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The Near Future Ago

January 13-February 4, 2017
Reception: January 13 • 5–8pm

The Near Future Ago is labor of love by curator, manager, and artist Kip Westerfield. His exhibition-happening format came out of a need for places to exhibit emerging artists. He states “because I've had some experience throwing shows and organizing groups, I chose to start a loose knit group of artists who wanted to show with each other, mostly students, skateboarders, musicians, etc from my life and friends. The connections spread pretty quick once folks found out I was motivated to do the work of keeping it all going. There have been over 80 different artists in our shows and we are growing with each event.”

Westerfield works at Smith Andersen North gallery and frame shop, where he convinced the owner to let him have the first show for a one-night only event. That one-night event brought 34 artists and about 150 guests. After a second successful show at the gallery, other places got wind of it and requested The Near Future Ago in their space for repeated events. Other venues include The West End Bar, Bedrock Records, ProofLab skateshop, and ANDTHEM gallery in San Rafael. This exhibition at Art Works Downtown will be the 14th event featuring an exciting variety of artists who have participated in every exhibition as well as artists who are new to the scene.

AWD Member Holiday Exhibition

December 9, 2016-January 7, 2017
Reception: December 9 • 5–8pm


The Members’ Exhibition will showcase over 100 talented artists. Artwork created by studio artists and artists from outside the AWD building will be available for the holiday gift buying season. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for your next masterpiece.

Davis-Perkins Loring-Doyle Sue-Weil
© Davis Perkins © Loring Doyle © Sue Weil
Sambrano-Liberty Island
 Liberty Island   ©   2014 Gil Sambrano, 16"x20"

Profiles: People, Places, and Things

Gil Sambrano

November 11-December 3, 2016
Reception: November 11 • 5–8pm

The exhibition presents a collection of acrylic paintings by artist, Gil Sambrano, featuring works that span the spectrum of portraits, cityscapes and objects. The subject of each painting is indeed a profile; a product of the focused study and observation that is necessary to create each piece.  Many artists will note that one has not truly seen or appreciated a subject of interest until one has attempted to transpose it onto paper or canvas. Capturing a subject starts with curiosity. Something captures our interest – we may not know why – and we place it in the crosshairs of our perceptual viewfinder, bringing it into focus. We study the contours and textures and we break it apart into basic elements we can understand: shapes, patterns, colors and lines. We assemble and transfer these elements with paint and brush to form an interpretation made from our unique perspective. Perhaps this exhibition is best considered a collection of subjects that have all captured the artist and inspired him to keenly observe to produce these interesting profiles.

Gil is a Marin County artist who happens to also hold a degree and career in biomedical science. He was raised in West Texas but found his way to California through graduate school. After more than 20 years in the Bay Area, this is home. Gil has exhibited his work in various venues including the Marin County Fair, California State Fair, Marin Society of Artists, and Art Works Downtown. His work was selected for the cover of KFOG’s “Live from the Archives 10th Anniversary” music CD, for an insert of “NYC Subway: Songs from the Underground” music CD, and the cover for the Journal of Neuroscience.  Several logos and illustrations have also been selected or commissioned.www.gilsambrano.com

 
Collected Poems ©  Cayen Robertson, collage, 16"x20"

Circling

Cayen Robertson

October 14-November 5, 2016
Reception: October 14 • 5–8pm

An active artist since the 1970s, Cayen Robertson has dedicated herself to exploring the essential qualities of shape, line, color, and space. Looking back at her mixed-media works, Robertson sees a continuum throughout the various series she has created, and notices how their elements are related. Her solo exhibit, Circling will feature selections from the last 15 years of her artistic career, and will include her most recent pieces. The exhibit opens October 14, 2016 and continues through November 5, 2016 in the Founders’ Gallery of Art Works Downtown.  The opening reception will be held on October 14, 2016, 5 to 8pm.

My nonrepresentational work is often developed as part of a series,“ says Cayen Robertson. “Each series has a unique theme that I am exploring and this may last for a few days or a few years. I leave the series and go onto another exploration when I feel I have found my internal need satisfied. What I have discovered in one series definitely informs what comes next.

In looking back over several years of work I can see my visual development. The earlier focus is on space and color. Shape, texture, and line are more recent involvements. Over the years of working and teaching I feel I have developed my eye and am now excited to bring all these elements together and I can make work which truly sings.”

Robertson has taught art for the last forty years and continues to facilitate weekly Visual Perception workshops in Mill Valley. She has been awarded an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center for three years in a row (2011-13) and regularly exhibits her works in galleries throughout the Bay Area.  Please visit her website: www.cayenrobertson.com or search for her name on UGallery.com to see more examples of Cayen’s art.

 John deLorimier childwithgoggles
Child with Goggles ©  John deLorimier

Swim Lessons

John deLorimier

August 12-September 14, 2016
Receptions: August 12 • 5–8pm + September 9 • 5–8pm

The “Swim Lesson” paintings were inspired by watching my child take swimming lessons. I was interested in showing the scary predicament of a new swimmer being watched over by a teacher. These paintings lead to the more madonna-like mother and child paintings. The painting “Resistance” continues the theme of mother and child and adds a suggestion of narrative.

A single figure on a simple background, the fun of drawing from the model and my interest in figurative art of the 19th and 20th Century inspired the “Surfer Girl” series. The Internet provides a resource gold mine of past art like the Ashcan school of American art. Artists like George Bellows and Robert Henri motivated me with their strong draftsmanship and innovative compositions to put aside a dependence on photography. However, their images are overwhelmingly rich in structure and tone and I felt the need for simplifying that would allow me to concentrate on capturing the color and proportions of the figure: a lone figure with a suggestion of seashore as in the painting “Sunset”.

Biography
Master of Art, San Francisco State University
Graphic and animation work for many technology companies
Past owner of company that developed mobile phone animation applications
Oil painter
Lives in Bolinas CA, with wife and child 

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David Antonio 

© David Antonio  

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Johnny Two Hands Best  ©Loring Doyle

Summer Colors

David Antonio + Loring Doyle

July 8-August 6, 2016
Reception: July 8 • 5–8pm

Summer Colors is an exhibition featuring the colorful paintings of two painters. Loring Doyle’s paintings are humorous, surreal, erotic, and contain colors and shapes that suggest dreamlike landscapes. David Antonio’s works are portal’s into a parallel world which often highlight the ancient and magical symbol, ABRACADABRA.

David Antonio
For me, art is a portal to a parallel world. Painting allows me the joy of being a temporary channel from an unknown source of inspiration. The painting process enhances my life as I discover new ideas and resolve challenges that reveal themselves through the work.

I incorporated ABRACADABRA many years ago in my art as a secondary element, but highlight this ancient magical symbol as the subject of my most recent paintings.

Loring Doyle
Loring Doyle is a well-known visual effects artist who has been painting for years and has recently begun exhibiting his personal artwork. For over 25 years, Loring has worked on award winning, feature films starting with George Lucas’s The Empire Strikes Back, made at Industrial Light and Magic. After working on 35 feature films, Loring has spent the last few years painting ideas and sketches. The work is humorous, surreal, erotic, and contains colors and shapes that suggest dreamlike landscapes.

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Devils and Lovers

Meg Regelous Heart
 

a solo show by Meg Regelous

June 10-July 2, 2016
Reception: June 10 • 5–8pm

Through various media including bronze, porcelain, and oil paint, Regelous explores vulnerability, eroticism, and fear in her latest body of work, "Devils and Lovers."

  

June marks Meg Regelous' last month as the Max Thelen Studio Resident at Art Works Downtown. A new artist will be selected at the end of the month; please stay tuned.

Regina Christie

Abundance © 2016 Regina Christie, 48"x36"

Emergings 3

Artwork by Regina Christie 

May 6–June 4, 2016
Reception: May 13 • 5–8pm

Regina Christie:
I’m seeking to find and express my personal freedom 
through painting abstract color fields.
I use rich colors that reflect this.
Sometimes images emerge and recede; they seem to come 
from that intuitive part of myself.
I like to open up a chance for the viewer to shift 
from thinking to connecting to their own inner being.

Bio:

Regina Christie makes luminous, abstract paintings that are built up through layers of oil paint on linen conveying a compression of time and space and place.

Regina first studied painting with Walter Kuhlman while sharing his studio.                                            

For 8 years she studied with Chester Arnold at the College of Marin.  She attended Sonoma State University, where she worked with Mark Perlman.  Regina was a student of Connie Smith Siegel for 12 years, and her drawings and paintings were included in Smith Siegel’s book "The Spirit of Drawing". Her continued exploration has led her paintings to be included in a number of highly selective juried shows in Northern California.  These include “Out of the Blue,” (juried by Ruth Braunstein) at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, and the Annual Fall Exhibition (juried by Andrea Schwartz) at  Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael and "Fresh Art" (juried by Rene de Guzman) at Marin Society of Artist's Gallery in Ross.

 www.reginachristie.com 

Rosenberg Sunburst, watercolor, 29x29"

Sunburst ©  Susie Rosenberg, watercolor, 29x29" 

Susie Rosenberg Watercolors

April 8–30, 2016
Reception: April 8 • 5–8pm

This exhibition consists mainly of watercolor still lifes. Many of the paintings are floral, reflecting the colorful and sometimes playful images that have caught the artist's eye. The paintings are bold and vibrant, realistic and detailed.

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 Collage and watercolor ©2015 Juliette Derr, 9”x12”
 Collage and Watercolor ©2015 Juliette Derr, 9”x12”

Form, Function, and Environment

Students from the Lycée Français de San Francisco have been working on projects related to architecture.

March 11–April 2, 2016
Reception: March 11 • 5–8pm

The lycée's 8th graders have studied the relationship between shape and function and have experimented by creating a mix of architecture and sculpture, while the 9th graders reflected upon the integration of architectural projects into a natural environment made as a collage. They learned to represent volume and depth of field in two-dimensional works as well as to manage the harmonization of architecture and landscape.

Still Waters Ronald E Bean
Still Waters © 1990 Ronald E. Bean,  18" x 24"
 

"It's a beautiful day for a watercolor. 
 Let's paint two."

Watercolor paintings by Ronald E. Bean, Suzanne Bean, and Ron Bean

February 12–March 5, 2016
Reception: February 12 • 5–8pm

AWD studio artist Suzanne Bean and her brother Ron often went out sketching with their father, Ronald E. Bean, who inspired a love of watercolor in them. This exhibit displays beautiful and affordable paintings by all three artists. Landscape subjects include Marin and Sonoma counties, the Monterey Peninsula, the midwest and southwest USA, and Europe.

The exhibit's title, a family saying, comes from paraphrasing legendary Chicago Cub Ernie Banks: "It's a beautiful day for a ball game. Let's play two."

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Tess Felix Yannick

 Yannick ©  2013 Tess Felix, beach plastic debris, oils on steel, 48"x48"x3"

Message from the Deep; 

Portraiture of the Anthropocene

Tess Felix

January 8–February 6, 2016
Reception: January 8 • 5–8pm

Message from the Deep; Portraiture of the Anthropocene 
(the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment) 

Using the classical form of portraiture, Tess Felix’s is building a body of work created from ocean plastic pollution. The portraits call attention to the enormous amounts of waste in our oceans, much of it invisible to us. Out of sight and out of mind, an ecological disaster is building and adversely affecting one of the oldest food sources of the human race and it’s many inhabitants. 

Many of us engage in making responsible environmental choices for our personal garbage and carefully cull through it for recyclable waste. In truth, a very small percentage of all waste designated for recycling actually is. Some studies put this figure as low as 5%. 

We have to ask, where does our recycled waste really go? And what about the remainder that is sent to land fill? Sadly, much this, regardless of our intention, ends in our oceans. Even with the great successes of local recycling programs, it is clear that our responsibility begins at the point of sale, before we have used an item or consumed its contents. 

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Margo Reis Bicycle Free for All
Bicycle Free for All © Margo Reis

AWD Artist Members' Exhibition

December 11, 2015-January 2, 2016
Reception: December 11 • 5–8pm

The Members’ Exhibition will showcase the many talented artists who are members of the Art Works Downtown community. Artworks created by studio artists and artists from outside the AWD building will be available for the holiday gift-buying season in a salon style exhibition format. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for your next masterpiece.

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Smuggler's Cove I by Janey Fritsche
Smuggler's Cove I © Janey Fritsche, oil painting and ink on canvas, 36"x48"

Janey Fritsche

oil and ink

November 13-December 5, 2015
Reception: November 13 • 5–8pm

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African VibesAfrican Vibes

Carol Allen and Amï Diallo

October 9-November 7, 2015
Reception:October 9 • 5–8pm

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Artist in Action

Artists in Action -- Downtown San Rafael Plein Air Event

September 11—September 23, 2015
Reception: September 11, 5–8pm

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Drawing after Claude Lorrain #2, Pencil on Paper, 18"x 24", 2015
Drawing after Claude Lorrain #2 © 2015 Josh Powell, 
pencil on paper, 18"x 24"

Cul de Sac

Paintings and Drawings 
by Josh Powell

August 14-September 4, 2015
Reception: August 14 • 5–8pm

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Faerie Fir Michael Campbell
Faerie Fire © 2014 Michael Campbell, hydrocal, foam, epoxy, acrylc, glitter, phosphorescent pigment 

Sacred

Mixed Media by Michael Campbell

July 10-August 8, 2015
Reception: July 10 • 5–8pm

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Civic Signs

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Featuring new work 
by Lauren Bartone, 
Max Thelen Artist 
in Residence at Art Works Downtown

June 12-July 3, 2015
Reception: June 12 • 5–8pm

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Stuart Gourlay  Above Gallinas Creek

Above Gallinas Creek © Stuart Gourlay 

 

Laura Xu Last Sunlight
Last Sunlight © Laura Xu

 

California on Canvas

paintings by Stuart Gourlay

May 1–June 6, 2015
Reception: May 8 • 5–8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visions of the West

paintings by Laura Xu

May 1–June 6, 2015
Reception: May 8 • 5–8pm

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Loring Gang-of-Four
 

Gang of Four

David Antonio, Loring Doyle,
George Evelyn, Nancy Nichols

April 10–25, 2015
Reception: April 10 • 5–8pm

A group show of artists who are just beginning the struggle and haven't been exiled yet...

 

Tales As Yet Untold

Mixed Media Found Object Sculptures by Mirto Golino

March 13–April 4, 2015
Reception: March 13 • 5–8pm

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Virginia Fauvre
Grass Stains © Virginia Fauvre, oil ob canvas, 24” x 20”

Untamed

Paintings by Virginia Fauvre

February 13–March 7, 2015
Reception: February 13 • 5–8pm

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Victoria Heilweil 21mos 26days
Remnant: 21 months, 26 days  ©  2011 
Victoria Mara Heilweil
, archival pigment print
on watercolor paper, 27” x 22”

Remnant

Photography by Victoria Mara Heilweil

January 9–February 7, 2015
Reception: January 9 • 5–8pm

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Abstract Geometrics in Multiple Media

Charles Winstead Evolution

 
Evolution © Charles Windstead,acrylic on aluminum, 45" x 30"  

Artwork by Charles Winstead

December 12, 2014-January 3, 2015
Reception: December 12 • 5–8pm

Sculpture, oil on canvas, textiles, acrylic on aluminum

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Carol Duchamp Stringtheory 12x17Chance Encounters

Artwork by Carol Duchamp

An aesthetic exploration 
of color, space and fluidity

November 14-December 6, 2014
Reception: November 14 • 5–8pm

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Atomic Elroy Just Walk Away

Pixel Fluxus

A Video Installation by Atomic Elroy

October 10-November 8, 2014
Reception: October 10 • 5–8pm

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Patricia Ancona FalseShelter30x24

Freedom Series

New Works by Patricia Ancona
Oil on panel

September 12-October 4, 2014
Reception: September 12 • 5–8pm

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Electric Night 

Photography by Adam Vail

Photography by Adam Vail

August 8-September 6, 2014
Reception: August 8 • 5–8pm

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Lakes Basin Review

Artwork by Kay Russell

July 11-August 2, 2014
Reception: July 11 • 5–8pm

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Community Weavings: A Family AlbumSueWeil2014-EM2-3

 

Artwork by Sue Weil

June 13-July 5, 2014
Reception: June 13 • 5–8pm

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Vaidis Valaitis Faces and FiguresFaces and Figures

Artwork by Vaidis Valaitis

May 9-June 7, 2014
Reception: May 9 • 5–8pm

Digital Art 

The Hell Brewers

April 11-April 18, 2014
Reception: April 11 • 5–8pm

A Peek Into the Weird World of 
Dr. Flotsam 
and His Carny Clan

The art of Mike Shine and friends with special music guest, Beso Negro.

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The Hell Brewers

March 14-April 8, 2014
Reception: March 14 • 5–8pm

A Peek Into the Weird World of 
Dr. Flotsam 
and His Carny Clan

The art of Mike Shine and friends with special music guest, Beso Negro.

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Palace of Fine Art, oil on linen, Dorallen Davis

A Moment in Time: Dorallen Davis

February 14-March 11, 2014
Reception: February 14 • 5–8pm

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BarbaraLawrence MuttisseBarbara Lawrence

January 10 - February 11, 2014
Reception: January 10 • 5–8pm

Colorful works of art by artist and teacher Barbara Lawrence.

Muttisse © Barbara Lawrence

Mary Blakemary blake

Watercolors


December 7, 2013-January 4, 2014
Reception: December 13 • 5–8pm

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Anita MacAleaveyAnita MacAleavey

A Collection of Exquisite 
Abstract Horicultural Prints


November 8–December 7
Reception: November 8 • 5–8pm

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Birth 2 by Jenny HynesMigrational Echoes/Mercurial Features

Artwork by Jenny Hynes

September 13 – October 11, 2013
Receptions: September 13, 2013
October 11, 2013

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Mary Macey Butler

San Rafael-based fine art photogrpher

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July 9 - September 10, 2013
Reception: July 12 + August 9 5 – 8pm

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Lawrence Way
Wray 3

Photography

June 14 – July 6, 2013 
in the Founders Lounge

Reception: June 14, 5 – 8pm  

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digital, mixed media, watercolor, photography

May 10 – June 8, 2013
in the Founders Lounge

Reception: May 10, 5 – 8pm

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Spontaneous Perceptions

The Art of Dominican University Art Students

Exhibit Dates: April 10 – May 7, 2013
in the Founders Lounge

Reception: April 12, 5 – 8pm

Marie KneemeyerMultiple Perspectives

Special Projects

March 9 - 31, 2013
in the Founders Lounge

Reception: Friday March 9

Undergraduate Research project from Junior Seminar Class
of the Art, Art History + Design Department of Dominican University.
Featuring photography, digital prints, and works on paper.

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RED-ception 2013:  Red art curated by MJG

a special exhibit featuring RED art by AWD artists + staff

February - March 2013
in the Founders Lounge

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Art_on_the_Farm_icon_SArt on the Farm

Building-wide fundraising exhibit for Marin Organic

Nov 30 - Jan 17, 2013
in the Founders Lounge

opening reception:  Dec 14 5 - 8pm
                            
2nd reception:  January 11 5 - 8pm

Holiday fundraising exhibit for Marin Organic's Farm Field Studies Program; a collaboration between Art Works Downtown, Marin Organic, Marin History Museum and Art on the Farm.  Celebrate art and local farms in a fun and educational manner. 65+ artists displayed through out our entire 40,000 sq.ft art center. more

katepeper_nasturtiumCommon Ground

watercolors by Kate Peper

October 3 - November, 2012
in the Founders Lounge

Artist's Reception: Saturday, October 20 2-4pm

Watercolors depicting Marin backyard scenes and beyond, with views of Yosemite National Park more


Fiber Art of Wendy Lilienthalwendylilienthal_fiberarts
+ Barbara Andino-Stevenson, ceramics

Two AWD Studio Artists

September 2012
in the Founders Lounge

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Sounds of SummerA_Langston_Seaward

curated by Milla Ruane + Joanne Harwood 

July 2012
in the Founders Lounge

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Esther_photointernexhibitTime Exposures

A Photo Intern Reunion Exhibit: Students of Cindy Pavlinac

June 2012
in the Founders Lounge

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BarbaraPoole_printsSOriginals and Multiples

new printmaking works by AWD Artists

April 2012
in the Founders Lounge

curated by Stephanie Jucker  more

 Art with FunctionArt with a Function 

curated by Fiammetta Castaldi

through February 29, 2012
in the Founders Lounge

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Diallo gourd snake Associated

AWD Associate Artists

December 1 - 30, 2011
in the Founders Lounge
 
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Fantastical Faces

annual third grade student art exhibit

April 7 - April 22, 2011
in the Founders Lounge   

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utopiacard200Our World, Our Utopia

art by Vallecito Elementary School Students

November 16 - 27, 2010
in the Founders Lounge

reception: Saturday, November 20 • 3-6pm

curated by Stephanie Jucker
 

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