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Cover | Father Arthur Poulin

Olive Trees (acrylic on canvas). Father Poulin is a Camaldolese monk and artist who lives at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley. Poulin builds his landscapes on black canvases, applying up to 25 layers of black gesso before outlining his drawings in white chalk. He then adds layer after layer of color, first with broad strokes, then with ever-smaller brushes. Poulin calls the style “contemplative.” Olive Trees was inspired by trees he saw on a recent trip to Umbria, Italy. For information about his original paintings, contact the artist at (510) 845-0601. His work is on exhibit until March 11 at the I. Wolk Gallery in St. Helena, (707) 963-8800. Poulin’s cards are available at ACCI Gallery, 1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.



March 2006 Issue: Table of Contents

FEATURE | Oakland’s Happy Hour
Downtown Oakland used to feel about as lively at night as Mountain View Cemetery. But have you been there lately? With 14 new art galleries and almost 40 newly opened restaurants and cafés joining hopping new nightclubs and bars, the Oakland end of Telegraph may soon give Berkeley a run for its money. By Mike Rosen-Molina

Up Front | Natural Selection
Public school teachers are under a lot of pressure to ramp up the basics. So how does learning about the environment fit in—or does it? By Paul Belz

In Faro’s Garden | Marking Territory
Faro and Flora decide to cohabitate, politely merging households. But when it comes to sharing the garden, the gloves are off. By R.E. Faro

First Person | Tarantulove
After struggling with a childhood fear of spiders, a woman overcomes her arachnophobia by sheer force of will—and a close encounter with a hairy eight-legger. By Susan Chernak McElroy

Shopping Around | On the Cutting Edge
Whether you’re thinking about a complete kitchen remodel or a modified “face-lift,” consider these classic and innovative countertop materials to bring your kitchen’s surfaces up to date. By Kate Madden Yee

The Kilduff File | Travus T. Hipp
Broadcasting around the world from the bathtub. By Paul Kilduff



Critic’s Choice

Shop Talk

Boutique Bazaar

Food for Thought

Dining Guide

Marketplace: Home & Garden

Marketplace: Personal & Creative Services

Kartoon Korner



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