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Alumnus Mike Holmes (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1984) is a cofounder of the San Francisco metal arts and jewelry gallery Velvet da Vinci, which this year celebrates its 23rd anniversary. It is located in a former furniture factory at 2015 Polk Street in Russian Hill, and organizes 10 to 12 exhibitions a year.
In its early years, Velvet da Vinci mostly showed local jewelers that Holmes met through the Metal Arts Guild. Some of them are still with the gallery, including Deborah Lozier, who has taught at CCA since 1994.
Then, after a few years, it began to expand internationally, first working with the British Crafts Council. Over the next two decades, its stature grew enormously, and it now represents artists from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Japan.
Holmes fondly remembers studying with the late Marty Streich and Florence Resnikoff. Resnikoff was then chair of the program and a founder of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area. Holmes held a part-time job as her tech while he studied at CCA.
Velvet da Vinci shows the work of faculty members David Cole and Deborah Lozier as well as numerous CCA alumni:
Elisa Bongfeldt (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1994)
Karen Gilbert (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1994)
Garry Knox Bennett (Sculpture 1961)
Diane Komater (BFA 1983)
Orfeo Quagliata (Wood/Furniture 1999)
Kay Sekimachi (Textiles 1955)
Sayumi Yokouchi (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1996)