Lorena was born and raised in Sonoma County, and will return here for a month to work with an alternative dark room process called gum bichromate.
She draws from her family history and tradition of gardening. She explores ancestral knowledge, self sustainability, and the indigenous peoples’ connection to the land. She reflects on and records their traditions through her prints and basket weaving.
She makes prints of gardens using sunlight. She is testing this process on petates, a flat woven mat made out of natural palm fibers. These petates will become a printing surface for the gum bichromate process which allows her to mix her own pigments into a light sensitive solution.
Her work has included her family’s experience as immigrants and first generation Americans.
Sarah is a writer and researcher at a social justice nonprofit. Her writing has appeared on KQED Public Media and in Literary Mama, Adoptive Families,
and the San Jose Mercury News.
She's writing a creative nonfiction manuscript looking at the stories of how three generations of mothers in her family have dealt with “unacceptable” differences in their daughters (epilepsy, queerness, and madness).
"Necessary Artifacts" uses the lens of motherhood to explore questions of belonging.
Through her artwork, Mary Jane shares her reverence and appreciation for the natural world. She works in portrait, figure, still life and landscape subjects.
Her drawing and painting style is influenced by painters in the Classical Realist and Realist movements as well as Art Nouveau, Renaissance,and Botanical artists.
She draws from her talents as a draftsman and dancer as well.
Working primarily from life, She is faced with the constant, even if subtle, changes of life. The drawing becomes a conglomeration or layering of many hours and days of a facial expression, a
gesture, a likeness - an attempt to make a record of the reality she experiences and observes moment to moment. She is energized by the challenge of capturing something that is not really possible to capture. She distills her observations, experience of a landscape, the weather,
the light on a form, and she does not seek to replicate.
Michelle Mansour is an artist, educator, and curator as well as the current Executive Director of Root Division, a visual arts non-profit in San Francisco.
"The focus of my work is the interior space of the mind and related ontological meditations. Through the lens of
perception, fluctuating between the miniscule and the grandiose, we find fear and wonder of the unknown, the
invisible, and the uncontrollable. Based initially on an investigation of the interior world of the body where beauty and illness mingle in the same fluids and membranes, my work has become a broader reflection on where the physical and the metaphysical intersect. Originally referencing microscopic imagery, the works push an imaginative space that exists beyond the threshold of the eye or lens. Forging a connection between the microcosmic and macrocosmic, the paintings explore tensions between the scientific and the spiritual, the corporeal and the ethereal."
Based in Victoria, Australia, Madeleine Joy Daws creates compelling and life-like drawings through a personal process of marketing making using symbols placed onto a grid.
"Utilizing a system whereby the ruled grid becomes the vessel for a lexicon of hand-drawn symbols, the principal theme in my work is employing iterative mark-making as a temporal site to record measured and psychological time. This emphasis on time and repetition informs my work in a way that allows me to mediate rather than mirror the world; an attempt to coordinate thought and stabilize the disorder of the everyday. Underpinned by the language, tactility, and intimacy of textile-based crafts, works that initially masquerade as digital prints are subverted from by subtle nuances and imperfections in mark-making."
. -Madeleine Joy Daws
Yulia Pinkusevich is a visual artist working primarily in drawing, painting and installation. She creates projects and large-scale environments that deal with ecological and social systems. Her installations directly engage the body of the viewer and address surrounding architectural spaces. Her work explores the psychology of spaces and human relationships to their environments.
Formally, Yulia’s work is engaged with the direct experience of the viewer through perspectival illusion and spatial perception that play with the cognitive understanding of space. By breaking logical perspectives she creates illusions of impossible spaces, non-places or Utopias that shift the viewpoint to the panoptic.
Her background itself is rooted in change. Born and raised in the USSR, her understanding of rules, social status and human abilities were redefined when moving to the United States. Learning to adapt and observe things carefully and move fluidly throughout her surroundings. She questions and studies our ecology in flux, attempting to tether seen and unseen forces acting upon our current narratives.
Jonathan Crow create images that combine symbols of American mid-century nostalgia with today's mood of anxiety and impending apocalypse.
I create oil paintings that recall the vibrancy and optimism of America during the Cold War, reframed to reflect the anxiety and uncertainty of this current era. I draw inspiration from vintage snapshots culled from the 1950s through to the 1980s and use them in a way that creates compositional tension between positive and negative space. I’m drawn to images that seem to be small parts of a larger narrative; images that raise more questions than they resolve. My paintings are fragments of mid-20th century suburban life where disaster seems to lurk just beyond the frame.
Charles Moxon is a portrait artist who is based in London and New York. Having graduated from BA (Hons) Painting at Camberwell College of Art in 2013, he has exhibited in Europe and North America.
Moxon's sitters have included Harriet Harman MP and Ex-England and Chelsea Football player Roy Bentley. He was selected for the Young Masters Art Prize in 2012 and the BP Portrait Award in 2016. He has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London and a residency/solo exhibition at the Lux Art Institute in San Diego. He has appeared on the BBC and in publications both in Europe and USA. In 2018 he was shortlisted for the Royal Society of British Art Rome Scholarship and the Sunny Art Prize.
Contemporary dancer, vocalist, and actress Alli Ross is an assistant professor of theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She and her colleague Amanda Friou were selected by the institution for a residency at Chalk Hill as part of a partnership program between CHAR and Berklee College of Music.
Alli has performed in works such as in Liz Lerman's Healing Wars (Arena Stage, 2013, and tour, 2013-2015), which was a three-year investigation with the company and veterans of our most recent wars. Other transformative work includes Lady Macduff in Sleep No More (original U.S. cast, American Repertory Theater, 2009; Emursive, New York City, 2011). Ross has recently launched Excavate, a collective dedicated to researching, making, and performing site work looking at the interconnection of topography and history of land as it meets somatic landscape.
A director, educator, and disabled multidisciplinary artist, Amanda is a theatre professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she teaches acting, devising, and musical theatre performance in the MFA and BFA programs.
She and colleague Alli Ross were selected by the institution for a residency at Chalk Hill as part of a partnership between CHAR and Berklee College of Music.
In addition to directing, she designs and fabricates puppets and consults on projects attempting to straddle different theatrical worlds. On very rare occasions, you may also see her as a performer.
Amanda is a world builder at heart. Her early training in dance and music resulted in a belief that making theatre is more than making plays. Theatre is an umbrella term, that covers a collection of artistic tools that can be used to fashion performance in whatever form a story demands.
Amanda is a member of SDC and AFT, an alumna of Macalester College, The University of Washington School of Drama, The O'Neill Theatre Center National Puppetry Conference, and was a two time fellow of the Drama League Director's Project.
Patricia is a visual artist originally from Spain, currently based in San Francisco, CA. Her work focuses on colorful abstract geometrical structures and bold organic shapes creating spaces that are hypnotic and inviting. She creates these constructions as a way to organize her thoughts and recreate memories and feelings.
She has received her B.F.A. from the University Complutense, Madrid, Spain in 2009, and her MFA in Serigraphy and Lithography from CIEC Foundation, Galicia, Spain in 2010. She lives and works in San Francisco and collaborates as a Teaching Artist at Creativity Explored.
Through the constant migration between Santa Maria, CA and Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, as a child, I struggled to maintain emotional stability... Home has always seemed far away from me. In Mexico, my home is the US, and in the US, Mexico is my home. Inculcated by my parents’ cultural values, catholicism, and traditions, have strongly impacted my art practice. In the Spring of 2017, I achieved the degree of MASTER OF FINE ART in Sculpture, at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.My practice is Interdisciplinary, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, installation, photography, audio and sound recordings, video, writing and performance. I approach medium and materials according to their formal and conceptual significance. Currently, it is crucial to me that the materials I select be ones that trigger memories of my past. The acts of making, cutting, twisting, tearing, wrapping, heating, burning, and/ or banging provide me with a sense of healing and acceptance: These labor intensive acts that could be associated with violence or even torture have allowed many of those brief past memories, which had faded away, to awaken.
Meadow Presley is a teaching artist with Creative Growth in Oakland, CA. She was selected by the organization to spend a week in residency at Chalk Hill as part of a partnership program.
Meadow's mixed media sculpture, collage, painting and installation combine themes of memory, collections and popular culture. Each piece hints at a nostalgic story of a magical place existing not quite in reality, a place where inanimate objects come to life. Her work is influenced by collections like that of the magpie, said to have a nest of shiny jewels and gold, images from dreams, and her vast collection of vintage toys and dolls.
Klea McKenna is a visual artist who also makes films and writes. Her work has been shown and published internationally. Her photograms are held in several public collections, including SFMOMA, LACMA, Getty Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the US Embassy collection, The Mead Museum of Art and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Klea is represented by Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco and Gitterman Gallery in New York. In addition to her own art practice, she was co-founder and photographer at IN THE MAKE an online arts journal that published studio visits and interviews with over 120 West Coast artists from 2011 to 2015. She is the daughter of renegade ethnobotanists, Kathleen Harrison and Terence McKenna. Klea lives in San Francisco with her partner and their young children.
"Places have a memory, a history, a feeling that we connect with. These memories, like faint echoes, are revealed as light moves across the landscape, transforming the color and texture of a place. It is these moments and experiences that I capture in my atmospheric landscape paintings".
"My recent work centers around sculptures and installations made from old piano parts. While making these objects originally, a story emerged of a fictional tribe known as the Pianistas. In the gallery setting, the objects function as artifacts from this lost culture, which used piano parts for all their material needs, creating everything from tools, ceremonial objects and masks, costumes and musical instruments, to large-scale structures and weapons, among other things, in much the same way native tribes from the Great Plains utilized the buffalo. The original purpose, symbolism and spiritual meaning of these objects, how they have been described by art historians and anthropologists both in the past and present, and what happened to these objects over the course of history are all part of the narrative, which continues to evolve."
Lindsey Cunica Walker
Lindsey Cuenca Walker is a Filipina American contemporary artist based in Portland, Oregon. She works primarily as a painter but also makes occasional though enthusiastic forays into other media such as printmaking, ceramics, wood, and textiles. Her works explore the ideas of solitude, community, and communion with nature by creating an emotional arrangement of forms that result into still lifes or landscapes. She approaches painting as an attempt at harmony between disparate parts.
She recevied her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017. Lindsey has been the recipient of numerous merti-based scholarships and awards, and has exhibited regionally in Oregon, California, and nationally in Philadelphia and New York City. She is originally from Southern California and has lived and worked in Portland, Oregon since 2013.
"I was born to a culture of gold adornments on bronze skin, hand-picked cotton lightly woven and layered into full-body wraps, dresses and shawls. Ornate textiles, mesmerizing embroidery, unforgettable spice blends and a ritual of coffee ceremonies like no other."
Often referencing her her African origins, Féven's work explores eclectic perspectives on language, culture and land. She engages with topics such as divinity, black femininity, political and cultural issues, and is continually striving to find challenges that bring new meaning and understanding to her craft. She lives in Santa Rosa, CA.
Maria Ylvisaker is a visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She works in drawing and printmaking to explore nostalgia and everyday life. Her work has been published by Womanly and Polyester magazines, and has been shown at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, and A.I.R. Gallery. In 2021 she was a resident at Open AIR in Missoula, Montana. She holds a B.A. in studio art and rhetoric & communications studies from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
"With each artwork, I begin by crafting a scene that conveys the internal world I’m experiencing or questioning. These imagined landscapes often include naturalistic elements, such as trees, flora, oceans, and mountains, existing alongside manufactured ones, often taking shapes of buildings or boats. Using a blade, I cut and extract pieces from paper.
What results is a papercut imbued with the imperfections that arise from a precise tool in imprecise human hands. I revel in the uniqueness of these variations and hope that they serve to personalize the work so that others may find their own imperfect, evolving, growing stories within it".
Sheng Lor is a Hmong-American artist based in San Francisco, CA, whose process-driven practice combines thread, natural dyes, and visual language to explore new narratives through cloth.
Her current project Dyeing Flora is an inquiry into the impact of the textile production on communities and the controversies surrounding it. While at Chalk Hill, she will be foraging for natural dyes to create a local fiber-based work which can be used to express the climate resiliency of certain sites based on their dyeing flora.
We highly encourage you to visit her website to view her beautiful weaving and textiles, and learn more about Sheng's inspiration.
Amanda Season Keeley
Amanda Season Keeley is a visual artist, curator, and writer. She received her MFA in sculpture from Parson’s School of Art & Design, and her most recent solo exhibitions in Miami include Fredric Snitzer Gallery and Wolfsonian--FIU Museum, with special commission projects featured at UNTITLED Art Fair, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and The Bass Museum of Art. In 2014, Keeley founded EXILE Books, an independent publishing house and store specializing in artist's books which recently settled in the Little Haiti neighborhood. She is also the Associate Curator for the Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry. Keeley is the recipient of several grants and awards such as the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant, the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge, Florida Department of State of Cultural Affairs Grant, and New York Foundation for the Art’s Blackburn Printmaking fellowship. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
Born in Northern California, I spent my childhood making little animals in my mom’s ceramic studio, playing for hours in the woods, and concentrating fully on imaginary characters I invented. Before painting, I was an editorial fashion and portrait photographer in NYC and London for 18 years, a rare woman in a very male-dominated field, working for the best mags. I was trying to capture the female figure and attitude in the form of a narrative. The story was usually fantastical and sometimes absurdist – a theme that I continue to explore in paint. The animals protect others in the artwork, like a charm or pact. They soften the strangeness that is allowed to creep into the juxtapositions. Their participation adds goodness and loveliness. Familiars; part of a person’s soul in animal form, but having their own agenda as well, undefined but potent. The prehistoric animals in some of my paintings seem recognizable yet odd-looking. They are extinct, so their beauty is lost forever.
Alexandra Watson is a co-founder and executive editor of Apogee Journal, a publication providing a platform for historically marginalized artists and writers. She’s the recipient of the 2019 PEN/Nora Magid Prize for Literary Magazine editing. She is a Lecturer in the First-Year Writing program at Barnard College, where she has received a Provost's Innovative Teaching Grant. Her fiction, poetry, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The South Carolina Review, The Common, The Bennington Review, The Rumpus, Yes Poetry, Nat. Brut., Breadcrumbs, Redivider, PANK, Lit Hub, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is a 2021 poetry scholar at Tin House and Bread Loaf. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for community arts programming. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia School of the Arts.
Born in the Bay Area, Monique Lazard received a BA from the California College of Art, and pursued graduate studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a successful career in fashion design and art direction, she left New York for Colorado, and began shifting her focus to painting. Monique now lives in Miami.
"What I try to achieve in my paintings is a sense of “aliveness” with brushwork and color. My aim is to paint the light and pieces of color that describes what I see. My experience with painting is impulsive and fluid rather than an organized plan of action. When I paint I am reacting to the excitement I feel when I see something that registers as beautiful to me. My focus is on the magic!"
Bill Zindel is an independent artist, illustrator, and designer who creates collages that are structured yet unrestrained, employing bold colors and patterns with geometric leanings and retro-futuristic tendencies. He draws inspiration from typography, signage, old records, and sacred geometry. His work as a designer informs his art formally, but his love of cutting, pasting, and collecting goes back to childhood. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Bill lives in El Cerrito CA and works as a Studio Facilitator at NIAD. This residency is a part of our partnership with NIAD, which brings teaching artists from local nonprofits supporting artists with disabilities to spend a week at Chalk Hill to work on their artistic endeavors.
Jo Ann Biagini
Bay Area artist Jo Ann Biagini presents new works on paper that simultaneously embody whimsy and lushness. Inspired by books about nature as well as by the natural world itself, Biagini puts book pages into new environments layered with drawn and painted imagery. With shape, color and scale she conjures up new visions of the natural world. Born in Oakland, California, Jo Ann received an MFA in ceramics from the California College of the Arts in 1993. Jo Ann has shown her work regionally and nationally. She currently teaches at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland CA. This residency is a part of our partnership with Creative Growth, which brings teaching artists from local nonprofits supporting artists with disabilities to spend a week at Chalk Hill to work on their artistic endeavors.
Lacey Johnson’s work is part manifesto, part pedagogy, and part girl gang. Using interdisciplinary art practices to explore her code of ethics, she began her work as the Video and Animation Instructor at Creativity Explored in 2019. Lacey is mostly concerned with telling triumphant tales of the feminine divine in non linear ways, and considers visual expression to be both her love language and a tool to inspire transformative cultural practices. Always a collaborator, she has been a part of multiple art and activism collectives and has presented her work locally in The National Queer Arts Festival, and at Artist Television Access, and SOMArts. She is from the Texas Gulf Coast and lives in Oakland, California. This residency is a part of our partnership with Creativity Explored, which brings teaching artists from local nonprofits supporting artists with disabilities to spend a week at Chalk Hill to work on their artistic endeavors.
Sonja Hinrichsen* examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. As an artist she feels the responsibility to address subject matters our society tends to neglect or deny, particularly adverse impacts to the natural world. Her work manifests in immersive video installations, video performances and interventions in nature. Sonja graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany in 1997/98, and received a Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001.
*Due to changes in his scheduling, Will Clift will not be able to attend and instead, Sonja's residency was extended.
Bennett Ewing*, informally known as "Eyevan Tumbleweed”, is best known for his sculptural series of faces composed of found wood. He has spent the majority of his artistic focus creating an ongoing series of visages comprised from pieces of wood he collects from mountains, deserts, swamps, riverbanks, forests, and beaches. The wall-hanging relief faces in his series are pieced together meticulously and somewhat extemporaneously, using the natural colors, patterns and directions of various wood fragments to create countenances described as powerful, whimsical, even haunting. Bonded with glues and reinforced with two-part epoxy, the sylvan entities and their expressions of thought and emotion portray a glimpse of an otherworldly realm that is not altogether unfamiliar.
*Due to changes in her scheduling, Mary Jane Ward will not be able to attend and instead, Bennett was invited to attend Chalk Hill Artist Residency 2021.
Greg Crawford is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Oakland, CA. He is also a substitute teacher at Creative Growth- a community program we are proud to partner with! His amazing work examines American consumer culture through a process in which he transforms found materials into new narratives.
Experimentation is critical as I work with any material that adds towards a developing sense of finalizing projects. I appreciate vibrant and complimentary colors. A visual tension between color, tone, and material is a reason to sustain art making.
Working on large surfaces is a way of informing intimacy with the surface. Large and unrefined expressive marks work with a large canvas through the product of physical engagement. I paint formally on table cloths, bed sheets, and other non-traditional surfaces as a comment on industrial manufacturing and a societal intrigue around repurposing/recycling. I appreciate finding harmony in decorative material’s utility as aesthetic.
Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. She directed the season finale of the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, Executive Produced by Ron Howard, broadcast globally in June 2017. Her debut, Catching the Sun, premiered at the LA Film Festival and was named a NY Times Critics’ Pick. Catching the Sun released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary. Kantayya is a TED Fellow, a William J. Fulbright Scholar, and an Associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Diane Wang is an artist and designer working at the forefront of innovation. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in San Francisco. Through her paintings, she explores perception, creation, and the human condition in our rapidly evolving world. She studied Computer Science at UC Berkeley with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction, and currently works as a User Experience Design Lead on augmented reality. Her artistic practice explores psychological and societal unknowns that surface in her work in technological innovation, with optimistic visions for the future. Her work contains a harmonious coexistence of stark contrasts and drives intense and complex emotions through art and design.
Christie's works are layered, mixed media paintings that combine abstraction and realism. She works in layers with oil and acrylic paint, often incorporating original drawings and collage. This layering is a metaphor for the multifaceted dimensions of time, place, memory, and the everyday cultural stories that she's drawn to. Through utilizing veils of abstraction with the realistic subject matter, she seeks to evoke a sense of beauty, mystery, and emotional depth.
Amber Allen is a contemporary painter whose work combines her love of scientific theory, space travel, science fiction, and her Jewish heritage. Always on the lookout for fun yet thoughtful subjects, she favors bold colors, and explores the connections between our past and our future, with a current focus on space age themes as a metaphor for the progress of the human condition. Working primarily with oil paints, she uses a combination of palette knife and brushwork to give her work texture and interest.
"Born and raised in rural area of California, Deborah grew up surrounded by nature, but close enough to San Francisco to be influenced by the city’s history of social, musical and political upheaval. Her lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Venturing into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, her expansive and eclectic sound has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO; voice and yoga in Mysore, India, and co-writing and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. ”
"Making art is a process that changes as the artist grows and changes. We are constantly bombarded with images, conflicting information, and ideas. In our current cultural moment, I want to stop in the maelstrom so that I may observe things closely in an attempt to answer the question of what matters most in life, what is it that is truly important. Right now, this truth is important to me." -Jennifer Fearon
"Animals are my primary subject mater. Animals utilized as stand-ins for people can say a lot about the human condition, but in a less individualistically identifiable way and I like this visual challenge as an artist. There are no human faces to distract from what my message is. That message is often narrative and personal. I can and often do, address environmental issues and endangered species within my artwork as a way to draw attention to the beauty and significance of these subjects. This duality of personal narrative and environmental consciousness is what interests me in my art making process." -Tara Tucker
Madelyn Covey is an Oakland/Emeryville based artist working in painting, drawing, video, and textiles. She received her MFA from Mills College in 2012 and currently works at Creative Growth Art Center. Covey's work deals with the relationship between people and media representation and how the production and prevalence of images affect culture. Cosplay, or costume play, is a motif throughout her work that explores how people are able to combat the commodification of heroes and reclaim the characters as representations of their own lived experiences.
"My artistic heritage is as American as Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Burchfield, their tumultuous landscapes a metaphor for a country in turmoil. My paintings often are based on photographs I’ve taken in the area where I live and also during my road trips across the United States and South America, but the photograph only starts the painting--then the back-and-forth between the mechanics of painting and my subconscious intentions take over, until there is a truce between the two---then the painting is finished. Sometimes I get ideas that won’t let me go, and I spend several days envisioning how to put them on a canvas. "
Anahid Aslanyan is an Armenian/American artist born in Iran. San Francisco is her home, She has been drawing since childhood. She lived and exhibited at the historical Goodman Building, an artists' community in San Francisco in the early eighties. Later she obtained a BFA from S.F. Art Institute in 1988. Her work has been shown and published since 1978. She has also exhibited Internationally in Armenia and the Czech Republic. Nature is the strongest inspiration for her work.This is art that comes from the spirit, exploring the dream universe of the soul.
Holly Friesen was born in Saskatchewan, studied Visual Arts at John Abbott College in Montreal and painting at York University in Toronto. Through many years of travel she discovered the portability of watercolors and honed her skills by painting on location. Settling in Mont-Tremblant, QC, Holly opened Artbeat Studio where she painted and taught for 20 years. While living and working in the Laurentians she painted from close observation of nature. She rediscovered the luscious physicality of oils and the textural versatility of acrylics. The scale of her paintings continually grew to accommodate the large movement she felt within herself and the earth around her. Her newest pieces are largely informed by internal metaphors and dream images she encounters when painting from inside the landscape.
Casey Gray is a contemporary artist working primarily as a painter, but occasionally in printmaking, design and site-specific murals. His work examines our collective entanglement with the dignity and reality of every day, and engages the symbolic potential of collected objects and personal ephemera to tell stories and inform identity. He often works in serial format, referencing historical painting tropes as a point of departure. His work is characterized by his commitment to aerosol paints and laborious hand-cut masking techniques, resulting in a type of skewed realism. Gray received his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, and his BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University in 2006. He has exhibited extensively across the United States and abroad, and has been published widely both in print and online media. He has lived and worked in San Francisco, California since 2008.
Hersley Casero & Toulla Mavromati
Hersley Casero is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Dumaguete City, Philippines. He received his BSC in Marketing and an Artist of the Year Award from Foundation University. Being born and raised in Dumaguete, the city has shaped Hersley’s perspective as a visual artist and is the stage for many of his paintings & photographs. His works have been recognized and published in local, national and international publications. Over the years, Casero has explored and experimented with a wide spectrum of materials, subjects, and concepts. He motivates others by collaborating on art projects like “Ha?: The Laughing Boy Project” and promoting the freedom of self-expression through art. Toulla Mavromati will be accompanying him as a documentary filmmaker.
Painter, Antoinette Wysocki was born in Washington DC. She later moved to California to earn her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, she resides in New York where she continues her craft. Her works have been exhibited and sold all around the world. Including New York, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, and San Francisco. Wysocki was nominated by GLAAD as Top Emerging Artist in 2007. Her pieces are often multimedia in which she incorporates acrylic, ink, charcoal, pencil, gauche and watercolor. She describes her works as expressive and abstract.
"My painting has its roots in the fanatical ethos of a small school in the South of France which made Cezanne its figurehead and had a very black and white view of art history. L'ecole Marchutz was a great place to get rooted in a concrete perspective of the fundamentals and a format of painting from real life. Twenty years later, I still paint on location, finding myself in relation to a place and seeking unity with my surroundings. Only now I've exchanged the south of France for the open-air nut house that is San Francisco."
Marian Pham is an artist and illustrator based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has studied at California College of the Arts, Academy of the Arts University, and studied abroad in South Korea at Hongik University. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2010, and is currently continuing her studies in all aspects of classical realistic art, creative writing, and comics.
Anne Faith Nicholls
Anne Faith Nicholls is an American contemporary artist based in California. Best recognized for her Neosurrealistic paintings, Nicholls has exhibited in collections, galleries, museums, and fairs around the world, and also contributed to a variety of high profile commercial projects with renowned collaborators. Often exploring the subconscious, her works are layered and mysterious, creating symbolic and alluring narratives on the human condition, with a unique perspective.
Brenda Zlamany is a multimedia artist from Brooklyn, NY. Since 1982 her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; the National Museum, Gdansk, Poland; and the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, Belgium. She has received portrait commissions from the World Bank, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The New York Times Magazine, and other institutions. Grants that she has received include a Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, Fulbright Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Yale University recently commissioned her to create two large-scale group portraits, permanently installed on campus. She received a BA from Wesleyan University.
Painter, L.C. Armstrong, explains "my paintings are primarily about focusing on the good, and on the resilience of people and nature, and most importantly on finding magic in the everyday. The viewer is invited to recover the symbols that can enrich our increasingly virtual lives, and to embrace the beauty of reality."
Helen’s musical inspirations are wide-ranging: from Bach to Messiaen (a fellow synaesthete), Fats Waller to Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, from Wayne Shorter to Astronomy, Shakti to Archaeology, and Nick Drake to total Native American respect – but most importantly of all – finding time to watch the flowers grow…
Kevin Bleau is a composer, arranger, musical theater writer, and performer based in Boston, where he teaches musical theater writing, composition, arranging, music technology, and harmony at Berklee College of Music.Kevin’s arrangements have been performed by Crystal Gayle, the Platters, Hollywood actor Wilford Brimley, Broadway divas Michele McConnell and Marni Raab, Miss New Hampshire, and many others. As Staff Arranger for the United States Air Force Band of Liberty, he arranged and transcribed more than one hundred popular songs; these arrangements have reached over five hundred thousand audience members since 1998.
"My work is about memory and family. Although I work from photographs, the paintings are not photorealism. The paint itself, with its restive and gestural surfaces, embodies the memory with which I see the past. And the past is my family, is sibling rivalry, marital conflicts, divorce and adversity and their effects." -Patrice Sullivan
"You are invited to pick up a mask from the floor. It might not be so easy. You move, and there’s a new face, waiting. What do these faces say? You must continue to scan. Is there one that speaks to you directly? Or more than one? Will you decide? I can help you. Are you represented? Are you left out? There are three hundred masks on the wall and three hundred more on the floor! I want to ask, where are you among these creatures? We began with a hole, now there is a chance." - Hamlet Mateo
Emily Carr has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she’s the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades.
Megan Roberts and Raymond Ghirardo
Megan and Raymond have been collaborators on video, sound sculpture, and performance works since the 1970s. Primarily working on large-scale installations that incorporate sculptural construction, sound, video and other elements. Their work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts.
Julianne Jones is an artist living and working in Franklin County, MA. She received her Associates degree in Fine Arts in 2014, from Greenfield Community College. Julianne continued on to UMass Amherst to complete a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio Arts in 2016. After graduating she remained in the area to work from her home studio and show locally. Jones has exhibited throughout the Berkshires, Hudson NY, and Brooklyn NY. Jones’s work delves into themes of female body image as well as racial inequality and social justice.
Mariel grew up between two countries, born in the United States, raised primarily in Mexico. As a border child and contemporary artist, she is interested in discussing the issues concerning life on the US-Mexican border and the ongoing search of identity that specifically happens in the region.
Based on mystical animal hybrids and elements of Mexican folklore and folk art, her work reflects this issue, seeking identity within modern fractured culture. These native creatures, or as she calls them “Tescuani”, are a break between the fantastic and the real while they inhabit an uncanny setting and space of liminality. The analogy of animal hybridity is a representation of Mariel's own background and lineage.
C.K.Itamura is an autodidactic interdisciplinary artist, designer, and producer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines tangible materials, sensory prompts, book arts, photography, language, time and space to create visual work, participatory projects, and conceptual installations.
Lea Walloschke is a multifaceted artist living in Berlin. She has worked as a fine artist, sculpturer, performer, director, author, graphic novelist, composer and singer. Lea has visually formed many theatre shows, dance shows, performances and films with her work as stage and costume designer. In every work, she looks for authenticity and tries to penetrate the chosen subject from all sides.
Gloria is a former art teacher who is looking forward to delving into the beautiful Sonoma countryside! Her work as a plein air painter is a snapshot of the environment, yielding bold, strikingly original content. She holds a BA from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, and is a lifelong resident of Kansas City. With exhibitions in various local and regional shows, she is currently represented by Gallery V, Leawood, KS.
Reuben is a Bay Area based artist. He holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. During his stay Reuben plans to spend time doing fieldwork such as; sketching, photographing, and drawing of the natural environment throughout the Warnecke Ranch and Vineyard grounds. The other portion will be spent in the studio working with those photos and sketches to create paintings.
Kirsten Rae Simonsen
Kirsten Rae Simonsen received her MFA from the University of Chicago after studying traditional Balinese painting and drawing in Bali, Indonesia for a year at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) and with a master painter in Sukawati, Batuan (I Made Bukel). She has shown her work nationally and internationally, with work shown at Root Division in San Francisco, Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, Pterodactyl Philadelphia Gallery in Philadelphia, and The Residence Gallery in London, to name a few. Also, she has created site-specific drawing installations for the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts. Simonsen lives in Honolulu with her husband, dog, and bird, and she loves traveling the world for inspiration. You can see more of her work at: Instagram: @behomebeforedark.
Gilmor attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Iowa State University and has an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa School of Art. She is professor emeritus at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
Jane has exhibited her work internationally for 38 years. She began showing at A.I.R. in the late seventies and was a national member from 1986 -2006. Her work has been reviewed in journals such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Art Examiner and is included in several books including Lucy Lippard’s, OVERLAY: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory; and Broude and Gerrard’s The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970’s History and Impact, Abrams, 1993; and Pioneer Feminists: Women Who Changed America, 1963-1976, B. Love, University of Illinois Press, 2006. In 2009 she was a contributor to Cabinet magazine.
Genevieve Quick is a San Francisco based artist and arts writer. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her work in galleries in the Bay Area. She has been awarded residencies at the Mills College, de Young Museum, MacDowell, Djerassi, and Yaddo. Quick has received a Center for Cultural Innovation, Investing in Artists grant and a Kala Fellowship. She has contributed writings to Shotgun Review, The Present Group, and Temporary Art Review. Quick regularly contributes to Art Practical.
Zygarewicz was born in Chile in 1965, grew up in Bolivia, and moved to San Francisco at the age of 15. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Loyola University, New Orleans and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Zygarewicz has exhibited across the US and has received numerous awards and critical recognition for both her sculptures and installations. She recently participated in “Southern Open 2011”, at AcA, “NOLA NOW Part I: Swagger for a Lost Magnificence”, at the CAC; “Women Work Wonders”, and “Brother, Can you Spare a Day “ at Staple Goods, “thread ~ el hilo de mis dias” AcA, Lafayette, LA.
A widely respected performer, composer, and educator, Vessela Stoyanova is a triple threat on the Boston music scene. Born and raised in Bulgaria, most of her original music is inspired by the folk music of the Balkans. Her compositions have been recorded by numerous ensembles and performed at major Boston-area venues
Enrique Gonzalez Müller
Enrique Gonzalez Müller started his career as a music producer and engineer at the Plant Studios working with artists like the Dave Matthews Band, Joe Satriani, Joan Baez, Les Claypool, and members of Metallica. In his home country of Venezuela, he's produced many chart-topping albums in for Caramelos de Cianuro, Viniloversus, and Desorden Publico, and in 2009, his collaboration with Los Amigos Invisibles won the band a Latin Grammy Award for their album Commercial.
Nate is a musician, writer, and educator. He curates the Lost Marbles Salon, an experimental monthly art and science gathering at Cloud Club a Boston art collective. While in residence Nate will focus on the development of a new course for Berklee College of Music that will draw from diverse scholarship, including: media and cultural studies that address celebrity identity, fan culture; psychodynamic explorations of human-computer interactions, and the nascent field of sound studies.
Born in New Jersey and raised in rural Connecticut, Karen developed her first connections to the natural world on the shores of Long Island Sound. She earned her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and upon graduating moved west. Her green sensibility has been prized by many private collectors and has earned a place in numerous permanent public collections including the New York State Museum in Albany and Providence Medical Center near Seattle. During her residency, she plans to make preliminary studies and sketches in pencil, paint, or iPad, and hopes to further develop the social and environmental themes in her artwork.
Katherine Whitlock lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her whimsical illustrations, charts and cartographies are collaborative journeys that fuse facts with experience based research and myths. She has been commissioned by public and private organizations to create maps of Italy; Big Bear, California; Little Compton, Rhode Island; Saint Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The World. Her illustrations reside in private collections across the United States. Whitlock holds a BFA in painting from Arcadia University and studied Painting and Art History at the Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy.
Julia Barry, composer, pianist, and singer, creates music as a tool for social and environmental justice. She is interested in exploring peace—particularly the experience of natural spaces—through sound. During her stay, at Chalk Hill Artist Residency, she plans to develop and write a composition for “Habitat: Home”—a collaborative, multi-disciplinary performance series slated for 2018. These shows will explore the current hostility in America, encourage communication across our nation’s divides, and highlight art as a form of empowerment and resistance.
Bennett, better known as "Eyevan Tumbleweed," is a nature lover with an art intensive background of over 15 years. He has worked in various creative mediums not limited to visual arts. In 2002 while living in Prescott, AZ Eyevan found his medium in wood sculpture. Since then he has spent the majority of his artistic focus on a series of visages comprised from pieces of wood he has been collecting for 4 years from mountains, deserts, swamps, forests, riparian zones (rivers) and beaches. While in residence he hopes to accomplish an anatomical project. A full body piece or a torso and head with found wood. Bennett believes that Chalk Hill Residency will prime him in an experiential way, to be able to make future full body figures.
Clark was born and raised in San Francisco. He lived there for 50 years. He has been a Santa Rosa resident for 25 years. A graduate of the California Maritime Academy, Clark had a 40-year career as a licensed Navigation Watch Officer on American Merchant Ships. He has been drawing for nearly 5 years. Clark hopes to capture the moment of imagination: therefore, sometimes the irrational, improbably or impossible.
Dean was born in New York City and now resides in Berkeley, California. As a visual artist his work is best described as narrative and at first glance might appear representational. He typically works with chosen themes and from them creates a series of images - paintings, mixed media, or assemblage. The work is usually concept driven and aims to tell a story. His overall vision and intent while in residence will be the development and exploration of a body of work centered around wine and viticulture.
As a painter, Christine explores themes of place, identity, boundaries, and belonging. In the majority of her work there is no human presence. Anonymous architectural structures become the central image but streets and buildings remain vacant evoking a sense of nostalgia and longing in the viewer. She distorts space, light, and distance to create an altered and sometimes unfamiliar version of a “remembered place.” A place first experienced will often appear different upon return. Because memory is changeable and fleeting, reality also becomes unreliable. In her art practice, she works to capture intimate, but barren environments in mundane moments. During her residency, she plans to work on her new body of work called "Fenomenal" about femininity as a force of nature.
He makes art for the creative freedom released by a vivid and fertile mind, inspired by materials both art and non-art related. Kevin explores and pushes the limits of a material, struggling with it. The process tests his own limitations and biases. Chalk Hill Residency will allow him the time and space to draw from the past. It will give him the freedom of thought to bring it all together.
Pierce is a composer/performer and music technologist based in Spain, who will be working on a 2 channel audio installation piece, title: Cyclic Remains. The sound composition is being prepared at the Chalk Hill Residency over the course of the summer, and was previewed as a work-in-progress installation piece on August 13th at our 2017 Summer Open Studio. This new audiovisual performance by Pierce Warnecke was commissioned by CRAK Festival (France), which will premiere Sept 21st 2017 in Paris at the St. Merry Church.
Heather has been working on a documentary film called "Who Pays the Price, the Human Cost of Electronics." She is also writing a book called the ‘Dragon’s New Rules’ which explores the major themes of the film. Heather spent two weeks at Chalk Hill working on the completion plan and roll-out of her documentary film. The film explores the human cost of global outsourcing, revealing that thousands of young people, many working illegally, are becoming terminally ill from factory working conditions. In China this is a new development; the parents of these teens had no experience with the global economy and the pressures and toxins modern day production brings to its workforce.
"Composing and teaching are not only the most important things in my life but also my passion. The best reward for me, like creating a piece of music, is to see students making progress in my class. I always tell my students, 'If you like to learn, I love to teach and give you all I know about music.'" - Rosey Lee
Mark Thomas started creating art when he was 8 years old. In high school he took art classes. Mark has been with BI Art since 2007. Mark often sketches in his sketchbook in great detail before beginning a work. He seems to care deeply about his work and meticulously focuses on every detail. He enthusiastically attends classes weekly in photography, painting, mosaics and ceramics and his work has evolved beautifully with his studies. In photography class he has worked with toy plastic cameras and has learned the process of making prints in a black and white darkroom. Mark's art work has been shown in numerous exhibitions at the Sonoma County Art Fair and the Gallery of Sea and Heaven. His portfolio was shown at an event celebrating our Chalk Hill Artist Residency Program. Most recently his photography was accepted into a photography show at the Santa Rosa Laguna Foundation. Mark has also worked on unique projects like upcycling and painting furniture and a guitar and it's case.
Her drawings on paper, rendered in pen and ink, integrate human anatomy and the form of a tree. Her process begins with familiarizing herself with the terrain, noting how the trees interact with the land; How their form has been effected by outside elements (are they contorted from high winds or limited sun exposure), their height (what vantage point they've maintained, what have they witnessed over time), and their shear size (girth especially determines how old they are and the wisdom they possess). Jamie picks a few trees in particular and build a relation with them, through her imagination and through reality. In the mean time she composes a sort of portrait of them and incorporate some sort of anatomy that suits their character. Chalk Hill's acreage will act as the next chapter to this series and the trees a new cast of characters. This project is location specific and Chalk Hill Artist Residency provides the ultimate backdrop and space to expand her work and, in turn, heightens the publics' view of nature.
Nicolas Lefort & Monai de Paula Antunes
Nicolas Lefort is a French composer/performer and music technologist based in Berlin. Since the early 2000s while constructing puzzling relations between sound, space, objects and architectures, he digs down a path to explore matter in its full potentiality: as a lively embodiment of virtualities, complex causalities, unceasing transformation. He is an advanced sound synthesis, shaping time and space with his hybrid analog-digital modular synthesizer and computer generated processes. He is currently master student at U.D.K. Berlin in the Time Based Media department as well as at the California Institute of the Arts, CA with the Music Technology and the Composition program. Monaí de Paula Antunes researches within the artistic realm. Relation is the magnet of her interdisciplinary projects, which seek transversal approaches for information systems, spatial design, and performativity. She was born in Brasília-DF, Brazil and studied Arts and Media at Universität der Künste Berlin / Generative Art Class / Prof. Alberto de Campo
Robin's great passions are art, communities, cycling, the environment, history, music, philosophy, reading and how these aspects of her life mutually inform her. During her residency, she will do watercolor and oil landscapes, creating a “painting cycle,” capturing rivers flowing from the mountain to the sea, inspired by the Russian River as it winds from Chalk Hill through the Sonoma County landscape. This landscape painting project is her quest to create a visual poetry with the resonance of Tankas and Mandalas. Her residency will produce a cycle of paintings raising awareness of the impact of human action on the land, and arguing visually for the adoption of ethical practice with the animals, plants and other beings with which we share the land.
Kate got her MFA in 2015 from the School of Design in Rhode Island. For over the last 4 years her work has explored California’s cannabis trade, with her Master’s Thesis, ‘Cottage Industry’ being the apex of that work. The series of 5 lithographs document the appropriation of the home as a grow house and the shifting roles that occur when the lines of work and home are blurred. The conclusion of that series has brought her to her latest project, 50 paintings of personal gardens from Northern California. From flowers to food, these paintings attempt to capture the work, care and attention that goes into curating ones own garden. Although the subject matter may be different, the projects are linked through reoccurring themes that come up while she makes the work. During her stay at the residency she wants to create a three part series of graphite drawings that will use, at its anchor, the Chalk Hill Estates. She plans to illustrate the agricultural powerhouse that is Sonoma County.
Lacey was born in Kentucky and raised in the SF bay area where she still resides. She was home-schooled as a child and spent most her time making artwork and creating elaborate games of make believe with her younger brother. Her early participation in children’s theatre provided the basis for her career as a scenic painter, principally for California’s Great America theme park in Santa Clara, CA. She also studied oil painting at Ohlone College where she earned her AS degree in fine art. Lacey spent several years independently refining her work before she began showing her oil paintings and occasional installations in the Bay Area, LA and beyond. She creates nostalgic scenes with anachronistic elements in brushy oil paint. These paintings present an underlying narrative of shared human experiences such as connection and isolation.
The foundation of Ben's work is composed of the simple notion of life and death. He has a B.F.A. degree from Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, CA. Ben wants to spend his time at the residency applying a variety of techniques, materials and processes to a series of paintings and drawings.
Christina was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles. In high school she was influenced by the paintings of Marta Chaffee and Sam Francis...inspired by their work she began to focus on painting living in Oakland. Christina studied painting, film and drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute. After two years she returned to U.C. Berkeley, graduating with a BA in Art. While at UCB she worked at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and studied music at Laney College in Oakland. She moved to New York City in 1996, invited by her sculpture teacher Irv Tepper and taught summer school art in Brooklyn and Harlem as well as beginning to draw seriously. She has been inspired by graffiti....Twist, Eskae, Crayone, Dream, Con One, Miner, etc... Currently she surfs, and studies acting with Rob Reece and draw from a small studio and is represented by the Robert Berman Gallery and herself.
Haynes creates almost-abstract images via a unique photographic and rust process. The resulting images feel like half-remembered dreams of the American landscape. Haynes is also branching out in new directions with this show: color photography is making its first appearance in his work at the gallery. This body of work not only contrasts nicely with the almost-black and white nature of his earlier work, but also reveals Haynes as a sensitive and subtle creator of photographic images, no matter the medium. Jim Haynes lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Evans is a Painter/Architect and will be at the residency for the month of October. Martin has lived in London for the last 20 years and was originally from the English countryside of rural Worcestershire. Martin will be keeping a sketch book diary of his time in residency. He paints in an impressionistic manner, not at all tight or detailed.
"My paintings are the result of observation informed by imagination--a place where the iconic is seen in the emotional context of mystery and surprise. There is a powerful energy when sky meets ground. To intensify that connection I strive to create a psychologically-nuanced atmosphere of unexpected color, giving it depth and consequence." -Anne Ireland
Jacob Broussard is an emerging artist originally from Louisiana, USA. He is of French Cajun descent, and paints from a Southern vernacular: a temperamental language that questions the connection between Southern identity and geographical identification. Through his artistic practice, he explores the correlation between landscape, abstraction, and self-invention.
Flo Perkins is currently working and residing in the Pojoaque Valley north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has studied under renowned Italian master glass blower Lino Tagliapietra. Her work can be found in several museum collections including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Museum and the Racine Art Museum as well as numerous public and private collections.
Classical Jazz musician, Freddie Bryant received a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and is in demand in the New York jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell and many others. He was a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet and the Mingus Orchestra and leads his own group, Kaleidoscope. He has toured 55 countries and collaborated with musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including Indian classical musicians, African singers, oud players, traditional Arab groups and klezmer bands. In 2006, Bryant spent a week in Cuba, performing and working with other musicians. As an impassioned educator, he has taught jazz to all ages around the world.
Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco has performed with such greats as Milt Hinton and was a student of Ted Dunbar and Gene Bertoncini. As a leader, Monaco fronts her own jazz quartet, which performs original compositions with post-bop mixed with the avant-garde as well as Middle-Eastern flavors; her second CD, Intention (Innova Recordings) was released to wide acclaim in April 2007. The am4 performs frequently in various clubs around New York City and has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival. Monaco also co-leads the jazz quintet, Playdate, which incorporates modern twists into a hard-bop, bluesy sensibility. The author of Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), Monaco is on the faculty of National Guitar Workshop and has taught at Berklee College of Music.
Noah Dasho is a printmaker and painter based in Oakland, California. He received a bachelor of arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work often focuses on groups, clusters, or repeated patterns, especially as they relate to man-made elements interacting with nature, or vice versa. His current work combines his early childhood fascination with birds--greatly informed by his maternal grandmother’s decoy shop and his paternal grandfather’s Middle-Eastern heritage. Pieces reflect a focus on the visual assonance between the meticulous grid work often found in handwoven rugs and the majestic natural patterning of bird feathers. Dasho has shown at various venues around the Bay Area and is a member of the California Society of Printmakers.
Lacey Bryant is a San Jose artist who works in a variety of media, oil paints being her favorite. She paints primarily on wood surfaces, often utilizing found wood for the unique textures and history they offer. Her subjects are often dreamlike, inhabiting a realm of strange, nostalgic sweetness with undercurrents of darkness and mystery. Each piece is a bit of the middle of a story for the viewer to interpret in their own way. Contrasting cute with creepy, familiar with odd, Lacey sets out to quietly captivate and unnerve her viewers through the underlying tension of her work.
Beth Fein has been a visual artist and dancer for over thirty years in the Bay Area. Since 2005, she has recreated and directed dance anywhere: an annual, global, participatory, public art performance that has been performed on seven continents and in fifty countries. The whimsy of chance elements and life choices often appear in Fein’s work: should it be this or that? The ideas, of the combination of unpredictability and the necessity, of making choices, often-difficult ones has appeared in her work over a long period of time.
Javier Arce is an emerging important artist from Spain whose work has been exhibited and collected in Europe and South America. He received his Masters in Sculpture from the Wimbledon School of Fine Art. Arce’s drawings are executed on Tyvek and deliberately crumpled so that when installed on the wall in a deliberate fashion of pulling and pushing the drawings take on a sculptural feel as they project outwards from the wall.
Poet and doctor Catharine Clark-Sayles was raised as a military-brat and after her childhood of frequent moves across the United States, she attended college and medical school in Colorado then moved to Northern California in 1979 for medical training as an Army physician. Better as a doctor than as a soldier she chose civilian life and a private practice specializing in older adults.
Dr. Clark-Sayles has learned poetry by reading and working with mentor poets Margaret Kaufman, Robert Sward and David St. John. She has had many poems published in medical journals and anthologies. One Breath is her first book. The title comes from advice she was given as an intern: in an emergency take one breath and then another.
Beth Ferguson is an ecological designer, public artist and founding director of Sol Design Lab based in San Francisco. She has an MFA in Design from the University of Texas, Austin. She has engaged thousands of participants in her work that ranges from solar charging stations, bus stop interventions, solar payphones, ecological map making and public furniture made from up-cycled materials. Ferguson has taught ecological design and public art courses at Stanford University, Hampshire College Center for Design and the University of Texas at Austin. She has received commissions from SXSW, Zer01 San Jose Biennial in 2010, 2012, TEDxPersidio, Austin Cultural Contracts, Mass Audubon, Coachella, Maker Faire, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Energy, Sacramento Utility and The Art Institute of Chicago. Beth’s work has been features in the New York Times, Make Magazine, Pop Tech, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Austin Business Journal, and 7×7 SF and beyond.
Karen Hackenberg lives and works in Port Townsend, WA. Her ongoing series Watershed addresses the tenuous boundary between living nature and human encroachment. “In my ongoing painting series, Watershed, I take a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, presenting a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of our new post-consumer creatures of the sea. The Watershed paintings are inspired by the incongruity of the man-made detritus found washed up on the otherwise pristine shores near my Discovery Bay, WA studio.”Hackenberg collects this flotsam and creates meticulous gouache paintings from her seascape compositions. This exhibition includes a selection of her paintings as well as her collected castaways that “bob in on the waves from far and near.”
Robin Wyatt Dunn
Robin Wyatt Dunn writes and teaches in Los Angeles. He is a member of the intelligentsia. He holds three degrees and drinks coffee (lattes included) and thinks that being intelligent is a good thing and talking about ideas worthwhile. He is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Marie is an architect, planner, urban designer, landscape designer and artist. She spent her residency working on her project, ‘Sculpture of Relationship,’ an artistic formal exploration of shapes responding to the work of architect John Carl Warnecke and the landscape and material environment of Warnecke’s Sonoma County ranch. Marie is working with Warnecke’s primary archival materials and conducting oral histories with members of the Warnecke family to create a series of works that respond to the family’s architectural legacy and to their relationship to the Healdsburg, California landscape where they have resided for generations.
Mary Button Durell
Mary Button Durell is a San Francisco-based artist who works primarily with paper and wheat paste. Mary’s work is medium-centric and process-oriented allowing for unique shapes and forms to emerge out of a temporal engagement with her materials. For more than 20 years, Mary has explored the nuances and intricacies of paper and light and continues to experiment with her medium and its visual capacity for transformation. In her most current work, Mary has introduced color in various formats from paint to acetate. Working with limited materials in the pursuit of the properties of light and translucency, predominant motifs emerge in the shape of biomorphic forms, layering and patterns that recall the infinite organic fabrics that make up the natural world—from the ethereal and cosmic (constellations, galaxies, asteroids) to the microcosmic (cellular fibers, molecular structures). In this way, Mary’s art practice aims to reconfigure the complexity of the universe into simple materials.
A fourth generation San Franciscan, John Bucklin has been drawing and painting since he was three. Trained in the classical tradition at the Florence Academy of Art, he continued his studies in New York City, graduating with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been shown in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Since 1990, John has been spending summers in Montana and Wyoming. An avid fly fisherman, he loves to hike and camp in the great outdoors. John finds inspiration for his work in the landscapes of the American West. He loves the unknown possibilities and physical challenges that he experiences outdoors, whether he’s hiking to 11,000 ft. in the John Muir Wilderness, crossing the lonely Mojave Desert, or exploring the Bob Marshalls. “All these adventures push me further, and are a metaphor for my creative process.
Mary Armentrout is a dance artist who works primarily with repetition and duration to uncover aspects of intentionality and presence. She makes works that embody the contradictions of contemporary life, both our conflicted, fractured sense of self, and our discontinuous, collage sense of being-in-the-world. She grounds her work in her ongoing investigations of the Feldenkrais mind-body practice, drawing on the rich ways its awareness practice embodies and problematizes issues of intentionality and presence. From the conflictions and dislocations she finds there, her work spills out to build odd and compelling structures exhibiting contradictory aspects of our self-awareness and being-in-the-world. Her choreography consists of small fragments of everyday movement, words, and environments that are distilled, distorted, polished, and stripped down to reveal the layers of ambiguity, pathos, and absurdity underneath the surface.
Debra Cook Shapiro
Debra Cook Shapiro is a San Francisco artist whose large-scale and richly painted landscapes and figurative paintings are inspired by observing her children; by the places they have visited; and by memories of her own childhood, which emerge during the process of painting. Shapiro often starts with a photographic reference but departs from the photo and recreates the scene such that a new reality is achieved, infused with personal history and lyricism.