Monday, December 28, 2015

Now at Oakland's Float - Road Scores

ROAD SCORES
Sudhu Tewari and Carly Hoopes sculpture and photographs

Artist Party Friday, Jan 8, 2016, 6 to 9pm

Show runs December 27th, through March 19th 2016

ROAD SCORES is a project born from the love of collecting treasures found on the side of the road (and abandoned buildings, railroad tracks, freeway underpasses, etc.)

Inspired by the burnt out wreck of an RV found in the Trinity mountains, Tewari decided to create a series of sculptures from objects found in the wreckage after spending several hours watching Hoopes find interesting shots of the untouched remains.

Carly Hoopes is a Bay Area photographer who documents “naturally” occurring compositions as she finds them (without rearranging ANYTHING). You may find her gathering bits of visual treasure on the side of the road, near railroad tracks, freeway underpasses, alleyways, dumpsters, piles of garbage (to some), or going quietly into abandoned structures.

The subject matter of Hoopes’ work is often ephemeral. She composes her photographs in camera from the momentary arrangement of weathered waste, burnt remains, abandoned structures and objects with an awareness that anything and everything could be altered dramatically by the kick of a foot, steady wind, curious hand or work of a demolition crew. While not for everyone, Hoopes has a unique perspective on rust, detritus, and neglected place and matter.

Hoopes’ photographs are honest (sometimes uncomfortably direct) expressions of her empathy for and questions regarding life, death, truths, and the inaccessible horizon as nothing is clearly seen and always in flux.  cargocollective.com/carlyhoopes

Sudhu Tewari has been called a professional bricoleur, junkyard maven and young audio-gadgeteer. Sudhu builds electronic audio devices, electro-acoustic musical instruments, kinetic sculpture, interactive installations, wearable sound art, mechanical televisions, physical models of astrophysical phenomena, lamps, objet d’ art, and sound sculpture.

Highly educated at Mills College in electronic music, Tewari has been seen performing improvised music on the east and west coasts of the US, Europe, and Japan. In 2006 Sudhu was selected to be the Artist in Residence program at the Recology in San Francisco. Since then, Tewari's visual and interactive art has been exhibited at many galleries and museums in the Bay Area and a few in Europe.

Tewari is currently a PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz in the Cultural Musicology program. Sudhu also teaches youth and adult classes at the Crucible in Oakland and has recently been working with young adults to create interactive, kinetic, and musical public art works.  sudhutewari.com

http://www.thefloatcenter.com/current.html


Friday, October 23, 2015

Be Still My Heart: Raphaelle Peale by Alexandra K. Vicknair

Be Still My Heart: Raphaelle Peale

by Alexandra K. Vicknair
Historian and Art Historian
@2015
I first learned of Raphaelle Peale in an American art history class at UC Santa Barbara, circa…early 2000s. As a fan of tromp l’ oeil (trick-of-the-eye), it was his most famous work, Venus Rising from the Sea–A Deception (1822) that first caught my attention. However, Peale’s prolific and haunting still lifes are what truly captured my heart.
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Raphealle Peale, Venus Rising from the Sea–A Deception (1822)
Uh-oh, here it comes…history (of course)! Peale (1774-1825) came from an artistic family, headed by his father Charles Wilson Peale. Peale Sr. was a very famous artist and naturalist in his own right, and is most known for founding the Philadelphia Museum in the early 1800s.
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Charles Wilson Peale (Self Portrait), An Artist in his Museum, 1822
Raphealle was the black sheep of the family and never fully achieved the success of his father or even his brother, Rembrandt, in the art world. So, like any good outcast, he purposefully painted still lifes, which were deemed one of the lowest forms of art at the time, to bother his father. (Wikipedia doesn’t even list him as an artist on Peale Sr.’s page, only his brother who painted portraits–deemed the highest caliber of art and skill–like their father.)
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Raphealle Peale, Still Life with Cake, 1822
Peale utilized the medium of still lifes to reflect his life, and, therefore, they can essentially be viewed as his own form of self-portraiture. For example, he often played on his last name ‘Peale’ by showing peels of fruit. All still lifes are more than just pictures of food captured in time, and many reflect the mortality of life. Peale especially, who contracted gout in 1808 and was often very sickly, echoed this in his paintings. Images depicting moldy fruit, flies, and even transparent gauze remind the viewer of the transitory nature of life: all luscious fruit and delicious cakes will eventually rot.
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Still Life with Oranges, 1818
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Melons and Morning Glories, 1838
I am not sure why Raphealle Peale’s story and art captivate me so. Aside from the ethereal quality, there is also deep sadness and pain behind his works. The works reflect a longing for acceptance from our parents and society that we all can relate to. Anyone suffering with a chronic illness, or has learned first-hand the transitory nature of life, can also appreciate how powerful his still lifes truly are. The fact that he still does not get much credit as a painter (as when he was alive) also adds to the tragedy. Yet, for the few that know of him (and now you do too!) Rapehealle Peale makes an impression that lasts for a lifetime.
(Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have one of his gems on my wall!)
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Charles Wilson Peale, Portrait of Raphaelle Peale, 1822
(notice the still life in the background!)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

FISH TALES SHOW OF MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE ART BY MARSHA BALIAN AND KATIE MCCANN NOVEMBER 14-JANUARY 9TH ARTBEAT SALON AND GALLERY

FISH TALES
SHOW OF MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE ART
BY MARSHA BALIAN AND KATIE MCCANN

NOVEMBER 14-JANUARY 9TH
ARTBEAT SALON AND GALLERY
1880 SOLANO AVENUE
BERKELEY


“Fish Tales” a show of mixed media and collage art by Marsha Balian and Katie McCann will be presented at the Artbeat Salon and Gallery November 14th through January 9th.    There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday November 14th at Artbeat, 1880 Solano Avenue in Berkeley from 6-8 p.m.  The event is free.

Self taught Oakland artist Marsha Balian admits resistance to following directions and prefers to invent her own techniques. Her work incorporates found objects and images combined with her own drawing and painting. Her art has a strong narrative quality, avoids what might be literal and attempts to engage the imagination of the viewer.  Humor is never far behind.

English artist Katie McCann currently lives and works in Berkeley.  Her intricate collages are inspired by childhood memories and some of the strange creatures she encountered in her imagination.  The drawings and images that she finds in her collection of old books are cut up and transformed into paper hybrids that surely could be found at the bottom of the garden amongst the beetles and the lilac.

For more information please contact either Marsha Balian: marshabalian@gmail.com, 510-601-1632 or Katie McCann: katiemccann.art@gmail.com, 408-215-8205

Orland Art Center Opens Nov 6 - Fields, Farms and Fantasy



November 6th through November 28th
"Fields, Farms, and Fantasy"
Three talented artists provide a bountiful variety for our Autumn exhibit. It features rice field vistas, farm lands nestled in the foothills of rugged 
mountain ranges, and playful ceramics that transform clay into fantasy.

Special Event:

Tuesday, November 10th, 2 to 4 p.m.
"Dolores Mitchell Commentary"
November artist Dolores Mitchell offers an entertaining and informative commentary on art, followed by a question and answer session.

Sunday, November 1 Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem The Cathedral of Christ the Light Oakland

Sunday, November 1 at 5:30pm the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Consort will sing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in a Mass with Bishop Barber to commemorate all those who have passed away during the past year. 

http://staging.ctlcathedral.org/visit/concerts-and-events/faure-requiem-mass-2015

Come and commemorate all the faithfully departed.
Nov 1, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

The Cathedral of Christ the Light
Office of Worship
510-893-4711 Ext. 242

All those who have lost a family member 
or friend during the past year are especially 
invited to attend this Commemoration Mass. The 
Cathedral Choir will sing Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem 
and Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. will be the celebrant. 

A special Remembrance Book will be available for everyone
 to enter their loved one’s name.  Prayers for the repose 
of their souls will be said during the Mass and in the 
Cathedral throughout the month of November.  

For more information, please contact the Office of Worship at 510-893-4711 Ext. 242.

 

“FISH TALES” SHOW OF MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE ART BY MARSHA BALIAN AND KATIE MCCANN NOVEMBER 14-JANUARY 9TH



“FISH TALES”
SHOW OF MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE ART
BY MARSHA BALIAN AND KATIE MCCANN

NOVEMBER 14-JANUARY 9TH
ARTBEAT SALON AND GALLERY
1880 SOLANO AVENUE
BERKELEY


“Fish Tales” a show of mixed media and collage art by Marsha Balian and Katie McCann will be presented at the Artbeat Salon and Gallery November 14th through January 9th.    There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday November 14th at Artbeat, 1880 Solano Avenue in Berkeley from 6-8 p.m.  The event is free.

Self taught Oakland artist Marsha Balian admits resistance to following directions and prefers to invent her own techniques. Her work incorporates found objects and images combined with her own drawing and painting. Her art has a strong narrative quality, avoids what might be literal and attempts to engage the imagination of the viewer.  Humor is never far behind.

English artist Katie McCann currently lives and works in Berkeley.  Her intricate collages are inspired by childhood memories and some of the strange creatures she encountered in her imagination.  The drawings and images that she finds in her collection of old books are cut up and transformed into paper hybrids that surely could be found at the bottom of the garden amongst the beetles and the lilac.

For more information please contact either Marsha Balian: marshabalian@gmail.com, 510-601-1632 or Katie McCann: katiemccann.art@gmail.com, 408-215-8205

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Orland Art Center September 4th through September 26th "Color Drenched: Mystery and Mood " Featured Artist: Joan Pechanec

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tuesday September 15-Nicolas Bearde in concert with Grammy Award Winning Pianist & Composer Nat Adderley Jr. New CD Preview Party


Nicolas Bearde in concert with Grammy Award Winning Pianist and Composer Nat Adderley Jr.
New CD Preview Party
Tuesday September 15, 2015
Doors 7:30p /  Show 8p
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, Ca. 94607
(510) 238-9200
$25.00 - $55.00
All Ages
Tickets: http://www.yoshis.com
http://www.nicolasbearde.com

The Nicolas Bearde Quartet, featuring Grammy nominated composer, pianist and musical director, Nat Adderley Jr. who is best known for his work with Luther Vandross, present music from their newly completed recording project which encompasses classic jazz themes and innovative arrangements plumbed from Mr. Adderley’s vast musical resources.
The dynamic pairing of these two stellar performers will be a special night at Yoshis, and…because September 15th happens to coincide with Bearde’s birthday, (as if he needed another reason to celebrate), advance tickets are highly recommended.
- See more at: http://www.nicolasbearde.com/gig/#sthash.EAxEojvl.dpuf

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sixth Annual Group Show Orland Art Center Gallery August 7 - August 29, 2015



Sixth Annual Group Show
 August 7 - August 29, 2015

The highly different artistic expressions in this month's exhibit were selected from entries sent from all over the northstate. The result is an exciting, multi-faceted mixture of techniques and themes.

Unusual sculpture, wonderfully turned and carved wood pieces, rich oils, precise and powerful acrylic paintings, detailed pencil and charcoal drawings, strong ink designs, subtle pastels, and whimsical watercolors provide a visual smorgasbord in the Orland Art Gallery this August.

The twenty one talented artists represented clearly have a passion for their work and each one has a markedly individual way of looking at their world. The Gallery's spacious setting allows each piece to be shown to advantage, highlighting the wonderful diversity of our northstate artists.

These are the artists whose work graces the gallery for this exhibit: Sharon Barker, Beth Bjorklund, Cheryl Caldwell, Nancy Barnes, Renee Benoit, Mike Williams, Carol Avellino, Judy Clever, Glenn McCune, Pat Everett, Mary Allen, Vic Kronberg, Jan Taylor, Lorine Lauck, Pratima Patel, Joan Pechanec, Holly Mojica, Barbara Ramsey, Jon Shult, Kristin Revolinsky, and Joyce Quaytman.

Meet this dynamic group of artists at the Gallery's Artist's Reception: Friday, August 7th, from 3 to 7 p.m.
 Slip out of the summer heat and enjoy the cooling melodies
of pianist Melania Raygoza, while you meet the artists and eat
the sweet fruits of summertime! 
Linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!

Orland Art Center Gallery
Phone: 530-865-5920
Address: 732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7 p. m. during each 3 week show.

http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857

Thursday, July 16, 2015

iPhotographer Features Moms Getting Their Art Back in Recent Issue




iPhotographer Features Moms Getting Their Art Back in Recent Issue
Moms are getting their art back--thanks to the iPhone--and the new magazine, iPhotographer, has noticed. In a recent issue, Martta Rose Kelly discusses mothers who utilize the iPhone as a photographer’s and artist’s tool. Kelly also has gathered together fascinating bios and amazing samples of these up and coming iphotographers.

Kelly writes: “The iPhone has brought artistic expression back to busy mothers around the world. Or mothers back to their art. Or both. Whichever it is, it is something wonderful and was unforeseen by any of the tech and business pundits, much less discussed. In the past several years, however, something wonderful happened.  Moms began buying iPhones.  Some purchased them to help stay in touch with their children and spouses throughout the day.  Those who held jobs outside the home needed them to check in with their office and clients.  But many moms also started taking pictures, and then discovered apps, and then even more apps, and without even realizing it, each found herself making art again, while dinner was cooking, while waiting in line at the supermarket, and at nighttime, when the children were sleeping. They were creating beautiful pictures and developing their own unique artistic style.  The camera, the darkroom, the canvas, and the paintbrush had all become portable within a small handheld device.” How The iPhone Gave Art Back To Mothers (excerpt). By Martta Rose Kelly
Check it all out at http://bit.ly/iPM_moms

List of iPhotographers In Article
Ali Jardine, Andrea Koerner. Elaina Wilcox, Elodie Hunting. Lanie Heller, Louise Whiting. Nicki FitzGerald, Nicole Dalesio, Paula Gardener. Sarah Jarrett. Yoni Mayeri

Description of iPhotographer
iPhotographer Magazine, started by Knox Bronson, is for the picture-taker, the picture-lover, the Instagrammer, the Flickr fan, the dedicated aficionado—beginning or advanced—who wants to take more, enjoy more, learn more, app more, see more, and share more pictures as a part of the digital phenomenon that has conquered the globe. iPhoneography, iPhone photography, iPhotography, mobile photography, whatever you wish to call it!
iPhotographer Magazine for iPad and iPhone is available on the Apple Newsstand with two Free Preview Issues with an option for in-app purchase of reasonably priced one-year subscriptions.

For further information contact Knox Bronson
knox@iphotographer-magazine.com
510-612-6124
http://iphotographer-magazine.com
https://www.facebook.com/iphotographermag

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Buddhist Peacemaking July 19, 7-9pm Alameda Sangha

Name of event: Buddhist Peacemaking
Date: July 197-9pm

Location: United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA 

Details: Ayya Sobhana will speak on Buddhist Peacemaking, or ways to reduce stress and conflict and nourish reconciliation, including both individual and interpersonal practice. The meeting format is 30 minutes of silent guided meditation, 45 minutes of the dharma talk, Buddhist Peacemaking, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

This event sponsored by the Alameda Sangha and is offered on a donation basis.

For more informantion on the Alameda Sangha go toalamedasangah.org. For more information on Ayya Sobhana go tosoutherndharma.org

Monday, June 29, 2015

August Sixth Annual Group Show Orland Art Center Gallery August 7 - August 29

August
Sixth Annual Group Show
 August 7 - August 29, 2015

Juried from entries all over the northstate, this show features
stunning selections from 20 different artists who made it through
the judging process. An exciting, multi-faceted mixture of techniques,
themes, and artistic styles fills the gallery for summer's last show.



Artists' Reception Friday, August 7, 2015  3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Slip out of the summer heat and enjoy the cooling melodies
of pianist Melania Raygoza, while you meet the artists and eat
the sweet fruits of summertime! 

Linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!
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Orland Art Center Gallery
530-865-5920
732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7p. m. during each 3 week show.
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Mechanical Quilt - Lynne Pillus Orland Art Center Gallery July 3 through July 25


The Mechanical Quilt -  Lynne Pillus
  July 3 through July 25, 2015
  A fascinating fusion of fabric Fine Art and today’s mechanized world. Fine Art quilter
  Lynne Pillus captures the movement and motion of the many machines used every day in factories
   and farms across the land.
  Friday,  July 3  Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 Refreshments and live music
 Young musician Melania Raygoza at our baby grand piano.
  Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!

Orland Art Center Gallery
530-865-5920
732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7p. m. during each 3 week show.
http://www.orlandartcenter.com/gallery.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orland-Art-Center/114602481932857



Oroville, California lies in the middle of farming country north of Sacramento. It's also home to Fine Art Quilter Lynne Pillus. Over the years, many small family farms have disappeared from the area. One of the sad reminders of their exodus is the vast array of farm machinery left behind. Lynne was intrigued by the rusting equipment languishing beside fields left fallow by their departing owners.

The artist saw those empty homesteads and their abandoned machines as an important piece in the fabric of the early days of America. It seemed logical to use color and cloth to honor that heritage by giving those machines bold new life.

Lynne's quilting career began with traditional quilts, but in the course of 25 years, she was always experimenting with new techniques, unusual fabrics, and a variety of combinations, searching for her own personal style. Inspired by the machinery in those vacant fields, she found it.

Using a quilting technique known as fused, raw-edge applique, Lynne Pillus skillfully captures the movement and motion of the many machines, old and new, used every day in factories and farms across the land.

Her vividly colored quilts pulse with the strength of the farming way of life that Lynne strives to honor. Using rich colors, strong shapes, and design as intricate and fascinating as the machinery that inspired its creation, Lynne Pillus is an artist who definitely speaks in her own voice.

Meet this delightfully entertaining artist and watch her demonstrate and discuss her creative quilting style at the Orland Art Center Gallery's
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How To Be An Earthling, Wes Nisker on Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science Saturday, August 22, 2015

How To Be An Earthling, Wes Nisker on Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10 am to 4pm

United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA

In this day together we make creative use of classic Buddhist meditation techniques in order to explore and embody our lives as interconnected earthlings.

The talks and discussions will present both traditional Buddhist views of self and reality, as well as some of the latest information from evolutionary biology and psychology to support and guide the meditations. The daylong will include plenty of poetry, and a little crazy wisdom as well.

Wes Nisker is an author of two bestselling books, founder and co-editor of "Inquiring Mind" and a teacher at Spirit Rock and internationally.

Register at alamedasangha.org

Cost: This event is given on a donation basis to provide an opportunity to practice generosity and to make teachings available to all.

 Beginners as well as experienced practitioners will benefit from this day of guided practice. Please bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable clothing. For more information about the event or the Alameda Sangha please visit us at alamedasangha.org Stable Heart – Stable Climate Daylong

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Focus on Feeling -Monastic Daylong August 16, 2015





Focus on Feeling -Monastic Daylong

August 16, 2015 Sunday from 9:00 am to 430 pm

It is at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center at 388 9th Street,Oakland, Ca. 94607
Register through Eventbrite at their site http://oacc.cc/

The teachings will be offered freely by Ayya Sobhana so attendance is by

donation.

Feeling — Vedana in the Pali language of early Buddhism — is the point where our emotional process becomes accessible to the conscious mind.  We learn from the Buddha’s teaching to see feeling as the trigger for craving, and also one of the easiest points where we can interrupt the cycle of craving, clinging and suffering. But how to get free from craving without an unhealthy detachment from our inner life?

In this daylong retreat we will aim to more fully know and experience feelings. We will appreciate what feeling is good for, how feeling helps us to focus, to decide, and to intuitively look after our own welfare and the welfare of who we care about.  We will make friends with emotional reaction, but from a wisdom point of view so there is lightness, balance and a sense of freedom whether the emotions are pleasurable or afflictive.

This retreat will continue Ayya Sobhana’s investigation of fundamental Dhamma in the light of modern neuroscience and new thinking about emotion. Informed by current ideas we can make the Dhamma less abstract, more meaningful and more helpful at any level of spiritual practice. Informed by the Dhamma, our psychological approach can be more powerful, directed beyond therapy to a fundamental transformation of the mind and heart … to awakening.  

Ayya Sobhana is the Prioress of Aranya Bodhi, a new community for monastic women located on the Sonoma Coast of California. Together with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri, Ayya Sobhana has been deeply involved int the recent restoration of Bhikkhuni full ordination in the Theravada tradition. She meditated and trained with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana since 1989 and stayed at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia from 2003 to 2010. She ordained in 2003 and obtained full Bhikkhuni ordination in 2006. Her primary practice is the Eightfold Noble Path, that is, integration of meditation with ethical living and compassionate relationships for the sake of liberation.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Missing link found between brain, immune system

Missing link found between brain, immune system -- with major disease implications

Implications profound for neurological diseases from autism to Alzheimer's to multiple sclerosis
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEM
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IMAGE: MAPS OF THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM: OLD (LEFT) AND UPDATED TO REFLECT UVA'S DISCOVERY. view more 
CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEM
  • Vessels directly connecting brain, lymphatic system exist despite decades of doctrine that they don't
  • Finding may have substantial implications for major neurological diseases
  • Game-changing discovery opens new areas of research, transforms existing ones
  • Major gap in understanding of the human body revealed
  • 'They'll have to change the textbooks'
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 1, 2015 - In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease to multiple sclerosis.
"Instead of asking, 'How do we study the immune response of the brain?' 'Why do multiple sclerosis patients have the immune attacks?' now we can approach this mechanistically. Because the brain is like every other tissue connected to the peripheral immune system through meningeal lymphatic vessels," said Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, professor in the UVA Department of Neuroscience and director of UVA's Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG). "It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can't be studied. But now we can ask mechanistic questions."
"We believe that for every neurological disease that has an immune component to it, these vessels may play a major role," Kipnis said. "Hard to imagine that these vessels would not be involved in a [neurological] disease with an immune component."
New Discovery in Human Body
Kevin Lee, PhD, chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, described his reaction to the discovery by Kipnis' lab: "The first time these guys showed me the basic result, I just said one sentence: 'They'll have to change the textbooks.' There has never been a lymphatic system for the central nervous system, and it was very clear from that first singular observation - and they've done many studies since then to bolster the finding - that it will fundamentally change the way people look at the central nervous system's relationship with the immune system."
Even Kipnis was skeptical initially. "I really did not believe there are structures in the body that we are not aware of. I thought the body was mapped," he said. "I thought that these discoveries ended somewhere around the middle of the last century. But apparently they have not."
'Very Well Hidden'
The discovery was made possible by the work of Antoine Louveau, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Kipnis' lab. The vessels were detected after Louveau developed a method to mount a mouse's meninges - the membranes covering the brain - on a single slide so that they could be examined as a whole. "It was fairly easy, actually," he said. "There was one trick: We fixed the meninges within the skullcap, so that the tissue is secured in its physiological condition, and then we dissected it. If we had done it the other way around, it wouldn't have worked."
After noticing vessel-like patterns in the distribution of immune cells on his slides, he tested for lymphatic vessels and there they were. The impossible existed. The soft-spoken Louveau recalled the moment: "I called Jony [Kipnis] to the microscope and I said, 'I think we have something.'"
As to how the brain's lymphatic vessels managed to escape notice all this time, Kipnis described them as "very well hidden" and noted that they follow a major blood vessel down into the sinuses, an area difficult to image. "It's so close to the blood vessel, you just miss it," he said. "If you don't know what you're after, you just miss it."
"Live imaging of these vessels was crucial to demonstrate their function, and it would not be possible without collaboration with Tajie Harris," Kipnis noted. Harris, a PhD, is an assistant professor of neuroscience and a member of the BIG center. Kipnis also saluted the "phenomenal" surgical skills of Igor Smirnov, a research associate in the Kipnis lab whose work was critical to the imaging success of the study.
Alzheimer's, Autism, MS and Beyond
The unexpected presence of the lymphatic vessels raises a tremendous number of questions that now need answers, both about the workings of the brain and the diseases that plague it. For example, take Alzheimer's disease. "In Alzheimer's, there are accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain," Kipnis said. "We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they're not being efficiently removed by these vessels." He noted that the vessels look different with age, so the role they play in aging is another avenue to explore. And there's an enormous array of other neurological diseases, from autism to multiple sclerosis, that must be reconsidered in light of the presence of something science insisted did not exist.
Published in Nature
The findings have been published online by the prestigious journal Nature and will appear in a forthcoming print edition. The article was authored by Louveau, Smirnov, Timothy J. Keyes, Jacob D. Eccles, Sherin J. Rouhani, J. David Peske, Noel C. Derecki, David Castle, James W. Mandell, Lee, Harris and Kipnis.
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The study was funded by National Institutes of Health grants R01AG034113 and R01NS061973. Louveau was a fellow of Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Liquid Landscape Paintings & mixed media by Andrew Macrae and Diane Mettleman

Liquid Landscape
Paintings & mixed media by Andrew Macrae and Diane Mettleman
Artist Party Friday June 12th, 6 to 9pm
Show runs June 1st, 2015, through July 18th 2015

Art derived from our urban landscape, captured and re-imagined, these two local artists actualize the art of flow.


Andrew Macrae

I create imagery intuitively, working the composition as I go along. The first objects of the image are scenes from nature: trees, mountains and animals. The scene slowly fills with solid shapes and perfect lines; objects of human conception. I am showing the act of contemplation as man slowly imparts his development over and around the established nature. What remains in the end is an image exhibiting tension between man and nature, a scene where the two are wrapped up in a chaotic commotion.
I use a broad array of mediums to create a painting, but I prefer watercolor and gouache on paper. In my paintings, watercolor is used to create faded landscapes, while gouache is used as the foreground medium, so I can push line and color. When combined, my images become vibrant displays of graphic subjects existing in a dream state.www.admacrae.com

Diane Mettelman
"I am attracted to real world objects, constantly rescuing discarded metal objects from the road and highway. I should have a bumper sticker that says, " I brake for metal scrap!"
-D.R.Mettelman
About 17 years ago, with scraps of copper given to me by a metalsmith friend, I started a 2D collage. After learning how to make a copper rivet, I had made my first piece of wall art, and I was hooked. Since then, with varied combinations of metals, I continue to create. Sometimes I braze, solder, and use common commercial fasteners, but the copper rivet continues to be my mainstay. Using wood, paint, copper pipe and fittings, I have expanded to create 3D sculpture and furniture.An avid hiker, I began to include stones collected on mountain hikes. Including raw stone with the discarded or "scrap" objects from once natural resources completes the connection to my love of nature. Using recycled materials allows me to communicate the beauty I see in these discarded objects. My pieces seem to create themselves, and like all art, are open to the viewer's interpretation. I am merely the conduit through which the creations are formed.

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FLOAT
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.

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

Media is welcome to "experience" a complementary float
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