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Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing

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The James Irvine Foundation Conference Center at The East Bay Community Foundation

353 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Plaza A

Oakland, CA 94612

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The East Bay Community Foundation Presents:

Artist Reception and Exhibition

Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing

Join us for a unique art event at EBCF featuring art, live afro-cuban jazz from the band T3io, food, and refreshments. As a longtime supporter of the arts, EBCF will host an artist reception and exhibition on Thursday, September 26, from 4:30pm - 7:00pm, entitled “Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing,” featuring local artists Pablo Soto Campoamor and Derrick Bell. Drawing from their own personal experiences and emotions, these two artists are able to encapsulate culture and history through their work. “Modality” examines the ways that rituals inform our experiences and how we operate in various modes to protect our bodies, overcome hardship, and build bridges to healing.




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Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

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The James Irvine Foundation Conference Center

353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

(Parking is available on the street, or in one of the local parking garages. The closest BART station is 12th Street.)


Derrick Bell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is an American painter and furniture maker who works from his studio in Oakland, California. He received a BA degree in Studio Art at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, and a MA degree in Art Education at Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Bell's current work makes direct reference to diminished humanity, blackness, commodification, bias, and psychology. His ongoing work continues to address social ascent and descent, performativity of identity with a particular attention to notions of violence, whiteness, class stratification, Martial law, fascism, social exclusion, apartheid, genocide, isolation and assimilation.

Pablo Soto Campoamor paints to stay sane as it grounds him when the world at large feels out of control, hostile, and unpredictable. He uses art to memorialize nostalgia, celebrate the mundane, and to make peace with loss and isolation. His art draws from his fascination with the deceptively simple patterns of nature, as well as the hidden order in chaotic spaces. Latin American, African, African-Diasporic, and Native American motifs emerge throughout Campoamor’s body of work, as well as spirituality, storytelling, food, ritual, and music.

Charmin Baaqee (Curator) is the owner and founder of Art Is Luv, which provides exposure for artists through marketing, social media, and branding. She is a writer and blogger and also has over 10 years of experience as a curator for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Gallery, where she is now Art Committee Chair. She was appointed by the Mayor’s office to the City of Oakland Public Art Advisory Committee, where she now serves as Co-chair. Her passion and appreciation for art and community based initiatives have been long standing and have developed since childhood. As an Oakland native and resident, she has been a witness to her hometown’s socio-economic challenges and an active participant in its ongoing revitalization. Mrs. Baaqee holds a B.S. (Civil Engineering) from Clark Atlanta University, a B.S. (Environmental Engineering) from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.S. (Civil/Environmental Engineering) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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