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A Whale of An Art Talk: Jos Sances and Elizabeth Schultz LIVE

September 25 @ 5:00 pm cst (3:00 pm pst) | FREE

Did you see Jos Sances’ lifesize drawing of a whale at Richmond Art Center last year? ‘Or, the Whale’ is now on view in Kansas and we’re excited to share that this Friday, 9/25 at 3pm pst the Lawrence Art Center (in partnership with Richmond Art Center and Vessel Gallery) is hosting a live virtual conversation between Sances and Moby-Dick scholar Elizabeth Schultz! 

In this very special virtual event, Sances will be joined by internationally acclaimed Herman Melville scholar/ KU Professor Emeritas Elizabeth Schultz for a conversation exploring the themes represented in the artwork as well as its connections to the literary masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

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Fall Class Registration Now Open! | With Love… Issue 6

Fall 2020 Session    |    New Classes We Want You to Know About    |   Art Boost!

Fall 2020 Session

Image: Chandna Agarwal, @chandna_argarwal
Fall 2020 Class Registration is NOW OPEN  

The Fall 2020 session brings over forty classes, including old favorites and beloved teachers, as well as new offerings for kids, adults and families!!

Browse the Class Listings

New Classes We Want You to Know About

Inward Spiral: Guided Drawing for the Fun of It

Drawing is a tool for play, relaxation and exploration. Infinite possibilities lay before you…  with artist Lauren Ari!

All Ages Class  |  Fridays, 12-1pm, 10/9 – 12/18  | Sign up for one or all classes! 

More info…

Hoop Making and Basics

Be creative using your whole body! The class starts by making a custom hoop, then instructor Tania Pulido will teach you the basic movements of hoop dancing.

All Ages Class  |  Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, 10/21 – 12/2

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(Not Your) Old Fashioned Stitch Circle

Recreating the traditions of a stitch circle online with teaching artist Jocelyn Jones, students will meet over zoom and receive beginner embroidery instruction while experiencing a social setting.

Adult Class (Ages 16+)  |  Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm, 10/9 – 12/18

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Planting Creativity

Mixed media class that is also an introduction to herbalism. Using illustration, collage and watercolor, students will explore some of the uses of safe, gentle plant medicines. Instructor: Jade Fair

Teens (Ages 12-7)  |  Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, 10/7 – 12/2

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XENOGENESIS: Black Sci-Fi Making Space

Artist Charlyn Griffith-Oro wants to explore science fiction and multimedia making with YOU! This class incorporates guided meditation, prompted sketch journaling, collage and sculpture based making.

Adults  |  Thursdays, 3-5pm, 10/22 – 11/19

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Books and Art

Read along each week with teaching artist Tatiana Ortiz, then create art related to the story! 

Kids (Ages 5-11)  |  Thursdays, 2-3pm, 10/8 – 12/17

More info…

Art Boost!

Scholarships for Online Art Classes

Making art accessible to everyone is at the heart of Richmond Art Center’s mission. If you need a reduced rate for your class sign up for an ART BOOST! We offer need-based scholarships for eligible children, teens and adults.

Art Boost! Request Form

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Artists Caring for Community | With Love… Issue 5

Art Lives Here: New Artworks Unveiled | Classes for At-Home Creativity | See and Make Art: Let’s Get Mucky | And Other News

Art Lives Here

Image: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s banner and Agana’s mural now adorn RAC’s facade
Photo by Francisco Roja @pac_pops

Two New Artworks Reflect Community on RAC’s Facade

Art Lives Here is a series of RAC commissioned projects designed to support artists and build community connection during shelter-in-place. Two new projects from the series were unveiled this month…

For This is life long work (2020), a 13 foot high banner by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, the artist collaborated with RAC staff and teaching artists through a discussion on community care. The resulting conversation shaped Branfman-Verissimo’s work.

Richmond-artist Agana spent two days creating her site-specific mural that now adorns the columns flanking RAC’s Barrett Street entrance. After five months of RAC’s facility being closed to the public, it was so exciting to have an artist working onsite again!!

Learn More About the Projects

Classes for At-Home Creativity

Design by Vida Vazquez

Rag Lab

Remake your clothes!! This is a great online class for sheltering-in-place creativity! Rag Lab online workshops explore ways to create interesting garments using pre-worn clothing and found materials. Get yourself a new wardrobe without even leaving the house! Instructor: Vida Vazquez

Adult Class | Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Aug 25 – Sep 8 | Sign up for one or all classes!

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Wild at Art:
Mixed Media Animals 

Learn to render animals using techniques with media including pen and ink, watercolor brush markers, acrylic markers, colored pencils, wax pastels, and paint. Great for students wanting to try new media! Instructor: Jennifer Linderman

Adult Class  |  Thursdays, 1-3pm, Aug 27 – Sep 24  |  Sign up for one or all classes!

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Collage Club

Play with paper and color, and discover collage with artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler!

Adult Class  |  Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm, Aug 26 – Sep 16  | Sign up for one or all classes! 

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Family MAKE (free)

Family MAKE is a family-friendly online space for exploration and creativity. This week teaching artist Lauren Ari will lead participants through a short drawing activity. Bring plain paper and a pen or pencil.

Drop-In Family Event | Thursdays, 4-5pm

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See and Make Art

Illustration by Chandna Agarwal

Let’s Get Mucky!

Make muck that magically turns liquid into solid and back again!

Make Muck (Plus Other Art Instructables)

And Other News

Happenings at RAC and around Richmond

  • Save the Date! Registration for Online Fall Art Classes will open September 14.
  • Free Arts Kits are Coming… Staff are working hard developing youth arts kits that will be distributed for free at a community event. More info soon!
  • We cleaned. The month RAC’s entire 24,000 square foot facility was professionally fogged and cleaned. We’re ready to open as soon as it’s safe to do so.
  • *Staff Pick* In the community… Bridge the Ballot is an hybrid live/virtual exhibition on view Bridge ArtSpace (Sep-Nov). Join curator Jenny Balisle, Claudia Jiménez and the artists for a virtual reception and panel discussion on September 25 at 7pm.

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Collaborate, Create, Reflect | With Love… Issue 4

Collaborate with Artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh   |   Art is Wellness Events and Classes   |   A Moment to Reflect Together

Special Project

Image courtesy of Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh
Collaborate with Artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

During shelter-in-place RAC is working with artists to build opportunities to make meaning of our experiences through art.

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an artist (and Teaching Artist at RAC!) whose current work is focused primarily on the shifting urban landscape. Oni-Eseleh’s project with RAC aims to capture brief moments from people’s lives to create a physical record of our time apart.

She invites the Richmond community to share images with her via Instagram @disfordiletante which document some of the simple, candid moments of this time.

Oni-Eseleh says of her project, “My hope is to create a larger ‘snapshot’ of these times that goes beyond the news, to show how connected we still are in our day to day.”

Art is Wellness

Drawing by Vero d. Orozco
Upcoming Workshops, Classes, and Meet-Ups

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Mixed Medium Sculptures: Shadow Puppets

Explore the wide world of mixed medium sculpture with hands-on projects inspired by the work of prominent artists in paper, textiles, cardboard, and recycled materials.

Kids Workshop (6+) | Tuesday, July 14, 10-11am

Visual Journaling

Explore ways to document the day-to-day visually when words fail, with teaching artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh.

Adult Class (16+) | Tuesday, July 14, 5-7pm

Family MAKE (free)

Teaching Artist Erin McCluskey Wheeler invites participants to collect a few pencils, crayons, or pens, to join her to play The Doodle Game! All ages and families welcome!

Drop-In Family Event | Thursday, July 16, 4-5pm

Fundamental Drawing

New to drawing? This class is geared towards ABSOLUTE beginners, and is a great opportunity to jump in. La maestra habla español. Teaching Artist: Rebeca García-González

Adult Class | Starts Tuesday, July 21, 1-3pm

Date Night

Introducing… Date Night! Bring a date or a pal and join artist Vida Vazquez for a night of socializing and art-making. Sliding scale/pay what you can to participate. Materials list coming soon.

Adult Meet-Up | Thursday, July 23, 7-8:30pm

Stillness, Slowness and Introspection

An Invitation to Reflect Together

As we sit with the historic and current realities of systemic oppression that the Black Lives Matter movement has called global attention to, we invite our community to take a moment for time to reflect and process.

A Starting Point for Reflection

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Top and bottom banners: Artwork by Erin McCluskey Wheeler

Stillness, Slowness and Introspection

An Invitation to Reflect Together

As we sit with the historic and current realities of systemic oppression that the Black Lives Matter movement has called global attention to, we invite our community to take a moment for time to reflect and process.

Recent Press: Richmond Art Center’s new executive director has unique resume

The Richmond Art Center’s new executive director, José R. Rivera, might be the non-profit organization’s most improbable appointment of its 84-year history. The arts education and exhibition center is prominently located at Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and has four galleries, over 600 members, hundreds of art classes, an operating budget of over $1.5 million and serves thousands of underserved youth and adults in workshops and community outreach presentations. Visibility is RAC’s middle name, it could be assumed.

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Remembering Clayton Bailey (1939-2020)

We are saddened by the death of artist Clayton Bailey on Saturday, June 6 at age 81. Known for his innovative and irreverent ceramic and metal sculpture, Bailey was a lead figure in the Funk Art and Nut Art movements. He lived in Port Costa for many years, and from 2013 until recently ran the Bailey Art Museum in Crockett.

Read Clayton Bailey’s obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle

Visit Bailey’s website for some insight into his eccentric world

Bailey first exhibited at Richmond Art Center in a group show in 1970. He went on to be included in exhibitions every decade at RAC until 2009, when he participated in a two-person show with his wife, Betty Bailey, called Robots & Watercolors. This exhibition was organized by Richmond-artist John Wehrle and featured over thirty of Bailey’s metal robot sculptures displayed beside Betty’s whimsical watercolor paintings. Betty died in 2019. 

A Statement by John Wehrle

In art and life Clayton Bailey was generous to a fault. His eccentric creations, whether ceramic or metal, were always exquisitely crafted and whimsically logical.

Clayton’s work personified a serious quirkiness that was emblematic of a rich vein of irreverent humor that found fertile ground in Northern California.

I first became aware of Clayton’s work viewing Dr.Gladstone’s ceramic discoveries at the de Young in 1975. I was working under the CETA program and painting my first mural there. The elaborate comic nature of Clayton’s installation was delightful and memorable.

Years later, our artistic paths crossed again when Jeff Nathanson included Clayton and myself, along with other Contra Costa artists in the introductory North by Northwest show at Richmond Art Center.

For RAC’s 50th anniversary exhibition in 1996, Jeff commissioned Clayton to make a commemorative edition of “Dr. Gladstone’s Snake Oil” ceramic jugs as a part of the celebration. I still treasure mine. 

Dr. Gladstone’s Snake Oil by Clayton Bailey

And Clayton and I both owned 1950 Bullet Nose Studebakers, albeit at different stages of our lives. 

So it was an honor and a privilege when Clayton agreed to exhibit his robots along with Betty’s drawings at RAC in 2009.

Robots and Watercolors, Richmond Art Center, 2009

Clayton’s robots exist in a world, inspired by Captain Marvel and Studebakers, where a brighter future of robot butlers is just around the corner. In today’s world of plastic and pixels these robots propel a metal flea market past into the future. The pleasure of Clayton’s work lies in the recognition of the alternator or the teapot transformed into an anthropomorphic dog or tipsy ballerina. They ultimately speak as much to the human condition as to the world of technological wonders.

Recent Press: Art of the Heal, East Bay Express

“Art of the Heal”, East Bay Express, By Janis Hashe, June 17, 2020

When it’s safe to do so, the venerable Richmond Art Center will reopen under new leadership. José R. Rivera, the new executive director, is well aware he’s assuming control as the RAC faces multiple challenges.

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“Richmond Art Center appoints Jose R. Rivera as new executive director”, Richmond Standard, By Mike Aldax, June 15, 2020

The Richmond Art Center has appointed Jose R. Rivera as its new executive director.

Patricia Guthrie, board of directors president for the Richmond Art Center, described Rivera as having “a wealth of management experience and a deep commitment to the arts and community which we feel will help move the Richmond Art Center forward at a time of great societal change.”

Read the full article article: Online

Critical work to unite as a community: A statement by RAC’s Executive Director

Dear Friends of Richmond Art Center,

As I take over the helm of Richmond Art Center, my heart is heavy mourning the murder of George Floyd and the over 100,000 lives lost during the past months of coronavirus pandemic.  This, of course, is on top of the losses of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and countless others.

I am outraged and saddened by their murders. However, outrage is not enough. As philanthropy shifts its response to support our communities’ recovery, we wholeheartedly agree not to go back to the so called “normal”.

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