Beyond The Challenges Of Our Time

October 28, 2017 | 5PM – 6:30PM at Desta Gallery

We invite you to join Desta Gallery and our distinguished guest speakers to come together in the spirit of community for an evening of conversation and giving. The dialog will reflect upon our current social and political art exhibition in the gallery, concerns related to the current culturally confusing times, and governmental policies that are dismantling environmental and social regulations. Our goal is to explore a path towards a healthy environment and society – a conversation on how we can inspire each other and thrive.

Our thoughts continue to go out to the communities of Napa and Sonoma, who suffered such heartbreaking losses. We are touched and inspired by the generosity of many who are opening their hearts and are providing support. Donations in support of North Bay fire victims will be collected for the Sonoma County Resilience Fund


John Garcia, M.S. – Systems Ecologist
“Strategies for moving forward include: sticking to the truth, not hyperventilating, and persevering. This is a long-term struggle with competing interests, and stamina is essential.”

Richard D. Greenfield, J.D. – Attorney
“Thick headedness of the global warming deniers…including Trump….and what, if anything, we can do to combat such thinking.”

Robert Cantor, Ph.D. – Psychologist, Sculptor
“Trying to understand how we allow ourselves to sabotage the future through denial, wishful thinking, and self deception.”

David Watts, M.D. – Physician, Poet
“In times of trouble we turn to poetry to show us the way through. Words have power. Especially words assembled precisely to stimulate thinking and instill a sense of comfort and forward looking vision”.


October 28, 2017 | 5PM – 6:30PM at Desta Gallery


JOHN GARCIA, M.S., is the Principal-in-Charge and founder of an environmental consulting firm, Garcia and Associates, headquartered in San Anselmo, with offices in northern, central and southern California, Montana, Hawaii and Guam.

He has over 35 years of experience in conducting and managing environmental studies throughout the Western United States and the Pacific Rim. He has managed well over 200 projects for a wide range of clients, including contracts with The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries Services, Asian Development Bank, Nepalese Electric Authority, Caltrans, California utilities, and other federal and state agencies.

RICHARD D. GREENFIELD, J.D., has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, various Circuit Courts of Appeals, various federal District Courts, as well as the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New York and the State of Maryland. Mr. Greenfield is a 1965 graduate of the Cornell Law School, where he was awarded a J.D. In addition, he has earned degrees in Accounting (B.S. Queens College) and Business Administration (M.B.A. Columbia University Graduate School of Business).

Mr. Greenfield concentrates his practice in complex financial litigation internationally and, particularly, in corporate governance, banking, consumer rights and shareholder litigation. As a direct result of the efforts of the Firm and its predecessors, many millions of dollars have been recovered for defrauded investors and other persons injured by illegal corporate activities and obtained fundamental changes in corporate governance, particularly in the areas of control procedures and risk management.

ROBERT CANTOR, Ph.D., Art and sculpture have been a life long passion for Robert Cantor. He has studied with Alan Kaprow (Rutgers University), Mogens Moller (Royal College of Copenhagen), Jesus Mendes (Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende), and Jack Kreutzer (Loveland, Colorado). He has enjoyed continuous representation in art galleries in California. His prize-winning work has been collected throughout the United States; featured in the 2005 spring issue of “Direct Art Magazine”, and awarded a coveted place in 2006’s “Best Artists of California”. Bob Cantor has been a clinical psychologist in San Francisco since 1973. He was an Associate Professor at UCSF and has been in private practice for over thirty years. He has also published two books: “And A Time To Live” (1980, Harper and Row, nominated and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and a novel, “Of Struggle and Flight” (1990, Little Viking).

DAVID WATT, M.D. His most recent book of poems, Having and Keeping, was runner-up in the 2015 Brick Road Poetry Press contest and published as Editor’s Choice in 2017. Including chapbooks he’s published six books of poems, four anthologies, two collections of short stories (Random house and U. Iowa Press), five novels. including a mystery and four westerns, and several essays on humanism and medicine. He has been a radio and television personality for PBS, NPR, Lifetime Network and KTVU News. He is a classically trained musician and his commentary on the doctor-patient relationship was often heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. He has been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians by three different respected services. He lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife, the poet Joan Baranow, and his two sons.

Donation will be made in support of the Sonoma County Resilience Fund
, which addresses the mid to long-term needs of those impacted by these devastating fires.