Known Associates 

Selections from the 2014 East Bay Open Studios

May 31 - June 15, 2014 
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31, 5-8pm 

Bobbie AltmanSherrod BlankerAmber Crabbe, Jane FisherRebecca Garcia-GonzalezVictoria Hamlin, Adam Lam, Afton LoveKatherine Meyer and Wayne Shaffer

Berkeley Art Center, in partnership with Pro Arts, presents Known Associates: Selections from the 2014 East Bay Open Studios. This exhibition features work from some of  this year’s most compelling EBOS participants.

About the Artists  

Bobbie Altman’s views her artistic practice as a journal of her life and personal journeys. These hand built ceramic works are meditations on aging and memory, evoking the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi; impermanence and imperfection. 

Altman received a BA and MA in Studio Art and Art Education from the University of Iowa and has spent two years teaching art in Uganda. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Commission.

 Bobbie Altman’s studio is located at 2200 Adeline Studios, 2200 Adeline Street, #330D in Oakland and will be open June 7-8, 11am – 6pm


Sherrod Blankner’s paintings reflect her emotional empathy with specific places. Her work notes the personality and charm of a variety of urban landscapes and relates a building’s capacity to portray very human emotions and personalities. Blankner revels in the physical process of her medium: the mixing and testing of paint, the feel of a new brush. Her personal style consists of increasingly raw brushstrokes, which allow for stark expression in her work. 

Blankner has shown locally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include at the Subterranean Arthouse, Firehouse North Gallery, and Fourth St Fine Art, where she is represented. Her work has also received the Starlight Award from the Maryville City Schools Foundation in Tennessee, and she has participated in a residency at the Mendocino Art Center.  Blanker holds a BA from Yale University.

 Sherrod Blankner’s studio is located at 4th Street Fine Art, 2000 4th St. in Berkeley and will be open June 7-8 and June 14-15, 11am - 6pm.


Amber Crabbe works with photography, video and installation to explore everyday psychological phenomena and examine her own subjective experience. The works in this series, titled On Its Own, are reflections on isolation and loneliness. Selective color enhances the effect of the solitary objects, standing out yet seemingly lost in their environment.

 Crabbe holds a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BS in Art and Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received a number of awards including the Jack andGertrude Murphy Contemporary Art Award from the San Francisco Foundation in 2012. Recently, she has shown at the Gray Loft Gallery and the Book and Job Gallery.

Amber Crabbe’s studio is located at 5727 Vincente St. in Oakland and is open by appointment only.


Jane Fisher’s work looks at the different psychological states that people inhabit during varying levels of self-awareness. Her pieces reflect the isolation or performativity of her figures as they move between private and public spheres. Ultimately, she conveys her own emotion through each figure, while stylistically creating a neutral work that allows for the viewer to shape his or her own viewing experience. 

Fisher has been exhibiting her work since 1984 and has recently had solo exhibitions at Artzone 461, as well as at the Diablo College Art Gallery, where she is an associate professor of painting and figure drawing. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Ohio University. Jane Fisher is represented by Packer-Schopff Gallery.

Jane Fisher’s studio is located at 1101 E 33rd St. in Oakland and is open June 7-8 and June 14-15 from 11am-6pm.


Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s work engages the figure in the urban landscape. As an artist, she enjoys the opportunity to interact with the communities that are her subjects. Her paintings are often very vibrant, featuring bright, saturated colors that capture the energy and spirit of the communities and individuals that she paints.

Garcia-Gonzalez grew up near San Juan, Puerto Rico and received a BFA in printmaking from University of Puerto Rico. She teaches portrait and landscape painting at the Richmond Art Center. She has recently shown at the Firehouse Gallery and in the El Cerrito Art Association’s Annual Show.

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s studio is located at 6041 Arlington Blvd. in Richmond and is open June 7-8, 11am-6pm. 


Victoria Hamlin’s intimate portraits of women in the construction industry seek to illuminate the underrepresented lives of working women. These pieces are inspired by her own experience of working in the construction industry for 30 years. The expressive and gestural figures are captured while performing their jobs, in the attire and setting appropriate for construction, which is an unexpected setting for portraits of women. The integrated photographs in the composition underscore the reality and individuality of the subject – adding a documentary quality.

Hamlin holds a BA in Painting from CCNY and has been a Bay Area resident since the early 1970’s. She works with the nonprofit organization, Tradeswomen, Inc., and is the photographer for their annual calendar. Hamlin has worked in a number of mediums including photography, welded steel, oil on canvas, and watercolor.

Victoria Hamlin’s work for Open Studios can be seen at the 34th Avenue Studio, 2633 34th Ave in Oakland and is open June 7-8 and June 14-15, 11am-6pm. 


The designs for Adam Lam’s hand-built furniture are derived from his experience in architecture, theater, and production. Lam works individually with each client to custom design pieces that are tailored to their specific space and needs. His work utilizes steel and wood to evoke a clean and fresh aesthetic.

Lam received a BFA at Rutgers Universities Mason Gross School of the Arts. Before coming to the Bay Area, Lam worked in professional theater in New York.

Adam Lam’s studio is at Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Avenue in Richmond and is open June 7-8 and June 14-15, 11am-6pm.



Afton Love uses powdered graphite, beeswax and tracing paper to make intricate landscapes that are both monumental in their scale and intimate in their delicacy and detail. Love is inspired by the nature in her native Northern California – celebrating its grandeur and beauty well as indicating a sense of fading and fragility that warns us of its tenuous situation.

Love has won a number of awards including the Still Well Award and the CCA President’s Honors Scholarship. She has an upcoming solo show at Little Big Space in Albany, and has previously shown in Esqueleto Gallery, Interface Gallery, Gallery Route One, and more. She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts.

 Afton Love’s studio is located at Haus, 815 High St. in Oakland and is open June 7-8 and June 14 from 11am – 5pm.


Katherine Meyer finds inspiration for her work through her personal and intimate connection with the natural world around her. Her charcoal landscapes evoke the mysterious, the quiet, the grandiose, and the awe-inspiring that surrounds us every day, creating a connection between humanity and the natural world.

 Meyer received a BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University. She has participated in many residencies including recently at the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, the Ucross Foundation Residency, and the Blue Mountain Center.

Katherine Meyer’s studio is located at Norton Factory Studios, 3094 E. 10th St. in Oakland and will be open June 7-8 and June 14-15 from 11am – 5pm.


Wayne Shaffer’s evocative forms recall both organic natural forms and the human body. His stoic and graceful bronzes echo the timeless quality of nature. Common themes in his work are the figure, landscape, and the vessel. Shaffer works primarily in bronze, and also sculpts with steel, ceramic, wood, and stone.

Shaffer received a BFA from Colorado State University. He has had solo exhibitions at Dada Contemporary in Tuscon and Gamel Fraser in Mendocino. He has also shown at Varnish Fine Art, Vessel Gallery, and Mark Wolfe Contemporary. Two of Shaffer’s pieces, “Serenity” and “Landform,” are on permanent display at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Francisco.

 Wayne Shaffer’s work for Open Studios can be seen at Fort Apache, 940 Arlington Ave, #8 in Oakland and will be open June 7-8 and June 14-15 from 11am – 5pm.