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Cover | Debbie Claussen

Two Classics (oil on canvas). Debbie Claussen has won numerous awards for her paintings of animals. Most recently, she won the 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Poster Competition. She was featured in The Artist’s Magazine in 2004 and 2005. Claussen was accepted into the New York Dog Fanciers annual show in 2003 and into the California Watercolor Association National Show in 2002. At the Colored Pencil Society of America “Explore This” show, Claussen’s watercolor/colored pencil painting was presented with the Silver Award of Excellence. Her paintings have been finalists in The Artist’s Magazine international art contest, which receives more than 13,000 entries each year.  The inspiration for Two Classics was an orphaned greyhound-mix she met at Tony La Russa’s animal rescue in Walnut Creek. Claussen is represented by Fourth Street Studio at 1717D Fourth St. in Berkeley, (510) 527-0600;


January 2007 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE | Life Blood
As the recent partial closure of the Doctors Medical Center emergency room showed, the loss of this San Pablo hospital would have painful consequences for the entire region, including increased pressures on hospitals in Richmond and Berkeley that must contend with the overload. This is the story of patients, doctors and nurses caught up in a fight to save the hospital and the resulting implications for the East Bay. By Jason Witme

Travelogue | A Stone’s Throw
Need a vacation from the holidays? Morro Bay offers miles of trails for hiking, gently rolling roads for biking and bountiful bird- and animal-watching opportunities. And the price is right for post-holiday de-stressing. By Laura Cameron

East Bay Life  |  Thyme Share
Forward-thinking residents are organizing a food cooperative that promises to sell high-quality, sustainable, natural foods at affordable prices. By Mike Rosen-Molina

Shopping Around | The Eyes Have It
Our reporter examines eyewear from the traditional to the trendy, where to go for economical eyecare and the ins and outs of LASIK surgery. By Kate Madden Yee

The Kilduff File | Mary Roach
Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and other weird science stuff. 
By Paul Kilduff




Critic’s Choice

Boutique Bazaar

Shop Talk

Food for Thought

Dining Guide

Marketplace: Home & Garden

Marketplace: Personal & Creative Services

Kartoon Korner


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