Sandra Jones Campbell
Raised in rural Oregon, Laguna Canyon-based Sandra Jones Campbell describes her acrylic paintings as “a composite of social sightings, portraying evocative associations from a voyeuristic perspective.” In her simultaneously whimsical and sophisticated work, Campbell features multiple subjects to depict social and political scenes, reflecting her optimism and candor.
For more about Sandra Jones Campbell, go to www.pacificedgegallery.com/artist/sandra-j-campbell
Born in Wisconsin, Berkeley metal sculptor Kati Casida studied Art Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She studied abroad extensively and was an Artist-in-Residence in both Oslo, Norway and Hydra, Greece. Casida’s abstract pieces, comprised of aluminum painted in brilliant colors, reflect a range of artistic influences, from landscape images as altered by movement, Greek and Cypriot dance rhythms, modern dance patterns, the seasons, and Norway’s rushing waterfalls. “My sculptures imply motion, a continuous passage through space.”
For more about Kati Casida, go to www.katicasida.dreamhosters.com
Raised in the Bay Area, Christison, based in both Bangkok and San Francisco, has exhibited sculpture professionally since 1991. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 2002, he relocated to Bangkok, where he gave university lectures in sculpture, bronze casting, and figure modeling. Influenced by Greek and Roman portrait busts, his work is expressive, capturing “the lines of the human body in dramatic states of contortion or active gesture.”
For more about Kevin Christison, go to www.kevinchristisonstudio.com
New York born sculptor Albert Dicruttalo, who fashions large scale, life size, small scale, and wall hanging pieces in bronze, stainless steel, and steel, grew up in the Adirondack foothills. After extensive travel in Alaska and South America, Dicruttalo worked at Cornell University, where he explored the use of technologies in the creation of sculpture. Since 1996, he has maintained a studio and foundry in Oakland, CA.
For more about Albert Dicruttalo, go to www.albertdicruttalo.com
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Stan Dann (1931-2013) resided in Lafayette, CA for over forty years following art and design studies in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He used power tools to create his large-scale bas-relief wood sculpture, featuring finely finished surfaces. Early influences included the monumental carvings of Pacific Northwest indigenous artists and wood patterns made for industrial machinery parts in his brother’s Vancouver shop.
For more about Stan Dann, go to www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Dann
Born and raised in New York, Jeff Downing, whose father was an avid sailor, spent his youth on the waters of Long Island Sound. He became fascinated with the daily life of lobstermen, teaching himself all the tasks and handicrafts in which they engaged, from boat building to trap making to net weaving. Downing moved to San Francisco in 1983 and encountered the groundbreaking work of California ceramicists. “His prodigious ceramic output overflows with nautical references – playfully, cryptically floating like emotional flotsam and jetsam through his works.” Downing teaches at San Francisco State University.
For more about Jeff Downing, go to www.jeffdowningart.com
“I build abstract sculptures from shapes too simple to think about in configurations too complicated to hold in your head.” Dan Good’s visual vocabulary consists mainly of boxes, rectangles, and lines. He works in steel, aluminum stainless steel, wood, and, most recently, PETG 3D printing. He holds graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Music, and Media Recording.
For more about Dan Good, go to www.dangood.org
From a young age, Rue Harrison has enjoyed making art. She has degrees in English, Fine Arts and Creative Arts from three universities in three different states. After a career as a graphic designer, she became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, where she works with adults on issues related to trauma. Her training as an artist is deeply useful as a healing tool in her therapy practice. Harrison is author and illustrator of Indigo Animal, a book which inspired her to build the namesake sculpture.
Vallejo-raised Doug Heine spent years applying and honing creative and technical skills at UC Berkeley, from working with Nobel Laureates in particle physics, to working in the art department as foundry supervisor to Peter Voulkos. He took up his own art full time in 1986, following his curiosity and interest in many different materials. Heine works in wood, marble, aluminum, and clay. “Each design challenge has its particular set of restrictions and opportunities, leading me toward a solution that is unique and specific to location, aesthetic, material and spirit.”
For more about Doug Heine, go to www.art13.gallery
Originally a pre-med student at UCLA, Held found his passion in art, graduating with degrees in Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts. An internationally recognized metal sculptor who works primarily in bronze and stainless steel, his pieces often incorporate water. Since 1985, he has worked out of a sprawling complex of warehouses in Richmond, CA, where he has produced over 500 pieces, aided by a team of talented artists and metal fabricators.
For more about Archie Held, go to www.archieheld.com
A native of Missouri, Robert Holmes grew up during the Great Depression. In his teens he helped his father design and build homes. Before becoming an award-winning sculptor, Holmes earned a Civil Engineering degree at the University of Arizona and owned successful construction, design and development businesses in California and Arizona.
A Sea Ranch resident, Holmes devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to creating contemporary figurative bronze sculptures at Bronze Plus, his Sebastopol foundry, which continues to operate in Santa Rosa, producing his work and that of others. As one collector noted, a nurturing and joyful vitality is present in all of Holmes’s work, evident in the graceful movement of his dancers, runners, and seated figures.
For more information, see the artist’s website: www.robertholmessculptor.com
Second-generation sculptor, ceramicist, and mosaicist Wes Horn works in clay, cement, steel, and tile. Living and working in Davis, CA and Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico, the artist specializes in large-scale public art and functional installations. Horn’s sculptural forms and murals feature local plant and animal imagery, human relationships, and humor. He engages students and community members in creating certain finished works of art.
For more about Wes Horn, go to www.weshornart.com
Indiana-born Berkeley sculptor Stan Huncilman worked as a welder in the Louisiana shipyards and a machinist in a Vermont foundry. He studied art at San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University. Huncilman’s work-- fashioned from metal, wood, paper, and fabric -- is mysterious and difficult to comprehend, with titles (such as Dharamaticand Bunda Mambo) which are even more enigmatic. Many pieces have movable parts or suggest the need to move, inviting the viewer’s physical interaction with the art.
For more about Stan Huncilman, go to www.stanhuncilmansculptor.com
New York native Susannah Israel is a longtime West Oakland-based artist, writer, and composer. With degrees in Chemistry, Art, and Ceramics, she is a frequent visiting artist at schools and universities. The “visual parade of urban life” inspires Israel’s highly expressive, colorful, recognizable ceramic figures.
For more about Susannah Israel, go to www.susannahisrael.com
Bay Area native Bruce Johnson studied art at UC Davis and maintains a prolific sculpture studio in rural Sonoma County. For over fifty years, he has worked with salvaged old-growth redwood to create massive contemporary sculptures, accentuated by copper, for which he has received national and international acclaim. Johnson describes his work as a combination of Stonehenge (with its scale and mass) and Shinto shrines (with their elegant details). Beyond his work in redwood sculpture, Johnson is a master builder, having designed unique buildings and outside structures, including sacred buildings.
For more about Bruce Johnson, go to www.formandenergy.com
Having escaped from post-WWII, Soviet-dominated Hungary to the American Midwest with her family, Gyöngy Laky eventually made her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. After undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Laky founded the internationally recognized Fiberworks, Center for Textile Arts in the 1970s and went on to join the faculty of the University of California, Davis in 1978, establishing its Department of Environmental Design. An internationally and nationally renowned textile artist and sculptor, Laky was once described as a “wood whisperer.” Her exquisitely individual, puzzle-like pieces marry timber and textiles, reflecting Laky’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
For more information, see the artist’s website: www.gyongylaky.com
The son of a Swedish photographer and Danish contractor, Ivan McLean developed an appreciation for art and construction early in life. He learned to weld while working on ranches near the family home in Point Reyes Station, CA. McLean later cared for the cows and built gates, fences, and some sculpture and furniture. In North Carolina, he carved both abstract and representational art from native marble. After relocating to Portland, Oregon, he created sculpture of all sizes and shapes for public and private spaces, using steel, marble, glass, and wood. “I’ve built functional things since I could hold a hammer, but the sculpture I make now is based on the desire to create pieces that have no use other than to make people smile.”
For more about Ivan McLean, go to www.ivanmclean.com
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Walnut Creek-based sculptor David Mudgett spent years working as a pipefitter. When he applied his metalworking skills to art, he found the experience exhilarating, appreciating a newfound creative freedom. Mudgett’s motivation comes from “the excitement, intrigue, tests and triumphs” of forming metal into limitless objects.
For more about David Mudgett, go to www.davidmudgett.com
The late Kent Roberts (d. 2019), earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art. His diverse educational background and world travel experiences influenced his body of work, which includes painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints. Roberts earned great respect from his colleagues at the SFMOMA, where he specialized in exhibition design.
For more about Kent Roberts, go to www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=kent_roberts+pid=193910111
San Francisco-based sculptor and art educator Danielle Satinover works primarily with metals and industrial materials. She originally trained in media and visual arts. Satinover finds inspiration in her own photography and in the wonder of nature. She finds fascinating the contrast between the industrial nature of her materials and the organic forms of the final creations.
For more about Danielle Satinover, go to www.daniellesatinover.com
In his own words, Walnut Creek-based Colin Selig describes his upcycled salvaged propane tank creations as the “synthesis of sculpture and sustainable design.” A lifelong metal worker who was influenced by ecologically-conscious parents, he has earned a series of patents and won national and international acclaim for his colorful, playful, ergonomic, and ecologically responsible designs.
For more about Colin Selig, go to www.colinselig.com
Berkeley-based sculptor Joseph Slusky grew up in Los Angeles, where he was fascinated with the colorful British toy soldiers at the farmers market, car shows at the Pan Pacific Auditorium, and the Southern California beach. He studied Architecture at UC Berkeley and later taught there. Slusky’s work finds its roots in the cubist, constructivist, and surrealist movements. His hand-painted, welded steel sculptures encoded in colorful, acrylic lacquer explore the subconscious: “[I]t is the unknown that I’m concerned with.”
For more about Joseph Slusky, go to www.josephslusky.com/
Pamela Stefl Toki
A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with an M.A. in education from Mills College, Pamela Stefl Toki is a monoprint artist from Oakland, California who creates prints from both clay and ink. She studied summers with master clay printmaker, Mitch Lyons, the originator of clay monoprints, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following a thirty-five-year career in public school teaching, Stefl Toki retired in 2018 to pursue her art fulltime.
Her artworks have been exhibited at Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa and in museums and galleries in Palm Springs and Mazatlán, Mexico, in addition to local galleries in San Francisco, Oakland, Danville, Crockett, San Pablo, and the Orinda Library Art Gallery.
For more information, see the artist’s website: http://pamelastefl.com
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Toki is a Japanese-American ceramic artist and educator. He has maintained a studio in Richmond, CA since 1974. Among his extensive public commissions are murals and large-scale outdoor clay and porcelain pieces inspired by forms found in nature (mountains, water, snow, and sky), including twenty-foot tall piece Blue Back on view at the Oakland Museum.
For more about John Toki, go to www.johntoki.com
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Patricia Vader is an astronomer-turned-wind artist and metal sculptor. Her predilection for creating kinetic art stems from her own playful spirit and a positive public response. Vader works from her expansive hilltop property in Martinez, where the surrounding flora and fauna inspire her.
For more about Patricia Vader, go to www.patriciavader.com
Lithuanian-born Rimas VisGirda lives in Champaign, IL. He studied Physics before pursuing Ceramics and Sculpture. VisGirda exhibited his work, lectured internationally, and taught at colleges and universities on the West Coast and in the Midwest until retiring in 1998. VisGirda’s work, addressing common themes in contemporary society, “allows us to examine and see our life and the culture we live in through eyes slanted with wit and humor.”
Born enthusiastic and with a creative mind, Midwestern native Gale Wagner created his first sculpture at age five. At his long-time Oakland studio, he works in steel, glass, and balsa wood (for his free-flight airplanes). Some of Wagner’s colorful steel sculptures have over twenty coats of paint.
Michigan native Ann Weber, based in San Pedro, CA, originally trained in Ceramics with Viola Frey, but turned to cardboard out of a desire to make pieces that were complex and monumental yet lightweight and maneuverable. Deeply influenced by her environment and travels, Weber’s pieces evoke charm and humor and “expand the possibility of making beauty from a common and mundane material.”
For more about Ann Weber, go to www.annwebersculpture.com