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The Cutting Edge: Collage Artists’ Talk

Join us for a fascinating look at the current trends and themes in collage art with our participating artists featured in our current Winter exhibition, The Cutting Edge: Collage.

Charla de los Artistas de la Exposición The Cutting Edge: Collage
Sábado, 17 de Febrero, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Únase a nosotros para una fascinante charla acerca de las tendencias y temas actuales en el arte del collage con los artistas participantes presentados en una de nuestras exposiciones del invierno, The Cutting Edge: Collage.
Nota: la charla será en Inglés. 

Jazz Art (FREE)

Listen to acclaimed musicians and let their music inspire you to make art. This hands-on art-making event is perfect for everyone in your family to get in the groove and express themselves by drawing, painting and collaging.

Materials are provided by the Art Center, but feel free to bring your own. All ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP appreciated for groups larger than six by calling 510.620.6772 or sending an email to education@nullrichmondartcenter.org.

In Focus Photography Panel Discussion

Please join us for a panel discussion on the current trends and perspectives in photography with juror awardees Elizabeth Hibbard, Sylvia Paret, and Anne Walker.

In Focus: Current Photography is now on exhibition in our South and West Galleries.

Image: Laura J. Bennett, Abandoned, 2017

TAOLB Artists’ Talk

Please join us for a talk with this year’s Spotlight Artists, Kelvin Curry and Damon Powell, as well as other artists participating in this year’s The Art of Living Black.

Meet Nisa Sanders, Our New Studio Coordinator!

Nisa is a Texas native who recently relocated to the Bay Area. Raised in a very artistic household, she is the daughter of a Jazz musician turned videographer and an Assistant Young Artist Director at a nonprofit that provides studio art programming to the San Antonio community. Nisa has a BA in Film and Media Arts from American University in Washington D.C.

After working as a Digital Media Coordinator at a Texas, nature, science and culture museum and a manager at a pop-up exhibition in San Francisco, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the arts that involved serving the community. In her free time, Nisa enjoys oil painting, drawing and watching films.

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Q. What do you find most inspiring about working in studio art?

When you know you have a tiny part in making someone feel good it is extremely gratifying. Working in Studio Art is a privilege, being surrounded by so much creative energy, seeing people’s artistic process evolve and so many different types of art being made all the time. Then the cherry on top is having the ability to get your hands dirty as well by taking a class or workshop!

Q. Tell us about your personal art practice? What artists and styles inspire you?

My mom is a teaching and practicing artist, so I had a blessed childhood filled with learning various art techniques and exploring mediums from her as well as from many other artists in the San Antonio community. In high school, I was introduced to oil painting by participating in a teen intensive program started by my mom and local artist, Rainey Rodriguez, and after struggling and I almost giving up I found my groove and I eventually fell in love with oil painting. I moved back to Texas after going to college in DC and picked up oil painting again by taking weekly classes with Rainy. I am inspired by vintage black glamour, social justice and inclusive feminism. I tend to make a lot of mood/inspiration boards before starting any artistic project no matter the medium I am working with at the time. Currently, I am working on a series of oil paintings and illustrations based off old Jet magazine covers.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not at the Art Center?

A. Working on my art, reading a good book, exploring the Bay Area and watching a movie or tv show!

Q. What’s on your bucket list?

A. To start an artistic business with my mom, learn how to make neon signs and travel to as many places as possible.

Q. If you could meet one artist, living or not, who would it be and why?

A. This is a very hard question to answer because there are too many artists I would like to meet. If I had to choose I think it would be RuPaul because he uses his entire body and personality as his canvas and also uses his platform to give back, promote artistic expression and self-love.

Thanks, Nisa!

Meet Anna Speaker, Our New Studio Director!

A native of the Central Coast, Anna has lived all around the Bay Area since attending Sonoma State University for her BA in Art History. In that time, she has worked for several nonprofit arts organizations in the areas of exhibition, fundraising, operations and education programming, and completed a Museum Studies graduate program at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley.

A serial dabbler in many art media including ceramics, bronze foundry, steel sculpture and printmaking, her most recent works combine mixed water-based media, sculpture and found objects. Anna is excited to add more skills to her toolkit through taking classes at the RAC!

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Q. What do you find most inspiring about working in studio art?

A. The best part about this job is seeing students learn and build their skills, and then seeing the amazing work they create with those skills. I am continually inspired by their creativity, ingenuity and passion. Don’t be surprised to see me pop my head into the classroom – it’s the best part of my day!

Q. Tell us about your personal art practice? What artists and styles inspire you?

A. I’ve worked with a lot of different media, depending on what I have access to at the time. I was wholly devoted to sculpture in college, but since then, until starting here at the RAC, I haven’t had access to the equipment and studio space to do it. Because of this, I shifted towards working on 2-D surfaces, which are a lot easier to manage on the kitchen table. I credit Stella Zhang, an artist I used to work with at another organization, for introducing me to the idea of using cheap, hardware-store materials in fine art. Now I buy the extra-large tubs of spackle. I’m most inspired by the weather-worn surfaces I see in the old parts of cities, and the surprising forms of biology under the microscope. My most jaw-dropping moment was seeing Jay De Feo’s “The Rose” at the SFMOMA.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not at the Art Center?

A. We just bought a fixer-upper house in Vallejo, so most of my time outside of the RAC is devoted to that project. Plumbing for Dummies is my bedtime reading. We do also try to make a little time each week to explore somewhere we haven’t been in the Bay Area. We’re new to the East Bay, so the list is long!

Q. What’s on your bucket list?

A. One of these days, I am going to properly learn to play my bass guitar.

Q. If you could meet one artist, living or not, who would it be and why?

A. I learned the hard way that you should never meet your heroes, but I’d take that risk for David Bowie.

Thanks, Anna!

First Day of Winter Classes Start

Take a Winter Class or Workshop with Us! Registration Now Open. Classes Start Monday, January 8.

Learn something new or advance your skills at the largest visual arts center in the East Bay. Every year, our professional artist-instructors teach more than 1,800 students from varied backgrounds and cultures in our classes and workshops.

Visit our online catalog: http://richmondartcenter.org/class-catalog/

Class Catalog

 

Art Center closed for the holiday break, starting Saturday, Dec. 23.

The Art Center will be closed to the general public from Saturday, December 23 until Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Our administrative offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Studio Art classes will resume on Monday, January 8. You can register online for Winter classes here: http://richmondartcenter.org/class-catalog/

We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

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