Last Weekend to See Jessica Dunne's Show

Anne and I will surely miss Jessica’s work at the gallery, but we are among the fortunate who live with her work. In 2009, I commissioned 5 local artists to create a work for Anne’s 50th. Jessica took this to the limit and produced a magnificent large canvas of the Camera Obscura at the Cliff House, replete with Anne in her yellow jacket standing and observing the scene. She transformed this prosaic structure into something else entirely. It is hanging over our bed and provides us with a daily dose of Jessica Dunne’s particular vision of her surroundings. We also have two small and evocative prints of bicycles that she made while on a residency in Germany, and we enjoy them every day. I for one will be saddened to see a Dunne-less gallery, and urge you all to come and pay your respects to this one-of-a-kind Jessica Dunne Sunset exhibition. -Cheers, Peter

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Celebrating and Remembering Harry Cohen

Harry turned 95 in August, had a new show coming up in Santa Fe, was involved in his documentary with the famous Bagel Boys and was working on new paintings just last week. He was visiting with our artist friend Gugger Petter, and she reported “…he was so well and fine last week, enjoying friends and making art until his last day.”

He was a true artist, gentleman, hilarious story teller, and kindred spirit. I remember a particularly wonderful visit with Anne to his Woodside studio, which was chock full of whimsical sculptures, gorgeous drawings and a zillion paintings. He was one of FOG's favorite artists, and we will always be grateful for our time with him. -Peter

Harry at his opening at FOG, August 5, 2017

Harry at his opening at FOG, August 5, 2017

Below: An incredibly beautiful book of Harry Cohen’s work. Be sure to click on the little icon at bottom right to view full screen!

 

Night and Day/Jessica Dunne

Million Dollar Babies  oil on linen 40 x 60 in 2019  photo by Lee Fatherree

Million Dollar Babies oil on linen 40 x 60 in 2019 photo by Lee Fatherree

Jessica Dunne’s works will be on display through September 29.

 
Joy in Repetition,  2017, oil on polyester, 48 x 69 in.

Joy in Repetition, 2017, oil on polyester, 48 x 69 in.

 

Jessica Dunne's Opening

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Elixyr : Julie Smolin, Barbee Callander, Wynne Bamberg, Chuck Bennett

Elixyr: Julie Smolin, Barbee Callander, Wynne Bamberg, Chuck Bennett

Jessica explained to us the title of her show: Joy in Repetition is the name of a song by Prince whom she adores. She said it fits her because she revisits the same subjects over and over again like many of her favorite artists.

 

Hanging Jessica Dunne's Show

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Join us for Jessica Dunne’s opening:

This Saturday, August 24, 2019, 1 - 5 pm

Artist's Talk at 2 pm

 

Save Our Historical Murals / Tonight at 6:00

The SFUSD board voted to paint over all of Victor Arnautoff’s murals—all 13 scenes, not just those objected to—at an estimated cost of $600,000. The vote was unanimous.

@solomamihood

@solomamihood

We will attend the SFUSD's board of education meeting on tonight, at 6 o’clock, at 555 Franklin Street (between Fulton and McAllister). We want to strongly protest their proposal to whitewash or cover the magnificent Victor Arnautoff murals that now grace George Washington High School’s walls. As part of San Francisco's vibrant art community, we adamantly demand these murals be preserved and enhanced with lighting and signage so they remain a treasure for all to experience.

If you’re able to attend with us, please do.

 

Closed this weekend – Reopening for Jessica Dunne, Saturday, August 24

FOG will be closed next weekend, and will return for Jessica Dunne’s opening on Saturday the 24th, with the artist’s talk at 2 and a special musical offering by Elixr at 3. We are so pleased to be showing Jessica Dunne’s beautifully expressive works of the Sunset.

Million Dollar Babies  oil on linen 40 x 60 in 2019  photo by Lee Fatherree

Million Dollar Babies oil on linen 40 x 60 in 2019 photo by Lee Fatherree

 

New Kid on the Block

We want to take this opportunity to welcome the new kid on the block - the New Fung Tai Framing & Gallery at 3028 Taraval. It is being run by the brother of Ming Chan’s partner, the former calligrapher who worked out of this shop for 20 years. We wish them much success, and we will be sending prospective framing customers to you.

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In another neighborhood, Anne just took down her four-month display of 12 paintings at the Infinity Towers. Those paintings were seen by the residents, and one wrote “This is such great art. I love looking at each aspect in the paintings. You can truly connect with it.”

So come on down to FOG, catch the last two weeks of John Rampley’s marvelous show, look at ANNE’S works, and maybe hear a tune or three...cheers, Peter

 

ruth weiss reads

The great Beat poet and nonagenarian ruth weiss gave a poetry reading this afternoon at 2 pm. A longtime friend of John Rampley, ruth ventured from her home in Mendocino for this special event at FOG.

 
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John Rampley and Friends

A great visit today with John’s friends. They are all artists and Wilson and Regina live and teach art in Samoa and are starting an art gallery there. They also have been commissioned by a London art museum for a show this spring.

Zeke, John, Wilson, Regina (and black & white pal)

Zeke, John, Wilson, Regina (and black & white pal)

 

Hanging John Rampley's Show

Just finished hanging a great new show, John Rampley’s Metamorphic Patterns, an enticing array of his vivid paintings.

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Anne and I returned from Europe on Monday after a 31-day swing through Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, London, with a day trip to Brussels to visit the Rene Magritte Museum. Overall it was a great mind- and eye-opening journey, a reaffirmation of our real global inter-connectedness, and a much needed break after three and a half years of running FOG.

On a sadder note, Jeanie Bertrand, my singing partner and loyal Fog family member, fell in her house on the 10th of June, and broke a bone in her shoulder that needed an operation. She is in a physical rehab facility at present, and we all wish her a speedy recovery.

 

Celebrating and Remembering Lew Carson

Memorial Day is a day to commemorate and celebrate, so let us remember Lew Carson, a wonderful artist who showed here at FOG in January, 2018. He had a marvelous exhibition and we became good friends as well as avid fans of his art. He was the real deal, just brimming over with artistry and brilliant painting. We were looking forward to a new show, but sadly he passed away on December 24, 2018, from complications to his chemotherapy. He joins four other FOG artists who have died, but their shows and art live on, and will be remembered. Anne and I will be living with one of Lew’s beautiful pieces.

Untitled #44 46" x 36"

Untitled #44 46" x 36"

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DeWitt Cheng's Opening

DeWitt pursued several different avenues – engineering, art history, painter – before finding his love of street photography about ten years ago. Wherever he goes, DeWitt has his camera to capture the moments of San Francisco’s nature, light and urban life.

 
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photo by Rachel Meyer

photo by Rachel Meyer

 
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He described his compositions as formalist. Half the photos in the exhibition are of clouds and skyscape at Ocean Beach, just five blocks from his apartment on Taraval Street.  The others are Sunset houses, condos under construction, and office towers in downtown San Francisco. DeWitt has been posting his photographs daily on his Facebook page for over a decade. Now they can be seen in a large format on the walls resembling painting.

 
Two  more  talents!  photo by Cheryl Cooper

Two more talents! photo by Cheryl Cooper

Charles, who printed DeWitt’s photos  photo by Cheryl Cooper

Charles, who printed DeWitt’s photos photo by Cheryl Cooper

 
assembling for the talk

assembling for the talk

 
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Our fearless leader (left) and two faithful FOG friends.

 

Hanging DeWitt Cheng's Show

That’s Anne, and Jenny (of Sweet Passion Bakery and Le Trio fame).

That’s Anne, and Jenny (of Sweet Passion Bakery and Le Trio fame).

MAY 4 - 26, 2019

Pedestrianism: Walkabout Photos by DeWitt Cheng

Opening: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1 - 5 pm

Artist's Talk at 2 pm

 

Field Trip

Starr invited us to visit Oliver Ranch, a beautiful sculpture site up by Geyserville.

Oliver Ranch Installation — Roger Berry, “Darwin”, 1988-89 (Corten steel sculpture)

Oliver Ranch Installation — Roger Berry, “Darwin”, 1988-89 (Corten steel sculpture)