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COVER | Donald Farnsworth

Face No.12 after Rogier van der Weyden, 2000 (mixed media, chine collé). Donald Farnsworth is an artist and director of Magnolia Editions, a fine art publisher and studio for experimental art projects in Oakland. He and his partner, Era Hamaji Farnsworth, travel the globe researching 16th-century handmade paper and to find imagery for their mixed-media work on paper and in tapestry. The Farnsworths employ a wide range of traditional printmaking and innovative digital methods developed at Magnolia Editions, where breakthroughs in techniques such as photogravure and weaving have led to editions by artists including Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Chuck Close, Guy Diehl, Hung Liu, Kiki Smith, Masami Teraoka, and William T. Wiley. See more artwork by the Farnsworths, and learn more about Magnolia Editions at and more on re-creating 16th-century paper at

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May 2018 Issue:

FEATURE |  When the Past Was Better
Believe it or not, the East Bay used to have a locally owned, all-electric, zero-emission mass transit system. And it went nearly everywhere.
By James Gage

EDUCATION |  Charter Schools Checked in Richmond
The city council enacted a moratorium on charters in industrial zones, and the school district alleges that one charter-school chain is violating local, state, and federal codes. By Nuria Marquez Martinez

PARENTING |  Marking Your Baby's Milestones
Don't fret if you're child isn't walking or talking like his or her peers. Each young one has a unique pace for reaching developmental stages. By Lisa Fernandez

BOOKS |   He's a Real Kids' Cutup
YA author Mac Barnett likes pranks, joking around, and telling stories.
By Michael Berry

RETAIL |  Morningtide Cultivates Slow Living in Albany
Introducing CelerySpace and saying goodbye to Urban Stitch.
By Nana K. Twumasi

|  The Italian Homemade Company
A red-sauce joint evolution brings low-key, fast-casual everyday Italian to Elmwood.
By Janelle Bitker

The Kilduff File |  Jackie Corwin
The PauseNow bus helps people de-stress and relax. 
By Paul Kilduff


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