All Of The Light, organized by Gina Borg • 50 Days 50 Choices: Catherine Haley Epstein • Holiday Lounge 6 at NIAD Art Center from December 1-29 //

As we move into December, the days have been getting shorter, and we enter the darkest time of the year. Instead of relying on the sun, we create our own light. Through contrasting light and dark, subtle tonal gradations, or vibrating color contrasts, the works in “All Of The Light” either depict perceptions of light, or they create a light of their own. Included in the exhibition are Saul Alegria, Eddie Braught, Raquel Charles, Arista Dawson, Julio Del Rio, Luis Estrada, Jon Fukui, Felicia Griffin, Willie Harris, Aisha Ivery, Julie MacDonald, Ann Meade, Martha Padron, Demetri Petroupolos, Dorrie Reid, Shantae Robinson, Jesus Salas, Danny Thach, Jonathan Velazquez, and Matthew Wilson.

Gina Borg is a painter who lives and works in Oakland, California. Her work has been shown in solo exhibits at Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles, Jancar Jones Gallery in San Francisco, and K. Imperial Fine Art in San Francisco, and has been included in group shows around the country. Her work is included in numerous private collections as well as the collection of the Alameda County Arts Commission. Born in 1973 in Sacramento, California, Borg attended the MFA program in painting at Boston University and received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

This is the second exhibition organized by Gina Borg at NIAD Art Center. Her work was also featured in a group exhibition at the Art Center.

50 Days 50 Choices: Catherine Haley Epstein

Over the past two years Portland, Oregon-based artist Catherine Haley Epstein has completed a self imposed exercise to make 50 choices per day for 50 days in reverence to those that died in Orlando, Florida nightclub killing in 2016. She made 50 choices on their behalf, every day after the event because 49 of them did not have a choice that day. An additional choice was added to represent the killer. Epstein has been thinking a lot about her responsibilities as a maker, and what happens when we live in an ungrounded time. She believes that our choices make and represent ourselves, as well as make all the difference in the world. 

Catherine Haley Epstein is an artist, award-winning writer, designer and curator. Most recently she served on the panel for Visual Artist grants for the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Visual Thinking Strategies, a non-profit based in New York City that has developed a proprietary program to teach children to think critically using fine art. She is Co-Founder of the project Point & Line, an innovative platform for deeper dialog with contemporary art and artists. She is a lifelong advocate for arts in schools, and has worked with organizations such as Right Brain Initiative, Levi’s Strauss Youth Arts Program, the De Young Museum and Southern Exposure, on projects and in advisory roles to advance learning through the arts. As a gallery owner she was featured in the New York Times about her change of direction from a successful management-consulting career. As an artist she has exhibited throughout the US and abroad, and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts and abroad in Montespertoli, Italy. In 2016 she was selected to exhibit her experimental fragrance project at the inaugural AIX Scent Fair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the 2017 Perfumed Plume Award in Fragrance Journalism, for her writing on the use of scent as an art medium. She is a member of the Long Now Foundation and Americans for the Arts, and she continues to collaborate with artists and writers here and abroad on unique initiatives that explore intersections between art and other disciplines.

This is Catherine Haley Epstein’s first solo exhibition at NIAD Art Center.

Holiday Lounge 6

The studio has been busy as elves creating loads of craft objects. So, once again under the guidance of NIAD staffer and fantastic retail merchandiser Peter Gravener, we are filling the Storefront, and the Backroom as well, with seasonal items and unique gifts: quilts, coloring posters and books, baskets, monographs, wall hangings, tree ornaments, hats and scarves and mittens, ceramic animals and more. You’ll definitely something you want to give and likely a few things you’ll want to keep.

Our sponsor, REM Inc.

Our December exhibitions are supported by REM Inc. In operation for over 21 years, REM is an industry leading innovator, that manufactures the Triton stormwater catch basin filter inserts. The filters — designed to help organizations meet City, State and Federal EPA water quality mandates — are an economical solution for reducing potential liability from pollutants and debris flowing off site. They help filter out the pollution that are entering our waterways. More information at

Opening reception is Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Bill Zindel will be the deejay.