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Fiber Art VIII: International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition – Sebastopol, CA

Woven together: Experience and Expression

Sanchez Art Center invitation
Invitation cards to exhibition

The Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, California (near San Francisco) is staging several art exhibitions simultaneously. One of the exhibitions is Woven together: Experience and Expression, which showcases many types of weaving and artistic expression.

Some art was wearable; other pieces were political/philosophical; some were woven baskets; and yet others were “purely” decorative. One seemed to be tongue-in-cheek, and I would have liked to know the story behind it, the Milk Carton Zip House.


One of the artists, Deborah Corsini, received the ATA award for Excellence for her tapestry, Rip-Tide.

Vernissage Frédérique Hervet

iImage invitation Frédérique Hervet
Image invitation Frédérique Hervet

Christine Loriaux, Maire adjoint en charge de la culture
a le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage

de Frédérique Hervet

Vernissage le mardi 10 Janvier 2017 à 18h
Exposition du 9 Janvier au 24 Février 2017

Entrée libre du lundi au vendredi de 9h à 17h

« J’ai toujours aimé marcher pour découvrir les lieux et y flâner. Depuis quelques années je marche en questionnant d’une part le rapport du temps au lieu, d’autre part ma mémoire et mes souvenirs de ces parcours, des gens croisés ou de microcosmes révélateurs.
J’aime installer des dialogues avec le public lors d’ateliers en général autour de leurs lieux quotidiens, par essence par usure invisibles à leurs yeux. Je présenterai ceux commencés et en cours avec des habitants de Villeneuve-la-Garenne et une partie de l’espace d’exposition servira d’atelier.

Mes travaux et dialogues font généralement appel à des techniques autour de l’empreinte avec une transformation permanente des images, une métamorphose qui se nourrit de l’aléatoire et de la surprise. » Frédérique Hervet, juin 2016

Accès : Centre Culturel – 23 Quai d’Asnières, 92390 Villeneuve-la-Garenne
Renseignements : 01 47 98 11 10

Autoroute A86, direction Nanterre – Sortie : Villeneuve-la-Garenne
RER D : arrêt Gare de Saint-Denis, puis TRAM T1, direction Asnières-Les Courtilles, arrêt Mairie de Villeneuve-la-Garenne


Omar Chacon painting detail

Omar Chacon at Fouladi Projects in San Francisco

Omar Chacon painting detail
Omar Chacon painting detail

For my first art gallery exhibition in San Francisco, I attended the Omar Chacon’s “Mesalinas Operaticas” opening at the Fouladi Projects gallery on Market Street. The exhibition will be on display through December 17, 2016.

Omar Chacon is an artist of Colombian origin, who received an MA from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He currently lives in Astoria, New York City.

His art is acrylic-paint based; he invented his own paint formula and finds inventive, tactile ways to layer and combine colors. The results are vibrant and original.

Fouladi Projects gallery is owned and managed by Holly Fouladi. A native of California, she studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. She founded her namesake gallery in 2009. Previously, she co-owned Lincart Gallery.

Fouladi Projects gallery also has a retail section, where clients can acquire local artists’ production, for a range of wallet sizes!

Fouladi Projects sales space
Fouladi Projects sales space interior

Secession in San Francisco: 9 years!

Secession SF storefront
Secession SF storefront

Walking down Mission Street, in May, I noticed a wonderfully original dress in a store window. The store was Secession, and the owner, Eden Stein, explained to me that she mainly represented local designers, along with other US designers. We purchased a t-shirt by Amos Goldbaum, a local artist, depicting the Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks; later, we realized that the mural of the same scene was 2 blocks away from home.

Eden Stein
Eden Stein, owner of the Secession store

To complete the mix, there is art, mainly paintings, also from local artists; jewelry, and a few other decorative items.

Encouragement at the cash register comes in the form of peanut M&Ms…

On August 12, 2016, Secession celebrated its ninth birthday – no small feat in a city where rent has been going upwards at an exponential rate for the past years. The good news, however, would be that the local client base is also increasing for higher-end fashion and art, and the demand for locally sourced is not limited to food.

Two artists exhibited, and were present at the anniversary celebration: Amy Ahlstrom and Heather Robinson. Two very different styles, both accomplished artists.

Amy Ahlstrom calls herself an “urban quilter.” She takes snapshots of urban scenes, and transforms them into pieces of art, using quilting techniques she learned from her grandmother. Ancestral knowledge: revisited. In her own words, Amy “re-invent(s) quilting as a pop art medium.” She works with silk and cotton fabric.

Heather Robinson has her own workspace at Secession. She works in soft colors, with stencil techniques, and her paintings have a wonderfully whimsical feel to them.

If you don’t want a cookie-cutter wardrobe or decor in your home, and your accessories are one of a kind, Secession is the place to go.

Amos Goldbaum t-shirts and mural
Uncle and nephew wearing Amos Goldbaum t-shirts in front of the mural at Day Street.
Contact information:
Secession SF: 3235 Mission St, SF CA 94110
tel. 415-279-3058
Amy Ahlstrom: - email: - tel. 415-336-8151
Heather Robinson: - email: - tel. 415-860-4283





BX200 launch at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx was not known for the arts for several decades. However, this has been changing in the past years, and since several years the wonderful Bronx Museum of the Arts on the Grand Concourse has been the symbol of this renaissance.
On March 26, the Museum hosted an event to launch a new website, Bronx200, which showcases 200 Bronx-based artists. The Bronx is experiencing a revival, with both native Bronx artists and those who have been moving in and establishing studios. John “Crash” Matos, who founded the Wall Works New York gallery in Mott Haven, was the guest speaker at the event.

The Museum building is very contemporary and easy to navigate, a great place to visit at any time.

You can donate here to help BX200 flourish.

Asia Society: Naim June Paik exhibition, New York

The Asia Society hosted a holiday party last week, that included a curated tour of the exhibition: “Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot,” on display through January 4, 2015.
It was fascinating to discover this artist, who unfortunately passed away in 2006. He was ahead of his time, and reminded me of what Jules Verne was in the last century, when  his novels depicted interstellar travel and so much more.
In his art, Naim June Paic foresaw the Internet and our current technological advances.

Musée Maison exhibit in November 2014

IMG_8703Last year, I wrote about the Musée Maison in Harlem, NY and its founder, Luis Da Cruz.

This year, he hosted a new exhibition, “Art Fusion,” along with two other artists: Geneviève Maquinay (Columbian-Belgian) and Christine Galvez (French).

Geneviève Maquinay created an installation for this exhibit, covering the dining room table with an extraordinary array of objects. Christine Galvez makes lighting fixtures out of mundane objects, transforming them into beautiful artistic creations. She names her work “Metalight.”

In one of the interior photos, there is a ceiling decor item: it is made from discarded mattresses, thus giving a new life to these objects that we spend one third of our lives on. Usually, we put them out on the street with the trash once their life with us is over.
As always, the “House Museum” was warm and welcoming, and the crowd (including a majority of French speakers) was so dense after a couple of hours that one could barely move!

Daniel Castillo, glass artist


IMG_1689We noticed some very interesting “paintings” made in glass while in Montreal for a short stay. We enquired about the artist behind them, and were given the name of Daniel Castillo. Daniel Castillo is an artist born in Bucamaranga, Colombia, now Colombian-Canadian.

After studying to be an engineer, he became interested in art, both painting and sculpture. Upon discovering stained glass, he fell in love with the technique, which he pursued for many years. He then added on the challenge of fused glass. As he explains the difference: “Fused glass is a technique where you have to fire your pieces within a kiln at temperatures between 1,300 and 1,500 degrees; stained glass is made by joining the pieces through lead.  With fused glass you can make sculptural pieces and follow your imagination further.” Below is a series of smaller pieces.

He moved to Canada with his family, and after learning a new language (they were in the English-speaking part of Canada), he delved into the traditions and music of his community, joined a choir and found much inspiration in Celtic music. In his work, he started blending Colombian/Latin American and Celtic influences.

His portfolio of work in Canada includes:
– The Charley Fox Memorial Overpass Public Sculpture, in London, Canada (33 ft. high)
– The Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, Banting Museum, London, Canada (12 ft high)
– The Memorial Wall for the Holocaust For the Jewish Community, London, Canada.
He also has had commissions for private homes and hotels in various cities, both in Canada and in the United States.
A few large commissions:

As he describes it: “My biggest inspiration is the mystery of the sea; some of my pieces are based on it. I feel great respect for something huge, and unknown underneath. Some pieces are very organic and other pieces are the result of my work on kinetic art with glass (…) “

In recent years he returned to Colombia to work on a few large commissions, such as a large sculpture for a hotel lobby, and a mural, both around 60 square meters, as well as preparing sculptures for a couple of exhibitions.  He already had many pieces both in Colombia and in Venezuela, and has taught and lectured at Colombian universities and museums.

He plans to return to Canada soon to work on new commissions. His website is and his work can also be seen on Pinterest.

Frédérique Hervet à St. Sulpice

invit saint sulpiceCe lundi 16 juin, il y aura la Journée de l’Estampe Contemporaine à la Place Saint Sulpice à Paris, dans la cadre de la Fête de l’Estampe le 26 mai dans toute la France.
Frédérique Hervet, artiste parisienne, y participera de 11 à 22 heures, avec 2 autres artistes, Valérie Evrard et Florence Vasseur. Elle y présentera sa série d’estampes de Pékin.
== Stand 302 – M° Saint-Sulpice, Mabillon ==

Par la suite, le 20 juin, elle accueille dans son atelier le 20 juin, en après-midi et en soirée (de 13 à 21 heures). Elle se fera un plaisir de vous rencontrer et de discuter de l’art et de la démarche de l’artiste.

photo (1)12 rue Emile Blémont
code ext. 9413
hall 6, interphone 26, 7° étage
M° Simplon, Jules Joffrin  Bus : 31, 58, 56