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In Conversation: Joyce Gordon and Christine Harris

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.

Joyce Gordon 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)

February Workshops in the Studio

Check out these inspiring short workshops.
Workshops are a perfect addition to your artist knowledge base.

New student? Use Code NEW19W for $5 off your next workshop.

Metals Classes Lineup for Winter

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
Kasey Jorgensen
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Jan 8 – Mar 12

Stone Setting: Bezels and Prongs
Tess Young
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
Jan 16 – Feb 20

Lost Wax Casting
Trevor Twist
Mondays, 1-3:00 pm
Jan 7 – Mar 11
Instructor-supervised Casting Studio
Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Juliana Duncan
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Feb 14 – Mar 14

Lapidary Arts: Polishing and Shaping Stone
Annie Gwathney
Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Jan 9 – Mar 13

Advanced Jewelry
Juliana Duncan
Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 10 – Mar 14

Juliana Duncan
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.

Be our Spring Catalog cover artist!

We’re looking for extraordinary art made here in our studios to feature as our Spring 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. (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

Deadline is January 25.

Winter Class Recs for You!

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

Weaving Explorations

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

Art Embroidery

Soft Sculpture: Knit and Crochet

Lost Wax Casting

Winter Beyond the Studio

Busy? Did you know that you can use the RAC PrintmakingMetals, 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!

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!

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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804

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Tue – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays & Major Holidays.

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