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“Motherland” drawings by Annie Owens

Annie Owens creates characters with spunk. A girl wading through a stream with a goat in her arms. A woman wearing a skeptical gaze with hair whipped into the air. The Richmond, California based artist says her inspiration comes from “the nagging desire to connect with her roots and the various encounters along the . . . → Read More: “Motherland” drawings by Annie Owens

Photography by Aurélia Marine

Some images by Aurélia Marine. Marine’s work is currently being shown in “PHOTOGRAPHY NOW” (24th April – 4th May 2014) at the Brick Lane Gallery in London.

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Paintings by Souther Salazar

The playful paintings of Souther Salazar never fail to cheer me up. Salazar’s visual narratives evoke memories (both imagined and real) from childhood as well as from happy dreams.

The Portland, Oregon based artist recently had an exhibit “Souvenirs” at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York City.

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Photo installations by Annette Messager

The work of French artist Annette Messager never fails to inspire me. Some of my favorites are her hangings of dense clusters of photographs, the Vows series. In these pieces, Messager frames pictures of isolated body parts, not from a single person but from many individuals: male and female, old and young, and more. . . . → Read More: Photo installations by Annette Messager

San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 24 to April 30, 2014

“Paths of Desire” paintings by Judith Belzer at the George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco, CA

Multi-day Events

Event: 26th Annual California Conference For The Advancement For Ceramic Arts (CCACA) When: Friday April 25 – Sunday April 27 Where: John Natsoulas Gallery 521 First Street Davis, Ca 95618 art@natsouals.com

Friday April 25, 2014

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Illustrations of the animals in our everyday lives by Lieke van der Vorst

Helmond, Netherlands based artist Lieke van der Vorst incorprates animals into her whimsical illustrations of everyday life. Lieke’s large furry creatures not only dine, garden and bird-watch, but also appear to protect the people with their watchful presence.

In her artist’s statment, Lieke writes, “I get inspired by the good things around me. Our . . . → Read More: Illustrations of the animals in our everyday lives by Lieke van der Vorst

Abstract landscapes done in watercolors by Eva Lundsager

Ascendosphere 1, watercolor and sumi ink on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2008

Some abstract landscapes done in watercolors by Boston based artist Eva Lundsager. The bold bright colors simmer like molten rocks inside a volcano.

See more of Lundsager’s work on her website.

Ascendosphere 6, watercolor and sumi ink on paper, 12″ x . . . → Read More: Abstract landscapes done in watercolors by Eva Lundsager

Paintings by Amy Judd

Amy Judd explores the relationship between women and seemingly fragile animals like birds and butterflies. Obscuring her subjects’ faces, Judd places feathers or flying creatures, themselves, in the foreground leaving the viewer’s imagination to complete the narrative.

About this series of pieces, Judd writes, “Recent avian work is a collection of sensitive silent moments; . . . → Read More: Paintings by Amy Judd

San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 17 to April 23, 2014

“Made in China” at 1AM Gallery in San Francisco, CA

Friday April 18, 2014

Event: “Made in China” featuring Hong Kong-based graffiti writers, Xeme and Sinic, Opening Reception When: Friday April 18, 6:30-9:30pm Where: 1AM gallery 1000 Howard st. San Francisco, CA 94103

Event: “RESIDENCES” group exhibit, Opening Reception When: Friday April 18, 6pm . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 17 to April 23, 2014

“Women’s Suffrage” fiber art by Scrappy Annie

“Women’s Suffrage” is a series of fiber art pieces by Scrappy Annie. The work (shown in the above image) depicts a female figure bound by rows of threading, immobilized and alone. About this piece, Scrappy Annie explained, “it came to life quite quickly when I was thinking about how some women live lives of . . . → Read More: “Women’s Suffrage” fiber art by Scrappy Annie