GRAND OPENING of "FABULOUS SIBS" at the Hat Rac Fine Art Gallery, Feb 22nd.

Saturday Feb. 22nd, from 6pm-10pm, is the GRAND OPENING of "FABULOUS SIBS" at the Hat Rac Fine Art Gallery in Uptown Oakland. Ladies, here is your chance to meet women business owners & other inspiring entrepreneurs & connect!

Fabulous keynote speakers Susan Burgess-Lent, Executive Director, Women's Center International & Gertha Hays, Owner, "A Divas Closet will discuss the following HOT TOPICS:

 1. Conquering your fears of starting a business
2. Turning your passion into a successful business

Fabulous "McNeil" will be mixing it up w/ the latest hits and of course, there will be plenty of food and drinks! Bring your friends out for a great time!!

$20 at the door or for more details see:
 http://fabuloussibs.bpt.me

January features new paintings and skateboards by Yvette Buiges


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Yvette M. Buigues lives and works in Emeryville, California. Her inspiration comes from no one place in particular; in her work one can see and feel her exploration of the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of everyday life. Through bold images she speaks to relationships between people, the state of the world, the human condition. The multiple layers of color and detail often times contain subtle observations and a darker sense of humor. Buigues works most often with acrylic paint. she finds great pleasure and touches base with whimsy in her pen and ink drawings, and experiments in seriography.

Yvette was born in Los Angeles, California, into a family of Spanish artists. Her father, Hector Buigues, was the most influential and inspirational force in Buigues' artistic upbringing. Born in Valencia, Spain and moved to Buenos Aires, as a young child, he is an internationally respected sculptor and designer.Yvette's grandfather, Pascual Buigues created monumental art for cities such as Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata and Valencia.
Buenos Aires is where Yvette received formal instruction in fine art illustration. Under the tutelage of Adrian Dorado, a contemporary constructivist painter, and Nicolas Bufidis, a master fresco artist and director of the Buenos Aires School of Fine Arts, she worked in graphite and colored pencil, focusing her efforts on technique and realism.

An exhibiting artist for the past seventeen years, Yvette’s work has shown across the U.S. Her current paintings, on view at the HAT RAC Fine Art Gallery during the month of January, are an exploration in texture and color. Each piece is painted on embossed paper, creating a visual and textural experience that resembles vintage inspired patterns. Paired with bright, rich colors and familiar animal imagery, her paintings are striking and tranquil. 

Also on view are Yvette’s recent skateboard works. Similar imagery to her paintings the skateboards combine bright, realistic animals, with cultural references more commonly found in traditional skateboard culture to create a well executed image, with an edge of tongue in cheek satire.

James Byfield and his talented musical associates at the Hat Rac Friday, August 2nd, from 6-10pm

From classic blues and Americana to timeless songs from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, with a generous helping of crowd-pleasing originals, singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/band leader James Byfield and his talented musical associates have been entertaining audiences and blues radio fans for years. 

His blues band, Blind Lemon Pledge, played to SRO crowds at the last two annual San Francisco Folk Music Festivals. His Amazon.com listed album, “I Would Rather Go Blind”, featuring an eclectic mix of chestnut blues, reworked pop standards, and some of James’ unique songs was played internationally and was named one of the Best Blues Albums of 2010 by KPIG Radio, as well as being placed in the top 100 Singer/Songwriter Albums by iTunes Ireland and iTunes Austria. In addition to his blues band, James also appears as part of the duet As Time Goes By, featuring Bay Area violin master Cal Keaoola. This duet has been described as “Hoagy Carmichael meets Stephane Grappelli.” Currently James is in the studio recording his next album due for a December release.

Come listen to James Byfield as he entertains you with unique stylings and a broad range of great tunes. And visit www.james-creative.comfor more information.