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If you are over in the Richmond area on Saturday September 8th please stop by NIAD Art Center and pull a print! I have been working with NIAD resident artists to create a free interactive poster featuring their artwork. The event runs from 1pm – 4pm and is tied into the opening for the exhibition Talking Heads.

You’re invited to the opening receptions for…

Talking Heads, Organized By Susan Alexander
Prints: A Brief Overview
Wild Color: Mary Mortimer

Saturday, September 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
NIAD Art Center
551 23rd Street in Richmond, California

With a production from the Portable Printmaking Lab and DJ set from Tim Buckwalter

Talking Heads, Organized By Susan Alexander
Eight Bay Area artists use ceramics as a means of social expression, humor and political context while also creating a dialogue among each other with a focus on figuration.  Independent curator Susan Alexander has chosen objects that engage the viewer through subject matter, color and expression. Included in “Talking Heads” are Julio Del Rio, Raven Harper, Joe Kowalcyck, Tony Natsoulas, Jeff Nebeker, Tiffany Schmierer, Piper Snow, and Jonathan Velazquez.Susan Alexander is an independent curator working in the Bay Area.  She has a specific focus on Art Brut and Outsider Art. Susan was a pivotal co-curator for the symposium on Outsider Art “Altered States, Alternate Worlds” with Creative Growth and the Oakland Museum of California and curated “Color Magicians” at College of Marin. Since 2012, Alexander has maintained an online gallery.

This is the second exhibition Susan Alexander has organized at NIAD Art Center.

Prints: An Overview
Recently, our printmaking department has been producing some really amazing works from Helisi Noel-Johnson, Sara Malpass, and Shantae Robinson among others. We’re delighted to show you a brief overview of what they’ve been up to.

Wild Color: Mary Mortimer
Oakland-based artist Mary Mortimer started out as a painter. Inspired by mentors Amos Kennedy and Alan Kitching, she’s been able to explore painting using type and ink. Every print of Mortimer’s is an artist’s proof, hand-inked and unique within the edition. Some are even printed over recycled prints. All of the type she uses is antique wood or metal and all prints are made using vintage presses in a variety of shops. NIAD is honored and delighted to be showing more than a dozen recent works from Mortimer.Originally from New York, Mary Mortimer is a printmaker and fiber artist. You can see her work at The Compound Gallery and Studios.

Portable Printmaking Lab
For one day only, at the exhibitions’ opening receptions, we’ll be host to Peter Foucault’s Portable Printmaking Lab (PPL).In 2017 Foucault created PPL, a teardrop trailer that can travel throughout the West Coast and roll out into an interactive pop-up printmaking station. For this current iteration Foucault will be collaborating with NIAD artists to create a series of free custom posters.

Peter Foucault creates works on paper, videos, performances and installations that are fueled by his love of drawing and mark making. His work is concept driven, and often utilizes objects that reference printmaking and multiplicities. In addition to his own practice, Foucault is the Co-Founder of the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), a Bay Area based artmaking and curatorial team that creates interactive “pop-up” mobile exhibitions and performances that directly engage the public.

Foucault has participated in numerous exhibitions nationwide and his work has been included in group shows at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, Oakland Museum of California, Torrance Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Marine Contemporary, Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, Kit Schulte Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), The University of Salford (Manchester, England), and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.


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If you are in the area please stop by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and check out “Pressing Matters”, a juried group exhibition featuring one of my new screen prints. The opening reception is on Saturday August 25th, hope to see you there!



AUG 24 – OCT 14

OVERVIEW // The leaders of the Central Coast Printmakers selected Artist Juan R. Fuentes, a long time social activist, art teacher, poster maker, and printmaker as their juror for Pressing Matters 2018—the artist group’s biennial exhibition at SLOMA. Their nationwide call for artists this Spring attracted 56 artists who submitted 144 images for possible selection. Juror Juan Fuentes culled the entries to 64 images that will be installed by Curator Ruta Saliklis in the Museum’s Gray Wing.

Juan Fuentes will share his decisions and insights for Pressing Matters 2018 with a walk around the exhibition on Saturday, August 25 at 2 PM, followed by an opening reception and his presentation of the awards 3 to 5 PM.

Juan Fuentes grew up in the farm labor camps of Monterey County, picking fruits and vegetables along with his family members.
Fuentes’ artwork has been greatly influenced by the many social movements of the 1960s and 70s and his strong conviction that art is needed to make social change a possibility— healing the injustices faced by people around the world.

Juan Fuentes works from photographs, news clippings, his own drawings, and family photos. He likes to reassemble, change, and redraw images—sometimes directly onto the block of wood or linoleum before he begins to carve. He explains, “The act of carving allows me to use the cutting tools as pencils, to more thoughtfully explore the materials and feelings that I’m trying to convey. Once I have developed my ideas through drawing and carving, the selection of color and the printing become essential parts of the process.”

Related Programming
Saturday, August 25 at 2 PM: Juror Juan Fuentes will give an ARTalk. Opening reception to follow, 3 to 5 PM. Free and open to the public.

Art After Dark: Friday, September 7 from 6 to 9 PM: Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal will give a live demonstration on printmaking. Free and open to the public.

September 14-16, 2018: Mokuhanga Japanese woodblock printing workshop with Carol Brown. Max 12 students.

DETAILS // A public reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 6–9 PM in conjunction with Art After Dark. Free admission.

Banner Images (left to right): E Pluribus Unum by Bay Hallowell, Das Narrenschiff by David Avery, and A Dream in Three by Nancy Helmsworth.
Homepage Image: Good Luck Charms, Susan F. Schafer.


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Excited to announce my PPL (Portable Printmaking Lab) trailer will going out on San Pablo Ave this Fall in partnership with Chris Treggiari and Sergio de la Torre. They invited the trailer onboard for their residency at Kala Art Institute as part of their Sanctuary City project. Here are some pics from our first run out in July…

Here is a link to the Sanctuary City residency at KALA:


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I invite you to please stop by Blue Line Arts and check out their 2018 Membership Medley exhibition. This group show features work by some amazing local artists. I have a new large-scale ink on AlyPoly drawing from my “Subdivision” series included. There is a reception on Saturday August 18th from 6- 8:30pm. Hope to see you there!


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Please stop by the SMUD Gallery and check out “Paper Work”, a new exhibition featuring works on (and incorporating) paper by local Sacramento artists. I have a new large scale ink and collage piece included. The show will be up from July 13th – September 12th and an artist reception will take place on Thursday July 12th from 4:30 – 6pm.


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I’d like to invite you to “Altered,” a group exhibition that I’ll be part of opening June 19th at Minnesota Street Projects.

There are Saturday events happening from 3-6 pm each week for a month:Saturday June 23rd, June30th, July 1st, July 8th, from 3-6pm.

Details and a list of participating artists is below. I’m really excited to be part of this amazing exhibition!



Exhibition Run: June 19th through July 14th 2018

Location: 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco CA94107 Gallery 104

Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-6pm; Artist Receptions Saturdays 3-6pm

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Since our inception in 2007, OFFspace has staged a dozen exhibitions in unexpected spaces and host galleries. Featuring the work of over 100 artists from across the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Besides being pioneers of site specific curation in the Bay Area, OFFspace has singled itself out by creating shows with an wide range of artists and practices; bringing together emerging, mid-career and established artists, Bay Area and international art makers..


To celebrate passing the 10-year mark OFFSpace is proud to present Altered, a show part retrospective and part curatorial experiment. Alteredwill shift/mutate/evolve throughout the run being “re-curated” weekly by OFFSpace and invited partner curators, featuring a different theme and works with each iteration.


Over thirty artists* who have shown with OFFspace throughout our 10+-year career will share work to create a physical library in one portion of the gallery space. OFFspace will then draw from this resource to formulate the first in a series of exhibits. Thereafter, on a weekly basis, guest curators will select work from the library to create a unique exhibition on a specific theme of their choice. Additionally, the entire library will be available for perusal by the public with the help and supervision of gallery attendants.

Partner curators include Dasha Matsura, San Francisco Director at Spoke Art Gallery (spoke-art.com) Justin Charles Hoover, Founder & Director at Collective Action Studio (collectiveactionstudio.com) and from Aggregate Space Gallery co Directors S. Willis & Conrad Meyers (aggregatespacegallery.org).

learn more at off-space.org & FaceBook

Participating artists include: Alan Hopkins, Alexis Arnold,  Alicia Escott,  Andréanne Michon,  Angela Pryor,  Ap-art-ment (Laura Boles Faw and Cathy Fairbanks),  Christopher McNulty,  Cigdem Kaya,  Claudia Huenchuleo, Diane Chung,  Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov,  Gillian O’Shea,  Gioj De Marco,  Glenna Cole Allee,  Gwynne Stoddart,  Jan Blythe,  Jesse Walton,  Jinyoung Youm,  Justin Hoover,  Karrie Hovey,  Kathrine Worel,  Linda Trunzo,  Luther Thie,  Madeline Dignadice,  Marya Krogstad,  Michael Kerbow,  Michelle Morby,  Michelle Wilson,  Peter Foucault,  Rachel Dawson,  Ruth Santee,  Victor Barbieri,  Winnie van der Rijn and  Zeina Barakeh.

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Please stop by Milagro Center on Sunday May 6th and help support “Art For Babies”, a fundraiser for the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery Program. I will have a new suite of drawings available for purchase at the event and a piece in the silent auction. A wonderful event and an amazing cause!


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