For any Bay Area folks, please come down this weekend for my first ever Open Studio as part of the San Francisco Open Studio program. October 10 & 11, 11am-4pm. We'll be serving up mimosas and treats to boot.
We spent much of last year renovating the ground floor of our house, creating a separate two room ground floor apartment space. Before we begin dealing with renting it out, we decided to use it as the perfect gallery space that it is. Being right off of 24th Street in the Mission district, it's smack in the middle of a bustling gallery area.
Technically, my real studios are upstairs, but down here has it's own separate entrance right onto the street. Cynthia took a few shots this afternoon as things start coming together. She laid out the "salon" wall of original works.
Mark Ulriksen has done this for a number of years and has always recommended I do it. Same with John Hersey and Richard Downs. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner! Cynthia kicked my butt into signing on this year.
I dug through the ol' closets and found some stuff going back-a-ways. Above is a large bus advertisement from a campaign I did for The Bon Marche in Seattle back in the 90s. It's pretty cool because it's canvas backed. As I remember, the original was perhaps 8" x 24", so the moiree pattern on this has it's own appeal. That's one of my big sculptures (named Cherokee) in the foreground (not my white butt).
We'll be selling everything from refrigerator magnets to posters and prints to kid's books to line art and old originals to paintings and sculptures. 20 years of illustration and artwork, but only a tiny amount of that even will be down here.
It's been pretty hectic to put this together on top of work and other life stuff. It's also been weird digging through the reams and reams of work I have in drawers and closets. With just about every illustration I remember the client, but there are a few where my mind simply can't put it together.
Unfortunately, this weekend is also "Fleet Week," with military displays of F-16s roaring low overhead. God I hate Fleet Week.
The back room (no pictures, you'll have to come down to see it!) will have all of the prints and books and line art and stuff.
Anyway, please come down, if even just to chew the fat for a little bit.