Figure and Portrait Classes

Deb Danziger

El Cerrito artist Deb Danziger, who received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, will teach Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, and Portrait Drawing classes through West Contra Costa Adult Education beginning the last week of February. Classes are for students at all levels and offer a grounding in technical skills while allowing for students to grow at their own pace and ability. Students will work from a live model in the figure drawing and figure painting classes and take turns being the model in portrait drawing classes. The upcoming session runs for six weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays as follows:

Figure Painting -Tuesdays from 10 am – 1 pm (beginning on 2/24);

Portrait drawing – Tuesdays from 2 pm – 5 pm (beginning on 2/24);

Figure Drawing – Thursdays from 2 pm – 5 pm (beginning on 2/26).

Classes cost $75 for the six week session, plus model fees where applicable. For more information and to sign up for classes, please visit the West Contra Costa Adult Education websiteYou can also see more of Deb’s work and a sample of student work on her website:

Plein Air Schedule – February

We meet every Thursday, at 11am.   If the weather is against us, please be aware there may be nobody else at the site or people may decide to leave by 11:15 am. You can call 510-914-8226 (Charlotte’s cel phone) for more information on Thursday mornings.

Feb 5th- LIVE OAK PARK,  Shattuck Ave & Berryman, Berkeley – (Marie Cotter suggested this site a year ago.) From El Cerrito, I drove along Martin L King Blvd to Rose St., turned left (toward the hills) and left again on Walnut. There are other ways such as the Arlington Circle to Shattuck and downward toward Walnut Square & Rose St.. On Walnut St the east side of the park there is an interesting house with a pretty garden and wisteria and perhaps “tulip” trees which should flower sometime in February?

Feb 9th – PROGRAM MEETING. EC Community Center 7007 Moeser Ln. at 7:30 pm.

Feb 12th – VIEW FROM MADERA RD. – Requested by Sue Collins Take Arlington Blvd to the area of the fire station (near Potrero) Turn downhill onto Madera Rd and then turn again onto Madera Circle (first right) and continue a short distance to the view area beyond houses & fence. There is a great view of the Bay and of the city in the foreground.

Feb 19th – Botanical Garden, TILDEN PARK – (Suggested by Barbara Daniell.) Enter Tilden from the intersection of Spruce/Grizzly Peak Blvd onto Wildcat Canyon Rd. Follow this to the the point that Shasta Rd enters Tilden. The Brazil Bldg is on your left, parking lot entrance is just beyond the junction. Views include the hills and Tilden Botanical Garden just beyond. You can also enter Tilden by the Shasta Rd entrance from Grizzly Peak Blvd.

Feb 26th – A NEW VIEW OF MT. TAM from the END OF GILMAN ST, Berkeley (Discovered by Linda Oppen!) Take Gilman St toward the Bay, under the freeway and past the stables. Drive straight ahead as long as possible, then look for a food truck, the picnic table, and a little spit of land all truly in the same straight line as Gilman. You can also continue along the water’s edge, on the road leading up to but not into the racetrack and stable parking area. This is a site where the subject (Mt Tamalpais) may not be viewable if it is foggy.

Alyss Dorese showing Jewelry as Art currently at Payn’s Stationery

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Framed pieces of one of a kind necklaces made of polymer clay and wire from January 13 through March 17 at Payn’s.

Alyss Dorese studied painting and sculpture at the Art Student’s League in NYC under Chaim Gross and Moses Soyer. She stopped painting and sculpting for a period of twenty years, instead establishing a career in book publishing in New York. In 1985, while serving on a jury panel, by chance she met a potter who encouraged her to go back to art and try working in clay. She learned the wheel and continued to pot until 1992, when she moved from New York to Palm Springs, Ca. There she enrolled in The College of the Desert and began taking pottery classes from Professor Ron Evans. Professor Evans encouraged her to alter wheel forms combining them with hand and slab building and for the next years created whimsical ceramic life size animals.

Moving to Berkeley 7 years ago, she set up her studio at the Berkeley Potters Guild on 4th and Jones. Soon thereafter, she found her interest in clay ebbing and put all her pottery equipment in storage including her wheels and kiln. Her interests turned to working in Polymer clay, working in a small space, using a toaster oven rather than a kiln, designing one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Her interest in photography was limited to pictures taken while traveling, until she had some of her travel pictures published in travel magazines. She started to carry her Canon DSL camera with her at all times and shooting locally. Greeting cards featuring some of her photographs are available at Payn’s Stationery.

Alyss Dorese’s sculptures have received awards from The Palm Springs Museum and The El Cerrito Art Show and her photographs have received awards from The El Cerrito Art Show, have been featured in a Florida’s digital exhibition, and this last year on a billboard on 42nd Street & Broadway in New York. She has had solo shows of her jewelry and photography at The French Hotel as well as photography and sculpture exhibited at the El Cerrito Annual Art Show. The cover of the El Cerrito Art Association’s brochure features one of her photographs.


Lisa Yount at City Hall January 20 – February 26

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Lisa Yount is happy to announce that she will have a solo show of new digital fantasy collages featuring flame fractals, “Fractal Fantasies 2,” in the upstairs gallery of the El Cerrito City Hall, 10900 San Pablo Avenue, from January 20 through February 26. She will hold a reception for the exhibit on Saturday, January 24, at the City Hall from 2 to 4 PM. Lisa’s work can also be viewed at the City Hall any weekday during business hours and on her website,

Time to Renew Your Membership for 2015


It is time to renew your membership for the Art Association. The ECAA board has agreed to once again keep the dues at $30 ($35 for family) for renewing members.

The El Cerrito Art Association has had a wonderful year of programs and shows. So many of our members are active artists and generously contribute to the board, committee, gallery shows, 4th of July Show and Annual Show. This makes our group successful in its mission of supporting art in our community.

You will find attached the renewal form. Please:
1. print & fill out the dues renewal form (you may indicate information corrections on your renewal form if you would rather not email the information)
4. Make check out to ECAA
5. Mail to June Hunt, 1877 Yosemite Rd., Berkeley, CA 94707

Your dues are due by January 17.
Renewing members once again pay only $30, however, if you pay after January 31 you will be considered a new member who must pay $35.

Attached is last year’s 2014 Membership Directory and a 2015 Renewal Form.

Dues renewal form2015

Dues renewal form2015


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