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Bombazo Jam 12/12/21

Bombazo Jam

Presented by Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop

Sunday, December 12, 1pm-4pm | FREE

Richmond Art Center (courtyard)
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804

With special performances by the Children and Youth Bomba y Plena Workshop and Aguacero and friends!

This event will be held outdoors in the courtyard of Richmond Art Center.

Learn more about BOMBA Y PLENA WORKSHOP at

Holiday Art Making

Teaching artist Tatiana Ortiz shows us how to make some cute holiday art projects!

Evergreen Macramé (starts 0:27)
Materials Needed: Wooden bead, any color yarn/string, scissors, piece of paper, pencil

Snowman Jar (starts 3:39)
Materials Needed: any size jar, paint (white, red, black, orange), paint brushes, scrap paper, optional- candy!

Holiday Pop-Up Card (starts 5:12)
Materials Needed: colored construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons or markers


Artist: L Holley

Holiday Sales? Yes

Work: HolleyinBlack designs are reflective of my formal education in engineering and much time spent with my mom while she painted. I hybrid social and industrial aspects. Often abstract, movement remains a foundational theme. Materials used are archival, pH neutral and/or acid-free. During these “holley-days” all art is 10% off with free shipping.

About: I’m excited to share with you my newest designs and favorite archived works. Shop my inspirations, view my process. I truly enjoy what I do!


Last Note: Interested in what else occupies my creative time? You’ll enjoy even more at:

A message from RAC’s Executive Director and Board President

Hello Friends,

Thank you for being an important part of Richmond Art Center’s vibrant and creative community. We really appreciate your generosity — especially now when your continued financial support is so vital to keep Richmond Art Center running. 

For 85 years Richmond Art Center has been sharing and nurturing creativity in Richmond, CA. We are the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, a showcase and hands-on learning center that gives wide-ranging audiences the opportunity to create, see and learn about art. And this last year was momentous. After an eighteen month closure of our facility due to Covid-19, in September we successfully reopened for classes, exhibitions and some fabulous community events (see below for some highlights of 2021). 

But these successes came at a cost. Richmond Art Center continues to take a financial hit with reduced enrollments, limited capacity for community activities, and shortened gallery and studio hours. We have ambitious plans for 2022, but with Covid-19 numbers currently increasing, we know we need to be poised for whatever comes our way. 

Can you help? Please consider making a donation to our Annual Fund.

Your donation, whatever the amount, will support our efforts to sustain our current activities, develop new programs, and be ready to tackle our next challenge.

We look forward to seeing you back at Richmond Art Center in 2022. Until then, we hope you stay safe and well. 

With gratitude,

José Rivera
Executive Director

Carlos Privat
President, Board of Directors

Thank you to our community who came together in 2021 to…

  • Make our facility sparkle with renovated galleries & public spaces!
  • Run in-person, online & off-site classes for over 1,300 students!
  • Present 5 in-person exhibitions, 6 online exhibitions & 6 artist talks featuring over 350 artists!
  • Expand our scholarship program & free classes (30% of students took a class for free)!
  • Bring hundreds of people together safely in our courtyard for special events celebrating local art & artists, Día de los Muertos, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day!
  • Begin an artist residency with print collective Liberación Gráfica!
  • Plus so much more… and we ask for your help to keep going!

Please make a donation to our Annual Fund.

Ways to Donate:

Other ways you can support Richmond Art Center:

Harmony Arts

Artist: Jennifer Riggs

Work: I have been collecting detritus that I find beautiful for a long time. Some have considered me a pack-rat, but I knew that I was waiting for my time, when I would start putting it all together in a new way. When the pandemic forced art classes and communities to go online, I gained new access previously unavailable to me due to my disability. This sparked new creativity, motivation, and so much learning.

My work is primarily in mixed media collage. I explore themes in nature especially of roots and branches as they are entwined with personal history and immigration. I enjoy using found images, painted paper, and cut paper.

No holiday items are available, but I am open to commission requests for collage and fiber works.

About: Harmony Arts is just me and my various arts and crafts adventures. I started in wire and bead jewelry and currently do mixed media work in paper collage and with alpaca/churro wool fibers. My formal education is a BA from NYU in History and Education in preparation for a career in non-profit management. In retirement, I began my arts education from working artists like those at RAC.

Late Note: Enjoy the Holiday Season! See what I’m working on: Instagram: @harmonyartscollage

Pretty Fun Designs

Artist: Riquelle Small

Holiday Sales? Yes

Work: Pretty Fun Designs, creates jewelry that reflects an eclectic mixture of frivolity, power and elegance. Pretty Fun Designs jewelry is consciously designed, hand-assembled, and energy-charged. Feel & look great wearing Pretty Fun Designs.

About: Designer Riquelle Small has been creating handmade jewelry for over 25 years. She loves art, beauty and balanced chaos. The goal of Pretty Fun Designs is to inspire self-confidence, self-love and Joy.

Late Note: Enjoy!

Nakashima Fine Arts

Artist: Dawn Nakashima

Work: I worked for a while in the 90’s at SFMOMA as an installer. Exposure to “museum art” had a strange effect on me. Does art have to be so “precious?” Is it only for people who have lots of money? I grew up on a produce farm in Central California. “Museum art” wasn’t really a thing. But I saw value in learning a craft, practicing and sharing it. I like to think the art I create now is very accessible – something that you can have in your everyday life. The imagery of my work speaks to things that amuse me – like my love of baseball, the American/English vernacular, exploring my Japanese heritage, life in the Bay Area.

About: Being an artist wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. It wasn’t practical. It was for hippies and druggies. I got a degree in Industrial Design from SJSU. While it was a great education I kept gravitating back toward art as expression. I eventually got my MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland. I was reluctant to learn computer skills to advance my art because early on I didn’t like the aesthetic – it looked like it was created on the computer. I’ve come to embrace Illustrator and Photoshop as tools that help me work more efficiently while still creating my own unique creations.

Last Note: I press all my mugs in my studio. All the designs are original to me. I think people will like them. They are inexpensive and unique and original. Some of my imagery is tied to “Mochi Tsuki” – the coming together to make rice cakes in the Japanese tradition. In my hometown of Livingston, CA we’ve had a Mochi Tsuki (usually between Christmas & New Year’s) for the past 40+ years. Sadly, we didn’t have one in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year’s event was also cancelled.

Bowerbird Atelier

Artist: Stephanie McKenna

Holiday Sales? Yes

Work: With a background in Graphic Design and branding, I thrive in the challenge to create stationery that is not only beautiful, but heartfelt. I explore the intersection between connection and ritual through my Fleurot Tarot Deck & related stationery products. I love finding ways to intersect my deep interest for intention and ritual with my ongoing passion for community connection and celebration.

About: A graphic designer and botanical illustrator, Stephanie is a 10th-generation colonizer descendent on a journey to reconnect with her Northern European ancestors by studying plants and the craft of weaving. She is a lifelong guest on the ancestral lands of the Ohlone people (now know as Oakland, California) and is exploring what it means to be from a place you aren’t actually “from.”

Last Note: Thank you so much for shopping – happy solstice!

Julia Beery

Artist: Julia Beery

Holiday Sales? Yes

Work: I became interested in nudibranchs (a type of sea slug) while a student in Monterey. I painted the Rainbow nudibranch, and one of my teachers encouraged me to make a series of digital paintings. Along the way, I learned to translate the subtle gradations of watercolor to painting in photoshop. With seventeen species completed, with each species I gain a new appreciation for these fabulously ornate and delicate creatures. Working with Abachar studios in Monterey, I have a nudibranch prints on canvas for sale. Many of my original watercolor paintings are also available for purchase.

About: I am a science illustrator and artist with an affinity for mushrooms, bats, and all kinds of plants. My science illustrations aim to make images of the natural world that are both informative and exciting. I also enjoy creating paintings of botanical and fungal subjects, getting lost in the intricacies of leaf venation or the folds of mushroom gills. I currently live in the Bay Area, which continues to surprise me with its astounding biodiversity.



Artist: Kelsey Westphal

Holiday Sales? Yes

Work: I make comics that dance outside of books and onto bodies/into space. My cartooning practice include prints and zines into more usable, wearable, and enjoyable art like mugs, blankets, hoodies, hats, wall clocks, and other household items. What I have been selling most these days has been woven blankets with detailed comic scenes on them, both with custom designs and with pre-made images.

About: I am an experimental cartoonist based in Oakland, CA. Drawing is how I question, capture and relish in the experience of life itself. I studied English Literature and French at UC Berkeley, where I serendipitously fell into zine-making and DIY music. Electrified by the community and freedom of this new-found creative dimension, I then spent two years in Angoulême, France, where I pursued a Research Masters in Comics and Creation. Nowadays, I create a monthly newsletter with A.B.O. Comix Collective, publisher of LGBTQ artists in prisons across the United States, ride my bike around, and work as a gardener across the Bay Area! I believe that drawing is a non-intrusive, ever-expansive tool for engaging with anyone and anything, “artist” or not, and it has the power to connect people and change the very fabric of reality.

Last Note: Currently accepting blanket/painting/drawing commissions, and selling existing blanket designs, my newest zine “Squanderlust #6”, and a handful of limited edition prints. Please contact me directly as my store may still be under construction. 🙂

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