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Cover | Boyd Gavin

Bikes (oil on canvas) Boyd Gavin's exquisitely playful paintings of simple objects like bicycles, marbles, flowers, and still lifes taken from casual interiors infuse art with everyday life and vice-versa. Known for his loose, confident style that effortlessly captures a scene, Gavin has explained: "I'm drawn to the quirky shorthand style of artists like Fairfield Porter or David Park who seems to invest even the homeliest of subjects with an offhand grandeur." Other influences include Wayne Thiebaud, Greg Kondos, and Richard Diebenkorn—artists whose work similarly reflects a uniquely Californian brightness and ease. A longtime presence in the Northern California art scene, Gavin earned his bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz and his master's from CSU Sacramento. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including at the San Jose Museum of Art, the Memorial Union Gallery at UC Davis, and the Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento. Courtesy of Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., San Francisco, 415-392-2299, and 1328 Main St., St. Helena, 707-200-5050.

Through April 27,
The Monthly is accepting personal essays (nonfiction, first-person prose) of up to 900 words for possible publication in our summer literary issue. The theme:
This left me speechless
Please interpret "This left me speechless" in any way that resonates with you. A distinct, compelling voice is what we're after here, along with writing that's specific and personal. As a regional magazine, we prioritize submissions from those who live or work in the East Bay. To submit, paste your essay into your email to and also attach it as a Word document. No exceptions: Include your name, email address, and phone number in the body of your email and at the top of your essay. Use "Summer Essay Submission" in your subject line.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 27

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April 2015 Issue:
Table of Contents

ENVIRONMENT |  Sheet Mulching Catches On
The zero-waste recipe for converting lawns to low-water gardens finds fans in the East Bay. 
By Anne Weinberger.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions 
ART | Art Murmur 2.0
The Oakland art scene grows—and grows up.
By Dewitt Cheng.

DINING REVIEW |  Tigerlily
Enchanting Indian-fueled fusion brings a secret-circus feel to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto.
By Anneli Rufus.

The Kilduff File |  Chris Burley
A modern-day Johnny Appleseed and Oaklander plants wildflowers for the bees.. 
By Paul Kilduff

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Editor’s Note:
a look at this month’s issue and commentary on life in the East Bay

Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories

Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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