News and More from the Art Alumni Group University of California, Berkeley


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stephanie Peek - San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

April 28 - May 28, 2012 
2020 Jackson Street,  San Francisco CA

Deeper II  80” x  78”   oil on canvas 2012
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (last entry)
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (last entry)
Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (last entry)
CLOSED MONDAY (except Memorial Day) 

Admission: $30, Seniors: $25 (60+)
Michelle Bello Fine Art Consulting
Grand Staircase, Upper Staircase and Art Gallery 
 415 317 5975

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Deborah Oropallo, Hung Liu and Squeak Carnwath: Heroes

APRIL 27 - JUNE 9, 2012
Turner Carroll Gallery

A hero is a person of notable and distinguished courage or ability. Songs, films, and paintings have celebrated heroes and their deeds for millennia. Are the creator of the image of the hero complicit? Who is the person who paints a hero? It seems like our heroes are better than in the past, maybe a bit more real and less "super." So how do we paint new heroes? Paintings by three powerhouse Bay Area painters on the subject of important personages.

                                  Opening Reception Friday, April 27, 2012 from 5 to 7pm
[n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gyöngy Laky: Crossover

May 3 - June 2
Opening Reception: May 3, from 5:30 to 7:30

Writing on the Wall, 2011, Ash, paint, dowels, 90 x 90 x 3 in. Photo: Alan Robin/Aline Dargie

In her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Gyöngy Laky will present a series of work examining our complex relationship with nature. Sculptural pieces containing words, letters, and symbols are made of painted and stained branches and twigs combined with screws, nails, wires, and plastic figurines.

This show will feature a selection of work exploring on the transitional space between visual and textual aspects of Laky's work, such as Writing on the Wall, a grid of wooden objects seemingly shifting between two symbolic information codes. The organic essence of the natural wood contrasted with the spiky industrial elements draws upon the ambivalence of the natural and artificial, organic and industrial, and encapsulate co-existing feelings of violence and serenity, aggression and sanctuary.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944, Gyöngy Laky studied at UC Berkeley where she earned both her B.A. and M.A.degrees (B.A., 1970 and M.A., 1971). She has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally in France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines, China, and England.

A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, Laky's work is in museum collections in Europe and the United States, including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu. The Smithsonian Institution is currently assembling a collection of Laky's personal papers, photographs and documents for the Archives of American Art.

For more images and information please contact the gallery:, 415.543.1550

Friday, April 20, 2012


Do Join Us
May 2nd (Wednesday) 5:00 p.m.
1328 6th Street (cross Gilman) in Berkeley
Come and hear about the SPRING TRAINING.
Come share your experience if you participated--
Let us all know what was useful, how you prepared, what surprised you...!
...and bring a friend!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sonya Rapoport: The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age

The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age updates the 1977 artwork, "Horizontal Cobalt," that I had created in collaboration with the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In that artwork I had translated the Laboratory's experimental output by drawing directly on the computer printouts that described the transmutation of chemical elements when they are bombarded with nuclear substances. Nearby at the associated Livermore Laboratory, the employees and their immediate families were celebrating the once a year Family Day, where visitors walked amidst the H-Bomb mock-ups. In the current artwork, The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age, I digitally integrated a photograph of each member of my family into a relevant artwork created by Roy Lichtenstein. I then selected a word from the nuclear glossary that related to each collaged image. This ironic juxtaposition has a disturbing effect, purposefully conveying a critical attitude toward nuclear projects. Lichtenstein also created ironic work. His adherence to traditional structure along with his use of images selected from narratives of corporately endorsed domestic, romantic and consumer activities illuminates the irony available in my work. The nuclear era coincides with the era represented in Lichtenstein's work, making for a natural historical overlay. But just as Lichtenstein denaturalized scenes that were meant to represent an everyday life, my work denaturalizes what the corporate and scientific worlds worked to naturalize in nuclear power and nuclear weapons. The photographs of members of my own family incorporated into Lichtenstein artwork exist in a space of detachment and ironic distance, wherein the viewer is able to contemplate the harrowing juxtaposition of family and nuclear bombs.

Gyongy Laky: CROSSOVER

May 3 - June 9, 2012

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30
251 Post Street, Suite 210 (1/2 blk from Union Square)