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Holiday Arts Festival Recap from Executive Director Ric Ambrose

On Saturday, December 5, the Richmond Art Center hosted our 53rd annual Holiday Arts Festival. The Art Center bustled with artisans, teachers, and members of the East Bay communities. Studio Arts hosted fun, creative activities for the kids, Ceramics held its famous sale, and our pop-up cafe served delicious paninis, desserts, and lattés. Both the silent and live auctions successfully raised vital funding for our core programs thanks to your generosity. We raised over $30,000 to support the many programs we offer to people of all ages. Our Fund-A-Need drive raised over $5,800 for the Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund, which will provide kids and teens with need-based scholarships to take our classes and workshops in 2016!

The annual Holiday Arts Festival had a triumphant return, and everyone at the Richmond Art Center, myself included would like to extend our deep appreciation to our dedicated committee of Board Members, generous donors and Art Center supporters, our teaching artists and students, and more than 90 devoted volunteers. A special thank you goes to Board member Ellengale Toki Oakley for chairing the committee, to our Deputy Director Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez for organizing the project, developing numerous job descriptions and scheduling the volunteers, and to our Exhibitions Director Jan Wurm for acquiring a magnificent collection of donated art for auction.

We could not have done this without you–thank you for making this event memorable.


Ric Ambrose
Executive Director


Photos by John Wehrle. All of our Holiday Arts Festival images can be viewed here.

Visit Our Vendors at the Holiday Arts Festival!

The Holiday Arts Festival at the Richmond Arts Center is a great place to find unique gifts for the holidays for friends and loved ones! We’re proud to showcase so many local artists, including several of our own instructors. Below is a collection of some of the items that will be for sale here on December 5 from 11am – 3pm. Please join us to support the Richmond Art Center, our local artists, and our wonderful community.


Jewelry by Frank Mancuso.


Paintings by Lisa Greenstein.

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Korean textile art by Youngmin Lee.

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Jewelry by Dawn Gonzales.

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Enamel jewelry by Holly Carter.

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Prints by Claire Seipser.


Drawings by Megan Seiter.

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Handmade brooms by Hannah Quinn.

Emily Duffy Pear Mosaic.72dpi

Stained glass by Emily Duffy.

Sterling Silver Riveted Hoop Earrings

Jewelry by Karen Trown.


Chocolate by The Xocolate Bar.


Reimagined Menswear by Sonya Lee Barrington.

Glassware by Nightside Studios.
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Jewelry by Donna Jadis.

Holiday Arts Festival Live Auction Items!

Our incredible Holiday Arts Festival on December 5 features a Live Auction. All of our auction items are featured below, with descriptions to entice art collectors and people seeing unique lifestyle experiences. We hope to see you at our event! A limited number of tickets are still available… please call us at 510-622-6772 to purchase your tickets.

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Auction #1
Artist: Hung Lui,
Mission Girl – Red Shoes, Mixed Media, 2013
Value: $6,000, Donor: Hung Lui
Born in China and immigrated to California in 1985, Hung Lui is regarded by many as the greatest Chinese painter in the U.S. This mixed media work features her typical style of dripping paint and layered brushstrokes. Combining a mixture of Chinese culture, contemporary and ancient visual language, Lui addresses history, gender, identity and Chinese politics and culture. With a focus on women and their place in society, Hung Lui elevates her central singular figures and emphasizes their dignity imbuing her richly decorated subjects with hope.


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Auction #2
Five day retreat for 12 people at Dillon Beach House
Value: $3,500 Donor: Tracy Freedman
Dillon Beach has a fairy tale atmosphere with the far-far-away charm of time suspended. This is a chance to partake of a fabulous 5 night vacation in a gorgeous Dillon Beach House with stunning ocean views from every room. The house features 5 bedrooms, sleeps up to 12 people. Stroll the 7 minute walk down to the beach, soak in the hot tub, lounge on the sundecks, whip up magic in the gourmet kitchen, then settle down to a cozy fire. 2 satellite TV’s and wifi for those who stay connected.


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Auction #3
Dinner for Four with Mildred Howard in her Studio
Value: $800
Donor: Mildred Howard
Internationally known Berkeley artist, Mildred Howard invites you and your guests into her studio for an intimate dinner for four surrounded by her art and peppered by her stimulating conversation. In the hands of a great cook and deep thinker, dinner with Mildred Howard promises to be an event you will never forget! Bring along your closest friends and the four of you will get to know this deeply important artist and her powerful art as you share a meal she has prepared for you in her home. The considered influences of music, literature, community, and art will all pull up a chair at this table for an engaging evening!


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Auction #4
Artist: Terry St. John
Model on Floor, Mixed Media, 1999-2001
Value: $8,000, Donor: Terry St. John
This study of Model Seated on the Floor will hold you captive, locked in the inky dark space which pulsates with life and emotion. His exuberant black and white studies of light and dark, shape and space, fuse his sense of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. Working with brush and washes of ink, St. John builds the surfaces of his works to present the figure in and of the cconjured space. Former curator at the Oakland Museum, Terry St John brings decades of work and influences from the Bay Area Figurative painters to his plein air studies and his female nudes. The Richmond Art Center is excited to be mounting a survey exhibition of his powerful work next summer.



Auction #5
Two tickets to a Golden State Warriors game
Total Value: $ 500
Donor: Tim Ilario
Bring a friend and enjoy a once in a lifetime up-close view of MVP Stephen Curry and the NBA World Champion’s Golden State Warrior face off against its archrival Miami Heat at the raucous Oracle Arena on Monday, January 11, 2016.



Auction #6
Artist: Ric Ambrose
Op-Art, graphite, 2010
Value:$3,800, Donor: Ric Ambrose
A large graphite drawing of an urban landscape contrasting a broody old balustrade stone building dwarfed by a minimalist modern high-rise Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. Ric is the Executive Director of RAC and has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. and is included in many public and private collections including the Getty Family, City of Littleton, Coos Bay Art Center and the Colorado Fine Arts Center.



Auction #7
A day of sailing on the Bay and lunch for four people
Value: $1,000, Donors: Ellengale Toki and Owen Oakley
Enjoy a day of sailing on the Bay for four people on Sambolo, a 40 foot Sabre, starting at the Richmond Yacht Club in Point Richmond. The picturesque venture includes a lunch with wine and cheese.



Auction #8
Drinks and Tidbits for a party of eight with legendary art historian Peter Selz.
Value: Priceless!! Donors: Carole and Peter Selz
Drinks and tidbits for a party of eight with Peter Selz in the home of Carole and Peter surrounded by their contemporary collection of art. Be prepared for salty anecdotes and anchovies. Founder of the Berkeley Art Museum and former Curator of Contemporary Art of Museum of Modern Art, Selz has curated seminal exhibitions of new art over the past five decades.


Hunh Liu Shan - Mountain

Auction #9
Artist: Hung Lui
Shan-Mountain, Color etching & aquatint, 2012 edition of 40
Value: $2,500, Donor: Paulson Bott Press
Working with some of the most expressive artists of our time, Paulson Bott Press has established a record of producing some of the most beautiful and nuanced contemporary color etchings. This very large print by Hung Liu is a tour de force of etching technique displaying extraordinary visual clarity and exquisite design and surface. Internationally renowned, Hung Lui has received numerous awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Fellowship, and the Pollack-Krasner Award. Her work is represented in major museum collections in the U.S. and Asia. The Richmond Art Center mounted one of her first solo exhibitions in 1991.



Auction #10
Artist: Richard Shaw
Studio Drawing, ink on paper, 2010
Value: $1200, Donor: Richard Shaw
A unique figure in the work of contemporary ceramics, Richard Shaw is nationally known for his experimental trompe-l’oeil sculptures. Humor and irreverence play a large role in his still life ceramic work and spontaneous drawings as he inserts stuff of daily life into his whimsical narrative. His work in housed in major museum collections throughout the U.S.



Auction #11
Three hours with handyman and Contra County Supervisor John Gioia
Value: Priceless, Donor: John Gioia
Here is your chance to have a few home repairs done and have an engaging conversation with John Gioia, long-time District Supervisor of Contra County and chair of CC Board of Supervisors. No small repair can’t be done by this multitalented Richmond resident.



Auction #12
FUND-A-NEED Youth Scholarship
Your donation to Funded- A–Need will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for dozens of youth to participate in Richmond Art Center’s noted youth classes.
The Kato Jaworski Youth Scholarship Fund offers partial funds for at risk Richmond youth to participate in one of our studios’ art making classes providing the wonder of discovery and building self-esteem.

First Preview of Silent Auction Items at Holiday Arts Festival!

Just some of the fantastic art you’ll see on display at our Silent Auction at the Holiday Arts Festival! Our South Gallery is filled with beautiful art right now, in anticipation of our daytime event, which is free and family friendly! All of this wonderful art will be available for bidding at our silent auction. Please join us on December 5! More info on our Event page.

Artist: John Wehrle
Muriel 13 (for Etienne-Jules Marey)
Digital photograph, 2012


Artist: Judy Dater
Gravity Defiance #1
Photograph, 2012



Artist: Heather Wilcoxon
Blind Ride

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Artist: Juan Carlos Quintana
Safe Assets
Acrylic on canvas, 2012
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Artist: Marisa Burman
Porcelain Vase
Porcelain, 2013


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Artist: Clayton Pinkerton
Mixed media, 1986

Craig Easter Sushi Plate haf 11

Artist: Craig Easter
Sushi Plate
Ceramic, n.d.
Inez Storer Health Notes haf 10 IMG_9672

Artist: Inez Storer
Health Notes
Mixed media, 2014
Lubliner China Camp haf 9

Artist: Malcolm Lubliner
China Camp
Photograph, 2001

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Artist: Raymond Holbert
Fashion Group
Inkjet print, 2014

Kling Candy Sampler Pour La Femme haf 6

Artist: Candace Kling
Candy Sampler: Pour La Femme
Textile, mixed media, 2000

Nancy Selvin haf 3

Artist: Nancy Selvin
Ceramic, 2012

Slusky Haf 2

Artist: Joseph Slusky
Mixed media, 1999

Mobile Fab Lab Design Contest Update

fab lab arionRichmond High School student Arion Smith created this design, titled Quantum Physics, for the Mobile Fab Lab’s Design contest sponsored by Chevron, and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Winning designs will be part of the trailer housing the mobile version of the Fabrication lab that will travel throughout the county, supporting students who want to create designs using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts.

The deadline for submissions is November 20. Submission forms are available at the Center. You can also download a PDF here.






Other entries include:

Maranco Marshall, Helms MS, 8th grade.

Maranco Marshall, Helms MS, 8th grade. Title:  STEM Memories of Rodney

Sania Kaleka, Wilson Elementary, 6th grade. Title: Robot

Sania Kaleka, Wilson Elementary, 6th grade. Title: Robot

José Vigil, Kennedy HS, 11th grade. Title: PYB Fab Lab

José Vigil, Kennedy HS, 11th grade. Title: PYB Fab Lab

Press Release: Holiday Arts Festival Celebrates 53rd year at the Richmond Art Center!

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Doors Open Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m.
Shop for unique, handmade ceramics, arts and crafts gifts and fine art while supporting
the oldest, largest visual arts center in the East Bay.

HAF_postcard_r2RICHMOND, CA — Mon., Nov. 9, 2015—On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the largest community event and fundraiser for the Richmond Art Center returns for its 53rd year, offering visitors a chance to buy unique holiday gifts from local arts and crafts vendors, enjoy holiday food and beverages, and participate in auctions, raffles, and creative art-making activities for the whole family. The Festival’s gift sale runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and its live auction of fine art and unique life experiences will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond.

The Holiday Arts Festival kicks off with a free, daytime family-friendly event. Attendees can enjoy shopping for handmade arts and crafts from a diverse selection of local vendors, as well as the Art Center’s famous ceramics sale that features hundreds of plates, mugs and objects made by artists in the Center’s ceramics studio. Guests and their families are encouraged to participate in holiday art-making activities, and a pop-up café will be serving delicious food and warm beverages to hungry festival goers. Live music will be provided by the Primavera Latin Jazz Band.

“The Holiday Arts Festival gives the instructors in our Studio program—as well as students in our ceramics studio—the opportunity to present their wares,” says Erin Wheeler, Studio Education Director. “And through their work, you can see demonstrated first hand what the Art Center’s Studio Education program makes possible.”

Following the free daytime event, the Art Center will host an exciting live auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. that showcases exceptional works of fine art by internationally recognized California artists, including Hung Liu, Richard Shaw, Judy Dater, Claire Falkenstein, and Enrique Chagoya. Other life experience live auction items include two tickets to see the Golden State Warriors versus the Miami Heat at the Oracle Arena, and a day of sailing the Bay for two couples or a family of four, to mention a few. Live music performance by the Primavera Latin Jazz Band, wine and hors d’oeuvres are part of the evening’s live auction. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers and can be purchased online:

“We are excited to celebrate the holidays and our outstanding community of local artists,” says Ric Ambrose, Executive Director. “We hope that visitors to our arts festival will be impressed by the dedicated individuals who make the Richmond Art Center special.”

All proceeds from the event benefit the Richmond Art Center.

Featured Artists at the Holiday Arts Festival Live/Silent Auctions include:

Richard Ambrose
Clayton Bailey
Enrique Chagoya
Judy Dater
Gene Erickson
Claire Falkenstein
Katie Hawkinson
Raymond Holbert
John Hundt
Diana Krevsky
Carol Ladewig
Hung Liu
Malcolm Lubliner
Kara Maria
Louise McGinley
Clayton Pinkerton
Juan Carlos Quintana
Terry St. John
Nancy Selvin
Richard Shaw
Joe Slusky
Livia Stein
Pam Stefl-Toki
Inez Storer
John Toki
John Wehrle
Heather Wilcoxin
Jan Wurm

About the Richmond Art Center
The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of the surrounding community. The Center delivers hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, traveling Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries. Learn more at

Press Contact
Jessica Parker
Communications Director, Richmond Art Center
(510) 620-6772

Hung Liu, Shan – Mountain 2012
Color aquatint etching with gold leaf
Somerset white paper Image size 36″ x 26″ Paper size 47″ x 36″
Edition of 40

Press Release: Student Artists to Enter Fab Lab Design Challenge!

Student Artists Invited to Enter the Mobile Fab Lab Design Challenge

West Contra Costa Unified School District students can see their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) designs permanently displayed on the new Mobile Fab Lab

RICHMOND, CA October 13, 2015 –Chevron, the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and the Richmond Art Center today launched the Mobile Fab Lab Design Challenge – an opportunity for local students to design the “wrap” that will be applied to the exterior surface of the Mobile Fab Lab trailer.

The Mobile Fab Lab, which will travel to schools throughout the district, is a small-scale digital workshop equipped with computer-controlled tools, such as 3D printers, laser-cutters, routing machines, 3D scanners, 3D milling machines and programming tools. Made possible as part of a $1 million grant from Chevron to the Fab Foundation, the Mobile Fab Lab will provide hand-on learning to spark the interest in STEM and prepare students for jobs that will require basic STEM literacy over the next five years.

“We’re excited to sponsor the Mobile Fab Lab Design Challenge” said Andrea Bailey community engagement manager of the Chevron Richmond Refinery. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to integrate STEM into art.”

Students from grades K -12 are invited to design a colorful image depicting STEM related ideas. No artistic ability is required. Winning images will be permanently displayed on the outside of the Mobile Lab and multiple entries from every grade level will be chosen and merged into one design.

“This is wonderful opportunity for all students from K – 12 to display their artistic talents for the entire community to see” said Philip Gonsalves, senior director for curriculum and instruction for Mathematics, Science, and STEM in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. “I look forward to seeing the students’ interpretation of STEM through their designs.”

Chevron and the WCCUSD are partnering with the Richmond Art Center and one of its teaching artists, Alex Wang, to create a design that incorporates all of the winning submissions.

“We are thrilled to partner with Chevron and the WCCUSD to help bring the Mobile Fab Lab to life through the students designs” said Richmond Ambrose, executive director of the Richmond Art Center. “With the support of the Richmond Art Center, the students’ designs are sure to be creative and inspiring.”

The Richmond Art Center will offer free workshops to help assist students in submitting a design:

• Thursday, October 15 : Lupine Hills Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 6:00pm-7:30pm
• Tuesday, October 20: Coronado Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 6:00pm-7:30pm
• Thursday, October 22: Richmond High School, Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm
• Thursday, November 5: Helms Middle School, Multipurpose Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm
• Saturday, November 14: Kennedy High School, Rooms 401 and 402, 10:00am to 11:30am

The deadline for submission is November 20, 2015, 5:00pm. Contact Drew Kravin at for additional information and for the submission form.


AIC Would Like Your Mural Help!

South Richmond’s Kennedy Park is undergoing a massive redesign, the majority of which will be completed on October 24th at a community build day. AIC is a key part of this effort by holding a community mural panting class, led by community muralist and educator Fred Alvarado. Fred is taking a group of adults and teens through a collaborative design process, and the group will prep and paint the 1134sq foot circular floor mural.  Most of the class participants are longtime residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the park and are excited to make this huge mandala painting that reflects their values and history.
We are still in need of folks to help prep and paint this mural on Monday and Thursday afternoons before the finishing touches can be added on October 24th build day. If you are interested in supporting the painting effort before or on build day please contact Rachel Schaffran, Art in the Community Director at (510) 620 – 5543

Welcome Francisco Rojas!

We’re excited to welcome our new intern from California College of the Arts (CCA), Francisco Rojas!
He will be working with us on Fridays and Saturdays 9 – 3. Francisco is studying photography at CCA and is a graduate of Richmond High School. He works at RYSE as their teen photo instructor and his work was featured here at the Richmond Art Center as part of the 2014 American Teenage Project. He was interviewed by Richmond Confidential during the exhibition.
Each year nonprofits around the Bay Area apply to the CCA CONNECTS program and are matched with a CCA student who will work for them for one academic year. CCA provides an hourly wage for the students and training and networking opportunities.  We are so thrilled to be selected to take part in this program and to have Francisco working with us!


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