Thursday, September 1, 2016

'Metal: It’s Only Natural’ A Collaborative Exhibition: MAG, NCEG, & ACCI

A Collaborative Exhibition: MAG, NCEG, &
ACCI Gallery Berkeley, CA , October 1st - 21st, 2016
Opening Reception October 8th

'Stages: Agapanthus' by Holly J Carter,
Photography by G. Post
'Metal: It’s Only Natural’

Metals are intense.

Typically hard and shiny, they are strong but malleable.
They can be stretched, fused, and drawn into fine wire.
They can be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking. They readily carry electricity and heat. Their atoms are in a virtual “sea” of outer electrons that jump from atom to atom. They are stable but possess the ability to change.

We depend on their unique natural qualities for industry,
commerce… and for art.

An exhibition of jewelry and sculptural artwork from members of the Metal Arts Guild, the Northern California Enamel Guild, and the ACCI Gallery that explore the boundaries, integration /
collision, and diversity of the natural qualities of metal as well as its relation to the natural world.

The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is an organization of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals.

The Northern California Enamel Guild (NCEG) is made up of enamelists working to create community through sharing the enamel arts, glass fused to metal.  

Guild members include professional and emerging artists, from the beginner to the master craftsperson. They are comprised of educators, students, collectors, hobbyists, production artists, writers, and supporters.

Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc. (ACCI), located in the heart of North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, is a
member-based community of artisans, artists, and art patrons.

Dates of Exhibition: October 1 - October 21
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 5 - 9 pm

ACCI Gallery
1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 843-2527
Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

Exhibition: Northern California Enamels presented by Lireille Gallery

'Century Agave Brooch' by Holly J Carter

 Northern California Enamels presented by Lireille  
Exhibition Date: July 12 - September 10, 2016
Reception Date: 6 -8pm July 22, 2016
Gallery Hours: Mon 12 – 6  Tue – Sat 10:30 – 6  
3980 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: 510-547-3455

Participating Artists: 

  Brooke Battles, Holly Carter, Collette, Christine Finch, Duane Fitzgerald, Ed Lay, Devon Matlock, Shirley Prini, Wei Lah Poh, Gail Reid, 
Monica Schmidt, Olivia Shih, Judy Stone, Zhou Zoe Yuan, 
Steve VanDyk, Iris Willow, Jiadai Katrina Wu

About the Exhibit: 
    Collectors and others interested in enamel art will find this summer particularly invigorating with all the options for seeing both historical and current enameling. Northern California Enamels overlaps with the traveling exhibit Little Dreams in Glass and Metal, a retrospective of American enameling, at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. 
    As an adjunct activity, The Center for Enamel Art will sponsor an all-day East Bay bus tour to enamelists’ studios and enamel exhibitions, a day designed for collectors and other lovers of the medium.  Lireille and its enamels exhibition will be one of the exciting stops on that tour. The dates for Northern California Enamels at Lireille are July 12 to September 10, to coincide with not only the Little Dreams show, but the American Craft Council show in San Francisco. 
    Lireille is an jewelry gallery dedicated to promote art jewelry awareness and availability to the general public and push the creativity boundaries in art jewelry. A jewelry gallery located at 3980 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  
For additional information, please contact Yan Liu at or 510.547.3455.
    The Center for Enamel Art advances and preserves the art and technology of enameling by nourishing and expanding the enamel community and serving as a catalyst through education, economic development and partnerships.  For information about the Center for Enamel Art, please contact Judy Stone at

      The Northern California Enamel Guild supports enamel artists and the art of enameling through encouragement, information, instruction, fellowship, and inspiration. NCEG is a charitable, not-for-profit, volunteer organization sponsored by membership fees, donations, and volunteers. Members are comprised of enamelists, teachers, students, galleries, and enamel patrons.
   The Northern California Enamel Guild is made up of enamelists from a wide range of backgrounds, working to create community through sharing news and events, ideas, resources, techniques and questions about the enamel arts. Everyone is welcome to join, from the beginner to the master craftsperson, teachers and students, production enamel artists, hobbyists, enamel collectors and supporters. Each member serves a vital part in making the Guild work for our community.
All rights reserved. 

Holly Carter

ACCI Seconds Sale August 2016

I will be selling here. Please join me.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Artful Play Richmond

‘Artful Play Richmond’ is excited to share that we are a PLAY 60, Play On grant winner!

In conjunction with Community Ventures, as a fiscal sponsor, Darlene Rios Drapkin of Urban Transformation,                              and Holly J Carter as the lead designer and “play” artist, ‘Artful Play Richmond’ was awarded a $24,000 grant                                           from PLAY 60, Play On, an initiative presented by the 50 Fund and the NFL Foundation. Putting kids and families first in the San Francisco Bay Area by transforming everyday spaces into places for play.
Guided by KaBOOM!, grantees will deliver “play everywhere” - creative and  innovative neighborhood projects have made balanced and active play more easily accessible so kids can thrive.
The number of kids positively impacted grew in the months leading up to Super Bowl 50 as playful
transformations occurred at grocery stores, in empty lots, on sidewalks, crosswalks and closed streets all over the Bay Area.

Today, 50 Fund and the NFL Foundation have awarded $750,000 to 21 Bay Area cities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and
This grant has helped us fund the ‘Artful Play Richmond’ project including an Artful Play Welcome Area at Grant Elementary School, an Artful Play walk through a Richmond neighborhood, and an Event to celebrate the finish of the project. Please like our Artful Play Event on Facebook!

Grant Artful Play Welcome Area                   
Provides an Artful waiting and play area for the community, parents, and siblings of Grant Elementary School, especially those in the after school program in order to alleviate unsafe waiting/lining up in the
parking lot and engage them in creative play.