2014 -15 Exhibition Season

the Written Word

Ray Beldner Thomas Ingmire Shannon Kaye
Francesca Pastine
Susan Richardson
curated by Susan Richardson
September 6th - November 1st, 2014
Souza & Energy Galleries 


8th Anniversary Open House

in conjunction with the Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival

Saturday, September 6th, 10 am to 3 pm


Artists' Reception & Gallery Talk

Saturday, September 27th, 12 to 2 pm

Luncheon Reception at 12 PM
Gallery Talk at 12:30 PM

These associated events are free and open to the public.


Transforming the Written Word is curated by Susan Richardson and features a group of
contemporary Bay Area artists who explore the relationships between text and visual art.
These artists use text, words and gestural marks as compositional elements.
The diversity of their investigations combine humor and wit, calligraphy and letterform,
journal writing and poetry, social commentary and the adversities of life.

"These artists represent the historic shifting relationship between words and the visual formsthey take. It began with the earliest scribes who were responsible for transmitting knowledge of the ages before the invention ofthe printing press, and has proceeded into the digital age of the 21st Century through mass communication. This relationship continues to provide a fertile field for artistic exploration."  - Susan Richardson, Curator

Ray Beldner is a celebrated arts educator, sculptor and new media artist exhibiting nationally and internationally for three decades. Ray’s work can be found can in numerous prestigious collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California,the San Jose Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Saks Fifth Avenue Collection in New York. Mr.Beldner holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Mills College in Oakland,CA.

Thomas Ingmire is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, fine art calligrapher and maker of artist’s books. Thomas began his career in the 1970’s as a virtuoso calligrapher and the first American invited to membership in Britain’s Society of Scribes and Illuminators. Educated as a Landscape Architect with intensive graphics and fine arts studies, he discovered calligraphy and evolved as a lettering artist creating expressive textual imagery. Mr. Ingmire’s work is held in collections including the Special Collections of the San Francisco Public Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Kunste (Academy of Fine Arts), Berlin, Germany, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD and numerous library collections across America.

Shannon Kaye is a self-described entrepreneurial artist creating art and color palettes for the home environment for more than 15 years. She works in paint and collage, creates textiles and home accessories, as well as providing color consulting for private and commercial clients, architects and interior designers. Shannon can be seen on television as the host of Freshcoat on the DIY Network and has also appeared on HGTV, Lifetime Channel, and TBS. Ms. Kaye has studied at the Seattle Architectural Finishing School in Seattle, Washington, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Her work has been featured innumerous publications including Esquire, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset and At Home magazines. Shannon has been exhibiting professionally for over 30 years.

Francesca Pastine is a regional curator and arts educator, and as a visual artist she has exhibited across America for 20 years. Ms. Pastine holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. In her current body of work, she is using art magazines and newspapers to explore the ways in which received text becomes part of personal experience.

Susan Richardson is a Tracy educator, poet and mixed-media artist working in calligraphy, letterform, printmaking and artist’s books. Ms. Richardson holds a B.A. form Simmons College in Boston, M.A. in English Education from Boise State University,and Ph.D. in Education in Language and Literacy from U.C. Berkeley. She has been exhibiting professionally for 10 years and Transforming the Written Word is her first curatorial project.

Gallery Hours

  • Monday – Thursday,  10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

  • Friday,  10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

  • Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

  • 1 hour prior to most performances in the theatres

  • Please note, the Galleries are closed in-between exhibitions, and during the month of August.

  • Private visits can be scheduled.