Category Archives: San Francisco

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.

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 http://secessionsf.com/
Amy Ahlstrom: www.amyahlstrom.com - email: info@amyahlstrom.com - tel. 415-336-8151
Heather Robinson: www.heatherrobinson.com - email: info@heatherrobinson.com - tel. 415-860-4283