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Way Bay 2

June 13 - September 2, 2018

Venue
UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Location
Berkeley, California

Overload by Conrad Ruiz, 2009, watercolor on canvas, 77 x 110 inches, BAMPFA, gift of the artist and Neil LeDoux

We are delighted to announce that work by Evelyn Reyes is included in the Way Bay 2 exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum.

The second iteration of an innovatively organized exhibition of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials, Way Bay 2 continues the wide-ranging exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over two centuries.

The exhibition features almost two hundred works by Bay Area artists and others whose work engages directly with the region’s geographic and cultural landscape. Dozens of works not seen in the first iteration of the exhibition are on view, including pieces by Rosie Lee Tompkins, Larry Sultan, Frank Moore, Ajit Chauhan, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Conrad Ruiz, and Lewis Watts as well as films by Jordan Belson, Lawrence Jordan, and Chick Strand.

Ranging in historical scope from the early nineteenth century to the present, the exhibition explores the enduring themes and powerful artistic voices that have emerged from the Bay Area across times and cultures, highlighting transhistorical affinities among the many artists, filmmakers, authors, and other creative practitioners who have drawn inspiration from the region’s distinctive character. Rather than a conventional historical survey, Way Bay 2 is an open-ended and provocative attempt to reveal hidden currents and connections among works from disparate times, cultures, and communities.

When visiting the Way Bay 2 exhibition, look for work by former Creativity Explored artist Evelyn Reyes:


Untitled (Blue Carrots), 2007 by Evelyn Reyes, oil pastel on paper, 11.25 x 17 inches



UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

June 16 - September 1, 2018

Venue
Jack Fischer Gallery, Potrero Hill

Location
311 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103

Future Asteroids by John Patrick McKenzie © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker on inkjet photo print, 15 x 15 inches

Jack Fischer Gallery presents Nine Hearts Exploring (from Creativity Explored), a new exhibition showcasing 46 individual artworks.

The respected art collector and gallery owner Jack Fischer says the artwork included “would already be a part of his own collection if he only had the space!”

The nine exhibiting artists range in age from 23 to 65, representing multiple cultural points of view. The mixed media work included in the exhibition highlights simple and complex line drawings, multiple examples of text-based art, as well as lush, colorful pieces on paper, wood, and ceramic.

Selected artists include some of Fischer’s “old favorites” including Andrew Li (b. 1962) who had a solo exhibition of gestural drawings at the Jack Fischer Gallery before it relocated and expanded to two locations in the Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch neighborhoods. Another artist who focuses on the use of line, albeit in a completely opposite way than Li, is James Miles (b. 1957).  His miniature ink drawings of quiet scenes tell stories and draw the viewer in closer for closer examination of his deceptively simple compositions.

A long-time fan of Evelyn Reyes’ (b. 1957) graphic oil pastel drawings and Camille Holvoet’s (b. 1952) depictions of colorful confections, Fischer selected several of their works adding vibrant pops of pigment among the monochromatic line drawings. Further along the color spectrum is new work by Samedi Djeimguero (b. 1995), the youngest artist included in the exhibition whose large-scale oil pastel drawings, reminiscent of Rothko, supply visual pools for the eyes to do a deep dive. 

John Patrick McKenzie (b. 1962) and Daniel Green (b. 1985), long heralded by Fischer, create popular text-based works that reference popular culture and politics, with wry wit. The work included in Nine Hearts Exploring is mostly drawn on unusual surfaces such as a Victorian window, cigarette box, and fiberboard samples.

Alongside artists that Fischer is well acquainted with are some new discoveries including Roland Record (b. 1975) and Nubia Ortega (b. 1976). Record creates complex compositions made up of fragmented grids and intersecting patterns with occasional figures, hearts, houses, and flowers, while Ortega molds textured fish and playful toy cars in glazed ceramic.

During the opening reception, Creativity Explored and San Francisco T-shirt company Road Twenty Two will celebrate the release of four new art fashion T-shirts to coincide with artists’ work included in Nine Hearts Exploring. Andrew Li’s Tiger drawing and Camille Holvoet’s signature Ferris Wheel are two of the anticipated designs. Road Twenty-Two’s mission emphasizes sustainable, American production and employing previously incarcerated and homeless women, a socially conscious ethos that makes it well suited for stepping into politics.

Intricate, colorful, and full of variety, Nine Hearts Exploring is a collection of artworks worthy of the title. And, with the release of several new art T-shirts, you can wear your “heART” on your sleeve!



Opening reception:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

June 23 - September 16, 2018

Venue
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Location
San Jose, CA

Angler by Shawn HibmaCronan, 2010, image courtesy of artist

We are excited to announce that artwork by Pablo Calderon and Andrew Li is included in On Your Left at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

On Your Left uses the lens of contemporary art to explore the form, function, and symbolism of the bicycle. Through sculpture, installation, video, painting, and drawings, the exhibition considers the bicycle as a meditation on the human experience, as an object of design and craft, and as a catalyst in creating a sustainable future.

The art included represents the bicycle as a way of understanding the natural world around us. Taro Hattori ruminates on the bicycle as an allegory for the cyclical nature of life and how we commemorate it. Taking us out for a ride is Jenny Odell whose work contemplates how riding a bike reformulates our experience of our surroundings. Gale Antokal creates ethereal drawings of bicyclists that evoke a sense of memory and reflect on the passage of time. 

Shawn HibmaCronan and Marcos Gaitan create sculptures that exemplify the potential of the bicycle form, while Pablo Calderon and Katina Huston create works that immerse us into the inherent aesthetic quality and craft of the bicycle. Mona Caron and Andrew Li depict how bicycles change the landscape of the city. Together, Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari’s work presents the bicycle as an instrument used in circulating posters concerning the future of immigration, justice, and community.

On Your Left is part of “New Terrains: Mobility and Migration;” a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions and programs that explore how bodies move through social and political spaces in Silicon Valley. The collaboration will address timely topics such as bicycle transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration, and migration.

“New Terrains” will engage the body in participatory experiences that highlight sight, sound, and scent, as well as exhibitions that consider how contemporary artists explore movement, such as walking and dance, in their work. Collaboratively presented beginning in spring 2018, “New Terrains” will include organizations of all sizes and types — from museums and artist residencies to community centers and civic think tanks. Exhibitions and programs will take place across Silicon Valley into the spring of 2019.

When visiting On Your Left be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these works by Pablo Calderon and Andrew Li:




Motorcycle I (front and back view) by Pablo Calderon, 2013, acrylic on cardboard, 35 x 60 x 4 inches


Untitled (Bicycle) by Pablo Calderon, 2011, acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches



Untitled (Cyclists and Birds) by Andrew Li, 2017, marker on paper, 16 x 57.75 inches



Opening Reception
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Members Preview 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Public Reception 2:00 to 4:00 PM

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

World of Frida

July 8 - September 16, 2018

Venue
Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts

Location
Walnut Creek, CA

Frida on White Bench by Nickolas Muray, 1939, digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper, 14.75 x 10 inches

We're thrilled to announce that a portrait by Selene Perez will be included in World of Frida

This summer the Bedford Gallery celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo, an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. The World of Frida weaves juried and invitational shows that reference the artist with a national, traveling photography exhibit titled Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray that makes a stop in Walnut Creek after traveling across North America. Hungarian-born Muray—who met Kahlo in a chance encounter in Mexico in 1931 and became her lover and friend—shot some of the most iconic color and black and white images of the artist that exist. This exhibition is organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.


Artwork included in the juried and invitational exhibitions feature Frida Kahlo as the subject as well as artworks inspired by her life and art, including themes of Frida’s garden, Mexican culture and fashion, vibrant colors, surrealism, and more. The juried exhibition includes nearly 150 artworks selected by jurors Lisa Congdon, fine artist, illustrator, and author; and Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX.

When visiting Bedford Gallery, be sure to keep an eye out for the portrait by Selene Perez

Frida K by Selene Perez, 2018, oil pastel on paper, 30 x 22 inches

Frida K by Selene Perez, 2018, oil pastel on paper, 30 x 22 inches



Opening Reception & Frida Fest
Sunday, July 8, 2:00 to 5:00 PM
For tickets click here.

Join us for a celebration of all things Frida! Including a fashion show, Frida look-a-like contest, crafts, and an outdoor mercado.



Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

July 19 - September 13, 2018

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Untitled (People Sitting in Tree) by Gerald Wiggins, © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, digital drawing on Wacom tablet

We are proud to announce Everything is Quiet, the first solo exhibition of work by Gerald Wiggins.

Gerald Wiggins' (b. 1968) depictions of human figures, animal life, and fantastical creatures are stunningly accomplished. Working with colored pencil, marker, graphite, and watercolor, as with digital printmaking software, Wiggins draws with a precise and controlled line, carefully coloring to convey detail.

Occasionally, key portions of a figure or natural element are left unfinished, or isolated parts are collected together in a single piece; these techniques add visual playfulness to his style. “I like the feeling of making something in your head that doesn’t exist," Wiggins says, "to make it real.” Wiggins also creates ceramic sculptures, from frightening vampiric characters to a rotating cast of life-like city dwellers he calls "the crew." This exhibition features a wide range of his most recent work and host of ceramic figures from all walks of life.

Wiggins joined the Creativity Explored studio in 2008. He co-curated Shoerageous in 2014, an exhibition featuring shoes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Learn more about Wiggins in this video, which debuted at the annual fundraising gala, Art Changes Lives 2017.

Curated by Visual Arts Instructor Gilles Combet and Studio Director Paul Moshammer.



Opening Reception

Thursday, July 19, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 


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