Bernice was recently interviewed (Jan 2008) by the Fine Art Industry Publication
ART BUSINESS NEWS about her role in the Popular Retro Art movement .
Click on the link to see the entire article
Art auction to benefit creativity of seniors
Some paint smiling, happy faces or stark nude figures. A couple of painters color canvases with floral and fauna or lonely landscapes. The 20 artists who have donated works for Saturday's "Positively Ageless" charity auction all come from different backgrounds and have diverse ideas about what is art.
Some are painting their way through their golden years using heavy and thick oils. Others are middle-aged and rediscovering a love of watercolor, long sequestered because of careers, family and the demands of everyday life. While their work is a mixed bag, all have one thing in common -- they want their artwork to make someone else's life just a little bit sweeter.
"For me, art is about stewardship, what we can do for each other ... not what we make for ourselves," said Bernice Gross, a 52-year- old Berkeley painter. Gross is one of the artists who have donated a piece to the "Positively Ageless: A Celebration of Art & Aging" art show and auction at the 4th Street Studio in Berkeley on Saturday to benefit Adult Day Services Network of Alameda County. Gross donated a 4-by-4-foot oil painting of a Chicago peace rose because she said it is an enduring classic, grown in gardens everywhere. "I donated that because (of) the theme of the exhibit. I feel that roses are positively ageless. I wanted to make a painting that is desirable because I want it to sell and I want the Adult DayServices to benefit from this."