i cannot believe it is november already. the 2nd to the last month in the year. geez. doesn't it seem like it was new year's eve just a couple of months ago? doesn't it feel like we should only be in april? don't you feel like we should have a bit more time to get rolling on all those straggling new year's resolutions we made? ha! but maybe this is how i know we really are gearing up for winter: joining the chorus of people talking about how quickly the year went and how each year seems to go by faster than the last. this one sure did! and next year will too! AHHHHHHH! remember how long a day seemed when we were little? how large time felt, how expansive summer break was? summer break felt like an entire year.
but november is actually quite an amazing month for me and i am looking forward to each and every minute of it. the install on saturday at Slingshot went amazingly well. the space looks absolutely gorgeous. it really does. the funny thing about art exhibitions is that once everything is curated and set in place, it always looks better than you could have imagined. always. and there is this wonderful moment that comes where you are actually impressed with yourself. :) it's a great feeling! and i pretty much spent the entire weekend feeling pretty impressed with not only myself but with the other artists i'm showing with. it feels fucking fantastic to have your work in the same space as the work of other artists you respect. i've wanted to show with freya for 3 years and now it's happening and i am ecstatic! if you are around, please come down and share the joy! the whole thing is quite an experiment - we are the people actually physically running the space for the next few months. it's our gallery for a time. the space has been lent to us temporarily and we are turning the magic on. i'm not sure what day is mine to sit the gallery but i'll let you know as soon as i find out. the opening reception is this saturday november 6th from 6-8pm at 890 Valencia. come on down and bring a friend and make some new friend too!
cell phone pic sneak peek!
after setting up, i went across town to Studio Gallery and dropped off 5 pieces for their annual "tiny" exhibition, a show that is definitely a san francisco favorite. all the work in the show must be 7" x 7" and under and is price capped at $400. it is the place to be if you want to give art as a gift for the holidays or if you want to start a collection of your own. it's an amazing show that i'm so happy to be a part of again. i think it is so important to encourage people to see the arts as a very human activity, not something rooted in elitism and removed from daily life. this show helps to bring art in to the home, to make it accessible and comfortable to acquire. the first reception for the show is sunday november 14th from 2-6pm. here's a little preview of the work i've got in the show, priced at $200:
6" x 6"
oil on canvas, 2010
and the afternoon/night before the reception at Studio, from 4-9:30pm there is the reception and live action benefiting Visual Aid, the annual Big Blue Deal, to attend. i have a piece on the auction block again this year (Visual Aid is one of my absolute favorite benefits and deserves its own blog post!)
Private Romance (Angela, age 19)
42" x 35"
oil on canvas, 2010
and i hope that you can make it out or, if you are an artist in the greater san francisco area, donate a great piece of work to their cause. it is such a fantastic and important way for artists to help support their own community. it really is. please click the link above and check them out. Visual Aid is am amazing foundation and i feel absolutely honored to be able to do something that may help other artists in need. this auction in particular hits very close to home.
LOTS of great stuff this month! and i hope if you're willing and able to make it out to any of these events, that you will introduce yourself! it would be so amazing to meet you! sincerely!!!! :)
these texts are an archive of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area from march 2007 - march 2015. it stands as a record of close to a decade of my life, charting the struggles i faced as an artist, daughter, and lover. messy and chaotic at times, eloquent and poetic at others, these texts are an index i am proud of. it was here in this electric box that i learned how to be honest about my experiences and the person i needed to become. it was here that i first learned the truism that words make the world and how to trust such a beautiful, rife, hard fact.
thank you for meeting me here in such tall grass.
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