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COVER | Ilya Zomb

Warming Up Before the Butterfly Stretch (oil on canvas). The bewitching paintings of Ilya Zomb seem to depict a parallel universe, a place of strange, graceful beauty populated by a delicate cast of women and birds, attentive animals, and lavish fruits and flowers. Over the decades of his practice, first in his native Russia, then in New York, Zomb has cultivated and honed his singular vision, fleshing out his fictional realm with unrelenting passion. His work seems to function according to a complex logic known in its fullness only to the artist: an intricate, fanciful society in which men are largely absent or are associated with animals, while women dressed as dancers engage every element of their surroundings in a highly choreographed ballet, ushering everything toward a harmonious state of ultimate beauty and balance. His work can be seen at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Union Square, San Francisco, 415-392-2299,

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July 2019 Issue:

HOME | A Tiny, Cramped Galley Gets a Major Renovation
A kitchen remodel accommodates a happy clan. By Ramona d'Violal

| Life Beyond Chickens
Thinking beyond chickens opens up a new universe of possibilities. By Linnea Due

GARDEN | Think Small for Urban Orchards
Grow "family-sized" fruit trees for meaningful harvests. By Ramona d'Viola

IN FARO'S GARDEN |  A Stargazer's Spring
The adults make plans for mulberry pie day this summer while tree urges persist and bear fruit. By R. E. Faro

RETAIL | Where to Get Your Summer On
Smoothies and stylish workout wear at Ride Oakland, artists and an art fair at Abrams Claghorn Gallery, and concerts and art at Charles R. Vineyard.
By Annie Crawford

| Yimm
Bangkok-style home cooking meets street food in Rockridge. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE | Liam O'Donoghue
He's not stuck in the past but shares tales of the long lost East Bay. 
By Paul Kilduff


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