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!
Lisa Clarke crafts each piece of art, layer by layer, creating beautifully unsettling sculptures. Affirming the vital roles of women and nature, grasping claws symbolize endemic danger, while birds serve as confidants, spies, and foot soldiers in the struggle for justice. The mixed media assemblage process takes months and hundreds of hand sculpted or altered objects. Weaving together porcelain, metal, clay, resin, and plastic upon a wooden base, followed by a complicated painting technique, results in ethereal, porcelain-like sculptures.
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 1960s and the Greek heritage of her father's family have all been active influences in Mirto's creative endeavors. Everything hearkens 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.
I am inspired by the human form and the emotions that are conveyed through movement, gesture and facial expression. From the mother's embrace of her child, the stretch of the dancers' long limbs, to the withdrawn posture of isolation or pain. I try to capture that moment in time-that moment that tells the story. And just like dance or music, sculpture can tell a story without words. I arrived in Berkeley during the “Summer of Love”. I raised 4 children here, and for many years worked as a nurse. I have always expressed my creativity through sculpture, dance and art quilting.
I am drawn to texture and form combined with narratives that focus on everyday life. I work primarily in clay, especially raku. My series “Body Language” is a varied series of gestural figures, whose posture and attitude defines them. Although the figures have no discernible facial features the viewer is able to relate and make assumptions about these “guys” and what they are about. As with my “Town Folk” series, I like the viewers to have their own interpretations and emotional responses and touch people in different ways.
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.
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 am a painter and a sculptor. Whatever medium I work with I push it and myself beyond the traditional boundaries. The process for my two-dimensional abstract artwork begins by producing a clay monoprint that is transferred onto geotextile, mounted on a board to which I add mixed media. As a sculptor I work as a carver combining unconventional materials such as clay with fabric and Polymer with silk.
I come from a long lineage of immigrats who fled countries and continents due to physical, political, or economic survival. My personal life journey and those of my ancestors, the hardships of persecutions, wars, and social injustice influence my sculptural work. I use earth tones, rough texture, and figures succumb to the emotional load to reflect this struggle.
My art also encompasses the fullness of the human experience found in the diversity of many cultures including spiritual beliefs, languages, culinary ethnic delights, colorful stories, humor, poetry, joy, and love. These are absorbed and celebrated by individuals generationally exposed to a variety of cultures. In my paintings I celebrate this aspect of the nomad’s journey by using vibrant colors, depth, movement and poetic influence.