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Box Art Benefit Auction

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 2011 Box Auction promo

Details: PRO ARTS a Non-Profit Organization and Art Gallery in Oakland Art Gallery; located within City Center’s, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Downtown Oakland CA,  94612

Cotact: Director Margo Dunlap or any of the myriad of volunteers (510) 763-4361   /   info@proartsgallery.org                                                                 Their website /www.proartsgallery.org

2011 Box Art Benefit Auction (for Pro Arts) It’s important to have our Art Galleries in place, especially when the economy rebounds.

There is No Admission Fee, Nada Cost, To Come Join many on        Fri. Nov. 4, from 6:00-9:00 PM, to satiate your eyes, fingers, mouth & ears, nose.                                           Tom Vacar, KTVU/Fox 2 Auctioneer

There is Yes, The Cost of Purchasing a Block of Wood turned into a Work of Art…My 2010 donation “Getting Through A Little At A Time” was the transformation of the block of wood. A Thumbnail that should enlarge when you click on it, appears on a different page of this blog.

A Sneak- Preview is planned Tues. Nov. 1 –                                                         Thu. Nov. 3                tomyegouache@sbcglobal.net Box Art is three weeks away and Pro Arts needs your help to meet our fundraising goals!  You can be a part of this effort by reaching out to your personal and professional networks.

Box Art Sponsorship is a way for friends, family and supporters to make a commitment to support the arts in our community AND show support for YOU! Sponsorships are $100 and allow art lovers and those who love your art to place the ‘first bid’ on your donated artwork. Find details online at http://www.proartsgallery.org/exhibitions/2011_box.php

Five Easy Steps to Sign-up Sponsors:

1) Make a list. Choose five people to support your participation in Pro Arts Box Art Benefit. Consider talking to family members, friends and supporters who have bought your work in the past – anyone who loves the arts and shares the value that arts are vital in our communities.

2) Ask. Many people want to show their support for the arts but are never asked directly. Sponsorship is an easy way for friends and family to publicly show their support for their favorite artist while investing in Pro Arts’ mission. Only one Sponsor per box, over 100 participating artists to choose from.

3) Tell them why Pro Arts is important to you. Pro Arts serves thousands of Bay Areaartists through exhibitions, workshops, advocacy, East Bay Open Studios and more. Talking about how you engage with Pro Arts is the best way of showing a sponsor how their support can make a difference.

4) Invite them to the Party. Box Art is one of Pro Arts’ two annual fundraisers, and it’s a really great party – great food by Oakland’s hottest new restaurant, Plum – plus music by SomaR. Sponsors are acknowledged in the gallery and receive complimentary drinks all night.

5) Sign them up! Print a sponsorship form athttp://www.proartsgallery.org/exhibitions/pdfs/BoxArtSponsorApplication.pdf
Fill it out with the sponsor and return it to Pro Arts. Checks are payable to Pro Arts.

Your contribution of your donated artwork is the beginning of the fundraising effort. Pro Arts needs financial support to support artists and provide critical access to contemporary art in the region. Proceeds benefit arts education in Oakland public high schools and Pro Arts’ visual arts programming.

This is the time to be pro arts! Invite your friends, family and colleagues to step up to be pro arts.

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Instrumental Images


I’m so darn inquisitive about how to create anything that is appreciated and very fortunate to be able to.  I have an artistic life that I feel is a gift.  I continue to be enriched with each new audience’s admiration for my abilities. This is of course in the context of an exhibiting artist. I intertwine the term audience and community.  Community can and has been people who request me to present my art.  Many individuals depending on the community, know me to use only one specific media.  I’m primarily known as a painter. I’ve gone the typical elementary school route of finger paint, tempera and by college, how to paint with acrylics and oil paint. I determined that oil painting would be a media I’d use once I retired at the age of 65 or so.  Then I wouldn’t feel rushed to complete anything and could wait out the drying of this media. I tried after college, to use Gouache paint. As a freelance artist I continue to have commissions to perfect my skill of rendering with ink and Gouache. I’t is 25 years of enjoying these mediums, to create more than any other imagery, portraits.  Painting or drawing likenesses is my forte. 

Perhaps the most enriching time of having access to draw extraordinary musicians was in the late 1970’s when in my capacity as a freelancforte, job, e artist, which I still am, I was extended an on-going “job” to create art, by the owner of the Great American Music Hall. I love this combination of hearing music and drawing the musician as they play their instrument.

Fast forward to the mid 1990’s and I became enamored with working with glass.  I allowed myself time to participate in classes in which I could learn about Stained and Fused glass at Studio One Art Center, where I was an instructor teaching Basic Drawing.Creating Stained glass seemed a natural move from a particular painting style I did and dubbed “Linear Painting”  Usually my figurative imagery, more specifically, paintings of musicians looked like reverse line drawings, that is they are pools of colors delineated by white lines.

Now, consider my painted white line being reinterpreted as the leading that you typically see separating each piece of Stained glass in a church window. It is the Stained glass that are pools of color similar to my paintings. Currently, what is more exhilarating, is taking remnants of the Stained glass and fusing them in a kiln.  You have a vague idea of what will be the results.  Fascinating…

various surfaces like a page from an outdated calendar, add interest to my ink drawings.

Are they having fun or what...

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Taking Off!

Peaceful world karma is an enormous achievement

The extraordinary sculpture whose 3 heads face you in 3 directions, lifts a finger to peace. Will someone please tell me the story of who created the sculpture and when it was placed in the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.

Chinese artist Zhang Huan’s sculpture, which has made its world premiere here, is perhaps the most monumental public art piece in San Francisco. Besides having multiple heads and limbs, the copper, Buddhist-inspired work reaches 26 feet high. Three Heads Six Arms sprawls between City Hall and the Asian Art Museum and weighs about 15 tons–so hefty that engineers had to calculate exactly where it could be placed without caving in the Civic Center parking garage below.

Below you’ll see  atop the sculpture’s finger or so it seems by the angle of my photo shot,  friend Patricia Rusich performing her novel “Color Wheel” with scarves.  I’ve been an avid candid photographer since college.  That’s the SLR, single lens reflex/35mm type, although this shot, as are most of my shots these days, is with a digital camera.

A little background about Patricia. Her vivaciousness was evident as a Board Member when I was Director of Oakland’s  Center for Visual Arts during the 90’s. We’ve continued our connection, enjoying many shared likes, particularly in the Arts. We plan to attend the upcoming 4th Annual Black Rock Foundation’s Artumnal Celebration.  When I think of celebration, one of the most touching high points for me from Patricia, is a drafting table that accommodates my being able to frame sizeable artworks for artists, create my Gouache paintings as well as Stained Fused Glass objects.   Patricia’s generosity “pass it forward” for many years.    Here’s To Endearing Friendship & Support A Living Artist

patricia.rusich@sbcglobal.net    1.2.3 PROMOTE!

The following was a note …Thank you for the update…with your positive spirit, you’ll draw many to join in your wonderful karma…to Patricia when I thought she would be rained out…she performed anyway affirming her belief in PEACE.                                         *     *    *

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