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.

After 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 own.

Her husband, 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.

Over the 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.

Art reflects, 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 many levels.

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Arna Means
PO Box 1286
Gualala, CA 95445

(707) 884-1608


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