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Noticia de prensa: El Festival de las Artes Navideñas Celebra su 60 Años de ‘Diamond Jubilee’

El Festival de las Artes Navideñas Celebra su 60 Años de ‘Diamond Jubilee’

Festival de artes y artesanías con más de 50 vendedores de artistas locales y socios comunitarios, venta de cerámicas famosas, estudio “open house”, y actividades artísticas para todas las edades.

Holiday Arts Festival / Festival de las Artes Navideñas

Domingo, 4 de diciembre, 10am-5pm

Richmond Art Center

2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

richmondartcenter.org/haf

Richmond, CA: El Holiday Arts Festival o Festival de las Artes Navideñas regresa al Centro de Arte de Richmond. Después de funcionar durante dos años como un evento virtual debido a la pandemia de Covid-19, el Festival regresa en persona para celebrar su 60.º año de “jubileo de diamante” en Richmond.

El Holiday Arts Festival/ Festival de las Artes Navideñas ofrece a los visitantes la oportunidad de comprar regalos únicos de vendedores locales de artesanías, experimentar nuestros estudios abiertos, disfrutar de aperitivos y bebidas, y participar en actividades artísticas para toda la familia. El Festival se llevará a cabo de 10 am a 5 pm el domingo 4 de diciembre en Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.

Los visitantes podrán comprar regalos navideños locales y hechos a mano por más de 50 artistas locales e independientes. La mercancía disponible incluirá piezas de joyería únicas, vidrio artístico, cajas de hojalata, ilustraciones botánicas, soportes de incienso reciclados, sombreros fantásticos de ganchillo y artículos para preparar alimentos hechos de madera reutilizada. Los productos artesanales en el Festival incluirán chocolates y dulces gourmet, y productos naturales hechos a mano para el cuidado de la piel.

“Siempre he sentido alegría al crear y participar en el Holiday Arts Festival”, dice la artista Riquelle de Pretty Fun Designs. “Puedo conectarme con la comunidad de Richmond y más allá, y compartir alegría. ¡Qué divertido!” Riquelle utiliza una mezcla de piedras, metales, papel y otros materiales para crear pequeñas esculturas con imágenes un poco traviesas y divertidas.

“Siempre disfruto vendiendo en el Holiday Arts Festival: clientes maravillosos y amigables y una amplia variedad de trabajos impresionantes para elegir”, dice la vendedora Suzanne Carey. Suzanne venderá bufandas y abrigos acogedores tejidos con fibras naturales.

Nuestra popular venta de cerámica regresa en persona este año con la oportunidad de comprar cerámica hermosa y utilizable. Todos los artículos están hechos por nuestros estudiantes, maestros y amigos. La venta de cerámica se realizará en nuestro estudio de cerámica y todas las ventas beneficiará al Centro de Arte de Richmond.

Otras actividades en el Festival incluirán estudios abiertos para ver a artistas profesionales en acción; actividades de creación de arte para que las familias hagan sus propios regalos artesanales; una rifa de artículos donados por artistas locales; la oportunidad de comprar bolsos y camisetas del Centro de Arte de Richmond diseñados por artistas; y el Holiday Café que sirve café, galletas, cerveza y vino.

“Únase a nosotros en este emocionante día para compartir el espíritu navideño, mezclarse con nuestro equipo y adquirir maravillosas artesanías para sus seres queridos”, dice José R. Rivera, director ejecutivo de Richmond Art Center.

Normas de seguridad Covid-19: Tenga en cuenta que este es un evento bajo techo. Haremos lo que podamos para mantener a las personas seguras. Se requerirá el uso de mascarillas en las galerías y espacios públicos interiores. Las mascarillas se pueden quitar mientras está en el patio.

Accesibilidad, estacionamiento y transporte público: Hay un amplio estacionamiento gratuito disponible en el lote de 25th Street al otro lado de la calle del Richmond Art Center. Las instalaciones del Richmond Art Center son accesibles para usuarios de sillas de ruedas a través de dos entradas públicas sin escalones. La entrada de Barrett Street se encuentra junto a un estacionamiento con seis espacios accesibles. La entrada de la calle 25 se encuentra junto a un estacionamiento con tres espacios accesibles. Se puede acceder al Richmond Art Center por BART, AC Transit, R-Transit y también los servicios de viaje compartido.

Para obtener información sobre el Festival de las Artes Navideñas, visite: richmondartcenter.org/haf

Planifique su visita al Centro de Arte de Richmond aquí: richmondartcenter.org/about/hours-directions

Proveedores participantes: Adrianna Gluck, Art Builds Community, Art of the African Diaspora, Awkward Ladies Club, Bird vs. Bird Designs, Catherine Ricketts, CERAMICSbyREGINA, Crystal Clear Crafting Club, Eyes For Trees, Gabriela Nunez, Hats and Spats & Tinybully Knits, Hope Meredith, Ilah Jarvis, Iris Chiu Art, JAMM the Artist, Ji Wook Choi Art, Judith T. Irwin Artistry, Julia Beery, KS Wood, LaanMao, LSK Creations, Marisa Burman Ceramics, Maya Kosover, Meg Pohlod, Megan Godino Art, mira vista soap co., Mister Scents, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, NIAD Art Center, Patricia Tostenson Jewelry, Pretty Fun Designs, Sea Pony Couture, Skincare by Feleciai, Sky_pottery, Sophie Tivona Illustration, Stoner Zines, Suzanne Carey Arts, Take Shape Studio, The Designing Chica, The Latina Center, The Xocolate Bar, Under Construction Creations / Frikkin Laser Sharks, Wiggle & Woof, Xan Blood Walker… ¡y más por anunciar!

Acerca de Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center ha estado compartiendo arte y creando con la comunidad desde 1936. Nuestros programas abarcan clases, exhibiciones y eventos en nuestras instalaciones en el centro de Richmond, así como actividades fuera del sitio que brindan arte gratuito y de alta calidad. También creando experiencias para las escuelas de WCCUSD y los socios comunitarios. richmondartcenter.org

Para obtener más información, imágenes y citas de artistas, comuníquese con:

Amy Spencer, amy@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Press Release: Holiday Arts Festival at Richmond Art Center Celebrates Its ‘Diamond Jubilee’ 60th Year

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October 31, 2022

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Holiday Arts Festival at Richmond Art Center Celebrates Its ‘Diamond Jubilee’ 60th Year

Arts and crafts festival with over 50 local artist vendors and community partners, famous ceramics sale, open studios, and art activities for all ages

Holiday Arts Festival
Sunday, December 4, 10am-5pm
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
richmondartcenter.org/haf

Richmond, CA: The Holiday Arts Festival returns to Richmond Art Center. After running for two years as a virtual event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival is back in-person to celebrate its ‘diamond jubilee’ 60th year in Richmond.

The Holiday Arts Festival offers visitors a chance to buy unique gifts from local arts and crafts vendors, experience our open studios, enjoy snacks and beverages, and participate in art-making activities for the whole family. The Festival runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, December 4 at Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.

Visitors will be able to shop local and handmade holiday gifts by over 50 local, independent artists. Available merchandise will include unique jewelry pieces, art glass, tin boxes, botanical illustrations, upcycled incense holders, crocheted fantastical hats, and food prep items made from repurposed wood. Artisanal goods at the Festival will include gourmet chocolates and confections, and handmade natural skincare products. 

“I’ve always felt joy come through when creating for and participating in the Holiday Arts Festival. I’m able to connect with the Richmond community and beyond, and share joy. What fun!”

– Riquelle Small, Pretty Fun Designs

“The warm, creative, down to earth community at Richmond Art Center is what makes this fair special. It’s always a lovely, well attended show.”

– Malena Lopez-Maggi, The Xocolate Bar

Our popular Ceramics Sale is back in-person this year with an opportunity to purchase beautiful and usable ceramics. All items are made by our students, teachers and friends. The Ceramics Sale will be set up in our ceramics studio and all sales benefit Richmond Art Center. 

Other activities at the Festival will include open glass and metals studios to see professional artists in action; art-making activities for families to DIY their own cards and gift wrap paper; a raffle of donated items from local artists; the opportunity to buy artist designed Richmond Art Center totes and t-shirts; and the Holiday Café serving coffee, cookies, beer and wine. 

“Join us on this exciting day to share holiday spirit, mingle with our team, and pick up some wonderful arts and crafts for your loved ones,” says José R. Rivera, executive director of Richmond Art Center. 

Covid-19 Safety: Note, this is an indoor event. We will do what we can to keep people safe. Mask wearing will be required in the galleries and indoor public spaces. Masks may be removed while in the courtyard.

Accessibility, Parking and Public Transportation: Ample free parking is available in the 25th Street lot across the street from Richmond Art Center. Richmond Art Center’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, R-Transit, and rideshare services.  
 
For information about the Holiday Arts Festival visit
https://richmondartcenter.org/haf

Participating Vendors: Adrianna Gluck, Art Builds Community, Art of the African Diaspora, Awkward Ladies Club, Bird vs. Bird Designs, Catherine Ricketts, CERAMICSbyREGINA, Crystal Clear Crafting Club, Eyes For Trees, Gabriela Nunez, Hats and Spats & Tinybully Knits, Hope Meredith, Ilah Jarvis, Iris Chiu Art, JAMM the Artist, Ji Wook Choi Art, Judith T. Irwin Artistry, Julia Beery, KS Wood, LaanMao, LSK Creations, Marisa Burman Ceramics, Maya Kosover, Meg Pohlod, Megan Godino Art, mira vista soap co., Mister Scents, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, NIAD Art Center, Patricia Tostenson Jewelry, Pretty Fun Designs, Sea Pony Couture, Skincare by Feleciai, Sky_pottery, Sophie Tivona Illustration, Stoner Zines, Suzanne Carey Arts, Take Shape Studio, The Designing Chica, The Latina Center, The Xocolate Bar, Under Construction Creations / Frikkin Laser Sharks, Wiggle & Woof, Xan Blood Walker… and more to be announced!

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, images and artist quotes contact:
Amy Spencer, amy@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Día de los Muertos, Fall Family Day

Día de los Muertos

Fall Family Day 2022

Saturday, October 15,12pm-3pm  |  Free

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
richmondartcenter.org/familyday2022

Richmond, CA: Fall Family Day at Richmond Art Center (RAC) will be a special celebration of Día de los Muertos on Saturday, October 15, 12pm-3pm. Kids of all ages and their grown-ups are invited to RAC’s courtyard to celebrate Day of the Dead with art-making, music, and miniature low riders. Admission is free.

Artist Daniel Camacho is leading the festivities with a community ofrenda and paper mache skull workshop. Daniel’s work is currently on view at RAC in the exhibition De Fantasías y Realidades (September 14 – November 17, 2022). 

Other activities at Fall Family Day will include a Día de los Muertos presentation by Ernesto Olmos; live printing and coloring with local art collective Liberación Gráfica; community chalk mural with Rebeca García-González; art demonstrations; marigold giveaway; search and find; and local art vendors.

For the ofrenda, Daniel Camacho invites community members to contribute items that honor their loves ones. Daniel says, “Through an ofrenda we commemorate and remember the life and death of our loved ones. It is a celebration that allows us to carry them in our hearts and welcome them back to the world of the living for one night.” Daniel invites the community to contribute a photograph of their loved ones and an object that represents something they loved, for example their favorite drink or snack, or a toy. Items can be bought to Richmond Art Center any time during gallery hours. The altar will be on display in the West Gallery from October 15 through to the end of Día de los Muertos on November 3.

In the calaverita workshop participants will learn to make paper mache skulls for a Día de los Muertos altar. This two day workshop – on Saturday, October 8, 12pm-2pm and Saturday, October 15, 12pm-2pm – is for participants ages six and older (although kids younger than ten should bring an adult to help). Register on RAC’s website to attend both workshops and make a calaverita from scratch. Alternatively, folks are invited to drop into the second session on October 15 at Fall Family Day to decorate a pre-made skull.

Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond.

Covid-19 Prevention: Mask wearing is required in the galleries and indoor public spaces. Masks may be removed while in the courtyard. 

Top image: Artwork by Daniel Camacho

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@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: ¡Estamos Celebrando! Latinx Heritage Month at Richmond Art Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2022

¡Estamos Celebrando! 
Latinx Heritage Month at Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center is proud to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with activities planned to highlight and explore the creative accomplishments of the Bay Area’s Latino community. ‘National Hispanic Heritage Month’ takes place September 15 to October 15 every year and is a time to recognize the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx people living in the U.S..

In Richmond Art Center’s galleries are two exhibitions highlighting Latinx art. Daniel Camacho’s De Fantasías y Realidades presents murals, paper mache sculptures and paintings that fuse elements of Mexican popular culture with the social and political experiences of Camacho’s community. And From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is an exhibition by print collective Liberación Gráfica and their friends. Liberación Gráfica is a Richmond-based screen print collective whose art practice is rooted in the Chicanx art tradition of revolutionary print workshops. Their work speaks directly to the struggles and resilience of the people of Richmond.

And don’t miss on Saturday, October 15, 12-3pm we are celebrating Día de los Muertos. This special event for families will feature calaveras, art making, live printing and more!

“Latinos contribute so much to the rich diversity of the Bay Area, especially in Richmond,” says José Rivera, Executive Director. “I encourage you to visit Richmond Art Center and also find your own way to celebrate and explore Hispanic Heritage Month.”



From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo
Main Gallery
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – November 17, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm

Liberación Gráfica is a screen print collective whose practice is rooted in the Chicanx art tradition of revolutionary community print workshops. As artists-in-residence at Richmond Art Center, Liberación Gráfica worked alongside youth and community members to create prints that uplift local voices, and raise awareness of the struggles and resilience of the people of Richmond. These works have been printed live and distributed at events in Richmond including Low Rider Cruise Nights, Juneteenth Festival at Nicholl Park, the United Farm Workers march, and La Pulga Flea Market.

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is the culminating exhibition from Liberación Gráfica’s residency. Staying true to the concept that there is no liberation without community, Liberación Gráfica has also invited artists in the community to join them in presenting work that opens up conversations around ideas of liberation. 



De Fantasías y Realidades
Community Gallery
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Calaverita Paper Mache Workshop led by Daniel Camacho: Saturday, October 8 & 15, 12pm-2pm


Daniel Camacho fuses elements of Mexican popular culture with the social and political experiences of his community, blending them together in images that blur lines between reality and fantasy. In particular, Camacho paints the immigrant experience, our political struggles, and the culture that holds us together. These realities are often illustrated through expressive faces with eyes that command a strong gaze towards our shared struggles. 
 
De Fantasías y Realidades brings together a selection of large-scale portable murals, paper mache sculptures and paintings that Daniel Camacho created over the last 25 years.



Día de los Muertos, Fall Family Day
Courtyard
Event Date: Saturday, October 15, 12pm-3pm


Fall Family Day on Saturday, October 15, 12pm-3pm will be a special celebration of Día de los Muertos. Kids of all ages and their grown-ups are invited to join us in the courtyard for art-making, dancing, music and more. 

This free family event will feature a calaverita paper mache workshop led by artist Daniel Camacho, community altar, art making activities, live printing, art market and music.

Top image: Daniel Camacho, Mexico te Ilevo adentro, 2004



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@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Announcing Fall Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center

Images (clockwise from top left): Daniel Camacho, De Fantasias y Realidades, 2022; Francisco Rojas, Pasando Regalos, Passing Gifts, 2022; Tiffany Conway, Your Soul Knows the Way, 2019; Daniel White, Secrets at Giza, 2022

Fall Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center

September – November 2022
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and open to the public


Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center will present four new exhibitions this fall that share bold art and ideas: From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo, New Visions, De Fantasías y Realidades and Melanin: Color, Composition and Connection.

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo

Main Gallery
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm

Liberación Gráfica is a screen print collective whose practice is rooted in the Chicanx art tradition of revolutionary community print workshops. As artists-in-residence at Richmond Art Center, Liberación Gráfica worked alongside youth and community members to create prints that uplift local voices, and raise awareness of the struggles and resilience of the people of Richmond. These works have been printed live and distributed at events in Richmond including Low Rider Cruise Nights, Juneteenth Festival at Nicholl Park, the United Farm Workers march, and La Pulga Flea Market.

From the Pueblo, For the Pueblo is the culminating exhibition from Liberación Gráfica’s residency. Staying true to the concept that there is no liberation without community, Liberación Gráfica has also invited artists in the community to join them in presenting work that opens up conversations around ideas of liberation. 

De Fantasías y Realidades

Community Gallery
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Calaverita Paper Mache Workshop led by Daniel Camacho: Saturday, October 8 & 15, 12pm-2pm


Daniel Camacho fuses elements of Mexican popular culture with the social and political experiences of his community, blending them together in images that blur lines between reality and fantasy. In particular, Camacho paints the immigrant experience, our political struggles, and the culture that holds us together. These realities are often illustrated through expressive faces with eyes that command a strong gaze towards our shared struggles. 
 
De Fantasías y Realidades brings together a selection of large-scale portable murals, paper mache sculptures, and paintings that Daniel Camacho created over the last 25 years.

New Visions

South Gallery
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 1, 12pm-2pm


In honor of the 25th anniversary of Art of the African Diaspora, New Visions assembles a group of four emerging Bay Area artists whose work is on the cutting edge of their disciplines: Kim Champion, Tiffany Conway, Ashara Ekundayo and Bertrell Smith. These four artists employ painting, photography, collage, and vibrant color palettes to engage viewers in the fullness and vibrancy of Black expression. Though the artists work in different mediums and approaches to creating their artworks, New Visions places the works in dialogue with one another to demonstrate the diversity of artwork coming from emerging Black artists in the Bay Area.

New Visions is organized by Oakland-based artist, educator, and independent curator Demetri Broxton.

Melanin: Color, Composition and Connection

West Gallery
Exhibition: September 28 – November 17, 2022
Opening Reception and Artist Walk Through: Sat, October 1, 12pm-2pm


Daniel White‘s abstract paintings bring to the foreground geometric forms, lines and color that reveal the intricacies of melanin and its power of connection. 

White’s solo exhibition, Melanin: Color, Composition and Connection, invites the viewer to simultaneously look inwards, outwards and towards each other and reflect on the pigments that make up our world. Historically, color has shown to have the power to fragment and create differences between us, yet White’s paintings suggest that melanin has the power to bring us together in our common bonds. Through his abstracted compositions, White encourages us to challenge our perceptions and interpretations of color and in the process find connections that join us together beyond our degrees of melanin. 


 
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@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Richmond Art Center Announces Artists-in-Residence Liberación Gráfica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 6, 2022

Richmond Art Center Announces Artists-in-Residence Liberación Gráfica

Residency to include community screen printing events, summer youth class and a major exhibition 

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center (RAC) is excited to announce Liberación Gráfica, a community-based art collective, as this year’s Artists-in-Residence. With major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Liberación Gráfica will lead two summer art programs that will engage Richmond youth and the greater Richmond community through hands-on screen printing workshops. 

Beginning in mid-June Liberación Gráfica will be out in the community bringing screen printing to events and locations throughout Richmond (details and schedule below).

Additionally, Liberación Gráfica will teach a summer youth class at Richmond Art Center focused on screen printing through a social justice lens. Students will be introduced to basic materials and techniques of silkscreen printing, while choosing a theme that is related to community, culture, social justice, and/or societal issues. This six-week class is open to Richmond youth by referral.

The residency will culminate in a fall exhibition in Richmond Art Center’s Main Gallery showcasing work created by Richmond youth, Liberación Gráfica, and other invited community artists. The exhibition will run from September 13 through to November 17, 2022. Public programs tba.

Screen Printing in the Community: This summer Liberación Gráfica will be out in Richmond engaging youth and families at community events and local gathering places with live screen printing demonstrations. The prints will raise awareness to social issues faced in Richmond while reflecting the joy and resilience of the community. The goal of this project is to bring art directly to the people and inspire the community to engage with Richmond and each other through art. 

Schedule:
Liberación Gráfica at the Richmond Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 18, 12pm-3pm
Nicholls Park, 3230 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Liberación Gráfica at Low Rider Sundays
Sunday, July 31 12pm-3pm
23rd Street Between Grant Avenue and Rheem Ave 

Liberación Gráfica at Richmond Flea Market
Sunday, August 21,12pm-3pm 
716 W. Gertrude Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801

More dates and locations to be announced. If you are interested in inviting Liberación Gráfica to a community event this summer, please contact Roberto Martinez at roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

About the Artists-in-Residence: Liberación Gráfica is a community based art collective whose mission is to provide opportunities for self and community expression through silkscreen printing. The collective is made up of Richmond-based artists, teachers, and community organizers: Eddy Chacon, Lisette Vera, Daniel Cervantes and Francisco Rojas. Liberación Gráfica was established in 2019 and since has worked towards teaching youth the process of silkscreen printing through a social justice lens with the intention to bridge gaps between communities of color and bring awareness to social injustices faced by the Richmond community. 



Images: (top artwork) Daniel Cervantes, Real G’s Grow Food, 2020, Screenprint; (above logo) Eddy Chacon, Liberación Gráfica Logo, 2022; (above photo) Liberación Gráfica printing at Richmond Art Center’s Family Day, May 2022


 
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:
Roberto Martinez, Curator, roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Announcing Richmond Art Center’s Summer Exhibitions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2022

Announcing Richmond Art Center’s Summer Exhibitions

June – August 2022
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and open to the public


Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center will present four new exhibitions this summer that shine a spotlight on artists with vital stories to share: Collective Care Is Our Best ProtectionThe Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. BroussardWomen Weaving Stories, and Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience.

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection

South Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection brings together a group of women artists who are at the forefront in activating public consciousness through muralism and printmaking. Created during the pandemic, the work on display illustrates the healing and protective power that resides in the act of collective care. Included are two large scale portable murals: one painted by Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong from Twin Walls Mural Company; and the other painted by Keena RomanoLeslie Dime LopezVanessa Agana Espinoza Solari and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz. Complementing the murals is a series of collages and prints by Favianna Rodriguez.  

The Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. Broussard

West Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 23, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 9, 12pm-1pm


In his solo exhibition, The Eastern ShoreJ.B. Broussard presents a selection of bronze sculptures, drawings and paintings that honors the legacy and expressions of freedom of the great 19th century abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

This exhibition is part of Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries, a series of four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of artists who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. 

Women Weaving Stories – Mujeres Tejiendo Historias – Eje xuj nchachmon qa o che ex tuj

Community Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 1 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2pm-4pm
Collaborative Learning Circle: Saturday, July 30, 1:30pm-3:30pm


Women Weaving Stories is an exhibition of a newly released art zine created by members of Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) an organization of Latina and Indigenous immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. This project was done in partnership with NAKA Dance Theater. The zine was created by Latina and Indigenous immigrant women who came together in a series of collaborative learning circles where art was used as a medium to share stories, learn from each other, and give voice to their lived experiences as immigrant women in the United States. This exhibition is presented in Mam, Spanish and English. Oakland and the larger Bay Area is home to the largest Mam speaking community outside of Guatemala. 

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience

Main Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
How Emmy Lou Packard Made Her Prints (demo): Sat, July 16, 12pm-2pm
Rebel Art: Emmy Lou Packard’s Legacy (panel): Fri, July 29, 6pm-7:30pm
Film screening of Rivera In America: Thurs, August 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Closing Reception Ft Great Tortilla Conspiracy: Sat, August 20, 12pm-2pm


Artist of Conscience explores the life and work of Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998), a remarkable artist known for her paintings, prints and murals, as well as her activism. Packard’s linoleum prints celebrated ordinary people — their work, their history and their environment. Through artworks, photos and ephemera, the exhibition is be organized around key periods of Packard’s life. Packard was mentored by Diego Rivera and became his principal assistant on the mural he painted on Treasure Island for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940 (currently on view at SFMOMA). During WWII Packard worked at Kaiser shipyard’s newspaper, Fore ‘n’ Aft, in Richmond. Later in life, Packard mentored a generation of mostly female and Chicana artists in the Bay Area. She also led the movement to save the Mendocino headlands from development. 

This exhibition is curated by Robbin Légère Henderson and Rick Tejada-Flores.

Images (clockwise from top left): Twin Walls Mural Company, Protectors of the Sacred, Power: A Prayer for Buffalo Nation, 2020; Image: J.B. Broussard, The General, 2021; Emmy Lou Packard, Artichoke Picker (detail), circa 1955; J. Ramirez Pablo, Untitled, 2021
 
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:
Roberto Martinez, Curator, roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Exhibition Announcement:

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience

June 22 – August 20, 2022

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center announces Artist of Conscience, an exhibition exploring the life and work of Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998), a remarkable artist known for her paintings, prints and murals, as well as her activism. 

Presenting artwork, photos and ephemera, and organized around key periods of Packard’s life, Artist of Conscience will tell the story of this remarkable, though over-looked, artist. 

Packard was mentored by Diego Rivera and became his principal assistant on the mural he painted on Treasure Island for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940 (currently on view at SFMOMA). During WWII Packard worked at Kaiser shipyard’s newspaper in Richmond, Fore ‘n’ Aft, creating images that urged ending racial segregation and supported voting rights. After that, she turned to printmaking, creating portraits of workers, explorations of the joys of childhood, the beauty of nature and the importance of history. One of her signature images distributed around the world, Peace is a Human Right, shows three children, Asian, Black and White, seated around a sunflower. The message is framed in human terms — children are not political; they are just children. Later in life, Packard inspired and mentored a generation of mostly female and Chicana artists in the Bay Area. She also led the movement to save the Mendocino headlands from development.

This exhibition is curated by Robbin Légère Henderson and Rick Tejada-Flores.

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience will be presented at the same time as SFMOMA’s exhibition Diego Rivera’s America (opening July 16, 2022), offering audiences the opportunity to learn about Packard’s mentor and understand her oeuvre within a broader artistic movement focused on social change and justice. Richmond Art Center is working in partnership with SFMOMA on a collaborative public program (to be announced).

The exhibition at Richmond Art Center is supported by funding from California Humanities and The Jay DeFeo Foundation. Collectors and organizations generously loaning work include Mendocino Art Center, and Emmy Lou Packard’s son Donald Cairns and granddaughter Shannon Cairns. 

Exhibition and Public Programs Schedule

Exhibition and events are free to attend. All programs will take place at Richmond Art Center.

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience
Curated by Robbin Légère Henderson and Rick Tejada-Flores
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022

Open Reception
Event Date: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm

How Emmy Lou Packard Made Her Prints
Demonstration of Packard’s press by master printer Art Hazelwood
Event Date: Saturday, July 16, 12pm-2pm

Rebel Art: Emmy Lou Packard’s Legacy
Artist panel moderated by art historian, curator and writer Terezita Romo
Event Date: Friday, July 29, 6pm-7:30pm

Screening of Rivera In America (featuring interviews with Emmy Lou Packard)
Film by Rick Tejada-Flores
Event Date: Thursday, August 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Closing Reception with The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
Featuring edible art inspired by Emmy Lou Packard
Event Date: Saturday, August 20, 12pm-2pm

About the Curators

Rick Tejada-Flores is a documentary filmmaker whose works have explored art and politics, including profiles of Diego Rivera, Jasper Johns, Jose Clemente Orozco and Cesar Chavez. They have been shown on PBS, Sundance Channel, History en Español, and Channel 4 UK, and at the National Museum of American History and British Museum. Tejada-Flores printed for Packard in Mendocino, and remained a friend for the rest of her life.   

Robbin Légère Henderson organized exhibitions focusing on art and politics as director and curator of Berkeley Art Center for 20 years. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Henderson has served as curator at Intersection for the Arts and was a co-founder of Southern Exposure Gallery. For 10 years she has freelanced as a curator and speaker on her illustrated history of a woman labor organizer in the 20th century.

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@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Images: (top) Emmy Lou Packard, Artichoke Picker, circa 1955; (above left) Emmy Lou Packard, Peace is a Human Right, 1949; (above right) Diego River, Detail of Emmy Lou Packard in the Panamerican Unity mural, 1941

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Press Release: Luminaries Exhibition Series

Exhibition Series:

Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries

Diamela Cutiño, JB Broussard, Donna Gatson, Daniel W. White

Exhibition Dates:
April 6 – May 21, 2022: Diamela Cutiño 
June 8 – July 23, 2022: JB Broussard 
August 3 – September 17, 2022: Donna Gatson 
September 28 – November 12, 2022: Daniel W. White

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center announces Luminaries, an exhibition series presented as part of the 25th Anniversary of Art of the African Diaspora, and an integral part of the year-long series of programs and exhibitions that commemorate this achievement. 

Luminaries presents four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of four artists who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. The four artists featured are: Diamela Cutiño, JB Broussard, Donna Gatson and Daniel W. White. Each solo exhibition will have a unique curatorial focus and will provide a space for the artists to present newly commissioned work. 

The exhibitions will be presented in Richmond Art Center’s West Gallery throughout the year on the following schedule: Nadie es ilegal en tierra robada: Photography by Diamela Cutiño, April 6 – May 21, 2022; The Eastern Shore: Work by JB Broussard, June 8 – July 23, 2022; Assemblages by Donna Gatson, August 3 – September 17, 2022; and Paintings by Daniel W. White, September 28 – November 12, 2022. Each exhibition will have its own reception and public program (t.b.a.). 

Luminaries is generously funded by the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Top Images (clockwise from top left): Artwork by Diamela Cutiño, JB Broussard, Daniel W. White, and Donna Gatson

About the Artists: 

Diamela Cutiño is a photographic storyteller born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Cutiño is most known for her work documenting Black existence. Cutiño’s most recent body of work documents Indigenous culture and the emotional and spiritual undertones of freedom movements. 

JB Broussard is the second generation of his family to be born in Oakland. He began drawing at age of seven, took art classes during secondary school, and years later attended U.C. Berkeley as an Art major where he focused primarily on sculpture. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley he settled into a career in education. Now retired Broussard spends his time engaged in art projects. As a teenager he was exposed to the work of Charles White. Broussard describes the experience of viewing White’s work as “an awakening.” White’s dignified images of Black people had a lasting impact on him.

Donna Gatson is primarily a self-taught artist. She was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, with deep ties to the South and Southwest. Using mediums including watercolor, graphite pencil, metal and found objects, her work ranges from Black Country Folk Art, to a style she refers to as Afro/Deco Cubism. Gatson is one of the few African American jewelry silversmiths in the country. She was taught traditional Native silversmithing by renowned Hopi silversmith Gerald Lomaventema on the Hopi reservation. Gatson uses traditional techniques to create her own Afro, Asian, and Anasazi influenced designs in silver and copper jewelry. 

Daniel W. White grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where he attended Kansas City Art Institute but did not finish his degree. He was determined to complete his education and enrolled in San Francisco Art Institute some 20 years later, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2001, majoring in painting. White’s work runs the gamut from super realistic fine art portraits, abstract paintings, photography and writing. His current work is influenced by Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. Jacob Lawrence, J. M. W. Turner, as well as Henry Ossawa Tanner are among his favorite artists. 

About Art of the African Diaspora: Established in 1996, Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. Annually it supports hundreds of artists of African descent through representation (exhibitions and open studio opportunities), professional development, and building a creative community. In 1996 artists Jan Hart-Schuyers and Rae Louise Hayward established the event as The Art of Living Black at Richmond Art Center. After the deaths of Hart-Schuyers and Hayward, organizing efforts were carried on for many years by members of their families. Today, with a new name to reflect a new era, Art of the African Diaspora is organized by a steering committee of participating artists. www.aotad.org

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:
Roberto Martinez, Curator, roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

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Press Release: Spring Family Day

Special Event:

Spring Family Day

Saturday, May 14, 12pm-3pm | FREE
Richmond Art Center (courtyard), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond
Event webpage: richmondartcenter.org/familyday2022

Richmond, CA: Kids of all ages and their grown-ups are invited to Richmond Art Center’s Spring Family Day on Saturday, May 14, 12pm-3pm. This free, family event is an opportunity to celebrate the gifts of spring through art-making, dancing, and music.

Activities will include making clay flowers, live printing by Liberación Gráfica, succulent art planters, flower photo booth, and bomba dancing by Quenepas. Visitors will have an opportunity to work with Fencelines to contribute to a public art project, as well as meet the folk from Richmond Our Power Coalition to learn about organizing work around the environment and housing happening in Richmond.

Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond.

Covid-19 Prevention: Mask wearing is a condition of entry to RAC’s galleries, studios and public indoor spaces. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged. Masks may be removed in our courtyard.

Thank you to Richmond Rotary Club for sponsoring this event.

About the Program and Participants:

Bomba by Quenepas: Bomba music and dance originated over 400 years ago in the sugar cane plantations of Puerto Rico where enslaved Africans played, sang, and danced to survive and to resist colonial oppression. Quenepas is a vibrant Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance youth ensemble that had its inception in 2008 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Quenepas youth have been studying and performing under the direction of Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah for over 15 years and many of the youth have been involved in the practice of Bomba through observing and participating in community jams and performances with their families. Contact: bombaaguacero@nullgmail.com, 510-681-1036

Live Printing by Liberación Gráfica: Liberación Gráfica is a collective of young printmakers from Richmond whose members create work to uplift social justice, the Richmond community, and young voices. As educators the collective has developed a curriculum that helps young people engage in printmaking through exploring historical political posters and creating their own posters on topics they feel connected to. The collective has held multiple live screen printing workshops around the community at events, high schools, and local organizations like RYSE, Urban Tilth, APEN and Richmond Art Center.

Workshop by Fencelines: Join the Fencelines team for an art-making workshop to paint messages and stories about environmental justice onto colorful fence slats. Fencelines is a participatory art project that responds to the Chevron petroleum refinery. The project’s team are artists, designers and community organizers, who have collaborated for years on projects for urban environmental and infrastructural transformation here in Richmond.

Richmond Our Power Coalition: Special guests Richmond Our Power Coalition will have an information table set-up for folks to learn more about the work ROPC does in organizing around issues of the environment and housing here in Richmond.

Succulent Art Planters: Take home a spring succulent in an artful planter made by students at Richmond Art Center. These weird and wonderful creations can be yours for a small donation.

Amazing Clay Flowers: Join teaching artist Lauren Ari to sculpt and decorate clay flowers using air dry clay. Lauren Ari is a Richmond-based artist and educator.

Family Photo Booth: Rally your friends and family, strike a pose, and take home a special polaroid photo to remember Spring Family Day forever!

Pottery Demo with a Kick Wheel: Artist Colleen Garland will demonstrate the fun of throwing pottery on a kick wheel. Colleen grew up in Richmond and works as a potter and ceramics teacher at Richmond Art Center.

Gallery Search and Find: Have fun exploring Dewey Crumpler’s Crossings exhibition in the main gallery with a unique search and find activity. Find Pikachu, Miss Piggy and their friends to win prizes!

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@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Images: Former Family Day fun at Richmond Art Center

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