The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

The East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture & Commerce

Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar

COVER by Bert Monroy

Oyster Bar (digital painting). Berkeley artist Bert Monroy was a traditional painter until the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. He is now considered one of the pioneers of digital art. He shares his paintings with others in the hope that they will stop, look around, take a deep breath, and leave all other distractions aside. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and California College of the Arts. He currently teaches at San Francisco State University. In his most recent books, Commercial Photoshop with Bert Monroy and Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy, he shares his secrets for creating digital paintings. He can be contacted via e-mail at bert@bertmonroy.com. His work can be viewed at his Web site www.bertmonroy.com and at Bucci’s restaurant in Emeryville from February 26 to March 25.

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.