David M Bowman Studio
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.
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 Satates; featured in the 2005 Spring issue of "Direct Art Magazine", and awarded a coveted place in 2006's "Best Artists of California".
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!
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."
Angie Garberina has been making hand-printed lithograph prints & cast bronze sculptures for over 25 years. She enjoys creating whimsical characters often with an ironic and humorous twist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Dakota. Garberina worked at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley and Shidoni Foundry outside of Santa Fe, two of the largest U.S. fine art foundries. She was the 2nd woman to crew on the bronze pour team at Shidoni and taught lithography at Kala Institute n Berkeley for ten years.
Jill Gibson was born in California, studied painting at the Art Student’s League NY in the late 60’s, lived in Italy and Mexico, and shown her work nationally and internationally. She’s been working with clay and concrete bas relief sculptures for 12 years. Jill : “A small spontaneous sketch is born. I dress that inspiration with form, texture, and light, I multiply it many times, thus becoming an exchange of energy with the world. Female figures, animals, plants, seeds, fabric, windows, horizons, water, vessels, wind, earth, sky, act as metaphors for energies within.” She works in Marin, CA with various mediums that in turn influence her images.
Mexican border town culture, three years of childhood spent in Iran during the early 1960's and the Greek heritage of her father's family have all been active influences in Mirto's creative endeavors. Everything harkens to strong color, coupled with an effusive and mystic intent. The state of being human - the state of the heart; all striving to be accomplished with very humble elements, discards and sticks found on the ground.
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.
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.
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.
In my life and in my art I focus on the Moment, finding perfect moments and beginnings as often as I can. What defines A Beginning? Is it when our senses perceive a first step in a creation? To me all starts in Silence, in that peaceful place where all is contained allowing infinite possibilities to evolve. That’s the place I enter when I make art. I’m known primarily as a sculptor as for the last 30 years I’ve worked in stone, clay, mixed media, and bronze. Five years ago I needed Color so I also began making one of a kind clay prints with mix media.
I’m an old soul in a middle-aged body, bursting forth with the creative energy of a kid. I love science fiction, B‐movies, vampires and especially The Island of Misfit Toys. When someone casts an object or toy away, my fun begins. I see possibility, humor and a new character wanting to be born.
When someone looks at my dolls or assemblage and begins to ask questions, I feel that I’ve successfully created an invitation to see the world from a different perspective. This is what I’m meant to do.
Katie Swan is from Southern California and a UCLA graduate. She moved up to the bay area to pursue her art where she now teaches Yoga and Art during the day and sculpts by night. Katie finds joy and inspiration in her teaching and the healing arts.
All of Katie Swan’s work is handmade without the use of any sculpting tools. She forms the texture as she individually builds up each piece. The amount of clay that she starts with is the same as she finishes. The work of Katie Swan shows the dance between handmade and fully natural.
I am inspired by using a variety of media to express statements about the rhythms and cycles of living. The creative nature of the universe excites me and I filter this through my lens of female experience.
I started making pine needle baskets in 1996, a direct result of living under some messy long needled pine trees. I enjoy the meditative aspect of making a coiled vessel, connecting to the greater rhythms, cycles and circles of life. In 2011, I added ceramic to my mix of media, exploring sculptural forms, mosaic, and primitive pit fired clay.
I enjoy the technical challenges in creating my mosaic work, whether applying the mosaic to a substrate that I cast in concrete, build up an armature of wire mesh, or repurpose an old frame or ceramic roof tile. Color, texture and shape are central to my work. As a resident of the Bay Area for 30 years, I feel a strong connection to the western landscape, and often integrate natural materials in my work, including river rock, pebbles, beach glass, fossils and shells.