Work: I have been collecting detritus that I find beautiful for a long time. Some have considered me a pack-rat, but I knew that I was waiting for my time, when I would start putting it all together in a new way. When the pandemic forced art classes and communities to go online, I gained new access previously unavailable to me due to my disability. This sparked new creativity, motivation, and so much learning.
My work is primarily in mixed media collage. I explore themes in nature especially of roots and branches as they are entwined with personal history and immigration. I enjoy using found images, painted paper, and cut paper.
No holiday items are available, but I am open to commission requests for collage and fiber works.
About: Harmony Arts is just me and my various arts and crafts adventures. I started in wire and bead jewelry and currently do mixed media work in paper collage and with alpaca/churro wool fibers. My formal education is a BA from NYU in History and Education in preparation for a career in non-profit management. In retirement, I began my arts education from working artists like those at RAC.
Work: I worked for a while in the 90’s at SFMOMA as an installer. Exposure to “museum art” had a strange effect on me. Does art have to be so “precious?” Is it only for people who have lots of money? I grew up on a produce farm in Central California. “Museum art” wasn’t really a thing. But I saw value in learning a craft, practicing and sharing it. I like to think the art I create now is very accessible – something that you can have in your everyday life. The imagery of my work speaks to things that amuse me – like my love of baseball, the American/English vernacular, exploring my Japanese heritage, life in the Bay Area.
About: Being an artist wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. It wasn’t practical. It was for hippies and druggies. I got a degree in Industrial Design from SJSU. While it was a great education I kept gravitating back toward art as expression. I eventually got my MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland. I was reluctant to learn computer skills to advance my art because early on I didn’t like the aesthetic – it looked like it was created on the computer. I’ve come to embrace Illustrator and Photoshop as tools that help me work more efficiently while still creating my own unique creations.
Last Note: I press all my mugs in my studio. All the designs are original to me. I think people will like them. They are inexpensive and unique and original. Some of my imagery is tied to “Mochi Tsuki” – the coming together to make rice cakes in the Japanese tradition. In my hometown of Livingston, CA we’ve had a Mochi Tsuki (usually between Christmas & New Year’s) for the past 40+ years. Sadly, we didn’t have one in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year’s event was also cancelled.
Work: Unique collage earrings, fine art prints, and collage kits made in Richmond. I also offer art mentoring and study groups online or in person for local Bay Area artists. Gift cards are available and can be used towards classes, art mentoring, prints, or jewelry listed on my website.
About: Erin McCluskey Wheeler is a painter, collagist, writer, curator, and teacher based in Richmond, CA. Erin works in many series at once and across disciplines in painting, collage, works on paper, prints, and poetry. There is always a careful attention to placement, selection, and adjacency in both her writing and her visual art. Each medium with its different qualities, allows Erin to explore ideas about memory, language, color, and place, while retaining a unified voice that reflects on the power of color and connection.