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Cover | Gail Ragains

Friends (acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48). Gail Ragains compares her style of painting to the improvisations of a jazz musician. She begins each painting with a strong foundation of color, and abstracts it in subsequent layers of paint. She considers herself an extremely physical and expressive painter. "The more I can move and dance around the canvas, the more connected I am to the painting," she says. Her use of bold, gestural brushstrokes and colors puts her work in line with the history of Abstract Expressionism, yet her depiction of the human body evokes the style and subject of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. The artist lives and works out of Redwood City. She has exhibited her work in multiple solo shows throughout the Bay Area and group shows in California, Boston, and Canada. In 2012, San Francisco Magazine featured her as one of the "Eight Artists to Watch." Ragains is represented by SLATE contemporary (473 25th St., Uptown Oakland). Open Thursday through Saturday, noon–5pm, and by appointment. Learn more at and

NEXT MONTH: The East Bay is full of creative characters, and Paul Kilduff catches up with one, Bryan Ware of Danville, for the inside scoop on how recycling Crayons for the Crayon Initiative colors the lives of those it touches. Restaurant reviewer Ethan Fletcher heads to Sweetgreen, the seasonal fast-food chain and interloper that's now in the space of iconic Oscar's in Berkeley. And an excerpt from the recently published Hiding in Plain Sight recounts the torture horrors of Abu Ghraib.

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July 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Betrayal Comes in Many Forms
Summer essayists contemplate personal moments of disloyalty, sharing their stories that range from a failing body and objection to war to peer pressure and loss of faith.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  Isolation of the Worst Kind
Sarah Shourd's The Box rips the use of solitary confinement in Ameria.
By Reese Erlich.

DINING REVIEW |  Skewered by Tradition
An uncompromising Japan-trained chef dives deep into the chicken pond at Hina Yakitori.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Sarah Seiter
Good seed or evil weed? An OMCA curator explains a trippy show.
By Paul Kilduff

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