Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

Marsha Balian

Artist: Marsha Balian

Holiday Sales? YES

Work: My mixed media pieces all involve the use of found material from scraps of paper, remnants from construction sites, bits of fabric to found photographs. I love to draw and paint, so many pieces include drawing and varying amounts of painting. My work is all on wood panel and does not require framing. I’ve developed a technique for the surface that is imitative of encaustic and helps unify the disparate elements. This surface element is also protective of the work so it can be hung anywhere from the kitchen to the bath without risk of damage or fading.

About: I am self-taught and admit that I don’t like following directions, so often invent my own techniques. Since invention doesn’t require strict adherence to the rules, my art avoids what might be literal and attempts to engage imagination of the viewer. Humor is never far behind.
My work has been shown throughout the Bay Area, many parts of the country and internationally. It has been featured in many publications and was featured on the cover of the 2016 “”West Marin Review”” and was profiled in the October 2019 issue of “”Oakland Magazine.”” It was also featured in “”Collage by Women: 50 Women Collage Artists of the World”” which was published in Spain and sold world-wide. Most recently it was featured in “”Woven Tale Press””, a national journal of arts and literature.
I am represented by the Gearbox Gallery in Oakland.

Website: www.marshabalian.com

Contact: Please check out my website www.marshabalian.com for available work. I can be reached at: marshabalian@nullgmail.com

Alex Martinez

Artist: Alex Martinez

Holiday Sales? YES

Work: Vibrant mixed medium paintings in acrylic adorned with linoleum block printing, embroidery, and hand beadwork.

About: Alex Martinez is a second-generation Queer, Mexican-American, Chicanx, raised in Watsonville, California. She began her Arts Education at San Francisco State University, where she fell in love with printmaking and painting processes. She is based in Oakland, California, and very privileged to spend her days developing and teaching her multi-medium art curriculum in Bay Area schools.

Website: alexandriamartinez.squarespace.com/about

Contact: To purchase or commission artwork, please email martinez.alexandria27@nullgmail.com

Three Cat Art Studio

Artists: Jim Bruce and April Netzer

Work: Three Cat Art Studio features the combined work of Jim Bruce and April Netzer. Jim Bruce’s work spans digital, mixed media collage and animation, figure and portrait sculpture. You will find examples of his neighborhood and self portrait collage on Instagram. He is offering a collection of these collages as greeting cards at the Three Cat Art Studio website. You can see his figure sculpture there as well.

April Netzer: “In reflecting on my art work the underlying theme is play, process and exploration. I use a variety of media to explore my feelings; pondering on life, spirituality, transitions and memory. I find delight in a mix of art media often combining them to create unique and fragile objects. Sometimes they may even have a life span of their own. In terms of process I rely on my unconscious to bring forth meaningful gestures to dialog with during and after I am done. The process itself is an untethering of social and artistic norms to which I play, poke, fly and dance through the marks, finding meaning through symbols and metaphor. Currently, I have several ongoing series of mixed media Dresses both small and large in size, Collage from found images, Clay boats with animals and creatures going to another plane due to extinction placed on top of stitched shaped felt surfaces symbolizing the eddy and flows of river currents.”

About: Three Cat Art Studio features artists Jim Bruce and April Netzer. Jim Bruce a media artist and animator who has taught in after-school programs, primarily for Richmond Art Center for over six years. He is currently working with a California Arts Council grant to bring Media Arts into Bay Area schools for Young Audiences Northern California. His recent collage work grows out of an effort to design media arts curriculum for students with limited access to technology.

April Netzer is a 40 year resident of California originally hailing from the East Coast. Ms. Netzer received her BFA from the USC School of Fine Arts in 1980, focusing on fine art lithography and mixed media. In 2000, she received her Masters degree in Marriage Family Therapy and Art Therapy from the College of Notre Dame. She balances her career as both an Art Therapist and Visual Artist. The “process” of art making is extremely important to Ms. Netzer as she employs a wide variety of media to express and explore feeling states. This process is playful, spiritual, adventurous and at times cathartic. She loves that she can support others to find their way through the healing power of art in her private practice in Albany.

Website: threecatartstudio.weebly.com

Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Artist: Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Holiday Sales? YES

Work: I have a range of colorful, abstract art pieces from small to large, both on paper and on panel, available for sale. My work is made of painted paper that I cut and assemble together to make abstract graphic works of art. I also make custom paper packs full of painted paper and vintage paper that I color sort and assemble by hand. These paper packs are great creative jump starts and a wonderful introduction to color and collage work.

About: I teach collage and mixed media classes at the Richmond Art Center and I have been part of the Richmond Art Center community for most of my life as a student, member, exhibiting artist, staff member, and now teaching artist. I work in painted paper collage and make bright, colorful works of abstract art. I studied art first at RAC and then in college and in graduate school at California College of the Arts. Limited edition prints of my work are licensed and sold through West Elm and Minted. I am also a Joone Creative Artist and worked with the company to create a collage kit with instructions, prompts, ideas, and beautifully curated papers, available through Joone Creative.

Website: www.erinmwheeler.com/shop

Contact: For recent work and small works on paper, please see my Instagram @erinmwheeler – most work is available and I’m also happy to create commissioned work based on something I’ve already made.

Yael Levy Studio

Artist: Leah Yael Levy

Holiday Sales: YES

Work: On my website you can buy zines of some of my journal comic stories and my character Biscuit Beast. Biscuit has mini zines that teach you how to make zines and also a whole bunch of stickers designed to amplify love.

Printmaking is another part of my work, you can find some prints and blank greeting cards for sale on the website as well.

About: Leah Yael Levy is my full name, I prefer that you call me Yael. I am a mixed media artist, storyteller, printmaker and art teacher based in Berkeley, CA. I draw, paint, collage and write. I often self publish my work, and sometimes print and bind it by hand. I love playing with forms and format and mixing digital and tactile techniques.

My work is based in my own experience as a brown, bi-racial, bilingual and bisexual woman. Since this is a-lot to unpack, I often take more pleasure in telling others’ stories, making up imaginary creatures or just painting images of beautiful nature. I believe the creative process to be its own reward and the act of making an incredible tool for healing and growing. I like to remind people of the artist in them, or at the very least make them smile. Although once in a while the work makes people cry too.

Born and raised in Israel, I first moved to New York City in 2002 to attend the Art Students League of New York, later I completed a BFA of Illustration from Parsons (2011). After four years doing design and illustrations for The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, I moved to California to pursue an MFA in Comics at CCA(2017). In recent years I’s been a Teaching Artist with Kala Art Institute, Richmond Art Center and JCC of the East Bay. My work has been published by The Nib (2018), Birdy Magazine (2019) and Forward Comix (2017 & 2020).

Website: www.leahyaellevy.com/shop/

Contact: Accepting watercolor commissions this holiday season. Send me a message to learn more. leahyael@nullgmail.com

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