Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Think on These Things! Destiny's Birthday Concert Celebration

Think on These Things!
Destiny's Birthday Concert Celebration

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 6pm-8pm

A reflective experience as she thinks on these things.
A sonic journey of jazz classical and classical crossover.

The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street
Oakland, California 94612
Destiny Hotline: 510-465-7794
Venue website: www.MCCATheater.com
Price: $15 adv/ $20 doors
For group rates: TD Artworks 510-666-7152 or  email: tristen.davis@gmail.com

Also Featuring-
Tarika Lewis and Vince Tolliver of Strings of a Nubian Groove
Oaktown Jazz Workshop
Miko Marks
Kaitlin McGaw
Skyline High School Orchestra
Jetaun Maxwell
Kymberly Jackson
Eddie Gale

Destiny~ Performer/ Songwriter/ Recording Artist

Destiny, Sound Sculptress, mesmerizes her audience with the her musical imagery. She writes classical/ crossover eclectic jazz for for vocals and harp.  Destiny has performed for: Susan L. Taylor, Editorial Director -ESSENCE Magazine Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Revelations Transformation Conference Founder and 'The Secret' Visionary Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, The Disney Concert Hall,  Black Aids Institute, GRAMMY Award Winner India. Irie's 'Testimony' the Seattle Center, Fischer Hall, local library tour of the San Francisco Librairies, Concert for World Peace and the Brooklyn Jazz Festival with Jazz Ambassador Eddie Gale. Destiny

Destiny shared the stage with multi GRAMMY Award Winning Producer Narada, Global Saxiphonist Azar Lawrence. She is a panelist for the West Coast Songwriters Performing Songwriters Panel and panelist for the GRAMMY San Francisco Chapter 'State of the Music 'Industry.

Destiny is expanding her musical ideals with her project(s) S.O.N.G/ Strings of a Nubian Groove Nubian string ensemble,The Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio, & The Richard Howell Quintet (RHQ) and venturing into the world of Pedal Harps on her Salvi Daphne 46- string Concert Harp.

Destiny is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter and the Principle Harpist for the Oakland Public Conservatory Orchestra.

"Destiny Muhammad should be a Bandleader...dig!"
Keith Hines, kcsm.org, Jazz Broadcaster

For Event and Ticket information: Tristen Davis  510-666-7152

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ArtWalk in Livermore!!

9th Annual Livermore ArtWalk
Sat Oct 9, 2010
Benefits the Bothwell Arts Center
Location-Downtown Livermore
Maps/Info at Bankhead Theater, 
2400 First Street, Livermore, CA   94550
Pick up a free tour map at our information booths or in participating downtown businesses prior to ArtWalk; check back to download a copy closer to ArtWalk time.
Art invades downtown Livermore on October 9th, from 11am to 5pm during the 9th Annual ArtWalk.  
Over 150 artists will set up exhibits, displaying their work in boutique shops, wine bars, restaurants, sidewalks and parks throughout the heart of downtown.  Art from contemporary to traditional, pottery to painting, fused glass, stained glass, art quilts, handcrafts, and jewelry made from everything from metals to legos and fabric will be on display, with most for sale.  The event is a fundraiser for the Bothwell Arts Center.
Street-pole Art Banners created by local and regional artists that livened up the approach to downtown with Public Art will be displayed for up-close viewing and will be auctioned off on Artwalk Day.  Many reflect the themed challenge, “Think Green (but don’t use green paint)”, from which Waste Management, the sponsors of the banner project, will judge for their Sponsor’s Theme award.  The Bankhead Theater will also host a wine bar nearby, featuring the works of some of our local vintners.
Arts Education is a big theme ArtWalk this year, with exhibits running the gamut from LVJUSD students district-wide, three local high school art programs, Las Positas College students, Pathways to Picasso’s summer program recycling container mural project, and graduates from the San Francisco Art Academy at the Bankhead Theater. ArtWalk day is the only day that the SF Art Academy show will be open to the public without a performance ticket.
This year, ArtWalk is offering limo rides to transport art lovers from the main event down to the Vine Center, to enjoy artwork at the Vine Cinema & Alehouse, Live for More Fudge and the popular Ekphrasis art & poetry exhibit at Windermere Homes.  
ArtWalk 2010 continues its tradition of providing an all-day, all-acoustic music event at the Livermore Valley Plaza and capping it off with an evening performance at Panama Red Coffee House. Details on the lineup and background on the musicians can be seen on Valley SingOut’s web page at www.valleysingout.com.  
ArtWalk artists will show works from contemporary to traditional, pottery to textile art, paintings, photography, handmade jewelry and more, from artists who are just beginning to award-winning professionals that display in museums and galleries across the country.  Tour maps will be printed and available in participating businesses the week prior to ArtWalk; for more information, see www.artwalklivermore.org.  ArtWalk can also be followed on Facebook by searching for Artwalk Livermore.

ArtWalk 2010 Highlights
Arts Activities and Craft Vendors on J Street, between First & Second (especially fun for kids) 
Working artist studios in the Historic Old Firehouse, right across from the Bankhead Theater
Browse several downtown gallery and art display sites that regularly show local works, including Wild Vine, Panama Red, John Christopher Cellars at Blacksmith Square, and the Ryan Fine Art Gallery downstairs from It's All About Dancing 
“Art of Dance” demonstrations by students at It’s All About Dancing throughout the day
Get an up close viewing of the new Firehouse mural commissioned by the City of Livermore, and talk with the lead artist directly
View group exhibits from the Sculpture Studio, a group of San Francisco Art Academy graduates at the Bankhead Theater, The Art Glass Shop, area high schools and district-wide art, Las Positas Community College, the Disabled Veteran's Painting Group, and the award-winning Path to Picasso group with their newly installed murals done on the recycling containers for the Bankhead, as well as the Christ-Centered Arts Festival/Trinity Church group and the Decorative Painting Society.  


Water Defined 
Art Show by Janet Brugos
Exhibit runs from November 10, 2010 - January 7, 2011 
Reception is Thursday, November 18 at noon-Free.

East Bay Municipal Utility District
EBMUD Oakland Administration Building
2nd Floor Lobby Gallery
375 11th Street (bet. Webster & Franklin)
Oakland, California 94607 

The exhibit is open and free to the public Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. 
BART, AC Transit and Wheelchair accessible. Closed on holidays. 
Website of venue-http://ebmud.com/resource-center/events-and-workshops/art-exhibition

About this exhibit-
Water Defined: Water, H20, is a chemical substance that covers over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. It exists in gaseous, solid and liquid forms. Without water, no life exits. These facts identify the nature of water, but they only begin the definition. In this exhibit, Brugos investigates the meanings of water in a textural way using handmade paper, paint, batik scraps and found objects. Snowflake, glacier, ripple, wave, rain, waterfall, cloud, geyser will all be explored. A book, provided by the artist, will be on hand so that viewers can define water in their own way—with words or a sketch.   

About Janet Brugos-
Janet Brugos was born in Chicago. She got her start in the art world by exhibiting at the Salon des Independants at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris, France.  Brugos has shown her work in Chicago, Santa Fe, Colorado, as well as the Bay Area where she lives and creates.  She has a passion for color and texture.  Brugos invites those who see her work to make their own interpretations.

Art Show in Benicia! Toby Tover-Krein:A New Path to Asia

Toby Tover Krein
Art Show
A New Path to Asia
August 23 - December 17, 2010
Artist Reception: Friday December 3, 2010
6:00-9:00 PM
Olson Realty, 920 First St, Benicia CA 94510

Toby Tover Krein's artwork is a process of inner discovery through an exploration of texture, form, color and light.  She has always had a particular interest in building layers and been fascinated by their tactile surfaces that suggest infinite possibilities. Krein is also highly conscious of the play of light. Natural in appearance, with an underlying strength, her textural pieces contain actual found objects. Texture and form are seen through veils of color.
Pieces of metal, punched-out grills, lacy cutouts, old shingles and artifacts all find a place in Tover Krein's work. Recycled materials are reborn! Rethinking-and reusing-- items that have had another purpose fascinates her. Krein states that "Viewing my work invites a visual journey and new discoveries.  My works are linked naturally by the use of materials that express multidimensional meanings with environmental aspects."

Artist website-http://www.mesart.com/indexps.jsp?artist=582

CGI - Friend or Foe with Walt Jones

ASMP NorCal Presents: CGI - Friend or Foe with Walt Jones
Monday October 12, 2010 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Social hour begins at 6 pm  6:00-7 pm w/pizza and drinks
Members $10.00
Students w/id $15.00
Non-members: $30.00


Blue Sky Rental Studios
2325 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Consider this. Ten years ago, car ads, product brochures, architectural images, and fashion spreads would all have been shot using a physical camera. Today, however, creatives are increasingly relying on Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) as a way to cut costs and increase artistic flexibility.
In fact, these days it's hard to find an image that hasn't in some way been touched by a computer. But, as it turns out, CGI isn't the death knell to business that many photographers might initially make it out to be. In fact, not only does CGI offer new and exciting opportunities for photographers, CGI simply couldn't exist without traditional photography working behind the scenes.

Walt Jones, a photographer and self-proclaimed "Hollywood" guy, works with CGI on a daily basis. And on Tuesday, October 12th , he'll be joining us to explain how this all works, including showing how CGI is used in photography and vice-versa.
Using real-world examples, Jones will discuss the production pipeline, the various steps involved, and the tools, software and related digital assets. Jones will also talk about how photographers can now begin to see themselves as producers and designers, and not simply camera operators Jones will also talk about the future of CGI and how it relates to the past; for instance, whether photography replaced painting and illustration (yes and no), and how that informs us about the present state of events.
As Jones points out, photographers are called artists for a reason, and digital technologies - including CGI and Photoshop - are simply the tools of the trade.

Note that Jones' purpose isn't to convince you that you need to start using CGI to survive. Instead, it's about opening ones eyes to new tools and technologies, allowing you to see CGI for what it is while dispelling the myriad misinformation constantly being spread throughout the community.

Topics To Be Covered
What is CGI?
A brief history of CGI
What can CGI do? What is it good at? What is it bad at?
Overview of the CGI production pipeline including modeling, animation, texturing, lighting and compositing
How photography is used in CGI
Case studies covering the use of CGI and photography together in architectural, product and automotive imaging, fashion and editorial photography and film, television and music videos.
What does the future hold for the relationship between CGI and photography?
And much more...

About Walt Jones
Walt Jones is a professional still photographer and producer who has been utilizing CGI on a daily basis for over ten years. After first dipping into the CGI waters for architectural rendering and theatrical design previsualization, he now spends much of his time in the creation of visual effects for clients such as 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema.
Jones has contributed to numerous music videos and over a dozen feature films, including Superman Returns, Happy Feet, and The Chronicles of Narnia. In 2008, Jones was part of the team that won an Academy Award for their work on The Golden Compass.
You can see Jones' Fine Art Photography at www.waltjones.com


Friday, August 6, 2010

Napa Valley Aloha Festival
Presented by the Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation a Non-Profit organization.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010      
10am – 6pm
Free Admission and Parking, No Pets, coolers or Alcohol permitted
Please bring a non-perishable food item to Support the Napa Food Bank

Napa Expo
575 Third St. 
Napa, CA 94559

About the Napa Valley Aloha Festival
This FREE event presents Traditional Hawaiian Performers and Musicians, Crafts, Vendors and Food. Arts, crafts, clothing and wares from all over  the West Coast.  It is Kid Friendly and Good Clean Family Fun! Bring your lounge chairs, sit back on the grass and enjoy this Wonderful feeling of Aloha, under the new shaded plaza area at the Expo.
Please bring a non-perishable food item to Support the Napa Food Bank.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

JABBERWOCKY : Cheryl and Liz's Adventures in Vunderland

FLOAT Gallery presents:

JABBERWOCKY : Cheryl and Liz's Adventures in Vunderland

Artists Reception, Saturday, August 14, 2010 6 – 9PM

With music by DJ KODA (45 Amp Recordings)

Exhibit runs August 2 - September 18, 2010

FLOAT, Floatation Center & Art Gallery, 1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios) Oakland, CA 94606

Cheryl Finfrock (Austin, Texas) and Liz Mamorsky (San Francisco) live miles apart but share a love of the bizarre creatures lurking on the margins of the mind. Hypnogogic images floating behind the eyes on the borders of sleep. They invite you to share their painted visions at the Artists Reception, Saturday, August 14, 2010 6 – 9PM

About the Artists:

Artist Statement - Liz Mamorsky

Adventures in Vunderland marks my return to painting after a three year stint building my sculptural Artbots. I am enjoying, once again, the sensuality of stroking buttery oils onto canvas and drifting off into the noun-less Neverland where time expands, drawing me into the whorl of creation. Painting is like writing a novel. It starts with the terror of the blank canvas but abates as I make arbitrary marks with brush and fingers. From this messy grid a thread evolves and I surrender to where it is taking me. Characters emerge and are developed, sometimes deleted or allowed to morph into other creatures. It is an exciting process that scares, thrills and delights in turn. I am swimming in the creative soup, and loving it!

An artist all her life Liz Mamorsky was a child star in New York and currently does voice work for radio, television and games, including Sims 2, Sam & Max, and A Vampyre Story. She is also the narrator for the recent PBS documentary, The Remarkable Red Hat Society. Since graduating from Bennington College, Mamorsky has exhibited her unique recycled-materials sculpture, studio furniture, and visionary paintings and drawings nationally and internationally. Her work resides in numerous public and private collections including: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Spertus Museum, Chicago; The Oakland Museum of California, Sony Corporation, Nektar Therapeutics, First National Bank of Arizona, Santa Clara Medical Center and Paramount Pictures for the set of Star Trek:Voyager. You can find her hard at work in her amazing Studio in San Francisco Lizland.com

Artist Statement - Cheryl Finfrock

Dreams inspire my work. Images ranging from public domain icons to archaic glyphs grab my attention. My work is narrative in its intent, with titles helping to progress the story. I see my work as a painterly memoir, and the color and humor are grounding for me in this process. Cherylfinfrock.com

About FLOAT:

FLOAT is an urban art spa that offers new, public exhibits of local artists monthly to stimulate and challenge your senses. FLOAT is the only floatation center & art gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Floatation therapy is a unique and powerful tool that allows you to shut out the world, and drift into the deepest possible level of physical and mental relaxation. http://www.thefloatcenter.com/

FLOAT, Floatation Center & Art Gallery, 1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios) Oakland, CA 94606 510.535.1702

info@thefloatcenter.com, thefloatcenter.com

Expressions Gallery Beats the Drum!

Expressions Gallery

2035 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94703

Wed,-Sat, 12 - 5 PM , Sunday 12 - 3 pm and by appt.




Beat of the Drum

Art Show Runs: August 14, 2010 – October 22, 2010.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 14, 6-8 PM. Join us and the artists for our opening with art, music by Kenny McElroy and his group, playing drums, keyboard and bass and others. Refreshments served.

Beat of the Drum brings together African, Afro-Cuban, Cuban, and the American Jazz Scene Art where drums or rhythms play a significant role. Artwork includes paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, digital art, monotypes, jewelry, glass art, fiber arts, video art and other fine arts and crafts.Included also are unique one of a kind items from handmade silk scarves, purses, plates, bowls, jewelry, origami, and much more.

Featured throughout this show are a number of Free Events:
Friday night Literature and Poetry Readings and Open Mike, 7– 9 PM :
Fri. August 20, 2010, Featuring : Daniel Yaryan and Jan Ormeron
Fri. September 17, 2010, Featuring: Jan Dederick and John Rowe
Fri. October 15, 2010, Featuring: Carolyn Jones and Mel C. Thompson

Sunday Afternoon Musician Jam Session:2-4 PM

Sun. September 26, 2010

Do you play drums? African Calypso, Jazz or other style? Bring your instruments, meet others and have fun playing music in our sculpture garden. If you don’t play, come listen or dance to the rhythms. Refreshments served. Free

Ralph at Law Library

“Nothing Shots”: A Rotating Exhibition of Photography by Ralph Granich
Monday, August 2 – Thursday, September 30, 2010
Venue Hours-Mon. – Wed. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Tues. – Thurs., 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ralph Granich has been taking photographs from his youth. After living and studying in Europe and the United States, he adopted the “nothing style” of photography, mundane slice of life pictures with no clear action or narrative. This exhibit at The Alameda County Law Library features mostly the people and scenes of Oakland and the East Bay.

Alameda County Law Library
125 12th Street
Oakland CA 94117

About Ralph Granich
To Ralph Granich taking photographs is something he has just had to do since he was a young boy! His photography is really “something”! He resides in Oakland.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August Artist Happy Hour BBQ at Bridgehead Studios

Bring Your Own...

Chuck, from Bridgehead Studios in Alameda has cordially invited us to have our August meetup at his fab place! We'll be on the roof.Bring something to drink for you and others and a dish to share for about 10-12 people (not a ton of chips tho, everyone). The BBQ will be lit. Everyone who loves the arts is welcome. Free.

See ya there.

Date-Thurs Aug 19, 2010


Place-Bridgehead Studios

2516 Blanding Ave

Alameda, CA 94501

Our Host-Chuck DiGuida

We are Captain-Artist Clint Imboden; Navigator Artist Erik Niemann and Harpoonist Arts Publicist Nancy Vicknair

Mapof venue-