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Cover | Carol Aust

The Night Before (acrylic on canvas). Oakland artist Carol Aust’s figurative paintings are infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. Her influences include Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, and the German Expressionists. Aust is one of 150 artists holding open studios at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco on May 6-7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 101, basement #303. She is represented by the Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael ( and Studio Gallery in San Francisco ( View her work at




April 2006 Issue: Table of Contents

FEATURE | East Bay Aftershocks
When the 1906 quake shook and nearly destroyed San Francisco, the East Bay inherited a massive influx of new residents. While some stayed for only weeks, in homes or camps set up for refugees, many found a new life here, helping to build this region and decentralize the Bay Area economy forever.  By Mike Rosen-Molina

Up Front | Pointe Well Taken
Two teens formed a ballet company using their own choreography, auditioning their peers, selling tickets, sewing costumes, and even taking the troupe to Mexico. Six years into it, they’re taking the stage at the Roda Theater—before heading off to college.  By Rita Felciano

Architexture | Fault-Line Villa
Our newest column highlights some of the most notable buildings in the East Bay. This month we profile the Lawson House, an elegant Roman villa in the Berkeley Hills, designed by Bernard Maybeck for the geologist who discovered the San Andreas Fault. This stunning 1907 home, built from hand-mixed concrete, used mule trains to carry materials to the site. By Lauri Puchall 

Shopping Around | Crazy for Camps
It might be raining outside, but now is the time to sign your school-age children up for summer camp. Discover the East Bay’s best camps for your athletic, artistic, scientific, or just plain active kid.  By Kate Madden Yee

The Kilduff File | Arlene Blum
Climbing from a tough childhood to the top of the world. By Paul Kilduff



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