More than 90 studios in one of the nation’s most creative art-work collectives opened for the 51st Winter Open Studios. Fine artists working in various mediums showcased their new work and describe their art-making process. Light refreshments were served at this family- and dog-friendly event.
This is an annual, not to be missed event. We look forward to welcoming folks back for the 52nd Winter Open Studios – the Bay Area’s premier Art Market, on December 4, 5 and 6 2020. Save the date!
A five-month training program for meditation and mindfulness practitioners and aspiring yoga teachers.
This immersive training program addresses body, mind, and heart through the study of mindful asana, pranayama, anatomy, mindfulness principles, meditation, and the wisdom teachings of yoga and Buddhism.
Fulfills the requirements for the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification.
Emphasis on the integration of meditation and mindfulness with movement.
Incorporates non-residential silent retreat practice and the joy and support of building community together.
Minimum of a two-year yoga and mindfulness practice required.
TEACHING TEAM: Djuna Mascall, Leslie Booker, Mark Coleman, Anne Cushman, Sean Feit Oakes, and Tias Little
DJUNA MASCALL teaches Prajna Yoga nationally and internationally. She is a leader of the Spirit Rock Dharma and Yoga Teacher Training Program and a certified yoga therapist in private practice. Her offerings combine meditation and dharma study with asana training designed to cultivate sensory awareness and embodied wisdom.
LESLIE BOOKER brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of dharma, embodied wisdom, and activism. She worked with vulnerable populations in New York City for over a decade and shares her experience nationally speaking at conferences. She has contributed to several publications. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012) and Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017) and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020.
MARK COLEMAN, MA, has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature, and is the author of Awake in the Wild, Make Peace with Your Mind, and From Suffering to Peace.
ANNE CUSHMAN is a pioneer in the integration of mindfulness, embodied meditation, and creative expression. A member of the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she founded the first Buddhist meditation training for yoga teachers. Her books include The Mama Sutra, Enlightenment for Idiots, and Moving Into Meditation.
TIAS LITTLE synthesizes classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, cranial-sacral therapy, and trauma healing. He has studied the meditative arts and Buddhism for 30+ years and has an MA in Eastern Philosophy. Tias is the author of The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, and Yoga of the Subtle Body.
SEAN FEIT OAKES, PhD, teaches Buddhism and Yoga focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary meditative states. His current research explores identity, ancestry, and rebirth, and working with the body in contemplative inquiry.
Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings Exhibit Dates: February 29 – April 19
Art Talk: Feb. 29, 4-5pm Reception: Feb. 29, 5-7pm
“Elmer Bischoff: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings, 1937 – 1972,” is an exhibit that includes 38 expressive works that illustrate Bischoff’s visual journey from abstraction to figuration, and back again, over the course of four decades. Bischoff was a Bay Area painter deeply engaged in the practice of putting paint on canvas in a way that kept him constantly searching for something just out of his reach. His paintings are sensual and lyrical, with marks and compositions influenced by his love of music, including New Orleans Jazz and classical music.
The exhibit is comprised of rarely-viewed paintings and drawings, loaned from private collections and from members of Bischoff’s family. MarinMOCA is grateful for the expert assistance of George Adams, Bischoff Estate representative and owner of the George Adams Gallery, located in New York. Mr. Adams explains, “This exhibition is not so much about Elmer Bischoff becoming a painter as it is about his being a painter who pursued something essential in each work through many transformations of subject and process. One could say that he listened to his paintings and responded honestly until he could no longer hear what they were saying, whereupon he made the necessary switch to another genre. This approach fulfilled Bischoff’s desire to keep his work “alive and in the present.” This exhibit furthers the Bischoff legacy and illuminates an artist who remains one of our 20th century Bay Area legends.
Exhibit Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and students 18-21. Free for members.
Adult Docent Tours: Thursdays at 11:00 am and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, beginning on March 5
An exhibition catalog featuring an essay by former Stanford Cantor Arts Center curator Hilarie Faberman will be available for purchase.
Learn about Bischoff in the Art Talk:
Meghan O’Callaghan, visiting art scholar from Toronto, will present an art talk about Bischoff on Sat., Feb 29, at 4pm in the upstairs gallery. She will present insightful background information that will make your gallery visit much more meaningful. The Opening Reception follows from 5pm – 7pm.
Desta Gallery is pleased to announce two concurrent solo exhibitions: “Beyond Nature,” paintings by Chris Hayman and “Deconstructed / Reconstructed,” Collage by Marlene Walters, on view from February 29 to April 11, 2020, and a reception for the artists on Saturday, March 7, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Chris Hayman received her BA in Art History at the University of Maryland and a second degree in Art at the University of Reno, Nevada where she started her investigation in painting. Hayman has exhibited actively with several galleries nationwide. Her work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
In her paintings, Hayman concerns herself with space. She is interested in how forms are energized by the space around them, especially when incorporated into paintings with vivid contrasting colors and thick painterly textures.
Marlene Walters earned a B.A. in Art from Mills College and became an award-winning corporate graphic designer. She returned to oil painting and studied with many notable painters including Van Waldron, in the lineage of Russian master painter Sergei Bongart. She exhibits throughout the Bay Area and beyond and has grown a loyal following of collectors, nationally and internationally.
Walters’ most recent work extends her exploration into complex assemblages of archival prints of her own paintings.
About Desta Gallery Desta Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery in downtown San Anselmo, featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists. The gallery hosts artist receptions, art-related conversations, poetry readings and speaking engagements highlighting socially relevant themes. To learn more, please visit www.destagallery.com