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Wendy Lee Gadzuk Rocks East Oakland

Blues music plays softly in Wendy Lee Gadzuk’s East Oakland studio, packed with well-worn and comfy furniture, rock memorabilia, a three-legged cat, and the raw materials of her mixed-media assemblages: animal remains, a bag of baby doll heads, old jewelry, and hardware she scavenged from furniture discarded by the roadside, stripped with a screwdriver kept in her purse for just that purpose.

Chris Rummell Upcycles Ideas Into Art

Chris Rummell stands behind the counter at St. Vincent de Paul’s Redux Studios & Gallery in Alameda in his signature Buddy Holly glasses, a long way from the dairy farm and sawmill on which he grew up in Northeast Ohio.

Autumn Lights Festival Shines at Lake Merritt

Long after the picnic blankets have been cleared, the boats have docked, and the joggers have mostly headed home, there’s often a light burning inside the office of Oakland Parks Supervisor Tora Rocha, where she watches over the crown jewel under her charge—The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a seven-acre oasis of themed gardens on Lake Merritt’s north shore.

Wendy Lee Gadzuk Rocks East Oakland

Blues music plays softly in Wendy Lee Gadzuk’s East Oakland studio, packed with well-worn and comfy furniture, rock memorabilia, a three-legged cat, and the raw materials of her mixed-media assemblages: animal remains, a bag of baby doll heads, old jewelry, and hardware she scavenged from furniture discarded by the roadside, stripped with a screwdriver kept in her purse for just that purpose.

Furniture and Fixtures as Art

Wood sanders buzz and power tools whir wildly as the USS Hornet hulks in the distance and a vision of the San Francisco skyline shimmers outside a warehouse on Alameda’s former Navy base. Inside, furniture maker and designer Florian Roeper casts the mold for the bronze metal legs of a commanding dining table, his latest commission.

Masked Kids and (Other) Creepy Primates

It all started with a devil space monkey.

The Metamorphosis of SFMOMA

With the recent gallery and nonprofit closures and downsizings, and artist evictions, the Bay Area art world is undergoing tough times. Even our traditional freewheeling Bohemian ethos looks endangered. Our larger art institutions, however, are thriving, with new museum facilities under construction in Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco.

The new BAM/PFA

Whether you’re running a museum or a pizzeria, location is paramount. Currently nestled adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum is perfectly accessible and yet a tad out of the way, unless you’re student or faculty member. Same goes for the affiliated Pacific Film Archive, displaced from the BAM building some years ago due to seismic concerns and ensconced in a theater a few blocks west. Hence the excitement, from audiences and curators alike, about BAM/PFA’s new $100-plus-million home reuniting the two that is under construction in downtown Berkeley at the site of a former UC printing plant.

The Metamorphosis of SFMOMA

With the recent gallery and nonprofit closures and downsizings, and artist evictions, the Bay Area art world is undergoing tough times. Even our traditional freewheeling Bohemian ethos looks endangered. Our larger art institutions, however, are thriving, with new museum facilities under construction in Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco.

Full-tilt Fall Arts Preview

The fall arts season offers exciting programming across many genres.