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Hummingbird River (oil on canvas). California artist Matt Rogers synthesizes Pop art with classic Western painting, depicting timeless subjects in a wholly original and contemporary style marked by bold colors, energetic gestures, and unexpected compositions. Rogers counts California landscape painters Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park as influences, and above all, renowned painter Wayne Thiebaud, whom he considers a hero and mentor. In Rogers' work, one senses the artist's deep understanding of California's complicated, dark, bright beauty. As a lifelong resident, he knows firsthand that California's landscape is as precarious as it is idyllic—prone to devastation from earthquakes, fires, and mudslides. It is a place where utopia coexists with dystopia, and beach culture rubs shoulders with counterculture, a paradox infusing much of his work. Born in Oakland, Rogers studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives and works in St. Helena. He has shown his paintings in solo and group exhibitions in California and beyond. His exhibition Recent Paintings will be on view Dec. 9 through Jan. 5, 2017, at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Union Square, San Francisco, 415-392-2299, Meet Rogers at the gallery at an artist reception 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9. See more of his work at

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December 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Little Tibet By the Bay
Richmond is now the hub for Tibetan Americans living in exile in the Bay Area.
By Momo Chang.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  The Original Cheapskate
Thoughts on environmentalism and the shocking election outcome..
By Reese Erlich.

Good, Not Great: The Fairmont makes culinary amends at the Claremont.e.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Amy Trask
The Princess of Darkness remains loyal to the Raiders and Al Davis.
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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