Showing posts from September, 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 machine…

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 …

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

F$#GIVE  YOU!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 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.

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, …

“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/observ…

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…

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…

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…

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

Gallery Susan Alexander

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  707-938-0868 

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 brin…

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 94117
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, wri…

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 …

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


Chanco's current work is about cultivating the relationship between both paths of painting and spiritual practice. There are a number of similarities in the cultivation process of both realms. Both need an environment of solitude. It is difficult to paint or create in the studio if others are present. Likewise, setting out on a path of spiritual practice is a solitary endeavor in which it is the individual's responsibility to do the actual inner work of transformation.

Second, is to resolve any baggage from our past or current relations with those in our lives. This liberates the mind so we can proceed without fetters to hinder our progress in painting or spiritual practice. 

To convey these ideas abstractly, Chanco uses visual metaphors…