April 2014 Newsletter
Make and Learn at the 2nd Annual Upcycle, April 12
Our Traveling Art Program is Honored with Award
Get Your Fill of (Free) Jive and Java every Saturday
Victor Cartagena Reviewed by Oakland Art Enthusiast
Give Kids a Break at Spring Break Camp: April 7 - 11
Upcoming Day, Evening & Weekend Classes
Spring Exhibitions Celebrate Bay Area Artists
Vote for our Kids Art Classes in the Parents Press 'Best Of' Poll
Get Your Free Pass to the Silicon Valley Contemporary Fair
Upcoming Events
Upcycle: Free Maker Event for the Whole Family

We're gearing up for our 2nd Annual Upcycle, a maker festival for the whole family to create, see and learn about the art of upcycling on Sat, Apr 12, 1 - 4 pm. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Learn how to screen-print, create mosaics, make robots, weave rag rugs and more!

Upcyling is music to ears! Hear the amazing sounds of instruments made from combs, cardboard, and more from the Crank Ensemble, Tom Nunn's amazing Scatchboxes and Bridge Art Space's bell sculpture.

Print a poster in Spanish | English. All ages. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Kaiser Permanente, Nutiva, Richmond Sanitary Service, Hilltop Mall and Recyclemore

Thanks to our partners and artists:
Bridge Art Space, California 4-H, Urban Tilth, Tom Nunn, The Crank Ensemble and Gregg Kloehn

Art in the Community Program Honored with Award

In March, our traveling Art in the Community program received an award from The Sui Generis Foundation commending our achievements, excellence and continued efforts to bring art-making experiences to children across Richmond. We are honored that our work enriching our community and our city's next generation has been recognized.

We are celebrating the rapid expansion (a near doubling!) of our Art in the Community programs. This Spring, our instructors are teaching classes on fiber arts, ceramics, mosaic, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), metal arts and an intro to visual arts at a mix of elementary and middle schools, community centers and the Richmond Main Public Library. This incredible growth and success is possible thanks to generous support from the City of Richmond, 12 Bay Area foundations and individuals like you.

For more information on bringing an Art in the Community Program to your group or school, contact Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez at rgarcia@therac.org or call 510-620-6772.

Saturday Breakfast Series: Jive and Java

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and talk, debate and joke every Saturday morning with Breakfast Group artists. Each week the 'Spotlight Gallery' will feature the work of a new artist who will also lead an informal gallery tour. We're providing the coffee (free), you provide the jive!
Saturdays through May 24, 11 am - 1 pm, FREE
A huge thank you to Richmond's Oliver + Company for generously sponsoring this exhibition.

The Breakfast Group artists are also teaching two-hour workshops ($20 each). This Saturday, April 5, Jan Wurm will be teaching a 'from head to: self-portrait.' See the full listing of workshops.

Oakland Art Enthusiast Reviews Victor Cartagena

Salvadoran-born Bay Area artist Victor Cartagena's installation "Sites/Sights of Intervention" was reviewed by Oakland Art Enthusiast. Here's an excerpt:
"I go into a place of frustration and the only way I can do something, is by just doing my art," says Cartagena. His work thus is both a kind of catharsis to heal and relinquish the affectations of the memory and also to relive in order to learn from it. Cartagena's artwork has much to reveal about the world, and audiences have much to experience, and learn.

Read the full review and then stop by to see the exhibition through May 30.

Give Kids a Break at Spring Break Camp

We've got a week of awesomeness and hands-on art making planned for your child's Spring Break, Apr 7 - 11. The morning's Plant a Rainbow camp is taught by Lisa di Prima and features painting, drawing and collage to explore the spring season and embellish (and plant!) a flower pot. The afternoon's Clay and Craftaganza camp is led by Kiki Rostad and features clay building to create a picture frame and a bee hive along with screen-printing and puppet head making. Ages 6 - 12. Learn more about spring and summer art camps here.
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Upcoming Day, Evening & Weekend Classes

Learn screen-printing, ceramics, painting, drawing, metals, textiles + more. Search the full roster of morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes.

Take a world tour of fabric and fiber-related crafts in 'Fiber for Kids' with Callen Zimmerman on Saturday afternoons. Ages 7+. Starts April 19.
View all kids and teens classes >

Learn to knit socks that are cozy and well-fitting on Fridays with Emily Philips. Starts April 11.
See all textiles + fibers classes >

Make a metal crown or other head adornment in 'Metal Head' with Shelly Cournoyer in a 4-week class. Starts April 28.
See all metals + jewelry classes >

Start screen-printing in a new Thursday evening drop-in class with Nancy Netherland. Individual instruction and demos. Starts April 19.
See all screen-printing classes >

Spring Exhibitions

Exhibition Dates: Now through May 30
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat, 11 am - 5 pm, Free

Stop by for our spring exhibitions and enjoy the work of emerging and established Bay Area artists.

The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java. Exhibition featuring works by 30 noted artists of the East Bay's "Breakfast Group." For five decades, an ever changing group of painters, glass artists, sculptors, film-makers and photographers have been meeting weekly to discuss ideas, artists, world events, movies, life and sports! Join us for the weekly programs, talks and workshops that complement this exhibition.
Funding for this exhibition has been generously provided by Oliver & Company.

Sites/Sights of Intervention. Installations by Salvadoran-born Bay Area artist Victor Cartagena that aim to create an intercultural dialogue. Cartagena utilizes appropriated images and formal strategies to comment on his own experiences in relation to world events and broader socio-political issues, including war, forced migration and exile, cultural and gang violence and social insensitivity. Read the review on Oakland Art Enthusiast.

WCCUSD Student Art Show. We're proud of our history hosting this annual Student Art Show, a tradition now in its 49th year. Come view original creative works by hundreds of middle and high school students in photography, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, collage, painting and drawing. In addition, you can award creativity and invest in a future artist by giving a personal financial award to a specific student. (Information available in the gallery). Through April 30.
Special Reception: Thu, Apr 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Love our Kids Art Classes? Vote for us!

We're nominated in TWO categories on the Parent's Press Best of 2014 poll -- 'Best Art Classes' and 'Best Enrichment and After School Programs'. If you like our hands-on kids art classes and awesome instructors, please show your love by voting for us in this second (and final!) round of the Parent's Press Best of 2014 poll. (If you voted in the nomination round, you'll need to vote again in this final round!)

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Get A Free Pass to Silicon Valley Contemporary

Silicon Valley Contemporary, April 11 - 13, is giving Richmond Art Center patrons a complimentary day pass to their fair. See 1,000+ contemporary works of art created between 1970-present, plus enjoy panel discussions, meet national and international galleries and much more. Get your complimentary day pass.
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Upcoming Events

April 5

Jive and Java with the Breakfast Group
Featuring: Painter Jan Wurm, 11 am - 1 pm, Free
(Coffee provided)

1st Saturday: Bilingual Gallery Tour + Art Making
3 - 4:30 pm, Free

April 7
Spring Break Camp Begins

April 12
Jive and Java with the Breakfast Group
Featuring: Painter Katie Hawkinson, 11 am - 1 pm, Free (Coffee provided)

1 - 4 pm, FREE

April 16
Visiting Artist + Author Sharon Louden
in conversation with Jan Wurm on living and sustaining a creative life. Free, 6 pm

April 17
WCCUSD Student Art Show Reception
5:30 - 7:30 pm

April 19
Jive and Java with the Breakfast Group
Featuring: Mixed-media artist Robert Simons & sculptor Joe Slusky, 11 am - 1 pm, Free
(Coffee provided)

April 26
Jive and Java with the Breakfast Group
Featuring: Painter Donna Fenstermaker & sculptor Stan Huncilman, 11 am - 1 pm, Free
(Coffee provided)

April 29
Summer Class Registration begins

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