Thursday, October 23, 2008

Open Studios 2008 Mission

We had a very successful Fall Open Studios at 18th and Treat Streets last weekend. Not only was it Open Studios throughout all the art collectives in the Mission neighborhood (and there are many now, which is super great), but it was also the building launch party so everyone chipped in for food and lots of wine and a DJ. There were also videos playing on a large screen on the wall in the open space area of the second floor.

We met a ton of great people - every time the building has a large event like this, so many more people in the city find out that we're here and there is lots happening in this new building!

Unfortunately, I was so busy with the event, I did a horrible job getting photos, so I only got one of part of the gallery before the event started and the second photo is just a shot towards the end of the weekend, as the crowd was thinning out upstairs on the second floor pavilion.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Open Studios 2008 at Fort Mason

I have done Open Studios for years at Fort Mason, but this was the first year I had the opportunity to also market the gallery. I showed my own work (encaustics and some oil paintings) but also got to show some things from the gallery and give out gallery postcards and invite people to the Artist Reception coming up this Friday.

We typically have our Open Studios at Fort Mason the same weekend the beer fest is also down there so I've grown accustomed to slightly inebriated art lovers, but this year it was Fleet Week, with tons of people in the Marina for picnicing, partying and watching the Blue Angels. It was great weather and yet another great day in San Francisco. I love living here.

I shared a room with 4 other artists and this was my corner of the room to show some encaustics on the wall, mini oil paintings on the table, greetingcards and so forth. I was pleased that so many more people found out about the gallery during the weekend.

A little fair being set up in the parking lot next to our building. They had live music and rides for kids and food vendors.

The Blue Angels, one flying upside down and one not.

Beautiful clear skies and the Blue Angels flying all close together.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Castro Street Fair October 2008

Our gallery shared a booth at the Castro Street Fair this past Sunday, October 5th. As you can see from the photos below, it was a lovely sunny and warm day and everyone in the Castro was out for a good time. Of course, we had to put some torso's and muscle men paintings on display [smile].

We did really well and met so many nice and colorful people. It's a lot of work to set up the tent and the display (and then take it all down at the end of a looong day) but we had such a great time that it was all very worth while. We were so happy that people were still appreciating art in these tough economic times.

Here's to balloons and rainbow colors and happy friendly crowds of people out enjoying a classic San Francisco event!