In conjunction with the 23rd Annual Art of Living Black, please join us for this special event, In Conversation: Joyce Gordon and Christine Harris. Oakland gallerist Joyce Gordon will be speaking with broadcast journalist Christine Harris about collecting art by black artists and her gallery’s role in this quest. They will also discuss the work of the Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts in preparing the next generation of young artists.
is the owner of the Joyce Gordon Gallery
in downtown Oakland. Gordon was born in Louisiana and raised Berkeley, CA. She attended the California College of the Arts then ran hair salons for many years, often working as a “platform artist” at trade shows around the country. In every city she’d spend her spare time visiting art galleries, and eventually in 2003 decided it was time to open her own gallery (her friend Robert Redford came to the inaugural event). Joyce Gordon Gallery
often shows the work of black artists, both from Oakland and around the world, highlighting work that doesn’t always get shown in other galleries. Gordon has exhibited work from artists including Joyce Owens (Chicago), Ed Dwight (Denver), Michael Platt (DC), Louis Delsarte (Atlanta), Gerald Griffin (Chicago), Aziz Diagne (Senegal), Sibylle Szaggars (Germany), Ali Dadgar (Iran), as well as Michael Chukes, Mel Ramos, Raymond Saunders, Joe Sam, Charles Bibbs, Stevens Jay Carter, and Mildred Howard from the Bay Area. The Joyce Gordon Galley has also exhibited the work of over 500 mid-career and emerging artists from the Oakland Bay Area. In addition to running her renowned gallery, in 2016 Gordon founded the Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts
, a non-profit organization that helps make a viable arts education more accessible for under-served Oakland youth.
Christine Harris is a former television and radio broadcast journalist who worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Louisville. Her duties for radio included being an assistant news editor, general assignment reporter, anchor and guest commentator. For television she was an anchor and reporter of consumer affairs and education. She is the former president of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, and organized the 1980 convention for the National Association of Black Journalists. Harris worked for the Minorities Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and served on boards for Miami Cares for Kids (Miami), Montalvo Center for the Arts (Saratoga), YWCA (San Jose), Parkinson’s Institute (Sunnyvale), and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (San Jose).
Image: Joyce Gordon (left) and Christine Harris (right)
Please join us for a talk before our Opening Reception, with this year’s Spotlight Artists Jan Hart-Schuyers Creative Merit Awardees: Stephanie Thames, Tomyé, and Karin Turner, who are featured artists in this year’s The Art of Living Black.
Check out these inspiring short workshops.
Workshops are a perfect addition to your artist knowledge base.
- Lidded Vessels: Functional to Conceptual, Kristin Landowski, 2/3/19
- Monotype Printmaking, Dean Stuart, 2/4/19
- Wonderous Wax, Mira White, 2/8/19
- Linoleum Block Printmaking, Dean Stuart, 2/9/19
- Exposed Stitch Sketchbook with Letterpress Printed Cover, Anna Kingsley, 2/23/19
- Precious Metal Clay Jewelrymaking, Kristin Satzman, 2/2/419
New student? Use Code NEW19W for $5 off your next workshop.
Want to learn to make your own jewelry or small sculptures?
Now’s the time to take one of our exciting Jewelry and Metals classes that are starting soon… most classes begin the week of January 7, so time is running out! (Registering as early as possible ensures you a seat in the class, and also helps the RAC staff know which classes need to be cancelled due to low enrollment.)
Here’s the lineup for Winter Quarter:
Fundamental Jewelry & Small Metals
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Jan 8 – Mar 12
Stone Setting: Bezels and Prongs
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
Jan 16 – Feb 20
Lost Wax Casting
Mondays, 1-3:00 pm
Jan 7 – Mar 11
Instructor-supervised Casting Studio
Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Feb 14 – Mar 14
Lapidary Arts: Polishing and Shaping Stone
Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Jan 9 – Mar 13
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 10 – Mar 14
Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 11 – Mar 15
Instructor-supervised Jewelry/Metals Studio
Thursday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
OR Friday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
All metals class students receive 3 hours per week of open studio during the following times:
Tuesday: 9:30 am -12:30 pm, 1:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
If you are a recent former student (Summer or Fall 2018) and wish to work in the studio without instructor supervision, you can sign up for Beyond the Classroom Metals
, and use the studio for 3 hours per week during the above times
And if 3 hours is not enough, and you’d like to work for up to 6 hours per week, sign up also for Metals Open Studio
. This can be added on to either Beyond The Classroom or any class, but can’t be taken alone.
Questions? Call our front desk at (510) 620-6772.
Our Front Desk will be open on January 2, and classes begin on January 7. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!
We’re looking for extraordinary art made here in our studios to feature as our Spring catalog cover image. Maybe it’s yours!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full size color jpegs at 300dpi. (Please, no cell phone pics, only final images you wish to be considered.)
- 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 email@example.com
Deadline is January 25.
Not sure what class to take this Winter? Here are a few suggestions to build your art skills. And we’ve got some new selections for the young people in your world, too!
Table Top Loom Weaving
NEW! Lapidary Arts: Shaping and Polishing Stone
Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting
NEW! Stunning Abstracts in Soft Pastel
Design Thinking, Ages 8 – 11
Stop-Motion Animation, Ages 8 – 11
3D Modeling and Printing, Ages 11 – 14
Soft Sculpture: Knit and Crochet
Lost Wax Casting
Winter Beyond the Studio
Busy? Did you know that you can use the RAC Printmaking, Metals, and Ceramics studios WITHOUT taking a class? Previous RAC students can attend 3 hours per week of studio time by signing up for Beyond the Studio! Must sign up either in person or by calling (510) 620-6773. Whether you’re an advanced artist who just needs to use the equipment, or you’re schedule is too tight to take a full class this Winter, we’d love to see you here!
Today is the last day to apply to The 23rd Annual Art of Living Black. Don’t miss this important opportunity to showcase your work in this recurring Bay Area tradition with exhibition and Open Studios.
More details here.
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!