Friday, August 29, 2014

MARSHA BALIAN - solo show - Opening Reception Sunday Sept 14 at ARTSPACE California Pacific Medical Center

                                 MARSHA BALIAN   'FABRICATIONS 2"  2014
Fabrications and Other Notions 
solo show

   California Pacific Medical Center
   Women's Health Resource Center
   3698 California Street
   San Francisco CA 94118
Opening Reception Sunday September 14 2014 3:30pm-5:30pm
The show will run from September 8th until the end of the year 
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9:30-1:00pm & 2:00-4:30pm   
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 to 2:00pm

                        Other Art Shows for Balian:

                       (n) collage: a mixed media collage exhibit
                        Petaluma Art Center and Icehouse Gallery
                        400 E D Street Petaluma
                        closes September 14

                        American Folk Art Festival
                        September 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
                        Madonna Estate, Napa California


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alameda Sangha Sunday 7-8:30 pm, Meeting Good & Bad Fortune

Sunday 7-8:30 pm, Meeting Good & Bad Fortune



Alameda Sangha 

Buena Vista United Methodist Church
2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA
Cost: Donation

Dear Friends,

Some relationships just get off on the wrong foot.  The way we meet people and events can depend on so many factors, like how the day has gone or preconceived ideas we have.  In turn, those first moments with something new can set the course for our future.

How we meet good or bad fortune is very important.  This Sunday, Aug. 31, from 7-8:30 pm, we’ll focus on how we can relate to new developments in a way that will cause us and others the least distress.

Don’t forget there will be no yoga before Sunday’s sangha meeting.  Instead, from 6:00 to 6:45 pm this Sunday, Judi will again teach ASL.  If you have the sheet she passed out on fingerspelling the alphabet, please bring it with you.  She will have extras for those who missed last Sunday’s class.

Looking forward to seeing you again,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FivePlay Jazz Quintet at the Sound Room Saturday, September 20th 8PM

FivePlay Jazz Quintet at the Sound Room
Saturday, September 20th

The Sound Room
2147 Broadway
Oakland  CA 94612
(415) 994-3501

Laura Klein-piano
Tony Corman-guitar
Dave Tidball-reeds
Alan Hall-drums
Paul Smith-bass

 FivePlay is a Bay Area-based band, performing original, creative jazz compositions that nourish mind and heart. The moods and grooves of FivePlay will reach you, whether you’re an experienced jazz listener or a first-timer.  Their repertoire encompasses a wide range of influences: from tango, samba and Afro-Cuban sounds, to up-tempo modal jazz, poignant waltzes and contemporary jazz/rock tunes.

FivePlay has performed at numerous Bay Area venues, including the JazzSchool, Yoshi's Oakland, the Emerald Tablet, Vallejo Jazz Festival, and many more. They have three CDs which have all received critical acclaim and international radio airplay.

Relaxin’ with The Cava Menzies | Nick Phillips Quartet: A Tribute to Miles Davis Live in Concert at Musically Minded Academy Saturday, October 4, 2014

Relaxin’ with The Cava Menzies | Nick Phillips Quartet: A Tribute to Miles Davis
Live in Concert at Musically Minded Academy
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Doors: 7:30 PM; Concert 8:00 PM

5776 Broadway, Oakland, CA
(Located in the Residential Rockridge District)

Featuring music from their nationally lauded Moment to Moment album—heralded by the East Bay Express as “The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded”—The Cava Menzies | Nick Phillips Quartet will round out this special evening’s concert program with music in tribute to Miles Davis; in particular the timeless selections from Davis’ classic 1950s Prestige Records albums, including the legendary Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet.

Don’t miss this special concert—Menzies’ and Phillips’ last together for 2014! 

Nick Phillips – trumpet / Cava Menzies – piano / Paul Eastburn – bass / Jake Shandling – drums

Located in a residential area of the Rockridge district of Oakland (just off of Highway 24), Musically Minded Academy is a wonderful not-for-profit educational organization and all-ages concert venue that puts the music first.  Bring the whole family to this one! 

General:  $15 advance tickets; $20 at door
Students & Seniors:  $12 advance tickets; $15 at door

Raves about the Cava Menzies | Nick Phillips Moment to Moment album

“The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded”
—Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

“…a beautiful album…covers a broad range of emotions and colors across the breadth of the repertoire, owing much to Chet Baker and, not surprisingly, the cooler side of Miles Davis.”

“…Remarkable. ★★★★”
—Aaron Cohen, DownBeat

“This gem feels timeless. It's a stunner."  
—Bobby Reed, DownBeat (Editors’ Pick)

“A fabulous CD, the kind that finds its way onto the ‘Best of Year’ lists.”
—All About Jazz  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thelma Harris Art Gallery 17th Annual White Linen Nights - Collage: Merging Memories, Myths, and Merriment

Bisa Butler’s ‘Afrodite’

Thelma Harris Art Gallery 17th Annual White Linen Nights, ‘Collage: Merging Memories, Myths, and Merriment,’  

Michael Singletary, Alonzo Davis, Bisa Butler, Claudia Gibson-Hunter, and Danny Campbell. 

An Artist Reception will be held Friday, August 29, 2014 from 7-9pm.

‘Collage: Merging Memories, Myths, and Merriment,’ exhibits a layered conversation about the dual perception of ritualized African – American expressions and norms. From Claudia Gibson-Hunter’s ‘Sankofa’ hearkening the viewer to ‘honor the past’ quilted in the majestic earthiness of Bisa Butler’s ‘Afrodite,’ the power of African- American women as cultural custodian and primary keeper of tradition is acknowledged. Whereas Alonzo Davis’s ‘Homage To Kandinsky,’ is a muddled reverence that deconstructs his nod to a modernist master with natural materials such as bamboo sticks. Danny Campbell in contrast uses abandoned tires and other discarded materials in ‘Carbon Bundle Series,’ an energetic explosion of color and nuance.

The cultural lens of the African – American insider and as well as the outsider American is explored as well. They both shutter in syncopation decoding Michael Singletary’s, ‘5 Cultural Children Eating Watermelon.” The historical context of African – Americans depicted as watermelon eating dilettantes in 20th century film and cartoons is reimagined thus humanized for the 21st century gallery audience. ‘Collage: Merging Memories, Myths, and Merriment,’ will exhibit from August 29, 2014 to September 30, 2014.  

Michael Singletary, artist, filmmaker, radio/television producer has exhibited in over 300 different fine arts exhibits including The American Craft Museum, Harlem Studio Museum, Whitney Museum, The Hudson River Museum, Sotheby, The Nueberger Museum, The Museum of
Arts and Design, The Jazz Museum, The Countee Cullen and Schomburg Center for African American Studies, Atelier Gallery (New York), Pepsi Cola, Kraft General Foods, and Readers Digest.He is the official artist for the “New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.” His work has been featured in Spike Lee’s films “Mo Better Blues” and “Jungle Fever,” “The Cosby Show,” “227,” and “The Guiding Light.”

Singletary was born in New York City and has studied at the Art Student League at Vermont Academy; Syracuse University (BFA); Rhode Island School of Design; University of Ghana, West Africa; University of Guadalajara, Mexico; and Fontainebleau Music and Fine Arts
Conservatoire, France (Damrosch Scholarship). 

Alonzo Davis’ career as an artist spans four decades. Influenced early on by the assemblagists, he began to experiment with a variety of mediums, techniques and themes. Davis uses paint, bamboo, copper, leather, indigenous textiles and mixed media to reflect the magic of the Southwest United States, Brazil, Haiti, West Africa and the Pacific Rim in works which are installed in public, corporate and personal art collections.

During the 70’s and early 80’s, his involvement in the California mural movement culminated with the 1984 Olympic Murals project. Fellowships in Hawaii and Texas inaugurated new bodies of work and led to job opportunities in academia—deanships at the San Antonio Art Institute and
he Memphis College of Art.

Davis is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama and moved with his family to Los Angeles in his early teens. He has an undergraduate degree from Pepperdine College and earned an MFA in Design at Otis Art Institute.  

Bisa Butler is a gifted quilter who honed her skills as a graduate student when she completed her first quilt as a gift for her grandmother. She is known for adding different types of fabrics to her art pieces—something she was moved to do from the collages of artist Romare Bearden. When
Butler is not working on her own pieces, she travels the nation teaching the art of quilting.

Butler has exhibited at The Smithsonian Institute, The Studio Museum, The California African American Museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Kinsey Exhibit at Epcot Center at Disneyland, and “The
Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard And Shirley Kinsey, Where Art And History Intersect.”

Butler was raised in South Orange, New Jersey. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Howard University and a master’s degree in Art Education from Montclair State University.

Claudia Gibson-Hunter combines printmaking and assemblage with painting and later moved into mixed media works. She studied in Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Studio and later received a fellowship from the Bronx Museum of Art. She joined “Where We At,” a noted Black
women’s artists group in Harlem. She returned to Washington, DC to raise her family. A decade later she was invited to take an adjunct position at Howard University to teach printmaking. She was awarded two grants within the university, one to install non-toxic printmaking equipment. Howard University became one of the few Non-Toxic printmaking studios in the country.

Gibson-Hunter has exhibited in Washington, DC, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Florida, Great Brittan, Argentina and Poland. A co-founder of Black Artists of DC, she represented BADC during Art Basel Miami 06, in the Design District. Her work is included in
the Washington DC Art Bank, the John A. Wilson Building Permanent Art Collection and other notable collections.

Gibson-Hunter attended Tyler College of Art. She graduated from Temple University and attended graduate school at Howard University.
She completed her MFA in printmaking.

Danny Campbell creates naturalistic sculptures inspired by various plants, vegetables, wood piles and tumbleweeds found around the country. He repurposes collected tire treads and other roadway remnants after a near death collusion with a hurling oncoming 18 wheeler tire tread as
a means of inspiration to save lives on the highways and roadways.

Campbell has exhibited locally, nationally and in the Southeast. His works can be found in collector’s homes across the country and in permanent collections such as: The Hammonds House Museum of African American Art, Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library, Paine College, Howard
 University Museum, Tri-Cities Performing Arts Center, and the UAMS Cancer Institute.

Campbell graduated from the University of Arkansas. He obtained a MFA degree from Howard University and a MA Ed from Charleston Southern University. He grew up in the Arkansas Delta Region.    


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Historian Nancy Vicknair Writing A History of W.H.Battersby-Undertaker in Philadelphia 1880-1923

William Battersby knew everything that was going on in Phildadephia from c.1880 until his death in 1923. Of course he did. As a popular undertaker, Battersby saw it all. And, he recorded it in his journal at from his funeral parlor.

While researching the Battersby side of her New England family, historian Nancy Vicknair uncovered copious detailed records of funerals and burials done by her cousin William H. Battersby. Nancy wanted to look at Philadelphia through Battersby's point of view and decided then and there to write about him.

This research is ongoing.

Email Vicknair at for more information or to add to the article that will be published later this year.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society presents: Woody Walk Gold Coast Glimmers Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society presents:

Woody Walk
     Gold Coast Glimmers

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Join historian Woody Minor on a tour showcasing the architecture of Alameda’s premier historic neighborhood.

Meet at Franklin Park, Morton Street & San Antonio Avenue, Alameda, CA

Free for AAPS members; $5 for non-members

A rich repository of houses dating back to the 1870s, the Gold Coast is Alameda’s most impressive neighborhood—an architectural icon of the era of commuter trains and ferries. The oak groves along the southern shore became the setting for dozens, then hundreds, of fine homes and gardens arrayed along tree-lined streets. This year’s Woody Walk will take in a century’s worth of styles, from Italianate, Stick, and Queen Anne, through Colonial Revival and Craftsman, to Spanish, Ranch, and Modernism.

For more information about AAPS events visit or call 510-479-6489.

About House in photograph-

Built in 1909-10 for San Francisco food exporter Joseph Durney, the shingled mansion at 1325 Dayton Avenue in Alameda displays elegant Arts and Crafts styling with neo-medieval details.

It was the work of Hamilton Murdock, an Alameda architect who designed over a dozen houses in the Gold Coast. 

Photo; Woody Minor.


2019 Community Treasures Art Show Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16

2019 Community Treasures Art Show
 Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, 11am – 5pm The work of Artists from the Bay Area and beyond for...