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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.
Emmett McCuiston initiated (1980) aesthetic learning at Columbia College in MO., where his interest in painting was influenced by the Regionalism scene paintings of Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Woods toward marginal mural forms. Studying within Jones International Universities core program (2012) where a resolution of Secondary Education Curriculum, Evaluation, and Assessment instigated his authorship of Headland Landscape, published by Xlibris Corporation. Headland Landscape painted panels were constructed towards a Baccalaureate of Art outcome, within a studio emphasis at Sonoma State University. Constructionist learning strategies assimilate the artist's procedural knowledge processes to formulate oil upon canvas. The National coastal seashore, from which the 3 painted HEADLAND LANDSCAPE panels were abstracted, employs a landscape and ecosystem that regionally differ from nearby landscapes and ecosystems within central California, according to the (NPCA) National Parks Conservation Association. With a high rate of endemic species that are found nowhere else. Where significant restoration projects are engaged that have removed invasive non-native plants, and reintroduced endangered plants. Also, scientific predictions predict that the Pt. Reyes climate compared with that of the globe will receive increased rainfall, more intense and frequent than El Ninon events with a rise in sea surface temperature. With a projected sea level rise of 18.9" to 36 inches by 2100, that will result in shore line erosion, and developing detrimental effects upon species that depend upon the inter-tidal zone to threaten cultural resources and infrastructure.
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.