About

Dublin ARts Collective

The Dublin Arts Collective is a collaborative non-profit organization supporting and promoting artistic and creative activity, awareness raising and community building in the City of Dublin and East Bay area in California by engaging artists and makers and increasing the visibility of their artwork, products and services by providing a central hub for arts education, showcasing, professional development and communication about the arts.

Who We Are (DAC Leadership)

Sawsan Wolski, President

Well known owner of The Frame Company in Dublin, Sawsan’s business premises displays fine art paintings, drawings, pottery, jewelry, photography, and other fine crafts. The Frame Company is one of the most established businesses in the Tri-Valley area and has been operating at the same location, on Village Parkway in Dublin, since 1973.

Many know Sawsan Wolski as a successful business woman but not as an accomplished artist. She graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with degrees in painting, drawing, animation, and design.

Sawsan builds a stronger community as part of the local Soroptimist of the Tri-Valley group, who describe themselves as “a group of women dedicated to making a difference in our community through service and fund raising.” Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs focused on social and economic empowerment. 

Vanessa Thomas, Co-Founder DAC

Co-Founder of the Dublin Arts Collective, Artist, Martial Artist, Freelance Journalist, TEDx Speaker and Owner of Fables and Flora.com. Nominated for Citizen of the Year 2017 for her volunteer work in the community and Recipient of the City of Dublin Mayor’s Award 2019. Her fascination with flowers led her to floral photography and she has exhibited in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Qualifications: BSc Med Hons Medical Microbiology (UCT), Post Grad Dip in Information Management (RAU) Project Management Dip (Damelin Management School)
Contact Email : info@fablesandflora.com Website:http://www.fablesandflora.com LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/vanessa-thomas-a9380b9/

Claudia McCormick, Vice President DAC

I am a founder, former president of the board and current vice president of DAC. I served eight years on the Dublin city council and spearheaded the public art program in Dublin. I am a published writer and have a long history of community service in the tri-valley area.

Dawn Benson, Board Member

Dawn Benson, a supporter of the arts in its entirety, who dabbles in a variety of art including jewelry, fabric and card making. She enjoys promoting local and youth artists . A resident of Dublin for 22 years, she actively serves the Tri-Valley community and serves on a variety of public and non-profit boards. Her background in customer service, finance, business operations, in addition to the non-profit sector are strengths she brings to the DAC board. In her spare time she and her husband run the Scoring Chix, a equestrian show management services, dabbling in art projects, and Toastmaster activities. 

Lorraine [Heath] Wells, Board Member

Born in the San Joaquin Valley, raised in Salinas, CA and currently living in Dublin, California. My career started with a box of Crayola crayons and advanced to painting 4×8 sheets of plywood and cleaning brushes for my sign maker step-father. I learned the art & craft of brush lettering, gold leafing and silk screening at his side, then earned a BFA in design from California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) in Oakland, CA. My professional career has included Graphic Art, Advertising, Marketing and Logo Design. My fine art career has included, watercolor, oil & acrylic painting, pen, ink & pencil drawing, which took a back seat to my commercial career until I retired. I have had more than a 50year career in art and design, my current focus being watercolor. My work has won awards throughout my lifetime as an artist.

Contact me at:   email:dingbats@comcast.net and visit my website:dingbatgraphicdesign.com,

Dennis Baker, DAC – Secretary

Working at art since 2001, and finally a full time artist, now that I’m retired! Oils and pastels, watercolor and acrylics are all great mediums but I concentrate mainly on oils and am currently working in abstract figuratives. My formal degree was in engineering and my professional career was in aviation, working as a pilot for 38 years. My art education has been mixed – partly self taught, partly from local professionals and partly from national professionals who travel here to the Bay Area and maintain online mentoring. 
My art can be seen at DennisBakerArt.net  and  https://www.wescover.com/creator/d-k-baker. Contact me at Dennis@DennisBakerArt.net and by phone 925-518-7917

Yinghua Wang, Webmaster

Yinghua got her Ph.D. in Art Education from the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on critical art education pedagogy and creative thinking. As a member of the National Art Education Association, she presents frequently at the NAEA conferences. Yinghua comes from a family of visual artists. Inspired and influenced by her father, she began her training in painting and drawing when she was four years old. Her artwork won various awards in national and international art competitions. She loves Chinese painting, calligraphy, watercolor painting, drawing, and design. She also enjoys exploring mixed media and STEAM projects with her two children.

Yinghua has over 15 years of teaching experience. She founded Happy Valley Art School in 2015 and she also teaches digital art and interactive design at Ohlone College. Her students won prizes in a variety of art contests. You can visit her art school at: http://happyvalleyartschool.com/

Questions? Concerns? Suggestions, Contact me at info@dacarts.org.