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COVER | Naomi Binger

Untitled (acrylic, 2019) Piedmont High School senior Naomi Binger won first place in the 2019 student cover art contest for this untitled self-portrait of herself peering with one eye closed through the bottom of a Mason jar. The 17-year-old said she worked painstakingly to get the colors of the painting to match exactly the hues in the photograph, taken in art class during Fun Photo Week. Binger also likes working with colored pencils and a limited color palette and said she has already started a new large-scale art project at school this year. "Don't feel obligated to follow restrictions. Go with what you think looks right," she said when asked to offer advice for other young artists.

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September 2019 Issue:

Not Your Ordinary Summer School
Partners uses a mentorship model to inspire, motivate, and empower participating youngsters.
By Julie Anderson

Dreaming of the Arts
Step It Up expands arts access to OSA for aspirants. By Erika Mailman

Making Big Names for Themselves
These stars got their starts at OSA.
By Erika Mailman

They Find Their Way With Art
This year's cover contest winners do their own unique things.
By Judith M. Gallman

PARENTING | What's a Middle School Parent to Do?
Some parents are banning smartphones. I am not. By Lisa Fernandez

|  Folk Dancing Thrives in Berkeley
Founded in 1941, inspired by the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island, the Berkeley Folk Dancers is the oldest continuously operating folk dance club in the country. By Angela Hill

RETAIL | OwlNWood Moves Online
Plus, EXAU Olive Oil scores silver in the world's most prestigious tasting competition, and SkinSpirit sets up shop in Montclair.
By Annie Crawford

| Top Hatters Kitchen
There's no identity crisis at this new San Leandro fine-dining destination that's label-defying, refreshing, and inspiringy. By Katherine Hamilton

THE KILDUFF FILE | Dave Newhouse
The former newspaper and radio guy has a new book out on football great Slip Madigan. 
By Paul Kilduff


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