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COVER by Tanna Bellia

Coming Home (acrylic on canvas). Oakland painter Tanna Bellia is inspired by the art of the Bay Area figurative movement. It was the distinctive efforts of David Park, Elmer Bishoff, and Joan Brown that put the West Coast on the artistic map after World War II and later inspired Bellia to begin painting. The figurative school departed from "serious painting" by emphasizing the figure, with a bold, improvisational color palette. Bellia’s work, she says, represents her desire to connect with the deepest levels of herself and "from that place make the unseen visible on canvas." Currently showing at the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, Bellia’s paintings can be viewed on her Web site, www.tannabellia.com. Contact the artist by e-mail at tannab@aol.com.

  March Issue 2005

F E A T U R E :

Self-Serve by Lauri Puchall

A small but mighty group of concerned motorists has curtailed (even eliminated) its fossil fuel usage by switching to biofuels. This counterculture movement runs vehicles on biodiesel as an act of protest against the war in the Middle East and a strategy to help stem global warming. But locating both a source of biofuel and a diesel vehicle takes some sleuthing. How do these dedicated biofuel users make the transition?


C O L U M N S

IN FARO’S GARDEN by R.E. Faro
Perking up his sleepy winter garden with colorful perennials brings a smile to our hero’s face, until he sees the plethora of pots the plants came in. What’s an environmentally conscious gardener to do with all that wasted plastic?

SHOPPING AROUND by Amy McNamara
Hardwood floors add beauty and value to a home. But if you’re looking for something besides the traditional woods or wood laminate, consider bamboo, cork, and even salvaged wood. A growing number of East Bay stores feature environmentally friendly flooring, installation methods, and nontoxic finishes.


D E P A R T M E N T S

LETTERS

UP FRONT: People, Arts, Issues
Health: Anyone who regularly suffers from migraines will tell you that there’s no surefire cure. With head pounding, writer Vicki Liviakis has proceeded on with her life broadcasting the local TV news. But along the way she hunts for relief from that mother of all headaches. Drugs, acupuncture, hypnosis, witchcraft–can’t somebody make the pounding stop?
Critic’s Choice for March: Pen-on-paper comics; Celebrating ODC; Steve McQueen as Bullitt; Irish music migration; Scenes from a French marriage.

DINING GUIDE The Monthly’s menu of local restaurants.

MARKETPLACE The Monthly’s catalog of goods and services.

BACK TALK
The Kilduff File: Former Bobs singer Gunnar Madsen segues into children’s writing.
Kartoon Korner: Cartoons from around the country.

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