Monthly Archives: February 2014

Upcoming Events: February and March 2014

With Southern Graphics Council’s annual conference taking place in San Francisco this year, Groveland Gallery’s show in Minneapolis, and a three-day workshop in Santa Barbara, February and March are shaping up to be full of the social side of art life.

If you find yourself near one of these venues in the next two months, please stop by!

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Combination Woodcut and Drypoint Workshop
The Rusty Barn, Santa Barbara, CA
February 21-23

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Artist Talk at Carleton College
Northfield, MN
March 7th at 4pm, Boliou 161

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Opening reception for Girls, a two-person show with Duncan Hannah
Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
March 8th at 2pm

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Intaglio printmaking demo at Kala for the Oakland Museum
Kala Studio, Berkeley, CA
March 11th at 12pm

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Opening reception for Altered States, in conjunction with the SGC conference
ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA
March 27th from 7-9pm

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Printmaking demo at Kala for the Southern Graphics Council Conference
Kala Studio, Berkeley, CA
March 28th at 12pm

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Altered States artist talks
ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA
March 29th at 5-7pm

What: printmaking events galore
Where: California and Minnesota
When: February and March 2014
Ambiance: convocation of the last group of Americans to still have use for phone books

Zorn at the Legion of Honor: beautiful people

Just in the nick of time, we made it to the Anders Zorn show at the Legion of Honor. It was worth it for the watercolors alone, which were luminous and lifelike – perfectly balanced on the tension-filled point between being overworked or prettily unfinished.

I thought Castles in the Air was particularly impressive for the face in medium-shadow, the glowing coral fingertips, and the incandescent parasol.

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Another of my favorites was a larger oil in a limited orange and purple palette, The Sisters Schwartz. It sticks in my mind both because of its caption, which stated that Zorn found the sisters – if I remember correctly, “thoroughly uninteresting” and was therefore pleasantly surprised that the painting could have come out so well, and because of the five odd purple brush punches in the lower right corner. It’s almost as if Zorn knew something had to be there for the composition to work, but just couldn’t stand another minute in the room.

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What: Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter
Where: Legion of Honor, San Francisco
When: November 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014
Ambiance: everyday beauty, from a time when everyday beauty included hats and parasols