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Arts – San Fran http://socialinsanfrancisco.com Join the Fun! Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:57:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Coming soon: New Art Posts by Franck de las Mercedes @fdlm http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/coming-soon-new-art-posts-by-franck-de-las-mercedes-fdlm/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:56:28 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/coming-soon-new-art-posts-by-franck-de-las-mercedes-fdlm/

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Franck de las Mercedes and I am a visual artist living and working in New York City. I was invited by this platform after creating a section on my blog titled “Fellow Artists”, in which I feature the work of my creative peers. This has evolved into an interview type format to share with you a little more than just the visual. I want to share the wisdom and art spirit of my peers, which I find so enriching when picking their brains at openings or other events upon meeting them. I hope you find these Q&As as insightful and motivational as I do. I look forward to also posting art and culture related articles and information.



Silence The Voice of Doubt by DOING http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/silence-the-voice-of-doubt-by-doing/ Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:51:33 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=2871

By Jenny Hansen

Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vinny vG.

Yep, that “Vinny vG” was a do-er. [That’s Vincent van Gogh to the rest of us, in case you hadn’t met him before.]

I stumbled across Danny Gregory’s post, Vinnie’s Balls. (No surprise I clicked on that title) and it’s truly fantastic. Danny went to a show in Amsterdam that chronicled the process of Van Gogh’s work. Not the results. Not the thirty year artist who’s an overnight success. THE PROCESS.

The day in and day out of doing. The thankless, daunting, often-lonely journey of building your talent, canvas by canvas…story by story…goal by goal.

Everyone hates putting in the 10,000 hours it takes to master a skill. Okay, maybe not everyone… Maybe that’s just me.

I spend a lot of my “goal roadtrip” hanging my head out the window, my tongue flapping in the breeze, while I ask whoever’s around:

Are we there yet?

The smart ones look at me and say: We’re NOT freaking there yet. Sit your a$$ down and write. Or teach a class, or read a book, or play with your kid. You’ll be there when you get there. Geesh. Less jabbering, more doing!

My really smart pals follow up with me and ask me if I’m writing (or whatever the goal is that day/week/month). They don’t ask what I’m writing. They don’t ask if I’ve finished. They ask if I’ve continued, because the courage to approach the page is what leads you to “The End.”

Cliches stay in our language because they nearly always hold tons of truth. Here’s some examples:

If we all DID the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. (Thomas Edison)


Your dreams ARE very important. (Zig Ziglar)


A journey of a thousand miles DOES begin with a single step. (Chinese philosopher, Laozi)

Very true.

The achievement of your dearest wish will take thousands of hours. The tragedy of Van Gogh’s life is that he stopped believing. My favorite part of Danny Gregory’s post is this:

Great art isn’t scary and imposing and “Important”. It’s personal and full of feeling. At some point, van Gogh gave up making paintings to be sold — that seemed like it would never happen. Instead he made so many paintings because he had to, he wanted to, he had problems to unravel and the world around him was beautiful and cried out to him to be embraced.

Whether it’s a marathon, a competition, a painting or a novel…the next time you get tired of the process, remember it takes time. (Which in my mind translates to ‘WAY TOO LONG.’)

Don’t listen to me…I’m way too impatient. Heed the advise of my wise, hard-working pals: You’ll be there when you get there. Less jabbering, more DOING!

What do the voices in your head say as you chase your passion? Do you listen to it? What keeps you motivated as you pursue your dreams? Continue the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter or SocialInDC on Facebook!

~ Jenny

About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 18 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm.

© 2014 Jenny Hansen. All content on this page is protected by copyright. If you would like to use any part of this, please contact me at the above links to request permission.

Van Gogh photo credit: wallyg via photopin cc

Zarin Mehta Joins the Green Music Center! http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/zarin-mehta-joins-the-green-music-center/ Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:30:53 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=1955


At Sonoma State University

October, 2013, 3:30 pm, Sonoma County, CA – Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President, Sonoma State University (SSU), and the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center Board of Advisors, Sanford I. Weill, Chairman, announced today that Zarin Mehta will join the Green Music Center (GMC) at SSU in a leadership role. Mr. Mehta, cited as among the top arts administrators internationally, served as President of the New York Philharmonic from 2000 – 2012, and previously as President and CEO of Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and as Managing Director of the Montreal Symphony.

Zarin Mehta will set the artistic vision for GMC, located in the heart of the Northern California Wine Country, and its year-round MasterCard Performance Series in the spectacular new 1,400 seat Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, including presentations of important Orchestras, ensembles and artists from the spectrum of classical music, jazz, world music and more. Mr. Mehta will call on seasoned musical friendships, and broad international experience, as he develops ideas, concepts and rosters for future GMC seasons. Each season will also feature regular performances by the San Francisco Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Additional information will be announced beginning next year.

Mr. Mehta will cultivate the programs of GMC as two additional performance venues are completed – the 250 seat Schroeder Hall, featuring a Brombaugh tracker organ, expected to open in 2014, and the MasterCard Performing Arts Pavilion, an open-air space, expected to open in 2015. Mr. Mehta will build and further develop public and young people’s educational programs and partnerships, including ongoing work with The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York. In all of these endeavors, he will work closely, as Co-Executive Director, with Larry Furukawa-Schlereth, Chief Financial Officer of Sonoma State University, who has been instrumental in the realization and opening of the Green Music Center.

“The idea to create a world-class arts and culture campus in the Northern California Wine Country dates back nearly 15 years to the early commitment of lead donors Donald and Maureen Green,” said Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President of Sonoma State University. “As Sonoma County and Sonoma State University have grown and matured, so has the expectation for rich, international-level culture. Loyalty to the goal and selfless dedication and generosity by so many – the Greens, Weills and the Board of Advisors plus the 1,800 donors – has brought us the kind of exceptional leadership that the Green Music Center, and Sonoma County, truly deserve.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Zarin Mehta’s appointment at the GMC,” commented Sandy Weill. “Having Zarin come on board is really transformational and a terrific validation of something many of us have come to realize – SSU and the GMC can become a world class cultural destination and game changer for the students and community.” Mr. Weill continued: “My great friend Lang Lang has been instrumental in the early days of the GMC. He was the first one I asked to test out the venue when my wife Joan and I became interested in the project. Lang Lang arrived at the Hall after performing in San Francisco one evening and stayed well into the early hours of the morning. He was immediately impressed with the Hall’s terrific acoustics. And it was during Lang Lang’s recent visit to Sonoma to perform at Weill Hall last month when he asked me whether Zarin had been approached by the GMC. Upon hearing that he had not, Lang Lang reached out to his mentor Zarin, who is on his speed dial, and they talked about the unique opportunity at the GMC. Joan and I could not be more excited and we would like to thank California State University Chancellor Tim White, Ruben Armiñana, Larry Furukawa-Schlereth, the GMC Board of Advisors, and all at SSU for their commitment to putting in place the leadership that this beautiful new center for culture, music and the arts deserves. The hard work has just begun but attracting the caliber of somebody like Zarin gives us every confidence that we can achieve greatness.”

“The vision that was begun by Sonoma State University’s President, Dr. Ruben Armiñana, with Donald and Maureen Green, and brought to fruition by Sandy Weill and the Board, with Larry Schlereth’s quiet hard work, is exemplary in the American musical landscape,” said Zarin Mehta. “To create a new, world-class center for music, performance, and education, in the heart of the magnificent Sonoma County Wine Country – one of the most beautiful settings imaginable – requires determination, dedication, and most of all, a true love of music. I am very touched by the young emissary Lang Lang’s determination, and honored by my old friend Sandy’s recognition – and his unrelenting pursuit – and very grateful for the kind of example-setting philanthropy that he and Joan have made a hallmark in New York and California over a long period of time. My wife, Carmen, and I, look forward to becoming part of the San Francisco Bay Area community and developing GMC into an international musical destination. I’d also like to thank Robert Cole for his programming support in this formative, transitional period of GMC.”

“The realization, and ultimately the stability, of a major new facility like GMC is an endeavor that has high demands and needs over the long term,” commented Larry Furukawa-Schlereth, Co-Executive Director of the Green Music Center and Chief Financial Officer of Sonoma State University. “From the founding vision of our President and his wife Marne Olson to bring the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center to life, to Sandy and Joan Weill’s unwavering commitment to establish it with a solid base of support, to the complex endeavor of giving it sophisticated musical spirit, it has been a demanding and complicated journey. Now, with the leadership of Zarin Mehta, and his world-class expertise and experience, the GMC is set to become the centerpiece of Sonoma cultural life, and a major draw to the region, without doubt, from near and far. I’m looking tremendously forward to working with Zarin to put the GMC on the international musical map, and to welcoming him to the Sonoma County community.”


Zarin Mehta is among the world’s leading arts administrators. He recently concluded his 12-year tenure as President and Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic, having helped make the Orchestra a worldwide cultural ambassador through international tours in Europe, the Americas, and Asia — including a historic February 2008 concert in Pyongyang, DPRK. He made outreach to young people a priority, expanding the Orchestra’s extensive educational activities; fostered an active commissioning program; introduced an innovative series of lectures and discussions; promoted the use of new technologies to enhance the concert experience; and spearheaded a new series of downloadable concerts, recorded live. From 1990 to 2000, he was President and CEO of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where he holds the title of Lifetime Trustee. Mr. Mehta qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1962. While Partner in the firm Coopers & Lybrand, he joined the Board of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and served as its Managing Director from 1981 to 1990. Zarin Mehta holds the Order of Canada, and is the recipient of two Honorary Degrees, from the University of Montreal, and Roosevelt University, Chicago. He has received numerous awards, the most recent of which was the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in March 2012. In October 2011 the Asian American Arts Alliance honored him for his contributions to cultural diplomacy. Mr. Mehta was a featured panelist and presenter at the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Conference in Seoul entitled “Cultural Shifts” in June 2012. Mr. Mehta currently resides in Chicago with his wife of 47 years, Carmen.


Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Northern California’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center is a focal point for arts in the region, with its spectacular 1400-seat Weill Hall. A program of Sonoma State University (SSU), the GMC’s inaugural season launched in fall 2012 with an international array of top classical, jazz, and world music presentations. Earlier this year, SSU launched a new partnership with Carnegie Hall which has included a year-long residency at SSU by young professional musicians, all alumni of The Academy, a prestigious program created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Complementing this Visiting Artists in Residence program, a partnership with Santa Rosa Symphony has also brought Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program for grade school students to Sonoma County.


MasterCard Worldwide is the series presenting sponsor for Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. The MasterCard Performance Series brings global musicians and talent to the university, in addition to unique music-related access and experiences.


The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s

commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI inspires audiences of all ages, nurtures tomorrow’s musical talent, and harnesses the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, thes

e programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with educators and music lovers around the globe. More than 400,000 people each year engage in the WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall.

Over 100 Leading Designers From all Over the World Participate in Curated Exhibit, Exploring the Theme “San Francisco” http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/inside-out-sf/ Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:12:06 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=1901

Over 100 Leading Designers From all Over the World Participate in Curated Exhibit, Exploring the Theme “San Francisco”

  InsideOut SF logo

WHAT: Through the eyes of some of the most influential San Francisco Bay Area. and international creative individuals, InsideOut SF is a gallery display of original posters highlighting their personal impressions of San Francisco. The curated poster exhibit is part of the upcoming AIGA (the professional association for design)/San Francisco chapters Fall Gala.

InsideOut SF is a public event benefiting the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, and all funds raised will go towards scholarships, educational programming and community events, such as SF Design Week, throughout the upcoming year. InsideOut SF aims to reveal unique perspectives on San Francisco shared by local and international creative individuals, including, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and typographers. The posters on display will be available for purchase in a silent auction at the AIGA SF Fall Gala.

WHEN: Fall Gala: November 12, 2013

5:30 to 6:30 VIP Preview Event
6:30 to 9:30pm Exhibit and Silent Auction

511 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105

WHO: See below for list of participating designers: USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Australia.

PHONE/CONTACT: (415) 626-6008 or info@aigasf.org


AIGA Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $35.00
Student Members: $15.00
Student Non-Members: $20.00
VIP Preview Event 5:30 to 6:30pm: $125

ABOUT AIGA SF: AIGA, the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, is celebrating its centennial year. AIGA/San Francisco is one of the largest and most active in the country, representing over 1,600 designers in graphics, interaction, experience, motion, and affiliated fields in the Greater Bay Area. AIGA SF celebrates design, provides unparalleled opportunities within the local design community and offers a variety of resources to advance professionalism and broaden knowledge with events that stimulate discourse and enrich our collective experience of design.



Over 100 confirmed designers

AIGA SF has a long list of big name designers from all over the world and SF that were hand picked to participate and contribute an original design for the exhibit which is already garnering attention from around the globe.

When and where

November 12, 2013, 6pm to 9pm, Terra Gallery, San Francisco



Participating designers

Michael Vanderbyl, Vanderbyl Design
Paula Scher, Pentagram
Kit Hinrichs, Studio Hinrichs
Rob Duncan, Mucho SF
Brett Wickens & Jeremy Matthews, Ammunition
Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands
Jason Schulte, Office
Lucille Tenazas, Tenazas Design
Michael Mabry, Mabry Design
Laura Scott, Studio Scott
Erik Adigard, M-A-D
Ivan Chermayeff, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
MacFadden & Thorpe
Michael Mabry, Michael Mabry Design
Michael Osborne, Michael Osborne Design
Eric Heiman, Volume Inc
Max Spector
Jennifer Morla, Morla Design
Christopher Simmons, MINE
Natasha Jen, Pentagram
Kyle Blue, Everything-Type-Company
Alex Tylevich, Logan
Joe Miller, Joe Millers Co
Bryan Flynn, Hybrid Design
Eddie Opara, Pentagram
Tom Crabtree, Manual
Jennifer Sterling, Jennifer Sterling Design
Bob Aufuldish, Aufuldish & Warinner
Todd Simmons, Wolff Olins
Rod Cavazos, Psy/Op
Richard Smith Sullivan
Ed O’Brien, Huge
Jakob Trollbaeck, Trollbaeck+Company
Manuel Mirander
Dennis Crowe, Vehicle
Jennifer Kinon, OCD
Leland Maschmeyer, Collins
Michael Murphy, Super Sonic Modern
Cinthia Wen, Noon
Min Lew, Base Design
Brian Scott, Boon
Glen Cummings, MTWTF
Brian Jacobs, Brick
Brian Singer, Someguy, Facebook
Martin Venezky, Appetite Engineer
Gary & Robert Williams
Sharon Hwang, Facebook
Chris Wilson, Apple
Todd Richards, Tar Studio
Moving Brands SF
Katie Barcelona, Room 207
Tolleson Design

United Kingdom
Peter Saville
Angus Hyland, Pentagram
Mike Dempsey, Studio Dempsey
Tony Brook, Spin
Chris Duggan, Apple UK
Stuart Youngs, Purpose
Jennifer Jerde, Elixir
Rob Shaw & Simon Cryer, Northbank
Jim Sutherland, Hat-trick
Marina Willer, Pentagram
John Rushworth, Pentagram
Rebecca Sutherland
Moving Brands UK
Jamie Ellul, Supple Studio
Nick Finney, NB Studio
Matt Judge, EightInc
Peter Horridge
Bob Mytton, Mytton Williams
Michael C.Place, Build
Nick Bell
Stuart Watson, Venture Three


Studio Dumbar
Hans Wolbers, Lava

Vince Frost, Frost Design
Domenic Hofstede, Hofstede Design
Thomas Williams, Hunt&Co
Eva Dijkstra & Michael Lugmayr, Toko
Andrew Ashton, Work Art Life by Studio Pip and Co



Veronica Fuerte, Hey Studio
Mario Eskenazi
Astrid Stavro
Pablo Martin, Grafica
Pablo Juncadella, Mucho
Borja Martinez, Lo Siento Studio

Stockholm Design Lab
Christian Altmann, Atelje Altmann


Loran Stosskopf

Primo Angeli, Italy/SF


FOLLOW YOUR BLISS http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/follow-your-bliss/ http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/follow-your-bliss/#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:54:15 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=298


Follow Your Bliss: Love What You Do

by Vicki Hinze


Recently, I spent the entire day doing background work on a fabulous new series: creating settings and the rules of the realm, characters and developing plot lines. I love those days because the flush of enthusiasm burns like a welcome fire, the interest level is sky high and focus is tight–so tight that the mind is snapping with possibilities: Oh, oh, include this! Ouch, forget that–oh, wait, what about this! See where it goes– if this happens? Dang. Hit a wall, a mud puddle, a panacea!


The birth of fiction is energizing on a writer and that makes it energizing on a book. On a series, it’s like live wires cracking and whipping in a storm. And the writer gets to experience all the emotion of creation and feel that warm glow that lets him or her know they are definitely onto something special. It’s an awesome experience. And a rewarding one for a writer.


Backside to leather requires discipline, and on warm, sunny days, it can be hard-won discipline. So immersing in this polar opposite of unbridled creative energy is a wonderful experience on its own–and a perfect balance to the disciplinarian.


The difference? Loving what you do. Whether you write or do something entirely different, if you do what you love, you experience that same unbridled enthusiasm and zest for what you’re doing. (Secret: that’s a sign that you’re on your right path in life.)


By the time I stopped working that night, I felt as if I’d run a marathon and I was totally drained. I fully expected that when I shut down and relaxed, my mind would continue to whirl for hours. It often does. But what actually happened surprised me.


My mind didn’t whirl. Instead, my mind was calm–and on a different, though related, topic. And that was on analysis and how much time we (meaning you and me—the human beings and not you and me, the writers) spend analyzing everything. So much time that too often we don’t have time to experience life!


We think about what happened, why it happened, how it happened, who it happened to, why it happened to them specifically, of all the other people indirectly impacted, and what will trigger it happening again–if it can happen again, and if it can’t, why it can’t and if that can be altered. Or how to keep it from happening again, who’d have to do what to make sure it was stopped… See what I mean?


I’m not saying that analysis isn’t valuable, it is. But it’s like anything in excess, it’s, well, too much, and we lose the good in it under the weight of the excess. If we are moderate, we know what we need to know and we are content with that, then we have more time to actually live life rather than be distracted from it by excess analysis or anything else.


It happened. Does it matter why? Will it change circumstances to know why? If so, explore the reasons. If not, live instead.


It doesn’t pay to rehash the past for the sake of rehashing it. If you’re paralyzed on forward mobility because of the past, then revisit it. But get what you need and then get back to forward momentum because each day spent dwelling on the past is a day spent not living in the present with an eye toward the future. Days such as that cannot be recaptured or regained.


I thought about this for a long time that night. And I thought of all the events I’ve rehashed in my mind time after time–good events and bad ones–and what a waste of life that rehashing really was. Memories are great, but to have them you have to make them. And if you’re stuck rehashing the past, well, the only memories you’re making are memories of memories. Living life has so much more to offer!


I awakened the next morning and this ran through my mind again–analysis or life–only this time, the thought was about what religions and philosophers throughout time have said on the subject. I had to smile. Had I thought of this topic in this context first, the answers were there waiting for me. But there is good that comes in working through something in your mind until you explore it fully and determine what you think about it, and in your mind, resolve it–provided you’re not avoiding a solution because it requires an action you don’t want to take. That’s avoidance, pure and simple, and you always come out on the losing end in that.

Joseph Campbell, bless him, nailed it in short order. “Follow your bliss.”


I am smiling here. Follow your bliss kind of sums it all up and punctuates the point with a bright red bow.


If you do that–follow your bliss–you’re going to be spending a lot more time loving what you do and living, and a lot less time analyzing that which changes nothing.


Living . . .? Changing nothing . . .?


Yes, definitely follow your bliss…❖


© 2007-2009, 2012, Vicki Hinze.

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lostinc4Vicki Hinze is the award-winning bestselling author of nearly thirty novels in a variety of genres including, suspense, mystery, thriller, and romantic or faith-affirming thrillers. Her latest releases are: Christmas Countdown (romantic suspense), Duplicity (mystery/thriller), One Way to Write a Novel (nonfiction). She holds a MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Theocentric Business and Ethics. Hinze’s website: www.vickihinze.com. Facebook. Books. Twitter. Contact.


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CAAM FEST 3/24 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/caam-fest-324/ Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:30:02 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=793
CAAMFest is March 14-24, 2013. Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF). http://www.caamedia.org/caamfest

The Center for Asian American Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works (CAAMFest) in film, television and digital media.

Join us for CAAMFest 2013, March 14-24!

Become a CAAM member and enjoy the benefits of membership

CAAMFest is presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness & diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.
The Center for Asian America Media presents CAAMFest (previously the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, SFIAAFF), the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.
Union Street Celebration and Spring Parade http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/union-street-celebration-and-spring-parade/ Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:07 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=782

Artwork created by Melanie Mandi

Gauntlet Gallery http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/gauntlet-gallery/ http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/gauntlet-gallery/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:26 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=397

It’s one of SF’s newest art galleries. Up next…get ready for drum roll…it is called “The Mashup Show.” It will feature pop cultures take on history’s famous artworks from artists all over the world.

When: Saturday, January 28th from 7 – 11 pm

Where: Gauntlet Gallery 1040 Sutter St.

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A Thousand Artists to make art at the Presidential Inauguration http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/a-thousand-artists-to-make-art-at-the-presidential-inauguration/ http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/a-thousand-artists-to-make-art-at-the-presidential-inauguration/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:00:40 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=333

A Thousand of Artists A Thousand Artists to make art at the Presidential Inauguration

A Thousand Artists™ presents

– A Thousand Artists to make art at the Presidential Inauguration

Instead of taking pictures with cell phones, legions of artists will quietly make art of all kinds at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. These artists are determined to encourage all Americans to make art and thus be more reflective and innovative.
A Thousand Artists want you (and everyone you know) to join them and make art—no matter if  it rains or snows.

– Why are people signing up to make art outdoors in the cold with A Thousand Artists?

“Art is Bigger than the Individual… I’d like to be apart of encouraging people to stop and think, and I want to stop and absorb and create with purpose of the moment,” says Stephanie Wirt, artist and art educator.

Washington DC based artist Sardar Aziz is painting a “Change” the historic change in American political approach and believes there would be peace if every American had an art-making practice.  Sardar built a mobile easel on wheels with storage to carry all art supplies. He will use anti freeze water for his acrylics.

Regardless of who you did cast your ballot for on November 6th, go to register to make art on January 21st.  Let’s see if we can’t create that more perfect union.


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WHAT GIFT CAN I GIVE A WRITER? http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/what-gift-can-i-give-a-writer/ http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/what-gift-can-i-give-a-writer/#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:30:12 +0000 http://socialinsanfrancisco.com/?p=257
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By Vicki Hinze


A few years ago, I was shopping late for Christmas due to two weeks of flu knocking me to my knees–and I was reminded of Christmases past–and faux pas committed on behalf of well-meaning family members (not mine, but those of other writers) when it came to shopping for their writers. Join me for this little trip down memory lane—and avoid the mistakes those non-writers made…

There’s the writer wife who left hints–some subtle and some bold, including a sale circular taped to the refrigerator door–and still ended up with a lovely piece of crystal when all she’d yearned for had been a fax.

There’s the writer husband who left hints–including an explicit, written addition to a shopping list–and still ended up without the gift card from the office supply store he wanted because his darling wife “wanted to surprise” him. She did, of course, but not in the way she’d hoped.

Then there’s the writer who wanted books–novels to read–and got Quick Books, so the writer could do the spouse’s business’s bookkeeping. (Yeah, that went over well.)

And the spouse who got a trip to Italy when the sole item on her wish list was to attend a writer’s conference–which now, she could not attend because of the expensive trip to Italy.

For those of you shopping for writers. Here’s the thing. Writers are very easy to please. If you want a cannot fail gift, give them a card for an office supply store. The writer will feel they’re in heaven–and that they’ve got the most thoughtful person in the world shopping for them. Why? Because of the thought, the acknowledgment that writing is important to the writer–and you know that and place value on it.

If you want something more personal, consider a special pen or notebook. Flag tapes, post-it-notes, banker’s clips. None of these are expensive items, but you would be amazed at how many times on writer’s chat loops, Facebook and Twitter, they’re discussed. A specific type of paper. A specific pen. Pastel or neon post-its. A little organization caddy for these tiny things. Anything writing-related brings smiles to the writer’s face and warms his or her heart.

And if you’re flat broke and cannot afford a gift, there are still heart-warming things you can do for your writer:

1. Post a book review. Have you read an author’s book and loved it? If so, go to amazon.com or bn.com or indiebound.org or iTunes, or goodreads, or shelfari or library thing—to any online store and post a review of the book. Authors do read them and they are grateful for them.

2. Write a fan letter. Listen, these are absolutely treasured by authors. And they don’t care if they’re emailed or written on a paper towel. It is the thought–hearing what you have to say about their work–that counts.

3. Give the writer the gift of time. Watch the kids for an hour so s/he can write. If you are the kid, then give the writer a coupon.

Years ago–and this remains one of my most favorite gifts ever–my daughter gave me 20 coupons. She’d handwritten them on squares of paper she’d cut. Each was good for her to bring me a cup of coffee. Considering my office was upstairs and the coffee was downstairs, this was a really, really thoughtful gift. I loved it–and to give it, boy, she loved me.

Office supplies and coupons. For writers, it just doesn’t get much better than this!

Acknowledgement of the writer in the human being is the best gift of all. *

© 2012, Vicki Hinze



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vickihinze.com  10 CHRISTMAS FUN FACTSVicki Hinze is the award-winning bestselling author of nearly thirty novels in a variety of genres including, suspense, mystery, thriller, and romantic or faith-affirming thrillers. Her latest releases are: Christmas Countdown (romantic suspense), Duplicity (mystery/thriller), One Way to Write a Novel (nonfiction). She holds a MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Theocentric Business and Ethics. Hinze’s website: www.vickihinze.com. Facebook. Books. Twitter. Contact.


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