Some years a friend of mine and I donate an art tour for our children’s schools auction in the spring. In the past we’ve done tours of the galleries in downtown San Francisco but this year we decided to do the Mission District in San Francisco. It is so rich with history and has interesting out of the box galleries that have sprung up (one being the a.Muse gallery with the show I am in—this just worked out and wasn’t at all planned!) So, I’m busy with this and it is a whole lot of fun—but one thing I just can’t get over is how they curate Clarion Alley near 16th street—the murals get painted over—I know one’s not supposed to be to attached to things like this but it seems such a shame……if only all the alley’s in the Mission could be so rich!
Archives for June 2012
I’m very excited to be in a show with Kathryn Kain and Carrie Lederer at a.Muse gallery in San Francisco that opens this weekend, Saturday July 16th from 5:30 to 8:00 at 614 Alabama! Two artists I have long admired. Both have been working in the Bay Area for many years, helping to build a vital art scene and supporting the arts in a myriad of ways. The Bedford Gallery where Carrie is the director has flourished and I’ve seen Walnut Creek go from a somewhat sleepy little town to an area thriving with cultural. And Kathryn’s work as a master printer at Smith Anderson is phenomenal. We share a long time mutual friend who is also a fantastic artist, Mary McDonald. Kathryn also currently teaches at Stanford and is even jet setting it to Japan to jury shows—I’m very impressed! Don’t miss the show if you are in the area!
I ran across this book “Can Poetry save the Earth” by John Felstiner. I find it fascinating to think of poetry saving the earth. If it could do that, why? This nags at me—no one wants to destroy the earth, no one wants to live where you can’t breath the air and on and on—at least no one I’ve ever met does. So why does it happen? By accident, thoughtlessness, greed? I have dwelled on this a long time, since we lived in New York in a artsy dangerous drug ridden neighborhood—I don’t have the answer. But I have come to believe that we won’t destroy the earth, the earth, the energy that somehow pervades everything has a way of balancing things, it might take a long time for the earth to recover and whether or not we will be here I do question. Antibiotics becoming ineffective—what will that do to our population? Strange weather, then even stranger weather. Everything we have here is so beautiful, we would never know the beauty without it’s contrast which forces us to see what we have—and make a choice. For me the bigger question is can we live in harmony with the earth? To me the arts are like the soul of a culture, priceless in the direction it takes us.
While I’m here walking this earth though, I will cherish every bit of it and continue to hope that humanity can realize it’s full potential. I think we can……if we try.