EBCF has enjoyed a 15 year relationship with Open Circle Foundation through the guidance and stewardship of our former Director of Community Investment, Diane Sanchez, and artist and founder Dorothy C. Weicker. Open Circle Foundation has partnered with us repeatedly to produce public art, support individual artists, and work through us as a supporting organization.
Read on to learn what the future holds for OCF, and to view the gorgeous monograph (see link below) they have produced to chronicle their work.
The Open Circle Foundation supports those whose art celebrates the natural world and it traces its own genesis to such a marriage. In 1975, Dorothy C. Weicker purchased two sculptures by the Spanish artist Antonio Lopez Garcia. By the end of the 20th century, the two life-size nudes, “Hombre y Mujer,” had become important examples of Garcia’s work and national treasures to Spain. Weicker arranged their sale to a Spanish petroleum company, which donated the sculptures to the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. The proceeds, in turn, funded Open Circle.
15 years ago, the Open Circle Foundation was seeded by an incredible vision and a significant work of art. Over its history, the Foundation has invested in schools, organizations and artists in the East Bay with a unique intersection between art and environment.
The Open Circle Foundation is now closed, but we are excited to document the impact and thinking behind our work through a monograph.
We hope you find this a good read and that you will share our learnings with others.
Thank you for joining us on this journey,
The Board of the Open Circle Foundation