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See and Make Art: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Come make miniature woven ornaments!

Books we’ll be reading:
Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World by Heather Conrad
Lots of Lights by Kavita Sahai
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

Join us for this special free, family-friendly event at the Richmond Main Library in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room (325 Civic Center Plaza).

All ages welcome!

Holiday Arts Festival

Join us at the Art Center for our annual Holiday Arts Festival!

This annual event is the go-to place for buying local holiday gifts. Enjoy our expanded marketplace of local arts and crafts vendors, our famous ceramics sale featuring hundreds of plates, mugs and objects made by the Art Center’s ceramic enthusiasts, and so much more. Visit our Community Partners tables to learn more about the good work happening in the Richmond community, enjoy food and drink, and fun artmaking activities!

Local Textile Art Tour

This special tour will visit the studios of Lia Cook, Roberta Horton, and Mary Mashuta, and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Storage at UC Berkeley. Lunch will be at the Assemble Restaurant in the historic Ford Plant building on Richmond’s waterfront and is included.

$60.00 for members of the Richmond Art Center/$75.00 for nonmembers.

Book now, space is limited!

Lia Cook is currently showing her woven art at the Richmond Art Center in Lia Cook: Inner Traces. She was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Ed Rossbach and received her MA in 1973. Lia is emeritus from California College of the Arts, where she chaired the textile program and her work has been exhibited all over the world.

Roberta Horton knew what she wanted to do when she attended a lecture of quilts/quilting in the early 1970s.  She is an internationally known quilter, teacher, lecturer and textile designer (Clothworks). Roberta is the author of many books, including Plaids and Stripes:  The Use of Directional Fabrics in Quilts and An Amish Adventure, and partnered with Kaffe Fassett in Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Sun: 20 Designs for Patchwork and Quilting.

Mary Mashuta is a well-known quilter, teacher and author. She has written many books, including Foolproof Machine Quilting, Stripes and Quilts, and Wearable Art for Real People. Mary has shown her work in more than a dozen fashion shows for Bernina, Fairchild, and American Quilters Society.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Storage is part of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology. The Hearst Museum was founded in 1901 and is one of the remarkable institutions of the University of California.  It is the amazing storehouse of millions of objects reflecting the stories of humans the world over. Our tour will focus on some of the textile artifacts relating stories of California.

Lunch choices are:

  • The Angler: Cajun seasoned catfish and creamy lime coleslaw served with fries
  • The Riveter Sandwich: Spicy fried chicken breast and jalapeño ranch coleslaw served with fries
  • Port-O-Bello Hoagie: Roasted peppers, onions, provolone cheese, sherry vinegar and chipotle, served with fries
  • Lunch includes coffee or tea.

Please contact the Front Desk at 510-620-6772 to reserve your spot, or book online here.

Image: Lia Cook, Data Dots Emotional Intensity, 2015, cotton, rayon
Collection of the artist

What is Border Art? Panel Discussion

In conjunction with Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands/El Arte de la Zona Fronteriza México-Estados Unidos, we will present a panel discussion on Border Art. Michael Dear, curator of the exhibition, will be in conversation with panelists Ronald Rael, Richard Candida Smith and Norma Iglesias.

See and Make Art: Happy Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos!

Happy Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos!

Celebrate by making Papel Picado and Spooky Masks!

Books we’ll be reading:

Marvin in the Kooky Spooky House: A Halloween Adventure by Lord Toph
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

Join us for this special free, family-friendly event at the Richmond Main Library in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room (325 Civic Center Plaza).

All ages welcome!

Fall Family Day!

Join us for this FREE, all ages, family-friendly event. Make masks, papel picado, screen-printed bags and contribute to our Community Altar.

Add your art to our Community Mural with the artists from RYSE! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Día de la Familia en el Otoño!
Sábado, 20 de octubre
12:30 – 3:00 pm
En el Richmond Art Center

Únase a nosotros para este evento GRATUITO, para todas las edades y apto para familias. Haga máscaras, papel picado, bolsas serigrafiadas y contribuya a nuestro Altar Comunitario.

¡Agrega tu arte a nuestro Mural de la comunidad con los artistas de RYSE! Los niños menores de 12 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto.

Spun, Dyed, Woven & Tied

A one-day symposium on the history of California textile art, and current trends, innovations and happenings. Guest speakers include: Susan Avila, Carole Beadle, Alice Beasley, Jean Cacicedo, Lia Cook, Ellen Hauptli, Amy Keefer, Barbara Shapiro, Stacy Speyer, JoAnn Stabb, and Deborah Valoma.

$40/ $35 for RAC and SDA members. Includes box lunch.

Register online:

Be Our Next Catalog Cover Artist!

We’re looking for extraordinary art made here in our studios to feature as our next (and future!) catalog cover image. Maybe it’s yours.

Image requirements:

  • Work must be made here in one of our studio classes or workshops within the last year.
  • Current students and teaching artists may apply.
  • Work must be emailed to 
    • Full size color jpegs at 300dpi
    • Minimum size 8″ x 10″
    • Caption including artist’s name, title of work, class taken (and instructor’s name), medium, date.
    • Limit three images per person.

Questions? Email Julie Sparenberg at

Deadline is October 17.

Donate Your Fabric for a Good Cause!

Bring your unused fabrics to the RAC! We’ll make sure the artists at the Social Justice Sewing Academy can use them for their upcoming quilt projects. (We will be exhibiting their work in partnership with The Latina Center this Winter!)

What is the SJSA? Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is an art program where youth create art that engages and educates communities. Through quilt making, the organization empowers youth to become advocates for social change, while at the same time opening the door for dialogue and action within the wider quilting community.

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