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Magic Flute: A Conversation with Marvin Sanders I met Marvin Sanders during a film festival at Berkeley Art Center. At the time, Sanders ran the Sunday evening music series there. On the first evening of film screening, Sanders was there to help at the front desk. Chatting with him, I discovered he plays the flute.      "Jazz?" I asked.      "You say that because I’m black, don’t you?" he replied.         I was taken aback, but realized I’d been offered an opening to a deeper level of conversation. I admitted he was right and ... Apr 2, 2007, 21079 reads


 

Interview: Carl Worth: Birth of an Art Center, May 19, 2007 This was a public program at the Berkeley Art Center celebrating its 40th anniversity. Keynoting the evening is an interview with founding director, Carl Worth, by Richard Whittaker.  Director Jill Jimenez:  Hello, everyone. This is one the events I was most looking forward to here at our 40th Anniversary Celebration. Richard Whittaker has been doing our Berkeley Treasures Interview Series for about two years. It’s a wonderful series because it puts us in touch with some of the people we hear about, but don’t ever have access to. When we were talking about ... Sep 28, 2007, 11161 reads


 

Conversation with Jane Baker: Working Assets San Francisco 12/08/08 My first acquaintance with Jane Baker came at a dinner party at a friend's house. I left with a strong impression that stayed with me, but a year was to pass before we met again. That happened thanks to Leigh Hyams who was in town for an exhibit of her own work at Meridian Gallery. A couple of days after Leigh's opening, the three of us got together for breakfast at Jane's house. It was one of those memorable occasions when conversation flows almost magically from one wonderful story into another. "You should visit her at her studio," Leigh ... Feb 19, 2009, 10096 reads


 

Mike Mansfield and the Power of Integrity: Mike Mansfield worked with some of the world's most powerful people as the longest serving majority leader of the United States Senate. Under tremendous pressure he maintained an open and inquiring intelligence, an ability to listen, an uncompromising integrity and a quiet humor. Working for Senator Mansfield I was inspired by his example. I began to realize that it was essential to listen to what people said and not only to what I wanted to hear. I saw that help was available if I had the capacity to be open to it. --Kathleen Branagan I had lunch last week with the man I think ... Dec 11, 2014, 4132 reads


 

Koan: A Conversation with Vaea Marx: I first heard of Vaea Marx from John Toki. Vaea is an old family friend of the Toki family. John’s parents founded Leslie Ceramics Supply in Berkeley in 1946. Their business was built on integrity and a deep spirit of support for both aspiring and established artists who came into their shop, first as customers and then, quite often, as friends.        John told me stories of Vaea and Peter Voulkos, both friends of the Tokis, who worked closely together for decades. Then one day artist Ann Weber handed me a catalog saying, “Here’s an artist you ... Apr 9, 2015, 9985 reads


 

Remembering Robert Lax—A Conversation with Steve Georgiou: My introduction to S. T. Georgiou came via his most recent book: In the Beginning Was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax. The name rang a bell. It was buried in memory, but wrapped in an aura connected with Thomas Merton. I’d never followed up on Lax and had forgotten about him long ago. So I was surprised to find myself suddenly alert in front of that name.      The book had arrived with Georgiou’s handwritten note. Perhaps I’d take an interest. It happened that I was headed for a getaway. Perfect. In addition to the beauty of the northern Oregon ... May 11, 2017, 2453 reads


 

James Hajicek: To Fall in Darkness: Gifts of Suffering/Gifts of Rejoicing Contributing editor Jane Rosen brought the photography of James Hajicek to my attention. The work made a strong impression with its mysterious quality, evocative of an intersection in the world of night where elements of the solid world meet spirit, a place of the unconscious where one can imagine transformation.      In a note to me, Hajicek wrote that this work came at a time "in the middle of my life when one has to face everything that one has previously engaged in (and believed in) and realizes one has essentially been lost, wandering aimlessly, or at best just ... Jun 4, 2001, 10798 reads


 

Upward Mobility: Timothy grew up on the wrong side of the railroad tracks; he lived on the West side, which was the wrong side of town because it was where the prevailing winds dumped the black sooty smoke of passing locomotives. The way the wind blew also determined certain prevailing socio-economic attitudes: there were the clean, country-clubbing, martini-sipping High Caucasians on the East side, and the dirty lot of beer-guzzling fist-fighting mongrels breaking chairs over heads at the Blue Goose Tavern on the West side.   On the West side, the railroads directly affected daily life. On Monday, ... Jul 7, 2012, 2561 reads


 

Interview with SaÏd Nuseibeh: The Bond of Mystical Beauty One afternoon I got a call from DeWitt Cheng: there was some interesting work at the Scott Nichols Gallery—photography by Saïd Nuseibeh. A few days later I went over to see the show for myself. DeWitt was right. Nichols was there and I asked him how to contact the photographer. He picked up a phone, dialed a number and handed me the receiver. Nuseibeh was on the other end. A week later I found myself standing outside Nuseibeh’s front door high in the inner Sunset District of San Francisco. It was foggy and there was a chill in the air. Saïd and I had met a ... Aug 1, 2005, 37569 reads


 

East and West: The Work of Jane Rosen Two years ago, Jane Rosen resigned her teaching position as a member of the art faculty at the Univer-sity of California at Berkeley. Her decision surprised me. She was a popular teacher and her drawing classes were always packed full. For a couple of years, Jane had mused about the possibility of giving drawing workshops, but it hadn’t seemed very concrete, and surely that was only a piece of the puzzle. I wondered what she would do.      Rosen grew up in New York City where, early on, she established important connections in the artworld. As her career began ... Dec 1, 2007, 4088 reads


 
 

A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being flagged down by a ... Read More 712768 views


The Dumpster      “We can’t use these. They look like ... Read More 130526 views


Cotton and Silk Vorbeck quilt, detail I’m working on the last panel of a pair of ... Read More 6209 views


Remember to Remember - Nicholas Hlobeczy I had the pleasure of getting to know the late Nicholas Hlobeczy over a ... Read More 88201 views


A Conversation with Silas Hagerty I met Silas, a young man in his twenties from New England, at a servicespace.org ... Read More 56861 views


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A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being flagged down by a ... Read More 712768 views


Interview with Bill Douglass—Jimbo's Bop City and Other Tales At the time I'd first gotten to know the widely respected jazz musician Bill ... Read More 359604 views


Greeting the Light It was thanks to artist Walter Gabrielson that I was able to get in touch with ... Read More 290646 views


Interview: Gail Needleman Gail Needleman teaches music at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. ... Read More 179270 views


Interview: Stephen De Staebler John Toki encouraged me to interview his old friend and mentor, sculptor Stephen ... Read More 149058 views


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