Names are linked to their individual artist websites. Alphabetical order by last name.
Born and raised in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Jules A. Campbell started her creative career as a graduate of The New College of Speech & Drama, London, UK in 1974 (now an affiliate of Middlesex University). Early on she taught English and established the Drama Department at Southaw Girls’ School in North London, UK.
Campbell moved to the States in the early 80’s and eventually turned her attention to the visual arts, studying at DVC where she took classes in painting, drawing, printmaking (monotype, etching, woodcut, screen printing), figure drawing/painting, watercolour, sculpture and metal arts. Throughout the last decade, she has been involved with both visual and performing arts organizations and has participated in many, many exhibitions and events. In 2015 Campbell became a founding member of GearBox Gallery in Oakland where she currently maintains a studio exploring the beauty and grit of the urban environments she embraces as an inspiration.
Harry Clewans is largely self-taught and has had his studio in Oakland since 1983. He has exhibited extensively in California, nationally and abroad. He has been awarded the James Phalen Award for printmaking and a fellowship at the Kala Institute of Art. His art consists of unique large scale woodblock prints made by a system of assembling hundreds of prints together to form the larger image. His art work is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Mills Collage Art Collection and the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (Judah L. Magnes Museum).
“Walking through a landscape, I am constantly attracted to the remains of the germination process found on the ground: seed pods, leaves, branches. Over years I have collected and stored them in an antique seed cabinet. Taking cues from the materials themselves, I combine them in such a way that you might question if they occurred naturally or were finessed. The process is organic, elements connect with each other and become distinct in their own right, intrinsically intimate, beautiful, haunting, humorous. I hope these pieces kindle an appreciation for the exquisite natural objects that surround us.”
Christine Ferrouge creates narrative paintings of childhood where character and identity are forming quietly beneath the surface. The models for her subjects are often girls. The paintings are a glimpse into the serious work of imaginative play where the children practice adapting to their social culture or physical environment. Ferrouge’s paintings are larger than life and her subjects are dignified, confident, and thoughtful. This documentation of girlhood is both contemporary and timeless.
Ferrouge grew up in Minnesota and fell in love with painting at a young age. Her education includes a BFA in painting from the University of Evansville, Indiana; and studying in Florence, Amsterdam, and the Dominican Republic. Her recent honors include: the de Young Museum Open and solo show Picnic at Gray Loft Gallery. Ferrouge is an award-winning educator and taught art in urban Chicago and Los Angeles. She is a member of Gearbox Gallery in Oakland and exhibits weekly at the Werkshack during Saturday Stroll on 25th Street. Ferrouge curates for the Gallery at the Werkshack and serves on Oakland Art Murmur’s venue committee.
Rachel Major is a visual artist and art educator based in San Francisco, CA. Rachel uses a variety of mediums including paint, sculpture, fabric, collage and photography to explore our complex and often fraught relationship and connection with food. She uses images from 17th century Dutch Still Lives for inspiration as well as exploring purely abstract forms to explore ideas of beauty, power and control. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada (OCAD), has a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art (NSCAD) in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She has exhibited in Canada, France and the U.S.
TaVee McAllister Lee works in the arena of installation, combining various paper elements into intimate collages of a free nature. Relying on “consumer” papers. i.e. those that are readily available to most everyone in our culture, like magazines, gift-wrap, and wall papers, she constructs poetic, non-linear commentary focusing on themes of vulnerability, loss, connection and the relationship between current consumerist demand and a future vision of the ecological consequences.
Born in South Dakota, TaVee McAllsiter Lee grew up mostly in Oklahoma, after a stint in Laos as a little girl. She attended Oklahoma State University as an architectural engineering student and went on to study at the Kansas City Art Institute, earning a BFA in Painting and Printmaking there. Eventually she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and now maintains an East Bay studio in Martinez. Over the years she’s been the curator, director or coordinator for many, many exhibitions, as well as a founding member of GearBox Gallery, with a lengthy exhibition record of her own.
Irene Nelson is an abstract painter living and working in Oakland, California. In the studio, she creates spontaneous instinctual compositions using a predetermined color palette. The paintings and their symbols take on meaning to the extent that the viewer discovers an essence based on their own relationship to the forms and color.
After a successful career in graphic design, Nelson dedicated herself full time to her lifelong painting and photography practices. She works in varying media, from paintings that mingle acrylic paint with collaged personal photographs to monoprints on paper, which she discovered during her residency at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.
Her works have been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in the Bay Area since 2009 including Gearbox Gallery, Oakland; Jen Tough Gallery, Vallejo; Arthouse on R, Sacramento, O’Hanlan Center for the Arts Gallery, Mill Valley; Kala Art Institute; Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley; and Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica. Her works are held in various private collections around the Bay Area.
Patricia Sonnino takes a contemporary approach to abstraction. Various spaces with individual artistic languages inhabit her colorful layered works on wood panel. Hard edges meet and zoom off into soft ones, shallow spaces swerve into deep, and opaque colors collide with the luminous. The juxtapositions of these arrangements of diverse, self-contained spaces resemble a “still life” in flight.
Sonnino is living and working in San Francisco. She holds a MA and BA in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis. Sonnino has taught design at the Boston Architec- tural Center and been a visiting artist at Fort Lewis College in Colorado and the University of Birmingham in the U.K. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont, the Willapa Bay AIR, Oysterville Washington, Playa, Summer Lake, Or- egon, and Penland in the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina .
Sonnino exhibits nationally in solo group exhibitions including pwith Gearbox Gallery in Oakland California, Slate Gallery in Tahoe, at Max Occupancy Art Projects located at the Mystic Hotel in San Francisco, at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California.
Jamie Treacy is an Oakland, California-based visual artist and art educator. He received his BFA at the University of Michigan and his MFA from CCA (both degrees in painting and drawing). He also holds a Single Subject Visual Art credential and a Career Technical Education credential in Arts, Media and Entertainment. Jamie’s artwork is imbued with themes of eco-justice, speculative fiction and exo-biology. He creates bodies of work in acrylic painting, drawing and mixed media cut paper. His philosophy as an art educator is that all youth deserve access to a high-quality free arts education, and that creative inquiry is fundamental to solving the most pressing problems of our future. Jamie is the recipient of the William H. Lewis Watercolor award and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation fellowship. Jamie’s work has been exhibited in the California Bay Area, Canada, Mexico and Japan. He currently serves as the Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Skyline High School in Oakland.
Diane Williams is a master painter who uses intuitive color, bold brushwork and monumental scale as a vehicle for the voice of the strong feminine to weave nature’s story across time.
Multiple layers chronicle what is concrete and what is illusive; erasures remind us that nothing is permanent, yet everything leaves an impression. The calm, vast space of the canvas allows a story to be told through generations.
Her paintings invite the viewer to enter uncharted territory; a world where women and elders are revered as holders of our collective intuitive lineage and where listening to one’s intuition is the highest form of prayer.
Diane states, “My creative proces is a dance between chance, conscious decison and risk. I make a mark then respond to the mark, never certain where the process will lead. I begin with an intention which is what guides my process”.
Diane’s color palette is inspired by living in Jamaica and Costa Rica. Her love of mark making comes from studying calligraphy in China. What sets her apart from other artists is more than 40 years of experience coupled with a deep belief in art’s ability to heal. In this troubling time of Corona Virus, her online courses are reaching students far and near, helping them cope with fear and social isolation.