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Executive Director Update: Spring 2014

Executive Director Update by Ric Ambrose

I am excited about our spring exhibition series — in particular, The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java, an exhibition of 30 noted artists featuring a unique program of weekly discussions, artist talks and hands-on workshops.

The Breakfast Group was formed in the 1960s by a group of artists who were professors in the Art Department at the University of California Berkeley. They began meeting weekly to talk about art, teaching and individual pursuits. As the coffee flowed, so did conversations about art, film, politics and, naturally, sports. Five decades later, The Breakfast Group still meets weekly. What binds these artists is not a singular style or material, but an interest in the work around them, an engagement in the dialogue of contemporary art and an open and questioning relationship to the world and current events.

I hope you’ll join us as The Breakfast Group takes up residence at the Richmond Art Center in the Main and West Galleries. The exhibition, sponsored by Oliver & Company, will contain works by The Breakfast Group members and each week one or two of these artists will display additional work in the Spotlight Gallery. On Saturdays, the members will meet up in our Main Gallery from 11 am to 1 pm. Everyone is invited to pull up a chair and join in the lively discussion as coffee fuels unexpected conversations about current events and the group exchanges shared experiences of being practicing artists. These discussions will be followed by a talk by one of the Spotlight artists. In addition, six of the artists will also be teaching Saturday workshops.

We hope these unique weekly programs will generate an ongoing discourse for artists (performing, visual and literary) and art enthusiasts and continue building a thriving art community at the Richmond Art Center where artists can share their individual and collective ideas, stories and aspirations in pursuing their artistic and economic prosperity.

And later this spring, don’t miss your opportunity to view the immense talent of over 100 aspiring artists. In April, the 49th Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Exhibition opens and in May we will showcase the work of students from our traveling Art in the Community Program.

 

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