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Ready and Waiting

Ready and Waiting
Selections by Marvella Muro, Director of Artistic Programs & Education, Self Help Graphics and Art

Ready and Waiting features Californian graphic art and illustration exploring shared issues relevant to local and global communities.

“The title of this exhibition is borrowed from a print in the show; a timely title describing an era where paralyzing powerlessness hovers over the nation.” – Marvella Muro

Artists: Vivien Arnold, Batul Bahrainwala and Gurleen Gill, Joel Berroteran, Carol Brent Levin, Jason Emanuel Britton, Donna Brown, Pat Calabro, Alicia Cardell, Hélène Paulette Côté, Miriam Fabbri, Barbara Foster, Robbin Henderson, Marilyn Hill, Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera and Esmeralda Velazco, James Kleckner, Gwen Manfrin, Ian McClerin, Loren Rehbock, Francisco Rojas, Tim Belonax and Jane Chen, Kim Vanderheiden, Karen Weil, Julia Wolinsky, TheArthur Wright

Juror’s Statement pdf

Image: Joel Berroteran, Temporary Fix, 2019, 3D digital art. Courtesy of the Artist


Pause, Gap, Omission

Pause, Gap, Omission: New work by Stephen Namara

Moving freely between still life, landscape and abstract drawing, Stephen Namara intuitively recognizes that abstraction and representation are not distinct categories. Pause, Gap, Omission juxtaposes Namara’s recent drawings in figurative and abstract styles, while also including pieces that encompass both sensibilities within one frame.

Working with pencil and dry powder pigments, Namara starts his works on the ground, kneeling over them to sketch and rub pigments into the fabric of the paper. This technique leaves vital traces of the world (studio dust, knee prints, smudges) that accentuate the works as physical objects. At the same time, the quality of layering the translucent pigments and the focus on fundamental elements (line, form, color) represent Namara’s exploration of non-material ideas such as vibration, energy and movement.

Pause, Gap, Omission explores the interplay between representation and abstraction, and the physical and the intangible, to show connections between these defined and unfolding spaces. As Namara explains, “I am trying to set up a dialogue between what is known and understandable, and what is not understood and incomprehensible.”

Pause, Gap, Omission is guest curated by Marguerite T. Browne.

Image: Stephen Namara, Untitled (peaches), 2019. Courtesy of the Artist


Thresholds: Nicole Mueller

Exhibition Dates: September 10 – November 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 26, 2pm More info…

Through this exhibition called Thresholds, that includes a new body of paintings and site-specific installation, Nicole Mueller transforms the gallery into a shifting environment that addresses the transitional and intangible nature of spaces. Using cut layers of colored films, collage, and paint, Thresholds activates the natural light and windows of the Richmond Art Center’s West Gallery, combining the effects of stained glass with contemporary abstract painting.

About the Artist: Nicole Mueller uses painting to navigate spaces in flux and carve pathways through liminal states, in her large scale collages, murals, and installations fusing color and light. She earned her BFA in painting and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Proyecto ‘ACE (Argentina), and Creative Paradox (Maryland). Her work has been exhibited in California, New York, and Maryland. She received early recognition from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. After relocating to San Francisco in 2017, she became the recipient of the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award for emerging artists creating innovative work in California. She co-hosts a podcast that interviews artists about their professional practices called Beyond the Studio, which received an Alternative Exposure grant in 2017 from Southern Exposure.



Custom Motorcycles as Self-Expression

Exhibition Dates: September 10 – November 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 5-7pm  *Bring your motorcycle and park it in our courtyard!*
Curators’ Talk & Gallery Walkthrough: Saturday, September 21, 11am  More info (RSVP required…)

Since the invention of the motorcycle over 100 years ago, creative individuals have endeavored to improve performance and enhance the aesthetics of their vehicle of choice. Motorcycles, as symbols of personal freedom, are often the “canvas” for that personal expression. California, the heart of American motorcycle culture, is a hotbed of creativity on wheels.

Countersteer examines personal expression through the medium of the motorcycle. From its beginnings as a motorized bicycle, the motorcycle has inspired creative modifications matching its great versatility: a bike can be a city commuter, long-distance tourer, track racer, backcountry explorer, drag racer and much more. In every guise, when motionless, motorcycles become aesthetic objects that people have, from day one, adorned with unique painted surfaces and hand-crafted parts; the personal expressions of their makers.

Countersteer features fourteen custom built motorcycles, each reflecting a particular purpose and creative sensibility. The exhibition starts almost where it all began, with a 1909 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It goes on to include a rideable parts-bin special named Pixie, built in 2013 by a team of artists for an annual competition and party. Other bikes in the exhibition were built for show, for racing or just for tearing up the avenues for the pleasure of riding. In addition to the bikes on display, a glimpse into motorcycle culture and spirit comes from paintings, sculptures and even a quilt made by artists inspired by their motorcycle dreams and riding exploits.

Countersteer is guest co-curated by Danny Aarons and Phil Linhares.

This exhibition is made possible with support from Susan Chamberlin, Matt and Margaret Jacobson, and Russ McClure.

Top image: (purple) John Martin, Chopper (cardboard sculpture), 2010; (red) Jimmy Kilroy, Ducati 750 Monster, 1999/2002; (yellow) Cory Ness, Double Engine Bagger, 2015; (blue) Jul Neimier, Rickman-Triumph, 1960s/2006-2019


Building Veterans’ Self-Understanding through Self-Portraiture

Special Reception and Artists’ Talk: Saturday, August 10, 2-4pm More info…

This large-group exhibition brings together Veteran self-portraits from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County’s ABOUTFACE program. Over 100 self-portraits are presented, for the first time bringing together the numerous ABOUTFACE works created over multiple years of the program. Collectively the pieces form a ‘unit’ that represents the varied stories of Veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.

About the program: In 2015 the Arts and Culture Commission and the Physical Rehabilitation Service at Veterans Affairs Health Care in Martinez developed ABOUTFACE to improve the lives of California’s Veterans through arts programming. Based on the belief that individuals have the capacity to heal themselves, ABOUTFACE engages Veterans through painting workshops focused on artistic skill development and self-expression. The two-day workshops are team-taught by a teaching artist and a qualified therapist, with a Veteran coordinator present. Workshop activities include meditation, peer discussion, sketching each other and painting a final self-portrait.

Image: Dennis A. Giacovelli, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2018. Second Class (E5) Engineman: Navy 1969- 71, Vietnam 1970.  





Parts Unseen

This exhibition brings together recent works by three artists who received the Spotlight Award for their work in the 2018 Members’ Show: Bill Abright, Jennie Braman, and Ruth Tabancay. While working in disparate media, these artists share an interest in transfiguring and deconstructing the human form.

An Artists’ Talk will be held on Saturday, June 15 starting at 11am. More info…

Bill Abright’s ceramic sculptures reveal chaos within recognizable figuration to explore the complexities of body-mind psychology. Through layering miniature thrown vessels, abstract shapes, and fragile stick-like limbs, he creates surrealistic composites that imagine how the essence of a form is the sum of many strange parts. The artist describes his work as a kind of clay-built stream-of-consciousness, “My best work doesn’t know its end in its beginning.”

Abright was introduced to clay by Bruce Duke at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in the late 60’s. He completed his graduate degree at San Francisco State in 1974 working with Bud McKee, Stephen De Staebler, Joe Hawley, and David Kuraoka. Abright recently retired after 40 years teaching ceramics at the College of Marin. He has exhibited nationwide and his work is in collections including the Oakland Museum of California, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. He lives and works in San Anselmo with his wife, the artist Claudia Tarantino. They have two sons who are artists, Oben Abright and Guston Abright.

Jennie Braman’s most recent body of work is based on an imagined group of beings she calls Gatherers. In starting with the idea that bodies are sites where stories begin, Braman’s work uses figuration to explore nonlinear storytelling. A sense of crossing – the artist calls it “leaping” – is built into her worldbuilding through techniques that include working with her non-dominant hand, using ink on a slow-drying resistant surface (Yupo paper), and combining text with pictorial imagery.

Braman is an artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is full-time faculty in Studio Art and Art History at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, CA, and served as Chair of the Art Program for the last decade. Braman’s current drawings investigate the nature of representation and the creative language of the body. She received her MFA degree from John F. Kennedy University, with a Certificate in Dream Studies, and received her BA in Art History, with a concentration in Women’s Studies at Williams College.

Ruth Tabancay trained as a microbiologist and in her creative practice uses techniques that include stitching, embroidery and felting, to recreate objects and organisms cell by cell with humor and poetry. She reveals both the extraordinary side of utilitarian objects – for example the wild threads of a nylon stocking – while also considering a darker side of what can’t be known with the naked eye alone. Her intricate series of embroidered Petri dishes uses colorful embroidery thread to illustrate the beauty of pathogens that include Mycobaterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis), Streptococcus pyogenes (strep throat, scarlet fever, impetigo) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea).

Tabancay’s passion for science led her to study bacteriology in college, and after a stint as a hospital laboratory technologist, she went on to medical school. After 11 years in private practice, she left medicine to study art. Her works refer largely to her previous studies in microbiology, anatomy, and geometry. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley; UC School of Medicine, San Francisco; and California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in venues nationwide. Tabancay is a member of Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland, and an active member of Surface Design Association and Pacific Rim Sculptors.

Images (l-r): Ruth Tabancay, What’s In You and On You: Normal Flora and Pathogens (detail), 2018 (Photo by Dana Davis); Jennie Braman, Untitled (Shadow #5), 2018; Bill Abright, Self Made Man, 2018. Courtesy of the Artists

Discontent with Brute Force Uploading

Richard-Jonathan Nelson’s solo exhibition examines how Black bodies and craft can be intermeshed to depict a speculative future. Through hybridizing traditional craft practices – like embroidery, weaving, and quilting – with digital art, Nelson’s work challenges the history of “uploading” Black Disapora as a monolithic culture; and reimagines the Black body as a place for futuristic progress. Nelson’s work draws reference from African-American low country herbalism, cybernetic Afrofuturism, and his family’s history working with fabric.

An Artist’s Talk and Gallery Walkthrough with Richard-Jonathan Nelson will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 11am.

About the Artist: Richard-Jonathan Nelson is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses textiles, video, and digital manipulation to create alternative worlds of speculative identity. His work is multi-layered, chromatically intense and mixes images of the natural world with reference to hoodoo, queer culture, and Afro-Futurism. Born in Savannah, Georgia (1987) and working in Oakland, CA, Nelson received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. His work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure, Embark Gallery, Root Division in San Francisco, and Aggregate Space in Oakland.

Image: Richard-Jonathan Nelson, Untitled, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist

2019 Members’ Show

Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 16, 2019
Annual Members’ Meeting: Saturday, June 8, 3-5pm More info…
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-7pm More info…
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 15, 11am-1pm More info…
Closing Party: Friday, August 16, 3-5pm More info…

Each year, the Richmond Art Center invites our members to participate in our annual Members’ Show, which is showcased in the Main Gallery. One of the oldest and largest non-juried member exhibitions in the Bay Area, this tradition presents a wide variety of media, styles, and subject matter by aspiring, emerging, and established artists, many of whom are colleagues, teachers, and students of the Richmond Art Center.

Participating Artists: Tarnel Abbott, Cassandra Adams, Maria Cristina Alvarez Magliano, Dahlia Armon, Ester Armstrong, Ned Axthelm, Debra Barnes, Kevin Barry, Wallace Bastein, Mira Benoni, Jim Billy, Andi  Biren, Priscilla Birge, Andrea Bishop, Bonnie Randall Boller, Francesca Borgatta, Linda Lee Boyd, Susan Brand, Stella Breslin, Edythe Bresnahan, Regina Brital, Clair Brown, Jim Bruce, Jessica Cadkin, Ron Calime, Lois Cantor, Suzanne Carey, Peter Carleton, Cherie Carter, William Clipson, Mort Cohn, Mary Lee Cole, Hélène Paulette Côté , Larry Craighill, Steven DeMello, Anne Dinkelspiel, Angela Douglas, Deb Dyer, David Edmunds, Emily Erickson, Gene Erickson, Niloufar Farzam, Claudine Feibusch, Donna Fenstermaker, Lorrie Fink, Nancy Freeman, Rita Gardner, Marilyn Gee-Cartwright, Carla Gelbaum, Elaine Gerber, Regina Gilligan , Kate Godfrey, Sally  Goldstein, Mara Greenaway, Hunter Harris, Katie Hawkinson, Laura Heid, Andrea Hendrickson, Jeanne M Hendrickson, Marilyn Hill, Susie Hodges, Paul Hofmann, Ann Holsberry, Susan Hybloom, Judith Jacobs, Lisa Jacobs, Mary Jeys, Dale Johnson, Bill Johnston Jr, Jessica Jordao, Laura Kamian McDermott, Omayya Kanafani, Rachel Katz, Diana Keevan, Betsy Kellas, Betsy Kendall, John Kendrick Jr., Destiny Kinal, Holly King, Lisa Krepela, Paula Kristovich, Carol Ladewig, Jill Landau, Diana Lawrence , Leah Yael Levy, Lois Lim, Marjorie Little, Karin Lusnak, Alix J. Magloire, Erin McCluskey Wheeler, Travis Meinolf, Teddy Milder, Kat Mill, Judy Miller, Barbara Moffat, Steven Morales, Gordon Morris, Jackie Mucha, Stephen Napoli, Fabiola Navarrete, April Netzer, Shamy Noily, Stephen Nomura, Fletcher Oakes, Owen Oakley, Karen Ondracek, Elmarise Owens, Shirley Parini, Edward Penniman, Susan Pulliam, Brian Randall, Lynda Reed, Marva Reed, Jeanne Rehrig, Jimmy  Reina, Virginia Rigney, Rebecca Riley, Hilda Robinson, LaVonne Rochon, Brian Rothstein, Tatyana Ryevzina, Shelley Salinero, Stephen Salinero, Jabali Sawicki, Victoria Sawicki, Louise Schiller, Jennifer Schmitt, Karen Schwartz, Osaze Seneferu, Saadi Shapiro, Susan Sharfman, Michael Shemchuk (Shem), Joyce Shon, Susan Shore, Steve Skaar, Allison Skidgel, Joseph Slusky, Leslie Smith, Maryly Snow, Christine So, Care Standley, Sophie Stathakos, John Steinberg, Joanne Sterricker, Frances Tauber, Leitha Thrall, George Tomberlin, Susan Tureck, Emily Twigg, Orlonda Uffre, Denise Vejby, Catherine Waller, Christine Walter, John Wehrle, Susan Wehrle, Barbara Welch, Andrew Werby, Tom Wetherbee, Gary Wilson, Nan Yarbrough, Dave Yoas, Fumiyo Yoshikawa, Clarie Young, Kate Young, Susan Zimmerman

Are you an artist participating in the Members’ Show? Click here for information and important dates

Top image: Mary Jeys, Waving Hand, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist

Above image: Installation of the Members’ Show 2018. Photo by John Wehrle

Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado

Jennifer Lugris paintings explore identity in terms of fault lines, fissures and pressure points. Lugris grew up in a house where asado was eaten with kimchi, and where dinner conversations seamlessly shifted from English to Spanish to Korean. As a first-generation American, born of immigrants with roots in North Korea, South Korea, Argentina, Spain and Uruguay, Lugris has a tremendous appreciation for the opportunities she has seized. She expresses this through paintings that capture moments, people and things from her life she does not want to take for granted.

Lugris‘ solo exhibition, Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado (I’ll always be by your side), includes a new series of portraits of herself, her husband and a placeholder work for her soon to-be-born daughter. These intensely fractured multi-panel portraits represent personal reflections on her growing family, the challenges of establishing new identities, and the possibilities for interconnectedness.

Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado is the selected exhibition for the Exhibition Proposition 2019.

Image: Jennifer Lugris, El Rey, 2018, Mixed media on canvas

Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado

Galería: Galería del oeste
Fechas de Exposiciones: 30 de abril – 24 de mayo de 2019.
Recepción: sábado 4 de mayo, de 2:00 a 4:00 pm.
Artista: Jennifer Lugris

Las pinturas de Jennifer Lugris exploran la identidad en términos de fallas, fisuras y puntos de presión. Lugris creció en una casa donde se comía asado con kimchi, y donde las cenas incluían conversaciones en inglés, castellano, coreano y abecés gallego. Nacida de inmigrantes con raíces en Corea del Norte, Corea del Sur, Argentina, España y Uruguay, Lugris aprecia enormemente las oportunidades que ha aprovechado como hija multicultural. Ella lo expresa a través de sus pinturas que capturan y celebran momentos intimas en su vida.

La exposición de Lugris, Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado, incluye una nueva serie de retratos de ella, su marido, y su futura hija que nascerá pronto. Estos retratos incorporan múltiples paneles que están intensamente fracturados representando reflexiones personales sobre el crecimiento de su familia, nuevas identidades, y interconexión.

Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado es la exposición seleccionada para la Exposición Proposición de 2019.

Imagen: Jennifer Lugris, El Rey, 2018, Técnica mixta sobre lienzo

Richmond Creates! The 7th Annual Art in the Community Show

Richmond Creates! brings work created in our ‘Art in the Community’ offsite satellite classes to the Richmond Art Center. The artists showing work range from ages 5 to 85 and were participants in 6-10 week art classes held at local schools and community centers. The talented teaching artists facilitating these classes are dedicated to sharing the joy and power of the creative process in service to learning and well-being.

Image: Student of Grace Rosario Perkins, from Mixed Media class at Downer Elementary School

Richmond Crea: El Séptimo Espectáculo Anual de Arte en la Comunidad

Galería: Galería de la Comunidad
Fechas de Exposición: 7 de mayo – 25 de mayo de 2019
Recepción: sábado, 11 de mayo, 12: 30-3pm

Richmond Crea trae el trabajo creado en nuestras clases satelitales ‘Arte en la Comunidad’ al Richmond Art Center. Los artistas que muestran trabajos van desde los 5 a los 85 años y participaron en clases de arte de 6 a 10 semanas en escuelas locales y centros comunitarios. Las talentosas artistas y profesoras que facilitan estas clases están dedicadas a compartir la alegría y el poder del proceso creativo en servicio al aprendizaje y al bienestar.

Imagen: Estudiante de la profesora Grace Rosario Perkins, de la clase de Medios Mixtos en la escuela primaria Downer

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