Saturday, March 12, 2016  10am to 4pm East Bay Art Tour

Join us for an amazing art-filled day in Berkeley and Oakland, visiting Kala Institute, the studios of Mary Marsh and Tony Bellaver, and on to Magnolia Editions.  We will stop midday for a relaxing and lovely no-host lunch.

Kala Institute:  Founded in 1974 by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano as an international workshop and forum for ideas, Kala provides exceptional facilities to professional artists working in all forms of printmaking, digital media, photography, and book arts. Located in West Berkeley since 1979, Kala’s 15,200 square foot facility houses an extensive array of artmaking equipment, as well as a public exhibition gallery, an art library and an extensive print archive.  

Oakland based artist Tony Bellaver creates mixed media sculpture and drawings inspired by his love of hiking and nature. He incorporates maps, drawings, photographs and found foliage gathered on his many hikes to create texture and meaning in his diary-like works.  Using materials such as wood as the framework, plus found objects and photographs he tells a layered story of his journeys.

Mary Marsh: Exploring the intersection of mass media, consumption and personal habits,  Marsh is thinking about how information is delivered, how it is perceived and the gap between presentation and meaning. Each new format for communication transforms the nature of our thinking. She records the patterns of her daily activities and observations and these notes and ideas are synthesized with media images into prints, artist’s books and assemblages. Materials and techniques suggest a history of printing, nostalgia, and anxiety from constant change. -

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For almost three decades Magnolia Editions has worked closely with artists to produce and publish print multiples, unique artist's prints, works on paper and textiles, utilizing both traditional printing methods and the most advanced digital printing and Jacquard weaving techniques.  They have also collaborated extensively with artists on developing large-scale, public commissions.  Currently, they are working on a series of ceramic tile mosaics with artist Chuck Close to be permanently installed in the New York City subway line.

Lunch:  Enjoy a lovely and convivial no-host meal together with other art tour participants.