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Open Studios in November

"Stepping Out...Slowly," mixed media by Mary Gow
“Stepping Out…Slowly,” mixed media by Mary Gow

It’s that time of year again when you can drop into artist’s studios and alternative spaces to see a huge swatch of the art made in the San Francisco area. The event covers 4 weekends in a row and begins this weekend and continues through November 9th.

Back in 2008 when I told my good friend, Regina Held (owner of Matrix Fine Art Gallery and New Grounds Print Workshop & Studio in Albuquerque, NM), that I was in Open Studios she said, “Well don’t be too hard on yourself. It takes three years to get it right. The first year you don’t know what you’re doing. The second year you make some changes. By the third year you know what you’ve got the hang of it.”

2014 San Francisco Open Studios will be my chance to show I’ve got the hang of it. My first two official appearances were at the Graphic Arts Workshop at 2565 Third Avenue in 2008 and 2009 in Suite 305 of the American Industrial Building. If you haven’t been by there I’d recommend you go. There’s a irresistible bakery across the hallway from the Graphic Arts Workshop that cooks up the pastries for many of the bakeries in town. There’s nothing like the lilt of cinnamon rolls in the air while mixing inks and rolling the press.

You’re cordially invited to drop by and see my work at the Grotto Gallery at 1590 Bryant Street, SF 94103, on Weekend #3 – November 1st and 2nd. There’s a party on the evening of November 1st so hours of viewing are 11am to 7:30pm. Sunday I’ll be there 11am to 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided. And it’s rumored the Fat Chance Belly Dancers are performing Saturday evening.

On view will be the best display of the range of my work – perhaps ever to appear in one space. I’ll be showing what my best favorite works in the main media I work in: photography, painting, monotypes, and cameraless art (also known as “photograms”).

Mention this blog entry and you get ten percent off any purchases of my work at the Grotto Gallery at Sports Basement at 1590 Bryant Street.

Click here for a PDF of a map of the areas you can visit each weekend.

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The Art of the Perfect On-Line Experience

I am really liking the design of the Netflix internet-user experience. It asks me what I want and promises to then deliver more of it. It keeps tabs on what I like and what I want next — which is easily changeable. I love this.

Netflix, I’m yours!

(See the trailer for “Seraphine“.)

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A Movie for Your Cellular Revival

Last Friday night I saw the premiere of the film director Tom Shadyac’s new documentary called I Am. The film opens nationwide in February so be on the lookout for it. I’d recommend it if you are curious at all about what you think it might take for the economies of the world to change. Shadyac was the producer of movies including Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura Private Detective, Nutty Professor and Patch Adams. I found the movie uplifting, as though I had attended a cell revivial. It reminded that it takes a whole lotta little things for big things to happen. Every little act counts, including just saying hello.

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