Events and Workshops 2017

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

Jump Start Your Art Career with Mary Edwards


Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$20 members / $40 non-members

BAC begins 2017 with Mary Edwards' "Jump Start Your Art Career". This popular workshop is for emerging and established visual artists who want to figure out the next steps in an art career. Topics include: 

  • A summary of art world trends in the Bay Area and across the United States
  • Guiding principles to follow, no matter where you are in your career
  • Four levels of exhibition opportunities, and how to identify the best ones for you
  • A list of "Do's" and "Don'ts" when looking for a gallery
  • An overview of resources for visual artists (websites, magazines, Bay Area art centers, professional associations, etc.) 

Mary Edwards is a Career and Life Coach for artists, based in Marin County. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and received her coach training from the College of Executive Coaching. She has taught workshops for artists throughout the Bay Area, and has written articles for national art magazines, including Professional Artist, Studios, and Artists & Makers. Currently she is completing a book titled "Left Brain Skills for Right-Brained People". 

Experimental Drawing Workshop
with Sonja Hinrichsen

Sunday, February 5 from 1 - 4 pm
Open to all ages. Sliding scale: $5-$20

 Artist Sonja Hinrichsen will lead a drawing session in order to create a large-scale collaborative piece as well as smaller compositions you can take home or give as gifts. A simple pen gesture will evolve into diverse patterns and systems. Each hand gives the pen stroke a distinct personality. No drawing skills necessary! The larger work will be cut up into smaller pieces and framed or incorporated into collages and cards. Experiment with shape, sizes, and formats - let your imagination go wild?

Sonja Hinrichsen is an Oakland based artist who examines urban and natural environments through exploration and research. Her work manifests in immersive video installations and interventions in nature. Her participatory project “Snow Drawings” engages communities worldwide. 

Artists in Conversation
Fine Lines and Other Fictions

Thursday, February 23, 6 pm
FREE for BAC members / 
 $10 non-members, RSVP requested

Join the featured artists selected from BAC's 2016 Artists Annual for this outstanding group exhibition curated by Renny Pritkin, Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Artists Minerva Amistoso, Janine Brown, Mikey Kelly, Mark Seely, Sally K. Smith, Stephen Whisler, and Yelena Zhavornkova will walk us around the show as they comment on their art practice and process. Questions from the crowd are encouraged. 

Artists tell stories either directly or by opening channels in the viewer’s perception. Painters Mikey Kelly and Janine Brown strip things down to studies of lines and shapes inspired by the calming capacity of meditation. Yelena Zhavoronkova finds repose in black and white compositions of natural elements. Other works by Sally K. Smith and Mark Seely tie history to a place or an object, while photos by Minerva Amistoso serve to fight fictional stereotypes around immigrant populations. Stephen Whisler’smissile images show how the escalation of weapons tells a story of a possible future. 

GLAS Animation Festival

11 am - 5 pm, March 2 - 5, 2017 

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 at Shattuck Cinemas and panel discussions at the David Brower Center. 

GLAS Animation Festival takes place March 2 - 5, 2017 in the historic city of Berkeley, California, just a quick ride away from San Francisco. GLAS Animation Festival includes a complete short film competition program as well as retrospectives, special curated programs, Q&As, behind the scene screenings and panels, animation installations and more. GLAS Animation Festival unites the animation community with the Berkeley and Bay Area community, sharing great and unique animated works from around the world. 


Sunday, March 19 2017
1 - 4 pm, FREE and open to all ages

Join us in beautiful Live Oak Park for a day of community, music and art making. Berkeley High School Jazz performance at 3 pm. Snacks and beverages provided. Bring your own picnic lunch!

Art-making stations: 
Flash Floral Lettering with instructor Leila Singleton
Ornamental capital letters — known as drop or initial caps — have been used for centuries to adorn everything from religious manuscripts to magazine editorials. Graphic designer Leila Singleton, who will teach you to hand-draw a capital letter of your choice, complete with rustic botanical flourishes, in just 20 minutes.

In-a-Pinch Pots with Holly Coley
Learn to make the oldest form of pottery, the pinch pot. No experience necessary! Create your own pot or animal out of air dry clay with Bay Area artist Holly Coley.

Semaphore Selfies with Reenie Charriere
Semaphore uses a system of colored symbols to communicate. Families may create their own words using these symbols or they can make their own designs using pieces of plastic, tape and markers. Snap a pic with your flag for the ultimate selfie!

Sponsored by: Josh Oliver & Azar Zavvar

Media partner: Bay Area Parent

Artists in Conversation

Saturday, May 20, 4pm
Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

Join the artists along with exhibition curator DeWitt Cheng for a fascinating conversation about left-leaning surrealism and art-making in the Trump era.

DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily,,, and

Saturday, May 27, 1-5pm
Free for all ages

Join BAC neighbors and friends in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this beloved local treasure. Activities in Live Oak Park and BAC will feature something for everyone - food, crafts, performance and live music by The Hollar and The Larry Stefl Group. Since 1967, BAC has been a creative hub for the city and a resource for artists, students, families and residents. Reunite with past & present BAC exhibition artists and raise your glass to another 50 years of art in Berkeley.

LIVE MUSIC begins at 3pm

The Larry Stefl Group with New Orleans style trumpet and flugelhorn player Jim Broadstreet, Jim Davidson on melodica, Larry Stefl on guitar and vocals, Wayne Samdahl on bass and Ray Little on drums.

The Hollar's Kevin Radley is singer-songwriter who draws on the rich American musical landscape of blues, country, soul and the occasional country holler.

The day's events will also include:
Face Painting by Paisley's Painted Faces
Banner making and installation with artist Kristina Young
Food trucks (bring cash) SUP! Street Food and Pop Pop Paletas 
and Interactive story telling by The Literary Fair

sponsored by Josh Oliver & Azar Zavvar and VIVID SEATS

Imagination Gathering
with David Cook

Saturday, July 15 from 5 - 8pm
Free and open to the public  

Berkeley ceramic artist David Lee Cook gifts his unique ceramic cups to those who have supported him in various aspects of his life. He infuses the mugs with a special blessing "whenever and wherever you drink from it, your imagination will be aroused."

For this event, he invites all those who have been given a cup, to join in an Imagination Gathering - bring their cups, and share with each other, and with the public, what is happening in, with, and from their imagination. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Sarah Rice. Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland.

Sarah Rice. Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland.

Resistors: Artists in Conversation

Thursday, July 20, 6pm
$10 / Free for BAC Members. 

Moderated by Ken Light, this panel talk will look at the history of Social Movement Photography, linking the Bay Area to a long and proud tradition of citizen activism. Other panelists include Nacio Jan Brown, Noah Berger (and others TBD).

Ken Light has worked as a social documentary photographer for over forty years, has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. He is the author of eight books including his most recent, Valley of Shadows and Dreams.