Richmond Art Center
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Press Release:  Announcing ‘The View from Here’ and ‘Richmond Open Studios Preview Exhibition’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 3, 2024

ANNOUNCING:
Summer Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center

July 3 – August 17, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 1pm-3pm

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and no rsvp is necessary

Richmond, CA: Artists living and working in Richmond, as well as incarcerated artists, will present their artwork at Richmond Art Center in two new exhibitions opening this summer

In the Main Gallery, San Quentin Prison Arts Project and Philadelphia Mural Arts present The View from Here, an exhibition featuring artwork by incarcerated artists from San Quentin Rehabilitation Center and Philadelphia’s State Correctional Institution Phoenix who participated in a creative exchange over the past year. The theme – The View from Here – emerged from the artists’ communications, exploring life inside prison and the realms where their minds wander beyond its gates.

A Panel Discussion and Paint Day featuring alumni and facilitators from both prison arts programs will be held on Saturday, July 13 starting at 11am. Following a panel discussion, former program participant Eddie Ramirez will showcase his mural painting technique – community members are invited to join in the process!

Also opening at Richmond Art Center this summer is the Richmond Open Studios Preview Exhibition. In its second year, this event will bring together nearly fifty artists in Richmond who are opening their studios to the public during the weekend of August 17-18. The Preview Exhibition offers visitors an advance showing of work by participating artists, allowing them to plan their self-guided tours throughout different Richmond neighborhoods in August. Richmond artists are also being hosted at ar.ti.fact Gallery, NIAD Art Center, and Richmond Art Center. Richmond Open Studios is an independent project of the Visual Artists of Richmond, an all-volunteer, fiscally-sponsored group based in Richmond.

An Opening Reception for both The View from Here and the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 1pm to 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org

Top image: Jeffrey A. Isom, Bridge to Freedom, 2023, Oil on canvas board, San Quentin

For more information and images contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Spring Family Day celebrates light and new beginnings through art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 18, 2024

SPECIAL EVENT

Spring Family Day

Celebrate Light and New Beginnings through Art!
Saturday, April 27, 2024, 12pm-3pm | FREE
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond
Event webpage: richmondartcenter.org/familyday

Richmond, CA: We’re gathering on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 12pm to 3pm, to celebrate light and new beginnings through art-making at Spring Family Day. Come join the fun!

Family Day offers a variety of drop-in art-making activities to celebrate the season. Make Spring Equinox affirmation cards with artist Shani Ealey, or print from the sun exploring cyanotype processes with Vivianna Carlos. Other activities are lantern making with Julia La Chica, and a community mural led by Maggie Burns.

Visitors can also listen to live music by Jazz and Soul, and enjoy sliders by Artisan Kitchen. Inside our galleries, the WCCUSD Student Art Show features a jumbo interactive coloring-in wall by Eli Africa.

This free event is open to kids of all ages and their grown-ups. No rsvp is necessary. Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond.

Accessibility and Parking: Ample free parking is available in the 25th Street lot across the street from Richmond Art Center. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users via the Barrett Avenue entrance, adjacent to a parking lot with six accessible spaces. Parking and Entrance Map

For information about Spring Family Day visit: richmondartcenter.org/familyday

About Richmond Art Center: For over 80 years, Richmond Art Center has served the residents of Richmond and surrounding communities through studio arts education programs, exhibitions, off-site classes, and special initiatives for community-wide impact. Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. richmondartcenter.org

For more information contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

Top Artwork: Family Day participants in 2023 work on a community mural project led by Luis Garcia
Above Photos: Visitors to Richmond Art Center work on our jumbo coloring-in wall by Eli Africa.

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Press Release: Spring Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

ANNOUNCING:
Spring Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center

April – June 2024
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and no rsvp is necessary

Richmond, CA: Spring exhibitions at Richmond Art Center shine a light on the beautiful, ongoing cycle of teaching, learning and growing through art.

In the Main Gallery, the 58th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show is a classroom-teacher curated exhibition celebrating the creativity of over 300 of their students. The artists come from 13 district schools across El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Montalvin Manor, Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo.

Also opening are Home Show and Art Blooms Here, two exhibitions representing artwork by both teachers and students working in the studios at Richmond Art Center, and embracing the creativity thriving at home in our organization. 

These three exhibitions will open on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. A reception for the WCCUSD Student Art Show will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 5pm to 6:30pm. Additionally, a reception for Home Show and Art Blooms Here is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, from 5pm to 7pm. All are welcome to attend!

Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org

For more information and images contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

 

Images: (Top) Artwork by Cashel Shaughnessy, student at Fred T. Korematsu Middle School; (above left) Artwork by Colleen Garland, Teaching Artist at Richmond Art Center; (above right) Artwork by Jen Kelly-DeWitt, Student at Richmond Art Center

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Press Release: Artists Announced for Richmond Biennial Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR RICHMOND BIENNIAL EXHIBITION

Right Here, Right Now, Richmond
Third Richmond Biennial of Art
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Exhibition Dates: September 4 – November 21, 2024

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center announces the seven artists selected to present work in Right Here, Right Now, Richmond. In its third iteration, this biennial exhibition celebrates local, visionary art and ideas through commissioning new artwork from artists who either live or work in Richmond, California.

The 2024 RHRN artists are Anthony DelgadoArt Hazelwoode bondErin McCluskey WheelerHelia PouyanfarQuinn Keck, and Taro Hattori.

The Biennial exhibition will be presented at Richmond Art Center and curated by Roberto Martinez. It will run from September 4 through November 21. Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804. This program is funded, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

e bond makes digital spaces by day, handmade books by night, hangs out with trees on weekends and
writes something close to poems in the spaces between. Under the studio name roughdrAftbooks, she makes one-of-a-kind artists books, printed matter and abstract drawings that merge and blur the boundaries of art, craft, design and poetry. e holds a BFA from Moore College and an MFA from Mills College. ebondwork.com, @eisroughdraft

Anthony Delgado is a Californian by birth and by nature. His starting point in art was as a painter, attending UMASS in Amherst, and Cal for degrees in Fine Art. After working in graphic design for over 30 years, photography is now Delgado’s principal artistic pursuit. His recent work focuses on capturing the “decisive moment”, when animate and inanimate, emotion and action combine to form a singular image. www.anthonydelgado.com

Taro Hattori is an interdisciplinary artist who has shown his installations and socially engaged projects nationally and internationally. His recent work often creates relationships between physical sculpture and space with people with a specific socio-political background through their performances, conversations and singing. He is currently teaching at CCA the chair of Sculpture and Individualized Programs. www.tarohattori.com

For over 35 years Art Hazelwood has created politically charged prints, working with dozens of organizations from arts organizations to unions to grassroots movements. He taught printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute where he founded the San Francisco Poster Syndicate, which brings together political poster makers to work with activists. UC Santa Cruz Special Collections has established an archive of approximately 300 of his political prints. www.arthazelwood.com

Quinn Keck is a multidisciplinary artist working across traditional printmaking, painting, and digital mediums to create dialogues on the human experience. Instead of portraying just the physical form of people, places, and objects, Quinn abstracts layers to discuss identity, memory, perception, and grief – exploring the absurdity of making patterns in a chaotic world in their work. www.quinnkeck.com, @running.from.the.silence.press

Erin McCluskey Wheeler, born and raised in, and current resident of, Richmond, CA,  is a mixed media artist, writer, curator, and teacher. Erin is a studio facilitator at NIAD Art Center in Richmond and teaches online with 92NY. Erin holds a BA in studio art and art history from Beloit College, and an MFA from California College of the Arts in writing. erinmccluskey.com@erinmwheeler

Helia Pouyanfar was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to California in 2014. Inspired by her cultural background, her architectural sculptures and research endeavors to illustrate and investigate the permanently transient state of the refugee body and its negotiation and reconciliation with Place. She received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and her MFA from University of California, Davis. heliapouyanfar.com,
@heliapouyanfar

About Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org
 
For more information contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: 61st Annual Holiday Arts Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 24, 2023

SPECIAL EVENT

Holiday Arts Festival: 50+ Arts and Crafts Vendors Announced

61st Annual Holiday Arts Festival
Sunday, December 3, 10am-5pm | FREE ENTRY
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA

Event Weblink: richmondartcenter.org/haf

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center has announced over fifty arts and crafts vendors will participate in the 61st Annual Holiday Arts Festival. The festival features a marketplace of unique designs, artisanal products, and handmade merchandise that spotlight the creative talents of Bay Area makers. The 61st Annual Holiday Arts Festival will take place on Sunday, December 3, 10am-5pm, at Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA. Admission to the festival is free.

At this much loved festival, visitors can shop locally-make holiday gifts that support independent artists and small businesses. Items on offer in 2023 include hand-bound sketchbooks, 3D papercut art cards, handcrafted leather dog collars, and “mapkins” (organic linens featuring vintage maps). Artisanal goods will include gourmet chocolates, and handmade natural skincare products.

“The Holiday Arts Festival is one of our favorite fairs. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people.”

– Nancy Northern, Hats and Spats & Tinybully Knits

“I am so excited to be participating in the Richmond Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival! I’ve been a long-time attendee who has dreamed of one day being an exhibitor. I create pieces using a variety of metals and stones, including river/beach rocks and fine gemstones.”

– Roxanne Gomez, Morning Cup Designs

Each year, a highlight of the festival is the Ceramics Studio Sale; the best deal on handmade, beautiful and usable ceramics in the Bay Area. All items are made by Richmond Art Center’s students, teachers, and friends.

Other activities at the festival include live caricatures by artist Eli Africa; free art-making activities to DIY your own cards and gift wrap paper; a raffle of donated items from local artists and businesses; the opportunity to buy artist designed Richmond Art Center totes and t-shirts; and Richmond community partner pop-ups. This year participating organizations being featured at the festival are: NIAD Art Center, The Latina Center, Native American Health Center, and Asian Pacific Environmental Network.

For information about the Holiday Arts Festival visit:
https://richmondartcenter.org/haf

Participating Vendors: Adrianna Gluck, Art of the African Diaspora, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Atomic K Designs, Bea Hartman Ceramics, Bird vs. Bird Designs, Brick Factory Designs, CeramicsByRegina, Chris Granillo Art, CMC Designs, Confetti This Lifestyle Boutique, Coralxpression, EGChu Handcrafted, Elishes Cavness III, Em’pirean Artwear, Eyes For Trees, Girls Curls Jewelry, Hats and Spats & Tinybully Knits, HK Ceramics, HollyPapercuts, Illustrations by SENDY, Iris Chiu Art, JenniferLindermanArt, Jenny Windler Jewelry, Kristi & Keena are Friends, Langfordcraft, Larry Craighill Ceramics, Lauren Ari, Leticia Javier, Liberación Gráfica, LSK Designs, Marisa Burman, MegParkesFinds, Menmin Made, Moon & Leaf, More With Less, Morning Cup Designs, Native American Health Center, NIAD Art Center, OntheQ, Pretty Fun Designs, Rebeca’s Art Prints, RYSE, S for Sparkle, S.Beaubrun, Shrine Jewelry, Skincare by Feleciai, The Latina Center, The Weekend Store, The Xocolate Bar, Untitled Cloth, LLC, Valerie Brown-Troutt, Vreni Michelini Castillo, Wiggle & Woof, and YKS Ceramics… and more to be announced!

“I love the feeling of community at the Richmond Art Center. I always enjoy the camaraderie of the vendors and the enthusiasm of the patrons at the Holiday Arts Festival.”

– Suzane Beaubrun, S.Beaubrun

“The Holiday Arts Festival gives artists like me the chance to sell handcrafted items and art to East Bay residents in a very joyful environment. It doesn’t get better than this!”

– Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, Rebeca’s Art Prints

Accessibility, Parking and Public Transportation: Ample free parking is available in the 25th Street lot across the street from Richmond Art Center. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users via the Barrett Avenue entrance, adjacent to a parking lot with six accessible spaces. Richmond Art Center is accessible by BART, AC Transit, and R-Transit. Parking and Entrance Map

About Richmond Art Center: For over 80 years, Richmond Art Center has served the residents of Richmond and surrounding communities through studio arts education programs, exhibitions, off-site classes, and special initiatives for community-wide impact. Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. richmondartcenter.org

For more information contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

Press Release: Greenhouse Live Youth Art Showcase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 13, 2023

SPECIAL EVENT

Greenhouse LIVE: Youth Art Showcase

An environmental justice art activation featuring local youth talent!

Friday, September 22, 5pm-8pm | FREE
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond
Event webpage: richmondartcenter.org/greenhouselive

Richmond, CA: Greenhouse Live is a youth talent showcase and open mic night featuring music, spoken word and visual art that calls for justice in response to the environmental crisis. This free event is happening at Richmond Art Center on Friday, September 22, from 5pm to 8pm.

Featured performers are spoken word artists Anizha aka Spoken Soul, Damien Rozell Pope Jr, and Tajanique Bell. Singer Lai’john Hawkins will perform, and visual artist Belle Garcia will present work.

Greenhouse Live will also celebrate the launch of Richmond Art Center’s new mural, Epic Struggle / Battle Royal. This mural was created throughout the summer of 2023 in a youth public arts program that explored ways in which to combine muralismo, technology, advocacy and storytelling.

To sign up to perform in the open mic section of the evening, youth should contact Kimberly Ross at kimberly@richmondartcenter.org and provide their name, and art sample/s (poetry, music or artwork) as attachments or links.

Greenhouse Live is free, open to youth ages 16 to 24, and no rsvp is necessary. Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond.

This event is presented in partnership with Stu212, a non-profit providing music therapy, health and wellness programs, financial literacy, and mentorship for youth. www.stu212music.org

Artist Bios

Damien Rozell Pope Jr: Rozell the Bard is a poet raised in Richmond who is still relatively new to the poetry scene. Their poetry comes from experiences seen, heard and felt. Their goal every performance is to deliver something that resonates with someone, somewhere in the crowd.

Tajanique Bell: Tajanique Bell aka Tajvelani was born and raised in San Diego and is a poet who has been writing poetry for over ten years. In addition, she is a recent graduate from Baker University in Kansas and has broken multiple records during track meets during her career.

Lai’john Hawkins: Lai’jhon Hawkins is an American singer, producer, song writer, dancer, and sound engineer from Oakland California. Lai’jhon Hawkins has a diverse musical background ranging from R&B, trap, to EDM and reggae. Lai’jhon Hawkins also plays the piano and the drums.

About Richmond Art Center

Accessibility, Parking and Public Transportation: Ample free parking is available in the 25th Street lot across the street from Richmond Art Center. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users via the Barrett Avenue entrance, adjacent to a parking lot with six accessible spaces. Richmond Art Center is accessible by BART, AC Transit, and R-Transit. Parking and Entrance Map

History and Programs: For over 80 years, Richmond Art Center has served the residents of Richmond and surrounding communities through studio arts education programs, exhibitions, off-site classes, and special initiatives for community-wide impact. Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. richmondartcenter.org

For more information contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

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Noticia de prensa: Celebre el Día de los Pueblos Indígenas en el Richmond Art Center

ENGLISH

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA
Lunes, 11 de septiembre de 2023

Día de la familia de otoño

¡Celebra el Día de los Pueblos Indígenas!

Sábado 7 de octubre, 12pm-3pm | GRATIS

Richmond Art Center (patio), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond

Nos reuniremos el sábado 7 de octubre, de 12pm a 3pm, para celebrar el Día de los Pueblos Indígenas a través de la creación artística.

El Día Familiar de Otoño contará con un mural comunitario con Luis García y el Powwow Reading Corner con el Native American Health Center. También habrá muchas actividades artísticas con los artistas Andrés Cisneros-Galindo, Tiffany Conway, Alice Rice, Anne Wolf y Lisa Levine. Los visitantes también pueden disfrutar de juegos, refrigerios y música de DJ Freddie.

El evento gratuito está abierto a niños de todas las edades y adultos. No es necesario confirmar su asistencia. Richmond Art Center está ubicado en 2540 Barrett Avenue en Richmond.

Accesibilidad, estacionamiento y transporte público: Hay un amplio estacionamiento gratuito disponible en el lote de la calle 25, adyacente al Richmond Art Center. Usuarios de sillas de ruedas pueden entrar por la entrada de Barrett Avenue frente al Centro, donde hay estacionamiento con seis espacios accesibles. Se puede acceder al Richmond Art Center mediante BART, AC Transit y R-Transit. Mapa de estacionamiento y entrada

Para obtener información sobre el Día Familiar de Primavera, visite: richmondartcenter.org/familyday

Acerca de Richmond Art Center: Durante más de 80 años, Richmond Art Center ha prestado servicios a los residentes de Richmond y las comunidades circundantes a través de programas de educación artística en estudio, exhibiciones, clases externas e iniciativas especiales para lograr un impacto en toda la comunidad. La misión del Richmond Art Center es ser un catalizador en Richmond para aprender y vivir a través del arte. richmondartcenter.org

Para más información contacte a: Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

Imágenes:

Luis Garcia, Creciente (The Rising), 2022
Día de la familia de otoño en 2022

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Press Release: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Richmond Art Center

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 11, 2023

SPECIAL EVENT

Fall Family Day

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Saturday, October 7, 12pm-3pm | FREE

Richmond Art Center (courtyard), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond

Event webpage: richmondartcenter.org/familyday

Richmond, CA: We’re coming together on Saturday, October 7, 12pm-3pm, to lift up and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day through art making.

Fall Family Day will feature a community mural with Luis Garcia and Powwow Reading Corner with the Native American Health Center. And, of course, lots of drop-in art activities with artists Andrés Cisneros-Galindo, Tiffany Conway, Alice Rice, Anne Wolf, and Lisa Levine. Visitors can also enjoy games, snacks, and music by DJ Freddie.

The free event is open to kids of all ages and their grown-ups. No rsvp is necessary. Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond.

Accessibility, Parking and Public Transportation: Ample free parking is available in the 25th Street lot across the street from Richmond Art Center. The facility is accessible to wheelchair users via the Barrett Avenue entrance, adjacent to a parking lot with six accessible spaces. Richmond Art Center is accessible by BART, AC Transit, and R-Transit. Parking and Entrance Map

For information about Spring Family Day visit: richmondartcenter.org/familyday

About Richmond Art Center: For over 80 years, Richmond Art Center has served the residents of Richmond and surrounding communities through studio arts education programs, exhibitions, off-site classes, and special initiatives for community-wide impact. Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. richmondartcenter.org

For more information and images contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

Top Artwork: Luis Garcia, Creciente (The Rising), 2022
Above Photos: Fall Family Day in 2022

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Press Release: Andrés Cisneros-Galindo Exhibition Extended at Richmond Art Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2023

Press Release: Andrés Cisneros-Galindo Exhibition Extended at Richmond Art Center

Nahui Ollin: The work of Andrés Cisneros-Galindo

New Exhibition Dates: June 28 – November 16, 2023

Andrés Cisneros-Galindo Print Demo: Saturday, October 7, 12pm-3pm

Richmond Art Center

2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center is pleased to announce the first major survey of Andrés Cisneros-Galindo’s work, Nahui Ollin, has been extended through November 16.

The exhibition’s curator Roberto Martinez says, “We are happy to lengthen the run of this exhibition – it will give the community an extended opportunity to learn about the life and artistic trajectory of influential Bay Area artist Andrés Cisneros-Galindo whose work spans over 50 years and has helped move forward grassroots community efforts for self-determination, education, and cultural expression.”

Nahui Ollin offers an intimate perspective into Cisneros-Galindo’s experiences as a Mexican immigrant, activist, educator and artist. From the political posters that helped mobilize the Bay Area’s Chicano community to the abstract expressionist paintings that embody fragments and cultural vestiges of the immigrant identity, this exhibition highlights how Cisneros-Galindo’s practice has always been integrated in contemporary struggles around race, education, the environment, justice and democracy both in the U.S. and in Mexico. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist will be presenting a hands-on print workshop at Fall Family Day on Saturday, October 7 from 12pm to 3pm. The free, all ages event is an opportunity to meet the artist and learn about his unique printing techniques. 

Nahui Ollin and Fall Family Day are free, open to all and no rsvp is necessary. Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond.

Exhibition: https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/andres-cisneros-galindo

Fall Family Day: https://richmondartcenter.org/events/fall-family-day10-7-23/

Above images (l-r): A visitor to Nahui Ollin; prints by Andrés Cisneros-Galindo; Andrés Cisneros-Galindo shows his prints to exhibition visitors

Top image: Andrés Cisneros-Galindo, Mictlan, 1995, Oil and mixed media on canvas

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org

For more information contact: Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org

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Press Release: Go Fish!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 6, 2023

SPECIAL EVENT

Go Fish!

Celebrating 25 Years of Guillermo the Golden Trout
Saturday, August 5, 1pm-4pm | FREE
Richmond Art Center (courtyard), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond
Event webpage: richmondartcenter.org/gofish

Richmond, CA: Go Fish! on Saturday, August 5, 1pm-4pm is a community party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Andrée SingerThompson’s iconic sculpture, Guillermo the Golden Trout. The event will honor Singer Thompson and wish Guillermo a happy birthday with art-making, games, live music, auction, and birthday cake. 

“Join us on this special occasion to celebrate an icon of Richmond and the wonderful artist who created it,” says José R. Rivera, executive director at Richmond Art Center.

Guillermo the Golden Trout is the prominent fish sculpture that adorns Richmond Art Center’s building. At 50 feet long and weighing 800 pounds, the vibrantly colored sculpture made a big splash when it was installed in 1997 as part of Singer Thompson’s Making Waves – A Ripple Effect exhibition. The work became a permanent installation after it was purchased by Mayor Rosemary Corbin for the City of Richmond using the mayor’s beautification fund. 

Twenty-five years later Guillermo the Golden Trout is a local landmark, and shorthand for visitors needing directions to Richmond Art Center: “Go to Richmond’s Civic Center and look for the big fish!”

Go Fish! will feature a so-fish-ticated line-up of activities for all ages, including fishing games, fish art-making, live music by Sueños Jazz, and food by Richmond restaurant El Sol. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about Guillermo the Golden Trout and Andrée Singer Thompson’s artistic practice through an exhibition of her work. (In preparation for the big day Guillermo the Golden Trout received a light revamp earlier this year.)

Go Fish! is Richmond Art Center’s first in-person fundraiser event since the pandemic. While the event is free to attend, ‘Golden (Trout) Tickets’ are available for purchase to those who can show their support. Funds raised will go towards Richmond Art Center’s annual fund.

Go Fish! is open to all and no rsvp is necessary. Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond. 

Accessibility, Parking and Public Transportation: Ample free parking is available in the 25th Street lot across the street from Richmond Art Center. RAC’s facility is accessible to users of wheelchairs via two step-free public entrances. The Barrett Street entrance is adjacent to a parking lot with six accessible spaces. The 25th Street entrance is adjacent to a parking lot with three accessible spaces. Richmond Art Center is accessible by BART, AC Transit, and R-Transit. Parking and Entrance Map

About Richmond Art Center: For over 80 years, Richmond Art Center has served the residents of Richmond and surrounding communities through studio arts education programs, exhibitions, off-site classes, and special initiatives for community-wide impact. Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. richmondartcenter.org

For more information and images contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@richmondartcenter.org 

Images (top to bottom):
1. Guillermo drawing by Francisco Rojas
2. José R. Rivera, RAC’s Executive Director, with artist Andrée Singer Thompson
3. Guillermo the Golden Trout undergoes repairs for 25th anniversary

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:
VERY BIG FISH: Mechanics Bank, Jacobs & Company
BIGGER FISH: Phillips 66
BIG FISH: Overaa ConstructionSims MetalCollins ManagementMSH Group, Jan and Byron Brown – in memory of Gay Parker and the RACettes, Rosemary Corbin
FRIEND OF THE FISH: M.A. Hays Co., Martin McNair and Margi Cellucci, Susan Wittenberg, Ninomiya – Koda Charitable Foundation

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