About Tess’ work: “My work is very modern, minimal and natural. I emphasize earthy stones like turquoise, moonstone, opal and quartz crystal with silver and gold detail that is unique enough to stand out and simple enough to be worn every day. I am an emerging jeweler in the Bay Area and my work stands out for its attention to detail, organic craftsmanship and a harmony with the stones used.”
Tess grew up in Cleveland, OH and studied illustration and metalsmithing in Chicago (at Columbia College Chicago) before moving to the Bay Area in 2013. Her aesthetic is a mixture of west-meets-midwest. She has studied under many jewelers, including Melissa Joy Manning of Berkeley and Sarah McGuire in Chicago, both of whose work appears in the Sundance Catalog—their techniques and tastes have influenced her work.
Find Tess on Facebook and Instagram.
About Suzanne’s work: “Handwoven accessory scarves in a variety of colors and fibers (mostly wools). My work explores color combinations and textures and is pleasingly tactile. Using a back strap loom, I weave scarves using alpaca, yak, and merino wool, silk, cotton, and occasionally synthetic fibers in a variety of patterns, textures, and colors. Most scarves are about seven inches wide and 48-54 inches long.”
Suzanne is a multi-media artist, specializing in printmaking, painting, and fiber arts. She emphasizes color, texture, and contrasts in my work. In addition to visual arts, she is a poet whose work has been published in various literary journals and two books.
About Suzane’s work: “I create fun and unusual jewelry out of up cycled materials and /or traditional materials like silver and copper. I consider my jewelry to be wearable sculpture and I make a few standing pieces with similar techniques and style.I have also turned my hobby of making tiny hats for squirrels into a photography project and sell these images as cards.”
Suzane is a working artist living and creating in Oakland. She graduated from SFAI with a degree in painting and printmaking, but she focuses most on sculptural media today. She currently shows her work at City Art Gallery in SF and ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.
Find Suzane on Facebook and Instagram.
About Stephen’s work: “I will be selling hand built ceramic items: sculptures, vases, bowls, dishes, etc.”
Stephen is a full-time mental health advocate and a very part-time aspiring ceramic artist.
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.
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.
Find Alexis on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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.
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!
- 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.”
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.
Find Danielle on Instagram.
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.