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New releases, Artwork by members and apprentices of Painted Tongue Studios, Reviews of shows, Fine art commentary

See our Artwork at Comerica Bank

Art_Exhibit_ComericaThrough the months of December and January, come to Comerica Bank in San Leandro to see the wall hung paper sculptures by one of our letterpress printers, Bill Denham, the San Francisco photographs by another of our printers, Bettina Pauly, and mixed media prints by owner Kim Vanderheiden.

The paper in Bill Denham’s sculptures is from the scraps of our Painted Tongue Studios projects. Bill can tell you which project from which each set of papers originated.

Bettina Pauly’s photographs depict scenes around the Golden Gate Bridge, and compliment Kim Vanderheidens prints, which include the Bay Bridge, the cranes at the Port of Oakland, and other urban landscape.

If you get a chance to stop by, let us know what you thought of our work!

Our Bill Denham & Bettina Pauly read at the Zen Center

On Friday, April 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 – San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, California. 415-863-3136

There is a special presentation during the exhibition opening of the al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside project at the San Francisco Zen Center. Two of our artists and printers, Bill Denham and Bettina Pauly, will be among the readers.

Bill will be sharing The Diameter of the Bomb, a poem by Yehuda Amichai, translated by Chana Block. A broadside of this poem was designed and illustrated by Kim Vanderheiden, and printed and assembeled by Bill. It’s an interactive piece. A ring of black rays hug the poem and image. To view them, the reader must unfold the rays, exploding the broadside.

Bettina Pauly will be reading a translation from Abdul Satar, shown in the documentary: A Candle for the Shabandar Cafe, Baghdad, 2007, which corresponds with her broadside – a powerful piece that’s been two years in the making. It features testimony about the bombing in Arabic and English, with a hole carefully burned out of the center, between the two languages. Across the hole, the broadside is stitched back together.

Both are very powerful pieces, and are on display at the Zen Center, along with 130 other works commemorating the 2007 package bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street – a street of booksellers in Baghdad; a street renown intellectual exploration and freedom of thought and speech.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations and purchases of broadsides benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Fine Art for a Great Cause

December 11, 12 and 13 at the Anna Edwards Gallery in San Leandro, fine art and holiday gifts created by the artists at Painted Tongue will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Artful Steps Program at the Stepping Stone Growth Center.

The stated mission of Stepping Stones is “to enhance the independence, self-sufficiency, and quality of life of people with developmental disabilities who might otherwise be alienated from the mainstream of society.”  Learn more about the program at

Painting by LeeAnn Jacobs, handmade box by Mitsuko Baum

Painting by LeeAnn Jacobs, handmade box by Mitsuko Baum

Anna Edwards Gallery
237 East 14th Street, San Leandro, Ca 94577
(510) 632-1134  –

December 11, 12 and 13, 11am to 6pm

Join us Friday, December 11 from 6pm to 8pm for the opening reception, and Saturday, December 12 at 6pm as we raffle off artwork donated by the artists. It’s a great opportunity to purchase affordable fine art and gifts while helping out a truly worthy cause.

Artists galore!

There are a lot of artists working here at Painted Tongue.  Here are a few of their current projects.

K2 Print by Bill Denham

Meeting Doodles by Ben Chan

Linoleum Cut Animals by Jenny Seiler

Cardboard Piece by Kim Vanderheiden

Bunny Boxes by Bettina Pauly

Red Box by Bettina Pauly

Christmas books by Mitsuko Baum

Peace Book by Mitsuko Baum

Paper cut on black paper by Tory Van Wey

Robot linoleum cut in progress by LeeAnn Jacobs

Robot linoleum cut in progress by LeeAnn Jacobs


Our very own Bill Denham is a featured in a new show titled: “Broadsided! The Intersection or Art and Literature.”  The show features letterpress printed broadside work from artists across the USA.

The show is at 23 Sandy Gallery, in Portland, Oregon.  More information: here.

Here are some pictures of Bill’s other Broadside work: Continue reading

Come and See Us on Saturday!


Concerning the Forest: The Work of Sandy Walker

Sandy Walker is an artist from our own West Oakland neighborhood. He is showing a newly assembled exhibition at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco. Sandy is currently a visiting faculty member at the San Francisco Studio School. His work includes large-scale paintings and drawings, as well as woodcuts. In fact, two woodcuts in the Meridian show were among those editioned in this studio by Rebecca Fenton, Bettina Pauly, Anna Edwards, Bill Denham, and Kim Vanderheiden.

Follow the “Keep Reading” link to see paintings and drawings from the show, and examples of the woodcuts by editioned at Painted Tongue Studios.

Stephen Walker Print

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