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'Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay' at the Richmond Art Center

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A new exhibit of Braunstein's private collection of ceramics that opened last Saturday at the Richmond Art Center pays tribute to her nearly 50 years of being an advocate of clay as a fine-art medium. Many of the pieces - by well-known artists including Peter Voulkos, Richard Shaw and Robert Arneson - have never been shown before.

"I love the exhibit on several different levels," said Richmond Art Center curator and exhibitions director Anthony Torres. "It's paying homage to Ruth's life and work, but the collection is also a form of portraiture. It tells a great deal about who she is, and shows how she worked hard to democratize art."

This exhibition celebrates her role in transforming Bay Area art over the last several decades through her gallery (closed in 2011) and as a supporter of the arts. Many of the works are from her private collection and are shown in public for the first time.

As founder of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and mentor to countless California artists, she plans to spend more time with ArtCare, her new charity supporting the restoration of major public art pieces.

"Focus on Clay" is one of three new shows offered by the nonprofit Richmond Art Center, founded in 1936. The other exhibits include "Sculpture," featuring mixed-media works by established and emerging sculptors, and "Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings, and Related Antics," with works by noted University of California artists and professors Joseph Slusky and Chip Sullivan.

Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014