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McKinley Art Solutions - Jan 09 Newsletter

A good friend has a mantra which I also believe in: ‘Fortune favors the brave.’ To me this includes resolution of intestinal fortitude is necessary to weather life’s ups and downs in order to remain focused on planning for success. Being solution oriented makes challenges surmountable leaving space for life’s greatest pleasure – art, of course – to remain relevant and important! Connecting to art in troubled times can be a release and an outlet for personal stress (so can a nice Merlot…) – join me, then, at a show or take a moment for yourself to experience some great works on exhibit at one of my Community Partners this month!

Art lives on!
Matt

View images: http://www.mckinleyartsolutions.com/news.html

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OPENINGS (2) – JANUARY 2009

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Reception: THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 6p – 8p (TONIGHT!!)

MESSAGES – Mixed media combines and works on paper that explore communication influenced by the seemingly contradictory worlds of rural and high tech environments by Judith Miller

"In these paintings I was thinking about messages we give and receive at every level: personal, spiritual, societal. Much information, both visual and textual, is truncated, partial, distorted, false, or esoteric. Our views of the world are shaped by such information. The images I work with I draw from two environments: 1) The environment of my childhood. I lived on a cattle ranch in the cold/hot desert of Eastern Oregon. In the spring Dad and I rode to the cattle camp where we stayed until fall. My dad was born in 1889. We stayed in a small cabin without electricity or water. Our conversations are still with me. Some of his messages were universal and timeless,; others limited and irrelevant. Which are which?
2. Silicon Valley, where I raised my children, is a very different place. During these years the valley was a great center of the communication industry. The world we live in is now a technical world. Which of the messages we receive day in and day out are meaningful; which relevant. Do we understand life and each other any better?." – J. Miller

Wine tasting featuring a selection of Italian wines by Tenuta di Arceno
Reception convenes on the mezzanine balcony
(2 nd floor above XYZ Café)

Venue: XYZ Restaurant at the W Hotel
181 3 rd Street (x Howard) SF, CA
hours:
Breakfast : 6:30 – 10:30a M - F ?/ 7 – 10:00a Sa - Su
Lunch : 11:30a – 2p M – F
Dinner : 6 – 10p F - Sa 6 – 11p
Weekend Brunch: 1p – 2:30p
XYZ Bar : 7 – 2a daily

On exhibit through JANUARY 30
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Reception: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 5 – 7p

UNBUTTON THE PAGE – Graphite and colored pencil drawings by Cheryl McDonald

“Each image is an expression of emotion and experiences I have been through; a journal of life and what my perception of it is. I use contemporary cultural symbols to express universal concepts and allow the viewer to make up the details of the story on their own.” – C. McDonald

Venue: Mezzanine Gallery at Hotel Triton
342 Grant Ave (x. Bush)
gallery hours: 24 / 7
Wine tasting provided by Hotel Triton

On exhibit through MARCH 4, 2009

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NEW SHOWS (6) - DECEMBER 2008

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SAN FRANCISCO VIBES
San Francisco has a unique feel. The picturesque geography, architectural icons and a long history of cultural mixing and influences gives the city a true cosmopolitan flair. There is a tangible vibe evident in those who love this city – equal parts pride and passion – that can be traced to San Francisco’s evocative essence. Curator: Matt McKinley

Featured Artists: Ann T. Elliott, Lenea Maibaum, Marius Starkey

Show dates: JANUARY 7 – FEBRUARY 9, 2009

Artist’s Reception: Thursday, February 5 6 – 8pm
(a FIRST THURSDAY event) – FINAL SHOW at this venue! Join me for MAS’ last reception at this venue…

venue: The Monadnock Building
685 Market St (x. 3rd) SF, CA Floors 3, 4 and 5
viewing hours: 9 - 5 M – F

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THE ABSTRACT LENS
Abstract photography explores the vast visual possibilities of alternative interpretations of the environment around us. By pulling back the layers of superficial esthetics contained in what we can see with the plain eye (i.e, the visual cues that identify a car, a house, a person, a chair, etc), through the abstract lens we see images that require imagination. Interpretation of (or connection to) abstract image places a decreased relevance on (and reliance upon) the questions of what, where, when, and who is being shown in favor of exploring the base components that provide visual information: light, color or shade, shapes, perspective, contrast.
Curator: Matt McKinley

Featuring: Pat Koenigsberg (featured artist, Lower Level Gallery)

Participating artists: Blake Tucker, Ravi Anand, Alis Cummings, Meg Messina, Kirk Brooks, Barbara Landis, JP Fortin

Show dates: JANUARY 10 – APRIL 18, 2009

Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, February 4 6 – 8pm

Venue: Polarity Post Productions, 69 Green St. (x. Front St.) SF, CA
Hours: 9a – 5p M – F

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SERENITY, WINTER 09
The ‘Serenity’ Series, sponsored by UCSF Center of Excellence, invites 6 Bay Area artists to present a body of work that interprets the idea of ‘serenity’ in order to inspire relaxation, well-being and calm. Curator: Matt McKinley

Featuring: My Xuan Ho, Philip Hall, Rodney Thompson, Dan Baumbach, Katherine Kodama, Victoria Q. Legg

Show dates: JANUARY 20 - APRIL 21, 2009

Artist’s Reception: Tuesday, February 17 5:30 – 7:30pm

venue: UCSF Center for Reproductive Health Floors 3 & 7
2356 Sutter St (x. Divisadero) SF, CA
hours: 11a - 2p M - F or by appointment (contact McKinley Art Solutions)

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MANTRAS AND MANDALAS – Oil and wax paintings by Wendy Robushi

“I often work with repetition, particularly the repetition of one symbol, a word, or a series of words or statements in linear or grid patterns. I add layers of color and wax, painting, drawing and scratching to create multi-layered surfaces that can be almost 3-dimensional. While working in this repetitive manner, the creating of the piece becomes a visual mantra for me, and the creation of the painting has as much importance as the finished work.” – W. Robushi

Show dates: JANUARY 14 – MARCH 11, 2009

Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, February 11 5:30 – 7p

Venue: 2223 Restaurant
2223 Market St. (x. 16 th)
Hours: 5:30 - 9:30p Su - Th; 11pm F, Sa;
Sun brunch: 11a – 2p

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NIGHTMARES OF SALOME – Paper collage and pen and ink on paper works by Roberto Montoya Mejia

“There is a Latin legend that Salome, the daughter of King Herod, fell in love with John the Baptist, before her Mother made her ask for his head. Each of these images portray Salome's memories of her birthday party, the dance and the beheading. To flirt with Salome is to flirt with Death, and the Dance of the Seven Veils is a dance with Death.” – R. Montoya Mejia

Show dates: JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 25, 2009

Venue: Moby Dick Bar
4049 Hartford St (x 18th St) SF
Hours: 2p – 2a, 7 days / week

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A TASTE OF SPRING - paintings by Jeanine Christman

“I translate my exerience of nature… the life that is felt in the mystery of the moment into my art creations. Moved by passion to convey this experience continues to drive me. Getting closer each time is a reward ... and it is in this "trying" that true talent and creativity deepen. Sharing this talent becomes the gift to my clients ... and to myself.“ – J. Christman

show dates: JANUARY 28 – APRIL 28, 2009

venue: Nova Bar and Restaurant
555 Second St (x. Brannan)
hours: M - F 11:30 - 2p; M - Sat 4p - 2a

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ONGOING SHOWS (1) – JANUARY 09

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ARTsoup 18 - A diverse sampling of work in all media by
local and national artists promoted to film and commercial
companies for sale and project-based rental.

featuring: John Ebersole, Kelly White, Sharon Sittloh, Adrienne Defendi, Toban Nichols, Matt Sarconi, Kathryn Arnold, Shawndeya, Patti Zimmer, Bill Edmonds

view images: http://www.mckinleyartsolutions.com/bayshorestudio.html

show dates: DECEMBER 16 – MARCH 17, 2009

Venue: Bayshore Studio
2178 Palou St. (x. Industrial Blvd.) SF, CA
Open to the public M - F, except when in use for a shoot -
call Matt 415.902.9863 to check visiting availability

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SHOWS CLOSING (6) – JANUARY 09

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On exhibit through JANUARY 9, 2009

THERE IS STILL LIFE IN A STILL LIFE – Contemporary variants on the still life genre in iterations from abstraction to realism and all points in between. Curator: Matt McKinley

Featuring: Dannell Powell (featured artist, Lower Level Gallery):

Mannequin Art for the Masses! The Mannequin Chronicles began accidentally. In the course of life, the author came across a mannequin. (Well, you never know when you might need one.) She then came across a head. (Already having a mannequin, she might as well acquire the head.) In the natural progression of things, the author put them in her car and began photographing. To the delight of family and friends, she brought them on outings. She eventually acquired more mannequins and took them on little adventures. (The family was quite pleased to assist.) Many outings, adventures, and photographs later, The Mannequin Chronicles emerged!

Participating artists: Kim Thoman, Anna Seven, Alla Viksne, Heather Hanan, Kirk Brooks, Jane B. Grimm, Kenna Allen, Terence K. Stephens, Jean-Pierre Fortin, Virginia Garcia

Venue: Polarity Post Productions, 69 Green St. (x. Front St.) SF, CA
Hours: 9a – 5p M - F

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On exhibit through JANUARY 13, 2009

DIGITAL TAPESTRIES - Ancient cloth tradition transmigrated to digital canvas. Gary Bacon, artist

Artist Gary Bacon has perfected a means of taking richly colored images that he has photographed in exotic locations around the world and transforming them electronically into abstract tapestry-like images. Some of these images, although printed on flat print media and canvases, appear to have the depth of woven objects.

Venue: Moby Dick Bar
4049 Hartford St (x 18th St) SF
Hours: 2p – 2a, 7 days / week

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On exhibit through JANUARY 13, 2009

MOTION AND STILLNESS – Sumi ink on rice paper monoprints by Joan Miro

“My work reflects my ongoing fascination with the grace of a line, the shapes in nature and the human spirit. Many years ago I created a method of making mono prints by painting on glass with a sumi brush and sumi ink. A piece of rice paper is then rubbed on the glass and one print is pulled. These images capture a moment of beauty and grace.

In my never ending search for those special moments, I travel, take photographs, do art, reach out to people and always remember to see!”
– Joan Miro

Venue: 2223 Restaurant
2223 Market St. (x. 16 th)
Hours: hours: 5:30 - 9:30p Su - Th; 11pm F, Sa; 11a - 2p Sun brunch

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On exhibit through JANUARY 20, 2009

SERENITY, FALL 08
Serenity, Fall 08 is the fourth installment of the Serenity series sponsored by UCSF Center of Excellence at The Center for Reproductive Health. Each part in the series invites 6 Bay Area artists to present a body of work that interprets the idea of ‘serenity’ in order to inspire relaxation, well-being and calm. Curator: Matt McKinley

Featuring: Natasha Dikareva, Elaine Toland, Mira M. White, Stefanie Atkinson, Sarah Haba, Kazuyo Leue

venue: UCSF Center for Reproductive Health Floors 3 & 7
2356 Sutter St (x. Divisadero) SF, CA
hours: 11a - 2p M - F or by appointment (contact McKinley Art Solutions)

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On exhibit through JANUARY 20, 2009

MINERS + WHINERS – Resin and pigment works on hand-cut panels, oil paintings by Scott Mickelson

Provocative social commentary filtered through the personal perspective of artist Scott Mickelson which explore spirituality, injustices and the fringes of the human condition.

Scott speaks about his work on ARTslant, San Francisco (www.artslant.com)

Venue: The Mezzanine Gallery at Hotel Triton,
342 Grant Ave (x. Bush St.) SF, CA
Hours: 24 / 7

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On exhibit through JANUARY 28, 2009

WORLD TRAVELER AT HOME IN CULTURAL CROSSROADS
- mixed media paintings by Asha Menghrajani

In her paintings, Asha presents chaos as the perfection that it is, allowing for complete surrender. Her painting transports you from reality to a vibrant, mystical and abstract world, where you are the story teller, creating and interpreting your own stories.

"My process in painting is one which is more meditative and intuitive. I experience calmness, peacefulness and solitude. I believe that making art feels good and brings pleasure to others. Looseness and uncertainty, above all, are important to my interpretation of the mysterious energy of the spirit." – Asha Menghrajani

venue: Nova Bar and Restaurant
555 Second St (x. Brannan)
hours: M - F 11:30 - 2p; M - Sat 4p - 2a

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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1) VIDEO – ART FOR ALL SEASON’S ’08 reception video available to view: http://www.mckinleyartsolutions.com/news.html under ‘events and announcements’ section Watch for my leg kick!! (run time 9:21)

2) FOR ARTISTS – Calls for art can be accessed by following this link:
http://www.mckinleyartsolutions.com/callforart.html
CFA’s for two major shows already posted. You will receive an email announcement to visit the CFA link when new calls are posted.