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Family MAKE

An Online Space to Make Art at Home Together!

Family MAKE is a free family-friendly online space for exploration and creativity. This week Teaching Artist Jennifer Linderman will lead participants through a short origami activity. Please bring a square sheet of paper to the class (or a piece of letter 8.5 x 11” size paper). Also coloring supplies – like pencils, markers, or crayons – will be needed too.

All ages and all families welcome! This is a drop-in activity, no registration needed.

Need more art? See our Distance Learning Video Library here!

Need more origami? Jennifer is teaching a youth origami class starting next week. Art boost scholarships available! Scholarship Request Form / Formar Solicitud de Becas

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Remembering Clayton Bailey (1939-2020)

We are saddened by the death of artist Clayton Bailey on Saturday, June 6 at age 81. Known for his innovative and irreverent ceramic and metal sculpture, Bailey was a lead figure in the Funk Art and Nut Art movements. He lived in Port Costa for many years, and from 2013 until recently ran the Bailey Art Museum in Crockett.

Read Clayton Bailey’s obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle

Visit Bailey’s website for some insight into his eccentric world

Bailey first exhibited at Richmond Art Center in a group show in 1970. He went on to be included in exhibitions every decade at RAC until 2009, when he participated in a two-person show with his wife, Betty Bailey, called Robots & Watercolors. This exhibition was organized by Richmond-artist John Wehrle and featured over thirty of Bailey’s metal robot sculptures displayed beside Betty’s whimsical watercolor paintings. Betty died in 2019. 

A Statement by John Wehrle

In art and life Clayton Bailey was generous to a fault. His eccentric creations, whether ceramic or metal, were always exquisitely crafted and whimsically logical.

Clayton’s work personified a serious quirkiness that was emblematic of a rich vein of irreverent humor that found fertile ground in Northern California.

I first became aware of Clayton’s work viewing Dr.Gladstone’s ceramic discoveries at the de Young in 1975. I was working under the CETA program and painting my first mural there. The elaborate comic nature of Clayton’s installation was delightful and memorable.

Years later, our artistic paths crossed again when Jeff Nathanson included Clayton and myself, along with other Contra Costa artists in the introductory North by Northwest show at Richmond Art Center.

For RAC’s 50th anniversary exhibition in 1996, Jeff commissioned Clayton to make a commemorative edition of “Dr. Gladstone’s Snake Oil” ceramic jugs as a part of the celebration. I still treasure mine. 

Dr. Gladstone’s Snake Oil by Clayton Bailey

And Clayton and I both owned 1950 Bullet Nose Studebakers, albeit at different stages of our lives. 

So it was an honor and a privilege when Clayton agreed to exhibit his robots along with Betty’s drawings at RAC in 2009.

Robots and Watercolors, Richmond Art Center, 2009

Clayton’s robots exist in a world, inspired by Captain Marvel and Studebakers, where a brighter future of robot butlers is just around the corner. In today’s world of plastic and pixels these robots propel a metal flea market past into the future. The pleasure of Clayton’s work lies in the recognition of the alternator or the teapot transformed into an anthropomorphic dog or tipsy ballerina. They ultimately speak as much to the human condition as to the world of technological wonders.

Recent Press: Art of the Heal, East Bay Express

“Art of the Heal”, East Bay Express, By Janis Hashe, June 17, 2020

When it’s safe to do so, the venerable Richmond Art Center will reopen under new leadership. José R. Rivera, the new executive director, is well aware he’s assuming control as the RAC faces multiple challenges.

Read the full article article: PDF Link or Online

“Richmond Art Center appoints Jose R. Rivera as new executive director”, Richmond Standard, By Mike Aldax, June 15, 2020

The Richmond Art Center has appointed Jose R. Rivera as its new executive director.

Patricia Guthrie, board of directors president for the Richmond Art Center, described Rivera as having “a wealth of management experience and a deep commitment to the arts and community which we feel will help move the Richmond Art Center forward at a time of great societal change.”

Read the full article article: Online

Family MAKE

An Online Space to Make Art at Home Together!

Family MAKE is a family-friendly online space for exploration and creativity. Teaching artist Alex Martinez will lead participants through a short art activity. All ages and all families welcome!

Need more art? See Alex’s online distance learning videos here!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92421936959?pwd=ajg0dWJ4QnkwUXhaMmZUdzJZYVpIZz09

Meeting ID: 924 2193 6959
Password: Family

Critical work to unite as a community: A statement by RAC’s Executive Director

Dear Friends of Richmond Art Center,

As I take over the helm of Richmond Art Center, my heart is heavy mourning the murder of George Floyd and the over 100,000 lives lost during the past months of coronavirus pandemic.  This, of course, is on top of the losses of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others.

I am outraged and saddened by their murders. However, outrage is not enough. As philanthropy shifts its response to support our communities’ recovery, we wholeheartedly agree not to go back to the so called “normal”.

Para comunicar inmediato: Richmond Art Center anuncia el nombramiento de José R. Rivera como el Director Ejecutivo

RICHMOND, CA: El Centro de Arte de Richmond (Richmond Art Center) se complace en anunciar el nombramiento de José R. Rivera para el cargo de Director Ejecutivo. La presidenta de la Junta Directiva, Patricia Guthrie, dijo: “El Sr. Rivera trae una gran experiencia de gestión y un profundo compromiso con el arte y la comunidad, que creemos que ayudará a sacar adelante al Richmond Art Center en un momento de gran cambio social”. La contratación del Sr. Rivera se produce después de una extensa búsqueda en la que participó la Junta Directiva, el personal del RAC y miembros de la comunidad.

Press Release: Richmond Art Center announces the appointment of José R. Rivera as Executive Director

RICHMOND, CA: The Richmond Art Center is pleased to announce the appointment of José R. Rivera to the position of Executive Director. Board of Directors President Patricia Guthrie said: “Mr. Rivera brings a wealth of management experience and a deep commitment to the arts and community which we feel will help move the Richmond Art Center forward at a time of great societal change.” Mr. Rivera’s hire comes after an extensive search involving the Board of Directors, RAC Staff, and community members.

Issue 2: With Love…

Welcome to Richmond Art Center’s e-newsletter, With Love… . Through this publication we share art and ideas for creating together to help folks adapt, innovate and make meaning during shelter-in-place.


Community Survey (help shape future programs at RAC)

Hello Richmond Art Center Community,

Staff at RAC are working to create something new, exciting and special for our online programs and we would like to hear from you!

How can Richmond Art Center support you and your families’ creative needs? Please complete this quick online survey and help shape our efforts to reimagine programing and explore different ways we can continue to connect to each other through art.

We will be closing the survey by end of day on June 1.

Thank you for your help!

Thinking of you,

RAC Staff

Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRJDui62MExRW3bbtg9aN9fR4rEGRtBKkBfBujzTj5F9KOJQ/viewform

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