The fat lady has sung.
Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tamra grew up in a family of artists, musicians, poets and songwriters. She has been writing poetry, prose and drawing since she was eight years old. Her poetry has been published in Soul Literary Journal, Transition Poetry Journal, Word & Image Journal and various anthologies. Tamra moved to Benicia in 1986.
Charity: Since 1998, Solano Pride Center has been working in Solano County to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex individuals have a network of resources and educational tools to meet their needs. www.solanopride.org
Art: Star Crossed
Angelo, who lives in San Francisco, believes in breaking molds. He paints in oil as well as acrylic, on canvas, wood, metal and plastic. His digital photography is in color as well as black-and-white.
“I am not asking others to think differently; I ask that only of myself.”
Charity: In 31 cities across six countries, Covenant House provides immediate crisis care to homeless children. It has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people, offering housing and support services to young people in need. www.covenanthouse.org
Art: Mr. Lobster & Friends
Peg is an artist living in Benicia. She works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic painting, collage, encaustic, and jewelry making. Her work incorporates recycled materials and found objects to create dream-like images.
Charity: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the country dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income. www.nilc.org
Art: Steampunk Alien
Celeste is a Bay Area native who lives and works in Benicia. She has always enjoyed the creative arts. Currently her medium is oil painting. She tries to bring light into her work and add crystals for energy healing. www.celestial-art.gallery
Charity: Operation USA supports health and education programs that help children and families at home and abroad recover from disasters and endemic poverty. Since 1979, it has delivered $400 million in aid to 100 countries, focusing not only on disaster relief and reconstruction but on helping and educating under-served communities -- from ongoing earthquake recovery in Nepal to programs for Native Americans in South Dakota. www.opusa.org
Art: Human Connection
A Bay Area native, Scott was born a painter: His great-grandmother and father were painters. Graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts with a BFA in industrial design, Scott enjoyed a 30-year career as an art director for, among other magazines, Diablo, BAM, The City and Business 2.0. Upon retirement, he returned to his first love – bright, colorful paintings in acrylic and oil. www.skambic.wixsite.com/singingdog
Charity: I Can Do That Theatre Company is a non-profit youth company dedicated to creating professional, full-scale musicals by combining quality training with imagination, freedom and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Based in Danville, the Theatre Company offers classes, workshops and summer camps. www.icandothattheatre.com
Art: Louise Was Sure Everyone Was Staring at Her Tattoo
Born and raised in Finland, Liisa has been a freelance designer of websites and marketing materials since 2006, working her way around the globe – including Berlin, Helsinki, London, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. Liisa has participated in the Art on a Heart fundraiser for the Vallejo Capital Stairs Mosaic Project and was commissioned to paint a traffic box in Benicia. “I believe art is for everyone, and everyone is an artist.” www.liisafromfinland.com
Charity: Native Renewables was established in 2016 to promote clean energy for Native American homes and communities by building partnerships, seeking cost-effective solutions to reduce fossil fuel use, supporting local economic development, and growing technical capacity. www.nativerenewables.org
Living and working in Benicia’s Arsenal Artists community, Mike is a sculptor who loves to paint. So his painted torso is a labor of love combining both his two-dimensional and three-dimensional interests. His works are in such notable public collections as Anomaly Inc. (North Carolina), 509 Cultural Center (San Francisco), di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve (Napa), Colorado County, Texas (public art sculptures) and in such private collections as William T. Wiley (Woodacre), Manuel Neri (Benicia) and Renee Marie Jordan (Benicia). www.mikekendall.com
Charity: Vallejo Capitol Stairs Mosaic Public Arts Project is spearheading the renovation and decoration of long-neglected century-old steps along Capitol Street in the adjacent town of Vallejo. www.facebook.com/CapitolStairsMosaicProject
Art: Mixed Emotions,
Dorrie’s paintings have been exhibited at the Martinez Gallery, Moraga Art Gallery and the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. Her murals can be seen around downtown Martinez – on Main Street at Castro, on Escobar at Alhambra, on Ward Street at Court, on Ferry Street at Henrietta, and on Susana Street at Court. President of the board of the Martinez Arts Association, Dorrie teaches drawing and painting at the Martinez Library.
Passion to the Streets supports children and families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing by providing basic needs, encouraging advocacy and promoting community awareness, education, collaboration and support in Martinez and central Contra Costa County. www.passiontothestreets.com
The Homeless Action Coalition provides services to the homeless population of Martinez every Friday morning – with a trailer converted into shower stalls with toilets and sinks, a clothing exchange program, a county mobile health bus, food and drink. www.homelessactioncoalition.org
Art: Redwood King,
Goddess of Givery
Growing up in and influenced by the European art scene, Katarina has explored various media, fashion apparel and 3-D artworks where she expresses emotions specifically through the detail work of big eyes. Her works have been showcased at numerous art shows, cafes and festivals around the Bay Area.
Charity: St. Jude Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude denies no child treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. www.stjude.org
Art: Passing of Time
Erika has lived in the historic Benicia Arsenal since graduating from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design in 1994. She and her husband, sculptor Scott Zoog, met at Architectural Glass Design in Napa; they have fabricated architectural art glass for installations worldwide. Her kiln-formed glassware has been exhibited at galleries in San Francisco, New York and Palm Beach. Completing an MBA in Sustainability in 2013, she now dedicates her working hours to the sustainability sector. Her art features figurative glass in discordant relationships with angry birds, bees and octopi. www.erikavonzoog.com
Arts Benicia stimulates, educates and nurtures cultural life in Benicia primarily through the visual arts. This community-based non-profit provides exhibitions, educational programs and classes that support artists and engage the broader community. www.artsbenicia.org
Coral Reef Alliance is an environmental non-profit dedicated to saving the world’s coral reefs. Working collaboratively with communities to reduce direct threats to reefs, CORAL is also actively expanding the scientific understanding of how corals adapt to climate change and applying this information to give reefs the best chance to thrive for generations to come. www.coral.org
Born and raised in Colombia, Claudia moved to the United States in her early 20s. She has always had a passion for art – ever since her artist father taught her as a child. Now, raising her own family in Benicia, she has rediscovered her love of painting. www.claudiaoart.com
Charity: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of research into metastatic breast cancer. www.bcrf.org
Art: Striving for Love