Gina Papen creates artworks in two dimensions, as well as making unique pendants and earrings with fused glass. She has a BFA from Parsons School on Design in NYC. She has a studio at the Sawtooth Building in West Berkeley, and has been a member of ACCI for over 10 years.
Stephanie Penn PHOTOGRAPHY
Stephanie Penn is a fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Geology and Studio Art from Cornell College. She uses her dynamic background in both visual art and science to provide viewers with a unique visual perspective. Her artwork focuses on appreciating nature and wildness in the urban San Francisco Bay Area. Her photographs rely on subtle details, such as colors and weather patterns, rather than major landmarks to create a sense of place. This enables the viewer to notice subtleties that may ordinarily be overlooked.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Sharla Pidd is a rock collector turned silversmith. She started making jewelry in 2008, selling her creations as a street vendor in San Francisco. Since then, Sharla has presented her work in Galleries and Art Fairs in the Bay Area, and sells her work on her website.
Sharla received her education in jewelry design and fabrication from the Sharon Art Studio, The Revere Academy, and through apprenticeships with Sam Patania in Tucson and Taber Studios in Berkeley. Today, Sharla works out of her studio at The Compound Gallery in Oakland, California.
Zach Pine PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURE
Throughout my life, I've created art from and in nature. Since 2004 I've focused on the social and environmental dimensions of my art-- hosting group art-making events and workshops, teaching in public and private schools, training teachers and museum staff, and installing hands-on "Create-With-Nature Zones" in parks, schools, museums, and public spaces. My endeavors are in the tradition of social sculpture, in service to nature and to society. I strive to create models and methods for collective creativity; to connect people of all ages with each other and with the natural world; and to inspire joy, spontaneity, and environmental action.
Bob Pool CERAMICS
I was merrily pursuing a career in research when I took a casual course in pottery (1979). I immediately fell in love with clay and the transformation of amorphous blobs of mud into beautiful forms. I felt as though a hidden part of me had been revealed and it demanded expression. Soon I found that I wanted to devote all of my energy to making pots. I gave up my life in science for that of a studio potter (1982). I am basically self-taught in the craft.
Mathew Porkola GLASS
I always feel suspended between opposites. I'm drawn to classical forms, but I also want humor. I want the rigors of formalism and the spontaneity of expressionism. This tension informs what I feel is my best work.I discovered glassblowing as I was finishing an academic program in critical theory and found the issues that concerned me, the ideas of coherence, consistency and aesthetic elegance, were all immediate in an actual physical way. What began as a lark became a way of thinking about the physical world and led to my commitment to a craft ethic.
Susan Press CERAMICS
My years of art study were done at the San Francisco Art Institute, focusing on printmaking and ceramics. When creating my sculptural pieces, I have chosen imaginative characters with which to show lighter side of life. Working with clay allows me to squeeze and twist the pieces just so; to capture feelings and expressions that I hope will bring a bit of tickled enjoyment to those viewing my work. Recently, I have become intrigued with integrating mixed media into my work. Slices of old black and white photos, wire and beads adorn the figures and vessels I make.
Larry Probst JEWELRY
I enjoy working with wax, forging, and the occasional stone setting of unusual things like fossilized sand-dollars, druzy quartz, coral branches and unique, hard to find mineral specimens. I also enjoy textured/etched metalwork that has been oxidized for that ethnic look and prefer to make one-of-kind, unusual pieces.
Traudel Prussin SCULPTURE
I have been fascinated by sculpture for many years and have sculpted off and on for most of my adult life. In 1992, I began to study and sculpt in the Bay Area. As a classical figurative sculptor, I strive to understand and express the dynamics, beauty and emotions of the human form. It is a challenge to work in three dimensions, it intrigues me. I hope through my creations , at least in a small way, to bring joy into other people’s lives. I studied with Anne Fisher, Zahava Sherez, Lourdam Kimbrell, Carole Tarzier, Steven Perkins and Eugene Daub.
Jane Roberts JEWELRY
Jane has been working in silver since 1990. She uses many techniques in fabricating her work, from chasing and repousee to enameling, fold forming, to stone setting and lapidary. She has a BFA degree in design from Carnegie Mellon University, and has studied extensively with master jewelers in intensive workshops.
“My one of a kind pieces are largely informed by the special stones that often lay on my bench for months before the right design solution presents itself, like a gift”.
Judith Rohrer FINE ART
I love playing with color as it interacts with abstract shapes and lines. I like to explore the juxtaposition of orderly primary shapes (square, triangle, circle) with splashes of fluid color and line. I enjoy the interaction between "abstract" color/shapes and forms that the mind defines. Eventually boundaries disappear between the abstract and conceptual and what emerges are light, space and form in their own spontaneous yet orderly compositions. My collages incorporate acrylics, watercolor, fabric, photos and hand-‐made paper. I received an M.A. in Art from San Francisco State University and reside in Contra Costa County.
Lisa Ronay JEWELRY
Lisa Ronay has been making jewelry for 25 years. All the beachglass is collected from beaches on the pacific coast. The pieces are set in fine silver, sterling silver, or 14 K gold. The shape of the glass is the deciding factor in whether it becomes a necklace, a pair of earrings, or a ring. The resulting jewelry is often one of a kind. It combines the soft colors of ocean glass with its organic shape and the fine techniques of metalsmithing.
My studio and residence is in downtown Martinez, Ca. My lampwork beads are hand crafted, using Italian Moretti & German Lauscha glass. All of the beads are fully kiln annealed and created individually. They are made over a torch, fueled by both oxygen and propane. I create pieces that reflect my love of color, whimsy and fun, and tasteful. Enjoy!
Judy Rosenfield GLASS
Bright color and vivid images from nature – those are the hallmarks of my stained-glass mosaic artwork. A longtime writer and editor, I find the process of assembling mosaic pieces strangely similar to creating written pieces with words. I love the mix of structure and improvisation – and that mosaic work is a tangible, long-lasting gift to those who collect pieces. I’m based in Louisville, KY, but have family in the Bay Area and visit often.
Paula Ross CERAMICS
One day there was a bag of red clay in the hallway near my studio. The sign said, "free." So I took it and started to experiment with this low-fire clay. Until now I only used high fire clay. The red earthenware gave me a freedom I hadn't known before. Slips, glaze crayons, and colors were now exciting. My pots became more playful and spontaneous. I fire everything in an electric kiln to cone 04.
Rob Reger FINE ART
Rob Reger is the President of the SF Bay Area based design house Cosmic Debris, who introduced the world to Emily the Strange – now an international icon and New York Times Best Seller for empowering people of all ages. Reger has been designing Emily and her cats for over two decades and has generated millions of fans of the character.
Reger received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and his oil paintings, printmaking, watercolors, and collage have exhibited in galleries around the world, including: Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Portland, Oregon.
Mitchel Rubin FINE ART
Susan Ryan SCULPTURE
My work is created from the simplest of materials—paper, glue, and Plaster of Paris. I developed my own recipe for paper mache pulp by researching historical techniques and by learning from trial and error. My paper mache pulp handles a lot like clay, but unlike clay, it is air-dried rather than kiln-baked. Once dry, it provides me with a beautiful canvas on which to apply faux finishes of stone, ceramic or metal. I feel I can make just about anything with this medium (other than outdoor sculpture) and that is exciting to me.