Sobel, Badhia and Sacramento in “Trio”
Berkeley, CA – 4th Street Fine Art is pleased to present “Trio”, an
exhibition featuring the works of three of its artists: Prabin Badhia,
Michael Sacramento, and Valerie Sobel. The show will run from May
19, 2015 to July 6, 2015. Its opening reception will take place on
Saturday, June 6th from 6 PM to 8 PM.
“Trio” represents the eclectic character of 4th Street Fine Art and its
artists, with works ranging from traditional figurative to pop inspired,
to organic textile art.
Badhia is involved in creating art that has subjects which are
entangled with his current thoughts, energy, and time. He approaches
his piece with no regard for any pre-condition. Sometimes, he has a lot
to tell in a limited time. At other times, he has little to say, with plenty
of time. He enjoys the structure, the muscles, and movement,
bending, twisting, and turning of the body forms. His subject has
always been primarily the human form. His figures are not historically
based nor do they have a social context. They are purely form; they
are without telling of where they are from and why there are there,
and when they are. The ideology behind this is neither constructive nor
The themes of Sacramento's work are based on the idea of memory
and emotional connections. Each subject is tied to a particular
experience - whether real or imagined. Michael's aesthetic style is
influenced by traditional, pop, illustration and contemporary design.
The resulting body of work forms the unique representation of his
Sobel’s work germinates from her observation of nature and from the
belief that all things are interconnected. She aims to foster the
awareness that people are rooted in their natural environment, of how
deep and essential their mutual dependence is. In that context, the
process of felting itself, used by the artist in her mixed media pieces,
becomes a physical metaphor of that universal entanglement.
This particular body of works explores the enthralling world of pods
and seeds, inviting the viewer to travel into a fictional realm, and
maybe, reassess what we think makes us specifically human.
Contact: Michael Sacramento
Address: 2000 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Opening: June 6 6-8pm
Exhibition Date: May 19 - July 6
"RED the show" will donate part of the sales to the organization "RED" founded to help people with Aids by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 www.red.org/about
March 6, 2015 from 5-8pm the artists of 4th Street Fine Art will be on hand to share their latest group undertaking. The show is simply called "Red". Each of the participating artists have interpreted that title in their own way. This has created a diverse and charming show. Please come by 2000 4th St @ University, Berkeley 94710 to visit with the artists and enjoy some conversation and camaraderie. For more information visit www.4thstreetfineart.com.
"Condimentos" by Cindy Podren recalls a cafe table setting in San Miguel D'Allende, Mexcio. A bowl of chili powder and a Coca Cola reference in the background stimulate the appetite. Debbie Claussen creates one of her iconic San Francisco Trolleys with a limited palette of red, paynes grey and green. It's a wonderful combination used with virtuosity. Sherrod Blankner, known for her urban buildings offers "Red Façade". All the participating artists have produced their thoughtful and vibrant paintings in the 16"x16" format.
The artists featured in the show are Hallie Strock, Michael Sacramento, Valerie Sobel, Maggie Hurley, Gera Hasse, Prabin Badhia, ShawNshawN, Korianna Kisielprice, Debbie Claussen, Sherrod Blankner and Cindy Podren. Suzane Beaubrun and Ann Marie Hodrick are two of the jewelers participating in the show. They have been very inventive in their offerings. Ann Marie of Hearts Desire Jewelry has created two necklaces one titled "Love" and the other titled "Rage". Stop in to see if you can tell which is which.
4th Street Fine Art is open Friday thru Sunday 11am to 6pm or by appointment (510) 647 8136. We'd love to see you March 6th to get your party on with New Jazz Review see their website at newjazzreview.com!
On Jan24-25 we will be having a pre-Valentine's sale on jewelry by 3 jewelers: Nuu, Ann Marie Hodrick and Valerie Sobel.
Find out more here: Jewelry Sale
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
First Solo Show for artist ShawNshawN – Still Smoking
Opening: January 24th 6-9pm
Exhibition: Jan. 13th – Feb 23rd
ShawNshawN debuting his first solo show at 4th Street Fine Art in Berkeley. His show is focused on a new style he developed called Political Pop. This style reinterprets popular cultural icons into the underlying reality beneath the surface usually focused on a moment when change occured.
One of the subjects is the infamous Malboro man captured in his painting “Killer Cowboy Cloud”. The 4th cowboy advertising for Marlboro died in 2012 (story from LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-marlboro-men-20140127-story.html) "He knew the cigarettes had a hold on him," his wife, Susan Lawson, told the Associated Press. "He knew, yet he still couldn't stop." The artist himself smoked the brand over 15 years and his own father was nearly taken twice by throat cancer from smoking 15 years. In the own artist words, “I smoked 10 years before quiting and the damn things will likely take my brother before his time, so I feel I owe the company payback.” This works explores who exactly was behind the campaign and its popularity. Was it Hollywood, US Presidents or Leo Burnett ad agency? In addition to the painting, the artist is selling Morbido cigarette packs signed by famous smokers from JFK to Andy Warhol. A detailed artist interview follows here: http://shawnshawnartist.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/interview-on-killer-cowboy-clouds/
Other themes that are captured are the theme of the Hunger Games just after the release of the 3rd of four films based off the 3rd book in the series “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. ShawNshawN lived in Poland in the last year of Communism in 1989 and actively witnessed the fall of totalitarianism by the people, so this book rang true to his vision and serves as a device to expose pitfalls of dictatorships like China, North Korea and Cuba. This painting points to the reality of Hunger Games in the US empire we find ourselves in: global corporations dominating the planet, dictators like Kim Jong Un in North Korea and the hypocrisy of leftists coddling dictatorships like Cuba. The painting captures the moment that Katniss defies expectations and sacrifices herself to save her sister with “May the Odds be Ever in your Favor”. A detailed artist interview is here: http://shawnshawnartist.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/interview-on-may-the-odds-be-ever-in-your-favor-painting/
Another topic explored is cyber warfare and 1984-type secret government spying of citizens exposed recently by Edward Snowden. As quoted by Snowden, “I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.” The artist explores the duality of US-China relations in his work titled “Ride the Dragon on the Plains of Slaves”. Here the infamous Matrix movie is shown with Morpheus asking Neo to choose the red or blue pill, reality or continued fantasy. In this work, the artist exposes the underlying secret cyber war of China and US. In public, both powers claim to be the world’s biggest trading partners. In reality, China has a secret military division 61398 actively hacking Western patents while being the global trade “partner” of the West. A detailed interview follows here: http://shawnshawnartist.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/interview-of-riding-the-dragon-to-the-plains-of-slaves-painting/
The artist will be on site to discuss your questions on the duality of life in his paintings. The show will be Jan 24th from 6-9pm. There will be food, drink and music to enjoy as you bear witness to Political Pop style.
About 4th Street Fine Art
The gallery was launched in September 2012 with 15 artists. Now the gallery has 14 painters and 3 jewelers. The original idea for the gallery was the Art Gym started back in 2002 before changing the name to 4th Street Studio in its second year. One of the founders, Gera Hasse, helped found the new gallery location in 2012.
4th Street Fine Art
2000 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-6pm
Show info: http://www.4thstreetfineart.com/still-smoking.html
Exhibition: Jan 24th – Feb 23rd
Opening: Jan 24th 6 – 9pm
She has lived and worked in California all of her life, and graduated from the University of CA East Bay Campus with a degree in Liberal Arts. She is largely a self taught and experiential artist. She is continually trying to master a complicated process involving resins, oils, acrylics, paper, photography, metals and natural objects that are contained within my art.
I like the gestures, contours, and volume of the human form. Whether the model‘s pose is active or passive, I seek to convey the dynamism and movement of the body. I bring that to action on my canvas - any size, any shape, any gender. Since my college days, I have made more than 100,000 sketches.
Suzane Beaubrun is an Oakland jewelry artist who transforms common materials such as bottle caps and recycled inner tube into art to wear. In addition to working with these everyday materials she also crochets and weaves fine silver and semi-precious stones into ethereal, fantastical jewelry. Her work is an eclectic exploration of texture, color and form. Suzane is a graduate of The San Francisco Art Institute and studied metalsmithing under Lisa Spiros at The Craft Student’s League of New York.
Sherrod Blankner is a graduate of Yale University where she studied Art with Tom Roma. She focuses on painting architecture, whether in city or rural scenes. Ms. Blankner’s current Southern tableaus are based on photographs by one of her artistic collaborators, Christina Huntington, of Memphis, Tennessee.
Whether it be City Scenes, Ballet Dancers or Animals, Debbie's paintings are about movement and personality. Debbie developed her flawless drawing technique at a young age. Debbie's work is collected internationally, has been featured in Art Show at The Dog Show, American Kennel Club, Colored Pencil Society of America and Artists Magazine.
Bernice Gross is known for her vividly-painted scenes of middle-class America in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Her spot-on eye for images that capture awkward, familiar, and intimate family moments has made her a national reputation as an inimitable painter.
She grew up in St. Louis and in the 60s decided to move to the SF Bay Area. She started her first limited edition prints gallery in 1990s and then cofounded Fourth Street Studio in 2000. She also was a key founder of the current gallery. Her work explores ceramics and acrylic painting. Her latest series was a ceramic tile work using broken plates and glass tiles.
Ann Marie Hodrick:
She is an artisan inspired by the beauty of the colors and textures that influence our daily lives … the way light is reflected off a cityscape, the colors in a spring garden or the texture of the surf against the sand on a beach.
Lately I’ve been inspired by the sea: I find the ocean to be grounding. It’s a place of elegance, power, and grace amidst constant change. There is something settling about the sea for me, and creating the work for this show has been very meditative. I swim a lot, and growing up, I spent most of my time in the ocean.
Growing up on the outskirts of San Antonio, I spent a vast amount of my childhood playing outdoors and camping. This cultivated an early appreciation of the wilderness around me. As I grew older, my simple love for nature was reinforced from travels within and abroad the U.S., many to natural landmarks.
My name is Nuch. My passion for form, simplicity, and salient details has continued to grow in me since I was an architecture student and architect. The first time I made a necklace for my aunt, unexpectedly, these dormant enthusiasms blossomed in me again. Since then, for over ten years, designing and crafting jewelry has become my inspiring muse.
I have always wanted to paint and began dabbling about twenty years ago. In 2002, I suffered the biggest personal loss of my life and took up painting more intensively at that time. I paint mostly in oils, although I use watercolors when travelling. I paint plein air landscapes, and do studio work from my photographs, hoping to convey my feelings about these sites and the beauty of the ordinary. Cindy Podren
My urban collage paintings are inspired by my day to day observations - from street scenes, billboards and posters to often overlooked surfaces, architectural elements and birds. I translate these moments into fragmented images, objects, textures and colors. As I collect and interpret these visual cues, I use them to create a new visual experience. This process for me is purely intuitive and my ultimate form of self expression.
For this small exhibition focused on 8x8, I decided to cover Malala Yousafzai. She was blogging for the BBC in Pakistan about living as a girl under Taliban rule and standing up for female right to education. The Taliban tried to assassinate her, but luckily she survived and perseveres in her struggle for her rights and the rights of all women in a patriarchial society dominated by extreme religion.
My work process involves intuition, imagination as well as intellect; serendipity as well as planning and design. I always observe the world around me, consciously noting details and I leave it to my senses to randomly record what they deem worthy of interest. It will trickle down to my consciousness later.
Hallie Strock is a graduate of Mills College, in Oakland, CA, with a BA in studio art. Her work, now focused on water-based media and textile arts, hangs in a number of private collections in the United States, and has won significant awards in local and regional juried exhibitions in California. Hallie is a member of the Oakland Art Association.
Fourth Street Fine Art is pleased to announce the group exhibition New
Moons, running October 10 through November 3, 2014. The “new moon” is
a view of self in the context of a symbolic portal for new beginnings. It's the
moment when the old passes away and the new is not yet here. The show
is comprised of five female artists from San Francisco’s East Bay, 2 painters
and 3 jewelry artists, whose depiction of object explores the concept of
introspection to one’s wishes and desires.
In recognition of her respect for the concept of upcycling,
Suzane Beaubrun, an Oakland jewelry artist, transforms
common materials such as bottle caps and recycled inner
tube into art to wear. In addition to working with these
everyday materials she also weaves fine silver and semi-
precious stones into ethereal, fantastical jewelry. Her work is an eclectic
exploration of texture, color and form. Suzane is a graduate of The San
Francisco Art Institute and studied metalsmithing under Lisa Spiros at The
Craft Student’s League of New York.
Inspiration for Ann Marie Hodrick’s, unique jewelry
designs is born from the beauty, light, colors and textures
of her environment ... from urban Oakland to the idyllic
beaches and countryside of Northern California. Her
previous art works in painting, printing, clay and collage
created a springboard for exploring the world of personal adornment with
an artful eye. Ann Marie’s colorful one-of-a-kind compositions incorporate
gold, sterling silver, pearls and semiprecious stones alongside more
surprising materials such as fossils, Roman glass, hardware and wood.
For New Moons, Oakland artist Erin McGarry has selected
a series of landscape paintings depicting the Oakland
Estuary, an area in constant transition. The natural beauty
of the estuary is complemented and contrasted with the
development of the City of Oakland. The paintings seek to
capture this tension from the perspective of the artist. An
oil painter and current M.F.A. student at the Academy of Art University,
Erin has studied under the tutelage of landscape artist Carolyn Meyer.
Oakland artist Nuch, creates clean and elegant, simple but
striking jewelry designs which reflect an appreciation for
form, simplicity and salient details that she acquired during
her former life as an architect. Born and raised in Thailand,
Nuch became infatuated with her other muse, Nature. It
nurtures her soul and her creativity by inspiring her to create luscious gem
laden pieces inspired by the myriad of lyrical forms seen in the wilderness.
French by birth, Valerie Sobel has lived in the Bay Area
since 2000, but explores a completely different place and
time in her paintings where a surreal world of whimsy
reveals itself in vibrant colors.
This show invites the viewer to join in a joyful introspective
stroll on the paths of our childhood, when we could see the
world for all its wonder, its overwhelming beauty, brimming with exuberant
life. A stroll under a new moon, you might say... Please join us for the Artists’ Reception for “New Moons”
on Friday, October 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.
4th Street Fine Art
2000 4th Street @ University
Berkeley, CA 94710 (Map)
Gallery Hours: Friday-Monday 11a.m.–6p.m.
Interviewed by Prescott & Mackay
A couple of weeks ago, we went with Aki Choklat to Finnovations, a retrospective exhibition showcasing works from two of Finland's leading footwear designers: Aki himself and Julia Lundsten.
It was a very interesting evening and we got the chance to have a chat with Liza Snook, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and we couldn’t help but ask her a few questions about her unique project.
What is your professional background?
Liza Snook: I studied Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL). I'm a graphic designer by profession and worked for graphic and industrial design studios in the Netherlands for about 25 years. Ten years ago I started the Virtual Shoe Museum project next to my graphic work and two years ago I decided to stop my graphic work and go for the shoes a hundred percent.
Since when do you consider yourself a shoe lover?
Since I can walk. My mother used to wear beautiful, high-heeled Italian shoes and I always played with her shoes.
How did you come up with the idea of creating The Virtual Shoe Museum?
My partner Taco Zwaanswijk is a multimedia designer. Ten years ago the first online collections started. Due to my graphic background and fanatic collecting I gathered a big collection of shoe images in different forms: postcards, articles, advertisements, books etc. Taco created the website and I started to call the few shoe designers I knew for permission to add their shoes to our website.
How does the Virtual Shoe Museum works? Which criteria do you use to commission work and keep it on the shoe trend?
I search for shoes everywhere and I get in shoes from all over the world sent by the designers themselves, shoe lovers and artists.
Thanks to curating shoe exhibitions with various museum curators in different countries they also come up with new designers. I have a lot of friends who bring me crazy shoe items, and some of them teach shoe design and connect me to their talented students.
What makes the Virtual Shoe Museum so special and unique in the world?
I think the mix of design and art. To me these two perspectives in shoes work very well.
In the Virtual Shoe Museum everything I like to do comes together: my design background, my passion for art and shoes, meeting new people and connecting them, sharing this information via the website and creating publications or exhibitions.
We meet at FINNOVATIONS, an Independent Footwear Design Exhibition organised by the Finish Embassy around the work of Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten. What were the highlights of the day?
Finding some great shoe designs by Aki and Julia and meeting up with old and new shoe design friends.
What do you think is coming up in terms of shoe trends?
For the selection of the shoes for the Virtual Shoe Museum I don't follow shoe trends. I just weigh if a new shoe matches and adds something to the online collection or not.
Looking back to when you founded the Virtual Shoe Museum, did you expect it to become as it is today?
Absolutely not. When I started this project in my spare hours ten years ago I never thought that my passion for shoes would turn into my daily life work. I never expected it would bring me so many international shoe projects and fantastic contacts with designers and artists. And certainly, not this number of opportunities to work together with great museums outside the Netherlands.
What are the challenges for the Virtual Shoe Museum in the future?
I will see where the shoes will bring me… I just want to continue finding and collecting shoes, create new exhibitions together with art professionals and inspiring shoe design students and shoe lovers.
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