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Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah at work on "Bay Peace" at Bridge Art Center.

Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah at work on “Bay Peace” at Bridge Art Space.

There is nothing trashy about artist Daud Abdullah, other than his work. Abdullah is best known for creating colorful mosaics on trashcans in Oakland and Richmond — a unique approach to beautifying the urban landscape.

The City of Richmond calls this work, “Treasureboxes”, and Abdullah creates the trashcan mosaics with his “Treasure Box Academy” — an after school arts program where he teaches urban youth to create mosaic art. The mosaics are created from found stones, bits of glass, broken windows, old china and similar items that might be considered “junk”. Working with “at risk” youth who may sometimes feel as if they’ve been thrown away themselves, he doesn’t fail to communicate the metaphor: you can make art (and a great life) from the most unlikely beginnings and materials.

At Bridge Art Space, he has created a wall-sized mural out of the “trashy” contributions of countless visitors to Bridge. The mural depicts the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and scenes from the city, all drawn together into a colorful tapestry-like creation. The mural includes such whimsical touches as a china plate depicting a portrait of a cat, the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine sailing through the Bay waters, and Dumbo The Elephant flying in the sky over the financial district. Abdullah says that he has hidden many jokes and unlikely items in the mural and hopes that people who stop by will visit the mural often, as they continue to discover new details.

The unveiling is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Scrumptious refreshments will be served. Come join folks from our local community for a pleasant springtime afternoon!

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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.

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.