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Fall Steelhead Fishing on the Feather River for Two

The Feather River is a beautiful river full of birds, otters, and beavers. Salmon can also be observed in their mating runs. Join a seasoned fly fisherman for a day trip of fishing. Fly rods or spinning equipment with beads and flies, and indicators will be provided for two.

October and November are best months. Lunch included. Two hours away from Richmond Art Center to Oroville. 

Donor: Stephen Nomura
Value: $500

Wanxin Zhang: Head of Dragon Warrior

Wanxin Zhang was born and educated in China. He graduated from the prestigious LuXun Academy of Fine Art in Sculpture in 1985. In 1992, after Zhang established his art career as a sculptor in China, he relocated to San Francisco with his family and received his Master in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. Zhang had been on the faculty of the Academy of Art University, Department of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley and California College of The Art in Oakland. Zhang currently is an adjunct faculty at San Francisco Art Institute.

Zhang’s sculptures represent a marriage between historical references and a contemporary cultural context; they carry messages of social and political commentary. His work is deeply influenced by the Bay Area figurative movement and artists such at Peter Voulkos and Stephen De Staebler. As a studio sculptor and educator, Zhang was the first place recipient of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Grant in 2004. His sculptures have been shown in San Francisco,  Santa Fe, Miami, Seattle, Palm Desert and New York City. In 2007, his pieces were part of the 22nd UBC Sculpture Biennial in Japan; in 2008, his sculpture was selected by the Taipei Ceramics Biennial in Taiwan; and in 2013, he was part of the Da Tong’s 2nd International Sculpture Biennial in China. Zhang had his first solo art museum show at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2006, with solo museum exhibitions following at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Boise Art Museum in Idaho, Fresno Art Museum in California, The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art in Michigan, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, and Holter Museum of Art in Montana. His works have been selected to be included in Confrontational Ceramics by Judith Schwartz, and can be found in major art magazines such as “Art News,” “Art in America,” “Sculpture,” and “American Ceramics.” Zhang has many public collections, and his private collectors are located both nationally and internationally. In 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle picked Zhang’s exhibition at the Richmond Art Center to be one of the Top 10 Exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wanxin Zhang
Head of Dragon Warrior, 2015, high-fired clay with glaze and decals
9″ x 6″ x 4″

Estimated Value: $1500
Donor: Wanxin Zhang

Face: Peter Voulkos Print

A West Coast potter and sculptor, Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) led in the development of pottery as an art form. With an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (1952), he taught at Black Mountain College (1953) where he was exposed to the avant-garde. In 1954, Voulkos moved to Los Angeles to become the chairman of a newly established ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (later renamed the Otis Art Institute) and soon assembled a remarkable group of students: Paul Soldner, Jerry Rothman, Kenneth Price, John Mason, Henry Takemoto, and others. While influencing numerous students, and achieving international status, Mr. Voulkos was faculty at the University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1985. His work introduced the so-called Abstract Expressionist movement that turned the polite world of American ceramics upside down. Arguably the most influential potter of the 20th century and his work is in over 100 museum collections worldwide.

Executed in 1979, the expressionistic lithographs mimic Voulkos’ approach to manipulating his clay sculptures/vessels like forms that is spontaneous, unpredictable, and action-packed mark-making.

Peter Voulkos
Face, 1979, Lithograph, unframed, Edition 44/200
Size: 36 x 24 inches

Donor: Marna Clark
Value: $800

Head: Peter Voulkos Print

A West Coast potter and sculptor, Peter Voulkos (1924-2002) led in the development of pottery as an art form. With an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (1952), he taught at Black Mountain College (1953) where he was exposed to the avant-garde. In 1954, Voulkos moved to Los Angeles to become the chairman of a newly established ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (later renamed the Otis Art Institute) and soon assembled a remarkable group of students: Paul Soldner, Jerry Rothman, Kenneth Price, John Mason, Henry Takemoto, and others. While influencing numerous students, and achieving international status, Mr. Voulkos was faculty at the University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1985. His work introduced the so-called Abstract Expressionist movement that turned the polite world of American ceramics upside down. Arguably the most influential potter of the 20th century and his work is in over 100 museum collections worldwide.

Executed in 1979, the expressionistic lithographs mimic Voulkos’ approach to manipulating his clay sculptures/vessels like forms that is spontaneous, unpredictable, and action-packed mark-making.

Head, 1979
Lithograph, unframed, Edition 44/200, signed
Size: 36 x 24 inches

Donor: Marna Clark
Value: $800

A Day of Sailing on the Bay

Enjoy a day of sailing on the Bay for four people on Sambolo, a 40 foot Sabre, starting at the Richmond Yacht Club in Point Richmond. The picturesque venture includes a lunch with wine and cheese.

Donated by: Ellengale Toki and Owen Oakley
Value: $500

Santa Fe Getaway, 3 Nights

Casita de los Arroyos is part of a classic Pueblo style adobe compound 23 minutes south of Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail. It is located on 13 acres of contemplative high desert. A spacious living area includes a sleeping alcove with a comfortable queen sized bed and a queen sized sleeping couch. The kitchen is newly built with a gas stove, refrigerator, and microwave. There is a patio with gas grill. We are an ecofriendly facility, recycling, composting and line drying the towels and sheets. Sleeps four.

The  casita is 20 minutes from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum  and an hour to Bandolier National Monument, and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum studio and home in Abiqui. Blackout dates around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Contribution of $325 for expenses towards Santa Fe trip is included.

Donated by: Stephen Nomura
Value: $1,000

KQED on Collaborating with “The American Teenager”

Kristin Farr from KQED stopped by to view our latest exhibition, The American Teenager Project, a collection of photographs and audio recordings completed by 20 local teenagers.

Robin Bowman is a photojournalist who traveled the country interviewing teenagers about their lives in the early 2000s. She took their portraits to illustrate the interviews, and later published them in a book. Bowman’s portraits prove that a picture is worth many words. She skillfully captures moments and complex stories in single, black-and-white images. The project grew when Bowman began working with teens on another level, training them to conduct their own interviews and shoot portraits of their peers. The group of students currently working on the project are in Richmond where many of the portraits are on view in the bustling back hallway of the Richmond Art Center.

Read the full review here

Collaborating with ‘The American Teenager,” KQED Arts, January 31, 2014

SF Chronicle on The Art of Living Black

The SF Chronicle 96 Hours cover story featured our exhibition The Art of Living Black. Writer Kimberly Chun stopped by the Richmond Art Center for a preview of the exhibition and spoke to some of the 50 artists who will be showing their work. We’re thrilled that our work hosting this long-running exhibition of established and emerging artists has received this major coverage!

It’s unique — there’s nothing else like this in Northern California. There’s no other place you can go every year and see a cross section of the area’s black artists.” 
— Oakland artist Ajuan Mance. 

Read the full story online.

 

Guadalajara Vacation Home

5 nights, 6 days at lovely 4,000 sq. ft. home with roof-top barbecue in gated country club 10 miles from downtown Guadalajara. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms. Third floor residence with roof top views. Community pool, tennis courts, and basketball court. Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, is considered the cultural center of Mexico.  Guadalajara is the home of mariachi music, and host to many international cultural events. The style of architecture prevalent in Europe during the founding of Guadalajara is paralleled in the city’s colonial buildings. The Metropolitan Cathedral and Teatro Degollado are the purest examples of neoclassical architecture.

Estimated Value: $2,000
Donor: James Lee

Getaway to Windsor in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley

Five (5) nights September 10-15, 2018, 2-bedroom unit sleeps 6.  

Queen bed in master, twin beds in second bedroom, queen murphy bed in living room.  Half an hour from Bodega Beach, deep in the Sonoma hills, minutes from dozens of wineries.

Package includes a round of golf for four at 9-hole course, Northwood Golf Club in Monte Rio, and a $50.00 gift certificate for lunch. Package includes Rodney Strong winery tasting for four.

Estimated Value: $1,900
Donor: Inez Brooks-Myers

 

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