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Meet Teaching Artist Julia Beery

Julia Beery is a science illustrator with a passion for drawing all the animal, plant, and fungi who live in the Bay Area. Her most peaceful moments are spent capturing the curve of a petal in ink. When Julia is not creating science illustrations she likes to sew clothing and embroider what she already owns to make it feel new again. @juliabeery_art

Julia Beery spoke with Amy Spencer, Richmond Art Center’s Exhibitions Director, on October 21, 2021


Thanks for speaking with me today, Julia. As a new teaching artist at Richmond Art Center can you please introduce yourself to our community. 

Hi, I’m Julia Beery. I was born in Berkeley and have spent most of my life in the Bay Area. I left for a while to attend school but am now back and living in Point Richmond. Where I grew up in Berkeley there are lots of wild and overgrown backyards. And I loved wandering around seeing all the birds and insects and animals. It often felt like I was in a forest, even though it’s a city.

How did you get started as an artist?

I’ve always been drawing. At some point during high school I started feeling shy about calling myself an artist. So I tried to find another way I could make a career from art, and went ahead and completed a degree in Art Conservation. Art Conservation is a blend of chemistry and art history with the goal to preserve artworks for future generations. I thought it was interesting but I still wanted to make my own work. Then I heard about the Science Illustration program at California State University Monterey Bay. I applied and got in. It was an incredible experience; a really great course and I felt part of a wonderful community there.

I’m fairly new to this career but I like how science illustration is collaborative. I like talking to scientists and developing work as part of a conversation. There is so much research and talking involved before you even start drawing.

Can you tell us about the Urban Nature Journaling class you are teaching at Richmond Art Center this semester? 

This class is about finding ways to observe the natural world. My plan for the start is to bring everyone outside at Miller-Knox beach in Point Richmond to talk about the materials for field sketching. It’s a small kit – pencils, paper, watercolors. You really don’t need a lot of equipment to start.

I will then give some demonstrations and teach some simple drawing techniques designed to get students started looking, sketching and sharing. But it’s not just about drawing. We’ll also be doing things like writing, recording sounds, and creating swatches of color. 

The goal is not to create a finished piece, but rather to get lost in the pleasure of observing and making art. 

Is much science involved?

Nothing intimidating. There will be a quick intro to botanical terminology. At this time of year there aren’t so many flowers around, so we’ll focus on leaves a lot. We’ll look at their different shapes and arrangements, and then practice using the different terms to describe what we see. Hopefully we might find some mushrooms too, that would be cool!

What is one thing you think students will walk away with after taking your class?

I’m hoping that after taking this class students will feel they can look at their surroundings in their neighborhoods and observe them in a new way. I hope they get into the habit of taking their journal with them and recording what they see over time.

Nature journaling is, like any journaling, a record of a time and a place. One of the most important things to do is to record where you are and what time of year. Then you can really start to build your knowledge of the natural world.

Students who take this class will start to see that you don’t need to be a scientist to understand the natural world, anybody’s observations are valid.  

Nudibranchs by Julia Beery

What art projects are you working on at the moment?

I’ve been doing a digital illustration series of nudibranchs, which are a kind of sea slug. I’ve been doing a lot of digital drawings since the pandemic. This work is in a  group show at the Deep Ocean Explore Store in Alameda that will be opening this Saturday at noon. It should be up for a while if people are interested in checking it out. If you don’t know about nudibranchs, they are so much fun!

I’ve been doing a digital illustration series of nudibranchs, which are a kind of sea slug. I’ve been doing a lot of digital drawings since the pandemic. This work is in a  group show at the Deep Ocean Explore Store in Alameda that will be opening this Saturday at noon. It should be up for a while if people are interested in checking it out. If you don’t know about nudibranchs, they are so much fun!


Urban Nature Journaling with Julia Beery starts on Thursday, November 4. The class meets weekly for four weeks from 12pm to 2pm. CLICK HERE to learn more and register online.

Nature Journaling by Julia Beery

Art Activities for Día de los Muertos

Teaching artist Tatiana Ortiz teaches us how to make papel picado and a marigold watercolor for Día de los Muertos.

PAPEL PICADO

Supplies needed: Tissue paper, scissors, string, tape (optional)

MARIGOLD WATERCOLOR

Supplies needed: Watercolor paint, cup of water, water color paper, oil pastel, pencil

Holiday Arts Festival – Artist Registration Open!!

Join the Arts & Crafts Hub for the Holiday Arts Festival!

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE 59TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL

What is the Online Arts & Crafts Hub? The Arts & Crafts Hub is an online space for Bay Area artists and makers to share and/or sell their work during the holiday season. It is a retail space for promoting arts and crafts, but it is more than that too! Artists and makers are invited to create their own listings in this non-juried space. New/recent/past work, holiday specials, mini-exhibitions, community events showcasing artwork, project links, posters for change, messages for peace… it’s all welcome!

How will the Hub be promoted? During the holiday season, Richmond Art Center will be promoting the Hub via online and print advertising, social media, our e-newsletter, via community partnerships, and at community events.

What does the Hub look like? All artists who register receive a listing in the Hub Directory (organized by media) and an Individual Artist Webpage to share their work. Click here to view a sample listing

Arts & Crafts Hub Important Dates:

  • Arts and Crafts Hub Goes Live: Thursday, November 4, 2021
  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 20, 2021
  • Arts & Crafts Hub Online Until: Friday, December 31, 2021

Artist Listing Fee: We’re offering listings FREE to our awesome community of teachers, artists and supporters!! The following artists and makers are invited to participate:

  • Richmond Art Center Teaching Artists (must have taught a class in either 2020 or 2021)
  • Richmond Art Center Students (must have taken a class or workshop in either 2020 or 2021)
  • Richmond Art Center Members (all membership levels are eligible, but membership must be current at time of registration)
  • Art of the African Diaspora Artists (must be registered for the 2022 program)

If none of these categories apply to you, no worries – sign up for a RAC Membership today to join the Arts and Crafts Hub (as well as enjoying many other great benefits).

Registration:

  • Eligibility: Art or craft in any media is welcome. All work must be original to the artist registering.
  • SalesThe Hub is a listing website only. Artists wishing to offer items for sale need to receive payments on their own websites (or third party sites) and should be prepared to ship purchases.
  • Register Online Using the Form Below: Be prepared to submit: Your name and contact information; Up to 3 images (minimum 1 image required); Paragraph Text (business description, artist statement, etc.) (500 words maximum); 1 web link (to your website, online store, social media, etc)
  • Listing Creation and Requesting Edits: Once an artist submits their registration form 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).

Terms and Conditions:

  • 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.
  • CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION

Arts & Crafts Hub 2021 - Registration Form

  • This is the title for your listing. If you do not have a business name, then list your name here as you would like it to appear as the heading for your listing. Eg. Designs by XXXXX, or XXXXX Ceramics. Please note, the maximum character limit is 25.
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  • WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED ONLINE
  • WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED ONLINE
  • Listings in the Arts and Crafts Hub will be organized by media. Please select the media that best describes your work. Or use 'Other' and describe your work in the 'YOUR WORK' section below.
  • Are you selling work for the holidays?
  • 250 words max.
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  • Website, online store, social media, etc. Please include the entire URL here beginning with https:// or http://
  • The above web link is for...
  • Include here any additional information you would like visitors to know. How to contact you, accepting commissions, other web links, images credits, holiday messages for peace, etc.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 2 MB.
    All images must show artwork original to the artist registering.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 2 MB.
    All images must show artwork original to the artist registering.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 2 MB.
    All images must show artwork original to the artist registering.

Encore Info Session, Art of the African Diaspora
10/23/21

Saturday, October 23, 12-1:30 PM PST on Zoom

Artists, join in this free info session to:

  • Learn about the 2022 program
  • Meet the Steering Committee members who are organizing the event
  • Share feedback and ideas
  • Network with other artists
  • Learn how to register to participate

Read the registration guidelines and come prepared with your questions!

Click the button to RSVP!

Noticia de prensa: Dia de los muertos

Dia de los muertos

Día de la familia de otoño 2021

Sábado 23 de octubre, de 12:00 a 15:00 horas | GRATIS

Richmond Art Center (patio), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond

Página web del evento: richmondartcenter.org/familyday2021

Richmond, CA: El Día de la Familia regresa al Centro de Arte de Richmond con una celebración especial del Día de los Muertos el sábado 23 de octubre, de 12 pm a 3 pm. Los niños de todas las edades y sus adultos están invitados a unirse a nosotros en el patio del RAC para hacer arte, bailar, escuchar música y más.

Este evento familiar gratuito contará con un taller de Alebrije, actuaciones del conjunto de bomba juvenil puertorriqueño Quenepas y la narradora Olga Loya. Los artistas residentes de RAC Liberación Gráfica también imprimirán bolsas de tela y la Gran Conspiración de la Tortilla también imprimirá un poco de arte de tortillas.

Programa de actividades:

  • 12: 00-13:00 Primer taller de Alebrije con Rachel-Anne Palacios
  • 13:00-14:00 Actuaciones del grupo Bomba Quenepas seguido por la narradora Olga Loya
  • 13:00-14:00 Segundo taller de Alebrije

Papel de seda La fabricación de flores de papel mexicano, la búsqueda del tesoro, el grabado, el altar comunitario y la música de DJ Dion Decibels se llevarán a cabo de 12 pm a 3 pm.

Richmond Art Center está ubicado en 2540 Barrett Avenue en Richmond.

Prevención de Covid-19: El uso de máscara y la firma de una Exención de Visitante es una condición para ingresar al evento. Realizaremos un seguimiento del número de asistentes en el patio y las galerías para garantizar que los espacios no se llenen demasiado. Consulte el sitio web de RAC para obtener más información sobre lo que estamos haciendo para prevenir la propagación de Covid-19: richmondartcenter.org/about/covid

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con: Sarah Guerra sarah@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Sobre el programa y los participantes:

Taller de alebrijes con Rachel-Anne Palacios: Los alebrijes son esculturas de arte popular mexicano de colores brillantes de criaturas fantásticas. En honor al Mes de la Herencia Latina / Día de los Muertos, la artista Rachel-Anne Palacios nos guiará en una breve presentación sobre los alebrijes y cómo crear los suyos propios con arcilla seca al aire. Sigue a Rachel-Anne en Instagram @devikaspalacio

Bomba de Quenepas: La música y la danza bomba se originaron hace más de 400 años en las plantaciones de caña de azúcar de Puerto Rico, donde los africanos esclavizados tocaban, cantaban y bailaban para sobrevivir y resistir la opresión colonial. Quenepas es un vibrante conjunto juvenil de danza y música bomba puertorriqueña que tuvo su inicio en 2008 en el Centro Cultural La Peña en Berkeley. Los jóvenes de Quenepas han estado estudiando y actuando bajo la dirección de Héctor Lugo y Shefali Shah por más de 15 años y muchos de los jóvenes han estado involucrados en la práctica de Bomba a través de la observación y participación en improvisaciones comunitarias y presentaciones con sus familias. Contacto: bombaaguacero@nullgmail.com, 510-681-1036

Narración de cuentos de Olga Loya: Olga Loya también es autora, artista de performance, oradora principal y maestra, que ha realizado y enseñado talleres en todo Estados Unidos y México. Loya presenta un gran repertorio de historias familiares y personales con el objetivo de explorar las luchas y la complejidad de ser bicultural, mexicano-estadounidense, en los Estados Unidos. Loya también cuenta folclore latinoamericano bilingüe e historias coloridas y a veces mágicas de África, India, Asia, las Antillas y Europa. Loya usa las historias como una forma de examinar temas como la curación, el racismo y el multiculturalismo. Incorpora una variedad de estilos de actuación, que incluyen improvisación, movimiento y danza, canciones e instrumentos. Más información: www.olgaloya.com

Liberación Gráfica: Liberación Gráfica es un colectivo de jóvenes grabadores de Richmond cuyos miembros crean trabajos para elevar la justicia social, la comunidad de Richmond y las voces jóvenes. Como educadores, el colectivo ha desarrollado un plan de estudios que ayuda a los jóvenes a participar en el grabado mediante la exploración de carteles políticos históricos y la creación de sus propios carteles sobre temas con los que se sienten conectados. El colectivo ha realizado varios talleres de serigrafía en vivo en toda la comunidad en eventos, escuelas secundarias y organizaciones locales como RYSE, Urban Tilth, APEN y Richmond Art Center.

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy: The Great Tortilla Conspiracy es un colectivo basado en obras de arte comestibles. Después de mucha experimentación y desarrollos tecnológicos, los Conspiradores desarrollaron una receta secreta que muchos acólitos de quesadillas han calificado de deliciosa. La obra de arte comestible producida por la Conspiración es serigrafiada en tortillas y cocinada en una plancha para que la imagen se adhiera al sustrato. Simultáneamente, el queso se derrite en el reverso. La salsa es opcional. El consumidor de arte puede tanto comer como disfrutar de la sensación estética que es la Gran Conspiración de la Tortilla.

Acerca de Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center ha estado compartiendo arte y creando con la comunidad desde 1936. Nuestros programas abarcan clases, exposiciones y eventos en nuestras instalaciones en el centro de Richmond, así como actividades fuera del sitio que brindan arte gratuito y de alta calidad. creando experiencias para las escuelas y los socios comunitarios de WCCUSD. richmondartcenter.org

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Press Release: Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

Fall Family Day 2021

Saturday, October 23, 12pm-3pm | FREE

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

Event webpage: richmondartcenter.org/familyday2021

Richmond, CA: Family Day is coming back to Richmond Art Center with a special celebration of Día de los Muertos on Saturday, October 23, 12pm-3pm. Kids of all ages and their grown-ups are invited to join us in RAC’s courtyard for art-making, dancing, music and more. 

This free family event will feature an Alebrije workshop, performances by Puerto Rican youth Bomba ensemble Quenepas, and storyteller Olga Loya. RAC artists-in-residence Liberación Gráfica will be there screen printing tote bags and the Great Tortilla Conspiracy will also be printing up some tortilla art!

Schedule of Activities:

  • 12pm-1pm First Alebrije workshop with Rachel-Anne Palacios
  • 1pm-2pm Performances by Bomba group Quenepas followed by storyteller Olga Loya
  • 1pm-2pm Second Alebrije workshop

Tissue paper Mexican paper flower making, scavenger hunt, printmaking, community altar, and music by DJ Dion Decibels will run 12pm-3pm.

Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue in Richmond. 

Covid-19 Prevention: Mask wearing and signing a Visitor Waiver is a condition of entry to the event. We will track attendee numbers in the courtyard and galleries to ensure spaces do not get too crowded. See RAC’s website for more information about what we are doing to prevent the spread of Covid-19: richmondartcenter.org/about/covid

For more information contact: Sarah Guerra sarah@nullrichmondartcenter.org

About the Program and Participants:

Alebrijes workshop with Rachel-Anne Palacios: Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. In honor of Latino Heritage Month/Día de los Muertos, artist Rachel-Anne Palacios will guide us on a short presentation about alebrijes and how to create your own with air dry clay. Follow Rachel-Anne on Instagram @devikaspalacio

Bomba by Quenepas: Bomba music and dance originated over 400 years ago in the sugar cane plantations of Puerto Rico where enslaved Africans played, sang, and danced to survive and to resist colonial oppression. Quenepas is a vibrant Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance youth ensemble that had its inception in 2008 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Quenepas youth have been studying and performing under the direction of Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah for over 15 years and many of the youth have been involved in the practice of Bomba through observing and participating in community jams and performances with their families. Contact: bombaaguacero@nullgmail.com, 510-681-1036

Storytelling by Olga Loya: Olga Loya is also an author, performance artist, keynote speaker, and teacher, who has performed and taught workshops throughout the United States and Mexico. Loya performs a large repertoire of family and personal stories with the goal of exploring the struggles and complexity of being bicultural – Mexican-American – in the United States. Loya also tells bilingual Latin-American folklore and colorful and sometimes magical stories from Africa, India, Asia, the Antilles, and Europe. Loya uses stories as a way of examining themes like healing, racism, and multiculturalism. She incorporates a variety of performance styles, including improvisation, movement and dance, song, and instruments. More info: www.olgaloya.com

Liberación Gráfica: Liberación Gráfica is a collective of young printmakers from Richmond whose members create work to uplift social justice, the Richmond community, and young voices. As educators the collective has developed a curriculum that helps young people engage in printmaking through exploring historical political posters and creating their own posters on topics they feel connected to. The collective has held multiple live screen printing workshops around the community at events, high schools, and local organizations like RYSE, Urban Tilth, APEN and Richmond Art Center.

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy: The Great Tortilla Conspiracy is a collective based on edible artwork. After much experimentation and technological developments the Conspirators developed a secret recipe that has been called delicious by many a quesadilla acolyte. The edible artwork produced by the Conspiracy is screen printed on tortillas and cooked on a griddle so that the image is affixed to the substrate. Simultaneously cheese is melted on the reverse side. Salsa is optional. The art consumer can both eat and enjoy the aesthetic sensation that is the Great Tortilla Conspiracy. 

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org

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Día de los Muertos, Fall Family Day
10/23/21

Día de los Muertos

Fall Family Day 2021

Saturday, October 23, 12pm-3pm | FREE

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

PRESS RELEASE

Join us for art-making, dancing and more! This fun day for the family is not to be missed!

Family Day is coming back to Richmond Art Center with a special celebration of Día de los Muertos on Saturday, October 23, 12pm-3pm. Kids of all ages and their grown-ups are invited to join us in RAC’s courtyard for art-making, dancing, music and more. 

This free family event will feature an Alebrije workshop, performances by Puerto Rican youth Bomba ensemble Quenepas, and storyteller Olga Loya. RAC artists-in-residence Liberación Gráfica will be there screen printing tote bags and the Great Tortilla Conspiracy will also be printing up some tortilla art!

Schedule of Activities:

  • 12pm-1pm First Alebrije workshop with Rachel-Anne Palacios
  • 1pm-2pm Performances by Bomba group Quenepas followed by storyteller Olga Loya
  • 1pm-2pm Second Alebrije workshop

Tissue paper Mexican paper flower making, scavenger hunt, printmaking, community altar, and music by DJ Dion Decibels will run 12pm-3pm.

Covid-19 Prevention protocols: Mask wearing and signing a Visitor Waiver will be a condition of entry. We will track attendee numbers in the courtyard and galleries to ensure spaces do not get too crowded.


Día de los Muertos

Día de la familia de otoño 2021

Sábado 23 de octubre, de 12:00 a 15:00 horas | GRATIS

Richmond Art Center (patio), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond

NOTICIA DE PRENSA

¡Únase a nosotros para hacer arte, bailar y más! ¡Este divertido día para la familia no se lo debe perder!

El Día de la Familia regresa al Centro de Arte de Richmond con una celebración especial del Día de los Muertos el sábado 23 de octubre, de 12 pm a 3 pm. Los niños de todas las edades y sus adultos están invitados a unirse a nosotros en el patio del RAC para hacer arte, bailar, escuchar música y más.

Este evento familiar gratuito contará con un taller de Alebrije, actuaciones del conjunto de bomba juvenil puertorriqueño Quenepas y la narradora Olga Loya. Los artistas residentes de RAC Liberación Gráfica también imprimirán bolsas de tela y la Gran Conspiración de la Tortilla también imprimirá un poco de arte de tortillas.

Programa de actividades:

  • 12: 00-13:00 Primer taller de Alebrije con Rachel-Anne Palacios
  • 13:00-14:00 Actuaciones del grupo Bomba Quenepas seguido por la narradora Olga Loya
  • 13:00-14:00 Segundo taller de Alebrije

Papel de seda La fabricación de flores de papel mexicano, la búsqueda del tesoro, el grabado, el altar comunitario y la música de DJ Dion Decibels se llevarán a cabo de 12 pm a 3 pm.

Protocolos de prevención de Covid-19: El uso de mascarillas y su firma aceptando nuestras reglas como visitante será una condición para la entrada. Realizaremos un seguimiento del número de asistentes en el patio y las galerías para garantizar que los espacios no se llenen demasiado.

Richmond Pulse: Richmond Art Center Amplifies Calls to Release Native American Activist Leonard Peltier

Link: https://richmondpulse.org/2021/10/11/richmond-art-center-amplifies-calls-to-release-native-american-activist-leonard-peltier/

Posted Oct 11, 2021 at 16:13h in Arts and CultureCriminal Justice by Danielle Parenteau-Decker

Top image: Native American activist Anne Begay at the Richmond Art Center event “Gathering in the Spirit of Gwarth-ee-las,” held Oct. 8 in honor of imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier.

Story and photos by Denis Perez-Bravo


Through word and art, the call to free activist Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement, from his 45-year imprisonment was amplified Sunday in the Richmond Art Center courtyard.

The center hosted the event “Gathering in the Spirit of Gwarth-ee-lass” to honor Peltier, his family and their sacrifices while giving free access to artist Rigo 23’s exhibit “Time and Again.”

In 1977, Peltier was convicted of the murders of two FBI agents. The agents were killed in 1975 at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. The trial was marred by many procedural issues, casting doubt on its outcome. For example, one alleged eyewitness to the shooting recanted her testimony and said the FBI threatened her. And a Freedom of Information Act ruling in 1980 revealed that evidence that might have helped Peltier was hidden by the prosecutors.

“He is in jail for a federal offense that is nothing but lies,” said activist Anne Begay at the event Sunday.

Begay is the mother of Peltier’s daughter, Kathy Begay. Both were present at the event.

Anne Begay and Rigo 23 led a discussion about her life and her memories of Peltier.

“Leonard is a father. He is a grandfather. He is a great grandfather. And he has never held his grandchildren,” Anne Begay said.

She also asked the crowd “to be more aware” and to raise awareness of one of the latest actions to free Peltier.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the chair of the Natural Resources Committee, and 10 other members of Congress sent a letter Oct. 8 formally requesting clemency for Peltier. The letter was addressed to President Biden; Attorney General Merrick Garland; Michael Carvajal, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and J.A. Keller, the bureau’s southeast regional director. (Peltier is imprisoned at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida.)

“Mr. Peltier has yet to receive a fair trial that is free from constitutional violations. Mr. Peltier is 77 years old and suffers from severe health conditions, including diabetes and an abdominal aortic aneurysm that can be lethal if ruptured. He has served more than 43 years in the federal prison system, some of which have been in solitary confinement,” the letter read, in part.

After the discussion between Rigo and Begay, a lineup of poets came to the stage to perform.

One of them was Kathy Begay, who is in her 40s. She read a poem about waiting for her father to come home that she wrote when she was 16.

“He sits behind walls, waiting to see my family,” she read to the crowd.

Apart from hearing the speakers, attendees also got to see Rigo 23’s sculpture of Peltier.Artist Rigo 23’s exhibit “Time and Again” features a 12-foot-tall sculpture of activist Leonard Peltier on a 6-foot-by-9-foot base — the size of a prison cell like the one Peltier has spent most of his life in.

The 12-foot-tall work depicts Peltier sitting on a base 9 feet by 6 feet, the size of a traditional jail cell like the one where he has spent most of his life, Rigo 23 said.

The sculpture is crowned with sage brought back from a Sun Dance ceremony and behind the Peltier figure hangs a traditional quilt from the Pine Ridge reservation. In between the giant feet of the sculpture, an altar sits. The sculpture is surrounded by photographs and artwork that have been arranged in a timeline from 1977 to 2021.

The various artworks were contributed by people from all over the country.

A line runs from Rigo 23’s first solo exhbit at the Richmond Art Center to this one. Twenty-five years ago, he did an exhibit dedicated to the Black Panther Geronimo Ji Jaga and his political imprisonment. After his release, Rigo met Ji Jaga. Rigo said Ji Jaga told him to continue fighting for political prisoners, and that led him to Peltier’s cause.

Rigo said he sees an extreme culture of violence against Black and Native American lives alike in the U.S. And he hopes to continue raising awareness of these issues, and especially of Peltier’s case until he is released.

“Things change, but they stay the same,” Rigo said.

Richmond Confidential: Richmond Art Center opens doors to free event for Indigenous People’s Day

Read article online here: https://richmondconfidential.org/2021/10/07/richmond-art-center-opens-doors-to-free-event-for-indigenous-peoples-day/ 

PDF of article is here: https://richmondartcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Richmond-Confidential_-RAC-Indigenous-Peoples-Day.pdf


Elgin Nelson on October 7, 2021

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, the Richmond Art Center will host “Gathering in the Spirit of Gwarth-ee-lass,” a free event on Sunday featuring spoken word, candid conversations and live music, all in the backdrop of artist Rigo 23’s newest exhibit “Time and Again.”

The exhibit’s centerpiece is a 12-foot sculpture created from a self-portrait of Native American political activist Leonard Peltier.

Peltier has been in prison for about 45 years, serving two life sentences after his controversial conviction in the murders of two FBI agents during a shootout at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1975. 

At his trial in North Dakota, Peltier acknowledged being involved in the confrontation along with other members of the American Indian Movement, one of whom was killed. But he maintained he did not kill the agents. Two others charged in the murders were tried in Iowa, where a jury found that they acted in self-defense. 

The firefight occurred at the site of the famous 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, where U.S. soldiers killed about 300 Lakota people, most of them women and children.

Peltier has been incarcerated since 1977. The sculpture of him is about as high and as wide as a standard prison cell, said Roberto Martinez, a curator at the Richmond Art Center.

“I wanted the visitor to feel enclosed and uncomfortable, similar to a prison cell,” Martinez said. 

Leonard Peltier sculpture
Kathy Peltier (right) stands in front of Rigo 23’s statue of her father, Native American activist Leonard Peltier. (Courtesy of Rigo 23)

Peltier’s daughter Kathy and her mother, Anne Begay, as well as Rigo 23 will attend the event. There will be a recitation of “He Sits Behind Prison Walls,” a poem Kathy Peltier crafted as a tribute to her father. 

“I wrote this poem about my father when I was 16, thinking of the day when he’ll be free or just breathe fresh air,” she said.

Kathy Peltier was a child when her father was tried for the murders and sent away. 

“My dad has been in prison all my life,” she said. “I try to not feel sorry for myself but understand why he is in this position, ”

Leonard Peltier is a member of the Anishinabe, Dakota, and Lakota nations. He was an activist even before joining the American Indian Movement, which fought for fair treatment of Native Americans and came to prominence in the 1970s. 

In “Time and Again,” Rigo 23 pays tribute to that activism. Originally from Portugal, Rigo 23 has spent much of his life in the Bay Area, where he was inspired by what he saw on the streets and on the walls. 

“I came to the Bay Area and I encountered murals of the Chicano Movement. I saw the urban graffiti which was all about style and calligraphy, and it just blew my mind,” he said. 

Much of his work has been influenced by activism, especially the protests and civil unrest of the 1960s. In “Time and Again,” Rigo 23 pays tribute to Peltier and recognizes the 25th anniversary of his own first exhibition, which was curated by the Richmond Art Center.  

“As the title suggests, it refers to a process of something that keeps on happening, and the focus is centered on Leonard Peltier’s plight,” the artist said.

The exhibit opened on Sept. 9 and will run through Nov. 19. It includes three stories that provide insight into Peltier’s life and the impact he continues to have on society. 

Martinez spoke of the power of art, saying it should be approached with respect and dignity. 

“Art is so dangerous that it makes the powers that be tremble,” he said. 

From 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, visitors at the center will receive a tour, hear a conversation with Rigo 23, and enjoy poetry and spoken word featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin, San Francisco poet laureate, and music by DJ Petrelli. 

Guests must RSVP, wear masks and sign waivers to enter the center. 

Gathering for Indigenous Peoples’ Day | With Love… Issue 28

ISSUE 28
The Latest Edition | Indigenous Peoples’ Day | Exhibitions Reception | Fall Family Day: Día de los Muertos
Free Class for Aspiring Artists | Call for Artists of the African Diaspora | Upcoming Classes
In Memoriam: John Rampley


The Latest Edition

Fall 2021 Class Catalog

Our Fall Program Catalog is here. Register today for in-person* and online classes starting weekly October through November. And read about the exciting exhibitions and events happening at Richmond Art Center this fall.

Cover image: Kate Godfrey’s Night Passage (2021) is in the RAC student exhibition Works From Home.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Gathering in the Spirit of Gwarth-ee-lass

Sunday, October 10, 2pm-6pm* at Richmond Art Center
FREE | RSVP Required

We gather around Leonard Peltier’s statue and legacy to celebrate the word – bearer of memory and dream. Join us for a guided tour of the exhibition Time and Again, conversation between Anne Begay and Rigo 23, and poetry / spoken word by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brian Tripp, Meres-Sia Gabriel, Kathy Peltier, and Arnoldo García. More poets to be announced soon!

Recent press coverage of Time and Again: Native NewsKPFADaily Kos

Image: Rigo 23’s statue of Leonard Peltier currently on view at Richmond Art Center

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Exhibitions Reception

Courtyard Mingle!

Saturday, October 16, 12pm-2pm* at Richmond Art Center
FREE

Fall exhibitions run September 9 through November 19, 2021. Join us on Saturday, October 16, 12pm-2pm for a courtyard reception for three great exhibitions: Works from Home: Richmond Art Center Student ShowcaseOpossum Magic, and Summer Rites

Top image: Gail Rubin, Tribute to Natalia Arbelaez, 2021. Created in “Handbuilding: Women in Contemporary Ceramics” with Colleen Garland and featured in Works From Home.

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Fall Family Day

Día de los Muertos

Saturday, October 23, 12pm-3pm* at Richmond Art Center
FREE

Join us for art-making, dancing and more! This fun day for the family is not to be missed!

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Free Class for Aspiring Artists

Portfolio Development for Young Artists

Online Class Starts October 12
FREE

This class is designed for young artists (ages 16-24) who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Students will develop foundation year college course-level skills while creating a professional portfolio or body of work. Teaching Artist: Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

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Call for Artists

Art of the African Diaspora 2022

Deadline to Register: Sunday, October, 31, 2021, 11:59pm

Artists, be part of the 25th Anniversary of the Bay Area Black Artists’ exhibition at Richmond Art Center! Art Of The African Diaspora is a non-juried group exhibition featuring work by artists of African descent. The showcase exhibition is held at Richmond Art Center and is accompanied by self-guided open studio tours and satellite exhibitions throughout the Bay Area.

Learn more about participating in AOTAD at the online Artist Info Session on Saturday, October 23, 12pm-1:30pm. CLICK HERE to register.

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In Memoriam

❤️ John Rampley

Remembering John Rampley; a fiercely dedicated painter.

Images: (top) Positively 4th Street mural (detail) (1976) by John Rampley and John Wehrle; (above left) John Rampley’s Not Easy Being Green (1994) shown at Richmond Art Center in 2014; (above right) John Rampley at Richmond Art Center in 2014.

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*In-person activity dates are subject to change as we see further developments in the Covid-19 pandemic. Mask wearing and signing a Visitor Waiver is a condition of entry to RAC events. We track attendee numbers in the courtyard and galleries to ensure spaces do not get too crowded. Read more about Richmond Art Center’s Covid-19 safety measures HERE.

Top and Bottom banners feature Laura Kamian McDermott’s Jagged Skyline of Car Keys, Sand (2021). See Laura’s work in the Opossum Magic exhibition currently on view at RAC.

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