Sunburst (acrylic on canvas). Father Arthur Poulin, monk and artist, tries to reflect in his paintings the stunning, sacred beauty that is mirrored everywhere in creation — Sunburst, for example, depicts the sun over Big Sur. In the contemplative process Father Poulin has developed, he begins by covering the canvas with black gesso (as many as 25 layers). He then adds minute brush strokes and tiny dots of color that grow into a whole through a sacred journeying from darkness to light, from the unknown to the known, from chaos to unity. Currently, Father Poulin is preparing for a September exhibit (opening on Labor Day weekend) in Napa Valley at the I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, and also at Ma(i)sonry, Yountville. For more info: iwolkgallery.com/galleries/artists/ father_arthur_poulin.php.
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The Summer of Gertrude Stein is in full swing, with major exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum focused on the avant-garde writer, Parisian expatriate, and Picasso collector who grew up in—of all places—Oakland. Our co-editor Autumn Stephens, author of the Wild Women book series, takes a look at the East Bay origins of the girl who grew up to be, as she liked to proclaim, “a genius.” By Autumn Stephens
UP FRONT |
Ever since school let out for summer, 56 underserved middle-school students have been spending their days at Cal Performances’ annual AileyCamp, learning dance and vital life skills—for free—from the pros at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. On Aug. 4, the transformed teens go public with a performance at Cal’s Zellerbach Hall. By Rita Felciano
EAST BAY LIFE |
The windswept Berkeley pier offers panoramic views. But for fans of the much loved fishing spot, it’s not about admiring what’s off in the distance—it’s about bonding with the person right next to you on the pier. By Thomas Page McBee
SHOPPING AROUND |
Forget the #2 pencils and college-ruled notebook paper—back-to-school shopping these days is all about the cool lunch kit, the eco thermos, and the adorable, multi-compartmental bento box. Eat, drink, and be wary of nasty chemicals. By Kate Madden Yee
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