profile

Starting his artistic career in pristine nature photography, Pang evolved his work to focus on people in the context of environmental and social backgrounds. Integrating photography and poetry, he launched Tea Party Magazine as a platform to provide inclusion for other emerging artists. After exhibiting his own work in Shanghai, China, Pang evolved the magazine into Tea Roots as an arts production company.

Pang has joined with artists from many other disciplines and other arts organizations to branch Tea Roots into visual exhibition and music. As well, Pang has been actively involved with poetry and art in the Bay Area since the 1990's. He co-curated the Artship Wordsmith Series; and, he was on the Steering Committee for the Artship Foundation for five years.

In conjunction with Artship, Pang curated the Artist's Alley for the Annual International Dragonboat Festival at Jack London Square, Oakland. Most recently, Pang is well known for his participation in the Altered Barbie exhibits in San Francisco where Tea Roots artists present literary and music performances.  He is currently on the Political Action Committee for Local 21 in San Francisco supporting worker rights and a living wage for all.

Audrey is a long-term, avid supporter of voices for change through the arts.  From fundraising, to brand building, business development, and social outreach, she wears many hats to market the aims and activities of Tea Roots. What she brings to the group is energy, resourcefulness and a facility for working with people, while helping with strategic thinking, and project management.

Joining the group during its early literary magazine days, Audrey was able to contribute crucial advertising experience to pull in more ads and build North American distribution.  At present, she spotlights Tea Roots events to potential sponsors, while helping to bring in the relevant artists for a particular show’s theme.

 

Growing up in Baltimore, along with a bit of Boston, Paris and London, Audrey gained early exposure to the art world and was surrounded by great diversity.  Such osmosis was all thanks to artist parents, their associates, and proximity to Washington, DC.  This thorough exposure to art and politics gave her a lifelong passion for multicultural projects and social justice.

audrey sacco
marketing director

While in London, she was fortunate to be granted a place at the London School of Economics, having the intention of majoring in Political Science, to then head to law school.  That was until she sampled an Economic History class, while shopping for course electives.  The instructor’s outline of migration and class issues, industrialization and art saw her immediately switch majors, with a side foray into Public International Law.  Later, while learning film distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment and documentary production through the International Documentary Association, she completed a night-time MBA with a focus on educational media.  Field work to finish the degree included stints in marketing, sales, distribution, and licensing, among various film studios and outside groups.   Having new advertising and tech focal points, she joined Bay area new-­‐technology finance groups to support the growth of educational media, while supporting documentary projects. The most interesting film was an ongoing study about Florida’s Weeki Wachee natural springs, their mermaid lore and underwater theater.

 

Audrey spends free time studying sustainable urban development, "grassrooting" for human rights, hosting puzzle soirees and occasional watercolor breakfasts.  She holds dual nationality with the U.S. and Italy.

cassandra rockwood-rice

(cassandra ghanem)
chief curator

Cassandra is a Bay Area writer and artist. She self-publishes a small art and literary zine called “Rag” which can be found at City Lights Booksellers and Pegasus. Her poems have been published in The New Delta Review, Savannah Art and Literature Magazine (SALit), Understory, Cirque, Oakland Review, Arkana Magazine, Rip Pap, Red Savina Literary Review, forthcoming in Hawaii Review 2018, and she was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her visual art has been exhibited in galleries across the United States. Cassandra holds a Bachelor's Degree from California Institute of Integral Studies and has completed some post grad course work at Oxford University. She is currently enrolled at California College of the Arts as a MFA Writing candidate. 

Before joining Tea Roots, Cassandra curated art exhibitions in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Vancouver. She has also participated in or led several arts for social justice outreach projects including the One Billion Rising campaign by Eve Ensler. In addition, Cassandra worked as a birth doula for ten years. She is currently finishing her first book, a 'documentary poetic' about intergenerational trauma and PTSD. Cassandra's art and writing aim at exposing and revealing buried topics — internal monologues, fears, and desires become the molten core of the earth, hot lava flows, and cool oceans. Scientific research, psychological theories, history, and physics overlap and intersect, defying common hierarchical perspectives. Though our universe might be finite, there are ways to narrate the chaos within it: ways that open doors to healing the wounds of human ignorance. From an autobiographical standpoint, the greatest inspiration for Cassandra's writing is her mother — repeatedly sexually traumatized in her youth, Cassandra was witness to the effects of that abuse. So much of her inquiry has been in search of solutions, recognizing how nations face diasporas because of abusive systems, and how our planet suffers unthinkable violations. Demanding deeper research into what most people consider taboo or unsavory, she began to turn a microscopic eye on issues like rape, abandonment, sexuality, economy, PTSD, healthcare, and ecology. What emerged was a web of disparity, vast and virulent. Human lives are bonded intrinsically to each other and the earth. Patterns emerge. It takes awareness and effort to break negative patterning. In this sense, art and writing can be a magnificent tool for change. 

Eric Murphy is a photographer, art collector and independent curator who has been supporting the Oakland arts scene since 1999. He was a long time staff person of Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland and represented many Bay Area artists. He has supported many Bay Area galleries, such as: Slate Contemporary, Firehouse Art Center & Harrington Gallery, and Evolve the Gallery. In 2012, he was Project Manager and Curator for the Fukuoka Artist Exchange – a traveling exhibition of Oakland artists James Gayles and Hiroko To. This celebrated the 50th anniversary of the City of Oakland’s sister city relationship with the City of Fukuoka in Japan.

Murphy is currently Gallery Curator of the Joyce Gordon Gallery in downtown Oakland, and Curatorial Advisor for Tea Roots. He is a re-appointed member of the Alameda County Arts Commission.

eric murphy

curatorial advisor

maya khosla

poetry editor

Maya Khosla is the 10th Poet Laureate, 2018-2019 for Sonoma County, CA.  Her work for the natural world led her into the wild, to the page and to the screen.  Searching for the Gold Spot, her new film about wild places after wildfire, is being featured in festivals across the United States. She continues to document wildlife across the State of California to figure out levels of pesticides that would be safe for non-target wildlife.

 

Her writing has been featured in journals including Flyway, Kosmos Journal, Nature Writing, Humans and Nature, Bird Note, Tiny Lights and others. Joining the Bay Area’s community of writers, Maya has contributed to Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival and has taught workshops at Stanford University Continuing Studies Program and at Mendocino Writers Workshop. Her new poetry collection, “Song of the Forests After Wildfire,” was recently accepted by Sixteen Rivers Press, a Bay-Area collective. Her books are “Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek” (non-fiction) and “Keel Bone” (poems, Bear Star Press, Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize).