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How to Get a Head


Reception: Saturday, October 8, 1 – 4 PM

October 7-28, 2016

4 solos at NIAD Art Center: Karen May, Saul Alegria, Erik Friedman, John Casey

Oakland artist John Casey is a natural character creator. Often his paintings and drawings include invented people with detailed clothing, sometimes backgrounds, and occasionally several folks interacting. In “How to Get a Head,” Casey narrows his focus to just head portraits: cut out head shapes from plywood, painted. These wall pieces are not pre-planned. Instead, he draws a variety of head shapes; some simple, some more elaborate, without a finished image in mind and then Casey loosely paints in the features in and let the portraits emerge through play.

NIAD Art Center
551 23rd Street
Richmond, CA 94804

stARTup Art Fair CHI Pix

Enjoyed myself in Chicago at the stARTup Art Fair CHI at the MileNorth Hotel (9/23-9/25/16). I also got to spend time with my family which was a big bonus. Here are some images from the fair.

Drawn Together Fundraiser


Drawn Together at Children’s Fairyland

September 30, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Children’s Fairyland in Oakland present the fourth annual Drawn Together, an adults-only evening (21 and over) of live art-making, fixed-price art sale, music, food, and magical fun at Children’s Fairyland. More than 50 exciting artists from Oakland and the Bay Area, including myself, will create over 100 pieces of original Fairyland-inspired art that will be sold for $40 per piece; proceeds will help Fairyland keep admissions low for all and free for those most in need, as well as funding park restoration. Complimentary beer and wine; food available for purchase. Space is limited, so get your tickets early and support a great cause! $18 until Sept. 13, $22 afterward. Thanks to FLAX art & design for in-kind support of this event!

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

stARTup Art Fair Chicago


General Admission Public Hours
Friday, September 23: Noon – 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 24: Noon – 9:00 PM
Sunday, September 25: Noon – 7:00 PM

Opening Celebration: Friday, September 23: 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Hey art pals, I will be participating in the stARTup Art Fair, in Chicago this year at the MileNorth Hotel. Each artist will be exhibiting their work in one of the hotel rooms. You can view the full list here. I will be exhibiting in room 405. Tickets are available on the stARTup Art Fair website. This is an event not to be missed!

If you are planning on attending the fair, please contact me and I will send you info for some free passes.


I will have drawings, sculptures, and a number of new soft-sculpture pillow-heads available for sale. I will also have some of my fun enamel pins ($10 each). I hope to see you at the MileNorth Hotel Chicago!

stARTup Art Fair Chicago
MileNorth Hotel
166 East Superior Street
Floors 4 – 5 – 6
Chicago, IL
September 23 – 25, 2016
Get tix on the stARTup Art Fair website.

Achroma at Modern Eden Gallery

Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA presents…

Achroma: Works on Paper

Opening Saturday, July 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: July 9 – 30, 2016

Achroma, is a group exhibition of works on paper, primarily black and white. I’ll be showing several pencil on paper drawings. Featuring works by Alex Louisa, Bradley Platz, C3, Caleb Hahne, Daniel Bilmes, Emilio Villalba, Jel Ena, John Casey, Joseph Pfeiffer-Herbert, J.S. Weis, Megan Buccere, Ron Norman, Zoe Keller, Rodrigo Cifuentes, Chelsea Brown, and others. This exhibition is in conjunction with a solo show of ceramic sculptures by the very talented Erika Sanada.