Arna Means has
been involved in art all her life. She was born
and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area,
attended public schools in Oakland, and
graduated from San Francisco State University
where she received her degree in Art and
secondary teaching credential. She also attends
art classes at the University of Mexico.
graduation, she taught art and other subjects
throughout Northern California. She still
teaches art at Kashia reservation where she has
been a visiting teacher for the past 5 years.
She took time out from teaching to raise a
family and pursue her art further on her
also an artist, and she had a gallery and studio
in Monterey on Cannery Row in the sixties in the
same spot that the Monterey Aquarium stands
today. There, she met with, and exchanged ideas
with other artists. She studied painting with
Alex Gonzales and learned the art of etching at
the Carmel Art Center. Loving the reflective
quality and detail of the print, she studied
etching further at San Francisco Graphics Arts
Studio and the California College of Arts and
Crafts in Oakland.
years, she has shown her work in many exhibits
in various locales throughout the United States.
She has won several awards.
She loves the
media for its history and its reproductive
quality, that is, being able to make several
images from one plate with a low tech and
creative hands on involvement.
to me, the process of a journey toward
resolution. As an expression of that journey and
its variety of experiences (its joys and
struggles), a work of art can be interpreted on
here to review Arnas' Etching
Gualala, CA 95445
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