Posts Tagged ‘artist’

Eliminate Regifting: Patron Tequila Sponsors Live Art Creation Show on Market Street for the Artist Guild of San Francisco

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Here’s the news of the day, from 581 Market Street (between 1st Street & 2nd Street):

“Patrón has partnered with emerging artists to create a unique holiday window in San Francisco to raise money for the Artist Guild of San Francisco.

From now through the end of the year, up-and-coming artists from San Francisco will occupy a formerly vacant storefront window that has been transformed into a space of creativity and imagination. Each artist has one week to create an original painting, sculpture or other work based on their personal interpretation of Patrón tequila’s “Simply Perfect” mantra.

People will have an opportunity to bid on the works created by these artists online at EliminateRegifting.com with all the proceeds benefiting AGSF. It’s also a contest for the artists, with the artist whose work receives the highest bid receiving national exposure in a print advertisement for Patrón in 2012.”

OK then, here’s what it looks like in the day:

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…and in the night – I think this was Saturday:

Take a look the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

This Weekend Only: Zenzara Couture Handbags and Jewelry Trunk Show at the de Young Museum

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

To celebrate this morning’s kickoff of the fantastic Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power at the de Young Museum, they’re having this trunk show downstairs.

Pegge Goertzen, Artist/Designer:

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All the deets:

“Zenzara to Show Fortuny Handbag Collection at the de Young Museum in San Francisco - The Zenzara collection of couture handbags and jewelry is being presented at a trunk show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in conjunction with the new exhibit Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power on October 28 (members only) , 29 and 30, 2011.

The Zenzara collection of couture handbags and jewelry is being presented at a trunk show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in conjunction with the new exhibit Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power on October 28 (members only) , 29 and 30, 2011. This event follows similar, successful shows at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Zenzara Artist Pegge Goertzen collects antique European textiles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries and re-imagines them as new handbags, jewelry and pillows. She concentrates on handmade metallic gold and silver appliques, laces, woven braid, cords and fringes.

In the de Young trunk show, Goertzen will feature her line of unabashedly glamorous Fortuny handbags, conceived from her passion for the fabrics of another “Master of Venice,” legendary fabric maker Mariano Fortuny. Against this unique canvas, Goertzen has imprinted her own brand of artistry by creating handbags with faceted gemstones and pearls resulting in wearable art that is thoroughly modern.

The Wedding Collection from Zenzara highlights a group of handbags called “Poche” – a name coined by Demi Moore from the French word for pocket – along with a variety of purses and clutches in a range of colors from white to cream, with silver and gold. Created from antique handmade French laces of gleaming, metallic threads, the Poche handbags are mounted on silk velvet pockets, detailed with coiled fringes, tassels and handmade closures with antique buttons. Each bag contains an antique wedding hankie along with a detailed description of the antique materials used in the bag’s creation.

Goertzen will also show her newest line Zenzara Jewelry Collection – new cuffs, necklaces and earrings fashioned from antique woven braids, fringes and lace embellished with faceted gemstones and pearls. 
Zenzara handbags have been in the collections of Oprah, Diane Sawyer, Patti LaBelle and Demi Moore, to namedrop a few.

The de Young Museum Store will present Zenzara Friday, October 28, from 1-8:45 pm for members, Saturday, October 29 from 9:30 am to 5pm and Sunday, October 30 from 9:30 to 3 pm. Meet Pegge and shop her collection throughout the opening weekend of Masters of Venice at the special exhibition store located at the lower level of the de Young. Or visit her new shop at Etsy

de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco – Golden Gate Park – 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco 415-750-3600.”

MUNI’s Dog-Killing Tom Otterness and BART’s Lying Linton Johnson: Advice for Unpopular Millionaires

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Hey Tom Otterness! You’re rich, right?*

So why not take the $750K that MUNI or the SFMTA or the Central Subway has granted you and spend it on animals, like donate it to a shelter for abused dogs or something?

That would serve to make your apologies more real.

And then you could put this issue to bed and then you could more easily get contracts in the future.

Hurray!

Hey Linton Johnson! You’re rich, right?*

So why not take part of the $170k+ per year pay package you cost BART and use it to reimburse the $872 you had billed to the taxpayers for those two SUVs that nobody even used?

Wouldn’t that be fair?

Hurray!

*If not, you should be, right? You make a lot of money, considering, right? 

Don’t Touch These Street Canvasses on McAllister Street the Feds Just Set Up in Civic Center – We Claim Them

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Me and my crew of misunderstood street youth are totally going to tag these gray 4×8′s this weekend, so keep your paws off until then.

Sweet!

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Have a Graffiti Artist Paint Your Business and Then the Taggers Will Leave You Alone, Or Something Like That

Friday, February 18th, 2011

See how the Code of the Street works here? The Taggers of the DivCo in the lands north of the EaPA won’t lift their legs on Someone Else’s Art, the thinking goes.

But that doesn’t stop them from tagging the rest of your bidness, in’nt?

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That’s what we call a Pyhrric Victory or something, right?

Giant Buddha of Civic Center Not So Tough After All – Loses a Head and a Couple of Its Arms

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Seeing how it was built makes me feel it has less power now, like it has less control over me. In my daily nightmares it usually has a solid core of molybdenum or that Terminator II kind of metal. And sometimes, on a few nights, the good ones, it’s creamy nougat.

Mmmmmm, nougat.

But, as you can see, it’s mostly just air in there, it’s not solid at all:

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You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, bless you! God bless you all to Heaven!

And Steve Rhodes has the video of an arm disassembly. (Not so tough now, are you, Buddha?)

San Francisco Restaurant Community Comes Together to Help Crime Victim – Benefit at Ragazza January 24th

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Haighteration has the story this AM about how the San Francisco restaurant community is coming together to help one of its own, someone who is still reeling from a crime committed late last year:

“In late November, a beloved member of the Ragazza staff, and broader San Francisco restaurant community, was the victim of a terrible crime. To help this individual get back on their feet, Ragazza, along with several other establishments, are hosting a fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the crime victim. Funds will be raised through several sources.”

And check out all the local businesspeople who are contributing, below.

“1. On Monday, January 24, Ragazza will donate 100% of sales proceeds to this cause. For this evening, Ragazza will hold an intimate benefit dinner, with a special menu designed by Chef Sharon Ardiana.  The meal will be served family style, with antipasti, salad, pizza, entree and dessert.  Seatings are at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm.  The cost is $35/person, including wine, excluding gratuity and tax.  As of 1/13/11, the 7pm seating is sold out.  To make a reservation or to be put on the 7pm waiting list, please email Laurie at laurie@aocsf.com.

2. A variety of items will be auctioned off on eBay, between Friday, January 21st and Monday, January 31st. Auction items include special meals at notable San Francisco restaurants, cooking lessons, private meals prepared by Bay Area chefs, art, photography, wine and other items. To see all items up for auction or to bid on an item, please visit this link.

3. You may send a cash donation to benefit the victims of this crime. To do so, please send a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, La Cocina, Inc. Please write Ragazza Fundraiser in the memo line so that your contribution goes directly to our cause. Donations may also be made on the evening of January 24 at the restaurant. For your donation to be tax deductible, it will need to be made via check payable to La Cocina, Inc. Donations may be sent to:

La Cocina

2948 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94110-4028

Note that all auction items and donations made via check to La Cocina, Inc. are tax deductible over the fair market value of the item (in the case of auction items). La Cocina is a registered 501c3 organization.

Full details coming soon, along with links to the eBay bid pages once the auction is live (anticipated to be on Friday, January 21).  Here’s a preview of some of the items we will have available for bid…..

Dinner for 8 in your home, cooked by Frances Chef/Owner Melissa Perello.
Italian cooking lesson, wine tasting and dinner for 4 prepared in your home by Chef/Owner of Ragazza, Sharon Ardiana and  Suzanne Drexhage
Dinner for 2, with wine pairings, at your choice of either A16 or SPQR
Wine dinner for 4 at Andalu
Dinner for 2 at Bar Tartine
Chef’s Dinner for 2 at Cafe des Amis, with wine pairings
Customized meal for 2 at Delfina, menu designed by Chef/Owner Craig Stoll
Customized meal for 2 at Flour + Water, menu by Chef/Owner Tom McNaughton, with wine pairing
Wine dinner for 4 at Garibaldi’s
Dinner for 2 at Gialina..and you can go to the head of the line!
Dinner for 4 at Nopa, seated with Chef/Co-Owner Laurence Jossel and Wine Director Chris Deegan
Dinner for 4 at the Chef’s Table of Rotisserie & Wine – meet Tyler Florence and Chef Jeremy Fox
Customized cake by Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake, sized to serve 40 people!
2 dozen cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes, delivered by cupcake maven and owner, Kara Lind
Marlowe‘s famous Marlowe burger, delivered to your office w/all the fixin’s…for 8 people
Carnitas dinner for 4, delivered to your door by Nopalito.
Sundae making party for 24 by Bi Rite Creamery
Cocktail making class for 15, along with signed copies of Art of the Bar at Comstock Saloon
Coffee tour/tasting for 6 at Equator Coffees & Teas-  the coffee of Ragazza & The French Laundry
Cooking clases at La Cocina
Poker party for 5 at Le Club….burgers, bourbon or champs, your own dealer & private table
Pizza Politana pizza party for 15 at your home
High end tequila tasting for 4 at Tres Agaves
Margarita party for 20 at your home by Tortilla Heights
A case of mixed Italian red wines, selected by Chamber and Chambers Wine Merchants
Gift certificates to Boulevard18 ReasonsBi Rite MarketOminvore BooksAbsintheLori Anderson Skincare, Pal’s Takeaway SandwichesIncanto and more!
A day of custom photography, with Katie Newburn, photographer
2 custom art pieces by artist Michelle White
50 custom cards/envelopes, designed and printed by Olive-Route letter press.
Custom canvas printing of your favorite photo by photographer, Nick Vasilopoulos
2 hours of custom tattoo work with the amazing Shannon Archuleta
And still more to come……

The Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association, San Francisco’s Version of the Taliban, Doesn’t Know Where Mission Dolores Is

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Not all religious warriors are NIMBYs and not all NIMBYs are religious warriors, of course, but check out the formerly-obscure “Mission Dolores” “Neighborhood” Association for a little from Column A and a little from Column B.

Little did you know that when you buy the Bi-Rite Ice Cream, you’re supporting San Francisco’s Version of the Taliban or mutaween (see below). Oh well.

Anyway, NBC’s Matt Baume has the latest on these horrible NIMBYs.

Will the MDNA manage to cross Market Street some day?

Consultants:
1. Alice Carey and Company
Author: Mission Dolores Survey and Update of Context Statement: Bill Sugaya, Director
2. Carol Roland, PhD; Roland-Nawi Associates
Author: Mission Dolores Historic Context Statement
3. Joseph Stubbs, Graphic Artist
Mission Dolores Historic Context Statement
4. Vincent Marsh, Architectural Historian
Author: 523 A and B Survey Forms: Golden Gate Lutheran Church (601 Dolores)
And Second Church of Christ, Scientist (651-655 Dolores)
5. Gideon Kramer, KramerGraphics/graphic design & production
6. Jacob Moore, Webmaster
Fiscal Sponsor:
The San Francisco Study Center
Geoff Link, Executive Director
Grants Awarded:
1. $46,500.00: Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee. To have Alice Carey and Company complete the survey work in the Mission Dolores Neighborhood. Our context statement will also be updated.
2. $25,000.00: Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the San Francisco Preservation Fund Committee. To have Carol Roland-Nawi create an historic context statement for the Mission Dolores Neighborhood.
3. $2,500.00: San Francisco Victorian Alliance. To survey Golden Gate Lutheran Church (601 Dolores), Second Church of Christ, “Scientist” (651-655 Dolores), Mission Dolores Park and Duggan’s Home (3434 17th Street). Both churches are under threat of demolition. The Christian “Science” Church, designed by William H. Crim, currently has a demolition permit pending.
Donations:
1. $3,430.00: General Membership (as of 12-14-08)
2. $1,500.00: Skyline Reality
3. $500.00: Safe Clean Green: Mission Dolores
4. $500.00: Bi-Rite[!?]
Board Members:
1.    Peter Lewis, President
2.    Gideon Kramer, Vice President
3.    Ted Olsson, Secretary
4.    Joe Cain, Communications Manager
5.    Steve Haigh, Past-President: Victorian Alliance
6.    Jose Luis Leiva, Professor
7.    Shelagh Ross,
8.    Andrew R. Galvan: Curator of Mission Dolores Church
9.    Marius Starkey, Artist
10.  Ted Scourkes,
11.  Arnie Lerner, AIA
12.  Lucia Bogatay, AIA

Ten-Foot Tall Cyclone Fence Keeps the Great Buddha of Civic Center Safe from Giants Fans and Vandalizers

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Thank Gaia that Rec and Park is keeping our Giant Buddha safe from the madding crowd today:

See the fence? It should come down by tomorrow, November 4th, after the crowd has left:

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UPDATE: Oh no, blogged too soon! Appears as if some fans managed to get a better vantage point, at the risk of enraging Gaia, the Earth Goddess:

See Comments.

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The Spire: Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Sculpture is Now an Icon of the Presidio

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I thought they would have taken down The Spire from Andy Goldsworthy by this time, but it keeps trucking along.

It’s practically a landmark now – you can’t miss this 90 foot tall icon if you’re in the area.

As it looks at sunset:

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All the deets, from when it was new:

Artist Andy Goldsworthy Makes New Art from Aging Presidio Trees. Renowned artist interprets the historic Presidio forest
 
Presidio of San Francisco (September 18, 2008) – Renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy is bringing his vision to the Presidio in a new work that showcases efforts to save the Presidio’s aging forest. The artist’s team has begun work in the Presidio in a cypress grove along the Bay Area Ridge Trail above Arguello Boulevard. The new work is entitled “The Spire.” 

”The Spire” will be made from 30 to 40 cypress trees that the Presidio Trust forestry crew has saved following its reforestation effort in the area. The sculpture will be about 15 feet in diameter, tapering to 90 feet at its peak. The Trust has removed about 150 dying trees from the grove and over the next decade, will replant 1,200 trees in the area. The new trees will grow up around the sculpture, which will eventually disappear into the forest. “The sculpture will be a poetic reference to the forest’s past and will welcome the next generation of trees,” said Presidio forester, Peter Ehrlich. “In 20 years the new trees will be about as tall as the sculpture.”
 
Goldsworthy is known to many through the 2001 film, “Rivers and Tides.” He draws his inspiration from places and creates art from materials found close at hand, such as twigs, leaves, stones, snow, and ice, and his works interact with their environment.
 
“The Spire” recalls one of his earliest sculptures, “Memories,” also spires of mature trees, created in 1984 in the Grizedale Forest in the Lake District of North West England. “I have not found another great location for this type of work until now,” said Goldsworthy. Today, the sculptures are among the more than 60 works of art in the Grizedale forest.
 
The Presidio Forest was planted by the United State Army at the end of the 19th century in an effort to beautify the post and to set it off from the city that was growing around it. “The forest is made up of Eucalyptus, pines, and cypress trees. The trees were planted over a short period of time. While the Eucalyptus trees are thriving, the pines and cypress, which typically live for about a century, are dying. We will replant these trees in one- and two-acre groves over the coming decades,” said Ehrlich. “By staggering the reforestation over as long a period as possible, we will create an uneven-aged forest, one that will be healthier and more sustainable.”
 
The Presidio Forest is a dramatic example of how people have shaped the landscape of the historic military post. In 2006 Goldsworthy visited the Presidio and was inspired by the history and character of the forest. The Presidio’s man-made forest is an evocative backdrop for the artist who strives, “to make connections between what we call nature and what we call man-made.”
 
Work on the sculpture will continue through the end of October, at which time the public will be invited to take a walk along the Bay Area Ridge Trail and discover “The Spire.”
 
Andy Goldsworthy was born in 1956 and spent his childhood in Yorkshire, England. He has made most of his art in the open air in places as diverse as the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pole, and the Australian Outback. He is known to many Americans through the film, Rivers and Tides, which was released in 2001. His works in the Bay Area include “Stone River” at Stanford University made from the rubble left after the Loma Prieta earthquake, and “Drawn Stone” at the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which also recalls San Francisco’s earthquakes and their effects.
 
The Presidio of San Francisco is a national park and a National Historic Landmark District. Four hundred and sixty nine historic buildings and diverse historic landscapes, such as the forest and the parade grounds, contribute to its landmark status. The Presidio is overseen by the Presidio Trust, established by Congress in 1996.