Work: My main focus is in drawing and painting in a more realistic and surreal style. I love drawing or painting portraits the most! The stories I see motivate me to draw and paint.
About: I am originally from Iran and been living in Richmond for past 22+ years. A combination of social justice from local and global perspectives perhaps best describes my work. I like to find and convey hope and motivation through even the hardest times. Hope you enjoy seeing my work. Thank you, Rouzbeh
Work: I am a mixed media artist and art teacher (including here at Richmond Art Center) working in a wide variety of media including watercolor, colored pencil, ink, acryla gouche, and markers. My favorite subjects to render include human portraits, animals, and botanicals. I enjoy using bright, bold color palettes to illustrate my subjects and this method is widely recognized as my signature style! Brighten up a spot in your home with one of my colorful portraits or splash some color around yourself in my self-published coloring book!
About: I am self-taught mixed media artist passionate about teaching others what I have learned over the past several years about making art! I love inspiring others to take that first step (or first pencil stroke) and see where the journey leads you!
Your safety is really important to us. In light of the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases in Richmond, we have decided to cancel the in-person Ceramics Sale and Curbside Vendor Market for our Holiday Arts Festival at Richmond Art Center.
We’re continuing to assess the rate of new Covid-19 cases and hope to reschedule our Vendor Market sometime in Spring 2021. If you were planning to pick up your Thank You Gifts at the market we will be in touch with you soon.
We are deeply sorry for this inconvenience, but feel it’s necessary for the health of our staff, vendors, and community.
Until we can see you at RAC again, we look forward to keeping in touch through our online happenings, and wish you and your loved ones a safe holiday weekend.
Thank you for your contributions. Your support keeps us going!
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Art of the African Diaspora, in partnership with Richmond Art Center, supports artists of African descent in the Bay Area through representation, professional development, and building a creative community.
In 2021 Art of the African Diaspora will be a predominately online event hosted at aotad.org and richmondartcenter.org. All artists who register to participate will be included in the online exhibition with an individual webpage highlighting their work. Artists may also organize virtual open studios, artists talks and other events in conjunction with Art of the African Diaspora. These events can be listed on their individual webpage. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SAMPLE ARTIST PAGE
Registration Deadline: XXXX
Online Exhibition: XXXX
Individual Artist Events: All artist events should be scheduled between… XXXX
Before Registration Deadline XXXX: $30
After Registration Deadline: $60
Participation is open to all artists of African descent, who are 16 years or older, and who reside/work within the nine counties of the Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma).
Artists should have the following information ready before they register for Art of the African Diaspora:
Name and contact information
Up to 3 digital images of recent work (since 2017): Minimum 1 image required, .jpg or .png
Text (optional): Short artist statement (150 words max) and/or one paragraph artist bio (150 words max)
Web link (optional): to your website, online store, social media, etc)
In late-January 2021 Artists will be invited to submit any of the following (optional) information to be added to their online listing:
Special event information (open studios, artist talks, etc)
Satellite exhibition information
Listing Creation and Requesting Edits: Once an artist submits their registration form and payment it will take up to five weekdays for the listing to be posted. Once the listing is live, the artist will receive an email notification. The artist may submit one set of requested edits/corrections to the posted information (sorry, but we don’t have the capacity for more edits than this).
Fees: Registration fees are non-refundable.
Indemnification: Participating Artists shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Richmond Art Center from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, or damages to persons or property, governmental charges or fines and attorney’s fees.
Images: Participating Artists agree to allow Richmond Art Center the use of their submitted images for publicity and educational purposes. Richmond Art Center will endeavor to credit the Artist when possible.
Listing: Richmond Art Center retains the right to withdraw all or part of an Artist Listing from its website at its sole discretion.
Sales: Richmond Art Center will refer all sales enquires directly to the Artists. Artists wishing to offer items for sale should be prepared to receive payments on their own websites (or third party sites) and should be prepared to ship purchases.
Work: Classic, substantial, hand built vessels enhanced with painterly marks and shapes. Each piece has a unique form and finish which takes weeks to complete. Truly art objects from the initial “build” to the final “finish”.
About: These “vessels” are all made either in my studio or at the RAC ceramics studio (now sadly temporarily closed). They are built using coils of clay, then smoothed, paddled, abraded, carved, cut and otherwise altered to become their final form. I have been “making” all my life. Printmaking, Painting, Mixed Media and now Ceramics. My MFA was earned in Printmaking, I have taught Painting and Drawing at the College Level. My studio overlooks Wildcat Canyon Park. I have been a proud Richmond Resident since 1992 when I moved here from Berkeley and immediately found my way to the Richmond Art Center.
Work: My Etsy shop features prints ($10-39) and a few small original watercolors (under $100).
About: I’m a writer, artist, and mother living in Oakland — though in my pandemic life the “writer” and “artist” designations feel lofty and aspirational, eclipsed by the reality of 24-7 mothering. In the before times, I had a solo show, “How To Make Art with a Toddler,” at Resurrect boutique on Piedmont Avenue, a series of pieces in Kearny Street Workshop’s annual APAture festival, a portrait project at Manifesta salon, and illustrations on various websites.
Work: Environmental issues have felt personal and urgent for me from the day I understood the gravity of global warming as a pre-teen. I devote my art practice to exploring climate change and other environmental issues, and I have turned some of my more positive-thinking art projects into greeting cards where folks can spread messages of hope and awareness. Browse my Etsy shop to see cards from several bodies of work, and please contact me if you would like me to make a custom card pack for you:
“Power From Within,” is a reproduction of a glass piece that suggests that our human power is stronger than the power that we can derive from the earth.
“Building for Us All” is a reproduction of bricks made out of paper-mâiché and paint. I invited viewers to use the bricks to make their own sculptures and formations; a collaboration in co-creating our build world.
“Intentions” depicts yoga and meditation in watercolor.
“Bracelets of two cultures” conveys my desire for collaboration instead of competition.
“Peace and Vogue” represents a series of oil paintings where I collaged fashion advertisements and made paintings from the collages while envisioning a future without environmental issues.
About: Emily Van Engel was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and currently lives in Oakland, California. She received a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University, a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Pictorial Art from San José State University. She completed a glass artist residency at the Bay Area Bullseye Projects Resource Center in the summer of 2016. She has taught painting and drawing at several art institutions of the Bay Area including the Richmond Art Center. Most recently, by using air pollution to paint commonly experienced moments, she shows how many facets of our lives are intertwined with irreversible environmental destruction. Most of us either don’t see the pollution that builds in our industrialized world, or we generally try to ignore the unsustainable aspects of how we live. However, her paintings — where all of the pigment comes from air pollution sediment gathered in her neighborhood from window ledges, highway underpasses, and parking garages — ask us to do the opposite. Each piece asks: what are the hidden consequences of our industrial outputs, who suffers, what needs to change, and, she hopes, where might we look for solutions.
Contact: Visit my artist portfolio and contact me through my website at emilyvanengel.com. You can also visit my shop on Redbubble to apply my art on clothing, stationery and accessories: https://www.redbubble.com/people/emilyvanengel
Work: Modern fine inlay jewelry. Hand-cut and carved gemstone rings, necklaces, and earrings.
About: Fati Genese is the creative designer and maker behind Sea Pony Couture, which is a jewelry line that specializes in inlay work. Fati is based in Oakland, California, and has been focused on jewelry since 2012. She first began apprenticing for a Bay Area goldsmith and from there she explored inlay work over an extensive jewelry intensive workshop in New Mexico. Fati taught her specialized technique at Richmond Art Center 2019-2020, and her work is currently available online at www.seaponycouture.com