Summer Land-escapes with Green Art Workshop

Sunday, July 31 from 1 - 3 pm
Open to all ages. Suggested donation $5

Picture yourself jumping in the ocean waves, building a sandcastle on the beach in the sunshine or camping under the stars in a redwood forest. Then turn that summer scene into a one-of- a-kind haiku book by collaging found text and imagery. Taught by Bay Area artist/instructor Moe Ortañez. 

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.

Opening Reception, "Quiet Please" 6 - 8 pm

BAC Agility Projects presents:
Quiet Please

July 30 – August 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30 6 - 8 pm

Quiet Please is an exhibition that examines the call and response relationship between artist and viewer using the sport as tennis as a metaphor to this exchange. Artists will include: Jennie OttingerGeorge Pfau, and Andrew Witrak. These four artists will make both individual and collaborative/competitive projects that use tennis as a way to comment on human psychology: presentation, elitism, communication, and catharsis. The show will incorporate events and installations designed for the Berkeley Art Center, and the two neighboring tennis courts at Live Oak Park.

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). The history of the sport is significant in that, although it is possible to be played on public courts, it has an elitist reputation. Dating back to the 1860s tennis is an international sport that conjures up snotty clubs and white sweaters. there are comparisons to be drawn between the impenetrable art markets and country club memberships where tennis is often played.

Artists 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

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.

Current Exhibit, "I Look for Clues in your Dreams", WED - SUN 11 - 5pm

BAC Agility Projects presents: I Look for Clues in your Dream
curated by Heather Marx 

This vibrant exhibition will feature new and existing work by Leo BersaminaChris DuncanKristin FarrJenny SharafVictoria Wagner andAmber Jean Young. It explores Northern California as both a physical place and a mythological concept that has drawn people in for decades. 

The landscape, history of psychedelia, transformative powers and utopian dreams of the area have inspired generations of artists. Ripe with myth, Northern California has been a place where people go in search of something bigger and better than themselves. These artists all share an aesthetic directly linked to the mythology of the American West and how this history has affected the imagination and art of the Bay Area. Through site-specific installations, sculpture, painting, and mixed media assemblages, the artists will reflect the area’s elemental spirit and force.

Curator Heather Marx views these artists “as seekers and explorers. Their work is either directly sourced from the natural environment, situated within it, or produced by it. Marx adds “By looking for clues in these artist’s works, I hope to tell a story about this powerful and complex ‘dream’ of Northern California and its bewitching hold on our collective imagination.”

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.

This exhibition is generously supported by the City of Berkeley and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Works in the exhibition are available for purchase to support the artists and the continuing programs at BAC.

Empire Book Talk

Reading and Book Signing with artist Lewis deSoto
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6pm

Free for BAC members / $10 non-members

Lewis deSoto is an artist of Cahuilla ancestry who was born in San Bernardino and grew up in southern California's Inland Empire. DeSoto's photography, sculpture, visual and sound installations have been exhibited widely across the United States as well as in England, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. His recently published book EMPIRE is an exploration of deSoto’s birthplace and ancestral homeland, through masterful photography and stunning personal essays.

DeSoto has long been renowned for his installation and photographic works. He has taught photography at San Francisco State since 1988. In this book and the exhibition of the same name, deSoto premiers a technique of seamless, panoramic image capture on a grand scale made possible by a NASA derived program that stitches together hundreds of photos into infinitely focused works. His layered essays bring several regions — Redlands, San Bernardino, Hwy 18, Riverside, Ontario, Palm Springs — to life as places of rich Cahuilla and Spanish history, places of industrialization and sharp social stratas, and landscapes of deeply personal transformation.