Exhibition Appreciations from the Project Coordinator

The Postal Collage Project No.13 Premiere Exhibition was open for nine days at Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, California, and was viewed by more than two hundred visitors. If you were one of them, thanks for being there. If you brought or sent friends, thank you for sharing the project and growing the audience. I was in the gallery every day, every hour, and wouldn’t have missed a minute of it. The support and encouragement I was given was like sunshine. People say the nicest things.

Thank you to Berkeley Art Center Co-Directors, Kim Acebo Arteche and Elena Gross, and Gallery Manager, Sun Park, for making the venue available and developing a valuable community partnership. Thank you to Israel Forbes for manifold essential help; to Ben Hoz and Rik Ekstrom for installation assistance; to Emma Forbes for expertly producing the ‘details’ slideshow at a moment’s notice; to Todd Kerr and Berkeley Times for spreading the word in print. Special thanks and warm regards to the family of Maura Ghizzoni. 

Year after year, I’m amazed and impressed by the generous, thoughtful participation of collaborators, and the depth and diversity of the work. The 260 collages on display were looked at closely and carefully, and were widely admired. I hope everyone who had a hand in building this collection feels good about it. I’m grateful for all you’ve done.

The Friday Night Preview Party Fundraiser was a good time and a great success. A heartfelt thanks to all in attendance. The gallery buzzed for three hours with enthusiastic conversations of nearly 100 guests, including about three dozen project collaborators. Thank you to Trumer Brewery for providing pilsner and to Emma Forbes for tending bar. Eleven collages were sold through silent auction, a satisfying fundraising experiment. Thank you, Johanna Lowenberg, for stepping up and running that show. Big, big thanks to Monica Forbes and to all the bidders and buyers, and all the collaborators who made their collages available. Your support is valuable and very much appreciated!

The Postal Collage Project is supported, in part, by a Civic Arts Grant from the City of Berkeley, and, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

On Opening Day, Collab Arts Lab, a new Berkeley Commonplace program headed by C.K. Itamura, launched The Travelogues Project, an ongoing travel-doc collaboration. Gratitude to C.K. and all the book-makers for getting this project revved up and on the road.

Our World Collage Day event involved a typically friendly, always-active table of collage-makers, creating small work for mailing to the 30+ content providers whose materials they were using. Those gems will be delivered in the days and weeks ahead. 

As ever, I’m grateful for the dedication and generosity of the Berkeley Commonplace Board of Directors: Andrea Guskin, C.K. Itamura, Ingrid Ekstrom, Jan Kather and Julie Marten. Thank you!

Marty McCutcheon
Project Coordinator
Berkeley, May 2024