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McKinley Art Solutions - Feb 09 Newsletter

“Strange days have found us
Strange days have tracked us down”
‘Strange Days’ – The Doors

Strange days, indeed, as I find myself intrigued to see what effect current events will have on artists’ work and the general tenor of the public’s confidence in change actually happening. (Short-term cautiousness soon to be followed by sustained optimism, I hope!) For cultural evolution to proceed along a trajectory of positive change we owe ourselves, as a society, the best of our individual efforts applied to creating an atmosphere of positive co-existence. I expect art to give form to that abstract vision. By supporting creative expression, whether as a maker, buyer or curator, we also support the creative problem-solving capacity of the imagination. Many paths are illuminated. To move in the same direction, we’ve got to work things out together.

Art lives on!

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Reception: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6 – 8PM

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) an 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

JANUARY 10 - APRIL 17, 2009

venue: Polarity Post Productions
69 Green Street (x. Battery St.)
hours: 9a - 5p M - F

Featured artist, Lower Level Gallery:
Pat Koenigsberg

Abstract nature photography has been my passion in the past few years. Flowers and the natural environment provide an open invitation for me to explore with my camera. “What’s inside?” continually fascinates me. I want to probe deeper and deeper to find the secrets. Using a macro lens, I move in and search among the stems and petals and leaves to see the patterns of color, light and structure—and the little surprises. Random combinations of color, shapes and forms come into focus. I choose the imaginary environments which catch my eye as my lens explores the inner landscape, and I squeeze the shutter. Abstract sculpture and paintings appear among the natural shapes that speak to me. What emerge are the photographs you see here.

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

On exhibit through APRIL 17

Reception: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 6 – 8P

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

venue: The Monadnock Building
685 Market St (x 3rd) San Francisco
Floors 3, 4, 5
Each artist will host the reception for their work on floor 3, 4, or 5, respectively

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



Reception: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 5:30 – 7P

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

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

RSVP for reception by Tues, February 10:

On exhibit through MARCH 11

Reception: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 5:30 – 7:30P

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

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)

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

Reception held on floors 3 and 7 concurrently.

On exhibit through APRIL 21


Reception: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 6 – 8P

Macrobotanical photography by Richard Tauber

Creativity with lighting and lensing is Richard's life long passion and informs both his commercial and personal work. Experience has taught him that the choice of lens defines how a subject is rendered and the lighting sets the mood and creates the emotion of the photo. This collection of macrobotanical images demonstrates that light and lens are the essence of creative photography.

Venue: XYZ / W Hotel
181 3 rd Street SF, CA
hours: lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch for details

Reception convenes on the mezzanine balcony (above XYZ Café)

On exhibit through MAY 1




EXPANDING IN HER FIELD – Floral paintings by Jeanine Christman

“I translate my experience 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


Male nude and fetish pen and ink drawings by William Ulrich

"Drawing is the basis for everything I do, from gouache/collages on paper to traditional oil paintings. My sketching style is usually pen & ink with a wash of color. I’m inspired by artists from the Renaissance, the Romantics and modern art. As a graphic designer, I am influenced by advertising, fashion and technology. " - W. Ulrich

Show dates: FEBRUARY 25 – APRIL 8

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




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

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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 -
Email for availability




On exhibit through FEBRUARY 25

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 portrays 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

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




FOR ARTISTS – Calls for art can be accessed by following this link:

Upcoming Submission Deadlines:
DEADLINE FEB 14 - Threads
DEADLINE FEB 14 - Bancroft Sculpture Exhibit
DEADLINE FEB 20 - ARTsoup 19
DEADLINE FEB 27 - Serenity, Spring 09
DEADLINE MAR 6 - CIIS Emerging Artist Juried Competition
DEADLINE MAR 6 - A Moments Peace