Susan Adamé FINE ART
Susan Adamé collages consist of contemporary abstract compositions suspended in rich pools of color and texture. From a distance you can see the strong abstract composition and up close you are engaged by the added depth from the underlying layers and textures. The collage is created on a watercolor painting on 300 lb. French Arches watercolor paper. The watercolor painting creates a feeling of movement that gives the art depth and dimension. Susan intends her work to have a positive influence in its environment. She uses elements that gives the work a feeling of grounding, unity and strength.
Lisa Haderlie Baker FINE ART
Lisa Haderlie Baker lives and paints in Alameda. Her beautifully framed paintings are of quiet corners of the Bay Area, and detailed studies of animals and nature. She paints in water-soluble gouache on heavy rag paper, and in oil on canvas and museum board. Her favorite subjects are twilight landscapes and streetscapes, old neighborhoods, quiet gardens and shorelines, and of natural scenes, often featuring animals and storybook settings.
Belle Brooke Barer JEWELRY
I use traditional fabrication techniques in the production of my jewelry, a process that makes each piece unique. I work with shapes and dimensions to create interesting spaces. I am influenced by the idea that opposing forces create equilibrium. I find myself drawn to elements of architecture and industrial space, as well as the patterns and forms of nature. I strive to maintain a balance between the polar forces I reference in my work.
Shael Barger JEWELRY
Shael Barger is the designer and metal artist creating under the name Dakotah Designs. She continually explores and refines her vision through use of metal, primarily gold and silver, and lapidary, creating texture and images. She combines fabrication and inlay work with elements she has cast directly from nature _ twigs, leaves, pine cones among others. She also etches designs into the metal, introducing movement and dimension- physical and implied- into her work. For Shael, the stones speak _ they tell her how they wish to be combined with other elements -because it is important that each piece tell a story, that they become sagas in stone and metal.
Nessy Barzilay CERAMICS
After years of working in high tech, I became passionate about art. Currently I spend most of my time in the ceramics studio and enjoy working with clay.
My inspiration comes from surrounding objects, jewelry, my garden, and my travels. In my work, I combine geometrical shapes with organic ones, with an emphasis on round objects, which I am especially drawn to. I like to explore the negative spaces in my functional pieces and my garden sculptures. I also like working with coils, connecting them into fragile shapes while exploring the strength of the clay.
My joy is in working with fine, found, and recycled materials to form unique, wearable sculptures. I create pieces that emphasize texture through metal crochet, weaving, multiple patinas and other adventurous techniques. My background in painting and printmaking also often come into play in the tumultuous, wonderful marriage of practices that form my art.
Jude Berman FINE ART
Jude Berman follows an intuitive process in her work with fluid acrylic and mixed media. She says, “When I paint, I prefer to be in a state of open-eyed meditation. This way I don’t have to ‘do’ anything; the images just ‘happen.’ There is no external object to be reproduced. There is no internal object, either. Everything comes from within in that moment.” Jude lives in Berkeley and runs a freelance writing/editing business. She invites you to check out Jude’s Art Blog on WordPress.com, where she has blogged her art since 2008.
Carol Bevilacqua CERAMICS
Carol Bevilacqua’s love of tramp, folk and outsider art has inspired her to create art in the medium of clay and mosaic. Her joy in art making is to encourage people to touch, laugh, enjoy and make art. She includes visual puns and surprises; she creates treasure hunts that engage the observer to dig deeper and find more prizes. She specializes in design, illustration, clay, and mosaic installations for fine art, residential, community and public art projects.
Melodie Beylik GLASS
Melodie Beylik received her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts where she learned how to blow and form hot glass. She continued her studies in art at Mills College where she received her MFA. Melodie went on to the Bildwerk Factory School in Germany, then to year scholarship study in Sweden. Melodie has continued to travel and study with many masters of glass. She uses her designs and knowledge to create her current work.
Natalie Borges GLASS
Natalie Borges was born and raised in Redding California. In 2005 she moved to Oakland to attend California College of the Arts, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Glass. Her work is a combination of enamel painting, mosaic, and blown glass. Natalie says! "Each piece is different, each day is full of new colors"
David M Bowman Studio JEWELRY, SCULPTURE
David M Bowman Studio is a father and son workshop designing and creating jewelry, table accessories, tables, and wall art in patinaed brass and copper. Their work includes many perennial designs but is always changing and adding new styles, techniques, and ideas, while retaining a focus on hand-fabricated and patinaed metal. David and his son Reed do all the work together, taking inspiration from natural forms and colors, artwork and architecture of all periods. Living and working in Berkeley for more than thirty years, their work particularly relates to the styles of the East Bay, from the people to the Craftsman architecture.
Susan Brody CERAMICS
I work in both stoneware and porcelain, throwing on a kick-wheel and now firing in an electric kiln, having joined the ranks of the energy conscious.
The teapot has long been a favorite shape of mine. I take particular pleasure in the traditional round shape with its evocative association of family gatherings. But I have also experimented with a more distinctive, stylized flat pot.
Susan Brooks JEWELRY
I am interested in texture and pattern. My metal work is fabricated by hand, using the surface techniques of chasing and engraving. These processes, along with a patina application, are an integral part of creating depth and contrast.
Robert Cantor SCULPTURE
Bob Cantor has been a clinical psychologist in San Francisco since 1973. He was an Associate Professor on the full-time faculty of the University of California, San Francisco for ten years. Art and sculpture have been a life long passion. He has also published two books: "And A Time To Live" (1980, Harper and Row, nominated and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and a novel, "Of Struggle and Flight" (1990, Little Viking). His prize-winning sculpture has been collected throughout the United States; featured in the 2005 Spring issue of "Direct Art Magazine", and awarded a coveted place in 2006's "Best Artists of California".
Leslie Carabas TEXTILES
Leslie Carabas is an abstract collage artist, primarily employing fiber. Her process begins by dyeing and discharging natural fabrics—making biomorphic or geometrical shapes using Shibori and drawing techniques. This step may be repeated many times, layering images. She then uses thread to draw lines and create texture on the collage, establishing a nuanced dialogue between the visual elements. Leslie has been making art since 1980 and has been shown throughout the USA and Canada, Europe and Asia. She is represented by Phoenix Gallery in NYC as well as ACCI.
I produce Fine Art prints from my original artwork which is based upon photography I have taken over more than 20 years. The technique I use is one I have personally developed during the past decade. Using Photoshop, I layer multiple images (sometimes up to 10 distinct photos) concurrent with heavy color manipulation. The resulting artwork is unique. My strength as an artist is in my feeling for color, and that joyous emotion is apparent in my art. My bold and beautiful artwork will uplift any domestic or business environment. Artist Website
Patsy Chador SCULPTURE
My creatures seem to have a life of their own. As soon as they are standing up, I just follow their plan: Wrapping, painting, and sparkles, Lots of shapes and always stories. The materials used are: Brightly colored fabrics, wire, polymer clay, paint, beads and sequins.
I am awed by the interconnection of all life. I love all creatures and this earth they live upon.
Creating is Magical!
Vicki Chardak TEXTILES
Originally from Philadelphia, I have called Berkeley home for the past 30 years. I have worked as an artist-in-residence, a graphic designer and raised two children while painting and showing my art in many Bay Area alternative spaces. As a board member of the Berkeley-Sakai Association, I have traveled to Japan three times. Recently, I organized and coordinated the Berkeley-Sakai Bridge exchange and exhibit at ACCI gallery. I discovered weaving at a Japanese workshop in Osaka and found that my expressionistic approach to painting is the same vocabulary I use for my weaving: by gathering information and distilling it to its essential meaning while making decisions based on colors that sing and textures that surprise.
Tom Chen SCULPTURE, UPCYCLED
Tom is a Bay Area native trained in the biological sciences, graphic arts and computer animation. His inspirations include comic book art and science fiction. He creates whimsical dinosaurs, insects and other critters using a papier-mache and cloth technique that he has refined over the last few years. He works with newspaper, bed sheets, paper towels, coat hangers, and other ordinary household items. "My passion," he says, "is to transform this stuff into a critter with a personality."
Printmaking is my art making process of choice.
Reworking seem to best describe the implementation of that process that happens during my art making. I will start with either a copper plate, a card board collogragh or sometimes a blank plexi plate. I will work the plate to a stopping point. Then I will work with the actual printing. How many ways can I say something in this print if I can change the color, add stencils, use chine colle, change the paper? It's fascinating to work like this because so many possibilities come about.