Dialogue

The Breakfast Group

Years ago, it seems like another lifetime, I owned a small cafe in Berkeley. On an early Saturday morning, a group of friends gathered to order breakfast. Coffee, orange juice, rolls and croissants, eggs, salmon and quiches poured out of the kitchen, as my staff and I observed the lively assembly.

Left: Carl Worth Sanctum, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2013. Photo: John Friedman. Right: Katie Hawkinson Water Element, Oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches, 2013.

Left: Carl Worth Sanctum, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2013. Photo: John Friedman. Right: Katie Hawkinson Water Element, Oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches, 2013.

We learned, when they returned on subsequent Saturdays, that they were a group of artists styled as the Breakfast Group. It was a fortuitous moment, because that was when I met Marvin Lipofsky, a regular member of the group, and an artist who profoundly shaped my early career in fine art.

Today, the Breakfast Group lives on with an exhibition of their work at the Richmond Art Center. The exhibition features artwork by 30 noted artists of the group, complemented by a series of programs, talks and workshops.

For five decades, this changing group of painters, glass artists, sculptors, film-makers and photographers have met weekly over breakfast to discuss ideas, artists, world events, movies, life and sports. They gather because of their common devotion to art and a desire to be with other like-minded people. The group originated in the mid-'60s when art professors at the University of California at Berkeley including Sid Gordin, a well-known abstract painter and sculptor, and Elmer Bischoff, a pioneer in the Bay Area figurative school of art began meeting to talk about art. Funding for The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java exhibition has been provided by Oliver & Company.

I am honored to have met some of these artists, and definitely plan to attend the exhibition. If you'd like to join me, let me know. I'd love the company!

The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java
Exhibition Dates: Mar 22 – May 30, 2014

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804