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Sola Aina.Residence in Oakland,Grew up in Osogbo Osun State Nigeria,became interested in art right from childhood in Osogbo Osun State,Trained under Jimoh Buraimoh,Creator of Beads painting in Africa and formal training in Osun State College of Arts & Design,His areas of specialty entails Beadwork,Paintings,Traditional Tie & Die (Batiiks),Mosaic Murals & Cutural Dancing group,Some of his Solo Exhibitions were at (University of Illinois in Chicago, Tittled (Reclaiming Our Treasure).
Since moving to California,he had exhibit in couples of Galleries and belongs to Pleasanton Arts leagues and Expression Arts Gallery in Berkeley,He is currently had some of his arts piece on display in Pleasanton public places.
Joan Di Stefano-Ruiz lives in the Bay Area and is perhaps most known for her work with Stained Glass. She has an M.A in Studio and Environmental Art from New York University, Venice, Italy. She has a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. And she has studied at the Pilchuck School – Washington and Dale Chihuly's international Mecca for the study of art glass. Her studio is well respected and has been commissioned to do restoration stained glass work for places such as the Bohemian Club, San Francisco, California, Residential creations in Paris, France: Chapel window in St. Mary's in the Mountains; Virginia City, Nevada Interior art restoration at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Oakland, California Garden Art for Musee De Brux, France and Private Residences. Di Stefano-Ruiz pioneered the use of stained glass as the main component of mosaic stepping stones and tabletops. A local mosaic mural can be seen at Blondie's Pizza, Berkeley, California. A fireplace mosaic creation of Ms. Di Stefano Ruiz is included in the published work 'The Art of Mosiac Design: A Collection of Contemporary Artists' by Joann Locktov. Her work can be commissioned through Expressions Gallery.
Bruce Heppler was born in Berkeley 1955 (Kaiser). He graduated Berkeley High in 1973 and worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab from 1975 to 1983 as a mechanical technician. He moved to Covelo, Mendocino Country and opened a welding and repair shop. Bruce has been working with metal all his life. He did an art sculpture for a benefit for a local music teacher whose mobile home burned (made a phoenix from trailer frame), got positive comments and started making other things. He takes inspiration from many sources, notably Louis Armstrong, the Three Stooges, and the Marx Brothers. When he’s not working on farm equipment, he’s making art.
David Mintim graduated from The California College of The Arts in 1990 with a BFA in Painting. In 1998, he began to work in the medium Glass Fusion. He works out of Studio One Art Center (part of Oakland Parks & Recreation) as a Glass Fusion Lab Monitor since 2000. Now he is influenced by documentary films of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and British graffiti artist “Banksy”. David is a member of The Firehouse Art Collective and respectfully shows his art work through public events of the collective and at Firehouseartcollective.blogspot.com
His work represents a spontaneity and transition of abstract expressionism spawned from oil painting into glass fusion. Cutting and assembling a collage of changing colors and textures of compatible glass allows him to express forms at a different approach from painting. Glass has an unpredictability when high firing several times, which gives David new vision on how to proceed between each firing.
The body of David’s work is a consistent twenty five year span of some personal experience and free spirited thought that reflects art for art sake.
A Bulgarian-born artist, working in Berkeley, CA, DaNi has over 20 years of experience in drawing and painting and has exhibited internationally in Italy, France, Czech Republik, Bulagaria and USA.
Her darwings and paintings have won sevaral awards: Grand Prize winner at Summer Pastel Challenge, a US national competition for professional artists, A Trailblazer Award from the Art Institute of Cailfornia - San Francisco, honorable mention at 2010 Summer Pastel Challenge competition, Best of Show at Jazz and Gouache Festival, Lyon, France, and others.