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A local committee hopes to gain support for public art in private developments as well as public spaces. Pictured is an example of public art at the Sheridan Point Park. Photo courtesy of Michele Seville.

PAAC continues effort to require public art in new business developments

Last Tuesday, Richmond’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) met to discuss Percent for Art in Private Development, an ordinance that would earmark one percent of large-scale private development project funds for the creation and inclusion...
Model Shanina Shaik wore Jarman’s Monarch wings in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (photo courtesy of Josh Wong Photography)

Locally Richmond: Fairy wing maker goes national

Locally Richmond is an occasional series of profiles that highlights the small businesses that contribute to making Richmond a unique community.  When does an artist know she has reached a milestone in her career? For Angela...
Underdog Press

Two Richmond residents collaborate on separate unique art businesses under the same roof

There is no task too big or small or obscure for Brandy Esparza and Kyle Silber, who know how to market an artisanal stamp for a doughnut wrapper, a latex mask for a life-sized Buddha,...
Cara Corey uses her custom made UVC pipe knitting needles to make a few of her designs.

Bay Area artist runs unique business inspired by her grandmother

Among the many unorthodox tools Cara Corey has used to make her handmade artist line unique are knitting needles made out of PVC pipe and merino wool fiber (the material before wool becomes “wool”) shipped from...
Andromeda Brooks (top left), Jonny Perez (top right), Menbere Aklilu (bottom left), and Najari Smith (bottom right) are four of Richmonds "Agents of Change" working to improve Richmond's community. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Agents of Change: Scenes of a city in motion

Old opinions about Richmond often seem set in stone, but at least some of the worst may be on the way out. That’s what we tried to document in “Agents of Change,” a series of...
Menbere Aklilu, owner of the Richmond restaurant Salute E Vita, sits for a photograph at her desk. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

After hard times, restaurant owner warms hearts in Richmond with love

Menbere Aklilu has come a long way. From a struggling single mother, she is now a restaurant owner in Richmond, after moving from her native Ethiopia and a time in Italy. Aklilu hosts an annual...
Cole Dunford (center) and Copeland Cormier (right) enjoy a day on the Happy Lot Farm during November’s volunteer day. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Local gardener transforms vacant lot into thriving urban farm

Andromeda Brooks is changing the way we look at vacant lots. Tired of staring at the litter outside her window, Brooks decided to turn a blighted lot at Chanslor Avenue and First Street into an...