This Sunday: James Reale

In our continuous effort to bring art and culture to the Sunset and FOG, please join us on Sunday for some piano music by James Reale. (Check with us for the time 415-463-5537.)

Sit back and listen to a sample of Reale's music.

p.s. Jeanie and I are still singing every Thursday from 5 o'clock on, so drop on by and "rise up singing," -Peter

 

Bloomsday

James Joyce, 1915. Photo by Alex Ehrenzweig

James Joyce, 1915. Photo by Alex Ehrenzweig

To James Joyce and his literary heritage,  I would like to propose a modest celebration tomorrow. June 16th is commonly known as "Bloomsday" among his followers. It is the day in 1904 that Joyce based his novel Ulysses, the day he would have a date with Nora in Dublin.

At FOG from 4 o'clock 'till closing, anyone wanting to read a selection, sing a song, drink a libation, or just revel in this extraordinary book is welcome.  -Peter

 

Opening Reception: Rita Soyfertis

A viewer, along with Rita (right) become part of a piece of art.

A viewer, along with Rita (right) become part of a piece of art.

An astonishing exhibition! Rita's mixed media images on transparent surfaces hang so visitors can become part of the floating experience.

 
Rita demonstrates how a piece of art changes if you view it from the opposite side.

Rita demonstrates how a piece of art changes if you view it from the opposite side.

 

Rita Soyfertis: Hanging Her Show

 

Transparency Wave, Rita's show, will grace our gallery from now until June 25th.

Please join us for the opening this Saturday, June 3, from 12-6 pm. Rita give an Artist's Talk at 2:00.

 

Bald Head Empty Mind No Zen

That's the name of John Maroney's new book, which he shared with us today. Some passages from that book:

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!

John Maroney loved to laugh, that's for sure. As people left, he would say, "Enjoy yourself!"

 

Last Chance

photo by Dewitt Cheng

photo by Dewitt Cheng

p.s. Below: the artiste duo Anne and Gugger Petter, who paid us a visit today.

 
 
 

Do not miss Tom Akawie's dazzling show! Three more days, tomorrow, May 26th, through Sunday, May 28th. Our hours are noon to 6 pm.

 

Two more weeks

Landscape with Atomic Piles (detail)

Landscape with Atomic Piles (detail)

Only two more weeks to experience Tom Akawie's glowing show, a truly amazing survey of his extraordinary career. These are museum quality pieces that deserve serious attention. The range from sinuous landscape to photorealism to far out mandala-like mysticism makes this show a must see. And don't forget the ice cream pop up at Andy's on Saturday.   -Peter

 

tom akawie's opening

The artist with one of his latest works

The artist with one of his latest works

Tom's airbrushed paintings are remarkable. The detail. The iridescence. And the colors shift as you move around the room.

Another exciting gathering of friends, old and new.

And speaking of friends, old and new: Leslie Jo Tone, a former student of Tom's, showed up. They hadn't seen each other in twenty years.

And speaking of friends, old and new: Leslie Jo Tone, a former student of Tom's, showed up. They hadn't seen each other in twenty years.

 

Last weekend to see Greg Wilson's photos

This is the last weekend to see Greg Wilson's unique and exquisite photos. They have graced our walls for the past four weeks, and I will be sad to see them go.

p.s. And just in case you need any more motivation, Andytown is having an ice cream pop up on Saturday – so come on down to the 3000 block of Taraval @40th and have some fun.  –Cheers, Peter

 
 

Mis Amigas: Anne, Claudia, y Maria

Just when everything was looking bleak and masses of humanity were heading for Hippy Hill @4:20, in came tres lovely women. A little vino, a few songs (Guantanamero, De Colores, Get Together Now, Both Sides Now, Amazing grace), Carmencita, and beautiful art – this is what FOG is all about. ❤️ Pedro

 

How Does He Do It?

Greg Wilson brought in a shadow box containing some of the objects he used to make his photographs, which will be on display until April 30th. Fascinating!

 

This body of work began five years ago as photograms—pictures produced on light-sensitive paper without a camera. Greg then experimented making enlargements of these objects without using a negative. Where a photographic negative would traditionally rest, he placed a scrap of lace, a feather, algae, a fist of fishing lures, or a butterfly.

The photograph below was made using the tiny piece of algae (upper left in shadow box).

 
 

A Long weekend at Fog

My Thursdays at FOG start on Taraval with Carmen's visit to Mark at Cara Glass - she knows he has a treat ready. Then it's my turn for a treat - into Andytown for my cappuccino. Assorted hellos to John and Jenny at Sweet Passion and Stacey at her hair salon, and a visit with Jeanie on the bench. Water in the bowl, some snacks for the art lovers, doors open, and here we go....
-Peter

p.s. We'll be open Easter Sunday. Actually, we'll be open every Sunday during April.

 

Greg Wilson's Opening

Greg Wilson standing beside a collection of his C Prints.

Greg Wilson standing beside a collection of his C Prints.

An exquisite show of pictures produced on light-sensitive paper without a camera. A fun opening, including kids, dogs, and humans.

 

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

It was a rainy afternoon ... and then Katy Tang, our district supervisor, walked in. She and Ming hit it off.

 

Ming's Dynasty

Ming’s wife, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter stopped by FOG today.

 

St. Patrick's Day On Our Street

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow and I would like to take the opportunity to honor three Irish gentlemen who own businesses on our very street. As I sip my fabulous cappuccino I salute Michael McCrory from Andytown. Right next door is where John Campbell bakes his Irish specialties at Jennies' Sweet Passion Bakery. A little farther to the west is Marc Hobden at Cara Glass, a bustling workshop that manufactures custom made wooden windows. Hats off to all three of you and thank you for making our neighborhood a more diverse and enriching environment. I plan to do some Irish music tomorrow afternoon in your honor.  -Cheers, Peter

 

Inbox

Dear Anne & Peter,
Whenever I/we visit FOG, we always come away feeling joyously positive and energized. While there and afterwards, I find I can actually put away the terrible reality of today's politics.  
The demonstration today was a feast for the eyes; Ming is quite a lovely, happy man. Thank you for what you do for our community!
Peace,
Barbara