17 years and is a teaching artist at the Richmond Art Center.

Lauren’s website

We’re Hiring! Studio Art Coordinator

Position: Studio Art Coordinator

Schedule: Full-time:  40 hours/week; non-exempt; Tuesday through Saturday work schedule

Supervisor: Studio Art Director

Essential Functions:

Under the supervision of the Studio Art Director, the Studio Art Coordinator coordinates the scheduling of quarterly classes and workshops in six studios; on site art tours; orders and maintain art supplies, and assists with developing activities for family day events. Work with the Studio Art Director and Ceramics Studio Manager in gathering feedback from the Teaching artists, students and volunteers to maintain a harmonious and collaborative workplace culture.

Studio Teaching Artists and Students:

Work with Studio Art Director in onboarding of new Teaching Artists, developing and collecting Teaching Artists’ contracts, and providing them with enrollment rosters and studio updates.

  • Assist in soliciting instructor proposals and tracking Teaching Artist’s availability, class materials list, lesson plans, photos and bios.
  • Assist with the planning and scheduling of quarterly studio classes, workshops, etc.
  • Assist in distributing and gathering class/teaching artist evaluations.
  • Work with Studio Art Director and Operations Manager in tracking and awarding scholarships for youth and adult recipients.
  • Assist with addressing teaching artists concerns about classes, and miscellaneous questions as needed.

Program Events:

  • Work with Studio Art Director, and Ceramics Studio Manager in planning and implementing seasonal family day events including the annual Holiday Arts Festival.
  • Support the Art in the Community and Exhibition and Communications staff in developing activities for onsite public programs and community events including the festivals, expos and fairs.
  • Oversee onsite art tours (schedule dates and art leaders, order supplies, prepare confirmations/invoices).

Administrative Support for Studio Program:

  • Provide timely reports and updates on class enrollment and cancellation of classes.
  • When necessary, support class registration.
  • Order and maintain art supplies; maintain scheduling and payment of models.
  • Provide oversite of open studio schedules and studio monitors.
  • Work with the Studio Art Director, Ceramics Studio Manager and Operations Manager in assessing studio facilities, equipment needs and setup needs for classes/workshops.
  • Maintain public studio calendar listings for scheduled classes, tours, rentals, etc.


  •      Other duties as assigned by the Studio Art Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts or related field
  • Experience in teaching studio art and/or coordinating art programs for youth and/or adults.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with registration database systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and independently motivated.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize data, schedules, tasks and projects.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite.


  • Must be able to regularly lift 25lbs and climb an 8-ft. ladder.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

About the Richmond Art Center: 

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. The Art Center’s mission is to be a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. The largest Art Center in the East Bay, the 1951 vintage modern facility is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 13 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries, and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 400-450 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art in the Community program offers after school art experiences to schools and various community centers, engaging nearly 1700 underserved student age children. The Art Center has over 600 members, 100 volunteers, 11 full-time and four part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of just over $1.3 million.  

To apply, please submit the following materials via email:
Resume and a cover letter introducing yourself, stating how your work experience qualifies you for this position, how this opportunity supports your career goals.  Also include the names and contact information for three professional references. Open until filled.

Send all materials to
Compensation & Benefits:  $18-$20 per hour

DOE, includes vacation, sick, and holidays

The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and respects differences. 

Donate Art Supplies to Help Artists Affected by the North Bay Fires

We are working with local artist Joani Share, Creative Sonoma, and the Napa Valley Arts Council to collect new and gently used art supplies to donate to artists who have lost their homes and studios in the recent wildfires in the North Bay.

We encourage you to bring any art supplies you would like to offer, including drawing pads, drawing paper, charcoal paper, oil paint, oil pastels, a variety of drawing pencils, and paint brushes. Printmaking materials, ceramics, tools, and fabric paint and textile arts materials are also welcome!


To donate

  • Bring your art supplies to the Front Desk during regular business hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
  • We will also be collecting art supplies at our Closing Reception, on Saturday, November 11 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
Joani shared her thoughts about the donation drive with us: “The news of the fires that spread so quickly through Napa and Sonoma were so upsetting to watch on the news. As an artist, I would be so distraught if my entire body of work and all my art supplies went up in flames in just a matter of minutes. I tried to put myself into the mind of the artists who lost everything in the inferno, so at the meeting of the Concord Art Association which was held a day after the fires began I asked my fellow members to bring new or gently used art supplies to our next meeting. I didn’t have a name yet for this campaign, but when I got home, it was  clear- it had to be called “stART over” – because that is what the artists who lost everything would be doing. I contacted the largest art organizations in that area, Creative Sonoma and the Napa Valley Arts Council, and both were happy for the help, and were willing to distribute the supplies to the artists in need.
I am just an artist, one of many in this community. I wanted to do something to help other artists besides giving cash (which I am sure is also needed), but having actual art materials on hand without having to go out to purchase them will allow the creative process to begin faster and help with the healing that will be a long haul.”

Filth Cakes

About Danielle’s work: “Inspired by folklore, 90’s cartoons, decay, travel, femininity and the occult, my work weaves sugar, spice and everything nice, with trash, filth and decay, to create a world that is equally inviting and perturbed. In doing so, these two concepts mirror each other, feed into one another, and finally become one another. A place where the macabre shines through sugarcoated illusions, and what was once discarded is rebirthed into nuanced beauty.”

Danielle is a printmaker, muralist, and illustrator based out of Oakland, CA, who also likes to build pop up books, playhouses and installations. She has exhibited internationally from the Long Island Children’s Museum to Islington Mill, in Manchester England. She has painted murals internationally from Mexico City to Berlin. Danielle has been running a small online business, where she sells her own artworks, out of her home since 2010.

Danielle’s website
Find Danielle on Instagram.

Iyoba Handmade

About Efiya’s products: “Our line includes hair moisturizers and conditioners, styling creams, body butters, artisan soaps, sea salt scrubs and milk baths. Each product is handmade using natural, cruelty free ingredients that nourish the hair and skin while still respecting the environment. We make soaps in small batches in order to preserve the quality of each bar.”

Efiya grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area as the eldest of two children. She is a mother and wife, and she enjoys spending time with my family, traveling and hiking. She is passionate about natural healing and skin care.

Efiya’s website

Steven Nomura

About Steven’s work: “I make abstract sculpture and functional ceramic pieces. Some pieces are glazed to resemble bronze, while other pieces are glazed in traditional manner.”

Steven is a RAC member, Board member, and volunteer. He is retired, and makes wood, ceramic, ferrous metal, and bronze sculpture.

Steven’s website
Find Tosha on Instagram and Twitter.


About Colleen’s work: “I’ll be selling small and large clutches, which are great for toting around essentials, storing art or sewing supplies, make-up, etc. In addition to the clutches I’ll be selling pencil bags that are great for school-aged kids.”

Colleen has loved art and craft since she was a kid. She started college as an artist and ended as a geologist. Nearly 30 years later, she has married her art/science passions – which has brought a lot of peace and balance into her life. Her art interests are broad, but she has focused on textile and wood carving. Outside of making usable art items, such as my bags, I am currently working on a series of textile pieces, quilted and embroidered, focused water issues..

Find Colleen on Instagram.

An Astrid Endeavor

About Astrid’s work: “I design and create hand embroidered and beaded jewelry and home decor in my home studio in San Francisco, CA.”

Astrid is a local Bay Area maker who incorporates hand embroidery in jewelry design and home decor. Her background is in the Arts, Cultural and Medical Anthropology and Expressive Art Therapy. 

Astrid’s website
Find Astrid on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Richmond, California 94804

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