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Art + Movement:
Opening Reception & Maria Porges'
Juror's Talk

Saturday, August 17th
from 2 - 4 pm

Now at GearBox:
Art + Movement:
Juror Maria Porges

Aug 15 – Sept 7

Closing Reception:
Friday, September 6th,

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Now at GearBox:

About Face: featuring Marsha Balian & Deborah Benioff Friedman
Special Installation in the Inner Room

Nov 24 - Jan 5

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 7th from 6-9 pm

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, December 15th from 2-4 pm

Featured in GearBox’s Inner Room this month is an installation by members Marsha Balian and Deborah Benioff Friedman entitled “About Face”. Most of Benioff Friedman’s work is abstract, but she enjoys making the tiny thumbprint faces that are on display here. Each face is a tiny ink drawing on a thumb or finger print. A few have a watercolor background. They are all faces from her imagination, but Deborah is pretty sure she has met each of them personally, at one time or another. Marsha Balian is a collage artist obsessed with faces. Incorporating found objects and ephemera, Balian’s compositions suggest personalities or narratives pertaining to the faces depicted. Her faces, however, are not specific, and, unlike Benioff Friedman, she can’t say that she has met any of them personally.

Marsha Balian’s fascination with faces has come with a bit of a price as she has been caught multiple times staring at people and has to be reminded by friends and family to stop. She is self-taught and admits to difficulty following instructions (unless she has to) so she frequently invents her own techniques, making use of anything at hand including what might be scavenged from the floor of her studio. The faces in the work presented in this show arrived on their own, no one posed, or was photographed, they just show up.

Deborah Benioff Friedman is a veterinary ophthalmologist and mixed media artist living and working in the Bay Area. She usually creates both two and three-dimensional pieces, some sculptures, some hanging or mobiles. She incorporates sewing and paper manipulation as well as encaustic, watercolor and joomchi in her artistic process.

Previously in the Inner Room:

Bachrun LoMele special installation: Burn Pile

August 30 - October 6, 2018

DARRELL HUNGER: Small Sculpture

April 26 - May 26, 2018

above image: Darrell Hunger, left: Double X, right : Which Way,

Record of the Journey, special installation by Deborah Benioff Friedman

Small Works 2017, special small works by guest artists Angela Baker, Paula Boas, Carol Dalton, Lucia Dill, Jane Fisher, David Fitzgerald, Ann Holsberry, Daniel McClain and Robert Ray

Factotum, special installation by Jessica Eastburn

Off the Rails, special installation by Tamera Avery

At Home, photo etching series by Irene Nelson

Raku Sculpture by Danny Rosales

Mountain Roomers, an installation by Darrell Hunger.

Whispers & Screams, an installation by Gina Telcocci.

Entropy Corrlled by Darrell Hunger

Unlock Your Mind: Ken Gulley & the Upstairs Art Association

Blank Slate: an installation by Joseph Mele

The Princess Project: TaVee McAllister Lee

Work by Ruth Santee