Jo Ann Biagini and KC Rosenberg participate in Gray Loft Gallery’s “Tangible Abstractions”

Tangible Abstractions
April 8 – May 20, 2017

Gray Loft Gallery presents Tangible Abstractions, a group show featuring the work of Jo Ann Biagini, Betsy Kellas, Mary Ann Leff, Javier Manrique, KC Rosenberg, Simone Simon and Tom White.

Artists’ opening reception: 2nd Friday, April 14, 6 – 9 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 20, 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Fri., April 14, 6-9 p.m., Sat., April 15, 1-5 p.m., Sat., April 22, 1-5 p.m., Sat., April 29, 1-5 p.m., Sat., May 6, 1-5 p.m., Sat., May 13, 1-5 p.m. and Sat., May 20, 3-5:30 p.m.

Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford St., Oakland
free and open to the public

AC Transit Cultural Corridor/ Urban Flow Public Art Project

Johanna Poethig’s  public project for AC Transit with team Mildred Howard, Peter Richards and Joyce Hsu is featured in their newsletter:

With construction now in full swing to build the East Bay’s first Bus Rapid Transit system, we thought now would be a great time to help you get a sense of the artwork that will grace the completed BRT stations. We believe the beauty of the artwork can be a sustaining image as you journey with us through the year-plus construction process.

Extensive input from the community helped create the artwork theme of “Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow.” All 34 stations will have windscreens as well as decorative handrails that flow into the station platform. Seven stations will have “artistically enhanced” windscreens. The honeycomb panels on the windscreens of the stations are reflective and will show the ever-changing movement (flow) of passengers, buses, lights and even the shifting sky above.

Johanna Poethig, Mildred Howard, Peter Richards and Joyce Hsu, artists for the BRT station artwork project, comment on their work:

“The BRT project, Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow, draws a ribbon winding through the neighborhoods like a creek, a metaphor for the flow of people, cultures, businesses, natural and urban environments along the corridor.  As transportation systems are inherently linear this unfolding visual poem complements this exciting new bus line.  What we were seeing and trying to capture is the diversity of the neighborhoods and the people. We who live in the East Bay know that what we are doing is broadening our love for the city to those passing by and those who live here.”

The diverse neighborhoods along the BRT corridor will be served by 34 stations. The artwork that connects all the stations is a visual poem of images and words that tells the many rich and history-filled stories of the diverse neighborhoods along the 9.5-mile BRT route. Downtown San Leandro, Elmhurst, Havenscourt-Lockwood, Fruitvale, San Antonio, Eastlake, Chinatown and Uptown/Downtown Oakland, are but a few of the neighborhoods along the BRT corridor.


Johanna Poethig project featured in Art Practical

Johanna Poethig’s installation and curatorial project  Songs for Women Living With War is featured in Art Practical’s special issue “Art Can’t Do Anything If We Don’t.”  The article titled Teaching and Talking about Art and Performance in Unprecedented Times is written by Thea Quiray Tagle and is, in the writer’s words “a mini manifesto about the kinds of art I think matters especially in these times.”

Artists at StARTup Art Fair

Two Mercury 20 artists, Charlie Milgrim and Fernando Reyes have been chosen to exhibit at San Francisco’s contemporary art fair for independent artists, the StARTup Art Fair. Charlie will be showing a series of work based on photographic explorations at the defunct Bethlehem Steel Factory in Pennsylvania. Fernando will be showing abstract collages inspired by Matisse’s “Cut Outs”.

The fair will be held at the Hotel DelSol, 3100 Webster Street in the Marina district of San Francisco from April 28-30, 2017. For more info:


Fernando Reyes


Charlie Milgrim