May 28, 2015
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A single exhibit at the Richmond Art Center this summer will feature the works of more than 60 California artists.

The show, California Now, is just one of three must-see exhibitions that will run from June 14 through Aug. 23 at the Art Center at 2540 Barrett Ave. A public reception for the exhibitions, all of which are sponsored by Blick Art Materials, will be held Saturday, June 13 from 3-5 p.m. at the Art Center.

Gallery admission is free.

California Now includes 85 contemporary, innovative and varied works in clay, glass and enamel art. The image of above is from one of those artworks. The piece, by artist Olivia Shih, is made from enameled copper and stainless silver and entitled Silence is Golden II.

“The show includes functional and non-functional, two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that illustrate a wide scope of artwork,” the Art Center said in a statement.

The works were selected by accomplished artists Beth Ann Gerstein (clay), Mary Bayard-White (glass) and Deborah Lozier (metal, enamel). They exhibit “technical excellence and content” and push “the boundaries of the form,” said Ric Ambrose, Art Center executive director.

A second exhibit, the Richmond Art Center’s Annual Members’ Show, features nearly 200 varied pieces of artwork, including from headline artists Edythe Bresnahan, Jan Martin and David Yoas (whose mesmerizing piece made from re-purposed metal, Bearly Dreaming, is posted below). Those three artists were recognized at last year’s annual members show for exhibiting ingenuity and visual voice, the Art Center said.

A selection of works from the Art Center’s former Studio Art Director Kato Jaworski is included in the exhibit.

artcenter.5-28-2The third show will feature works from Richmond’s acclaimed NIAD Art Center, which supports artists with disabilities. The show is called Telling It Slant: Crafts of NIAD Art Center.

Said the Art Center:

“This exhibition offers a rare and in-depth look at some of its celebrated offerings, including works from self-taught basket-maker Susan Wise, modernist-influenced ceramic vessels from blind artist Kristi Dean (who is responsible for the glazed ceramics posted below), strangely evocative clay structures from Sylvia Fragoso, detailed painted silk wall hangings by Jean McElvane, as well as a selection of quilts including works by Alice Sampson.”

artcenter.5-28-1The exhibit was curated by Unkempt and Ghost Time author Courtney Eldridge.

The Richmond Art Center’s gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and holidays.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.