25th Annual (ABCW) Art By Construction Workers

April 29 - June 30, 2024

The One That Got Away in memory of Fred Becker

Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2024

ABCW is Art By Construction Workers

We are a group of artists who became friends working in the trades. We had our first group show because one of us was shy about the prospect of a one-person show. After 25 years of monthly dinner meetings, taking turns cooking for each other in our homes and mounting a show each year, here at BAX, as well as some showing elsehwere along the way, we remain glad to see each other.

We had not felt compelled to have a public image or a name for ourselves, as we are just enough anarchic to put that aside, but ‘ABCW’ has surfaced in the recent few years perhaps because it became convenient to have it. No official vote on this has yet occurred, however. What has always mattered to us though is that we feel compelled to make art, and we continue to encourage and support each other in that endeavor, and in all aspects of our lives. The art we make is very different, but we really appreciate each other’s work and always find that it looks good hanging together at BAX. Artists as workers. Workers as artists.

A big thank you to BAX for graciously welcoming us all these years.

Others have been part of this crew over the years. This is who we are now:

Art Cabrera:

sculpture; electrician

Chris Carlson:

sculpture; former painter/paper hanger; clinical Social Worker

Greg Davidek:

painting; painter, plasterer, decorative painter, Venetian plasterer

Shawn Gargagliano:

painting and sculpture; carpenter

Kent Johnson:

painting; building maintainer, art handler

Aki Kumono:

sculpture, painting; cabinet maker formerly specializing in Buddhist altars

Ron Mitkowski:

stained glass; construction manager

Fred Becker:

(deceased 2024): photography; plasterer, painter, paper hanger

Joyce Weiner:

We had done our own postcard graphics until some years ago. Graphic Artist Joyce Weiner generously offered. Thanks Joyce.

Artists

Click on a photo or name to view each artists’ work.

Fred Becker

Fred Becker

Art Cabrera

Art Cabrera

Chris Carlson

Chris Carlson

Greg Davidek

Greg Davidek

Shawn Gargagliano

Shawn Gargagliano

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson

Aki Kumono

Aki Kumono

Ron Mitkowski

Ron Mitkowski