"I am still teaching dance and PE at a middle school in San Leandro near my home in East Oakland. While I battle injuries and aches and pains I still try to shake a leg often and will be performing again in San Francisco's Carnaval celebration Memorial Day Weekend. I go from group to group. This year it's Afro-Brazillian SambaFunk!
My kids are grown and in college, gone from the nest. My grandson turned 11 in December. Life is whirling by...."
Susan Hartman K’74, a writer who teaches journalism and nonfiction at New York University, has also joined the faculty of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in Manhattan. She will be teaching photojournalism there this spring: The Art of the Photo Essay, with documentary photographer, Vincent Cianni.
Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition in its front gallery by Trudy Kraft K'76, Emergence, from March 3 - 26, 2011. There will be an opening reception for the artist Friday, March 4, 5 - 7 pm. This is the artist's 3rd solo exhibition with Gross McCleaf Gallery. Kraft generates her work through a compilation of sketches in notebooks and visual ideas that germinate in the artist's imagination. A large portion of the forms emerge from nature, patterns, or cultural signs. Kraft's work is in some sense eclectic in that it is of the present, contemporary moment while the work clearly points to an aesthetic construction of the past, thus implying a modality of timelessness. Her meditation on the timeless is enhanced by Kraft's lyrically calligraphic marks and her magical touches of jeweled watercolor and gouache. A connection to folk art, aboriginal art and Far Eastern art is manifest in the painting and derives from her upbringing in the Southwest and a life spent living and traveling to exotic places.
Jeri Eisenberg is a photo-based artist working with non-traditional and alternative techniques. She says this series is "based in areas where land and water meet. "The pieces - which are diptychs, triptych, or quads - begin with a single or contemporaneously captured images shot with a soft focus. Eisenberg prints selected segments of the image on thin Japanese Kozo paper, which she then adheres to sanded acrylic panels with acrylic medium. She says, "The resulting pieces, generally in shades of blue, green, gray and white, resemble the sea glass that one finds at the water's edge."