August 2014 Newsletter
Richmond Art Center Wins "Best Community Arts Center"
Fall Class Registration is Open
Special Closing Reception for "Sculpture!" Exhibition
Calling all Vendors for the 2014 Holiday Arts Festival
Eighteen Richmond & San Pablo Teens Unveil Mural
Volunteer to Lead Tours of our Fall Exhibitions
Apply for a Fall Scholarship by August 23
Parents Vote Art Center the Best for Classes, Afterschool and Camps
Upcoming Events
We Win "Best Community Arts Center"

We are honored to have won Best Community Arts Center in the East Bay Express' Best of the East Bay 2014. And we are amongst great company -- congrats to our friends at Point Richmond Music Festival for winning Best Outdoor Music Series. As they say, Richmond is on a winning streak!

We're thrilled that our exhibitions and on-site and traveling programs are being recognized with such a great award. As more people learn about and experience our work, we count ourselves lucky to have such passionate and creative instructors, dedicated volunteers and such engaged students and generous donors. Not to mention the talented artists whose work we have had the opportunity to showcase in our galleries. It takes a community of people to make the Richmond Art Center such a creative hub. THANK YOU community!
Heat up Your Creativity This Fall

This fall, we have more than 70 classes and workshops in screen printing, ceramics, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, textiles + more. Search the full roster of morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes online or download a catalog (PDF)

Develop Your Creative Voice. Painters, develop a stronger sense of your own voice within the creative process on Thursday evenings with Katie Hawkinson. Starts Sep 18.
See more Painting & Drawing classes >

Explore Screen Print & Raku. Screen print your favorite images onto clay tiles and raku fire them on Thursday mornings. Starts Sep 25.
See more Screen Printing classes >

Explore decal techniques for ceramics including commercial open-stock decals, laser-printed decals and rice paper transfers in Shenny's World of Decals, a one-day workshop on Sep 14.
See more ceramics classes >

Cast molten metal and carve wax models in Casting for Jewelry & Small Sculpture with Holly Carter on Wednesdays. Starts Sep 10 & 17.

Fire up a glass torch and make glass marbles and beads in a one-day sampler class on Sep 11.
See more metals + jewelry classes >

Draw and write with thread and learn classic and artistic embroidery stitches on Fridays. Starts Sep 12. See more Fibers classes >.

Teens make cups, boxes and animals out of clay with instructor Kiki Rostad on Tuesday afternoons. Starts Sep 16.
See more kids + teens classes >

Closing Reception for "Sculpture!" Exhibition

Celebrate the work of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group members during a special closing reception on Friday, August 22, 5 - 7 pm. "Sculpture!" is a juried exhibition featuring works in a vast array of artistic styles and media.

This reception is also your final opportunity to our Summer Exhibitions which feature the work of over 200 emerging and established Bay Area artists! See the photos on our flickr page.

Summer Exhibitions run through August 22 Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay
Annual Members Show
Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings, and Related Antics
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat, 11 am - 5 pm
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Apply Today: Holiday Arts Festival Vendors

The 53rd annual Holiday Arts Festival, our biggest event and fundraiser of the year, is happening Sunday, Dec. 7 from 11 am - 5 pm. Apply to sell your handmade products to the more than 1,000 people who will attend this event and are looking to buy local, handcrafted gifts! Tables are $150 ($125 for Richmond Art Center members).

To be considered for one of 2014 vendor spots, please apply online today. Space is limited!
Richmond & San Pablo Teens Unveil Mural

During a community celebration last week, 18 teens from Richmond and San Pablo unveiled the two large murals they collaboratively designed and painted. The murals are the culmination of a free eight-week summer class, part of the Richmond Art Center's traveling Art in the Community programs, which was sponsored by Marina West Shore partners, in celebration of Topline, a business accelerator program which started in Richmond in June. The murals grace the entrance of Topline's 40,000-square-foot building (1402 Marina Way South, Richmond, CA), which Topline's founder, Allan Young, calls the biggest incubator co-working space in the East Bay.

Leading Bay Area muralists Fred Alvarado and Alex Wang worked closely with the teens over the course of sixteen classes and taught them traditional and urban (spray painting) techniques to create these 20 x 40 foot Richmond-themed murals. See images here.

These murals are a true community effort. Thanks to Marina West Shore Partners for sponsoring the program; Virtual Development Corporation for thinking of this great idea, Topline for hosting and the City of Richmond for generously providing their R-Transportation vans to safely deliver the teens to the mural site each day.

Volunteer to Lead Tours of our Fall Exhibitions

Volunteer to lead tours of our Fall Exhibitions and help visitors learn more about the art works on display. Training and materials will be provided. The first tour guide orientation is August 16th. Tours will be scheduled for Saturdays from September through November. Email Ryan at or call 510.620.5530 to sign up or for more information.

Tour leaders will go behind the scenes to learn all about our Fall Exhibitions which will celebrate the work of Richard Diebenkorn, one of the most influential painters of the past fifty years, along with other artists of the Bay Area Figurative movement. Our galleries will also feature prints by Frank Lobdell, large-scale paintings by Tom Holland and the printmaking practices and collections of Juan Fuentes, Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances and Jim Nikas.

Scholarships Make Art Possible

Did you know that the Richmond Art Center offers need-based scholarships each quarter to kids, teens and adults? Scholarships help more people take our classes and are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Regello Fund, California Oils Corporation and individual contributors like you.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out an online application for a kids scholarship or an adult/teen scholarship by August 23.
Parents Vote Art Center the Best

Wow! Parents voted in the Parents Press Contra Costa County poll and declared us the winner in three categories:

Gold Award for Best Art Classes
Gold Award for Best Enrichment & After School Programs
Silver Award (a tie) for Best Arts Camp

For generations, the Richmond Art Center has been a destination for kids and teens to explore their creativity. Our traveling programs are providing even more children with a space for original thinking and the opportunity to learn various art-making techniques. These awards are possible thanks to our stable of passionate and dedicated instructors and our amazing volunteer assistants.

Upcoming Events

August 22
Summer Exhibitions Final Day

August 22
Closing Reception for "Sculpture!" exhibition
5 - 7 pm

August 23
Scholarship Application Deadline

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