December 2&3, 10am to 5pm
Growing up in New York, my work has been informed by that City's extraordinarily rich arts and cultural scene. I developed two values as a young person that have remained with me over the span of my life: a strong sense of social concern, and a love of the arts.
Following a 25-year career in the public and nonprofit sectors, where I worked as a social worker, youth agency director, fund development professional and organizational consultant, I was able to switch direction to become an arts administrator for California's state arts council. There I ran the touring, presenting and dance programs.
When I retired, I once again changed course and began to make art. First I learned metal smithing and made multi-media jewelry, creating ceramic beads, flame-worked glass beads and beads made from paper. Presently I am entranced by glass as a medium. I love the luminosity of glass, the way light is reflected by it and transmitted through it. My formal studies in kiln-formed glass have taken place at the California College of the Arts, the Crucible in Oakland, the Richmond Arts Center, Studio One which is part of Oakland's Park and Recreation Division, Bullseye Glass in Emeryville and and on-line, and Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley.
As a member of the Artist Conference Network* my vision has evolved to become that of a bird soaring through the air pouring my whole self into a cauldron of possibilities.
* A miracle space for gifted fools.