Monday, September 23, 2013

Open House at Alameda Point Studios October 5 & 6

 Open House at Alameda Point Studios
October 5 & 6, 11am-5pm
1800 Ferry Point, Alameda,CA 94501 

For more information, visit:

Alameda Point Studios is opening its doors to the
public for the first time in 16 years. Housed in a building
that once served as aircraft maintenance and testing facility,
this lively community with more than 37 individual
artists, creators, craftspeople, and some fascinating
businesses will finally show their stuff. Peruse the
woodshops with its many makers, 
a piano restoration company, 
a stone sculptor’s studio, a print shop, and many more.

This is a new phase for the old Naval Air Base as more
and more of the buildings are handed over to the city
of Alameda and they look to bring new energy to this
often forgotten and beautiful part of the island.

“The abundant creativity at Alameda Point Studios is a
critical piece of the developing story of the Naval
Base,” says founder Dean Santner.

The machines will be shut down for the weekend of
October 5th and 6th from 11am to 5pm and the residing
businesses, artists and craftspeople will be there
displaying art and furniture and explaining their
work. Come, take a tour, talk with the artists and
buy unique custom made pieces. There will be
artisanal food trucks on site, so while you grab a
 bite you can take in the breathtaking view of the
 bay and the San Francisco skyline.

Great way to discover a new favorite place on the bay!

October 5 & 6, 11am-5pm
1800 Ferry Point, Alameda,CA 94501

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Playful, Funny, Wild and Wacky-Art Show at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley California

Playful, Funny, Wild and Wacky-Art Show 
at Expressions Gallery
 August 3 – October 18, 2013

Art is playful, funny wild and wacky. It is vibrant with color and artistic enthusiasm and talent. There are cartoons, and lots of pictures of animals that bring a smile to one’s face and heart. It includes many different mediums: Paintings in acrylic, water color, and oil; photography, weavings, collage, glass works, digital arts, ceramics, 
floral art and more. 
Expressions Gallery 
Located 1/4 block from the Ashby BART
2035 Ashby Ave.,
Berkeley, California

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 12 - 5 PM
Sunday 12 - 3 PM and by appt.


Current Show Title: “The Art of Digital Photography” featuring the work of artists who are 
members of the Berkeley Camera Club
1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery
OPEN TO VIEW: Mon - Thu 9 AM - 4 PM
August 9, - November 1, 2013

Current Show Title: Our Many Cultures” 
August 22, 2013 – January 13, 2014
2120 Milvia St - Berkeley Planning and Development Dept.
OPEN TO VIEW: Mon - Thu 9 AM - 4 PM 

Current Show: Storefronts South Berkeley
Collaborative show with City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development at 3271 Adeline Street at Alcatraz entitled: “ A Dog’s Journey As Man’s Best Friend”
March 24, 2013- January 11, 2014

Every 3rd Friday: 7-9PM

F$#(give) You! How To Be Free From The Hurts Of The Past-The Message Church


How To Be Free From The Hurts Of The Past
 Starting Sunday Sept 29, 2013
The Message Church
Sundays, 10 AM, at Century 12 Theaters, San Mateo
(650) 242-5919

 San Mateo Church Uses Suggestive Headline 

to Tackle Serious Topic, Again

This Sunday, September 29th at 10 AM, The Message Church in San Mateo will host a four week series to help people break free from deep hurts of the past. The series title? The suggestive...

F$#(give) You!
How to be Free From the Hurts of the Past

San Mateo, CA. September 24, 2013–

Starting Sunday, September 29th, The Message Church in San Mateo will host a four week series designed to help attenders forgive those who’ve harmed them, beginning a journey towards full healing. But the church has sent out thousands of post card invites to San Mateo and surrounding cities using a headline that is evocative of just the opposite of forgiveness and

of anything having to do with spirituality:
 "F$#(give) You! How to be Free From the Hurts of the Past"

The series will consist of Sunday morning messages and a mid-week support group for anyone struggling with past hurts, and those who miss the morning messages can subscribe to 

The Message Church podcast on iTunes.

Organizers highlight that helping people heal is what the series is all about, and that the use of a double entendre headline is an attempt to rise above the noise of every day life in order to reach those who need such healing. “Physical abuse, defamation, betrayal, they happen to all of us; and worse, sometimes we are the perpetrators of such things”, says Beto Carvalho who serves as pastor at the community, “If we are not intentional in forgiving the 

ones who have done us harm, the injury has the power to make
 the lives of all involved quite miserable”.

This is not the first time the church has set out to grab the public’s attention to a serious matter by using such a suggestive headline. Earlier this year, in their grand opening at the Century 12 San Mateo movie theater, The Message Church had a billboard on highway 101 advertising the series “Love, Sex and Dating”. Most people found it intriguing in a positive way, but the pastor did get some complaints. The same was bound to happen with the current theme. The original title was “From f-you to forgive you!”, but cooler heads prevailed. “The current title is a way of evoking the ‘dirty word idea’ without actually going there”, states Dan Youmans, a graphic designer and church attender who helped modify the original title.

Mr. Youmans says the series will use biblical stories and concepts, but emphasizes that it is intended for and open to everyone, regardless of being religious or not.

The Message church is a young church, started in 2007 with the specific purpose of working with people who may never have attended church regularly before. To this end they began holding services at the Century 12 movie theaters in downtown San Mateo in 2013 and use the motto, “Where nobody is perfect, beginners are welcome, socks are optional... but grace is required”.

Sundays, 10:00 AM
Century 12 Theatres
320 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Beto Carvalho
The Message Church
(650) 242-5919

The Alameda Sangha

The Alameda Sangha is a place to practice and discuss mindfulness meditation and Buddhist teachings. 

Founded in 2008, today we are led by three teachers of the Theravada tradition, Pauletta M. Chanco, Rebecca Dixon, and Deb Kerr.There are plenty of comfortable chairs that are good for meditating and zafus (cushions) available, and a rug but no mats.  Feel free to bring a blanket to cushion your knees, or any of your own sitting equipment.

The format of the meeting can vary, but generally we meditate, have a dharma talk and then open discussion.  Participation is optional, but encouraged in order to build community, and we hope that, whenever you come, you will feel part of and supported by our sangha.

We meet Sunday evenings from 7-9 pm at the Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave. ,in Alameda, CA.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Graphic Arts Workshop Open Studios

Explore the arcane world of fine art printmaking

San Francisco - On November 1-3, 2013, one of San Francisco’s oldest and least-known artistic organizations, the Graphic Arts Workshop, will open its doors for a show and sale of hand-pulled fine art prints as part of ArtSpan’s San Francisco Open Studios.

The Graphic Arts Workshop (GAW) has been a hotbed of fine art printmaking in San Francisco since 1954, when it began as part of the Art Department of the California Labor School. The school was closed in 1957 due to political persecution during the McCarthy era, but the workshop survived as an independent entity. Many well known Bay Area artists have belonged to GAW over the past decades. Today, GAW is a working artists’ cooperative, with members sharing expenses and the work of maintaining a large studio.

In contrast to today’s world of technology, many of the techniques used at GAW are centuries-old, although most have modern (and less toxic) refinements. They include etching, woodcut, linocut, letterpress, monotype and monoprint, lithograph, screenprint, and endless combinations and variations. Each artist works in his or her own style, but all produce original fine art prints, not reproductions.

A wide variety of prints of many types and price-points will be on display and available for purchase. Several of the current artists are participating in this event, and will be on hand to explain their processes and inspirations: Lise Currie, Eddie Lee, Cynthia Milionis, Gail Morrison, Andrey Semyonov and Barbara Stikker.

The Graphic Arts Workshop is located at 2565 Third Street (on the Muni T line), #305, in San Francisco’s up-and-coming Dogpatch neighborhood. On Friday, November 1, 2013, there will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The Workshop will also be open Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 415-285-5660. Maps will be available of other artists hosting open studios in the neighborhood.

The event is free, and all are welcome to come explore the arcane world of fine art printmaking.

“Psychological Landscapes” at FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery

“Psychological Landscapes”
Photography by Philip Ringler and Paintings by Cheryll May Macintyre
Opening Party Saturday October 12th 6 – 9pm
Show runs September 30th through November 16th
Bay Area artists Philip Ringler and Cheryll May Macintyre explore challenge and embrace our psychological landscapes.
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

Philip Ringler Photography:
Artist’s Statement
I photograph ideas.
Philosophical/psychological landscapes of the human predicament.
Found. Constructed. Conceptual.
Suffering and redemption, confusion and clarity, existence and death, turmoil 
and healing, sorrow and joy.
Depth contrasts the superficial. Subterranean visions subvert consensus reality. 
Nothing is what it seems.
Paradox. Absurdity. Simulation. Authenticity. Life. Death.
Titles inform images, metaphor overrides logic, and ambiguity emerges.
Layers of symbols created though action/observation transcend ordinary assumptions.
Moments are not captured and memories are not preserved.
Ideas are presented.

Cheryll May Macintyre, Paintings:
”Storytelling without words; explore, express and liberate, my
heart. Art has deepened the appreciation I have for myself.
Creating space in my life to do what I love, this act makes me
feel worthy. For me, this act is love.

The artwork you see is a snippet of my life’s journey—the
journey from my head to my heart. As a psychiatric nurse
practitioner, I have been blessed to have individuals share
their failures, dreams, successes and tragedies. However
 harsh or joyful, the vulnerabilities of others are the
vulnerabilities of my own. These experiences have shown
me that no matter how different we are or scared we may be,
in our hearts we are connected. I want to be open with you so
you will be open with me, I want to share those intimate details. 

I dream of creating art that vibrates my inner being to yours; art
that inspires, uplifts, soothes, and art that create space for all that
 fills my soul and yours. This act of art, this art of love reminds me of how beautiful life is, mine and yours. Each piece is infused with energetic intention that sustains me on this journey. Share this journey with me.” - Cheryll May Macintyre

An urban art spa 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. FLOAT offers new, public exhibits of local artists to stimulate and challenge your senses.
Celebrating our 7th year as an urban art spa, come for a float – stay for the art
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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Artist Joseph BlackCoyote

Harvest Moon Night

"You Can Look Forward or You Can Look Back ! Life Moves Forward Rapidly, 
Relentlessly, That Tomorrow is Never Like Today, Each Moment Eclipses the One 
Before, Whatever Happen, This Is the Present !! I Am Living for The Day, To Live 
In The Here and Now !! It is Your Present That Tells Most About Who You Are !! "
- Joseph BlackCoyote, Artist

Stone From The Artist Joseph BlackCoyote
-awaiting jewelry setting to be made by artist 

Hay Stack Butte Jasper Pendant from The Artist Joseph BlackCoyote 

Stone From The Artist Joseph BlackCoyote
-awaiting jewelry setting to be made by artist 

Scarlet Plum Moon 
 Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard

 Where are you going to be tonight? 
The Harvest Moon wants you outside to enjoy her beauty.

The Harvest Moon refers to the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which marks the commencement of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox takes place twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Equinox refers to those days when the length of day and the night are almost the same everywhere on the planet. 

Rocks are earth - moons. Stones become gems with a thousand faces. Artist Joseph BlackCoyote understands this connection and creates jewelry 
so we can have a bit of this infinite near us. 

Find him on facebook or under tonight's Harvest Moon, somewhere in a canyon, outside looking up.

The Artist Joseph BlackCoyote

  Moonrise / Moonset Illustration
Moon Rises at 7:08 PM with 13:01 of moonlight, then sets at 8:09 AM

                                                        Yellow Leaf Moon 

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would 
have it otherwise would have high tide always 
                                              and a full moon every night.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall Into Mixed Media At Avalon.

Fall Into Mixed Media. At Avalon.
Friday, October 11, 2013 5-9 PM

Avalon presents Fall Into Mixed Media
Opening Reception
Friday, October 11, 2013 5-9 PM

Wander an Autumn evening
Into the warmth of beauty
Savor small morsels while
Sipping wine and bubbly

Avalon Salon
1016 B. Street
San Rafael, CA

October 11, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Please visit us on upcoming Art Walk evenings.
We will rotate pieces into the upcoming shows.

Downtown San Rafael Artwalks-
Friday, November 8, 2013 5-8 PM
Friday, December 13, 2013 5-8 PM

Marsha Balian Mixed Media Artist
My work is propelled by a sense of mystery. I never know what or
who will appear. The force of curiosity holds my attention captive
like a “whodunit” without the structure of a crime. The process is
like unraveling a riddle, resolving an equation. Doing mixed media allows
me to make use of disparate materials, occasionally giving bits
of detritus new life. Adding the element of my own drawing gives
the faces in my work expression and character.

Gordon Studer
I’ve worked out of my Emeryville, CA studio as a freelance illustrator
for the past 20 years. I graduated from Penn State University with a
BFA in drawing and painting. After years of commercial work, I am
now returning to my fine art roots. Working with layers of paint and
mixed media, I am influenced heavily by my many years of computer
work with Adobe Photoshop. I’ve taught at the California College of
Arts where my students continually took advantage of me.

Barbara Crow
When working in collage or paint, what motivates me is the element
of chance, watching what happens when I get out of the way. Each
mark creates subtle gestures, juxtapositions, edges, and transitions
as content and layers develop. As I apply paint, cover and uncover,
texture builds on the surface leading me to the next step. My intent
is to create a work that holds suggestive ideas or images but lets
viewers experience it in their own way.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Is It Real Or Fake? Trickery in the Art World

Is It Real Or Fake? Trickery in the Art World
By Nancy Vicknair
Summer 2013, Turlock CA
Nancy Vicknair is a researcher, art historian, curator who is currently enjoying life in the California Valley. You may contact her at her blog or by
Does it matter if a piece of art that you see in a museum is not an original, but the label says it is by a famous artist? I say indeed. It does matter! A lot.

                      Forger painting a Van Gogh

For years I studied the Merode Altarpiece at New York's Cloisters which was attributed to one artist, but now the current thinking is that it is by someone else.This Altarpiece is a whole different story from the exaggerated art attributions and actual forgeries that are rampant today in the art world though. At least it is real!

Watch the movie Who The _____ is Jackson Pollack?

This fascinating documentary is about a "Pollack" bought at a thrift shop. My good friend and art expert, Tod Volpe, helped determine whether the work was by Pollack or not. Volpe is so naturally adept at sniffing out a forgery, that it is almost scary. Needless to say, he has also walked the darker side of the art underworld so he knows well its beautiful and the ugly sides, but that is another story.

                                     Tod Volpe, Art Expert
I do not know if the work in question was painted by Pollack. Dating by scientific methods is the best way to proceed here.

However, I care when a museum shows works that have questionable provenances. 

Here in little Turlock, CA, there is an 'exhibit' now put on by a traveling art show company in the local museum that features works the museum says were created by Picasso. The works are ceramics which are factory made and illustrated after originals by Picasso. But they are NOT Picasso's. The pottery was 'inspired' by Picasso and his one of kind original pottery--the same today as when Justin Bieber or Martha Stewart endorses a kitchen or fashion item.


The citizens of Turlock are being pandered to with this art show. They are not learning about original artwork. The museum director should say in the show literature that these works were done after Picasso died.  

Museum directors must abide by a code of ethics agreeing to show only authenticated artworks. The Turlock museum director has a responsibility to do this too. Scruples must be the rule in this arena.

Thank goodness most museums are using major investigative tools to discover the hidden truth about a work of art. It does matter if people see original works. My daughter remarked when looking at the pictures of the Picasso ceramic dishes and pitchers on display at the Carnegie Arts Center, that they looked new. That is because they are new!

I hate forgery. I firmly dislike "Editions" even more. If I buy a print, I know it is not the original. If I buy a painting, I want a detailed provenance before the seller gets my money unless the work is less than $300.00 or is by a local living artist! If I am at an art show, I expect the artworks to be genuine. This world is filled with enough fakery as it is, why perpetuate it?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gallery Susan Alexander presents "Fetish" An Art Pop Up Exhibition In San Francisco

Gallery Susan Alexander

 F e T  i s H
 An Art Pop Up Exhibition
Sat & Sun October 5 & 6
4 – 8 pm

41914 Studios
14th Street
@ Valencia
San Francisco 

Marsha Balian
Mark Bullwinkle
Tracy Fitzgerald
Joseph Mele
Art Moura
Paul Moshammer

“Art is a form of magic designed as a mediator
between this strange, hostile world and us.” —Picasso

Marsha Balian 

Paul Moshammer  
 'Touched' wood cut out, spray paint

The show highlights six artists that depict 
a fetish in some form in their work.  

The word fetish was used to describe an object believed to 

have magical powers among primitive or tribal peoples.  
Fetish has been co-opted in popular culture referring to a 
non sexual object that can become an obsession 
such as a shoe or a piece of clothing.

Paul Moshammer 
Dubl handi' - mixed media sculpture

Marsha Balian 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Diane Witherspoon In Concert

Diane Witherspoon In Concert

Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:30pm 

Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, California 94612

Jazz Vocalist Diane Witherspoon will be joined by
The Billy Higgins Legacy Band at Piedmont Piano Co.
in Oakland, Ca. Headed up by West Coast Jazz Drummer
Myron Cohen and w/ Norman Landsberg as the Musical
Director, Carla Kaufman will be on Double Bass w/ Jesse
Levit on Reeds. The concert starts at 8 but will be preceded
 by a wine & chocolate tasting w/ Farina Blanco Winery & Jade
Chocolates on board starting at 7:15 pm.


After years spent wowing audiences in Bangkok, Tokyo and Paris, singer Diane Witherspoon finally returns to San Francisco. Heralded by critics -- she was one of the first artists to grace the cover of Jazz Now magazine -- Witherspoon is known for the purity of her sound and the sophistication of her interpretations. 

Now she brings her powerful gifts to the Piedmont Piano Company where she will be joined by a talented musical team.  
Experience a jazz great singing the songs that 
have enchanted audiences the world over. 

Radio Host and Jazz Activist Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs will be acting as MC with audiophile & Radio Programmer-Host 
Jim Bennett on Sound.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

San Francisco Peace and Hope Web Magazine Third Anniversary Poetry Reading

Yukiyo Kawano, 01 secondary witnessing series IV
ink, acrylic, sand, fabric, thread, pumice, gesso, 
galkyd, adhesive, blackened with burned flame

San Francisco Peace and Hope Web Magazine 
Third Anniversary Poetry Reading

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
7pm sign up open mic.
San Francisco Peace and Hope Feature begins at 8:15pm
Dan Brady will host the event and Elizabeth Hack, 
founding director/editor will be attending.

Sacred Grounds Cafe,
2095 Hayes Street,
San Francisco, CA

Pep Ventosa, Botanical Garden One, Photograph 

San Francisco Peace and Hope announces 
a poetry reading celebrating its third anniversary 
in San Francisco on October 2, 2013, featuring
readings by Al Young, Erica Goss, 
José Luis Gutiérrez, Marvin R. Hiemstra 
 and Zara Raab.  Dan Brady, host. 

Philip Lewenthal, Divided, Photograph

Informed by the idealism of the 1960s, 
San Francisco Peace and Hope is an online
publication,, produced by the 
poets, writers and visual artists of the Bay Area. 

Al Young, California poet laureate 
emeritus, serves as the advisor,
and has written the magazine’s foreword

Monday, September 9, 2013

O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? The Monday Morgue

Monday Morgue
Nancy Boldt Vicknair
Vicknair is nuts about genealogy. Too many of her hours are spent searching a tiny factoid about some obscure relative born around 800AD. This minuscule post was inspired by musings about death. All images are of her relatives' graves in Connecticut. 
You can dig Nancy up on facebook, twitter, or slumped over her blog.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 
                                       1 Corinthians 15:55-56 (King James Version)

Our ancestors sure put us to shame. They knew how to bury someone!

Before 1970, when burial prices and funerals began to be very costly, the dead were laid into their forever homes with beauty and dignity. Today, with cremations de rigeur, we shy away from death even more. 

This weekend I was trying to get prices on my own impending kiss-off on the Internet and could not get 
exact prices anywhere. I was advised to contact my 
care consultant by phone to hear the details. 

By my calculations. a rough estimate for a California burial with the works -- sans doves-- would add up to $13,000 - $15,000. Cremations cost from $1,000 to $15.000. 

                                  The Bulkeley Tomb in Connecticut

As with everything in life, and apparently also in the afterlife, it is all about the money. Does anyone have room for me in their backyard?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Spirituality Meets Fetish -- Art by Pauletta M Chanco & Dan Weber

Pauletta M Chanco & Dan Weber
Art Show opens on October 4th, First Friday, for Art Murmur at Manna Gallery

Manna Gallery
473 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Meet Pauletta Chanco from 6-8pm or Saturday the 5th from 1-3 pm

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