Featured artists are:
Sculpture: Ted Ullman, who is a former chemist inspired by molecular forms; Paul Rubas, a native of Czechoslovakia and a tennis instructor who constructs sculptures from found objects; and Michael Kesselman, a former playwright and author using cast-offs to sculpt objects designed, he says, to make people smile.
Origami: Kate Lukasheva, who has a doctorate in differential equations and hand-colors paper for her computer-designed modular origami.
Photography: Merrie Asimow, who combines digital techniques to produce painterly photographs; and Michael Endicott, the director of the Edge of Frame Gallery in San Francisco, who was raised in the Caribbean and educated in biology and environmental law, whose photos resemble impressionist or abstract paintings.
Jewelry: Barbara M. Berk, who has a master's degree in Russian history and 15 years in magazine publishing, and weaves precious metal wires into sculpture and jewelry; and Francine Fiesel, who uses fresh water and cultured pearls from the South Seas and is inspired by the work of her father, art jewelry designer David Navarro.
Painting: Ginger Slonaker, who teaches children's painting, and paints whimsical, twisted portraits in bright colors; and Inna Cherneykina, who was born near Moscow and is a former computer game designer who makes canvas paintings with vibrant colors, bold lights, and mysterious shade.
Mosaics: Xuan My Ho, who escaped Vietnam as one of the boat people and left her career in computer science for mosaics, putting broken pieces together, she says, to create a meaningful whole.
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