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Featured Artist Joyce Nojima is a second-generation Japanese American born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She received her B.A. in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and earned her MFA at University of California, Davis in 2014. With my hands, I grip my material and at times pull it apart. Puncturing, disfiguring, welding, and drawing with a heated iron rod. Tentative gestures are interrupted by thick yet translucent scars.
Artist Member: James Bonacci uses his poetic sensibility and thoughtful observation of the everyday to create works on paper, found-object assemblage, and text-based works. He often combines hand-rendered work with his own poetry, integrated into the piece or as accompanying books. The presence of the artist's hand and tactility of the work offer refreshing moments of pause in our busy digital lives.
Featured Artist Pallavi Sharma was born and raised in India and immigrated to United States in 1997. She received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, India and received her Ph.D. in Art History from India's National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation, New Delhi, India. In my performances and installations by multiple aids I try to create channels to invoke ‘sense of freedom’ and understanding of the world I live in. It is not a mirror image of life, but an…
Featured Artist Suzie Buchholz is a San Francisco Bay Area painter, sculptor and installation artist. She studied painting at Atelier du Soleil in Aix-en-Provence, France, and has a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Suzie has served as trustee and vice chair at the Oxbow School in Napa, CA and served on the Board of Directors at di Rosa Museum. Currently she is a member of the Public Art Advisory Group of the Sausalito Art Commission.
Featured Artist Member: Irene Imfeld's photographs of landscapes and objects capture a sense of absence - of architecture, man or nature made, left behind. Her most recent series, Vacant Nests, uses deceased members of the artist's zebra finch flock as subjects.
Artist Member: Katie McCann’s fantastical collages are derived from a sense of wonder and discovery she has retained since childhood. She uses carefully selected collage to construct intricate and unexpected figures, animals and tableaux. Whimsical and absurd, McCann's editing of found vintage material creates new, old things to absorb and enchant us.
Artist Member: Ellen Zucker’s paintings come from an introspective between the paint, the picture plane and her intuition. Though largely abstract works, the presence of a figure can be detected in some of her paintings and sensed in others. Built up layers of paint and pentimenti add visual depth while the odd sharp contrast or hard line emerges from the subtly shifting color and adds a nervous tension to the works.
Artist Member: Richard Whitlock’s oil paintings of toys are at once humorous and nostalgic, while empathetic in their almost human gaze - lovingly painted with accomplished realism. His treatment of the subject, set in dreamy atmospheres lacking a background, lends a warmth that leads one to see these objects as entities, turning still lifes into portraits.
Artist Member: Jenny Balisle’s monochromatic acrylic sculptures are both wildly energetic and incredibly restrained. Within the tight compositions, forms unravel and the hand-manipulated material, that is so sterile by itself, mimics organic growth and decay.
Artist Member: Gina Telcocci’s ephemeral mixed-media sculptures are objects of curiosity. Both scientific feeling and playful, they give us a sense of something revealed – as if we are viewing the interior or scaffolding of nature. Her often translucent forms enclose space and reveal it with orifices - simultaneously becoming a seed pod’s protective outer layer and something more internal or visceral.
Artist Member: Painter Sas Colby’s vivid colors and floral shapes dance with each other in space- recalling Matisse, with a California palette. Energetic yet thoughtful, these richly painted works celebrate the sensory experience of painting from nature.
Artist Member: Brooke Holve has a deep connection with books - as symbols, objects and vessels of knowledge. Her work examines the changing role of the book, highlighting their persistence in our physical world. She uses book remnants themselves along with a multitude of mixed media and techniques including collage, printmaking, photography and digital media to create sculptures, installations, reliefs and artist’s books.
Featured Artist Megan Wilson is a visual artist based out of San Francisco. Wilson’s large-scale installations and public projects utilize a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics as a point of entry and engagement for the issues she addresses conceptually. My current work addresses the need for a fundamental shift from free-market Capitalism that puts profit before all else and negatively impacts the environment, health, and wellbeing of all.