My artist book BLOG selected for Bibliophoria V

at Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  Juried by Macy Chadwick June 22-July 29, 2018, opening reception June 22 4-7, closing reception June 29 3-4:30

An international, juried book art exhibition, this show is an homage to all things book arts related. Featuring graphic and sculptural works primarily emphasizing creative re-interpretations using books, book components and bookmaking methods.


2017 Screenings

Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning premiered at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland to an SRO crowd on Oct 1st and at Camron Stanford House on Oct 21st. Great discussions after both!

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Too Young screened in Women Take Flight Oct 24th as part of Canyon Cinema's 50th anniversary celebration at CCA in San Francisco.   Proud to show with such great films by women!

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2018 Screenings

Rituals of Remembrance screened at Green Olive Arts in Tetaoun, Morocco, in February to an SRO crowd.  Great discussion after!

Rituals of Remembrance Special Screening & News

Special Screening & Benefit of Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning  A film by Maggie Simpson Adams & Elizabeth Sher Rituals of Remembrance.jpg

Special Screening Benefit to help us raise funds for closed captioning the film for broadcast

Sunday October 1 at 12:40pm New Parkway Theater 474-24th Street, Oakland, CA Tickets $15 General, $10 Students at Eventbrite $50 donation includes 2 tickets, DVD of film & DVD of Making Mole the Oaxacan Way

Rituals of Remembrance: Exploring the Art of Mourning looks at other times and cultures to integrate life and death in a more healing and satisfying way.   The film was inspired by the loss of Maggie’s uncle and a year later her aunt.   Featuring Amalia Mesa Bains, Jill Tracy, Darren Waterston, Murray Korngold, Caitlin Doughty, Maureen DeLorme and more.

Dates for additional screenings and broadcast coming later in October

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June Film & Art News

penny posterPENNY airing in Bay Area on KRCB TV - June 20 at 9 PM

On cable channels 22, 22.1 and 1022, or check your listing. For other areas, check you local listings.

3 rituals imagesRituals of Remembrance is finished!!!

After nearly a decade Elizabeth Sher an Maggie Simpson Adams have finally finished for Rituals of Remembrance: The Art of Mourning. Featuring Doctor Amalia Mesa Baines, Caitlin Doughty, Jill Tracy, Murray Korngold and many more. Stand by for screenings, streaming and more. Keep updated through our Facebook page, Rituals of Remembrance Movie

Merc 20 for ebalst With much excitement, Elizabeth Sher has joined Mercury 20 Gallery!

Stay tuned for shows and events. Mercury 20 Gallery | 475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612 | Tel: 510-701-4620

Spring Film News

PENNY - Champion of the Marginalized

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There’s still  time to catch PENNY on TV (and tell your pals across the nation).   Below are some scheduled times but you might come across others surfing (or with insomnia)

Detroit PTV Wed May 10 at 4:30 AM - set your DVR!

OETA Oklahoma statewide Thursday June 1 at 7 PM Saturday June 3 at 9:30 PM (on OETA Okla channel)

WTTW Chicago (the primamry station) has scheduled PENNY for the following airtimes: Thursday, June 22nd at 10:30pm on their main channel Friday, June 24th at 4am on their main channel Friday, June 23rd at 4:30pm on their WTTW Prime channel

KVIE/Sacramento has scheduled the film Saturday, June 17th at 4:30am on KVIE2 Thursday, June 22nd at 2:30am on KVIE2

PENNY on PBS Calendar


Rituals of Remembrance - the Art of Mourning


After nearly a decade Rituals of Remembrance made with Maggie Simpson Adams is done!

Information about the Premiere, DVDs, streaming and show availability coming soon - stand by and check back regularly on Facebook Rituals of Remembrance Movie.

November Art & Film Updates

Rough Cuts

rough cuts.pngWednesday, November 2nd, I will be the panel moderator for KQED's Rough Cuts in San Francisco, from 7-9 PM. We will be viewing Baghdad to The Bay and talking with the Director, Erin Palmquist.

The event if free, and if you would like to attend, please RSVP by noon on Nov.2nd to

Yoko Ono's Arising Project

14753413_10211278819753253_7173583292903075633_oMy eyes and story are part of Yoko Ono’s Arising Project at the Reykjavik Museum in Iceland, Oct 7, 2016-February 5, 2017.

Art is a Living Thing

storm-triptych3 panels from my work "Storm" are included in Art is a Living Thing at the Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art, in Masterton, NZ, Dec. 2, 2016-Jan 15, 2017

Fall Art and Film News

Back from my second residency at Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn, Iceland.   This island nation continues to inspire with its gorgeous panoramic vistas, bubbling “hot spots”, rocks, lakes, horses, sheep, cliffs, sunsets and so much more.   With their current push for tourists (1 million this year for 330,000 citizens), the popular sites are now more crowded with bus tours each day.  Reservations are required where none were 4 years ago.   It is still vast and idillic in many parts but if you are thinking of going - soon will be better than later.



The West Fjords inspire - still pristine as it’s a bit out of the way for tourists. 



PENNY screens in Iceland - and as always Penny Cooper garners new fans.




Rituals of Remembrance - the art of mourning made with Maggie Simpson Adams over the last 8 years is on the home stretch!   Work-in-progress screening in Iceland was followed by a vibrant discussion of death and mourning practices and ideas - just like we hope it always will.  Watch of upcoming screenings this fall - check Rituals of Remembrance Movie on Facebook for details.


Sher’s short films Too Young and Wash It and will tour this fall in a program of short films curated by Tess Takahashi - Stand By for More Info!

May Art and Film News

Elizabeth Sher: Crossing the Digital Divide

April 19 - May 19

LAST CHANCE to see the exhibit! At Los Medanos College Art Gallery


Los Medanos College Art Gallery 2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565 (The gallery is located in the Library Building.)

Essay in Experiments in She-ness

My essay has been included in a book of essays, Experiments in She-ness: women & undependent cinema, published by Basement Films.

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PENNY on KRCB TV 6/27 @ 9pm

PENNY the Documentary airing on KRCB TV June 27th at 9pm!

Penny at work

KRCB TV is seen in most of the 9 Bay area counties via over the air, cable or satellite. Here's how to watch!

  • Over the air on digital channels 22-1, 22-2 and 22-3.
  • Comcast Cable, you will find us on Cable Channel 22 in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties as well as the city of Oakland.
  • DISH Satellite on channel 22 or 8233
  • DirecTV on Channel 22.
  • AT&T U-Verse-TV, you will find KRCB on Channel 22 as well. 

KRCB Television, North Bay Public Media

Video Streaming Project

Each month, Sher's programs - new (and old) - will be streaming on VHX. (you can reach them from the store at and from the store at, also directly from VHX. Available now:

  • Alma's Jazzy Marriage All three are also available in the Three Unforgettable Women package


Newly added:

  • Brainwash and Beyond - featuring Flipper

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  • What's Inside These Shorts? - the short films of Elizabeth Sher, including Juggling featuring Sue (Mutant) White

    for shorts

  • Interviews with Artists: Volume 1 - featuring M. Louise Stanley and SRL

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    And more coming each week!!!

New PENNY Screenings

PENNY Screening at UC Hastings College of Law


Click here for tickets.

UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McCallister Street, Sam Francisco, CA 94102

PENNY presentation with Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee

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Thursday, March 15 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee presents PENNY with filmmaker Elizabeth Sher, and a panel of women lawyers from Santa Barbara.

Unitarian Society, Jefferson Hall, 1535 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara

BAMPFA Gala and Grand Re-opening


As a generous supporter of artists and long time Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive board member, Penny Cooper was singled out for her indefatigable work in making the new museum building a reality.

for BAM opening

BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA