Adriana Díaz FINE ART
Adriana Díaz is a Bay Area native with a long exhibition history. “Painting is a free improvisational choreography,” she says. “I dance with the materials, and we stretch each other to reveal new dimensions of ourselves. The finished painting is an energy field which I hope will engage and challenge the viewer to be more sensually present to life. Looking at the world with all of our senses makes everything more vibrant, and even larger and more fascinating than we think it is.”
Diaz, the author of Freeing the Creative Spirit, (HarperSanFrancisco), is also a writer, teacher and certified life coach.
Wendy Draper CERAMICS
I discovered clay and its creative possibilities over 15 years ago and have been hooked ever since. My ceramic designs are influenced by my prior interest in fiber and textile arts. Like fabric, I can print on clay and embellish it in multiple ways. High fire porcelain is my clay of choice because it can be translucent and delicate yet at the same time very strong. I love to stitch clay pieces together to emphasize an object’s structure and give it a one of a kind look. I like to think that my ceramic work reflects my interest in the simplicity and refinement of Japanese design while incorporating an earthy, hand-built appeal.
Karen Edgerly JEWELRY
Karen looks at metal as a beautifully malleable material—a medium that can be cast, formed, folded, and etched in a variety of ways. During the finishing process, she delights in exploring color and texture—from blue-hued copper patinas, to oxidized silver, to a brushed brass that resembles gunmetal. Combining silver, gold, and base metals in unique combinations, she specializes in pieces that sparkle and are highly wearable.
David Eichorn WOOD
Growing up on a small farm near Palo Alto, I began my artistic career making wooden toys for my younger brothers. Other than lapidary instruction at a summer camp and high school art with Robert Arneson, I’m mostly self-taught in both jewelry and weaving. I like making beautiful things of wood because of its plasticity in color and pattern. Most of the wood I use is excess wood from furniture and cabinet makers, and flooring and interior finish contractors
Judith Feins FINE ART
I‘ve always been fascinated by all that I see in the natural world. My passion for studying and portraying that beauty is the force behind my paintings. I paint to capture qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space evoking possibility and freedom, visual evidence of the movements of wind or water, and the complexities of vision, like rocks submerged in water seen through a surface reflection of the sky.
Louise Forbush FINE ART
A love of paper is what drives my work. Handmade Japanese paper, along with treasured pages from old Japanese books. With their calligraphy, dust, and wormholes, they bring hidden stories with them. Although sometimes called paintings, my collage work includes neither paint nor ink. Just the colors and textures of the paper, accented here and there with single threads, gold leaf, or a piece of silk. Born on the East Coast, I've lived in London and Japan, and now work out of my studio in Mill Valley. I've had many solo and group shows, and my work appears in collections on both coasts and in London and Cornwall.
Christopher Fortin CERAMICS
Born in Oakland California, Christopher Fortin’s work often explores the relationships between form, surface and scale, often constructing dynamic narratives for his sculptures. Each of his forms exhibit signs of hardship and degradation, creating the appearance of a long, rich history. Through careful examination, his subtle and nuanced markings both evoke an outward illusion and expose the underlying truth within. In 2011, Fortin received his Bachelors of Arts from Humboldt State University, and his Masters of Fine Arts from State University of New York, New Paltz in 2014.
Geraldine GaNun CERAMICS
Geraldine’s ceramic art is influenced by her innate love of all flora and fauna. A native of New York City, the close proximity to many wonderful museums and parks nourished her love of art at an early age. Birdwatching, a favorite past time, is reflected in many of her ceramic pieces. Imagery on clay has been an exciting addition to her current work which combines many techniques including screen printing, hand painted underglaze images and china paint decals.
David Garnick PHOTOGRAPHY
Garnick's fine art photography features landscapes and architecture from around the Bay Area. His prints recall the look of early 20th century lithographs.
David grew up in a family of artists. He has chaired the department of computer science at Bowdoin College, been a product manager for Google News, and directed the San Francisco International Photography Exhibition. He draws on these technical and production skills in the creation of his beautiful imagery.
Alice Gibbons FINE ART
Alice Gibbons was born in San Francisco CA. and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute in the mid 60's. Her etchings have been awarded in local, national and international competitions. She says of her subject matter: "These scenes of country and city are, to me, portraits. Instead of depicting actual people, I portray their environment, which represents them because they are interconnected."
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.
Mirto Golino SCULPTURE, UPCYCLED
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.
Mary Hammond CERAMICS
I fell in love with clay 50 years ago. After decades of centering perfectly round functional pots I am now enjoying more sculptural forms and firing raku or pit methods. Sometimes they don't hold water but the fumed surprises are reward enough. I hope you will enjoy.
Kevin Harris TEXTILES
Print design and the production of silk scarves, linen pillows, and table runners are the basic products at Kevin Harris Textile. Made in Berkeley, CA, all pieces are printed with dye, or water based inks, on natural fiber fabrics.The impressions of wood-grain, animal tracks in mud, or even a river cutting through a mountain, often tell stories that I want to illustrate. I make intricate cut-paper stencils, textural photographic close-ups, and ink-brush drawings. The designs depict aqueous waterways, magnified woven textures, and winter landscapes in blues and browns.
Michele Hausman FINE ART
Michele Hausman creates landscape oil paintings both plein air and in California studio. Inspired by the natural world, she evokes nature as a healing, calming force in a world that is often unpredictable. Her paintings are windows onto the wetlands, oceans, and farmlands that enrich our California Coastal communities. Hausman participates in many art festivals, including the King’s Mountain Art Fair, the KPFA Summer Arts Fair, and Santa Cruz Ocean Art and Sea Glass Festival. An article was published about her painting in American Artist magazine in July 2010, when she was a finalist in the magazine’s cover contest.
Jeannie Haydon JEWELRY
My jewelry is fabricated out of sterling silver, 14k gold and gold-fill. The metals are roller printed leaving textures from rice paper and fabrics. Pieces are then formed by hand sawing and delicate soldering. Lost wax casting is another process I use to make limited editions. I've been making jewelry for 18 years. I find that my work is constantly changing because I have so many ideas and enjoy learning new techniques.
Jean Hearst FINE ART
My subject matter is varied, most often I find a fantasy or surreal picture emerges from the paint. The sub-conscious process involved in creating intrigues me. As I develop a painting a seed unfolds to what will ultimately become. The organic shapes I paint reflect this process. Painting involves releasing pictures from my mind, and letting them develop without judgement. I seldom use more than three primary colors and white. This creates a large variety of colors that relate to each other. I put down many layers of color, then wash them out, creating my own "seed". As the layer build up and the seed matures, I work towards a definite image. I articulate hidden colors and forms with acrylic. The final image is a result of research, experimentation and invention.
Peter Howkinson WOOD
Following a successful career in finance in Chicago and San Francisco, Peter Howkinson has been devoted to woodworking for the past 20 years. What had been a long term interest developed into a passion for searching for the “right” piece of wood, whose characteristics are exactly suited to its
particular use. He has studied at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, one of the country’s leading woodworking school sand participated in many Bay Area craft fairs, and open studios for Pro Arts and the City of Berkeley.