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Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah at work on "Bay Peace" at Bridge Art Center.

Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah at work on “Bay Peace” at Bridge Art Space.

There is nothing trashy about artist Daud Abdullah, other than his work. Abdullah is best known for creating colorful mosaics on trashcans in Oakland and Richmond — a unique approach to beautifying the urban landscape.

The City of Richmond calls this work, “Treasureboxes”, and Abdullah creates the trashcan mosaics with his “Treasure Box Academy” — an after school arts program where he teaches urban youth to create mosaic art. The mosaics are created from found stones, bits of glass, broken windows, old china and similar items that might be considered “junk”. Working with “at risk” youth who may sometimes feel as if they’ve been thrown away themselves, he doesn’t fail to communicate the metaphor: you can make art (and a great life) from the most unlikely beginnings and materials.

At Bridge Art Space, he has created a wall-sized mural out of the “trashy” contributions of countless visitors to Bridge. The mural depicts the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and scenes from the city, all drawn together into a colorful tapestry-like creation. The mural includes such whimsical touches as a china plate depicting a portrait of a cat, the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine sailing through the Bay waters, and Dumbo The Elephant flying in the sky over the financial district. Abdullah says that he has hidden many jokes and unlikely items in the mural and hopes that people who stop by will visit the mural often, as they continue to discover new details.

The unveiling is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Scrumptious refreshments will be served. Come join folks from our local community for a pleasant springtime afternoon!

For the past several years, Bridge Art Space has celebrated New Year’s day with a bell-ringing ceremony. This has happened often enough that it qualifies as a tradition.

This year, we had the opportunity to see a mosaic mural-in-progress, “Bay Area Peace”, by Bridge artist Daud Abdullah. The mural will have its official unveiling on March 6th, at 3 p.m.

The video below also includes poetry and music from Rusty Rebar, Sitar Richard and Daryl Henline.

(Reception: December 6, 4-7 p.m.)

Bridge Art Gallery is proud to present works by Mark Grim + Brian Elder.

Mark Grim received artistic training at Cal State San Francisco (BFA degree) as well as the Massachusetts College of Art. His work has been displayed in more than a dozen group and solo shows, and he has been an artist in residence at the Palce of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Mark describes his colorful abstract paintings “[an] attempt to bring together a synthesis of the recognizable and the abstracted”. He is interested, he says, in “the tension between opposites”.

"In The Gulch" by Mark Grim.  (Acrylic on panel, 17X15.)

“In The Gulch” by Mark Grim. (Acrylic on panel, 17X15.)


"The Birth of Cool" by Mark Grim. (Acrylic 16X20.)

“The Birth of Cool” by Mark Grim. (Acrylic 16X20.)










Water colorist Brian Elder describes the subject of his work as “the loneliness of beauty”. He has been a painter for five decades and remarks, “this is not my first rodeo by any means”. He spends significant time painting in wild places. He is interested in looking at “the currents of universal love flowing through everything” and presents his prints and paintings as reflections of that.

"Flicker" by Brian Elder. (Watercolor.)

“Flicker” by Brian Elder. (Watercolor.)

Find more information about Mark and Brian by clicking here and here.

picture 1On Saturday, Nov 22nd, Diewrine Bay Khadim Fall will present an afternoon and evening of drumming at Bridge Art Center. He will speak about his community and land in Senegal and plans for connecting the Bay Area with the Baye Fall Sufi Community for ongoing cultural exchange and friendship. The event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m.










Fall and his partner, Bridge community member Mandina Fall, are looking for people to travel with them to the Darrah to help build housing for the community and guests. They particularly would like to collaborate with permaculture experts, those with construction and agricultural skills and those with a great attitude and interest in peace and love, which is very important to the Baye Fall.

This event is a fundraiser for the community and there is thus a $20 suggested donation, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Artist Mandina Fall has been a part of the Bridge Art Space community since renting a painting studio here three years ago. A scholar in the field of Women’s Spirtuality, she is part of the Associate Core faculty at Sofia University in the Woman’s Spirtuality MA Program and the adjunct humanities faculty at Napa Valley College.

The Falls are deeply involved in their work with the Baye Fall, a Sufi commnity in Senegal, West Africa, working to preserve their land and culture.

The event on November 22nd will be a remarkable opportunity for community building and cultural exchange.

Steve Hurst, a studio artist/clockmaker at Bridge Art Space will be hosting a show at his Point Richmond studio (38 Washington Avenue, next to Hotel Mac) on Sunday, October 26th, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition will feature Steve’s newest (and some familiar) pieces including new illuminated wall art. Featured, also, will be paintings by Point Richmond artist, Sean Papillion; special exhibit of photography by the late Joe Harris; mosaic bicycles, sculpture and wall art of Daud Abdullah; wood sculptures by Donovan Miller; and exotic wood turnings by John Tyler.

Refreshments will be served. STEVENart Design is located next to Hotel Mac in beautiful, historic Point Richmond. For more information, call 510.932.6085.

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Steve describes this exhibit is “an offering” to the growing art community in Point Richmond, and is excited to be featuring the work of several local artists. The show will also feature live music provided by jazz pianist, Ben Flint.

If you have never been to “The Point”, plan on spending some time here. With international restaurants (Brazilian, German, Chinese, Thai, , two parks, a beach, a playhouse, and other amenities (yes, we have a Starbucks).

And of course, you are also encouraged to visit the nearby Bridge Art and Storage Space, at 23 Maine Avenue, where you can see our new plant nursery, check out the storage spaces and studios for rent, and visit our office gallery and learn more about our growing arts community.









On New Year’s Day, 2014, Bridge Art Space celebrated our traditional bell ringing ceremony and open mic. This was an especially auspicious occasion as we move forward in 2014 to work with the city in bringing Bridge Art Space into compliance with all building code regulations as we look toward a wonderful future of art and community in Richmond.

Here is video of all the performances:

ART CLASSES: Suzanne Cerny

"Landscape" by Suzanne Cerny

“Landscape” by Suzanne Cerny

Artist Suzanne Cerny

Artist Suzanne Cerny

Our friend and colleague, Suzanne Cerny will be teaching  multimedia art classes in the gallery space here at Bridge, as well as hosting a series of art-themed films in our Artist’s Lounge.

"Young Man With Guitar" by Suzanne Cerny

“Young Man With Guitar” by Suzanne Cerny

The  classes are scheduled on Saturdays from 11:45 to 2:45, on a drop in basis, and are for anyone interested in furthering their drawing or painting abilities. Suzanne has experience teaching in senior residence homes, in a community college and one-on-one with students who wish to learn new mediums and techniques. She also coaches artists on how to present their work in journals.

"Thaddeus Richard, Jazz Pianist" by Suzanne Cerny

“Thaddeus Richard, Jazz Pianist” by Suzanne Cerny

A versatile artist, Suzanne’s work in multiple mediums includes portraiture, book illustration and plein air landscape. Her first showing of jazz art paintings was at the Bridge office gallery.

Cost: $15.00.

On Oct 26 2013, Bridge Art Space hosted a community barbecue and concert featuring musical performances. It was pretty amazing.

Here are links to the featured performers, plus video:

Donna Lou Stevens
The Kingdom of Not
The Freddy McGuire Show

Wanna party with us? For FREE? (Strictly donation basis)

When: October 26, 2 to 10 p.m.

What: Food, Booze, Community and FANTASTIC MUSIC!


We’ll open the doors at 2 and start serving food and booze at 3.

Starting at 6, we have an amazing lineup of bands:

6 pm     Donna Stevens and the BiRdZ of PlaY

7 pm     The Freddy McGuire Show

8 pm     Kingdom of Not

9 pm     NegativWobblyLand.

Now THAT is a lineup almost too good to be true! But it’s happening. Here, at Bridge Art Space.

Debbie Moore Today

Soon we shall have to say goodbye to Debbie Moore’s lovely installation, “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Women”.  As we prepare to put the Lotus Women to rest, Debbie invites you to attend the following events:

Debbie’s exhibition remains on display to view every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bridge Art Space Gallery, excepting October 5th and October 19th.

Additionally, she will be presenting “Mind Treasures” workshops on Sundays, October 13th and October 20th at noon. Debbie’s workshops explore Debbie’s personal yoga of touch, expanded intuition of sound and ecstatic exploration of mindscapes. Workshops are on a donation basis.

Debbie Moore Self Portrait

Finally, on the afternoon of October 20th, following the “Mind Treasures” workshop, Debbie will host a closing celebration to tuck 100 paintings into bed. The celebration will include a sensuous, blindfolded walk through the gallery as participants intuitively find specific portraits that “speak” to them, as well as Debbie’s performance of a group body, psychic reading.

Deb and Nina Curled

Portrait of Meg (Blue)


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