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San Francisco Area Event Picks for November 29 – December 5, 2012

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Paintings showing at ArtZone 461 Gallery in San Francisco, CA

Friday November 30, 2012

Event: “Call Me Home: A Photographic Journey in San Francisco” a series of photographs taken throughout San Francisco by 5 local photographers, Opening Reception When: Friday November 30, 2012 6-9pm Where: Gallery Carte Blanche 973 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Ed Fairburn discovers portraits on maps

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Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Galloway, exhibited at Ink Spot Studio Owners’ Exhibition 2012

Technology may be making paper maps obsolete, but artists are re-discovering their usefulness in other contexts. Illustrator Ed Fairburn uses maps as texture for human skin. With ink, Fairburn creates portraits where the density of roads leading into a . . . → Read More: Ed Fairburn discovers portraits on maps

“Straight Ahead” by Ian Johnson at Park Life Gallery in San Francisco

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The Gathering (Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, tadd Dameron), acrylic on wood panel, 30″ x 24″, 2012

San Francisco artist Ian Johnson brings jazz to the forefront with his solo exhibition of paintings at the Park Life Gallery in San Francisco. Using photographs as source images, Johnson renders the jazz greats, as . . . → Read More: “Straight Ahead” by Ian Johnson at Park Life Gallery in San Francisco

Alyssa Monks paints women behind water

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Remember Rembrandt’s “Woman Bathing in a Stream,” Degas’ “Woman in the Tub” and Renoir’s “Woman after Bathing“? For some reason (which I don’t even want to think about the psycho-socio analysis of) the traditional painters loved using bathing women as their subjects. Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks takes the . . . → Read More: Alyssa Monks paints women behind water

Photographic print available for Hurricane Sandy relief

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New York based Photographer Stephen Wilkes rented a helicopter and flew over some of the most hard struck areas, including the New Jersey shore where he shot these dramatic images of The Star Jet roller coaster at the Casino Pier amusement park. The images of the largest ride in the Seaside Heights, New Jersey . . . → Read More: Photographic print available for Hurricane Sandy relief

Collage by Christopher Bettig

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I like the improvisational feel of these collage pieces by Christopher Bettig. I also swoon at the effects of the stitching on paper. These pieces are made from found paper, paint samples, thread, screen printing, acrylic, latex and spray paint.

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Paper cuts by Annette Schröter

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Annette Schröter, Mein Freund der Baum, 2010, Papierschnitt, 92 x 72 cm

Some lovely paper-cut works to start off your week. Using imagery of fences, walls and explosions, Germany based artist Annette Schröter creates these compelling illustrations.

Im Nebel, 2009, Papierschnitt, 92 x 75 cm

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Michelle Taylor repairs broken china with embroidery

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UK based artist Michelle Taylor takes pieces of vintage china and deconstructs them by sandblasting the surface and drilling out sections of the porcelain. Taylor then reconstructs the altered piece by embroidering on a printed textile the pattern which was just removed. Drawing upon “a personal childhood narrative of maternal loss,” the artist restores . . . → Read More: Michelle Taylor repairs broken china with embroidery

Installations of moving populations by Clinton De Menezes

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“White Field”

South African London based artist Clinton De Menezes mounts miniature figures on textured walls and canvases to create visual patterns of large numbers of people moving or migrating. De Menezes’ work was strongly influenced by a youth spent in South Africa among the rapidly changing socio-political attitudes and historical shifts in population . . . → Read More: Installations of moving populations by Clinton De Menezes

Happy Thanksgiving

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Here’s a solution for those who don’t want to sacrifice a bird but still want a Thanksgiving with a traditional air. Make a turkey out of 3-4 bags of popcorn, a large brown grocery bag, 2 small brown lunch bags, glue, scissors, and white paper for the frills. How clever!

Click here for instructions.

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