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.
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.
and meanwhile, out back…
Just finished hanging a great new show, John Rampley’s Metamorphic Patterns, an enticing array of his vivid paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our fearless leader (left) and two faithful FOG friends.
As we get set to open our fifth show of the year, along comes this email out of the blue. It has put big smiles on our faces. Thank goodness for the kindness of other artists. Let’s get some more folks “popping into” FOG.
It is somewhat ironic that I have never set foot in your gallery, because I find myself popping in to your space pretty regularly via the web. I have lived in Michigan since 1978, but FOG has become a kind of touchstone for me, returning me to my native state. I was born and reared in California –– attended SFAI and was one of San Francisco’s first licensed street artists (1972).
So this is just a little note of thanks for being a portal to the stomping grounds of my youth.
I wish for your gallery a long life.
This was at the FOG door when I arrived to open the gallery: an eggsquisite octopus etched egg. Mark D. Powers has been delivering Friday free art eggs to various sites in the city for ten years and FOG is one of the recipients. A BIG THANKS to Mark for his most special gift.
Jeff began his talk by commenting that his last FOG exhibition was about his love of the ocean. This one is more about his love of the weather at the ocean. His recent work focuses more on clouds and sky at Ocean Beach. These paintings have more brush work than palette knife and the surface is not at dense as his previous works.
Standing room only.
We are greatly saddened by the recent passing of Janet Norris, one of the wonderful artists who has shown at FOG. Three other FOG artists: Mamade Kadreebux (12/31/17), Richard Kamler(11/1/18) and Tom Akawie (1/18/19) have also passed. All four artists presented a deep and richly nuanced body of work that made Far Out Gallery proud. Their art lives on...
from your friends at FOG. We sang some songs, we read your poems, we cut your cake and drank to you.
Anne read “The Artist,” and Peter read from “Little Boy” and also recited “Baseball Canto.” There was a great reading of “I Am Waiting.”
All in all–including the cake and Prosecco–it was a magical event. Enough so that we’ve decided to host a yearly LF celebration.
Ferlinghetti’s new book, Little Boy, was released on March 19, and the release party drew a big crowd.
Join us for our own celebration chez FOG from 4-6 on MAR. 24
If you happen to be in Paris, there will be two weeks of celebrations at Shakespeare and Company, City Lights’ sister book store. We’ll be having our own celebration chez FOG from 4-6 on the 24th. Everyone is encouraged to read a favorite poem, with cake and prosecco to follow. Calling all “Whitman’s wild children.”
Come in and peruse some of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s books of poems on our window shelf. We would love to hear you pick out a favorite, and give it a good reading. Anne’s got a beauty, and so do I.
Join us for our own celebration chez FOG from 4-6 on MAR. 24
…and he has something to say, dance, and show!
TIDES: PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER
Her opening was packed with devoted friends from near and far as well as the regular FOG family art lovers.
Carol talked about the influence of her Buddhist practice on her life, and the fact that her life is her art. She described her process as a search and shared her method of making these paintings beginning with no preconception. She asks her mind to step out of the way to allow her intuition to take over. From there, she and the paint have a dialog where recognizable forms such as ships and figures emerge. Carol’s art straddles abstract and recognizable worlds for the viewer to explore.
Beauty inside and outside the gallery.