Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pressing Matters VII: Printmakers Group Show Update

Here are a few more shots from the current printmakers exhibit at the Maurice del Mue Galleries, San Geronimo Valley Community Center.
"Self Portrait with Air and Water" Block print /silkscreen by Martha Cederstrom

                  Amos Klausner installing his letterpress piece titled "List Serv #2"

Here are a few shots from last Sunday's opening.

                            Zach Gilmour does a demonstration on printing Monotypes.

Corina del Carmel with her lithograph "Mujer Cochinilla"

A table display of more of Corina's work.

Elaine Nehm at her print table.

                                                            The West Room

The Valley Room

                                        Donn DeAngelo and Fred Berensmeier

                        "Fisherman's Wharf" silkscreen by Geoff Bernstein

"Oregon Chubb" Monoprint,  freehand stencil with watercolor and homemade earth ink by Xander Weaver-Scull

Another Xander monoprint stencil "Green Sea Turtle"

A really nice piece by Cindy Miracle. A monoprint with Chine Colle, "Venetian Scene".

And two lithographs by Sophie Larsen.



The show features additional work by Fred L. Berensmeier, Scott Gibbons, Eric Jackson, Janice Jahnke, Veronica Buros Kleinberg, Elaine Nehm, and Gabriele Schwibach that I haven't managed to get  satisfactory photographs for posting. My apologies to them (I may post more from the show before the month is over).

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Pressing Matters VII: Printmakers Group Show

Probably my favorite show of all the exhibits we organize at the Maurice del Mue Galleries-San Geronimo Valley Community Center is the Pressing Matters Printmakers Group Show.  It's startling to realize this is the seventh.

As with all  group  shows at SGVCC, the focus is on local Valley artists  (with a few 'guest'  artists from beyond the shire thrown in).

Here are a few shots from the show. More to come later.

Here's Zoltron:

                                         Silkscreen "Wide Spread Panic" Oct 28, 2016
                                                      Six colors with metallic inks

                                            Silkscreen "Wide Spread Panic" Oct 29, 2016
                                                      Six colors with metallic inks

                                        Silkscreen "Wide Spread Panic" Oct 30, 2016
                                                      Six colors with metallic inks
                                                                        (Copyright Zoltron 2016)

Corina del Carmel:

                                                Lithography  "Mujer Cochinilla"

                                              Serigraphy "Through the Window"

                                                  Lithography "Destiny"

Barbara Morris:

                                                       Monotype "Koi Fish"

                                                     Monotype "Koi Fish"

Art Hazelwood:

                                                     Linocut  "In the Rockies"

                                             Linocut  "Bijin on the 19th Avenue Ltd."

Lithography "It Can't Happen Here" 
(This print may look like current event commentary but in fact was done in 1999)

Here are a couple by me:

                                                Linocut "Civilization, Ho!"

                                             Linocut "Feeling a Little Anxious"

An incredible triptych by Sam Vaughan:

Hand toned lithograph "Cute Commies of Color"

The show includes linocuts, aquatint and drypoint etchings, lithographs, letter press, collographs, screen prints, monoprints and monotypes.

This year’s featured artists include Fred L. Berensmeier, Geoff Bernstein, Corina del Carmel, Martha Cederstrom, Danielle Fogel, Scott Gibbons, Zachary Gilmour, Art Hazelwood, Eric Jackson, Amos Klausner, Veronica Buros Kleinberg, Sophie Larsen, Cindy Miracle, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Larry Rippee, Gabriele Schwibach, Sam Vaughan, Xander Weaver-Scull and Zoltron.

More details (and images) from show soon.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Larry's Cartoon Vault: Food Comics at the Farm

We're back at the blog after a hiatus, thanks to a computer crash.

Here's an installment of the Cartoon Vault. Back in 1981, Leonard Rifas, cartoonist and publisher of EduComics, organized an art exhibit for the Farm Gallery loosely based around one of his educational comic books, Food Comics.  Here's the program from that exhibit with some fun profiles of (then) San Francisco Mission District based cartoonists.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fred L. Berensmeier masterful printmaker

On September 11 the San Geronimo Valley Community Center celebrated the 2nd annual International Day of Peace Festival. It was a great event ( International Day of Peace is a U. N. initiated global event dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace among nations).

We featured live music by jam band The Rock Collection (Melvin Seals, Greg Anton, Stu Allen, Dan Lebo Lebowitz and JP McLean) as well as Barry "The Fish" Melton Band (Banana, Roy Blumenfeld, Peter Albin and Dave Aguilar) along with other activities, guest speakers and workshops.

Running in tandem with the festival, we’re hosting a great body of work by printmaker Fred L. Berensmeier in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries at the Center (The exhibit will continue through the month of September).

                                                                                                                                                                          photo by Michel Kotski

The show is titled “Gifting My Legacy” and for good reason. Fred is donating all proceeds from the art sales to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. (His wife Jean founded the Center in 1969).

                                                                                                                                     photo by Michel Kotski

Fred, is a master printmaker --studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and received his Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco State.  He was the head of the fine arts printmaking department of City College of San Francisco from 1968 until 1993.

Cloud Shaman Calling
His work has been exhibited in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brants Klaedefabrik Museum, Denmark, Yerba Buena Center,  the Audubon Artists 53rd Annual exhibition, National Arts Club of New York and Pacific Grove Art Center.  Fred’s work is in the collections of the Legion of Honor's Achenbach Collection and the Library of Congress.

Sea Shaman Dreams
Although his earlier work was influenced by Edvard Munch and later abstract expressionism his more recent works have focused on images from personal connection with the environment and his years of work with Native Americans and study of petroglyphs and pictographs.

Star Shaman and Raven

Medicine Bear Carrying Pure Water
Here are a few shots from Fred's printmaking demo:

Here's a detail of the lino block "Cloud Shaman Calling":