April 10 Mini Art Show

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April Plein Air Sites


Take University Avenue in Berkeley west to the end at Skates Restaurant. Turn left toward His Lord- ship’s and left into parking lot. We meet at the left (north east) corner of parking lot near Shore Bird Park. Bench, table facing Bay and the park lining the cove has tables trees, water and facilities. Clumps of trees and birms provide shelter from the wind.


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.


Take 580 toward Richmond/San Rafael Bridge, take exit 7A Continue onto Stenmark Dr. N. Follow around until parking on the left.

Follow signs to Tilden on Spruce Av, at the reservoir-Grizzly Peak intersection go straight ahead and follow Wildcat Canyon Rd, passing the Brazil Bldg, the Tilden Botanic Garden areas, continue to the last parking lot inside Tilden, (“Inspiration Point” sign and arrow) as you come out on the top of
the ridge. (The road continues to Orinda).

Mondays at Blake Gardens – For an extra day of painting, 10:30 – 12:00.

April 10 – Maj-Britt Hilstrom printmaker

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Our program for April 10th features local artist Maj-Britt Hilstrom, sculptor and printmaker whose work focuses on her passion for our earth’s water and its protection.

She will demonstrate woodblock printmaking following brief announcements at 7:30 pm, emphasizing the Japanese method of multiple color and/or print editions.

As a student of Japanese artist Toshi Yoshida, her personal technique combines Japanese and European methods, and she creates woodblock prints on various surfaces, including her own handmade paper, canvas, cloth, and lambskin suede. This program will focus on the Japanese method of multiple color and/or print editions.

Graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; MA in Art, SFSU, photo-printmaking concentration; further studies: the Yoshida Hanga Academy,Tokyo, Japan; and the Marble and Art Institute, Pietrasanta, Italy

The artist is also founder and director of Blue Bay Press.  www.Maj-BrittHilstrom.com

Pablo Villicana-Lara presents at March 13 meeting

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Our March 13 meeting will feature a painting demonstration by Pablo Villicaña-Lara, local award-winning watercolor artist and jurist.  His discovery, 20 years ago, of the tangible quality of light and clarity of color possible with watercolor compelled him to abandon all other media (oil, ceramics, pastel and textiles) to work exclusively in watercolor.

The heart of his image making has always been his love for his culture, color and spirituality. He says, “I was raised in both Mexican and American cultures; most of my paintings reflect my deep respect and connection to my Mexican Native heritage…and sometimes my quirky sense of humor.”

Bachelors of Fine Arts St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California

Masters of Fine Arts, drawing with distinction, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California

He is an art instructor as well as guest demonstrator for various art societies and conducts his own watercolor workshops.

The March 13 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For more information about the Association, see http://www.elcerritoart.org. The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.