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For the past several years, Bridge Art Space has celebrated New Year’s day with a bell-ringing ceremony. This has happened often enough that it qualifies as a tradition.

This year, we had the opportunity to see a mosaic mural-in-progress, “Bay Area Peace”, by Bridge artist Daud Abdullah. The mural will have its official unveiling on March 6th, at 3 p.m.

The video below also includes poetry and music from Rusty Rebar, Sitar Richard and Daryl Henline.


(Reception: December 6, 4-7 p.m.)

Bridge Art Gallery is proud to present works by Mark Grim + Brian Elder.

Mark Grim received artistic training at Cal State San Francisco (BFA degree) as well as the Massachusetts College of Art. His work has been displayed in more than a dozen group and solo shows, and he has been an artist in residence at the Palce of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Mark describes his colorful abstract paintings “[an] attempt to bring together a synthesis of the recognizable and the abstracted”. He is interested, he says, in “the tension between opposites”.

"In The Gulch" by Mark Grim.  (Acrylic on panel, 17X15.)

“In The Gulch” by Mark Grim. (Acrylic on panel, 17X15.)


"The Birth of Cool" by Mark Grim. (Acrylic 16X20.)

“The Birth of Cool” by Mark Grim. (Acrylic 16X20.)










Water colorist Brian Elder describes the subject of his work as “the loneliness of beauty”. He has been a painter for five decades and remarks, “this is not my first rodeo by any means”. He spends significant time painting in wild places. He is interested in looking at “the currents of universal love flowing through everything” and presents his prints and paintings as reflections of that.

"Flicker" by Brian Elder. (Watercolor.)

“Flicker” by Brian Elder. (Watercolor.)

Find more information about Mark and Brian by clicking here and here.

picture 1On Saturday, Nov 22nd, Diewrine Bay Khadim Fall will present an afternoon and evening of drumming at Bridge Art Center. He will speak about his community and land in Senegal and plans for connecting the Bay Area with the Baye Fall Sufi Community for ongoing cultural exchange and friendship. The event takes place from 4 to 8 p.m.










Fall and his partner, Bridge community member Mandina Fall, are looking for people to travel with them to the Darrah to help build housing for the community and guests. They particularly would like to collaborate with permaculture experts, those with construction and agricultural skills and those with a great attitude and interest in peace and love, which is very important to the Baye Fall.

This event is a fundraiser for the community and there is thus a $20 suggested donation, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Artist Mandina Fall has been a part of the Bridge Art Space community since renting a painting studio here three years ago. A scholar in the field of Women’s Spirtuality, she is part of the Associate Core faculty at Sofia University in the Woman’s Spirtuality MA Program and the adjunct humanities faculty at Napa Valley College.

The Falls are deeply involved in their work with the Baye Fall, a Sufi commnity in Senegal, West Africa, working to preserve their land and culture.

The event on November 22nd will be a remarkable opportunity for community building and cultural exchange.

Steve Hurst, a studio artist/clockmaker at Bridge Art Space will be hosting a show at his Point Richmond studio (38 Washington Avenue, next to Hotel Mac) on Sunday, October 26th, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition will feature Steve’s newest (and some familiar) pieces including new illuminated wall art. Featured, also, will be paintings by Point Richmond artist, Sean Papillion; special exhibit of photography by the late Joe Harris; mosaic bicycles, sculpture and wall art of Daud Abdullah; wood sculptures by Donovan Miller; and exotic wood turnings by John Tyler.

Refreshments will be served. STEVENart Design is located next to Hotel Mac in beautiful, historic Point Richmond. For more information, call 510.932.6085.

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Steve describes this exhibit is “an offering” to the growing art community in Point Richmond, and is excited to be featuring the work of several local artists. The show will also feature live music provided by jazz pianist, Ben Flint.

If you have never been to “The Point”, plan on spending some time here. With international restaurants (Brazilian, German, Chinese, Thai, , two parks, a beach, a playhouse, and other amenities (yes, we have a Starbucks).

And of course, you are also encouraged to visit the nearby Bridge Art and Storage Space, at 23 Maine Avenue, where you can see our new plant nursery, check out the storage spaces and studios for rent, and visit our office gallery and learn more about our growing arts community.









(Opening Reception: August 30th, 6-10 p.m., at Bridge Art Space, 23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, California.)

Debbie Moore Self Portrait

Debbie Moore Self Portrait

Berkeley visual and performance artist Debbie Moore is a proud child of the 60s. In 1969, she dropped out of Princeton University (where she was one of the first women to be admitted) to join the counter culture and has never looked back. Moving to rural Massachusetts, she joined a commune of three hundred kindred souls called “The Brotherhood of the Spirit” where, she says, she found “the roots of the life I now live.”

Portrait of Meg

Portrait of Meg

That life, over 40 years later, continues to celebrate the visionary insights of 1969: Debbie’s art, performance and life are a continuing living history of a time that changed America, and the world.

Flower Collage

Flower Collage

While most of her fellows who thoroughly embraced the counter culture of the late 60s and early 70s have more or less moved on to some sort of accommodation with the mainstream, Debbie has remained proudly committed to the spirituality of the counter culture, celebrating it in a collection of extraordinary paintings completed over decades of dedicated work.

Deb and Nina Embrace

Paradise  With Three Muses

With her husband of 21 years, musician (and former research scientist) Marty Kent, she co-founded and co-directs the nude interactive street theatre troupe, X-Plicit Players, whose website states that they perform “in the psychedelic tradition”.  She has also been a designer of original clothing and a performer of one woman shows all over the United States.

Although initially a self-taught artist, she also found time to obtain a studio art degree from the prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts.

The result is a body of work both naive and sophisticated. Her studies of the women in her life, over many years, range from frankly erotic sexual works to almost abstract expressionistic pieces that blur the line between portraiture and landscape painting. Her range of techniques is astonishing, from collage to realistic figure drawings to expressionistic riots of pigment. In all her work, she demonstrates a sophisticated mastery of line, color and composition and an awareness of the larger art world while never sacrificing the childlike, naive quality of her early efforts, inspired by her counter cultural life.

Describing her life in the East Bay, she writes, “I have walked nude through the streets of Berkeley each day, arm in arm with my friends, tenderizing life in the streets, for years.”

Tenderizing is a marvelous term to describe Debbie’s life and art work as she presents “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Women”.

Deb and Nina Curled

Deb and Nina Curled

Debbie Moore Today

Debbie Moore Today

To celebrate this remarkable show, Bridge Art Space is hosting an opening event on August 30th for which Debbie will perform original music and poetry, Oakland poet Cassandra Dallett will curate a short reading by women poets of the East Bay, and the extraordinary Joyce McBride (founder and director of “The Conspiracy of Venus”) will perform music.

As part of this exhibition, Debbie will also be presenting workshops (on a donation basis) exploring her personal yoga of touch, expanded intuition of sound and ecstatic exploration of mindscapes. The workshops will be in the gallery at Bridge Art Space at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 8th and Sunday, September 22nd.

Paintings from the Mexican Drug War

“If we share a brotherhood of man, then we also share an insanity of man,”
Author Stephen King

The 2012 US Presidential debates covered International politics but never once mentioned the Mexican drug war. All the while large parts of Mexico are under siege by drug cartels warring over trade routes and fighting the Mexican government. With exception of those US citizens close to the border – the majority of the US is left ignorant and blind of the turmoil south of the border.

Molly Molloy, a researcher at New Mexico State University who maintains the Mexican news and discussion site Frontera List, has kept a detailed record of the bloodshed and estimates that the total homicides from December 2006 through June 2012 to stand at 99,667. Many more people are unaccounted for and listed as missing…never to be heard from again. This is more than the total number of US servicemen killed in all the wars from Vietnam to the present. In addition this number is nearing the total number of servicemen killed in World War 1.

Today drug cartels commit atrocities of epic proportions. Acting freely and with impunity, uniformed and masked men, indistinguishable from Mexican soldiers and police, block roads and set-up check points.  Torture, beheadings, dismemberment, and kidnappings are a daily occurrence.
I long to paint pretty flowers but my heart can’t allow this when the soil in which these flowers grow is drenched in blood.
The paintings here displayed are the first pieces of my series Paintings from the Mexican Drug War, which is an examination of the Mexican Drug War and its effects on Mexican Culture and the repercussions on the populace in Mexico and the US border areas. Using depictions of the horrors and icons characteristic of  the drug war, I seek to confront the viewer with the bitter, shocking realities and pain of Mexico’s current landscape in hopes of stimulating a dialogue.
Gary-Paul Barbosa Prince

Powell St. John was formed as a musician in the Austin folk scene of the late 1960s, when he played in a band with Janis Joplin (who later had a megahit with one of his songs, “Baby Bye Bye”). Powell has been inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, and is a recording artist for Tompkins Square Records.

Powell is also an exceptional visual artist, and Bridge Art Space is proud to be presenting a show of his works on paper in our Store Front Gallery, with works for purchase on display from May 11 through the month of June. There will be a reception (with musical performances by Powell and others on May 11. Stay tuned.

Here are some  images of Powell’s work to whet your appetite:

Superscript Reclining Nude

We’re also happy to share video of Powell’s recent performance of his original songs at Stranded Records in Oakland on March 1 2012. Enjoy!




The show will also feature additional work by famed exotic erotic comic artist (a Bridge Art Space resident artist), Vincent Stephens, also known as Ramstar.

For the closing night party of Steve Heck and Patrick Voke’s art exhibition at Bridge Art Space, Mike Dingle and his Third Thursday Allstar Band may have proven themselves to be the greatest bar band in the world. These guys have been at it awhile, but they definitely don’t phone it in! It was a memorable night of art, music and community.

The Richmond Maine Street Initiative hosted a reception for Art In Windows on November 9, featuring the work of Frederick Franklin. Franklin has been active in the arts in the Iron Triangle area for many years. The current show features amusing, well designed caricatures of folk he considers to be “heroes of the Iron Triangle”. It also includes designs for posters and flyers prepared for various Iron Triangle community events over the years. Mr. Franklin’s work is charming and historically interesting. Residents of Richmond interested in the community’s history will enjoy paying a visit.

The reception was followed by an “art walk” through the downtown Richmond vicinity, featuring an exploration of the Community Garden at the corner of Harbor Way and Macdonald Avenue.

Art In Windows Fall Exhibition

On November 7, the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County Arts (AC5) hosted an artists’ reception for Arts Passages 2012, an ongoing curated show presented at the County Administration Building at 651 Pine Avenue in Martinez, California. The show featured several artists from around the county, working in various mediums. The currently selected work will remain on display through November 28th.

Bridge Art Space was in attendance and conducted video interviews of some the displaying artists.

First, here is Carolyn Victoria, managing director of the Commission, to introduce the show:

Carole Dwinell: “Each drawing took anywhere from 40 to 70 or 80 hours.”

John Hopper: “These are probably the four most famous lighthouses there are in the world.”

Saida Hogan Nassirrudin: “This is my favorite because some of the petals have been torn off it. It’s imperfect. To me, that’s what makes it beautiful.”

Laney Nelson: “This is a technique in which you take images… photographs, magazines… and you treat them with a chemical that causes a reaction and that reaction is very unexpected and exciting at times.”

Irina Sztukowski: “A lot of people think that water color has to be loose, and I want to show that water color can be whatever you want it to be.”

Julie Van Wyk: “Hello. I’m Julie Van Wyk. These are my paintings.”

Roz Zinns: “I just love depth of color.”


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