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COVER | David Bruce Graves

Bush, 2019 (30 x 40 inches, digital and mixed media on paper mounted to wood panel) A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, David Bruce Graves worked as an art director, illustrator, photo retoucher, and fine artist in New York City for 30 years before returning to the Bay Area where he had earned a cooperative BFA in illustration and visual communication from The Academy of Art College and The University of San Francisco in 1981. He is influenced by symbolist painters such as Gustav Klimt, Odilon Redon, and Paul Gauguin, and his Afrocentric, figure-based compositions source American history, popular culture, religion, mythology, and nature. The narratives are often open-ended and meant to engage the active participation of the viewer for interpretation. Graves' art has been exhibited at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, The Rush Gallery in New York City, The N.Y. Society of Illustrators, and the Richmond Art Center among other venues. His solo exhibit, Heaven and Earth, can be viewed at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland through Feb. 28, www.JoyceGordonGallery.com. More of his work can be seen www.DavidGravesFineArt.com.


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January 2020 Issue:


FEATURE | Can Straw Bale Buildings Help Save the Planet?
The materials may be cheaper, more sustainable, and better for the environment, but until stigma subsides and natural building scales up, this ancient building method is mired in the mud. By Katie Tandy

UPFRONT | Back With a Vengeance
Who's playing D&D these days? You might be surprised. By Julie Anderson

EDUCATION | Nature Is Their Classroom
Kids hike, learn, and thrive in Outside School. By Janis Hashe

PARENTING | The Rules Are the Rules
If the refrain "everyone is doing it" bothers you, check in. By Lisa Fernandez


CULTURE |  Verse as Mutual Aid
Poet, editor, and publisher Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel thinks of poetry as nourishment for all, a community service.
By Elise Proulx

RETAIL |  Époque Évolution Starts 2020 In Style
IAmLocal brings same-day local retail delivery to the East Bay, and an ex-TV actor opens a vintage furniture store in Alameda.
By Annie Crawford


DINING REVIEW
|  Mela Bistro
At this forward-looking Ethiopian bistro with a twist, the cabbage is purple rather than green, and teff makes its way into chocolate cake. By Katherine Hamilton

KILDUFF
THE KILDUFF FILE |  Adam Harrington
The finer points of voice-over acting explained. 
By Paul Kilduff

 

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