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You’ll have to work to be uninspired in October with so many openings and fun events happening. As we round into the holiday seasons (already!) I hope to see you at an event this month. Be sure to check the Events & Announcements section for some special projects happening this month.
Art lives on!

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Thursday, October 2 5p – 7p

THE GOOD OLD DAYS - Depictions of bygone eras and nostalgic images of people, places and things that remind us of what we still appreciate about our individual and collective pasts. Curated by IRENE HENDRICK

Participating artists: Irene Hendrick, Judith Miller, Marie Dvorkin, Charlotte Kay, Bernice Gross, Steven Gray, Virginia Garcia, Ann Simms, Dannell Powell, Lisa Florentino

Show dates: SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 29, 2008

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


Thursday, October 9 6p – 9p

BEER BUST BENEFIT (& Artist's Reception)
for Equality California (No on 8) and San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club

$8 at the door for Beer Bust
(Moby Dick is open to anyone 21 + during the event; full bar service available during the Beer Bust at regular prices)

Photographer Blake Tucker turns his eye towards THE MEN OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SPIKES for this exhibit featuring selections from the upcoming calendar, Men of The San Francisco Spikes.

Show dates: October 8 - December 3

Venue: Moby Dick Bar 4049 Hartford St (x 18th St) SF


Wednesday, October 15 5:30p – 7p

ARCHITECTURAL TEXTURES – Photography by Ravi Anand

“I try to explore the elegant geometry in both the natural and the man-made world with my camera. I seek to bring the observer into a visual world that is often inconspicuously familiar. The idea is to encourage the viewer to see our seemingly trivial everyday reality with a spirit of inquiry.” – Ravi Anand

Show dates: SEPTEMBER 24 – NOVEMBER 19, 2008

Venue: 2223 Restaurant, 2223 Market St. (x 16 th) SF, CA


Wednesday, October 29 6p – 8p

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

Show dates: October 4 – January 10, 2009

Venue: Polarity Post Productions, 69 Green St. (x. Front St.) SF, CA




ARTsoup 17 - 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: Asha Menghrajani, Eric Feathers, Eric Bohr, Gianfranco Paolozzi, Corina Marie Howell, Alex Shonkoff, Nad Wolinska, Yoko Mazza, Daniel Malone, Aisjah Hopkins

show dates: SEPTEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 16, 2008

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


DAY OF THE DEAD – photography by Maria Bartola Mejia

Maria Bartola Mejia considers herself a documentary photographer, pushing the boundaries of how to connect with her subjects in found scenarios rather than staged or posed settings.

Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, November 19 5p – 7p

Show dates: OCTOBER 29 – DECEMBER 10

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




FROM THE WATER: Paintings from the Fish to Land series -
paintings by David Rose

This body of work has led itself from stripe studies to a
more retrospective abstraction, which merges geometry and
free flowing marks. His concern and direction has always
moved towards the lines and forms of Diebenkorn and Klee
but beneath that, there is always the search for an elusive
deep-seated spiritual root.


Venue: Nova 555 Second Street (x. Brannan) SF





“Since I began to feel what color means I understand that I can do what I like with my colors no matter how realistic it goes. Or let’s say no matter how unrealistic it goes. Infatuation with color is a reason why I do almost everything differently.”

Venue: Moby Dick 4049 18th Street (near Castro) SF



Serenity, Summer 08 is the third in a four-part exhibit sponsored by UCSF Center for Reproductive Health. Each part in the series invites 7 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

Featured Artists:
Julie Jaycox, Eric Feathers, Jane Lidz, Brian Frank Carter, AnneKarin Glass, Michele Feder, Larry Martin

Venue: UCSF Center For Reproductive Health, Floors 3 and 7
2356 Sutter Street (x. Divisadero) SF




ART IS IN THE AIR - annual gala auction benefiting the Imagine Bus Project. McKinley Art Solutions is consulting on the installation and designing the display for the auction mirrors.

When: October 15, 2008, 6PM-9PM

What: The Imagine Bus will return to the elegant Lodge Level of The Regency Center with our signature auction of one-of-a-kind mirrors created and designed exclusively for this event by highly regarded artists and designers as well as some of the Bay Area’s most promising young stars. Once again, the event will also feature food from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants, a full bar of premium liquors and wines, delicious desserts, and an array of fun activities throughout the night. New this year, we will preview the mirrors at Art International, a fine arts show, on September 25-28 at the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason. All VIP ticket buyers will receive complimentary tickets to the preview gala and the four-day exhibition.

How: Online tickets

Where: The Regency Center, SF, CA

Why: The Imagine Bus Project is a community arts organization that addresses the lack of arts education and activities in kindergarten through 12th grade by providing art education to children... right where they live. We serve almost 700 disadvantaged children each week in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Artist’s Reception: Thursday, October 9 5:30 – 7p

I was invited to be the juror for this exhibit and will speak about my juror’s merit awards and best in show selections at 6pm.

Show dates: OCTOBER 8 – NOVEMBER 1

Venue: SFWA Gallery, 3489 Sacramento St. (x. Laurel St.) SF, CA


Public Art Sculptures for the I-80 Bike Bridge

Saturday, October 18 11:30am

Two new sculptures will stand tall on each side of the I-80 pedestrian bridge, introducing people to Berkeley and welcoming all comers.


The bridge crosses over Interstate 80, one of the most traveled freeways in California. At the west end of Addison Street, the Over Crossing provides bicycle, pedestrian and wheelchair access from Aquatic Park to the Berkeley Marina, where the future Bay Trail will link Berkeley to Albany and Emeryville.

The two monumental sculptures are, on closer look, clusters of figures made of fiberglass, steel and bronze, that symbolize the city, its people and its activities. The figure on the Addison Street side personifies the urban and cultural experience of Berkeley, including the University of California’s campanile, a violinist, a scientist, an activist, and a wheelchair-user. The figure on the Marina side represents recreation and nature, including bird watchers, kite flyers and a dog catching a Frisbee. Smaller images near the sculptures provide close-up views to thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists who use the bridge.

Emeryville sculptor Scott Donahue created the sculptures. The award-winning artist has designed, fabricated and installed 19 permanent public art projects in California and Colorado. He has also completed 39 temporary public art projects in the U.S. and Italy since 1980. He received an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1973.

The multi-figured sculptures are the product of the City of Berkeley public art program.

I modeled for the kite-flying figure in early 2007 – it’s the figure in the background of my website banner. Also, the body of The Thinker in the second sculpture is modeled after my physique. Granted, the sculptures are not dedicated to me but it’s nice to think I’ll be immortalized doing two of my favorite things: daydreaming and thinking. Say ‘hi’ when you drive down 80! ~ Matt