COVER by Charles Lewis
(oil on canvas). Charles Lewis is sometimes associated with the hip underground
art movement called Pop Surrealism, known for its strange humor and imaginary
or juxtaposed objects. His latest series, the Toy Portraits, uses a formal
still life style to depict antique toys and folk art objects from his
travels set against the quirkiness of his surrealist leanings. Yellow
Monkeys #2 features an old pair of carved wooden monkeys he rescued
one day from the chaos of a market in Kathmandu. Monkeys are an ancient
motif in Nepalese folk art. Its hard, however, to find the truly
old ones, especially in the original matched pairs because they are easily
damaged and separated. "These yellow monkeys have real charm, with their
gentle, enigmatic, yet curious and questioning smiles," Lewis says. Charles
Lewiss art is available at the Mendocino
Art Center and can be seen at www.charleslewisart.com.
June Issue: Table of Contents
F E A T U R E :
by Risa Nye, Christine Parsons, and Rachel Sarah
Three women explore the faces of Dadthe dreamer, the dandy, and the doterand discover his lasting imprint on their adulthood.
EAST BAY LIFE Seedlings
Horticulturist Annie Hayes cultivated a love for uncommon botanicals into the blossoming business Annies Annuals.
Kill a snail, save a flower. Our yoga-limber gardener confronts his inner murderer when faced with an army of magnolia-munching mollusks.
SHOPPING AROUND Let
the Sun Shine In
The money it costs up front to put solar panels on your roof might flow back like the warm sunshine through an open window.
D E P A R T M E N T S
UP FRONT Family
Eating a meal together strengthens the family bond. What about making art together? A new program in Oakland builds community pride by bringing families together to paint, draw, and sculpt.
CRITICS CHOICE Tunes in the crypt on the Summer Solstice Films from the frontiers of gender identity Kabuki classic at Zellerbach Ballet by a Russian genius Art for the visually challenged.
Shop Talk News about great shops and restaurants in your neighborhood.
DINING GUIDE The Monthlys menu of local restaurants.
MARKETPLACE The Monthlys catalog of goods and services.
The Kilduff File Ohmega Man
Ohmega Salvage owner Steve Drobinsky reminisces about dumpster diving.
Kartoon Korner Cartoons from around the country.