Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May 1st, 2014, GOTT Radio

Interview with...
Tex Allen, to talk about doing the good work of One Joy, spreading the thought of free happiness and a care-free can-do attitude, using the Power of a little Red Nose. Among our questions, "Why the Nose?", "How do you build on your experiences at Burning Man?", "Is there really an under-abundance of joy among the people, or is it all hiding behind a little red-nose?", and "Can you shake it like a Red Nose?", and, yeah, that's a photo of Tex shaking the Red Nose with Sage the Gemini...

Tex Allen is joining John Militello for "The Game Changers Under Our Noses", a talk at the TraversCity, an event with the prestigious TedX and a host of game changing individuals, more info at [tedxtraversecity.com/schedule]

Support for the Pallet Jacks of Vallejo!
They got an IndieGoGo fundraiser going on 'til May 5th [indiegogo.com/projects/the-pallet-jacks-video-fund#home]. Special message from the band: Greetings! We are the Pallet Jacks! We are a rock band.We are: MikeHave-Not, Kayla Renee, Michael "Rod" Rodriguez, and Steve Glover. We have recorded two amazing music videos already: "Fairy in a Bottle" [youtube.com/watch?v=Q-luhRhnWx4], and "I wanna be your American Idol" [youtube.com/watch?v=d-hJOHY5hPU]! You can help us make another music video AND a short promotional film for our upcoming campaign to fund a whole new full length album! We have some great gifts in exchange for your contributions! You can even donate just a few dollars because you want to see another fantastic music video!

Free Comic Book Day!
at Waterfront Comics, at 609 Main st. in downtown Suisun City!
Featuring the latest release from the Legends of Heroes and Villains (LHV) [facebook.com/pages/Legends-of-Heroes-Villains/130103137080910], with the new 'Goldilocks in Zombieland' comic book written by Jeff Hughes of Comic Book Divas, with artwork by Richard & Batz. During Free Comic Book Day, LHV will have 50 FREE ash-can sketchbooks, PLUS, to the first 25 people that purchase 'Goldilocks' Issue 1, they will receive an 11 x 17" poster of Goldilocks... FREE!!

Neverwas Haul adventure
video 2014-04-29 by Yana Zegri-Soder of the "Hippie Uprising" [youtube.com/watch?v=skVnixNBecY]

Loco Publishing Writer's Salon
Thursday, May 1st, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
at Koham Press [628 Marin St., Vallejo, California 94590]
Join us for a discussion on our favorite subject, WRITING!!! Loco Publishing is dedicated to local, independent and experimental writers. This workshop is your chance to get on with other writers, and to get advice on putting the finishing touches on your writing!

May 1st Zulu Nation ThursdaysThursday, May 1st, 6pm to 12 midnite.
1 Fam [1606 7th St, Oakland, California 94607]
This May Day is the 3rd installment of Zulu Nation Thursdays at the 1 Fam community center in West Oakland!
* 6-8pm Meeting of the Minds
* 8-12am Open Mic Cypher hosted by Zulu King
Music from MC K~Swift & performances by Shango Abiola/ Mtumishi Wa-Watu , E Da Ref & Abdul Malik, plus artists from All Tribes of SF, Ahki TD Camp on the 1s and 2s all night!

First Friday Local Musicians' Showcase with...
Bow Hammer Skins 

Friday, May 2nd, at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
at The Hub Vallejo [350 georgia st, Vallejo, California 94590]
It's the first Friday of the month! You know what that means - once again we celebrate the awesome musical talent that we have here in the up bay with our FIRST FRIDAY LOCAL MUSICIANS' SHOWCASE! :D
This month we have a special treat - I've been looking forward to hearing these folks for a long time - the original Caribbean jazz of BOW HAMMER SKINS - Featuring Herb Ruffin on Keyboards and Karese Young on Viola.
Herb, aka Herboskie, musician, composer, & keyboardist performs Jazz, R & B, Gospel and Reggae. The 24` piano is an old and best friend under his fingers. He has performed with Zulu Spear, The Bobby Young Project and Ricardo Scales. He carries on the tradition of most jazz artists – originality.
Karese began playing Jazz, Blues and Gospel around 2005 when she began performing as a duo with Herb. The viola’s alto range adds an interesting flavor to the music and she enjoys the freedom of expression through improvisation.
Come on out for am evening of cool original music that takes you to the warm tropics!
FREE - as usual, and a bargain at twice the price! ;)

Community Yoga at Vallejo Yoga
Sunday, May 4 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hosted by Rar Farmer at Vallejo Yoga, 532 Georgia Street (between Sonoma Blvd and Sutter St), Vallejo, California 94590
Hey friends, I'm teaching the community Yoga class at Vallejo Yoga this Sunday. It's a donation based class, please join us!!! All levels welcome!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 24th, 2014, GOTT Radio

Interview with Richard Zerga, of Legends of Heroes and Villains!
Comic book publishers in Solano County, get the latest updates about them at [facebook.com/pages/Legends-of-Heroes-Villains/130103137080910]!
Richard writes: Next week we will be launching Issue 1 of 'Goldilocks in Zombieland'! This is the relaunch of a comic book written by Jeff Hughes of Comic Book Divas, with artwork by Richard & Batz. We will be returning to Solano Community College Bookstore, Richard's alma mater, for phase one of the release. The granddaddy will be at Waterfront Comics in Suisun for Free Comic Book Day; where the LHV team will be releasing Issue 1, they will have 50 FREE ash can sketchbooks they will be giving out, PLUS, to the first 25 people that purchase 'Goldilocks' Issue 1, they will receive an 11 x 17" poster of Goldilocks... FREE!! So two events that you won't want to miss out on next week!If you cannot make it out to Waterfront Comics to grab your FREE ash can sketchbook, we will be announcing next week ALL of the locations that will be offering the sketchbook.

The Plowzone at Ozcat presents...
Overland, Bullywest, and California Riot Act 
Thursday, May 8 at 9:00pm
at Cheers (a Pub), 321 Merchant, Vacaville, California 95687
* Overland [https://www.facebook.com/OverlandOfficial]
* BullyWest [https://www.facebook.com/BullyWestband]
* California riot act [https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaRiotAct]
These three bands are going to be rocking the hell out of Cheer's in Vacaville on Thursday, May 8th. There is no cover charge for this event plus, the whole thing will be recorded live by the kind people at Access 27 Vacaville Community TV . If you wanna come be apart of an awesome night and possibly make it into the concert video, come out to Cheers a Pub! It's at 321 Merchant St Vacaville.....and did I mention it's free? Don't miss out!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 17th, 2014, GOTT Radio

Interview with
[facebook.com/manifestiv], [kickstarter.com/projects/manifestiv/vibratron-debutour] where you will find ManifestiV's origin, location & destination described perfectly.
They just completed a tour through Texas at SXSW in Austin, and a show at the legendary Viper Room in W. Hollywood. Back in Vallejo, getting ready to perform for a debut engagement at the Gathering of the Tribes' "4:18 and Holding..." celebration of California Freedom (info below).

GOTT Productions and Northbay Evolver presents...
"4:18 and Holding"...
Celebrate California Freedoms with Ozcat Radio, The Twerkulator, ManifestiV, the Perma Blitz, and Northbay Evolver

Friday, April 18th, 7pm - 11pm
at the IntegreTea, 717 Marin St Vallejo Ca 94591
Ozcat alumni Curtis J. the Prince, Mis Demeanor and Dr.G. bring you a celebration of California Freedoms and Community Healing.
7pm: Join us for a talk on the Perma Blitz, with urban gardener Bonnie Borucki of Eastbay Permaculture Guild, about how YOU can create an urban farm! More info here: http://www.permablitz.net/what-is-a-permablitz
8pm: Listen to the psychedelic stylings of experimental rock band ManifestiV of Vallejo, as heard on Gathering of the Tribes Radio, Thursdays, 5 to 6pm on OzcatRadio.com, 89.5FM in Vallejo.
9pm: The lights go down and the Guests Gets Turnt Up! With music from Ozcat Radio programs "Twerk Session with Curtis J" , and "Mis Demeanors Hitlist".
10pm: Find your way towards a psychedelic experience, at McCree Goudeau Gallery, 930 Marin st., two blocks up the road. It's Far Out! A Three-Dimensional Art Show exposing the mind to psychonaut radiations of fantastic subliminal light! with the art of Teddy Fisher.
The Cat of Many Colors Cat Car Light Show and the "Twerkulator", our flag ship and 4:20 friendly party bus, will be both be on display :)
Oh yes, the Turn Up is Real!! Si' U in da V Homies, 4:18 and Holding... Stay tuned to Ozcat Radio 89.5 FM KZCT for more details, www.ozcatradio.com. A Gathering of the Tribes production :) with the Northbay Evolver (and special thanks to Ali and Howard)

Lommorri Productions and Hip Joynt presents...
15th Annual 420 Festival 
April 18th, all night
$14, 21+ only
At the Red Hat Sports Bar [1860 Monument Blvd, Concord, California 94523]

Flip Cassidy presents...
A Night of Art and Americana

Friday at 8:00pm
At the Sidequest Gallery [314 15th Street, Oakland, California 94612]
The good folks at the Sidequest Galley have opened their doors for an amazing night to occur. Four awesome live acoustic acts, baked goods (!), art and a chance for us all to gather!
8:15pm - The Devil Knows My Name (Josh from Ghost Town Gospel solo set)
9:00pm - Feral
9:45pm - Flip Cassidy  (Flip Cassidy and the Junkyard Gospel)
10:45pm - Dum Spiro Spero
* Photography by Sloane Kanter Photo
* Wood prints by Flip Cassidy - Photographer
* Paintings by Chris Wettersten, artist
* Custom wearable wares by Wayward Shiftys

Celebracion anual de la confrmidad del calpulli Danza Azteca Coyolxauhqui
Friday Apr. 18, 8:00 p.m. to Saturday, Apr. 19, ends 4:00 p.m.
At the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1671 Hendley St. (South Park), Santa Rosa
Once again we are celebrating our traditional ceremony in honor of our women warriors. Each year, we hand all cargos possible specifically to women. We choose these specific dates as part of our acknowledgement to our patron group from which we are one of the descendants from out of Tacuba, Mexico and our jefa Rosita Maya, which has their celebration every Easter Sunday.
If you would like housing, please inbox la comadrita FireGoddess. Please feel free to invite others, this is event is open to the public.
For more information please contact calpulli's maestro Louie 'The Brown Eagle' Gutierrez at [707 393 8902]

A Tribute to the Great American Author Tillie Olsen -
Celebrating Women as Creators of Culture

Friday, Apr. 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
At the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
The revolutionary, American writer, Tillie Olsen is internationally honored for her powerful, poetic prose depicting the lives of working-class women, single mothers, and people of color, with deep love, respect, and profound understanding. There will be a live performance of "Makings: Songs from Tillie Olsen's Journals" composed and performed by her grandson Jesse Olsen Bay, choreographed and danced by Virginia Matthews. Readings by members of the Olsen family and screening of "Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action."

Daniel Jabbour Bicycle Day Memorial Celebration
Saturday, April 19, 11:30 AM
Hippie Hill, at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (map)
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Daniel Jabbour, Founder of the Psychedelic Society of San Francisco, passed away in a tragic accident last Sunday. We invite anyone who would like to pay their respects to join us Saturday, April 19, directly before the 1st Annual Bicycle Day Parade for a celebration of Daniel’s life. Come dressed in your psychedelic finest—black is discouraged. Hippie Hill is in Golden Gate Park near Haight and Stanyan, through the tunnel and on your right.
Though moving forward without Daniel will not be easy, we are committed to keeping the Psychedelic Society alive and active. In the upcoming weeks, we will be reaching out to you all to ensure that the group’s leadership transition happens as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

Pre-4/20 Extravaganja! Skunk Funk & One Sharp Mind
Huey's Pub III [519 Main St, Vacaville, California 95688]
VACAVILLE AND YONDER! Get your lungs and your dancing feet ready for the Pre 4/20 Party at Huey's Pub! Celebrate to some irie reggae tunes featuring...
* Skunk Funk (Vallejo)
* One Sharp Mind (Vacaville)
All Local, All Groovy Come out and vibe for the festivities :)

Earth Day Celebration with Community Market
Sunday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Live music, tasty food and fun activities for the whole family.
Community Market, 6762 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol

Introduction to Solar Electricity
Saturday, Apr. 26, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Taught by: Dan Kerbein
This course provides and introduction to the basics of how solar PV generates electricity; the benefits of solar energy to home owners and businesses and how a system's size and cost are maintained. This workshop is offered in association with the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program. - See more at: [http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/classes-sustainability.html?bpid=3794]
Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma

Reggae Rockers They Went Ghost (w/ Trevor Lyon)
-April 26th @ Silo's in Napa Ca with my full band alongside Reggae Rockers They Went Ghost.
For details visit [http://www.trevorlyon.com/#show-schedule]
Also, check out the brand new video for "Saturday Afternoon" Ft. Mendo Dope. Thanks!

Friendly Favors and Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center presents...

An evening with JULIANA BIRNBAUM, M.A.
Author of -
* Permaculture in Ecovillages,
* Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
6 PM Potluck ~ 7 PM Speaker
At the Owl Room at 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
more info: (925) 933-7850
Co-sponsored with Friendly Favors
Suggested Donation: $20 (and a dish to share if attending potluck).
Trained as a cultural anthropologist and skilled in four languages, Juliana has lived and worked in the US, Europe, Japan, Nepal, and Brazil. For the past 12 years she has been a freelance writer focusing on environmental issues and social justice.  In 2005 she founded Voices in Solidarity, an initiative that partnered with Ashaninka indigenous tribal leaders from the Brazilian Amazon to support the development of the Yorenka √Étame community-led environmental educational center featured in the book. She has written about ecovillages, native rights and social justice issues in a variety of newspapers, indigenous journals, and anthologies including E-The Environmental Magazine, Bridges Journal, El Reportero, The Rising Nepal, World Rainforest Movement Bulletin, Quechua Network and Cultural Survival Quarterly.

Occupy the Farm

with the Emerging Gill Tract Farm Coalition

ERIE Presents...
Entheogens and dreams with Stanley Krippner

Sunday, April 27, 7:30 PMAt the CIIS Main Building, Namaste Hall, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94103
Stanley Krippner, PhD presents Entheogens and dreams: Pathways or dead ends to shamanic and parapsychological studies?
The recent interest in shamanism and parapsychological phenomena coincides with a longer interest in entheogens and nighttime dreams. This presentation will focus on how the latter could be used to study the former, as well as illuminating the mechanisms that might be involved in telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, out-of-body experiences, indigenous healing, and shamanic journeying. Dr. Krippner's contact with the intertribal medicine man Rolling Thunder, the Mazatec shaman Maria Sabina, and the Zulu sangoma Credo Mutwa will be used as examples of these interactions.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Saybrook University, and has served as president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, the Association for Humanistic Psychology, the Parapsychological Association, and two divisions of the American Psychological Association. He is the co-author of Personal Mythology, The Mythic Path, Spiritual Dimensions of Healing, Dream Telepathy, Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them, and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans. He is the editor of Dreamtime and Dreamwork and eight volumes of Advances in Parapsychological Research, and the co-editor of Broken Images, Broken Selves: Dissociative Narratives in Clinical Practice, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Mediums, Psychics, and Other Remarkable People, Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion, Perchance to Dream: The Frontiers of Dream Psychology, and The Psychological Impact of War Trauma on Civilians: An International Perspective. In 2002 he was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, and the Society of Psychological Hypnosis’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis. He was the 2003 recipient of the Ashley Montague Peace Award, and has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the Parapsychological Association. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. In 1992, the Society for Humanistic Psychology presented him with the Charlotte and Carl Buhler Award for Inspired and Distinguished Leadership in Education and Research in Humanistic Psychology, and in 1998, the Association for Humanistic Society gave him the Pathfinder Award for Enduring Contributions to the Exploration and Expansion of Human Consciousness.

Sufi Dances of Universal Peace
May 10th, Saturday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek 94596  All are welcome and invited to join in these uplifting and meditative evenings of chanting, singing and sacred circle dancing from the world's faith tradition.  Each simple dance is taught and accompanied by live music.
$10 suggested donation.  Please bring a dish to share.  Contact SierraLynne White at 925-685-2409 or pathwork@comcast.net.  

Creating Commons Festival

May 10 - May 11, 10am to 5pm
At the PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland, California 94608
PLACE for Sustainable Living is organizing the Creating Commons Festival for our organization's 3rd year anniversary. This festival features educational skillshares, clothing swaps, crop swaps, garden installations, public art, local art, music and placemaking projects that re-imagine and re-energize the creation of the public commons throughout our neighborhood. It will occur on three closed streets as well as our sustainability center at the confluence of Northwest Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, in our neighborhood village of OakLeyVille. Creating Commons is inspired by City Repair's Village Building Convergence, Sunday Streets, Oakland's Art Murmur and the mini-Maker Faires.
Our event is part of the East Bay ShareFest- a regional month long festival of sharing with a consolidated marketing engine, map and calendar of events. Additionally the Creating Commons Festival will be collaborating with the the Community Resilience Challenge organized during the month of May 2014 by the Northern California Resilient Communities Network which will be encouraging local communities to activate projects showcasing solutions through permaculture, transition town, homesteading and resiliency projects.
Partnering with:
* ShareFEST [http://www.shareable.net/blog/what-are-you-waiting-for-join-the-sharingspring]
* Community Resilience Challenge (info below) & Golden Gate Second Saturdays, email to get involved: [goldengatesecondsaturdays@gmail.com]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 10th, 2014, GOTT Radio

September 27th is the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change Day, 2014! [100TPC.org]
Do you want to join other poets, musicians, artists, mimes, dancers, photographers, performing artists, around the USA and across the planet in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change? If you would like to organize an event in your community, register at this page [100tpcmedia.org/100TPC2012/sign-up].

Last Night DIY New Year's Eve Parade a do-it-yourself celebration, Santa Cruz, CA [link]

* Creating a City of Sharing [Shareable.net/Sharing-Cities/learn].
* Interviewed: Amanda Palmer on the Gift Economy [Shareable.net/blog/interviewed-amanda-palmer-on-the-gift-economy]
* How to Live Off-the-grid in a Tiny House [Shareable.net/blog/how-to-live-off-the-grid-in-a-tiny-house]
* and the Libertarian Conservative's point of view of the individual freedom to live as you see fit [link].
* NEAL GORENFLO - The growing Sharing Economy [vimeo.com/90300113], a lecture sponsored by Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center [OurPeaceCenter.org] and Friendly Favors [favors.org]

Moraga Steps photo by Charlotte Fechheimer-Picant, accompanied by "Moraga Steps become stairway from reality to fantasy", 2014-01-25 by Judy Walgren from "San Francisco Chronicle" [link]

Vallejo Community Arts Foundation Forum
at the Empress Theatre, 330 VIRGINIA ST.
For more information contact Erin Bakke [702.339.4249], or Vallejo Arts Alliance [artnews@artvallejo.org].
Interested in the future of the arts in Vallejo? Questions about How VCAF Works? Or How You Can Participate? VCAF invites you to an open forum for all members of the public to attend.  Meet your VCAF board, learn about its history,  mission in the community and goals for the future.  There will be open forum time for questions and public discussion. Hope to see you there as we continue to build a thriving and collaborative Arts Community! Viva l'Alliance!


This Week! Drum Clinic & Chop Talk w/ Byron Cage!
At Consumer Music [www.consumermusic.net] [927 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA 94590] [707-642-7368] [consumermusic@sbcglobal.net]

Vallejo Art Walk
Friday, April 11th, 5pm to 10pm
Vallejo's Art Walk, to be held every Second Friday from now until eternity. We start at 5 and you can check out all kinds of wonderfulness...Music at the Hub pouring out onto the streets, and galleries and businesses will be open throughout the downtown district.
Wanna play? We are ALWAYS looking for artists, food vendors, musicians, the whole rigamarole to fill the streets! Those who wish to participate are encouraged to contact Sean Murdock at www.vallejoartwalk.com. We hope to have lots of creative participation, and we want to put you on the map too, so let us know what you're bringing to the party!!!

A Few Featured Artists, Galleries and Happenins: check out the map at vallejoartwalk.com!
* The Hub Vallejo with at least 20 local artists and craftspeople
* Artiszen Gallery at 337 Georgia with featured artists and musicians
* Townhouse
* Indian Alley Antiques
* Pieced on Earth
* Design by David
* The W.O.R.K.S. Gallery
* Procyon Gallery
* Dance Unlimited
* Vallejo Antiques

* The Gathering

* Temple Art Lofts
* McCree-Goudeau Gallery and the Art District at Florida and Marin
* The Fantastical Glowing Vegetable forms of Stan Clarke
* Moonfish Gallery
* Integri-Tea
* Homestyle Cafe open til 7 ish, get your peach cobbler on!
* Koham Press
* William Sievert Gallery
* The Rollin' Ladybug Gallery of Sherry Tobin!
* Opus in Oils
* The Unconventional Garden
* Ye Olde Briar Shoppe
* Bill Bloom Ceramic Studio
* Don Gardner Studio
* Green Pastures Still Waters Studio
* Fisher Studio
* Dots In Common


Greetings Artiszen Cultural Arts Center Community!
We are all still blown away by the success of our Evocare Photography Show that has been going on since March 15th! We would like to THANK EVERYONE who came to the launch and those who continue to stop by to see the exhibit. There has been so much positive feedback from the community about the amazing artists and their work. We have lots of exciting shows coming up that are going to be just as spectacular! 
And now that we have shown what we can do as a gallery space, we would like to expand into the next phase of our work as a Cultural Arts Center which is going out into the community and teaching art to our local youth and giving them a place to gather, create, and exhibit their work in an all inclusive, safe, youth friendly space.
But we need help from folks like you to keep the "Art of Community" going at Artiszen CAC. We would like to put a call out to any artists, musicians, teachers, mentors, folks who have knowledge about non-profits, handy-men/women, or just plain kindhearted people who would like to be a part of our collective. If you would like to be a part of the excitement that is happening in downtown Vallejo, please come by and see us!
This Friday Artiszen CAC is having a 3 in 1 event, so it's the perfect time to come visit!!
It's the last day of our Evocare Photography Show! We will be having a raffle, some prizes include: photography by Dan Chase, Sari Blum, and Jim Hedrickson; a CoolPix Digital Camera; an original painting by our very own Verlannia Manchester and more...
It's our monthly Gallery 11:11 Event! So we will be open from 11am to 11pm with all the evening time entertainment and community gathering that you're used to but with a few surprises thrown in! Bring a dish to share if you feel so inspired.
It's also Downtown Vallejo's 2nd Friday Art Walk so all the artist studios will be open. Come out and enjoy all that the Downtown Vallejo Arts and Entertainment district has to offer!

Please join the cultural event happening April 11, 2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk and visit my gallery, open 5 to 10pm @ 700 Marin st., [williamsievertstudio.com].

Loma Vista Farm "Clean Sweep" Work Day, Garden Dedication Ceremony & a Potluck
Saturday, April 19
150 Rainier Avenue, Vallejo
Volunteer host: Shelee

Coal Shed presents Jose Martinez
Take a moment to slip away from the mainland and visit us at the Coal Shed on Mare Island, April 26th 5 pm until 9 pm. Our own Jose Martinez is featured in the Tim Rose Gallery with guest art student Ashley Foux.  It promises to be a great show, there will be food and drink and as always, the magical Coal Shed vibe. We hope to see you there! 

How to Find the Coal Shed Studios, 153 Waterfront

Vallejo Grown Potluck
hosted by Loma Vista Farm, 150 Rainier Avenue, Vallejo
on Sunday, April 27, 5PM-7PM.
You're invited! If you haven't been to Loma Vista yet, you're in for a treat.
Message from "Vallejo Garden Network":
Vallejo People's Garden volunteer Sarah Stroup gave away many bags of beautiful fresh kale from her own home garden to other volunteers at Sunday's potluck. If you haven't tried it yet, KALE CRUNCH is our favorite kale recipe of the month.  It's quick, easy, and delicious! It would be great recipe for kids. We follow Mollie Katzen's recipe, [link].

JULIANA BIRNBAUM: The Sustainable Design [R]evolution in Action -
How cultural pioneers around the world are demonstrating solutions to the ecological crisis

2014 Apr 29th - Tue at 6:00 PM
Potluck diner followed with a slideshow presentation by the author of Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide
Location: Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center - 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
* Website [http://www.cultureofpermaculture.org/blog/]
* Event Details [http://www.favors.org/display/eventDetails.php?new=1396380396&event_id=2538&login_group=FF]
* RSVP [http://www.favors.org/display/rsvp.php?new=1396380587&event_id=2538&login_group=FF]

Participate in Vallejo Open Studios 2014!

Everything you need to know about Open Studios will also be available on our web site at [http://vallejoopenstudios.com]

Second weekend of November: Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9, 2014, 11am to 5pm.

The fee is still only $50 for applications received by the Early Bird Deadline of Wednesday, April 30. The fee will increase incrementally after that date:
            Applications received in April            $50
            Applications received in May            $60
            Applications received in June            $70
            Applications received in July            $80
July 31 is the absolute deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS! (We were tempted to make it June 30)

Each participant who pays the fee will:
* be listed in the artist directory and website,
* have one image in the artist directory and on the website,
* show one piece of their art in a month long exhibit at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum (this is a benefit and a requirement).

Can’t afford the fee? Hook up with an artist friend(s) and share a space. You have the option of paying only one fee, in which case, you need to select one image among you for the artist directory. Then select one piece of art among you for the month long museum exhibit.

Here’s another option: let’s say there are five of you in one space and two of you want to pay the fee to be included in the artist directory, website and museum exhibit. Those two people would each apply separately and pay separate fees. Those two artists would each get a listing and one image in the artist directory. Those two people would each have one piece in the museum exhibit. But you would all agree to share space and show everyone’s work.

If you need to discuss finances, please contact us before April 30 to discuss alternatives.

This year, there will not be a VOS-sponsored shared space (that was the old Harley Building last year). Instead, we urge you to join with fellow artists to share space and build your own artist “village.”

Talk to friends; find out who has space to share. You can also contact artists from last year and find out if they know of any sharing alternatives. Maybe you know a shop owner who would love to have you exhibit in their shop. A number of new galleries and studios have opened since last year. Take a stroll through the next Art Walk (second Friday of the month; next one is Friday, April 11) and talk to artists and shop owners. (Go to http://www.vallejoartwalk.com for details on the Art Walk.) Attend the Art Walk on April 11 and start planning.

Apply on-line at at http://vallejoopenstudios.com/apply2014/
You will have the option of uploading the image with the on-line application.
You will be able to pay the application fee online via PayPal or mail a check to Vallejo Waterfront Artists, P.O. Box 683, Vallejo CA 94590.

Or you can print the application form here:
and snail mail it, along with a CD of your images to
Vallejo Waterfront Artists, P.O. Box 683, Vallejo CA 94590.

The image for the Artist Directory does not have to be the same as the piece you will show at the Museum Exhibit.

You can apply first and submit an image later if necessary; you can even pay later, but apply soon!

Submit one piece of sample art (or submit one vertical AND one horizontal image).
If you don't have an image ready when you apply you can email it later to info@vallejoopenstudios.com or snail mail it on CD to Vallejo Waterfront Artists, P.O. Box 683, Vallejo CA 94590.

Files must be jpg. All files need to be of high enough resolution to print at approximately 5” on the long or a minimum of 1500 pixels wide. Name your jpg file in this manner: Lastname-Firstname (example: Smith-John.jpg)

Join the Party! The reception is a great opportunity to fellow artists and their friends and family. Enjoy snacks and beverages, view each other’s work and then pick up available marketing materials on your way out. The Museum has become an integral part of VOS as they make the perfect starting point where visitors can see sample works from the artists and pick up the Artist Directory.

You will show one piece of your work during a month long exhibit. Below are the key dates:

Artist drop off art to museum:            Tues-Sat, Oct 14-18, noon to 4pm

Museum Reception:            Friday, October 24, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Marketing materials will be distributed to Artists during the reception. Another important reason to attend.

Exhibit dates: October 24 – November 22
Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4pm
Note: The Museum stays open during the entire Open Studios tour on November 8 and 9.

Artist pickup their art: Tues-Sat, Nov 25-29, noon to 4pm

We are starting earlier this year so we will be able to prepare our marketing materials earlier and make them available to you earlier. Our “brand” depends upon your application and submission of art. The VOS Steering Committee will select an image from one participant for use on all of our marketing materials: Quick Guide, Artist Directory, postcards, poster, website and even Facebook. We must have artwork in from all participants in a timely manner so that the design process can begin.

The intent is to have marketing materials available to artists during the Museum Reception on October 24. The Reception also is happening earlier this year. Every participant needs to help in distributing Quick Guides and postcards. It is really important that you be part of the promotion of this event. Keep them in your car at all times. If you need ideas on where to distribute, email us at info@vallejoopenstudios.com

Following are details about the various marketing materials we provide.

Quick Guide
The Quick Guide includes a map showing artist locations with numbers that correspond to the artist’s name. Artists are listed with their address and phone number. It also includes information about the exhibit at the Museum. We use this piece to encourage visitors to start their tour at the Museum where they can pick up the expansive Artist Directory (see below). We will print several thousand Quick Guides for distribution. Artists are encouraged to help in the distribution of these throughout the Bay Area.
Artist Directory
The Artist Directory includes all of the information that is in the Quick Guide, but it is more complete In that it includes a color sample of each participant’s work and complete contact information: studio or gallery name, artist name, address, medium, phone, email, website. These beautiful directories are printed in a smaller number and will be available for the public to pick up at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Artist Calendar (New!)
For-Sale, Artist Calendar. Twelve artists will each have one full page to showcase a sample of their creative genius. Twelve artists will contribute $150 each, and in exchange, one piece of your work will be featured in one month of the calendar. As a featured artist you will receive 15 copies to sell, give to friends, or to keep. The remainder will be sold at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum and by other VOS Partners. This is a great opportunity for the artists while being part of a wonderful fundraiser for VOS. This will be designed as a classic style calendar.

We introduced this concept last year, but didn’t have quite enough time to get the number of participants needed. The artists who did reply that they wanted to participate in this opportunity last year have first dibs on one of the 12 openings. You know who you are! Anyone interested, please email us ASAP at info@vallejoopenstudios.com

As in the past, postcards will be created for your distribution and will complement the look of the Artist Directory. You also have the option of creating your own. Email us for a copy of the logo to use in your artwork. info@vallejoopenstudios.com

Our website continues to be an important tool for artists, art lovers, and potential visitors to Vallejo Open Studios. Many of our publicity materials will be available for download. We encourage you to visit often, and publicize it as much as possible. Add it to your signature in emails to friends and on facebook!

Did you know we have a Facebook page? We encourage you to visit and “Like Us”. Encourage your friends to like us also. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vallejo-Open-Studios/135076913208429

Check our web site at http://www.vallejoopenstudios.com . for updates and information. You may also email us at info@vallejoopenstudios.com, or leave a message at (707) 634-4947.