Artist Members In Action
SF Open Studios is just part of the story. ArtSpan Artist Members are active near and far – exhibiting, curating, teaching, and spreading goodness and beauty wherever they go. Talavera-Ballón honored the contributions of farmworkers in “La cosecha de esperanza / The Harvest of Hope,” a commissioned bike rack mural in Downtown Redwood City. Sean O’Donnell was exceptionally honored to have his donation selected for the live auction in this year’s Art for AIDS benefit.
Sean O'Donnell, was exceptionally honored to have his donation selected for the live auction in this years's Art for AIDS benefit. Dianne Hoffman, whose work delighted bidders in ArtSpan’s live auction, taught her second sold-out assemblage workshop at Arc Studios and Gallery in 2019 with plans to conduct another one in the spring of 2020.
John Kraft completed an eight-piece mixed media and resin commission in the style of his Secret Garden series for a large North Bay healthcare company. Adele Shaw has been working with the Turtle Sanctuary and De-Plastification Project to raise awareness of the worldwide plastic problem. Her silk screen design with an endangered leatherback turtle was used to raise money for both organizations.
Annie GalvinAfter a year of planning and creating, Annie Galvin and Eric Rewitzer filled 111 Minna Gallery with their art and their friends, in a highly successful show. The County of Alameda Art Commission selected Usha Shukla to create six paintings for the new courthouse building in Dublin. She also sold five large paintings to the new Sutter Hospital.
Catherine Mackey had a solo show of her urban architectural paintings at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame. Her work is featured in the Gettysburg Review in an issue focused on writing about the relationship between text and space.
Rachel Znerold’s newest series, Vanishing Ice, is a visual exploration of climate change. She is donating a portion of the proceeds, and this year has contributed more than $1,000 to this critical issue. A book editor saw Irene Schlesinger’s work on exhibit, and invited her to submit a proposal about her creative process. Her book, Artful Embroidery on Canvas, will be out in early 2020. Based on his beautiful and playful ground-floor mural at the Salesforce Transit Center, Johnny Botts was commissioned to create a second mural, more than 40 feet wide, for the Greyhound station. Ariel Gold’s art was published in an international magazine. She signed with Art Attack SF, is working on a big project in an Oakland building, and has been invited back to Art Miami. Gold recently spoke on a panel of women about balancing life and work. Expect big things to surface soon from Leslie Morgan’s studio; she’s been swimming with humpback whales in Tonga. We look forward to the art that the experience inspires. If you got a ticket to Burning Man this year, you held Shawn Cook’s artwork in your hand. He will be showing during SFOS for the first time in 2019. Danielle Satinover’s recent exhibition at the Reclaimed Room, called “Re-visions”, showed off the results of her dedicated, daily studio practice and the exciting new directions it is taking her. Valerie Scott recently completed five commissions for enthusiastic clients, some of whom she met through SFOS. Sarah Newton was part of the exhibition “Sea Change” at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, comprising work inspired by and addressing ocean conservation. Influenced by Mt. Tamalpais Gravity Car Railroad, Rebecca Fox created Ode to the Double Bow Knot for her commission for a new restaurant in Mill Valley. Sharon Steuer’s fine art animation “Capturing Charlotte” was premiered in the “Drawing the Line” exhibit in Colorado. Paul Madonna created the 2019 summer label for Anchor Steam Beer, continuing their tradition of featuring original artwork. Last year Bianca Levan took a huge leap, cutting back on her day job to focus on her art practice. Since then she had her first solo show outside of SF, in Mill Valley. Phillip Hua was awarded his first major public art commission for the Southeast Community Center in the Bayview district, slated to open in 2021. His piece will celebrate local leaders who made a positive impact on their community through activism and organizing. Tisha Kenny wrapped up four years at ArtSpan’s Journal Building Residency in June, and credits the experience with propelling and enhancing her artistic life and building a wonderful community.