Past Artists in Residence
Erin McCluskey Wheeler (2018)
Wheeler has a B.A. in studio art, and a B.A. in art history (magna cum laude) from Beloit, and an M.F.A. in writing from California College of the Arts. Her work is widely collected as both prints and originals. She is a member of the El Cerrito Art Association and won first prize in mixed media in the 2017 El Cerrito Art Association Annual Exhibit. Erin teaches art classes with the Center for Community Arts in Walnut Creek and assists with public programs and events at the UC Botanical Garden. Erin was raised in the Richmond Annex and continues to reside and work in the Annex with her daughter, two cats, and a turtle.
Sandy Drobny (2017)
About her work, Drobny said, “I enjoy showcasing the use of recycled or found materials in my work, and I am incredibly adept at seeing artistic potential in a multitude of objects. I am a weaver, and I work with repurposed materials. I want people to see that weaving is not just an ancient pursuit, but it is alive and well in this century. I want to engage the public, and educate them about creative reuse as well as weaving as an art form.”
She also said, “My inspirational muse, in recent years, has been the humble, ubiquitous plastic shopping bag. Seemingly useless, and easily discarded, the bags are transformed through weaving into vibrant lengths of cloth. I began weaving with plastic bags in an attempt to call attention to the needless waste perpetuated by their existence. As an artist, I always let the materials speak to me, so who knows? Depending on what’s found, my artwork may veer in a different direction altogether.”
Drobny has previously done art residencies at Recology and at St. Vincent de Paul. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design from UC Davis and an Associate degree in Arts, Apparel Design and Merchandising from the College of Alameda. She also has years of experience as an art teacher and weaving instructor.