Detail from View from Montmartre

Detail from View from Montmartre

Cover | Dean Hunsaker

Detail from View from Montmartre (mixed media on mahogany). This 2009 painting by Berkeley artist Dean Hunsaker is from his current “Voyage” series, based on his cultural discovery of France during numerous visits over the past decade. An homage to France and particularly its Mediterranean region, these paintings often combine traditional still life and landscape imagery, like classic cafe bowls and red poppies. Hunsaker uses a regional palette of colors, and heavily distresses the surfaces to give them an aged or weathered appearance to echo the region’s rich history and ancient frescoes. Some paintings are mixed media, and incorporate things like pages torn from French books. Hunsaker and eight other Emeryville artists have been chosen by the city of Emeryville’s Art in Public Places Program for its Bus Shelter Temporary Art Program, “Flora and Fauna,” which begins this month. Hunsaker’s commissioned artwork will appear in bus shelters throughout Emeryville in the summer of 2011. To contact the artist: or Hunsaker, who works in Emeryville, is also one of 92 artists featured in the free 23rd Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 3-25, at 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville. For information: (510) 652-6122 or


The Monthly is now accepting short essays (900 words maximum) for possible publication in our January issue. The theme:
A moment (big or small) after which nothing was the same.
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