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)

A touchstone and a portal

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.

Hello Anne,

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.  

Stephen

Stephen Duren, American Artist

 

Eggsquisite

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. 

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Jeffrey Nemeroff's Opening (Vol. II)

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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.

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Standing room only.

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Taking a break  photo by Cheryl Cooper

Taking a break photo by Cheryl Cooper

 
 

Their Art Lives On

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...    

Janet Norris  photo by Mark Hubbell

Janet Norris photo by Mark Hubbell

Mamade Kadreebux

Mamade Kadreebux

Richard Kamler

Richard Kamler

Tom Akawie

Tom Akawie

 

Happy 100th Birthday, Ferlinghetti

from your friends at FOG. We sang some songs, we read your poems, we cut your cake and drank to you.

photos by Peter Munk (above) and Cheryl Cooper (below)

photos by Peter Munk (above) and Cheryl Cooper (below)

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Anne read “The Artist,” and Peter read from “Little Boy” and also recited “Baseball Canto.”  There was a great reading of “I Am Waiting.”

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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 /  San Francisco Chronicle

Ferlinghetti / San Francisco Chronicle

 

Book Release Party at City Lights

Ferlinghetti’s new book, Little Boy, was released on March 19, and the release party drew a big crowd.

photos by Starr Sutherland

photos by Starr Sutherland

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Join us for our own celebration chez FOG from 4-6 on MAR. 24

Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday

The whole city is gearing up for LF’s 100th birthday just two weeks from today. Anne and I went to the opening of his painting and drawing exhibit at Rena Bransten’s gallery at Minnesota Street.

S. Francisco Acrylic on paper 36 x 74 1/2 in. 1993

S. Francisco Acrylic on paper 36 x 74 1/2 in. 1993

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.

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Join us for our own celebration chez FOG from 4-6 on MAR. 24

Introducing Hondo

…and he has something to say, dance, and show!

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Carol A. Levy's Opening

TIDES: PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER

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Her opening was packed with devoted friends from near and far as well as the regular FOG family art lovers.

 
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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.

 
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Beauty inside and outside the gallery.

We Are Waiting

As February winds to a close, we have one more weekend to savor the striking photographs of Hank Keneally, and one week before the Tides - Carol Levy’s show of paintings opening on March 2nd.

photo by Starr Sutherland

photo by Starr Sutherland

March also marks a fantastic birthday: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th. Check out the schedule for all things Lawrence – including a documentary, an art show at Minnesota Street, a library tribute, a book release, and an open house at City Lights bookstore on the 24th.

We’ll also be honoring him here @Fog with a fete from 4-6, also on the 24th. Please join us and bring a favorite poem to read, or a good Lawrence Ferlinghetti story (I have a few to relate from my 43 years at City Lights).

 

Gung Hay Fat Choy

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Celebrating with Baba (above) and Jan (below).

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Hank Keneally's Opening

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Hank’s message: Take Time. Look Around. Listen.

 
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Hank asks us to slow down. Much of today's media forces us into "automatic mode,” where things move faster than we can absorb them. At this rate, much of what’s around us is lost and cannot be acknowledged. It’s easy to lose our sense of self in our own environment.

His photographs are combinations of images taken mostly in San Francisco. They are montages of pavement, walls, dumpsters, trucks, etc., combined with painterly techniques from Photoshop.

 
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These four took Hank’s message to heart. Drenched, they’re just back from stepping outside and seeing a rainbow.

 

Hanging Hank Keneally's Show

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Please join us for the Opening of Hank’s

SAN FRANCISCO WALL ESCAPES

MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHS

Saturday, February 2, 2019

1 - 5 pm

Artist’s Talk at 2 pm