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Woodcut exhibit at St. Mary’s College

July 27, 2009


Panel of artists and collectors on wood and lino cut prints

Panel of artists and collectors on wood and lino cut prints

Excellent show! “California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints”, at the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. I hate to admit it, but I had never been there before. It’s quit beautiful and the gallery is terrific. Art Hazelwood spent the past five years curating a most excellent, interesting, and informative show!


March 22, 2009
Dr. Alex Feng pulling herbsDr. Alex Feng pulling herbs


Well, this post isn’t about my art, but it is about my health. After a month of a horrible cold, along with a slew of other minor unrelated ailments, I decided to try a new acupuncturist. I went to see Dr. Alex Feng, recommended to me by my ENT, Dr. William Lewis. My voice recovered substantially by the next morning.

This was followed by the adventure of searching for a glass saucepan or a crockpot to simmer the herbs. Off to Oakland Chinatown Tuesday evening where the ceramic pots were not appealing, so I found something on Craig’s List, which had me driving out to Livermore on Thursday.


A finger of fog, Mt. Tam in the distance. on a crystal clear day

A finger of fog, Mt. Tam in the distance. on a crystal clear day

On Wednesday I drove to Sebastopol to see Holly Downing, whom I’ve known since 1970 when we traded art work. Here’s Holly, from her web page:


Holly Downing, at her etching press

Holly Downing, at her etching press

We talked art and life, at Nepalese lunch in Sebastopol, talking more art and life. Then we drove into Santa Rosa to visit with Daniel Lienau, a print dealer, of Annex Galleries. I wanted to talk with him further about hosting a 100th anniversary exhibition for California Society of Printmakers. He agreed. It would be a “salon” style show like this:

Annex Galleries, a well-known print gallery in Santa Rosa

Annex Galleries, a well-known print gallery in Santa Rosa

Inaugural Week

January 26, 2009

toothbrush-work1Toothbrushes lined up to be photographed.

Besides my relief and jubilation at the inauguration of Barack Obama, work on the International Toothbrush Collection continued: editing records; photographing toothbrushes, renaming, cropping, and color adjusting image files; uploading image files to the server; linking image files to data records. My biennial blitz will have to become annual!

stretched-canvasGreat art car pulls through again!

I’ve been yearning to start painting again. When I heard that Vera Fields was selling stretchers and canvas of her late husband, the prolific  San Francisco painter Curtis Fields, I claimed the four largest ones for myself. Twice I drove to San Francisco to strap the canvases to the roof of my car. On the first day I had 3 stretchers on top, and one sticking out back. On the second day I strapped a 4′ by 8′ stretched canvas on top. Colette the cat greets me.framerAt my framer’s.

On January 11 I had delivered two re-framed works to the SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery in Fort Mason (see below) and picked up one that also needed some attention.  If I can’t fix them myself, I bring them to my framer, Lars Lucker, owner of North Berkeley Framing. I love chatting with Lars. You can see one of his own drawings on the left side of the photo above. He’s been my framer since 1987!

art-groupMarsha discussing her new series of paintings.

I went to my art group, my second meeting with them, for just an hour. I  met with Erica Kremenak (left) and Marsha Balian (right). We got hooked up together through Jamie Brunson. I had to leave early to attend a panel discussion in San Francisco on the Holocaust Effect in Contemporary Art. Analisa Goodin moderated.

splash-flierFlier announcing the afternoon seminar.

It was an interesting and difficult seminar. Lots of post-modern language, which is tough enough to read but listening in the dark is even more difficult. Lots of words like transgressive, representations, sacrilized crammed into one sentence while images of art made by secondary witnesses to the Holocaust capture one’s attention. I plan to see several of the artists who spoke again.

The Compound

January 13, 2009

I’ve been driving by The Compound Studios and Gallery  for months. It wasn’t until mid-October, at the height of pre-election frenzy, that I noticed their side wall, with it’s overtly anti-McCain, anti-Palin, anti-war painting.

compound1Closer to Election Day the Wall, as I’d come to think of it, looked more festive and positive. Like this: compound21

Later, around the Holidays, I noticed a message sprayed in white near the bottom of the Wall, along the San Francisco portion of the city sky lines that had been painted for the McCain piece along the length of the building. Like this:compound3

Then a bit of unfinished graffiti proceeded the New Year:


Most recently, about a week before President-Elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration, the Wall said goodbye to Bush, like this:compound4

So  impressed have I been with the changing Wall that I went to the January opening reception of the Compound Gallery to meet the creator. His name is Matt Reynoso. Turns out he did the soldier/business men mural on San Pablo Avenue at Adeline. Also turns out that next door at Blankspace Gallery was the opening reception for the excellent exhibit, Forty Four Presidents, by his wife Lena Reynoso, who calls herself Curator of Oddities.

I’m impressed.

Studio 13

January 12, 2009

1-12studio13-4We (Carmen Violich-Goodin, Analisa Goodin, Eddie Gesso and I)  decided on January 8, 2009 to add some additional artists and, by extension more, creative energy to Studio 13.  

A few days later I found a serviceable table on wheels at the San Pablo Flea Market for the new painter, Brigitte Reisz, who is joining us. We’re very excited to have her join our art community!

Claude, shown in the photo below, helped me load the glass into my hatch back and the table on top. The table needed some work, so I covered one side of the erratically etched glass with with contact paper. 1-12studio135

Behind of Scenes of Art

January 11, 2009


This is not a bribe! Writing a check to have my work reviewed

Left: Vicky Chen holding my piece, "Fog". Right: This is not a bribe! Writing a check to have my work reviewed

1. Drive to Pro Arts, at their request, to retrieve 2 of my shaped pieces from the Emeryville series that they want to “de-accession”.
2. Write Pro Arts a check so their juror will review two more images of my work. The artist always pays…

My piece I take home to reframe

L: Andrea re-accessions my 2 returned pieces. R: My piece I take home to reframe

3. Drive to SF MOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason, at their request.
4. Return and re-accession/sign-in two pieces that needed to have their glass replaced with plexiglass.
5. De-accession/sign-out one piece that needs to be reframed.
6. Learn that art rentals and sales are down, down, down, like the rest of the economy. 

7. Drive home, grab dinner. Drive to Kala to meet some of the new artists in residence (AIRs) and hear Jackson Fahnestock, Whitney Vosburgh, and Patrick Rowe talk about their work.


Patrick Rowe talking about his art work

Patrick Rowe talking about his art work


At Faviana’s

December 20, 2008

faviI found the photo of Faviana and Melanie that I bemoaned losing on my Dec. 14th post. The color is just too wonderful to ignore and keep hidden in my iPhoto library.

At Faviana’s

December 14, 2008

favi3Bummed! Last week I went to Favianna Rodriquez’ open studio, expressly to buy a copy of her book, Reproduce and Revolt. It’s full of images, all attributed too, of politcal content. The title refers to reproducing these images in your own artwork or protest posters. She and her art collective, Taller Tupac Amaru, have created fantastic protest art.  In addition to the book I bought one of her non-political posters, which was sort of stupid of me, because it is her political art that intrigues me. And why bummed? I took a couple of terrific photos of Favi and Melanie, full of rich color, especially oranges and reds, but my camera battery died during the transfer from camera to computer and disappeared!

I am very intrigued with civic issues, which is politics, and political art. How to make it effective, attractive, and liveable at the same time is a very difficult task. I think I’ve had some success recently in this goal with my bomb and Prague pieces, below: