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(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.

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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
NegativWobblyLand

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

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

What: Food, Booze, Community and FANTASTIC MUSIC!

DEETS:

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.

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Portrait of Meg (Blue)

On August 30th, Bridge Art Space hosted the opening reception for “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Woman” by artist Debbie Moore.

In celebration of Debbie’s woman-focused artwork, curator Charles Kruger invited writer Cassandra Dallett to put together a reading by several distinguished East Bay women who write.

Artist Debbie Moore, her sangha friend Meghan and musician Jamsa musically blessed the space before the poets performed:

Cassandra Dallett occupies Oakland, California. She writes poetry and memoir of a counter culture childhood in Vermont and her ongoing adolescence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cassandra has published in Slip Stream, Enizagam, The Criminal Class Review and  sPARKLE + bLINK among many others. Manic D Press has recently announced that they will be publishing Cassandra’s first book length poetry collection.

Mk Chavez is the author of  Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press), Visitation, Next Exit #9 (with John Sweet) and Pinnacle (Kendra Steiner Editions). Her poetry and fiction has been published in print and online. Find some of her work at 580 Split, Opium, Instant City, The Rusty Truck, and Zygote in My Coffee. She has been the editor of Mill’s College Award winning journal The Walrus (2010), Cherry Bleeds Literary Journal and the Milvia Street Journal. She is co-founder and co-curator of the Berkeley based monthly reading series Lyrics & Dirges with Sharon Coleman and Thomas Moniz.

Poet Sharon Coleman is an accomplished translator of French and Yiddish poetry, a contributing editor to Poetry Flash, and a much beloved creative writing teacher at Berkeley City College. At BCC, she is the faculty advisor for the award winning student-run literary journal, Milvia Street Magazine.

For many years, Julia Vinograd has been a Berkeley street poet, known to the community as “The Bubble Lady” for her tradition of blowing cascades of soap bubbles while hawking her poetic wares.. Her outsider demeanor (she is never seen without a button pinned to her clothes that reads “proud to be weird”) belies her significant poetic accomplishments. Educated at UC Berkeley and with an Masters of Fine Arts from the prestigious writing program at the University of Iowa, Julia has published an astounding fifty seven books of poetry and three poetry CD collections. The City of Berkeley has given her a Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award, and she has won a Pushcart Prize.

Sonya Renee Taylor is a National and International poetry slam champion who has shared her work and on stages across the US, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands in prisons, treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals and elementary schools.  Her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution:Redux, Off Our Backs, Beltway Quarterly, and On the Issues Magazine.  Her first collection of poetry, A Little Truth on Your Shirt, was released by GirlChild Press in 2010. Sonya’s work has been translated into Dutch, Swedish and German. As a performer, Ms. Renee appeared on HBO, Oxygen Network, BET, CNN, and MTV.

Here is a selection of  photographs (credit Ted Harris) of Deborah’s paintings from “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Women”. The show of paintings will remain available for viewing at Bridge Art Center through the end of October. (Click on pictures for a larger view.)

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(Opening Reception: August 30th, 6-10 p.m., at Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, California.)

Debbie Moore Self Portrait

Debbie Moore Self Portrait

Berkeley visual and performance artist Debbie Moore is a proud child of the 60s. In 1969, she dropped out of Princeton University (where she was one of the first women to be admitted) to join the counter culture and has never looked back. Moving to rural Massachusetts, she joined a commune of three hundred kindred souls called “The Brotherhood of the Spirit” where, she says, she found “the roots of the life I now live.”

Portrait of Meg

Portrait of Meg

That life, over 40 years later, continues to celebrate the visionary insights of 1969: Debbie’s art, performance and life are a continuing living history of a time that changed America, and the world.

Flower Collage

Flower Collage

While most of her fellows who thoroughly embraced the counter culture of the late 60s and early 70s have more or less moved on to some sort of accommodation with the mainstream, Debbie has remained proudly committed to the spirituality of the counter culture, celebrating it in a collection of extraordinary paintings completed over decades of dedicated work.

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Paradise  With Three Muses

With her husband of 21 years, musician (and former research scientist) Marty Kent, she co-founded and co-directs the nude interactive street theatre troupe, X-Plicit Players, whose website states that they perform “in the psychedelic tradition”.  She has also been a designer of original clothing and a performer of one woman shows all over the United States.

Although initially a self-taught artist, she also found time to obtain a studio art degree from the prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts.

The result is a body of work both naive and sophisticated. Her studies of the women in her life, over many years, range from frankly erotic sexual works to almost abstract expressionistic pieces that blur the line between portraiture and landscape painting. Her range of techniques is astonishing, from collage to realistic figure drawings to expressionistic riots of pigment. In all her work, she demonstrates a sophisticated mastery of line, color and composition and an awareness of the larger art world while never sacrificing the childlike, naive quality of her early efforts, inspired by her counter cultural life.

Describing her life in the East Bay, she writes, “I have walked nude through the streets of Berkeley each day, arm in arm with my friends, tenderizing life in the streets, for years.”

Tenderizing is a marvelous term to describe Debbie’s life and art work as she presents “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Women”.

Deb and Nina Curled

Deb and Nina Curled

Debbie Moore Today

Debbie Moore Today

To celebrate this remarkable show, Bridge Art Space is hosting an opening event on August 30th for which Debbie will perform original music and poetry, Oakland poet Cassandra Dallett will curate a short reading by women poets of the East Bay, and the extraordinary Joyce McBride (founder and director of “The Conspiracy of Venus”) will perform music.

As part of this exhibition, Debbie will also be presenting workshops (on a donation basis) exploring her personal yoga of touch, expanded intuition of sound and ecstatic exploration of mindscapes. The workshops will be in the gallery at Bridge Art Space at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 8th and Sunday, September 22nd.

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