best wishes for a peaceful and green 2019!

December 2018 Newsletter
As our treasured holiday tradition, the building Lab team would like to greet the new year with a piece of art by an amazing artist from Creative Growth Art Center.

Allan Lofberg has a way of imbuing a drawing with a unique character, capturing the essence of a creature with an economy of line and color. In his mixed media and textile sculptures, material becomes a way to express the personality of his subjects. With an innately playful impulse to freely associate forms, Allan might use twigs to represent insect legs or scraps of lace to suggest bird wings. Through these experiments with material, Allan engages with the physical world, hunting down scraps in the studio, trying them out, and smiling at the results.

As we take a moment at year's end to express our thanks to our clients and associates, we wish to share this inspiration with you.


the bL team
The image of this 2016 acrylic and ink on paper is generously provided by Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland. It serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation and a social atmosphere among peers.

about the artist

Allan Lofberg
born: 1955, Berkeley, California
education: Creative Growth Art Center, 2001-present

Allan Lofberg is a quiet artist with a signature style that encompasses both sophisticated abstraction and whimsical representation. With over a decade of art making under his belt, Allan lets his mood dictate his studio practice. His abstractions are introspective and vary from muted to loud palettes, while his representational work reveals an affinity for animals from the cuddly to the creepy-crawly. 

Selected Exhibitions:
2017  Everyday Visionaries, Target, New York
2015  Extra Celestial, Crosstown Arts, Memphis
2014  Outsider Art Fair, Paris
2013  Margins to Mainstream: Contemporary Artists with Disabilities, Sonoma Cnty Museum, Santa Rosa
2012  Different and Special, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea

If you like to make a donation to support this amazing organization, you can mail a check to

Creative Growth Art Center
355 - 24th Street Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: M-F 10am - 4:30pm Sat 10am - 3pm
or you can donate online

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