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Bernell Loeb

San Rafael, CA

I started drawing when I was 6 years old, sitting between my parents on long summer road trips. I continued to study and paint through high school and college. Then I put art aside because I was taught that art was not practical and one had to be practical to be an adult. I now had to earn my living, which was something I never thought about while I was drawing and dreaming. So I put down my paint brush and earned money in many mundane ways, always feeling outside myself. Always longing for something more. For me, dreaming lead to awakening. As I began to pay attention to my dreams, I started to write them down. Then I drew them. And painted them. Art opened a window to my soul. It helped me understand my own deepest feelings and longings. It became a sacred practice by which I slowly gained access to my internal wisdom. "I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely... My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive." Mary Oliver


1972 B.F.A. University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
1978 Two years advanced film study, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Thesis Film “Sharon, Carpenter’s Apprentice,” 8 minutes documentary
2006 One year advanced study, Halstead School of Portrait and Figure Art, Evanston, IL


Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Best in show,
Summer 2009

Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL, March 2010

NEXT, International Exhibit of Emerging Artists, Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, April 29 – May 2, 2011

Visual Arts Gallery, Governor’s State University, University Park, Illinois, March 2012

Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR, “A Generous Kingdom,” December 2016
Cover of the commemorative publication

O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “Red,” February 2017

U-Be Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA, “Creatures Real and Imagined,” March 2017

O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “Landscapes, Real or Imagined” April 2017

O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “Luminosity: Reflections on Light,” May 2017

Marin Society of Artists, Members Show, San Rafael, CA, December 2017

Marin Center, San Rafael, CA, January – March 2018

Marin Open Studios, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA, May 2018


Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2010 - 2011


Marin Open Studios, Marin County, California, May 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 2016


Marin Society of Artists
Marin Open Studios
Artwork Downtown, San Rafael, CA

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