Stephen Maffin FINE ART
I began working with plaster on burlap ten years ago. I explore the relationship between the medium and image in my art by working to integrate the expression of the figure represented and the character of the medium itself. Through this process I feel that the figure comes alive and the image acquires a real sense of presence. I continue to explore and experiment in my studio in Berkeley, Ca. as I aspire to become a conjuror.
Barbara Maricle FINE ART
Berkeley painter Barbara Maricle has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her abstract paintings and mixed media works utilize line, pattern, texture and layering to explore her interest in states of movement vs. stillness, rising vs. settling, and visual clarity vs. obscurity. She uses an open-ended process, with inspiration from the natural world.
Barbara’s work has been shown in New York, Boston, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon, as well as the Bay Area and was awarded “Best in Show” by Scott Shields in the 2014 “Catalyst” show at Gallery Route One in Mill Valley.
Karen Mason FINE ART
Karen Mason expresses a unique contemporary flair in her bird and floral andpaintings through the combination of bold lines, vibrant texture andluminous atmosphere. The influence of cultural design and Mason's heritagebecome evident in her paintings - from the raw expression of Italian Mastersstyle painting, to the balancing of nature's splendor and imperfection in acontemporary Asian style. In addition to her individual oil, acrylic andwatercolor pieces, Mason creates multi-panel paintings that can be displayedas a mural grouping or in small sets. Her paintings are on display inprivate and corporate collections across the US and Europe.
Kimi Masui CERAMICS
The solitary process of working with clay has rewarded me with an experience of peace and centering. Dealing with the unpredictability of clay and fire has developed a patience and quiet strength that is evident in my compelling colors and elegant forms. I strive to impart these qualities and the joy of using a piece of art into the lives of those who use my vessels everyday. My hope is that the final piece stands as an exquisite witness to a moment when clay, glaze fire and potter were one.
Emerson Matabele PHOTOGRAPHY
Katie McCann FINE ART , UPCYCLED
I create paper creatures - collage hybrids made up of insects, birds, shells, human bones, plants and fashion couture. These grotesque beauties are on display, often pinned to the canvas to be studied and critiqued. I cut out illustrations from vintage medical, science and natural history books. I also source images from my vast collection of Vogue magazines to create the "dresses" for the specimens. I work with tiny pieces of paper - beetle legs, birds' feet, lobster claws, butterfly wings, leaves and flower petals - to create intricate, strange creatures. Part science fiction, and part fairy story, these collages are like scientific records of my discoveries.
Kirk McCarthy JEWELRY
In art school, I was drawn to the playfulness and color of mobile artist Alexander Calder. Initially, the use and brightness of his colors drew me to silk screening. Eventually, I had an "Aha" moment about the color possibilities in metal jewelry, and began creating small, bright 'sculptures' for the ear that would artfully interact with the face of the wearer, and was on my way to my own craft. Once I realized the importance of craft and art to me, I could see their importance to everyone, even those who don't fully realize it. I put my personality in each piece, transmitting as much humor, affordability, color and intriguing design as I can.
NOMAglass is the collaboration between father and son artists Bill and Michael Spiegelhalter. Our work centers around using glass recycled from old windows and wine and beer bottles, transforming them into distinctive jewelry and housewares that are simple, organic and elegant. Everything we make is individually hand-cut and shaped before being kiln-slumped, creating unique variations in each piece.
Jon Oakes GLASS
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in North Dakota. As a boy in the mid-west during the 1970's, I had limited exposure to the arts. Sitting down at the potter's wheel for the first time in a high school ceramics class, I immediately felt comfortable and know I was meant to throw clay. I've been doing just that since moving to California about thirty years ago.
Daniel Oliver CERAMICS
There is something mystical about a box. It is a special place where you can escape, your own small little world. It is where your treasures, your secrets are put on hold until the next visit. It is your private place, for you to share, if you wish. A box arouses your curiosity. The Mystery is unveiled when you lift the lid, the story is told.I like to make my boxes interesting with different textures, handles and glaze designs; I use the "Raku: firing technique, which gives my pieces an earthy and rustic look. They are each one of a kind.