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California Now: Juried Exhibition of Clay, Glass & Enamel Art

California Now showcases 85 contemporary and innovative works in clay, glass and enamel art that are being created today by California artists. The exhibition will include functional and non-functional, two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that illustrate a wide scope of artwork. The artwork was selected by preeminent jurors Beth Ann Gerstein, Mary Bayard White and Deborah Lozier. Work was chosen for its melding of technical excellence and content and for daring to push boundaries. Sponsored by the Center for Enamel Art and the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California.


Beth Ann Gerstein (clay) is the new Executive Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. She also serves on the Board of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. She was the Executive Director of The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, a former member of the Collections Committee of the Fuller Craft Museum and former Board member of the Glass Art Society. She has been a juror for a number of shows including the American Craft Council, Bellevue Craft Show and the Smithsonian Craft Show and was a juror for state arts council grant programs in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Illinois. MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Edinboro University.

Mary Bayard White (glass) is a Bay Area sculptor and adjunct instructor at St. Marys College. She is currently Chair of the Women Environmental Artists Directory. She has served as head of the Glass Area of the San Jose State University Spatial Arts/Glass Program, was a visiting Fulbright Scholar and Lecturer at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. MFA and BFA California College of the Arts.

Deborah Lozier (enamel) is an internationally known metalsmith and enamelist residing in Oakland, California. Lozier is noted for her innovative use of enamel on organic copper forms. Her jewelry and sculpture can be seen in the pages of numerous books and magazines. She is a past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Metal Arts Guild and a former chair of the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. Along with many private collections, her work is also included in the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of California. BFA Arizona State University, magna cum laude. Adjunct professor at California College of the Art since 1994.

Artists featured in California Now: Melinda Alexander, Julie Alland, Barbara Andino-Stevenson, Susana Arias, Curtis Arima, Brooke Battles, Dale Beevers, Bonnie Randall Boller, Elin Christopherson, Ilana Crispi, Nick Dong, Craig Easter, Kathleen Elliot, Nina Else, Frances Elson, Christine Finch, Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Duane Fitzgerald, James Friedberg, Eileen P. Goldenberg, Mark Goudy, Margaret Grisz-Dow, Sharon Hardy, Maru Hoeber, Erika Island, Victoria Jang, George Jercich, CJ Jilek, Marnia Johnston, Caroline P. M. Jones, Carol Koffel, Ed Lay, John Lennertz, Zackary Tyler Lindemann, Sarah Logan, Sam Lopez, Evelyn Markasky, Devon Matlock, Nicholas McCullough, Catherine Merrill, Victoria Montgomery, Gordon Morris, Malcom Nicoll, Shoshana Parry, Janice Peacock, Hannah Pierce, Bruce Pizzichillo, Susan Press, Margaret Realica, Gail Reid, Mary Catherine Richardson, Liza Riddle, Gail Ritchie, Emelie Rogers, Orly Ruaimi, Adrian Sandstrom, Tiffany Schmierer, William Schwob, Olivia Shih, Treg Silkwood, Arthur Stern, Judy Stone, Kana Tanaka, Kent Tool, Bambi Waterman, Emil Yanos, Zhou Yuan.

Luminous Space: Paintings by Tom Holland

Featuring abstract metal work by Bay Area artist Tom Holland. Holland merges sculpture and painting to create freestanding sculptural forms and wall hangings. His unique style utilizes simple materials like fiberglass and aluminum and a lustrous application of epoxy paint to achieve depth, light, reflection and shadow — the thin edges becoming a part of the space it occupies.

Holland is a former teaching colleague of Richard Diebenkorn. Tom Holland’s long-standing relationship with the Richmond Art Center started in 1960 when he began teaching studio classes and in 1966 we mounted his first solo exhibition. Most recently his work was included in our 75th Anniversary exhibition. Tom Holland’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and in the Chicago Art Institute.

Frank Lobdell: the Tamarind Prints

A series of prints created by Frank Lobdell during his fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966. Although primarily known as a painter, Lobdell’s work also included lithographs, etchings and monoprints. Lobdell used his time at Tamarind to develop his composition for a large painting (Summer 1967) which was recently acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Lobdell studied and taught at the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) alongside Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff and later taught at Stanford University until his retirement in 1991.

Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Please join us for the closing party on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 3:00-5:00pm

Featuring intimate works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn which were created during his Berkeley years (1953 – 1966), several of which will be shown publicly for the first time. Also included will be drawings by other Bay Area Figurative movement artists and those closest to Diebenkorn including David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira, James Weeks and Joan Brown. An exhibition catalog and public programs will provide a background on the historic role that the Art Center played in the rise of the Bay Area Figurative movement, a unique perspective into the ways in which Diebenkorn’s work lives on in local, private collections and still resonates in the contemporary art world today.

Guest curated by Jan Wurm, an artist who divides her time between Berkeley and Los Angeles, and who is actively engaged in expanding the community forum for contemporary art dialogue. She has taught for UC Berkeley Extension and lectured extensively as a guest artist. Through paintings, drawings, and artists books, Wurm examines daily life and close encounters to reveal aspects of contemporary culture which inform our relationships. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the Archive Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen in Berlin and the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

In the News:
Oakland Art Enthusiast Artist Proof: Curator Jan Wurm, “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley” at Richmond Art Center, Nov. 11, 2014
The Monthly, Bay Area Figuration and More in Four RAC Shows, October 2014
SF Chronicle, ‘Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley’: When friends draw, Sept. 11, 2014

Thank You!
This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Funds for this exhibition were generously provided by: Stephen & Susan Chamberlin, Jacobs & Co., James J. Curtis, Harry W. & Mary Margaret Anderson Foundation, Mechanics Bank, Gruen Gruen + Associates, William N. & Kathryn E. Keller, Ellengale Toki & Owen Oakley and Blick Art Materials.

Watch videos of the artist talks:

Video 1Considering Diebenkorn.
Friends, students, collectors and artists will gather for an informal discussion on how Richard Diebenkorn’s art, teaching and spirit have influenced the art and teaching in the Bay Area for half a century. This event was part of the exhibition Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley.
Video 2Renee Bott: Printing With Diebenkorn.
Renee Bott, co-founder of Paulson-Bott Press, joined the Richmond Art Center and shared her masterly pursuits in the printmaking studio and wonderful stories of working with Richard Diebenkorn when she was at Crown Point Press.
Video 3Richard Diebenkorn: The Long Regard.
Gretchen Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, and Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press and printer and publisher of the artist’s significant work in intaglio, talked about the long span of years watching Richard Diebenkorn at work and being engaged by his process. Kathan Brown’s documentary of Diebenkorn was also be screened.

Social Discourses: In Print

Featuring the printmaking practices and collections of Bay Area artists Juan Fuentes, Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances and Jim Nikas to illustrate how printmaking engages people in social issues and the sharing of ideas. The exhibition will address links between the practices and how printmaking has been utilized to create accessible political messages, social change and political solidarity.

Additional Events:

Artist Talk
Saturday, October 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Free
Join us for an artist talk with Juan Fuentes, Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances and Jim Nikas. Moderated by Anthony Torres.

Searching for Posada: Art and Revolutions (Film)
Thursday, October 23 @ 7:00 pm; Free
Join the Richmond Art Center and executive producer Jim Nikas as we screen Searching for Posada: Art and Revolutions, a new documentary that reveals, for the first time, the amazing story of Mexico’s famed artist-printer José Guadalupe Posada and his main publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. Continue reading.


Juried exhibition celebrating works in a vast array of artistic styles and media by members of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. This grou, which was formed by six Bay Area artists in 1988, promotes artistic excellence and fosters the development of emerging sculptors. Juror John Toki is an internationally known sculptor, public artist, teacher, curator and author.

Featured Artists: Anya Behn, Kati Casida, Claudia Chapline, Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Danielle Fafchamps, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Dan Good, Cynthia Handel, Kathy de Rosa, Maj-Brit Hilstrom, Maru Hoeber, Patricia Hulin, Paticia Bengtson Jones, Flavia Krasilchik, Bette Linderman, Kristen Lindseth, Oleg Lobykin, Catherine Merrill, Jann Nunn, Rosy Penhallow, Darrell Phelps, Ellen Sasaki, Adele Selzer, Virginia Stearns, Ruth Tabacany, Nelsy Tarics, Clayton Theil, Clayton Theil, Leitha Thrall, Cyrus Tilton, Lynne Todaro, Patricia Vader, Michael Walsh, James Watts, Jane Woolverton

Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay

South Gallery

Exhibition of works from Bay Area art icon Ruth Braunstein’s private collection of clay objects with works by Peter Voulkos, Robert Brady, Richard Shaw, Win Ng, Robert Arneson, and others, many shown publicly for the first time. This exhibition celebrates her role in transforming Bay Area art over the last several decades through her work as a long-time gallerist and supporter of the arts. Ruth Braunstein, now 91 years of age, will be present at the opening reception.

In The News

‘Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay’ at the Richmond Art Center,, Jun 17, 2014

Ruth Braunstein collection helps mold clay’s reputation, SF Chronicle 96 Hours, Jun 12, 2014

Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings, and Related Antics

Sculpture, drawing and illustration showcasing the playful sensibilities and creative antics of noted UC Berkeley artists and professors Joseph Slusky and Chip Sullivan. Joe and Chip have co-taught for over two decades inspiring countless students and artists. A new book has just been published of their work called: “Impulse to Draw”. Slusky’s sculpture embraces the more ephemeral human qualities of flesh and fluid with the hardness of the metal medium — his sculptures are like the imagination fossilized. Sullivan, also a long-time landscape architect, has a unique illustrative drawing style that provides commentary on the delicate balance between humans and nature and experiments in energy, fantasy and form.

The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java

Exhibition featuring artworks by 30 noted artists of the East Bay’s “Breakfast Group” and complemented by a series of weekly programs, talks and workshops. For five decades, an ever changing group of painters, glass artists, sculptors, film-makers and photographers have been meeting weekly over breakfast to discuss ideas, artists, world events, movies, life and sports! They gather because of their common devotion to art and a desire to be with other like-minded people. The group originated in the mid-’60s when art professors at the University of California at Berkeley including Sid Gordin, a well-known abstract painter and sculptor, and Elmer Bischoff, a pioneer in the Bay Area figurative school of art began meeting to talk about art. Funding for The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java exhibition has been provided by Oliver & Company.

In The News

Exhibition at Richmond Art Center Toasts Bay Area Institution, Art Critical, May 3, 2014

Victor Cartagena: Sites/Sights of Intervention

A series of provocative installations by San Francisco-based artist Victor Cartagena aim to create an intercultural dialogue and extract an empathetic understanding from the viewer. Cartagena’s work ranges from printmaking, drawing and painting, to sculpture, audio and video installation and draws on his early memories of fleeing El Salvador’s bloody civil strife in 1985. Cartagena utilizes appropriated images and formal strategies to comment on his own experiences in relation to world events and broader socio-political issues, including war, forced migration and exile, cultural and gang violence and social insensitivity.

In The News:

Victor Cartagena’s subtle political wake-up callSF Chronicle, March 28, 2014
“Sites/Sights of Intervention” at Richmond Art Center, Oakland Art Enthusiast, March 28, 2014
Tattoos of Memory, East Bay Express, April 23, 2014

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