The Alameda Artworks was purchased by Falko Forbrich in 1991 with the conviction that artists should have an affordable workspace available to them. Formerly a skating rink, the space is now home to dozens of rentable artist studios. A few times a year, the artists open their doors and host an open studio for the public.
February 17 at 7pm, the artists will open their doors for Content Magazine to celebrate the release of Issue 8.0 Explore. Pick up the first issue of 2016, grab a glass a wine (21+), and listen to acoustic performances throughout the night while exploring the works of over 30 local artists in their open studios.
’s abstract paintings are based on memories and reflections of cities and places. Each painting is a collage of locations she has visited: Florence, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The heart of her work is to focus the perception of time and place into the present. Amanda Danitschek
Art has always been a part of ’s life, with a passion focused mainly on painting and poetry. She has developed apps to teach languages that incorporate original artwork into the design. With rich life experiences in two very different cultures (Israel and the United States) and a background in both art and science, her art is always seeking to bridge gaps and tell stories. Ayelet Gal-On
creates abstract paintings inspired by organic shapes found in nature. The limited color palettes and translucent layers in her paintings convey different moods of seasons. Currently living as a full-time artist in Fremont, Samdani is represented by City Art Gallery in San Francisco and has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Islamic Art Exhibit at the Sun Gallery in Hayward and Triton Museum in San Jose. Ayesha Samdani
is an Eclectic-Impressionist with a degree in Fine Arts, master’s in Instructional Technology, and a doctorate degree. Her art exhibitions always narrate a story beyond her canvas that words may not be able to convey. Her themes have been influenced by Frida Kahlo and the Impressionists. For her, exploration, discovery, and creation are essential factors in the completion of an artist’s understanding of her surroundings. Bernadette Escalona-Cooper
Carmen Arjona-Ariza’s journey toward a unique artistic identity has grown from intellectual observation and representation to a freer spirit of creation where passion, color, and abstract composition flow from the moment. She extends an invitation to viewers to connect their journey with hers as they interact with her exploration of identity.
’s paintings are inspired by drawings from life, photographs she takes or finds, or simply intuition when she works abstractly. Currently painting with acrylics, her choice of subject matter tends to be natural forms—in addition to portraits and figures. She has always found rocks and bones to be very appealing. Carol Greene
’s formal art studies began in Southern California at Grossmont and Southwest Colleges. In 1973, she studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. Her interest in art began very early, but she only began painting sea life when she was inspired by the beautiful jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She portrays sea life in realism and sea fossils in whimsical collage. Char Ortiz
After nearly 50 years as a motion graphics designer and art director in New York and Hollywood, is now working on her fine arts full-time. She paints and sculpts in her studio at The Alameda Artworks. Chris Bunz
As mixed media artist in acrylics and photography, ’s career focused primarily on new mediums, with an Apple Grant in 1990 in San Diego. Moving to the Bay Area, she developed a Mac Faculty Center, Title V grant at Chabot College and has been a part of The Alameda Artworks since 1996. In addition to the South Bay, her work has been shown in San Francisco’s SOMA, Whimsy Gallery in Chicago, Seattle Downtown Artwalk, and galleries in Los Angeles. Deanna Beye
Deborah Bache Matlack studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and then spent three months studying paintings in the major art museums of Europe. Her interest is portraiture, and her principal medium is pastel, though oil is a close second. She holds a Distinguished Membership in The Pastel Society of the West Coast and a Signature Membership in Pastel Society of America, Sierra Pastel Society, and Society of Western Artists.
’s Donald Bruce Wright Still Life Jazz series takes the traditional art world standard of a floral still life and then reinterprets it in a completely modern way. While generally maintaining the concept of flowers displayed in a vessel, these still lifes exist only in the mind of the artist. Creating these bold, energetic, floral-like inventions within a traditional format allows the work to project the contradictory sense of being somehow familiar yet fresh.
Doug Dodd looks for different ways to express his ideas and expand the audience of his work. His love for carousel animals and vehicles has led him to carve them into children’s rockers. The designs range from a simple silhouette of a dolphin to full 3D carvings of a seahorse and a scaled down motorcycle fit for a 4-year-old.
Gerald (Jerry) Louis Di Salvo, born and raised in San Jose, received a Bachelor Degree from San Jose State University. He has always had an interest in the art of others, so after retiring from a career as a Commercial Real Estate Broker, he pursues his interest in the field of art: initially with sculpture and more recently with painting oil on canvas. Generally self-taught, but with ongoing lessons from various artists, he continues to strive to find a place in the world of art.
Gloria Huet is a mosaic of different cultures: born in South Korea, immigrated to the US as a teenager, and married a French man from Africa and France. Further, her experience of working as an engineer and now an artist provides an additional layer. These opposing fields lend not only a balance, but also an understanding that they have overlapping qualities: there is much that is analytical in creating art, and much creativity in scientific endeavors.
“The artwork is what you make it—the process is how I make it.” Often deconstructed and unrecognizable in form, the meaning of ’s artwork is usually shifted in a way that is left for the viewer to interpret. By applying abstraction, he creates an experience where one will focus either on the overall piece itself or specific details of the process taken. Greg Tariff
is best known in San Jose as “the fruit lady” for her giant-sized fruit and vegetable pillows. As a self-taught fiber artist, she explores the possibilities of fabric and utilitarian components like pool noodles, sand, and cellophane. Most of her work deals with size and the emotional response to seeing everyday objects reduced or enlarged. Instead of making the viewer feel small and helpless, the pieces evoke the sweetness and bewilderment of childhood. Jumbo Jibbles
attended San Jose State and received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, with her master’s show at San Jose Museum of Art. After twenty-seven years in telecommunications, she came back to painting. She mainly paints California landscapes, still lives, and dogs in oils. Paintings are loosely painted with strokes showing. Although somewhat abstract, the subject matter is always visible. Katy Kindig
Art is a major part of ’s search for a deeper meaning in life. She believes that art takes people to a place where the rational mind cannot go, a place closer to what humans truly are. Kushlani makes art to express this “inner self.” She believes that her paintings express a deeper self that defies words. Kushlani Jayasinha
studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and West Surrey College of Art & Design in England. In 1996, she moved to California, where she continued to develop an artistic style characterized by vivid botanical compositions that are a fusion of the real and the fantastic. Lucy’s artworks are in the collections of the National Art Gallery, the Petronas, the personal collection of King Halim of Malaysia, and many private collections worldwide. Lucy Liew
, M.A. is a musician, educator, and artist. Born in Los Altos Hills when orchards prevailed, she has worked as a musician, arts administrator, and educator throughout the Bay Area for over thirty years. As a mosaic artist, she is reflective of her interdisciplinary past, making work that is rooted in personal memory and connections to the people and places she loves. Lynne Strom-Berg
Having grown up in the country with an artist mother who painted landscapes, it was natural for to gravitate to landscape painting, as well. She prefers to work in watercolor, but has also taken up acrylic. Her particular interest is in the study of light as it passes over the same landscape over time. Her current series, Pat Johnson A Year on the Bay, highlights the South Bay in morning and evening light in different seasons.
has always needed to express herself through art. Whether writing, jewelry design, or painting, she has always excelled creatively. Although she specializes in murals, she is leaning towards an abstract direction, where she is able to focus on the relationship between texture, color, and composition by combining various media. She hopes her artwork engages the viewer to explore within her work a new way of viewing traditional concepts. Patti Linder-Dodd
As a visual artist, interprets the world mainly through the grand experiences of the heart—from which images emerge through her brushes, palette knives, sponges, pencils, paper fragments, and even fingers. Ultimately, her art reflects the messy, delightful, disappointing, loud, daring, quiet, and humble human experience in its imperfection, glory, mystery, and spirituality. Phyllis Anne Jenkins
creates mixed media collage and looped video posters using drawing, photography, and printmaking skills combined with a passion for digital tools. Informed by his life experiences of being an adoptee and recovering addict, Ron explores themes of pre-birth, re-birth, and transplantation with a loose, experimental approach. He earned his BA in Interdisciplinary Art from San Francisco State and an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ron Hemphill
mostly works with screen printing, acrylic paints, and oils. Her inspiration comes from her travels around the world and from her favorite artists: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Marilyn Minter. By day, she works in tech as a UX/UI Product Designer. The art she creates helps her expand her creativity and express her thoughts and dreams. Her art reflects the exploration of an alternate perspective. Sarah Cappello
Susan Babbel is a contemporary, figurative artist who redefines portraiture with her emotional portrayals of women. A degree of abstraction is achieved by eliminating backgrounds, laying context for her figures. Sorrowful, confrontational, and questioning images are created through the use of color, layering, and texture. Susan’s larger paintings are oil or acrylic on canvas, and her smaller works are gouache or watercolor on paper.
Celebrating the colors and emotions of life as a mom, teacher, and artist is what fueled ’s interest in creating art. Her paintings are inspired by her trips to Quebec, France, and California. She also has a large collection of oil and acrylic paintings. She often doesn’t fully detail the model’s face so as to let the viewer picture themselves in the painting. Sylvie Lévesque
lives and works in San Jose. Inspired by simple, geometric shapes, color, and tactile materials, she is both an artist and educator committed to rethinking the way people live with and relate to art and design. She is drawn to meditative and transformative processes, utopian impulses, and natural materials. Whether making furniture, soft sculpture, home textiles, or fine art, quality craftsmanship is at the forefront of her ethos of making. Tricia A. Stackle
Thank you to our event partners:
Alameda Artworks, Filco Events, MU Industries, San Jose Jazz, Roots and Rye, and Black Sheep Brasserie.