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‘Or, the Whale’ Tours America (and new posters for sale!)

We are excited to announce that Jos SancesOr, the Whale is scheduled to appear at locations across California, Massachusetts and Kansas starting this month. Sances’ impressive life size scratchboard drawing of a sperm whale drew large crowds to the Richmond Art Center when it was featured in the fall exhibition Here is the Sea (check out the press from this show). Now audiences across America will have the opportunity to experience this epic work. See the touring schedule below.

Posters for sale! Would you like your own copy of Or, the Whale? Starting in October the Richmond Art Center will be selling high resolution posters of the piece. These limited edition posters are printed on archival quality paper and each copy is signed by the artist. The unframed poster is six feet long and available for $200. A display copy of the poster will be on view at the front desk at the Richmond Art Center for the next six months. Come and see the amazing detail illustrating the history of capitalism in America that Jos Sances’ embeds within the body of the whale!

OR, THE WHALE TOURING SCHEDULE

Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly
Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
September 12-15, 2019

CNA/NNOC Headquarters
155 Grand Avenue, Oakland
September 20-27 and October 4 (First Friday)
Presentation by Jos Sances: September 26, 1:30pm

Bioneers Conference
Marin Center, San Rafael
October 18-20, 2019

Surfriders Show
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
To be layed out on floor and viewed from above
November 2019

New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby Dick Marathon
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
January 2020

Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044
September 2020

Image: Jos Sances, Or, the Whale (detail), 2018-19. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by John Wehrle

SF Chronicle, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, and more: Spring Exhibitions Press Recap

We’re excited to share some of the press coverage of our current exhibitions:

Charles Desmarais, “M. Louise Stanley’s very contemporary history paintings,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Saturday, May 9, 2019

Charles Desmarais, “The Whale tries to save us,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Saturday, May 4, 2019

Janis Hashe, “Jos Sances’ Great White Whale” and “High Time to Get to the Sea”, East Bay Express, May 1-7, 2019

Renny Pritikin, “M. Louise Stanley @ The Richmond Art Center”, Square Cylinder, Published April 12, 2019

DeWitt Cheng, “Two RAC Shows Mix Humor, Critique”, The East Bay Monthly, April 2019

Enrico Deaglio, “Nel Ventre Della Balena USA” (“In the Belly USA’s Whale”), Il Venerdì di Repubblica (Rome, Italy), April 19, 2019

Kathy Chouteau, “Life size whale artwork makes big splash at Richmond Art Center”, Richmond Standard, Published April 3, 2019

Kathy Chouteau, “WCCUSD Student Art Show wows at Richmond Art Center”, Richmond Standard, Published March 31, 2019

Party Richmond… Thanks and see you next year!

Members, students, teachers, artists, and donors – all enjoyed the second annual Party Richmond celebration of art and art lovers on Saturday, April 13! (See our Facebook album for pictures from the event!)

Each year Richmond Art Center honors three organizations and individuals who have contributed generously to the long-term wellbeing of RAC. This year those three included the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, Betty Ann and Ray Barnett, and Hilda Robinson. We are honored to count these three as friends and supporters of RAC over many years.

After the awards ceremony, the crowd gathered for our live auction featuring art works by Peter Voulkos, Claire Falkenstein, Ed Penniman, Jos Sances, Rudolph Serra, Fred Alvarado, Stephen Bruce, and Randy Strong. In addition, unique opportunities to go salmon fishing on the Feather River, fly over the Bay Area in a private plane, travel to Santa Fe, enjoy a champagne party at RAC, and or take personal painting class, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres with Ric Ambrose, were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The evening included entertainment by dancer Maggie Powers, magician David Hirata, and jazz guitarist Hideo Date. Los Moles of El Cerrito provided a broad sampling of their moles, with decadent desserts donated by Maria’s Gourmet Bakery in El Sobrante.

Many thanks to our sponsors Jacobs & Company, LLC, Mechanics Bank, Ellengale Toki and Owen Oakley, Susan and Stephen Chamberlin, Patricia Guthrie, and James Wheeler and Joyce Shon. And many, many thanks to the spectacular John Ziesenhenne, world famous auctioneer.

This year was our most successful auction ever! We raised more money than last year to support our scholarship program for youth and adults. Thanks for all of your help and for participating in this annual event. See you next year!!

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Images clockwise from top left: Jos Sance’s Or, the Whale; Marguerite Browne and Maggie Powers; guests participating in the live auction; and artist Hilda Robinson (center) with Karen Jeffrey Anthony and Denise Jeffrey

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

By Emaline Lubinger-Chavez (Pinole Valley High School)

The ability to create and share art has always been a huge part of community. From artists working together to create murals, to a shadowy figure in the night clinging to an overpass to get the graffiti just right. Fences made from street signs, a scribble on a bathroom mirror, a camera set to capture all these things that burn gold against the gray monotony. Some work is seen as vandalism, however, no place would be the same without the clashing colors splashed across bridges, walls, and boulevards.

Recently, the Richmond Art Center opened its doors to the beautiful chaos of art waiting just outside. Young artists from middle and high schools across western Contra Costa County took advantage of the space awaiting them and filled every inch of the Community and West Galleries. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and more almost overwhelm the eyes. Over 400 pieces cover the walls from floor to ceiling; each one a window into an artist’s life.

These sorts of spaces are incredibly important to young people today. As a certified young person, I can say that many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and general confusion. It’s like reading the back of a pill bottle. But art is a salve on the leaking wound of the soul. It calms and cools the raging fire within us and gives us space to think and reflect on life.  The annual WCCUSD Student Art Show pushes kids to create art, which in turn pushes them to better understand themselves and the world around them.

I myself actually have a piece in the installation. A relatively small black and white photo, with words carved ruggedly into its surface, it stands out from the colorful almost piñata like masks above it. Across the way, the masks lock eyes with eerie portraits both painted and photographed. The contrast serves to show just how different everyone’s story is. And just how important it is that everyone’s story has a chance to be told.

We are all different. That is a simple fact of life. Art is how we express our differences. This installation provides a healthy and positive environment for young people to express themselves and be accepted as artists. For this, I am thankful.

Top image: Elianna Moran, Over the Rainbow, 2019 (Pinole Valley High School, Grade 9). On view in 54th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show, March 26 – April 24, 2019.

Spun, Dyed, Woven, Tied: Lia Cook

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Organized by Inez Brooks-Myers

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

Spun, Dyed, Woven, Tied: JoAnn Stabb on Katherine Westphal and Ed Rossbach

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Organized by Inez Brooks-Myers

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

Spun, Dyed, Woven, Tied: JoAnn Stabb on Kaisik Wong

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Organized by Inez Brooks-Myers

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

Spun, Dyed, Woven, Tied: Amy Keefer

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Organized by Inez Brooks-Myers

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

Spun, Dyed, Woven, Tied: Alice Beasley

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Organized by Inez Brooks-Myers

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

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