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COVER | Marisa Diaz

Self-Portrait (acrylic on canvas, 2019). Marisa Diaz, U.S. Army, 2005-present, painted this self-portrait as part of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County's ABOUTFACE program. It is part of an exhibition, ABOUTFACE, on display at the Richmond Art Center. The large-group exhibition brings together for the first time more than 100 self-portraits from veterans who have participated in the ABOUTFACE program since 2015. Collectively, the pieces form a unit that represents the varied stories of veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. In 2015, the Arts and Culture Commission and the Physical Rehabilitation Service at Veterans Affairs Health Care in Martinez developed ABOUTFACE to improve the lives of California's veterans through arts programming. ABOUTFACE engages veterans through painting workshops focused on artistic skill development and self-expression in two-day workshops team-taught by a teaching artist and a qualified therapist with a veteran coordinator present. Workshop activities include meditation, peer discussion, sketching each other, and painting a final self-portrait. A special reception and artists' talk is set for 2-4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10. The exhibition hangs in the Community Gallery through Aug. 16.

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August 2019 Issue:

FEATURE | Freeing Yourself From Plastics
It's harder than you might imagine to break away from clamshells and baggies. By Angela Hill

| Everything Is Turning Up Pickleball
It's so popular because it's so much fun. By Lisa Fernandez

|  Miracle Man
Jason Becker is not dead yet and is making the best music of his career. By Matt Blackett

RETAIL | Gather Leaves Hayes Valley for a Space in Oakland
Spotlighting Aiken on Fourth Street and saying goodbye to NEEKO.
By Nana K. Twumasi

| Easterly Hunan Cuisine
This restaurant offers a feast for the senses, serving up smoky, spicy Hunan food in Berkeley. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE | Paul Brekke-Miesner
Talking A's, Warriors, and Raiders with a guy who has his finger on the pulse of Oakland sports. 
By Paul Kilduff


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