Gallery I

by Mark Jaeger, Artist
Curated by Susan Schneider
Gallery hours: 2pm-6pm, Mon-Sat

Title of image shown:  "#57947"
Artist Reception and Opening Tuesday, February 5  5-7pm

About the Artist:  
Mark Jaeger is an artist and a teacher, born and raised in Marin County.  Mark studied art at UCDavis and now teaches ceramics at Marin Catholic while also operating his own private studio in San Anselmo.  In his studio Mark is currently working on a commission from Clint Reilly for 9 large-scale ceramic portraits of early San Francisco founders for a site-specific venue in the heart of downtown San Francisco.  Figure & Form reflects Mark's constant investigation into the human figure through a variety of cultural and historical influences.  His work makes both connections and contradictions, seeming at once ancient and contemporary.

About the Curator:  
As a local artist Susan Schneider shares the Throckmorton Theatre's commitment to bringing our community together through the power of the arts.  She is a native to Marin County and has a deep connection to the education system in our schools. Susan graduated from California College of the Arts and has been lucky to spend most of her years in the beautiful Bay Area serving clients through painting and graphic design.  

Susan's paintings capture the Bay Area's natural beauty as well as the emotions and beauty of the people she meets. Her process begins when she sees a special moment of light in the landscape and then photographs it. Back in the studio she sets out to reinterpret that moment of light and landscape. Along with this she seeks to capture the emotional content of the moment she witnessed. Her ultimate success comes when she gets to share her painting and the moment with others.

Susan has not only served our local schools with her design talents, but she has also helped raise funds by donating her paintings at school auctions. She developed and designed the fundraising brand "Can Do!" for the Dixie School District education foundation. Recently she completed the new design for the Miller Creek Middle School logo. She is a member of the Marin Catholic Patrons of the Arts wherein she assists with graphic design and with raising funds for the school's arts program. Through her business, Critical Eye Design, she continues doing design projects, primarily creating logos and identities. Susan is currently working on painting commissions, as well as developing work for her next art show in the fall.

The Arts In Education Series is a natural convergence of Susan's commitment to the arts and to education within our community. In this series she gives both students and teachers of the arts an opportunity to shine. She focuses the light on a local arts center, the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, and on a high school arts program, the exceptionally talented art staff and students at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield.

Through The Arts In Education Series she hopes to bring light and support to art students and teachers within all our schools and wishes them continued creativity on both sides of the desk in the classroom.

The Arts In Education Series  
Curated by Susan Schneider
February 5th through May 31st
Featuring multi-disciplinary artworks by both teachers and students.

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 5-7pm
Artist:  MARK JAEGER, ceramicist and art teacher  
Figure & Form
Sculpture by Mark Jaeger
February 5th through March 3rd
Part One in The Arts In Education Series curated by Susan Schneider
Featured artwork title:  "#57947"

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, March 5th, 5-7pm
Artist:  ORIN CARPENTER, painter and art teacher  
Lost in Translation
Paintings by Orin Carpenter
March 5th through March 31st
Featured artwork title:  "Revival"

Opening Reception:  Tuesday, April 2, 5-7pm
Artist:  Andria Lo, photographer at Headlands Center for the Arts  
Cliff to Cove:  Headlands Center for the Arts
Photography by Andria Lo
April 2nd through April 30th
Featured artwork working title:  "Cliff to Cove"

Opening Reception: Tuesday May 7th,  5-7pm
Artists:  Marin Catholic High School students enrolled in painting, ceramics, and photography courses  
Paintings, Ceramics + Photography by Marin Catholic High School students
May 7th through May 31st

Gallery II

by Michael Gold
February 1st through February 28th
Gallery hours: 2pm-6pm, Mon-Sat

A brief history of Michael Gold and the quilt that is yet to be.

I was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1938 and embarked on the usual raft of the day--high school, college, career.  Somewhere along the voyage i became distracted and never reached the career stage.

Although I graduated from Cornell with a degree in psychology, obtained a professional degree from Case Western Reserve and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, the only career goal I had was retirement.

Between degree studies, I spent two years with the Peace Corps in Bolivia where I was exposed to native utilitarian and tourist crafts:  weaving, knitting, carving, painting, but no quilting.

I had a ticket to ride, and serendipity took me to San Francisco in 1971 where no one I knew had a real job, but everyone had Stewart Brand’s “Whole Earth Catalog”.  I was shown how to make a quilt, and within two months I was selling patchwork pillows in Union Square.

I fumbled my way through a variety of projects and styles, and with the encouragement of friends entered the world of craft with a booth at the 1972 Marin County Fair.

This was followed by the Planned Parenthood Craft Fair in Mill Valley, the Harvest Festival in Brooks Hall and in Sacramento.  Many more of these dues-paying events later and the discovery of the availability of machine quilting led me to make larger and more complex projects.

By that time, I had been buying some reproduction fabrics from the 19th century.  I didn’t know that all the patterns I chose had this in common; the attraction of the patterns and colors was very strong and swept me away. I am still in its grip.

The quilts of the 70s, 80s, 90s reflect both the availability of fabric and the size of my apartment.  Although I preferred making my personal take on traditional patterns, I would occasionally break out of the mold and make quilts like the “Red and Black Crazy” and hangings like “Breakthrough”.

When I took my final job in wealth management (not my own), I finally had access to a computer and found web sites that specialized in 19th century reproduction fabric, giving birth to an obsession.  Unfortunately, Dr. Phil was not available at the time.

I retired to Rochester, NY in 2006, met quilters here and kept in touch with quilters in San Francisco.  I have finally stopped buying fabric (except when on vacation in Maryland) out of concern that the fire marshal will raid my apartment and close me down.

Please enjoy this small representation of 40 years of cutting apart perfectly good fabric and reassembling the pieces.  And, as it turned out, I didn’t need any of the university degrees.

-Mike Gold
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