Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Shadow's Final Entry

Tonight, The Shadow will close down this blog for good.  There will be no further entries to be made and you will see The Shadow at no further art openings or receptions.  The Open Studios that we covered in March will be the final ones that we will cover.

And so, we say good-bye and good luck to all.  We do wish all of you well in the future.

The Shadow

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Visit ArtFest in the Park in Mountain View This Saturday


The Shadow recently received the following Press Release concerning ArtFest in the Park on Saturday, June 6, 2009:

The Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA) and the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) present AVArtFest 2009 as ARTFEST IN THE PARK on Saturday, June 6, 2009, 10 AM to 6 PM. The popular event, now in its thirteenth year, will be held for the first time in Pioneer Park, downtown Mountain View. Admission and parking are free.

ARTFEST IN THE PARK is where collectors discover affordable, original juried artworks for sale. The event showcases hundreds of works in all media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, drawing, calligraphy, mixed media, printmaking, photography, fiber art, silk painting, ceramics and sculpture.

“The festival offers established local artists, as well as new and emerging artists, an opportunity to share their creativity with the community,” said Festival Chair Catherine Rodriguez. “Because of the diverse array of work on display, there really is something to appeal to everyone.”

Attendees may also partake of the many excellent restaurants located in close walking distance to Pioneer Park on Castro and adjacent streets in downtown Mountain View.

Ten percent of the proceeds from each art sale will be donated by AVA to CSMA to support the school’s financial aid and arts education programs. “We are so very pleased to partner with the Alliance of Visual Artists in presenting this year’s ARTFEST IN THE PARK,” said CSMA Visual Arts Director Linda Covello. “We greatly appreciate the commitment of AVA and the many talented artists in supporting CSMA’s arts education programs for young people.”

The Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA), producers of this fine art show and sale, was founded to support local visual artists, provide a showcase for their work, and promote art education in the community. Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA) is a non-profit 501c3 all-volunteer organization.

The Community School of Music and Arts is a regional center for arts education committed to providing Arts for All regardless of age, level or economic means. Since its founding in 1968, CSMA has grown to be the largest non-profit provider of arts education programs in the region and is among the top 10 schools of its kind nationally. Annually, the school reaches 40,000+ people in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. At its Finn Center campus at 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, programs in music, visual arts and new media are provided through lessons, classes and camps, as well as through concerts, artist talks and exhibitions. CSMA also provides arts-in-the-schools programs (Arts in Action, Music in Action), as well as special outreach events at community venues. For information about CSMA, see or call 650-917-6800.

Pioneer Park located in downtown Mountain View is off Castro Street adjacent to the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts and City Hall Plaza. For directions and more information about ARTFEST IN THE PARK and AVA, see

The Shadow will be in attendance at this festival.  We would highly encourage as many of you that can to come to Mountain View for what promises to be a great time with great art.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Shadow Begins SOMA Spring Open Studios

It was a beautiful day yesterday in San Francisco.  Just the type of day to make you want to go out and view art.  The Shadow did just that yesterday in the SOMA district of San Francisco.

Many of the works on display this weekend

The Shadow visited artists in the following studios yesterday:
  • 8th Street Studios
  • GarageGallery
  • SOMA Artists Studios
Some of the artists (with their work) include (top to bottom):
Kathryn Arnold
Alan Mazzetti
Susan Tuttle
Kristina Quinones
Keiko Fujimoto
Laura Calhoun
Wendy Tremont King

If you were not able to get out yesterday, might we suggest a day of art.  It is Mother's Day -- and art makes a great gift!

More work on display this weekend

As you can see, there is a lot to see.  There are also many new artists showing for the first time and they can certainly use your support.

Studios will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today.  A map of locations is available here.

More pictures are available here.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Shadow Previews SOMA Spring Open Studios

It is another weekend and yet another Spring Open Studios to cover. This weekend we are in the SOMA (South of Market Area) area of San Francisco for their Spring Open Studios.

Some of the works on display this weekend

The Shadow visited the following galleries last night:
  • 340 Bryant Street
  • GarageGallery
  • SOMA Artists Studios

Some of the artists showing are (top to bottom):
Florence Gray
Karl Roeseler
Alan Brenner
Brian Gillespie
Dona Turner
Mark Harris

Last night was basically a getting-to-know-you session for The Shadow and to preview what we will be seeing this weekend.  Based on what we have seen, you will not be disappointed this weekend.

More works on display this weekend

Studios will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today.  For a list of the participating studios and a map, click here.  It's a good day to get out and these artists would love to see you today.

The Shadow with artists Florence Gray (top) and Keiko Fujimoto (bottom)

More pictures are available here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Shadow Returns To Hunter's Point

We realize that many people were looking for our report yesterday on our travels through Hunter's Point.  However, we were having major computer problems last night and we could not get anything to happen.  So our apologies if you came here earlier and did not find what you were looking for.

Sculpture at the entrance of Building 101 at Hunter's Point

The Shadow returned to Hunter's Point last Sunday and visited the artists housed in Building 101.

Some of the works on display this past weekend

Building 101 of Hunter's Point is the largest building at the shipyard.  There are probably around 150 artists who maintain studios there.  And it does take some time to get through -- it took The Shadow five and a half hours to get through both floors and see everyone who was open.

Some of the many artists The Shadow saw on Sunday included (top to bottom):
Kathryn Kain
Carolyn Crampton
Alan Mazzetti
Harriet Golfos Santroch
Jim Hutchinson (with his wife)
Diana Ayln
Derek James Lynch
Donna Duguay
Marc Ellen Hammel
Stacy Carter
Anne Leong

One of the questions that The Shadow is frequently asked is -- do you overwhelmed by all of the art that you see?  The answer to that question is no.  There is no such thing as "bad art" and we always enjoy going out seeing what is new and talking with the artists about future projects.

More works on display this weekend

It was a great time and there was lots of good art to see.  The Shadow would like to thanks all of the artists of Hunter's Point for allowing us to come into your space to see your work.

The Shadow poses with artists Stephanie Rossi (top) and Diana Alyn (bottom)

More pictures are available here.