40,000 Years Ago and Now

“Farther Out” is Anne’s 4th show at FOG, and presents her most fulfilling and satisfying work to date. With five of the pieces created in 2018, she has been refining and deepening her artistic vision to startling effect.

An illuminating article in the New York Times recently dated certain hand stencils and drawings of animals in mountain caves in Borneo to at least 40,000 years ago. The stencils and drawings remind me very much of Anne’s work, and connect her to this rich tradition of figurative art.

These early humans used art to communicate, build communities, teach and uplift, and remind us that artistic expression is the essential ingredient of what it means to be human.

So come on over to Anne’s “cave” and experience for yourself the genuine connection between her paintings today and theirs 40,000 years ago.

 
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If you come tomorrow, Friday, between 4 and 6, you can have some cake and wish Anne a happy birthday. Blue City Jazz will provide live music.

And don’t forget, on Saturday at 3 pm we have a wonderful book reading by Yvonne Daley.

Next week, we’ll be open on Thanksgiving Day.

–Peter

 

Anne's Talk

If you didn’t get a chance to hear Anne’s talk at her opening, watch it here! The password is Far Out

 
 

Video by Starr Sutherland

Farther Out: Anne Herbst's Opening

We were all starstruck by this bright and beautiful opening.

 Anne with  Sea Star

Anne with Sea Star

 
 Who bought the first painting? There’s a clue to your right.

Who bought the first painting? There’s a clue to your right.

 Anne describes how  Nova  came to life…

Anne describes how Nova came to life…

 The level of detail in Anne’s paintings

The level of detail in Anne’s paintings

 Meanwhile, out back…

Meanwhile, out back…

 A most heart-felt talk

A most heart-felt talk

  Cliff Dwellers  revisited

Cliff Dwellers revisited

 Anne reveals her painting process for  Starstruck .

Anne reveals her painting process for Starstruck.

 Jeanie and Peter bring it home.

Jeanie and Peter bring it home.

Hanging Anne's Show

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Our own Anne Herbst’s annual November show will open this Saturday the 3rd, from 1-5 pm.

Artist’s Talk at 2 pm

 

The Bombay Sapphire Gala

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As we know, Anne Herbst's painting, 21st Century Horse, was selected as a regional semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan 2018 Competition. All the semi-finalists were exhibited last night at Minna Gallery, and Anne was radiant.

THERE’S STILL A FEW MORE HOURS TO VOTE.

With enough votes, we can send Anne and her painting to the finals. Here’s the link: https://bit.ly/2BBbuGb

 

FOG Friends

We’ve had so many friends surprise us this week:

 This is Kit among the koi…

This is Kit among the koi…

 And Noah’s pals Sunny and Sophie…

And Noah’s pals Sunny and Sophie…

 
 And of all people, Jim, my Yale suite mate, and his companion Beverly.

And of all people, Jim, my Yale suite mate, and his companion Beverly.

So please drop in yourself! -Peter

 

Noah Phyllis Levin's Opening

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Noah in front of Atherton Garden

Lots of new and old friends greeted one another at Noah’s opening of Pools, Ponds, and Beyond.

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  photo by Alexa Jo Weiss

photo by Alexa Jo Weiss

Lots of looking, lots of talking going on. A fascinating artist’s talk during which we absolutely grilled Noah with questions, and she answered every one.

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  photo by Alexa Jo Weiss

photo by Alexa Jo Weiss

 Noah with Anita Nichols

Noah with Anita Nichols

  photo by Alexa Jo Weiss

photo by Alexa Jo Weiss

 

We Celebrated!

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We had the best Equinox party. A fun group of old and new FOG friends, song and talk, art and snacks. A few bottles of wine, too, to welcome in the new season.

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Celebrate the Equinox With Us!

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There are a couple of alluring events coming to FOG this weekend and the next. We’ll again be celebrating the change in seasons at FOG on Saturday, September 22, from 4-6 pm. The Autumnal Equinox actually arrives at 6:54 pm for the punctilious amongst us - and you know who you are.

Jeanie and I will serve up our seasonally appropriate ditties, and there will be libations and treats. So let’s gather as a community in welcoming our new season.

On Thursday, September 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm, we will be hosting a meet-and-greet for Gordon Mar, our local candidate for supervisor. He’ll introduce his ideas and thoughts for our district - and I think you will be impressed. Come a little early and you can hear Jeanie and me at our regular 5 o’clock sing-a long slot.

Both events will be taking place under the magic spell of Darryl Sapien’s spectacular show. 

 

Darryl Sapien's Opening

 The artist beside MELENCOLIA.

The artist beside MELENCOLIA.

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Is it time for the talk?

YES! Sound the foghorn!

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Darryl gave a fascinating talk, explaining how he finds objects, brings them to his studio, and holds them hostage  – sometimes for years – until they tell him what they want to be. The piece of art below was inspired by a discarded WELCOME mat, and is called WORN OUT WELCOME V.

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from Darryl's website: "My studio work concentrates on transforming found and appropriated objects into three dimensional paintings or assemblage. Every object I incorporate into an artwork has a story to tell, and every story dictates the work’s final form. Each object suggests a unique metaphor and initiates a chain reaction of thought, image, language, and material. In painting an image on a three-dimensional found object I seek to create a dynamic synergy between the image and the object’s former function. I like to think of the process as a dialog between myself and the object I’ve chosen to work with. The finished work should awaken a dormant potential, with image and object converging into a unified statement amounting to more than the sum of its parts."

 

Go Outside and Play!

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FOG will be closed Labor Day weekend and will reopen thursday, September 6.

 

Let's Send Anne to Miami

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Anne Herbst's painting, 21st Century Horse, has been selected as a regional semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan 2018 Competition. 

We have the power to send Anne and her painting to the next level – Miami Art Week – by voting for her!

If we can get together enough votes, Anne's work will be exhibited at SCOPE in Miami Beach, and at the Artisan Series Finale Celebration in December. (This is where the National Grand Prize Winner will be chosen.)

VOTE HERE!

We're allowed to vote once a day, from Aug. 22-Oct. 26. Let's do this!

  21st Century Horse    oil on canvas   32" x 42"   2017

21st Century Horse   oil on canvas   32" x 42"   2017

  21st Century Horse  was inspired by the drawing above,  20th Century Horse,  that Anne did 50 years earlier when she was six years old.

21st Century Horse was inspired by the drawing above, 20th Century Horse, that Anne did 50 years earlier when she was six years old.

 

Dazzle Painting

“A Hundred years ago, high tech was a paint job,” the New York Times wrote about how artist Tauba Auerbach used a British artist's technique-“dazzle painting" to paint this 87-year-old New York fireboat. Can you imagine that the best technology in WWI to avoid German U-boats was a dazzling paint job? Norman Wilkinson was the British artist who devised this clever strategy. Kudos for such a wonderful article combining art, history, and the fantastic ability of artists to make a difference.

Come on over to FOG and check out Carol Blakley's paint jobs–she dazzles too. You want even more dazzle? Check out Anne’s work, another artist painting way out of the box...    -Peter

 Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

 

Time for Carol Blakley's Opening

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 photo: Peter Munks

photo: Peter Munks

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From 1 to 5, we had the most wonderful time.

 

There was a wonderful talk by our wonderful artist,

 

...and some wonderful tunes by the Fog Family Players

 

Drop-Ins

This incredible group of high school students dropped in as we were hanging Carol Blakley's show. 

 the students, who are in a summer program at Lehigh University, and our Anne

the students, who are in a summer program at Lehigh University, and our Anne

 

What Went Down at Carmen's 12th Birthday Party

This is fun, but will we ever get to open presents?

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OK. Which one should I open first? This one ...

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...or this one?

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We played with my new toys.

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The party snacks were great!

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Can we play a game now? Please?

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How about Pin the Tail on Anne?

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I will never forget my party.

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When Does the Party Start?

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Saturday, July 28, at 4:00

Carmen's Birthday Party

 

12 years and going strong! We are so happy to host this celebration of Carmen’s 12 years around the sun. Anne and I rescued Carmen from extremely dire circumstances when she was 1 1/2 years old. After a difficult period of learning to trust humans, she has settled into a remarkably happy and beautiful life. We all go to the beach every day, and Carmen loves her daily adventure. Since she was diagnosed with congestive heart disease, we have cut back from 6 to 2 miles a day, but that is plenty of time for her to frolic, swim, run, and shine. One of her favorite beach activities is to run with long strands of kelp in her mouth - which puts a smile on many a surprised face. She surely has put many a smile on our faces, and continues to do so. So come on by, have some cake, and give her a special hello on her special day.  -Peter

 

 

 Where are our goody bags?   

Where are our goody bags?

 

 

Stop On By

Stop on by to see Paige Laverty's All things Ocean.

  Jolly Rancher  by Paige Laverty

Jolly Rancher by Paige Laverty

Also, next Saturday the 28th we're going to be celebrating Carmen’s 12th birthday - she’ll be here to greet you from 4 o’clock til closing.   -Peter

 
 Come to my party!

Come to my party!