The exhibition, which will run from September 12, 2014 through November 7, 2014, will hold an opening reception on September 12, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Gallery 85, 1180 Olsen Drive, San Jose, CA 95128. This is the public’s opportunity to meet the artists and view their works. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Mr. Davis’ availability for interviews related to Art Matters is dependent on the home/away schedule of the San Francisco 49ers. Please contact Mr. Patrick Powell, the gallery manager, for scheduling. The nine Bay Area art educators who will have their works on display include Lou Bermingham, Milton Bowens, Kristin Lindesth, Cuong Nguyen, David Ogle, Carrie Ann Plank, Russell Powell, George Rivera and Deborah Trilling.

In the artist’s words…

Lou Bermingham (

I grew up in the Sierra Foothills and moved to San Jose to attend SJSU. I have lived in San Jose and Los Gatos for years and recently moved to Capitola. I teach Art at Independence High School, East Side San Jose, and my art studio is in an industrial warehouse in Campbell.

I paint in a gestural way, usually in acrylics or oils. I’m trying to capture the hidden, the mysterious in our world and bring it into the light. Using various colors, shapes and textures, I’m attempting to create from a place that is still forming – fresh and raw – and coming into being.

The nine pieces (all symbolic abstract art/acrylic on canvas) include: “Osiris”, “She’s Still There”, “Iris’ Rainbow”, “Burn on Through”, “Mano a Mano”, “Perfect Curvature of the Earth”, “Kokoro”, “Demeter’s Moon” and “Zoom”.

The shapes, symbols, and totemic animals that I paint I’ve observed in nature while exploring caves, hiking and dreaming – which is why remembering my dreams is so important to me. These are combined with colors and textures and create, I believe, a transfer of energy into the light, space and environment we all inhabit. I believe Art – whether visual, performing, musical or other – is a vital energy needed for re-balancing ourselves and our world.


Kristin Lindseth Rivera (

As a Sculptor, I have chosen to focus on the human figure since the mid-1990s. I create one-of-a-kind sculptures… and in the case of certain small pieces, editions of 4. My bronze sculptures include heads, figures and fragments, and reflect a personal perspective on being human. At the same time, they deal with the life experience of men and women of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds – particularly with respect to relationships and with an emphasis on women’s experience. There are 6 pieces in the show at Gallery 85. They are titled “Being and Becoming”, “Deep Thought”,” New Beginning”,’ Labyrinth of time”, “Reaching”, and “Walking Meditation”. My work is represented by Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post St. Suite 310, San Francisco, CA and the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka, CA

She teaches at Mission College and the Triton Museum.

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Cuong Nguyen (

I’m an Artist/Art instructor from San Jose, California. I consider my style to be contemporary realism. I use Pastel, Conte pencil and Oil for my paintings. I will have five pieces on display: “Her” (Portrait, Oil on canvas), “Preoccupied” (Figurative, Oil on canvas), “Jasmine” (Portrait, Pastel), “Waiting” (Figurative, Conte), “Pure” (Portrait, Conte).

My paintings depend on the dramatic portrayal of light, shadow and environment to create their mood and sense of realism. I supplement the meaning visible in human faces with a combination of symbolic imagery or just simple objects. My goal is provide a different aspect of my model’s personal life, whether it be someone I’ve known for a long time or someone I just met.

He teaches at the Triton Museum and holds workshops in Mexico and at his studio.

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Phone: 408-309-4124


Gallery 85 is a beautiful, light-filled space situated in the headquarters of the Vernon Davis Foundation on Santana Row in San Jose, CA. Open from 10:00AM to 7:00PM Tuesday through Sunday, the gallery features local, emerging and established artists exploring topics in painting, textiles, sculpture and mixed media. ( )

Gallery 85 Management: Patrick Powell <>

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The Other Artists:

Milton Bowens, ( ), Twin River Unified School District, Sacramento, , (510) 325-7869

David Ogle, ( ), West Valley College, 408-893-8133,

Carrie Ann Plank, ( ), Academy of Art University in San Francisco,

Russell Powell, ( ), Old Orchard School in Campbell, , 408-506-3303

George Rivera, ( ), Mission & Ohlone Colleges,

Deborah Trilling, ( ), Castilleja School in Palo Alto,