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

Rituals of Remembrance Rituals of Remembrance on Facebook

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

Penny at work

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 roughcutsrsvp@yahoo.com.

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.

ExpreimentsInShe-ness Basement Films, Albuquerque, NM


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 www.pennythedocumentary.com and from the store at www.ivstudios.com, 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

    int 1

    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


January News

Watersong Summit, Sunday, January 17thThe De(con)struction of the River

6-10 pm

The De(con)struction of the River will be exhibited at the Watersong Summit in Oakland www.watersongsummit.ca Impact HUB, 2323 Broadway, Oakland

Still time to see BLOG in Ten Years of Artists Books until January 24th


10 Years of Artists Books curated by Donna Seager features BLOG at the Brooklyn Public Library has been picked up by Hyperallergic. Read the review here, http://bit.ly/hyperallergic_brooklynshow

Next summer, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art plans to travel the show - stand by for more information and dates of opening reception.

brooklyn show jpgThe exhibition catalog is available at http://bit.ly/BrooklynPublicLibraryCatalog

Three videos now Streaming !!!! $5 each


PENNY penny.vhx.tv/buy/penny

BELLA BELLA penny.vhx.tv/buy/bella-bella

Alma’s Jazzy Marriage penny.vhx.tv/buy/alma-s-jazzy-marriage

Or get all 3 in the package “3 Unforgettable Women  $12 penny.vhx.tv/buy/three-unforgettable-women

More programs streaming soon….

Art and Film News

RitualsMaggieDressWillowStillCardMorbid Desire - Camron-Stanford House October 18 through November 15

There is still time (through Nov 15) to see a clip from Rituals of Remembrance: the art of mourning, at the Morbid Desire show at Camron-Stanford House. It's a fascinating look at Victorian mourning practices in a beautifully redone Victorian mansion on Lake Merritt, Oakland. High tea on Saturday, free tours on Sunday.

Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612

image for brooklyn library showTen Years of Artist Books at the Brooklyn Central Public Library October 1, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Reception - October 1

Curated by Donna Seager, an exhibition celebrating ten years of "The Art of the Book" exhibition at Seager Gray Gallery

Brooklyn Public Library Seager Gray Gallery

Taking Place, 2015 catalog

Taking Place A new catalog of my artwork inspired by residencies I have attended over the past few years - is finally done!   Preview the entire book at: http://www.blurb.com/books/6336878-taking-place  or order a printed copy for your library.

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HERE - Berkeley Art Center December 5, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 5, 3 - 5 pm Holiday Hours: BAC will be closed December 21 - January 2

Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709  510-644-6893

PENNY Premieres, Screenings and News

Port Townsend ScreeningsPort Townsend Film Festival "Sundance by the Sea" Friday, September 25th, 3:30pm - American Legion Theater Saturday, September 26th, 9:30am - Rosebud Cinema

Both screenings have a Q&A with Sher and Penny Cooper afterwards

Friday, October 24th, 3pm is a free screening at the Peter Simpson Free Cinema. There will  not be a Q&A at this screening.

Port Townsend Film Festival

mill valley pic for eblast

Mill Valley Film Festival - BAY AREA PREMIERE!!! Saturday, October 10th, 2pm - Q&A with Sher and Penny Cooper Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley

Friday, October 16th, 11:45am - Q&A with Sher Rafael 2 Theater, San Rafael

Showing with A New Color - The Art of Edythe Boone

Mill Valley Film Festival

Autumn Art and Film News

RitualsMaggieDressWillowStillCardMorbid Desire - Camron-Stanford HouseOctober 18 through November 15

Excerpts from Rituals of Remembrance: the art of mourning, a film in progress by Maggie Simpson Adams and Elizabeth Sher will be screening throughout the exhibition.

Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612

image for brooklyn library show

Ten Years of Artist Books at the Brooklyn Central Public Library October 1, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Reception - October 1

Curated by Donna Seager, an exhibition celebrating ten years of "The Art of the Book" exhibition at Seager Gray Gallery

Brooklyn Public Library Seager Gray Gallery

Exciting News for PENNY

penny post card
PENNY Official Selection of Port Townsend Film Festival

Sept. 25-27.  Called "Sundance by the Sea", with 3 screenings

Penny Cooper will join me there for the Q&A and all the fun! Friday 3 and 3:30 PM and Sat. 9:30 AM

Schedule will be published in August. Hope to see you there.
Port Townsend Film Festival, 211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A, Port Townsend, WA 98369

PENNY Official Selection of Mill Valley Film Festival
Oct 8-18.   Stand by for screening dates and times of PENNY!
Mill Valley Film Festival, 900 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

PENNY and Penny featured in Transcript Vol 47,
the magazine of Berkeley School of Law

PENNY wins First Place Audience Award at Intendence Film Festival

June Art News

Neptune's Garden, 2008

Last chance to see Neptune's Garden in the Tributary Exhibition through Sunday, June 28th

Verum Ultimum Art Gallery 3014 NE Ainsworth, Portland, OR 97211

Taking Place, 2015 catalog

Taking Place is a new catalog featuring new work inspired by five artist’s residencies that I have attended over the past few years. Selected source drawings and paintings from each place demonstrate my “evolutionary process.” With an essay by Cheryl Meeker. Look for the book, Taking Place, in the beginning of July over at www.blurb.com. Your feedback is always welcome.

Taking Place book pages

Taking Place book pages