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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
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ChloJoMama

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..

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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
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Redux Ceramics

 

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.

Shannon’s website
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Undersong

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.

Josh’s website.

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Silver & Bone

 

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.

Kasey’s website.

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Smit & Zig

About Smit & Zig’s work: “We are two artists creating bright, positive, and fun pieces we hope will bring a little happiness or a smile with them wherever they land. Working with fabric, we create stuffed animals, clothing, and accessories for children and adults alike. Our bold patterns and exciting colors combine to form lovable stuffies, and beautiful hand sewn creations.”

Originally from New Jersey, Smit and Zig have spent the last four years living and working to create a balance between their teaching jobs and their passion for art. Their interests range from painting and photography to fiber arts and wood signs, but the love for vibrant patterns and colors has remained a consistent theme throughout their work.

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Fall Family Day at the Richmond Art Center Coming Soon!

Fall Family Day at the Richmond Art Center

Fall Family Day:
Saturday, October 28
12:30pm to 3:00pm
Free!

The annual celebration welcoming family, honoring Dia del los Muertos through artmaking activities, and sharing a Community Altar takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The Richmond Art Center once again offers its popular Fall event, Fall Family Day, welcoming the community to this all-ages, free event to make art and celebrate family with a special Community Altar. The event will take place at the Richmond Art Center, located in Civic Center Plaza, 2540 Barrett Avenue, in Richmond from 12:30 to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 28. The Exhibition galleries will also be open to visitors, to experience the current Fall collections, which include Joan Brown: In Living Color; Earth, Wind, and Fire; and Pogo Park.

The planned artmaking activities are free, and children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. The day’s activities include:

Little Piñatas with Isaías D. Rodríguez, the Little Piñata Maker

A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. According to local records, the Mexican piñata tradition began in the town of Acolman, just north of Mexico City, where piñatas were introduced for catechism purposes as well as to co-opt the Huitzilopochtli ceremony. Today, the piñata is still part of Mexican culture, the cultures of other countries in Latin America, as well as the United States.

Metal Nichos/Milagros with Malena Lopez-Maggi

Nicho art originated as a popular adaptation of the Roman Catholic retablo tradition of painting patron saints on wood or tin. Unlike the large, flat panels of retablo, nichos are small and built in shadow box style. Common structural conventions include hinged doors, carved borders, and multiple panels. Within the box there is a key object or central figure for whose honor or memory the nicho has been created. Nichos are usually painted with striking colors and are decorated with all variety of images and objects from religious and popular culture, especially depictions of the Virgin Mary, saints, the sacred heart, figures from loteria, Dia de los Muertos characters and objects, and folk heroes. They can act as shrines, protection, or devotional objects.

Paper Flowers with Lisa di Prima

Why marigolds? It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration. Marigolds guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant colors and scent. Marigolds, or flowers in general, also represent the fragility of life.

 

Community Altar

Building a Dia de los Muertos altar is an important part of celebrating Mexico’s most famous holiday, Day of the Dead. Traditionally, families will build altars in their homes during the weeks leading up to November 1st, as a way to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed to the other side.

Together we will remember our loved ones and those who are no longer with us, in creating a Community Altar. We invite you to be a part of the Richmond Art Center’s Community Altar, please bring pictures, objects, fabrics or an altar offering. Items should be limited 16 inches or less and no flames/candles will be lit. All items for the altar must be properly labeled with your first name, last name and phone number. Drop off for the Community Altar is between Tuesday, October 24 and Friday, October 27, 9am-5pm, to the Studio Education Office. All items should be picked up by Friday, November 3. Questions? Call the Education Office at 510.620.1245.

Screen Printing Bags with Joyce Shon

Have fun learning the basics of screenprinting on fabric with our longtime teaching artist Joyce Shon.

 

Visit Earth, Wind, and Fire, and help support Clifford Rainey

Our hearts are with all of those affected by the tragic, ongoing fires in the North Bay and all that has been lost.

One of our extended RAC family, artist Clifford Rainey, lost his home and his studio in the fire. Here he is, standing in front of one of his pieces currently on display in our Fall Exhibition: Earth, Wind, and Fire. This large glass installation is titled “No Man Is an Island.” The very works in this current show address, investigate, and reflect a vision of the environment, nature, and human nature as played out in an ecology of imminent concern.

Please join us in helping Clifford overcome this tragic loss. We are donating our exhibition proceeds this Fall to him. Please visit our touching and relevant exhibition, and leave some money for him in the donation box. Our galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.

Contribute to Our Community Altar!

Join us in building a Dia de los Muertos altar for Fall Family Day! These altars are an important part of celebrating Mexico’s most famous holiday, Day of the Dead. Traditionally, families will build altars in their homes during the weeks leading up to November 1st, as a way to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed to the other side.

Together we will remember our loved ones and those who are no longer with us, in creating a Community Altar. We invite you to be a part of the Richmond Art Center’s Community Altar, please bring pictures, objects, fabrics or an altar offering. Items should be limited 16 inches or less and no flames/candles will be lit. All items for the altar must be properly labeled with your first name, last name and phone number. Drop off for the Community Altar is between Tuesday, October 24 and Friday, October 27, 9am-5pm, to the Studio Education Office. All items should be picked up by Friday, November 3. Questions? Call the Education Office at 510.620.1245.

For more information about Fall Family Day, please check our Events Page: http://richmondartcenter.org/event/fall-family-day/

Image: Altar by Albessa V Blythe, also known as La Artista Vargas. 

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