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Steve Kiser is an artist and educator. He has been on assignment for several international publications, lectured, given workshops and exhibited his work internationally. He is a retired professor of art from Foothill College of San Francisco. Current he is working with several NGO's and programs for the arts, education and children advocates in the third world. He is also an artist in residence at Cubberley Art Studios in Palo Alto, California. As a photographer, with a background in music and sculpture, he is able to relay a distinctive and individual interpretation on seeing through the camera lens.
Ryan Bush has been a fine-art photographer for more than 16 years, during which time he has honed his abstract vision focusing on finding the beauty hidden in everyday objects, and the sacred hidden in the mundane.
Ryan's abstract photographs are influenced by his background in a number of other areas. He received his BA in Linguistics and Russian from Swarthmore College in 1995, got his PhD in Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz in 2000, and speaks eight languages. Music is a big source of inspiration for him, as he plays the flute and has a strong interest in classical music. He is also keenly interested in the relationship between photography and other media such as painting and drawing.
Bay Area Book Artists is a group of independent artists bound together by a passion for the book arts. Since 1995, BABA has presented exhibitions at public sites, galleries and museums.
In 2002 BABA members organized the first Book Arts Jam at Foothill College. This event has entertained and educated the public each year since. BABA welcomes new members.
The Hand Bookbinders of California gathered for the first time in 1972. A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. HBC membership now includes students, makers of artists' books, collectors, conservators, papermakers and paper decorators, fine printers, printmakers, writers, book dealers and other lovers of the book arts.
From the start, the goal of the Hand Bookbinders has been to share knowledge and members now enjoy a calendar of events including workshops at the San Francisco Center for the Book, lectures, social activities, exhibitions, out-of-town trips, plus a unique connection to the variety and vitality of the book-arts community throughout California.
The Art Guild of Pacifica is a collection of painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, and artists working in glass, ceramics and fabric, all bringing art to the San Francisco peninsula. We are proud to be housed in the Sanchez Art Center part of the Pacifica Center for the Arts.
Founded in 1958 by Pacifica Postmistress, Juanita Lombardi, the Art Guild of Pacifica has always stressed art education as well as promotion of the arts.
Today with a membership of approximately 200 artists and supporters, the Guild continues to promote art throughout the City of Pacifica.
In 1996, a group of artists, volunteers, and local residents, in cooperation with the City of Pacifica, leased an abandoned elementary school building that they subsequently converted into the Sanchez Art Center. In 1998, with a neighborhood grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation, a team of local artists, youth, and family members completed Pacifica's only large-scale mural, containing images that celebrate community spirit and commitment to diversity. In 2000, the Mary Harris Arts Education Room was established for art classes and summer art camps. In 2007, with support from the First National Bank at Linda Mar, our Ceramics Lab opened for classes and ceramics firing.
The Art Center is home to the Art Guild of Pacifica, whose 500 members volunteer for exhibitions, events, and gallery sitting, as well as serving on the center's committees and board. The Sanchez Art Center is a non-profit organization. Funding comes from grants, donations, art classes, art sales, and art studio rentals. We rely on the volunteer efforts of our studio artists, members of the Art Guild of Pacifica, and the community to help carry out our programs for the community.
The mission of Frank Bette Center for the Arts is to fulfill and build upon Frank Bette Legacy of being a place for meetings, readings, showings, and other creative doings. With respect and generosity of spirit we nurture a space of creative energy where fine arts, crafts, literary and musical arts meet and thrive.
We build upon this legacy by nurturing the necessary interactions between the creative arts and creative commerce; knowing that each is essential to the other.
In this way we strengthen the bonds of a healthy community.
Whether it's a viewer gazing at the creative works of the very best contemporary artists of Northern California or a child experiencing a burst of originality in hands-on art activity, Sun Gallery enriches the inner lives of thousands.
With a vision before its time, Sun Gallery—Hayward's longest standing non-profits arts organization—established its prominent Art Education Program, picturesque Gallery Shop, and year-round series of highly respected artistic exhibitions to enrich the cultural life of our community and promote art as the universal language between cultures, income levels and ages.
The Olive Hyde Art Guild, a not-for-profit organization, supports the City-owned Gallery through volunteer activities and funding for special exhibits and projects. The Guild sponsors art education programs in the schools and provides art scholarships and awards for local students.
The Olive Hyde Art Guild consists of people representing a cross-section of the community, patrons of the arts, artists and artisans. This group is brought together with the specific goal of supporting the community of Fremont in the following ways:
- Promoting an interest in and appreciation for the visual arts
- Supporting art education in the local schools
- Assisting with the programs of the Olive Hyde Art Gallery
- Encouraging participation in activities involving visual arts
- Broadening the scope and impact of the Olive Hyde Gallery in the City of Fremont and the Northern California art community
Public receptions to celebrate the opening of each Gallery exhibit are hosted by Guild members. Funds for these purposes are raised through memberships and one annual fundraising event in December.
In the fall of 1948 Bill Cunningham (1917-2003) newly hired Los Gatos Art Teacher, and Dr. Arturo Fallico, San Jose State Professor of Philosophy, were planting the seeds for the Los Gatos Art Association. Both were teaching Art, adult education, at Los Gatos High School. Their discussion of a need for a visual arts group led to three organizational meetings chaired by Bill Cunningham. Dr. Fallico would become our first President with Bill Cunningham our first Vice President.
In the spring of 1949 Florence Brakeless, first Palette Editor, organized the Allied Arts Exhibit and out of this exhibit came many of the first 25 charter members of the Los Gatos Art Association. Fifteen women and ten men put in place many of the nuts and bolts that still exist in our club today. They include our By-Laws, The Palette, our slate of officers, incorporation and our History Book. In addition they instituted a spring and fall art show. They reached out to the young people with art workshops and opportunities to show their work. By 1954 we had 200 members in the Los Gatos Art Association and were a moving force in Los Gatos, a community of 25,000.
Silicon Valley Open Studios is a unique event. We create an event that encourages a close personal relationship between the artist and art enthusiast.
No other organized art venue provides this kind of opportunity for public to meet artists and watch them demonstrate their techniques.
If you're an art investor or collector, there's no better way to get to know the artists and view a larger body of their work.