Author: Chris Komater

Ruth Tabancay at SJ Museum of Quilt & Textiles, Root Division, Shoh Gallery

Ruth Tabancay is exhibiting in 3 group exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area: at the International TECHstyle Biennial IV, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, through April 14; Feast for Eyes, at Root Division, San Francisco, April 3-19; and Material of Form, Shoh Gallery, Berkeley, April 11-May 11


Julianne Sterling Semi-finalist for National Portrait Gallery Competition

Julianne Sterling’s painting “Specialist Murphy” has been selected from 2,675 entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the semifinalist round of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, 2019.


Elizabeth Sher at Codex VII and Kim Cole

Elizabeth Sher was selected to exhibit her artist books at the Codex Foundation’s 7th Biennial Book Fair, February, 2019, in Richmond, California. A solo show Spring Comes Every Year will be at Kim Cole, 222 Broadway St. #101, Oakland, though April 30th


Neo Serafimidis at Gray Loft Gallery and Element 79

Neo Serafimidis is showing “Blue Seville” (above) at Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, in their annual photo show. Through March 23.

His photographs are featured at Element 79 Gallery, a public art exhibition space at Shattuck and Cedar Avenues, in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Through March 9.


Leah Virsik at Marin MOCA, Feather River Art Camp

Leah Virsik is exhibiting in Marin MOCA’s 10th Annual Altered Book Exhibit and Fundraiser, April 27 – June 1, 2019, Opening Reception: April 27, 5-7pm, Live Auction and Closing Party: June 1, 5-8pm

Leah is teaching at Feather River Art Camp this June 9–16. Her class is titled Exploring Material and Metaphor in the Artist Book. Early registration discount ends March 9. Sign up at Feather River Art Camp


Mary Curtis Ratcliff at Berkeley Civic Center

Mary Curtis Ratcliff was selected for the Civic Center Art Exhibition 2019/2020, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building, Berkeley. Each year the City of Berkeley celebrates the richness of artistic production within the Berkeley community with the Civic Center Art Exhibition. This exhibition offers visitors to the Civic Center building an opportunity to see the diversity and richness of the visual arts being produced by artists of all ages and stages in their artistic careers who either live or work in Berkeley.


Sarah Lisch Inaugurates New Gallery in Berkeley

Mercury 20 artist Sara Lisch has inaugurated a new street-level art gallery, Element 79, at the corner of Shattuck and Cedar in the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley, California. Sara noticed three unused display boxes on that well-traveled corner and visualized them being filled with exhibitions by local artists. After renovation, a new art venue was born!

Lisch says, “We hope to support artists, engage the public, spark curiosity, beautify the street and show some really cool art.”


Fernando Reyes at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

An exhibition of the work of Fernando Reyes opens in April at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette, featuring new abstract handprinted paper cutouts on panel. Fernando creates one of a kind monoprints with interesting designs and patterns, cuts them and reconstructs them into colorful abstract works. Fernando will be showing with abstract collage artist Ray Beldner.  3620 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, California, April 11 – May 11, Artist reception April 11 6-8pm.

Fernando was also accepted into stARTup Art Fair San Francisco, April 26-28th.


Pantea Karimi at Minnesota Street Projects

Pantea Karimi’s installation, Folding Gardens, A Stained Memory (2017-2019) is included in the exhibition Once at Present, an exhibition of contemporary Iranian diaspora art from the Bay Area, on view March 29 – April 30 at the Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco.

Curated by Kevin B. Chen and Taraneh Hemami
Reception: Saturday March 30: 6 – 9 pm


Johanna Poethig Performs with Chris Brown in Germany and Completes Mosaic Commission for City of Oakland

Johanna Poethig recently presented and performed with composer Chris Brown at the Atelier Siegele in Darmstadt, Germany. They showed their video “Music of the Lost Cities” and did an electronic music and performative reading of the High Stakes Divination Cards.

Johanna recently completed a 9′ x 65′ glass mosaic commissioned by the City of Oakland Public Art Program at Rainbow Recreation Center on International Blvd. which will be dedicated this spring.


Nick Dong at Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

The work of Mercury 20 Taiwanese-American artist Nick Dong is featured in an exhibition at the Chinese American Museum Los Angeles: Lightscapes, Re-envisioning the Shanshuihua. Re-imagining the philosophies of Chinese landscape paintings, the exhibition brings forward new media works and immersive light-based installations that are not often explored within this genre. February 7 – November 10, 2019

Click here for a link to Voice of America News on YouTube, featuring an interview with Nick and a peek at the exhibition.


Ruth Tabancay at Richmond Art Center

Ruth Tabancay, as Northern California Representative for Surface Design Association, worked with the Richmond Art Center to help organize What Knot?, a juried fiber exhibition held September 11-November 20, 2018, at Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California. Open to all California artists, it was juried by Camille Ann Brewer, Curator at George Washington University and The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. The exhibition was selected as a ‘Staff Pick’ by the East Bay Express. Photo of Ruth Tabancay with her work in the exhibition, Knit 322X and Purl 322X.


2018 an Eventful Year for Elizabeth Sher

2018 has been an eventful year so far for Elizabeth Sher, one of our newest gallery members. She had her first solo show Icelandscapes at Mercury 20 and also participated in our group show Melting Point. She was selected to show at the first stARTup Small Works Fair in San Francisco the last weekend of September. In the spring she had a solo show at M. Chapel Projects in Sarasota, Florida and was included in two juried group shows at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sonoma County: Bibliophoria and Green. In February-March she was an artist in residence at Green Olive Arts in Morocco and had a screening with panel discussion of her film Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning co-produced with Magging Simpson Adams. Over Labor Day her latest short film Connie is screening at HamItUp in Sonoma County and will in included in the Oasis Film Festival in early 2019. You can follow Connie at “connie_the_film” on Instagram.