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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.

For you young’uns we’re talkin’ about real vinyl, records that spin!

This Sunday, Bridge Art Space and Bridge Storage  will be hosting the first annual Richmond Slag Fest, where you can buy, sell or trade long playing records.

It’s great chance to hang out with friends, make a find or make a buck, and check out Bridge if you haven’t so far.

While you visit, be sure to go into the gallery space for “Double Vision“, a painting and photograph show featuring the work of Debbie Vinograd and Bob Fischer.

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On June 22, Bridge Art Space opened “Double Vision”, a show featuring paintings by Debbie Vinograd and photographs by Robert Fischer. “Double Vision” continues through the end of July, and can be viewed at the Gallery at Bridge Art Space (23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804) seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Photographer Bob Fischer at work. Photo credit: Charles Kruger + Bob Fischer.

Prior to taking up photography ten years ago, Mr. Fischer had a well-established career as a painter, with one of his works in the collection of  the Smithsonian. A prominent figure in the Chicago art scene for many years, he was described by People Magazine as “the windy city Warhol” because of his celebrity portraits and the collection of oddball performers and eccentrics he presented at his famous “Bizzarte” events. These events often attracted an audience of thousands and would feature such acts as the 200 pound blonde hula dancer and the tap dancing zebra ladies. Since taking up photography over the past decade, he has amassed an astonishing body of work. Arts journalist DeWitt Cheng has written that “Robert Fischer’s humanistic but unsentimental photographs force us to be both more truthful and more tolerant.” James Mann, former curator of the Las Vegas Museum of Art, calls Fischer’s work “a…frank, free, full, forthright presentation of human ripeness.” Mr. Fischer is the subject of two award winning documentary films, “Original Schtick” and “Schtick Happens”.

Debbie Vinograd is an academically trained oil painter whose still lifes, nudes, portraits and imaginary dream creatures reflect her extensive knowledge of art history and the influence of distinguished teachers. She has been showing in the Bay area since the 1970s at such venues as the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, Autobody Fine Art in Alameda, and the Sun Gallery in Hayward. She says, “If looking at the world takes your breath way, you can only get it back by passing it on. Each time I raise a brush to canvas, I have to believe the world hasn’t been created yet. It’s up to me.

For the exhibit, “Double Vision”, Robert Fischer photographed live models. Debbie Vinograd painted portraits from the photographs. Juxtaposed, the two creations challenge our understanding of portraiture. The “double vision” at play here compels us to question the source of each image. Fischer interacts with the live model, but Vinograd does not. Is she making a painting of a person or a painting of a photograph?

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Poet Julia Vinograd (left) and her sister, artist Debbie Vinograd.

That question might lead us to reflect on the complex history of paintings and photographs. For a century now, most audiences have been exposed to great paintings through photographic prints. Relatively few of us have actually seen Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, for example, or Picasso’s “Guernica”. A contemporary teenager studying in an art history class could easily choose Van Gogh as her favorite painter without ever actually seeing a Van Gogh painting.  Yet the same teenager would almost certainly be unable to name the photographer whose image she has actually examined.

Yet, here, in Double Vision, the traditional order has been reversed: the photographer has not reproduced the painting; the painter has reproduced the photograph.

So which is the “real” art? And how do we understand the success or failure of the work? Does the painting “succeed” to the extent that it shows us the photograph? Is the photograph merely a disposable tool of the painter, to be discarded once the painting is finished, or viewed merely as an interesting historical artifact as we examine the painting? Or is it the painting that might be understood as disposable, intended merely as a reproduction of the photograph? Why care about the reproduction when the original is at hand? And where is the model in all this discussion? Should we have called our show “Triple Vision”? Just how many visions of a “single” subject can there be?

Is one work of art more “real” than the other? If so, which and why? And, in this context, what is the “subject” of our show? Is it a show about a group of interesting people who modeled for Fischer, or is it a show about the relationship of photography and painting? Or is it just a (hopefully) clever way of displaying the work of two interesting artists?

Our intention has been to raise these questions in the viewer’s mind, although we offer no answers. Hopefully, those who see this show will come away having enjoyed the work of two outstanding visual artists, and been provoked to think about painting and photography in new and interesting ways. If we’ve done our job right, you’ll never look at the connection between  paintings and photographs in quite the same way, having been exposed to a Double Vision.

The exhibit also features additional photographic work by Mr. Fischer, featuring photographs for his current project, “Listen Very Closely” which focusses on portraits of Bay area writers. There are also some additional still lifes by Ms. Vinograd.

For the opening night event, the party included a literary reading featuring Debbie Vinograd’s sister, Julia Vinograd, often referred to as “the Poet Laureate of Berkeley”, and Charles Kruger, MK Chavez, Rusty Rebar, Jan Steckel, Richard LorangerCassandra Dallett, and Nic Burrose. There was terrific music, too, by Consolidated Electric.

The reading was captured on video; you can see each reader below:

Julia Vinograd

Charles Kruger

MK Chavez

Rusty Rebar + Richard Morrison on sitar

Jan Steckel

Richard Loranger

Cassandra Dallett

Nic Burrose

Point Molate

At the turn of the 20th century, Pt. Molate was  a bustling enclave of incongruous enterprises.  Home to one of the last remaining whaling stations in the country and Winehaven – once  the largest winery in the U.S. – she was converted to a Navy fueling depot for the  Pacific Fleet in World War II. Today she sits abandoned, awaiting her future.  And through the crinolined parapets of the Winehaven castle, those spirit keepers amongst us capture the majestic views from her shoreline, the extraordinary land forms, the
memories of what was, and the hauntingimages of time’s inexorable advance.

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into one of the hidden treasures of the Bay Area – Pt. Molate, depicted in photography, painting, and
scultpure.

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