Kala Fellowship Artists’ Talk: Randy Colosky, Alison OK Frost and Vanessa Marsh


Wednesday, June 27th,  7:00 pm, Kala Gallery

Kala’s Fellowship Artists program includes an annual series of artists’ talks presented by current Fellows during their studio residencies. The month of June kicks off our annual series with presentations by Kala Fellows Randy Colosky, Alison Frost and Vanessa Marsh. The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Randy Colosky

Randy Colosky

Randy Colosky’s practice is both conceptual and material-driven. Subtle, thought provoking and often witty, his work employs a free use of utilitarian and industrial materials and questions our assumptions of craft, art and design. In 2010, Secret Handshake, a survey of his work, was shown at Ampersand International. Randy’s first solo museum show FIAT LUX, was presented in the winter of 2011/2012 at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.

Alison OK Frost

Alison OK Frost

Alison OK Frost paints watercolor scenes composed from often dystopic images she culls from news sources, old magazines, snapshots and movie stills. Her work’s use of watercolor, a medium often associated with lightness and sentimentality, presents a troubling and uneasy poignancy when juxtaposed with the dark subject matter developed in her scenes. Alison received her MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been shown widely at spaces in the Bay Area and New York and was recently presented in Myths of Progress at Kala Gallery

Vanessa Marsh

Vanessa Marsh

Vanessa Marsh builds small-scale models, which she combines with layered drawings on transparent acetate sheets to create photographic images of imaginary landscapes. Her quietly surreal images evoke a mysterious, in-between world, where planes of experience, and of memory and dream overlap. Vanessa’s work was most recently presented at the Nelson Gallery at U.C. Davis in addition to exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure and San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

Upcoming talks in July, August and September will include presentations by Fellows Michele Carlson, Seth Koen, Sandra Ono, Francesca Pastine and Gail Wight.

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Welcome to Kala’s New Facility Manager, Boris Scherbakov!


For current Kala artists-in-residence, Boris Scherbakov is no stranger. Since October 2011, he has been an AIR at Kala and he can often be found burning the midnight oil in the Kala Print Studio, sitting intently at the Epson 9900, printing out large-scale photographs from his travels around the globe. In March 2012, we hired Boris to become the new Facility Coordinator as Dan Bacci was leaving to relocate to Los Angeles. What struck everyone on the hiring committee, besides Boris’s vast technical knowledge and strong work ethic, was his genuine desire to work and contribute to Kala’s artistic community and mission. Boris is that rare breed that is both conversant and comfortable with analog and digital technologies. Or as he puts it, “I am fluent with anything with buttons, knobs, cables, and LEDs, ranging from establishing and troubleshooting wireless networks to setting up audio and video presentations.”

Boris received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Carleton College in 2008. He won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award in Photography in 2007. He has a very charming and adorable dog named Jaime, plus he can do 20 pull-ups in a row, smiling the entire time.

Welcome Boris and Jaime to Kala!

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On View: New Work from Kala

On View: New Work from Kala features works in a variety of media by artists affiliated with Kala Art Institute. A diverse selection of works available for purchase can be seen throughout our facility including the Mercy & Roger Smullen Print and Media Study Center.

On View: New Work from Kala
Kala Gallery, May 18-September 15, 2012
Artists’ Reception: Friday, May 18, 2012, 6-8pm (open to the public)

Artists: Luca Antonucci, Carrie Hott, Mary Anne Kluth, Robin McCloskey, Anne McGuire, Nora Pauwels, Boris Scherbakov, Linda Simmel, Gail Tarantino, Noah Wilson & Lena Wolff

Curated by Mayumi Hamanaka

Kala Art Institute Gallery:
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Tours of the Kala studio, gallery, and print-and-media study center are available by appointment.

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Visions From the New California” – Exhibition and Opening Reception

Meeson Pae Yang

“Visions From the New California” – Exhibition and Opening Reception

Exhibition dates: May 18-June 30, 2012
Artists’ Reception: Friday, May 18, 2012, 6-8P
Kala Gallery – 2990 San Pablo Av, Berkeley, CA 94702

The Visions from the New California award is an initiative of the Alliance of Artists Communities and is generously supported by the James Irvine Foundation. Each year the awards program celebrates six outstanding California visual artists from diverse communities. The awardees are artists whose work may as yet be unfamiliar to a wide audience, but whose compelling visions help define California. Since 2004, the program has awarded funded residencies to forty-three artists working in a wide array of media and processes. Participating California residency programs include Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Exploratorium, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, 18th Street Art Center and Kala.

Kala Gallery is proud to present Visions from the New California as part of a two-venue exhibition series shared with 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica. The combined exhibition series features eighteen Visions from the New California awardees from 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The artists included in the Kala Gallery exhibition are Iris Charabi-Berggren (San Francisco); Asad Faulwell (Newport Beach); Marnia Johnston (Concord); Justin Lowman (Northridge); Rebecca Lowry (Los Angeles); crystal am nelson (Los Angeles); Anja Ulfeldt (Oakland); Meeson Pae Yang (Torrance) and Michiko Yao (Los Angeles). The nine artists in Kala Gallery’s exhibition address a broad range of issues including gender and cultural identity; the built environment and mediated nature; and the physical experience of sound and light in sculpture, video, painting, drawing and installation.

Artists presented at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica are Ala Ebtekar (Stanford); Joanne Hashitani (Oakland); Prajakti Jayavant (San Francisco); Bessma Khalaf (Oakland); Matthew Mullins (Santa Fe, NM); John Ruszel (Benicia); Ethan Turpin (Santa Barbara); Suné Woods (Los Angeles) and Andre Woodward (Los Angeles).

This two-venue exhibition series marks the conclusion of Visions from the New California awards program. The exhibitions were co-curated by Mark Greenfield, an independent curator and educator based in Los Angeles and Lauren Davies, Kala’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs.

More info: Lauren Davies, Lauren@kala.org, (510) 841-7000


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Baywolf Celebrates 38 Years of Kala Art Institute


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Fundraiser for Camp Kala 2012: Summer Youth Art Program

EVERYONE who donates $50 or more will receive an 8×10″ print of this Hawaiian volcano courtesy of the artist, Gary Nakamoto. 

Mount Hualalai, Big Island, Hawai’i  

Our goal is to raise $4500 by April 15, 2012 to subsidize camp tuition for up to 25 kids in need.

Every donation counts – when we pool our resources, we can make a difference. No contribution is too little and all are greatly appreciated!

Camp Kala 2012 Donate

Donate $25 or more before April 15, 2012 and you will be entered for a chance to win one of our fantastic raffle prizes.

Raffle prizes:

• Kala gift certificate to use on your choice of art sales,adult classes or Camp Kala 2012.* ($100 value)
• One ticket to Kala-fornia: State of the Art 2 –Kala’s Gala Auction on Saturday, April 28 ($45 value)
• Gift certificate to Juan’s Place Mexican Restaurant($20 value)
• Kala t-shirt (priceless)

Raffle drawing will be held on April 17, 2012. All winners will be notified by e-mail.

*Kala gift certificate valid through April 15, 2013. Classes are subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

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Gallery Conversation – “Myths of Progress: Utopic Dreams/Dystopic Realities”

Title: Gallery Conversation – “Myths of Progress: Utopic Dreams/Dystopic Realities”
Location: Kala Gallery
Description: Gallery Conversation with the Artists.
The talk is followed by a closing reception in the gallery
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2012-03-31

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Gallery Conversation – “Myths of Progress: Utopic Dreams/Dystopic Realities”

Myths of Progress: Utopic Dreams/Dystopic Realities

Gallery Conversation with the Artists: Saturday, March 31, 2pm
The talk is followed by a Closing Party in the gallery.

In association with Kala Gallery’s current exhibition, Myths of Progress, a Gallery Conversation with the Artists will be presented on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 pm. Artists Alison OK Frost, Michael McConnell, Erik Parra and Walter Robinson will join curator Lauren Davies in a discussion of work in the exhibition and the theme of post-modern dystopia. As ominous as the term “dystopia” might sound, Myths of Progress is an engaging exhibition with multi-faceted view-points ranging from the oddly worrisome to the ironically amusing. This will be the final day for Myths of Progress, so please join us for the Gallery Conversation with the Artists and stay for the closing party!
The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Kala Art Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave. (b/t Heinz and Ashby), Berkeley, CA 94702

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Now Available From Kala: Lawrence Ferlinghetti “Out of Chaos” A poem in three lithographs

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Out of Chaos

A poem in three lithographs

Limited Edition of 30 Portfolio Suites

Out of Chaos is a five page, three-lithograph portfolio suite that includes three original, hand-printed black & white lithographs, 15” x 22,” a cover page with poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and colophon page all printed on Rives BFK paper. All original artwork drawn by Lawrence Ferlinghetti on litho stones and printed by hand at Kala Art Institute by Wendyn Cadden. Cover page and colophon hand printed on letterpress. Portfolio designed and constructed by John DeMerritt Bookbinding.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a poet, painter, printmaker, and activist. He co-founded City Lights Bookstore in 1953, and two years later launched City Lights Publishing. Ferlinghetti’s publication, in 1956, of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl & Other Poems led to his arrest on an obscenity charge. His trial, and ultimate acquittal, drew national attention to the Beat movement writers. This landmark First Amendment case established a key legal precedent for the publication of other controversial literary work with redeeming social importance. Ferlinghetti is the author of poetry, plays, fiction, art criticism and his A Coney Island State of the Mind continues to be the most popular poetry book in the United States.
Ferlinghetti began painting in 1953 and his work has been shown in galleries around the world. He has been associated with European Fluxus art, with shows in Verona and Florence curated by Francesco Conz. Solo exhibitions in the United States include shows at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York, the Molly Barnes Gallery in Santa Monica, Dominican University in San Rafael, William Turner Gallery in Venice California, Kleinert James Gallery in Woodstock New York, the San Jose Museum of Art and the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. The Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco both recently acquired Ferlinghetti works for their permanent collection.

Kala Art Institute, founded in 1974 by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano, provides professional studio facilities to artists working in all forms of printmaking, photography, book arts, installation and digital media. Emerging and established artists have the opportunity to use Kala’s facilities to develop and exhibit new and experimental artwork. The Institute serves as a meeting ground where artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the world can work together and exchange ideas. Kala encourages artists to explore the untapped possibilities of combining old and new techniques by offering access to traditional and digital image-making equipment. Kala’s public programs include gallery exhibitions, custom printing, art sales, open enrollment classes and workshops, facilities rental, special events and youth art programs.
Andrea Voinot, Kala Art Sales Manager or Archana Horsting, Executive Director
andrea@kala.org archana@kala.org
510-841-7000, ext. 206 510-549-7000, ext. 301

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Family Art Day: Sunday March 11 *SCULPTURE*

Thanks to all who participated in our Family Art Day. We had a blast!!!


Kala Community Classroom 2990 San Pablo Ave (at Ashby), Berkeley 94702

10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm **Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.**

$15/per person or $55 for a group of 4. Snack and materials included.

Ages 5 and up. 

Step into spring with Kala’s Family Art Day sculpture project. Look, make and reflect on your own process while learning about artists and architects who work three-dimensionally. Team up with your family and friends to imagine, bond, and build together. The fabulous Ascha Drake, a Camp Kala 2012 instructor, DeYoung and Guggenheim art educator, will be your guide. Great family time or play date for friends.

This is a two hour workshop (snack included). Pre-registration is required. Select from either the morning or afternoon session: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

Space is limited. Sign-up today! jamila@kala.org

FAMILY ART DAY **SCULPTURE** Sunday, March 11, 2012

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