Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 6 - 8 pm 

Exploring the theme of abstraction, guest curator Natasha Boas chose six artists: Katie HawkinsonEdith HillingerAnthony PinataNellie King SolomonRik Ritchey and Kimberly Rowe. Boas writes, “I was struck by the abundance of abstract work in all media in HERE Part I, and wanted to pose questions around the subject of Abstraction—an area of art practice that remains a through-line from modernism until now. What does it mean to think about abstraction and more specifically, what does it mean to think about abstraction in painting? These six artists show a dedication in their work to the investigation of abstraction—and reshape new abstraction through their unique investments in expanded practices”.

Special thanks to artist Leah Rosenberg for the loan of her Striped Benches.

Map Your Heart

Map Your Heart: Cards & Collage

Saturday, February 13, 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.


Curators in Conversation
What does it mean to think about abstraction?
with curators Natasha Boas and Larry Rinder, director of BAMPFA

Wednesday, February 24 at 6 pm
Free and open to the public

Prepare yourself! A Professional Development Series
with artist Michele Pred

Saturday, February 27 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