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’s missile images show how the escalation of weapons tells a story of a possible future. 

Glass Animation

Glass Animation

GLAS Animation Festival 

Thursday, March 2 - Sunday, March 5, 2017
11 am to 5 pm, Free and open to the public

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 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.
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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. Art Activities: Pinch pots with artist Holly Coley; Hand-lettering workshop with Leila Singleton; and Flag making with Reenie Charriere. Berkeley High School Jazz Association will perform at 3:00 pm followed by cupcakes and a “clothesline art show”.

Inside the gallery, experience FOREVER YOUNG, our biennial BUSD youth exhibition featuring work by Berkeley Elementary and Middle School students. On view through April 9, 2017.

Wine and Watercolor
with Wendy Soneson

Sunday, April 9 from 3 - 5 pm
Must be 21+ / Members $20 Non-members $40

Do you love to paint and drink wine? This is the perfect pairing for you. The luminous fluidity of watercolor pairs well with images of grape clusters and voluptuous wine glasses. Instructor Wendy Soneson will demonstrate grape and glass painting techniques as you sample a few hand-picked wines from a local wine shop. (Some watercolor experience helpful.)

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 called Watercolor 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.

Wendy Soneson, Watercolors

Wendy Soneson, Watercolors

Unity Mandala Workshop
with Salma Arastu

Sunday, May 7 from 1 - 3 pm
Must be 18+ / Members $20 Non-members $40

Join your friends and neighbors in creating a group mandala with artist Salma Arastu. Arastu brings together traditions and imagery from many cultures and religions to unify people in collaborative projects. She will begin by sketching out the structure of the mandala and each participant will fill in their own circle with symbols and artwork of their own.

Salma Arastu brings together Eastern spirituality and western techniques of painting. She has exhibited widely, won several awards and residencies, and has published poetry and papers on the topic of art and spirituality.

Click here to register online

Salma Arastu, Unit Mandala

Salma Arastu, Unit Mandala