We had a BLAST! Many thanks to our old friends – and all the new ones we made – for stopping by booth #523!
Andrew Ramer is one marvelous storyteller. He read from two of his books this afternoon: Deathless, and Torah Told Different. His version of the Torah is deep, original, and lots of fun! Both book covers are graced by our Anne's paintings.
Richard Kamler (1935-2017) from his artist statement:
I practice art to communicate, to be in the world..
I practice art because it is the most meaningful thing I can think of doing.
I practice art so that I can be at the table. .
I practice art to have fun.
I practice art to be part of the global community of artists and to participate in our common and creative struggle for freedom.
I practice art because I can sing while doing it.
I practice art to respect my grandfather’s request to show him the face I had before I was born.
I practice art to have ONE un-edited activity in which I can mess around.
When my son was young, 2 or 3, and the socializing process of saying “no” was beginning to lock in (we all know that process; don’t touch this, you’ll burn yourself; don’t throw food; etc.) Well, I began to feel bad about this. I felt he would lose that wonderful sense of freedom we are born with, that sense of open-ness that we have in the beginning. And, yes, of course he did need to live in the world! Couldn’t throw food around or burn himself, but I felt a sense of loss. So one morning, on the ceiling of his room, as big as possible, I painted the word, YES. YES!!
So, that when he woke, the first thing he saw, was YES! YES! YES!
I practice art to say YES!
Read Richard's Artist Statement in its entirety.
And suddenly the gallery was filled with people jostling to see Connie's amazing work.
Here’s to the turning of our planet eARTh as it briefly paused on its yearly journey around the sun and headed towards more light and more warmth. We celebrated this beautiful occurrence today, with wine, wintery song, and camaraderie.
Seasons Greetings and hopes for Peace and good will among us all.
A phenomenally fun, enthralling show.
Fun, food, friends: a joyous occasion!
Such an exuberant occasion despite the record-breaking 105 degree heat in San Francisco yesterday. Even though Pulido's art filled the gallery with cool blues, we took little breaks and hit the alley out back for joyful music and amazing snacks.
One of the liveliest openings in the history of FOG!
It was my birthday party.
Treats. Birthday cards.
Muzzle to muzzle with one of my favorite humans.
Happy Birthday to me!
The photos say it all. A wonderful man who makes exquisite art brought crowds of friends into the gallery.
We heard him first at FOG. What an exhilarating feeling listening to someone we're sure will be well known in years to come.
Rita Sofertis's opening
An astonishing exhibition. Rita's mixed media images on transparent surfaces hang so visitors can become part of the floating experience. That's Rita on the right, with a friend, behind one of her pieces of art.
And as always, old friends and new!
John Maroney shared some passages out of his new book BALD HEAD EMPTY MIND NO ZEN with us today:
To be a serious student of Zen is OK. Just not too serious.
You could say Zen is like business as usual, with an outrageously funny sense of humor.
Can anyone say they are permanently Enlightened? NO!
Laugh til you cry.
Tom Maroney practiced what he preached about laughter. A great time was had by all..