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Big Opening Receptions!

April 27, 2009

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Kala has expanded! And into the grand entrance way at the Berkeley Business (and Art) Center on San Pablo, no less, in the fantasticly huge Neo-Moorish Heinz Ketchup factory. Now the gallery, the archives, and some administrative offices will be separate from the art making facilities. Since I’ve been associated with Kala since the early 1980s, I decided to become a donor. The space, the two exhibitions, the special ribbon-cutting and reception, with excellent wine and a delicious vodka tasting sponsored by Hangar One (the Citron “Buddha’s Hand” is delicious) was a real treat!

We couldn’t stay for all the festivities, because we had another BIG event to attend. But I’ll be going back on May 1 for the artists’ reception. Please join me!

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

The exhibit hall pictured above most certainly did NOT look like this on Friday night. It was mobbed with artists and friends and museum members. Squeak Carnwath’s show at the Oakland Museum of California is not a retrospective, just (!) 15 years of her paintings. Wow! I went back on Sunday and took this probably-not-permitted photograph. I’ve always admired her work. Seeing this many, large paintings was fantastic, if not a bit ovewhelming!

Afterwards, Squeak and Gary hosted a buffet party at their wonderful Oakland Egghouse for about 100 visual arts friends. Squeak wore a great outfit (wish I’d photographed her!) and made a really gracious and generous welcome, thanking everyone for helping make the show happen, because we’re all part of her art community. I’m still relishing the fact that I was invited. I just hope her fabulous work doesn’t influence too much the direction my return to painting will take this June 14, the day after East Bay Open Studio, but I could learn a lot from her.

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