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Reception to Celebrate and Remember Ed Lay

A reception to celebrate Ed Lay’s life will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Richmond Art Center. Please join us for a reception in the Art Center’s main gallery, with the RAC community and students, friends from ACCI Gallery, and Ed’s family and friends.

Ed was our Head Metals Studio Instructor, and he passed away on November 1. 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.

If you have images of Ed to share during the event for a special slideshow, please email them to julie@nullrichmondartcenter.org by Wednesday, November 15.

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

Annie Roach

About Annie’s work: “I make linocut prints of handwritten text and hand drawn images. Most of my prints are pulled by hand at home, and a few are letterpress printed on a Vandercook cylinder press. I focus on simple images or short phrases.”

Annie is a printmaker and an elementary school teacher. She loves making stuff with her hands and trying to draw things while failing a bunch of times before getting it kind of right. She’s into California history and casual geology.

Find Annie on Etsy and Instagram.

The Fono Arts and Crafts

About Vera’s work: “I design and weave polished, high quality textiles for wearing and for the home. I take inspiration from the colors of nature and the man-made environment, and translate those ideas to beautiful, durable, useful objects made from natural fibers. I am dedicated to the value of skillfully handcrafted, unique things and to helping everyone discover the beauty of slow cloth.”

Vera, founder and lead artist of The Fono, is a textile artist who weaves, spins, dyes, and felts. Her passion is to share the life-altering magic of discovering new materials and figuring out how they can make unexpected things. In her free time she helps with projects of the youngest artists and inventors.

Vera’s website

Find Vera on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Theo Padouvas

About Theo’s work: “I specialize in making furniture that will last. Utilizing techniques developed by the Japanese thousands of years ago, I build furniture that is held with an intricate system of wood joinery. This type of joinery is stronger than any joint made with glue or nails and will last many lifetimes.”

Originally from Queens, NY, Theo moved to Oakland in 2010 to join the incredible music scene here. On a whim, he decided to pursue an old childhood dream of being a woodworker and enrolled in some woodworking classes at Laney. Now he’s building custom furniture for people.

Theo’s website

Tess Young Jewelry

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.

Tess’ website

Find Tess on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Suzanne Carey

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.

Suzanne’s website

S Beaubrun

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.

Suzane’s website

Find Suzane on Facebook and Instagram.

Stephen Bischoff

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.

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.

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