My Birthday Party

It was my birthday party.

We had cake and birthday cards.

They sang Happy Birthday to me.

This human (her name was Elena) claimed that it was her birthday too.

Happy Birthday, Carmen!

Carmen will be 11 years old tomorrow (Friday) so come by and give her a personal birthday greeting. We’ll be celebrating her from 4-6 with music, cake, and our accustomed bonhomie.

 
 

A Couple of Seals Swam in Today

See what we mean? As soon as two of Stephen Fox's birds flew out of the gallery, these two seals swam in.

 

A Happy Weekend

We had a great weekend at the gallery – we hope you had a good weekend, too! Stephen Fox's work is flying out the door, but as it disappears, he just brings more in.

 

A Letter to the Editor from Richard Kamler

Nostalgia over Peace Navy

Regarding “Documenting decades of area protest” (Datebook, July 6): The article on protest photographs and the mention of the Peace Navy brought back rich memories of two collaborations I had with the Peace Navy and Bob Heifetz, who passed away several years ago. In 1992, on the eve of Robert Alton Harris’ execution, we decided to surround San Quentin State Prison with the sound of lions roaring. I’d made a recording of lions roaring, and we had speakers on the boat. When the execution was going ahead, we cranked up the sound and made our pass in front of the prison.

Helicopters came, pinned us with a light, and the boat was taken under control by the U.S. Coast Guard. We were charged with a “sound ordinance: a public nuisance.” The charges were later dismissed. A second collaboration with the Peace Navy happened in a protest against the militarism of Fleet Week. We created a large inflatable-looking loaf of french bread and painted in the tricolors of France. On its side, in bold letters, we painted “Make Bread Not Bombs.” We towed it in front of the Dartmouth, where dignitaries were on board. We were taken by the Coast Guard again and later released. I miss the Peace Navy.

Richard Kamler, San Francisco/ San Francisco Chronicle

Richard Kamler and his work at the gallery last August

Richard Kamler and his work at the gallery last August

 

Stephen Fox: A Joyful Opening

Stephen Fox, Barbara Luzardi, and our own Peter Munks. photo by May Woon

Stephen Fox, Barbara Luzardi, and our own Peter Munks. photo by May Woon

photo by Jason Barnett

photo by Jason Barnett

photo by May Woon

photo by May Woon

photo by Jason Barnett

photo by Jason Barnett

11:59: Are we ready for this?

 

12:30

 

1:30

 

2:00: Anne sounds the foghorn and introduces Stephen. Time for the Artist's Talk.

 

We listen.

 

And laugh.

 

It is a wonderful show. And for an artist who is so serious about his work, there was an extraordinary amount of laughter going on in the gallery today.

A New Flock Flew in Today

A new party of birds flew in today to celebrate Stephen Fox's Opening this Saturday, July 8, from 12-6 pm.

 

Stephen Fox's Opening Reception July 8

Join us for Fox's Opening Reception this coming Saturday, July 8, from 12 - 6 pm. He'll give an artist's talk at 2:00. Stephen works with wood, bamboo, stone, and most recently, acrylic.

Jenny, the owner of Sweet Passion Bakery, checking out her new purchase, Matador in Motion, by Stephen Fox.

 

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 at 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.