Summer tours Mills College Art Museum

The Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., will be closed during the summer for gallery retrofitting.

While the gallery is closed, the museum will digitize its collection of works on paper, which includes examples of 19th and 20th century photography, Japanese prints, Renaissance masters and works by early 20th century avant-garde artists. Visit the museum's Facebook and Tumblr pages to see where the process.

The museum will hold free Behind the Scenes tours of collection highlights on the last Sunday of each month. This month will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with a guided tour of related works from the museum collection, 1 p.m., June 24.

The July tour will be a look at the Art of the Japanese Print, 1 p.m., July 29.

And the Aug. 26 tour will be Mills College Through the Years.

Space is limited for all tours. To make reservations for any of the tours email museum@mills.edu.

Oakland resident's art chosen for calendar

Oakland resident Gary Turchin is one of 13 artists whose work was selected to appear in the Parkinson's disease Foundation's 2012 Creativity and Parkinson's Calendar. His photographic print entitled "House, Through the Flowers" is featured in the month of August. His artwork, including his collection which features "House, Through the Flowers," will be on display at East Bay Open Studios Saturday and Sunday at the Jack London Square Pavilion.


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Turchin was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2006, but has not let it hamper his optimistic and creative spirit.

To learn more about Turchin's artwork call the Parkinson's disease Foundation (800) 457-6676, email info@pdf.org, or go to www.pdf.org/creativity.

Backyard concert to help Mosaic Project

A backyard concert by singer-songwriter Brett Dennen will benefit Oakland's Mosaic Project, which fosters understanding and community by bringing together elementary school students of diverse backgrounds.

Dennen, who has toured or shared bills with artists such as Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne and Ziggy Marley, has released four albums and has contributed to "Children's Songs for Peace and a Better World," a Mosaic Project CD. Avi Vinocur, of the band Goodnight, Texas and formerly of the Stone Foxes, will open the show.

Mosaic's primary program is its outdoor school, a weeklong session that teaches students to understand and respect their differences.

The June 16 concert is part of a garden party hosted at a home in Piedmont designed by famed architect Julia Morgan. Peter Finch of KGO radio will serve as master of ceremonies.

Dennen, who created the project's musical curriculum, is a member of the board of directors and the project's first "Resident Rock Star."

Tickets are $100 and include wine and hors d'ouvres. There will be a silent auction at the event. For more information, tickets and online auction items go to www.mosaicproject.org/brettconcert2012.