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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

Sebastopol painter Kent Rupp sometimes wonders what life would be like if he had taken a different turn in the road.
In high school, Rupp was a less-than-stellar student who had attended nine grammar schools during his first eight years of formal education because of his father's scattered work in those post-Depression years. At Alameda High School, he said, the only classes where he achieved good grades were English and art. By senior year, Rupp had decided to join the merchant marine.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Dabbling in a night of high glam nails, local San Jose consignment boutique, Black and Brown, in conjunction with Nail Jerks, mobile nail art service, indulged fellow vintage fashion lovers to an afternoon full of Floss Gloss fun.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

This year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) marks its 19th year and it seems the Undead Apocalypse has gone underground. Even this close to San Francisco’s sacred holiday, Halloween, vampires and other miscellaneous undead made nary an appearance in APE’s hallowed halls, which featured the best in alternative, small press, and self-published comics.

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Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Allison Byers

It’s not always quite this bustling, Hank Willis Thomas tells me as we make our way into his small, fifth-floor studio located in Midtown Manhattan; it’s just when he’s gearing up for a major project or a show—which, these past few years, has been more or less his perpetual state.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

As an award-winning textile artist and longtime professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Berkeley resident Lia Cook admits to a slight bias about the importance of craft to a person's emotional well-being.
"We're a visually oriented culture, one in which other senses aren't emphasized," she says. "But using your hands to make something is part of what it means to be human."

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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Allison Byers

Thinking about getting a masters degree but haven’t found the right field? California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco just made it easier, announcing three new graduate programs beginning in 2013, bringing the total number of post-professional offerings to eleven. The trio of curricula includes: a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and Landscape (MAUDL), a MFA in Comics, and a MFA in Film.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Allison Byers

Over the past fifteen years, Chad Robertson's work as a baker in the Bay Area has earned praise from giants like Alice Waters and Alain Ducasse and earned him a place in a pantheon that includes Nancy Silverton and Jim Lahey. Recently chef Daniel Patterson went as far as to say it was "common knowledge" that Robertson made the best bread in the country.

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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

With the opening of "Public Works" at California College of the Arts' new Mark Jensen-designed gallery space, Public Bikes founder Rob Forbes has returned to his design roots, along with a desire to improve city life. More than 400 art and bike enthusiasts turned out for the opening, which featured the works of more than 25 designers and illustrators, including industry heavyweights like Milton Glaser, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and Michael Schwab.

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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Michele Marti rebuilt two Victorian chairs as one, it wasn't just about furniture.
"I was single for so long, I started to notice the gestures of love," says Marti, a 26-year-old upholsterer and designer who lives in Oakland.
She found a large, boxy chair at the Alameda flea market and used a small Japanese hand saw to remove its right arm and part of its base - she then tucked a smaller ornate, rounded chair against it, built their base together and reattached the larger chair's arm to wrap around her. She called it the Lovers.

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Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

Bob Ciano was art director of Opera News magazine for three and a half years in the late 1960s. Published for members of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York, the magazine cost just 35 cents, but its covers were worth a million bucks. Ciano was the conductor of an ensemble of superb illustrators, including Milton Glaser, whose artworks were preludes to choruses of articles inside. From San Francisco, Ciano told me a little bit about these gems.

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