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Ren Brown at Table Asia

The Little Show at Swarm Gallery

Holidayland at Blankspace

Art from the Heart at NIAD

Miracle Works at Modernism

We Made Love with Marcel Duchamp at Femina Potens



San Francisco Art Magazine News
Updated December 1, 2007

      Home furnishings for the holidays? Table Asia Gallery, located at 1101 Lake Street in San Francisco, is much more than a place to buy your next coffee table. Owner Vince Meyer creates tables from real works of art, antique and vintage Japanese wood panels, creating new works of art in the process. Art events are often held at Table Asia Gallery. Thursday, December 6, 2007 from 6 to 9 pm you can join Ren Brown of The Ren Brown Collection (Bodega Bay) as he visits San Francisco's Table Asia Gallery, showcasing his latest acquisitions and discussing trends in Japanese printmaking. The printmaking discussion will start at 7:30 pm. More information about Table Asia Gallery can be found at tableasia.com.

      In the East Bay there's likely to be something for everyone in The Little Show at Oakland's Swarm Gallery. Each piece in the show will be little, i.e., 8" x 8" x 8". The roster of artists for this show, however, is far from little, featuring Dana DeKalb, Steven R. Barich, Dave Higgins, Jeff Eisenberg, Taro Hattori, Chris Powell, and Dana Zed to name just a few. The opening reception takes place Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 6 to 9 pm, and the show runs through December 23rd. Swarm Gallery is located at 560 Second Street, Oakland, CA, neighboring Pro Arts. For a complete list of artists and more information about The Little Show and Swarm Gallery go to swarmstudios.net.

      If you're still drawing a blank for gift ideas, Blankspace, located at 6608 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA, is having their Holidayland gift sale. Loads of stuff including small works of art, fine crafts, cards, etc. will be available. The event runs December 7 - 17, 2007. The receptions for this sales event are Friday, December 7th from 7 to 10 pm and Sunday, December 16th from 12 to 5 pm. Blankspace gallery hours are Saturday through Monday, 12 - 5 pm. Some of the artists offering items for sale are: Lorene Anderson, Jason Byers, Lauren Davies, Packard Jennings, Kerri Lee Johnson, Ellen Lake, Scott MacLeod, Lisa Solomon, and Diane Wren. Go to blankspacegallery.com for more artists and information.

      National Institute of Art and Disabilities Art Center, 551 23rd Street, Richmond, CA, presents Art from the Heart through December 21, 2007. You can find painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and more at NIAD's annual holiday event. The opening reception for Art from the Heart takes place December 8th from 2 to 5 pm. Composer Lisa Sangita Moskow will play the North Indian 25-string lute, and ornaments featuring the artwork of Saul Alegria will be available. All items in the gift store will be 25% off. 50% of the sales at NIAD go directly to the artists. NIAD's regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, or you can visit by appointment. Check niadart.org for more details.

      If you're not shopping for things, maybe you are looking for miracles at this time of year? If so, Miracle Works by Jonathon Keats could be what you seek. These Miracle Works can be found at Modernism, 685 Market Street, San Francisco. Consider making the perfect offering to your favorite god or goddess, or maybe licensing the rights to a new miracle. Browse aerobatic planetary systems from Miracle Works at modernisminc.com and download (free) music for the spheres at garageband.com.

      Some consider love to be the greatest miracle of all. Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle of Love Art Laboratory are back from Emmetrop project space in France where they found a staircase that inspired a video and the title of their latest exhibit of new work, We Made Love with Marcel Duchamp, showing at Femina Potens, 2199 Market Street, San Francisco. Opening reception for We Made Love with Marcel Duchamp takes place December 1, 2007 from 7 to 10 pm. The exhibit and event celebrates the third year (also known as the Yellow Year) of Love Art Lab. We Made Love with Marcel Duchamp features Big Nudes Descending a Staircase, Lifting Belly Drawings, Etant Données X2, Readymade R. Muff, Yellow Wedding Three and more. Visit loveartlab.org and feminapotens.com for additional information.


- Sheilah Boothby
     Sheilah Boothby is the publisher of San Francisco Art Magazine.


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