Events and Workshops 2016

Here you will find links to information about past exhibitions listed by year. We are still in the process of creating this archive.

Dreams Jars
with Green Art Workshop

Saturday, November 12 from 1 - 3 pm
Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

Use found materials to transform jam jars, chocolate boxes, and tea tins into your own three dimensional memory collage. Then, collect your illustrations, ticket stubs, and dream recordings in your personal time capsule. 

Guided by instructor Dounia Lomri from Green Art Workshop: a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. 

Dounia graduated from New York University with a degree in Studio Art and Psychology. Since then, she has lived in Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Austin and is now happy to call the Bay Area home. Her passion is to foster a safe and creative space for people to make art. She teaches in domestic violence shelters, schools and community centers and loves to empower children and adults to think of themselves as artists. Dounia uses her environment and travels as inspiration to create her own work, using painting, photography and mixed media. 

Guided tours by the Curator of the MOHM 

Sunday, November 20, 2 - 4 pm

Drop by for FREE guided tours by the Curator of the Museum of Historic Makeovers, Kathy Aoki. Last chance to see the exhibition and meet the artist! The Museum of Historical Makeovers is a collection of several series of work by Kathy Aoki, often presented in an ersatz museum format with labels and audio guide. Aoki continues to add new pieces to the "Museum's" collection by expanding themes and adding new ones. At left are several popular works presented in the Museum of Historical makeover context. 

Origami Earrings
Teacher: Nga Trinh  

Saturday, October 22, 1 - 4 pm
Class fee: $20 BAC Members/$30 Nonmembers
materials included

Join instructor Nga Trinh in her passion for sustainable art making! In this adult workshop she will be teaching participants how to fold a beautiful pair of earrings made to resemble a eucalyptus seedpod. Nga Trinh incorporates paper folding into her artwork using mostly recycled materials. She holds a BFA from UC Berkeley and is a member of the El Cerrito Art Association. Her origami artworks have been sold to the Alameda County of Arts Commission and the Rountree Visuals in Emeryville. Nga has taught origami classes at the Elephant Pharmacy, El Cerrito Central, North and West libraries, and at the El Cerrito and North Berkeley Senior centers.

Quirky Berkeley Walking Tour
with author Tom Dalzell

Sunday, October 23, 1 pm
$25/person, RSVP required

Author of the recently published guide Quirky Berkeley (Heyday Books), local activist and journalist Tom Dalzell has lived in Berkeley since 1984 and was once called “the arbiter of the eccentric” by the New York Times. He has been methodically walking the streets of Berkeley since late 2012 in search of quirky stuff, blogging about it since 2013. 

Sign up to join Tom on a 2-hour walk, starting at BAC and meandering up the northeast Berkeley hills. Major quirky manifestations will include the Hog Farm peace sign, a Buddhist altar on the street, Buldan Seka’s giant ceramic figures, Bruce Dodd’s giant orange,  Mike Nagamoto’s rusting sax-playing skeleton, and Dick and Beany Wezelman’s African-themed house painting. 

Pay-it- Forward Papermaking
with The Mobile Mill

Sunday, September 18 from 1 - 3 pm
Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

The Mobile Mill presents the Papermaker’s Pack - a paper studio in a briefcase. Working with miniature tools and recyclable materials, this DIY-style papermaking workshop teaches participants how to make handmade paper at home - making pulp for papermaking with a blender. Participants can step up and try their hand at pulling a simple postcard sized sheet of paper. In ‘pay-it- forward’ fashion, participants will make a sheet of handmade paper but leave with paper made by someone else. The Mobile Mill was founded by Jillian Bruschera is an interdisciplinary artist and arts-activist creating works in visual art, writing, public installation, body performance, and social practice. Jillian earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts: Book and Paper from Columbia College Chicago, where she served as Adjunct Faculty and employee at the Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Quiet Please on the Court

Sunday, August 28, 4 - 6 pm
$5 - $20 sliding scale at the door

On the last day of the exhibition Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis participants challenged the artists, Libby Black, Jennie Ottinger, George Pfau and Andrew Witrak to a game on the neighboring courts. Wimbledon-appropriate beverages and snacks were provided, prizes awarded! 

The Kite Makers
with instructor Asha Kalonia

Saturday, August 27 from 1 - 3 pm
Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

This workshop utilizes the kite as a vehicle for exploring identity and memory. Looking at various approaches to portraiture through symbolic representation, students will reflect on and learn how to visually express a significant relationship in their lives. Participants will gain knowledge of the cultural history of kites and discover how to make it personally relevant.

Taught by artist Asha Kalonia who earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University. Asha believes every individual has creative potential and she uses art to ignite this creativity. Her personal artwork includes painting and experimentation with mixed media process. 

Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Click here to view more classes offered by then at SCRAP in SF.

Japanese Calligraphy
The eight basic strokes of Japanese Calligraphy
Teacher: Tomoko Ide

Wednesday, August 17, 10 am - 1 pm
Class fee: $30 BAC Members / $40 Non-members

Japanese Calligrapher Tomoko Ide will usher participants into the beauty of traditional Japanese calligraphy with this introductory workshop. Tomoko will explain how to write eight common strokes which are all found in the character — 永(ei “permanence”). Workshop participants will be provided with Japanese calligraphy’s “Four Treasures of Study”—Washi (paper), Fude (brush pen), Sumi (Ink), and Suzuri (Ink stone). As a beginning calligrapher practices these principles it helps to ensure beauty in one’s writing, drawing or any other practice that requires focus.

Artists in Conversation
Thursday, August 4, 6 pm

George Pfau will present a reading from his illustrated "self-help" bookThe Ugly Game of Inner Winning and artists will return questions from spectators with the help of art critic Glen Helfand. Helfand's writing has appeared in Artforum, and he's contributed to the San Francisco Bay Guardian,, and many other periodicals and exhibition catalogs. He is a Senior Adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, where he teaches courses on contemporary art.
Free for BAC Members$10 non-members, RSVP requested

Opening Reception
Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis

Saturday, July 30, 6 - 8 pm
Free and open to the public

Jennie Ottinger, Jana and Steffi, 2016

Jennie Ottinger, Jana and Steffi, 2016

As part of The Agility Projects series, Berkeley Art Center is proud to present Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis, an exhibition that examines the call and response relationship between artist and viewer using the sport of tennis as a metaphor to this exchange. Artists  Libby BlackJennie OttingerGeorge Pfau, andAndrew Witrak  present drawings, sculpture and animation that use tennis as a way to comment on human psychology: presentation, elitism, communication, and catharsis. 

Like many sports, there are myriad rules and customs that apply to the game of tennis. A distinct quality of match play is the on-court etiquette and ritual—a play of manners and class (or lack thereof). And like the artistic process, there is an opportunity to come from one point away from defeat, to win the match. The aim of good tennis playing is to get out of your head, and trust your body and strokes—to achieve a sort of Zen looseness. On the other hand, as in creating a body of work in the art studio, one can be plagued by self-doubt, second-guessing, and the sometimes complete derailment of one's game. 

Artists and Curators in Conversation

Thursday, July 14, 6 pm
Free for BAC Members, $10 for Non-members, RSVP requested

Join the artists along with curator Heather Marx and René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California in discovering the many “clues” about California revealed through the work in this exhibition. Curator Heather Marx has been involved in the fine art field for over 20 years. Her professional experience has included work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University Art Museum at UCSB, and Hackett-Freedman Gallery in San Francisco. She established Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco in 2001 (renamed Marx & Zavattero in 2008). Marx founded Heather Marx Art Advisory, a comprehensive and independent curatorial agency, in 2014.

René de Guzman is senior curator of art at OMCA. He joined OMCA in 2007 to lead the planning and execution of the reinstallation of the Gallery of California Art. Previously he was a founding staff member at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco. During his fifteen-year tenure at YBCA, he provided early support for some of the Bay Area’s leading artists, and worked with national and international emerging and mid-career artists. De Guzman’s work both at OMCA and YBCA is marked by an ongoing commitment to experimentation and the creation of community around cultural activity. De Guzman earned his BFA in art practice at the University of California, Berkeley and his artworks are in collections including the Berkeley Art Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Division of the Curatorial Studies Program at the California College of the Arts.

Botanical Painting with Watercolors
Workshop for Beginner and Intermediate watercolorists
Teacher: Wendy Soneson

Wednesday, July 13, 10 am - 1 pm
Workshop fee: $30 BAC Members / $40 Non-members

Using the Michael Wilcox color theory, learn to depict beautiful flowers and foliage in the delicate and luminous media of watercolor. Three brush techniques, three mixing methods, and four paper uses will be covered, and the basic methods of mixing all seven million colors from six primaries. Simple drawing lesson will facilitate a project of one still life of a flower.

Artist Wendy Soneson has been painting murals, costuming theater productions, and writing essays for decades. She has taught at the art for 35 years, publishes a newsletter calledWatercolor Weekly and has a  Master of Education in the Arts in Human Development, from Lesley University. She lives in the Bay Area, working with elders and teaching watercolor.

Reading and Book Signing with artist Lewis deSoto

Wednesday, June 29, 6 pm
Free and open to the public

In his newly released book of photographs and essays titled EMPIRE, noted Bay Area artist Lewis deSoto explores his birthplace and ancestral Cahuilla homeland, the "marvelous and abject" landscape of Southern California's Inland Empire. Sixty intimate photos capture the paradoxes of the region's deserts, lushly manicured lawns, freeways, and inland sea.

DeSoto will read from his essays about a youth spent in regions including San Bernardino, mountainous Highway 18, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and Palm Springs. DeSoto's elegant prose marks these places as locales of rich history, industrialization, sharp social strata, as well as sites of deep personal transformation.

BAC Professional Practices:
Web Design for Artists with Laura Schatzkin

Thursday, June 23, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 members / $40 non-members

Join Laura Schatzkin for an evening artist workshop focusing on website development.  Laura will cover topics of the basic website building using popular artist platforms for those with and without coding experience. She will also spend some time covering how to maintain and update your art website and how to utilize SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Laura Schatzkin is a Bay Area web developer and visual artist. Her professional background includes creating websites for artists and non-profits, as well as local small businesses. She has over 15 years experience in web design and development, and as an artist Laura likes to help others promote their creativity. She currently runs Oakland based Modo Web Design. She has her BA in Fine Arts from Connecticut College.

Harnessing the Magic of Nature
with instructor Toni Gentilli

For adults only and individuals with some experience creating 2D artwork.
Workshop fee: $30 Members / $40 Non-Members

Learn to identify, gather, process and use a variety of natural materials suitable for making pigments to be used in watercolors, illustration, and mixed media works. This workshop will also present a number of techniques for collaborating with the elements and chance transformations introduced by various natural processes (e.g., allowing your work to be shaped by the wind or water, charred with fire or faded by the sun). Please wear suitable clothing to work outside, including sturdy shoes – we will be spending the afternoon in beautiful Live Oak Pak.

Toni Gentilli is a visual artist, curator, and archaeologist whose research-based work incorporates historic and experimental photographic processes with printmaking, illustration, sculpture, and installation. Toni has an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MA in Museum Studies from Arizona State University, and a BA with double majors in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has exhibited her work nationally, taught at institutions throughout the Bay Area for the past six years, and received a 2016 Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant in support of her curatorial projects at the Compound Studio Artist Gallery in Oakland.

DIY Lava Lamp
with instructor Chelsea Smith

Saturday, June 11 from 1 - 4 pm
Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

A DIY Lava Lamp workshop will take place during our Northern California inspired exhibit, I Look for Clues in your Dreams. Come get your California groove on in this fun workshop! DIY Lava Lamp making serves as a hands-on learning opportunity for kids and also a creative exercise with recycled materials. Art Instructor Chelsea Smith received her BFA in Ceramics at University of the Arts London and has worked at art institutions in England, Sweden and the U.S. She is currently a studio assistant at Oakland's Creativity Explored and teaches at Golden Gate Children's Art and NIAD Arts Center.

Heavy Mellow
an afternoon of sound performance, presentation and food by
Sean Smith (LFZ, Stimulus Progression)
Chris Duncan (Offing Music and Land and Sea)
Tacos Oscar
Pop Pop Paletas

May 29th 2-4 pm
Sliding scale $5 - $20 at the door

Rooted firmly in solo acoustic composition, Smith has – over the past creatively fruitful decade – adopted electric instruments and devices to further his search and study. Improvisation is now an equal component to composition in his work. LFZ is Smith’s current musical endeavor. Guitar is at the heart and synthesizers come into play at times, all manipulated by a vast array of analog and digital devices. The music is emotionally driven and rides the line between composition and improvisation. There is a deep experimentalism captured in the music of LFZ – all executed by tangible means. LFZ is exploratory of sights, sounds and the phenomenological. Smith is also the owner and operator of the record label, Stimulus Progression. 

Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan's work is a constant balancing act of positive or negative, loud or quite, solitary or participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence. Outside of his studio practice he organizes events and runs a small artist book press and record label called LAND AND SEA with his wife. Duncan earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his Masters Degree in Art Practice from Stanford University. Under the moniker OFFING, Duncan creates open ended sound paintings rooted in the accumulation of simple tones made from tuning forks and harmonicas combined with field recordings of natural phenomena.  

For the event, Duncan and Smith will perform new compositions and present their publishing efforts. Vegan and non-vegan Food will be presented by Pop Pop Paletas and Tacos Oscar.

Private Tour of OLIVER RANCH
A world-class outdoor museum of site-specific installations in Sonoma County

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 9:30am - 4:30pm
including lunch and winery tour

$150 per person / $125 BAC members
This event is FULL. Email if you want to be placed on a waiting list.

Join us for a very special spring stroll around the grounds of the privately-owned Oliver Ranch in Sonoma County, which features an extraordinary array of commissioned, site-specific art installations that are in dynamic dialogue with the surrounding environment. Tour participants will view installations throughout the property including works by internationally-renowned artists Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Viola Frey, Martin Puryear, and Richard Serra.  Docents will provide an informative tour of the grounds with remarkable stories about the artists and what it took to realize these monumental projects. Following the 2+ hour sculpture walk, enjoy a rustic Italian lunch at Diavola in Geyserville.  Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity! Space is limited. Includes a bus ride from designated location in Geyserville, lunch and beverages.

All proceeds benefit Berkeley Art Center, a private, non-profit organization. This is a rain or shine event.

Shadow Puppet Theater
with instructor Chelsea Smith

Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1 - 4 pm
Free and open to all ages

Drawing on cultural histories from China and Bali, students will make their own shadow puppets from construction paper and wood. Kids and adults can go as elaborate or simple with their puppet cut-outs as they like. A small tissue-paper stage will act as a theater for the group to act out a collective play, or individual stories. Art instructor Chelsea Smith received her BFA in Ceramics at University of the Arts London and has worked at art institutions in England, Sweden and the U.S. She is currently a studio assistant at Oakland’s Creativity Explored and teaches at Golden Gate Children's Art and NIAD Arts Center.

GLAS Animation Festival

March 3 - 6, 2016
11 am to 5 pm

Berkeley Art Center will be hosting a pop-up exhibition of animation art installations as part of this city-wide festival. Films will be presented atShattuck Cinemas and panel discussions at the David Brower Center. The BAC installation will feature the work of Mitch Trale, Paul Vester, andCaleb Wood.

Caleb Wood is an experimental animator, and moving image enthusiast. Using animation as a lens, Caleb's work incorporates several different mediums and techniques as artistic exploration. After graduating from RISD in 2011 with a BFA in animation, his work has gone on to be shown internationally at festivals, galleries, museums, hospitals, bars, schools, lawns, and roofs across the world. His installation titled Anipots is a ceramics and animation hybrid project, combining the process of throwing and the forms that vessels take on with zoetrope based animation techniques.

Mitch Trale is a technologist and artist, working online today.  His interests are in the texture of the web, variation in digital vision, and the nature of new ideas. He has exhibited work on both coasts of America, and in a cyber cafe in Germany. He lives and works in Oakland, California.

Festival honoree for the 2016 edition of GLAS is British-born Paul Vester, whose films Picnic, Sunbeam, In the Woods, and Abductees embody a lifetime of dedication to an independent vision. His highly observational films carry a unique tone, often juxtaposing a playful use of the animated medium with serious critiques of war, violence, and the global political landscape. As an independent filmmaker, a pivotal figure in the Liquid TV generation, and as a longtime faculty member of the CalArts Experimental Animation Program, Paul’s contributions have made him an inspiration to the new generation of independent animators.
His piece, Clock 02, is a hand-drawn clock animation installation that measures the passing of time by counting forward with cycles of random lengths. 

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Prepare yourself! A Professional Development Series
with artist Michele Pred

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 6 pm
$20 for BAC Members / $40 Nonmembers

Oakland-based artist Michele Pred has become known for such political works as her Homeland Security series and feminist Pred-a-Porter purses. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and museums in London, Sydney, New York, Bologna, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. She has been teaching professional practices to artists for ten years, currently as Adjunct Professor at CCA. 

In this session Michele will offer valuable tips on presenting your work to gallerists and collectors, utilizing social media, writing press releases and maneuvering the evolving world of art fairs and competitions. Space is limited, please click on the appropriate price above to register online or email your RSVP to

Map Your Heart: Cards & Collage

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 1 - 4pm
Free for all ages. RSVP required, email

Recognize the special people, places, and things that are close to your heart by creating cards and unique art works using recycled maps and materials. Art instructor Kristina Young will get you started on mapping your favorite ideas... the rest is uncharted territory. Kristina received her BFA in painting from Richmond College, in London and went on to study art history at University of British Columbia and illustration and design at California College of the Arts. She continues to create paintings, mosaics and large-scale murals for private and commercial clients.