The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

Log Bridge

Log Bridge

COVER by Carol Aust

Log Bridge (acrylic on canvas). Carol Aust works in acrylic on canvas and wood panels from her Oakland studio. Her figurative paintings are emotionally charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. Aust’s work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with engaging and vulnerable figures. Her influences include Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, and the German Expressionists and her work is represented in private collections throughout the United States. She will be having an open studio with 150 other artists at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco on May 7-8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 101, basement #303. View her work at www.carolaust.com.

Faces of the East Bay

In the Philanthropic Swim

In the Philanthropic Swim

Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.