winter exhibitions 2010

The Mural Tradition: Mission Dolores to Judy Baca in Richmond
October 23 - November 28

From our Studios: Recent Work by Faculty and Visiting Artists
september 9 Ā october 10
artists' reception
saturday, september 12, 4:30 Ā 7 pm

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Las Cadre, Craft Masters

Las cadre, Craft Masters Las Cadre: Craft Masters features the work of Las Cadre, a critique group of local working artists and teachers whose creative process stems from colloquial engagement and exchanges. The majority of their sixteen members are masters in their craft, primarily working in ceramic, painting and printmaking. The group, now in its third year, shares a DIY (Do It Yourself) ethic, seeking opportunities to support and celebrate each members vision beyond conventional and commercial venues. Group members and guests meet monthly in an appointed member’s studio to look at and discuss new work. As a whole and in smaller groups, they have had numerous successful shows around the Bay Area.

Las Cadre, Craft Masters is a fundraiser for the Richmond Art Center; 75% to 100% of the income from the purchased artwork will be donated to the RAC.

The Las Cadre fundraiser exhibition was brought to the Richmond Art Center by Guest Curator Sterling Israel.

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The Mural Tradition: Mission Dolores to Judy Baca in Richmond
organized by Eduardo Pineda



De Staebler Two Legs with Missing Toes
Fired Clay, 2008, 32 x 13.5 x 15 inches

De Staebler, The Sculptorís Way presents a selection of figurative work by the renowned ceramic and bronze sculptor, Stephen DeStaebler. The exhibition is on view in the newly renovated Richmond Art Centerís Main and West Galleries. Twenty-seven newly created full-size sculptures and more intimate pieces introduce viewers to the artistís contribution to the legacy of figurative sculpture and provides an evocative view into his current body of sculptural work.

Stephen De Staebler assembles fragments of fired clay to create forms that are reminiscent of ancient archeological artifacts or human effigies. The clay is unglazed but De Staebler occasionally mixes oxides in the wet clay or washes ceramic stains over the forms. He also incorporates accidents that may occur during the firing process which enhance the sculptures archaic physicality and reveal unannounced imagery. What is exposed in the process are incomplete figurative forms that have a dualistic quality, at once emerging and retrieving into the material. The sculptures retain a lyrical presence evocative of both humanity and ethereality. Through his work, De Staebler seeks to achieve equilibrium between integration and disintegration of the form to explore questions of origins, time and the nature of existence. With its profound questioning on the form of our humanity and ethereality, Stephen De Staeblerís work resonates today because it seeks to capture some of the truth and beauty of our uncertain condition and aspirations.

De Staebler started exploring art making as an undergraduate under the guidance of Robert Motherwell and Ben Shahn during summer sessions at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Although his main focus was in his academic studies as a religion major at Princeton University, De Staebler eventually arrived in Berkeley in 1957 to attend the University of California as a Master candidate in Art. De Staebler has since lived in the city of Berkeley, raising a family, teaching in a number of local universities and exhibiting in galleries and museums. De Staeblerís renown as a figurative sculptor has reached international status. He is celebrated by the installation of works in public venues such as The Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley. His work was also displayed in the honored venue of the White House Kennedy Garden during the Clinton administration.

Accompanying public programs:
Stephen De Staebler, The Sculptorís Way will be accompanied by a published essay by the exhibitionís curator Nancy Servis, the RAC Artistic Director. Nancy Servis will also be giving a lecture on ďThe Innovators of Northern California CeramicsĀ on Friday, September 25th 2009, 7 pm - 9 pm. A special screening of Revolution of the Wheel: History of Northern California Ceramics will be scheduled at the Center during the run of the exhibitions.

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Murals are one of humanity’s oldest artistic and community expressions.
Richmond murals contribute to this impressive creative form from Sargent
Johnson’s 1949 City Hall mural to the current commissioning of famed
community muralist Judy Baca. Richmond murals are placed within a regional
timeline that includes the 17th Century Mission Dolores altar paintings
created by indigenous peoples for Spanish missionaries and the frescos of
Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera in the 1930s. The vitality of Richmond
muralists spans the past three decades with national and international
reputations growing out of a commitment to local neighborhoods.

Stephen De Staebler: The Sculptorís Way

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