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.
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.
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.
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.
Find Astrid on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About Jane’s work: “I am interested in form over decoration. I like making functional objects that people will live with and love. I like working in series and exploring subtle differences in similar shapes.”
Jane is reviving her ceramics practice after a 35 year career in landscape design and installation. Previous to that she was a potter for 15 years. An original member of the West Berkeley Potters in the 1970s, she has shown and sold her work regionally and nationally.
Find Shannon on Facebook and Instagram.
About Josh’ work: “I am a mixed media painter. I paint animals with a little sense of humor and some whimsy. I like to illustrate things and let people connect their own stories to my work. For the last several years I have been making giclee prints of my work and that has been very popular.”
Josh is a full-time artists making a it all work in San Francisco. He is a full-time dad as well. Josh grew up on a small farm in Ohio and moved to San Francisco 15 years ago. He and his wifelove the diversity of adventures in the Bay Area and are totally and completely in love with California.
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About Kasey’s work: “Silver & Bone is a jewelry business that I own and operate in Oakland, California that uses recycled metal and re-purposed organic material. I’m currently working on launching the community aspect of my business, the Compassion Collection. This rotating collection will focus on non-profit organizations within the community by highlighting their work with uniquely designed pieces and giving them support with 25% the proceeds.”
Kasey graduated from Humboldt State University in 2013 with a BA in Jewelry & Small Metals and Art Education. Since then, she has worked for designer Melissa Joy Manning, become a graduate of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and a faculty member at The Crucible. Kasey enjoys continuing to expand her education by learning new skills in multi studies (ceramics, leather, fabrics, watercolors) and using that passion to help others.
Find Kasey on Facebook and Instagram.