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Ocean Beach sand artist Andres Amador featured on CBS News

Artist Andres Amador got national airtime last night on CBS News. Reporter John Blackstone came to Ocean Beach to interview Amador and watch him at work.

On his website, Amador said “I am not so thrilled with the artwork I made. It was the first time trying the design and many things came to me as I was doing it and then as I was able to look from above… Its hard to receive attention of praise for something I don’t feel as complete with. And this I would consider one of those moments. However, I appreciated how they approached and edited the piece and the interview.”

Well Andres, we think it looks great. :)

Sarah B.

9:44 am | Posted under Art, Ocean Beach | 1 comment

Artist Frank Kozik opening store on Clement Street? Labbit says yes.

While cruising down Clement Street last night, we noticed the above sign in the window of the old Kumquat space at 147 Clement Street near 3rd Avenue.

We didn’t recognize it, but our Facebook followers did. It’s a drawing of “Labbit” by artist Frank Kozik. Labbit is known for his “Addiction to candy cigarettes and beef jerky” and for his allergy “to work in any form”.

Facebook followers were abuzz that Kozik has plans to open a store on Clement Street. From what we can tell, this will be Kozik’s first brick and mortar store; he does sell his work on his website.

Kozik has a colorful career as an artist that spans across many mediums including silkscreening, album cover design, art toy works, video and music. He currently lives and works in San Francisco with his wife, Sharon, and their four cats.

We emailed Kozik and he had this to say about his new venture:

Yes, we will be moving our design offices there and opening a small store as well! All sorts of fun ‘urban vinyl’ figures, prints, t-shirts and art things. We should be open some time in July. We will be redoing the facade for a cleaner brighter look!

As a long time residents of the Richmond (21 years) we have always wanted a spot on Clement and now its reality!

We have a feeling Kozik’s store will be a very colorful addition to Clement Street :)

Sarah B.

9:10 am | Posted under Art, Business | 4 comments

New documentary about Bay Bridge lights project at the Balboa, May 16-22

Usually it’s the Golden Gate Bridge that gets all the attention in these parts .But that all changed in March 2013 when an art installation, featuring 25,000 LED lights, lit up the north side of the Bay Bridge’s western span.

It was two years and $8 million in the making, and filmmaker Jeremy Amber was there to capture it all in his first feature length documentary called Impossible Light. After making its premieres at SXSW and being selected for the San Francisco and Newport Beach film festivals, the documentary will play for a week at the Balboa Theater starting this Thursday.

Impossible Light provides an inside glimpse at how a small team of visionaries battled numerous obstacles—from the drawing board to the boardroom to 500 feet above San Francisco Bay—to turn an impossible dream into a glimmering reality. It details all of the drama and the joy involved in creating a work of art on the grandest of scales, and demonstrates that the Bay Lights truly is a project whose “impossibility made it possible.”

On Friday, Amber will be at the Balboa for the 7pm screening, as well as on Sunday for the 5pm screening for a post-film Q&A session.

Catch Impossible Light at the following times:

Friday 5/16 + Saturday 5/17: 1 PM, 3 PM, 5PM, 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Sunday 5/18 – Thursday 5/22: 1 PM, 3 PM, 5PM, 7 PM

Tickets are available online or at the Balboa Theater box office.

Sarah B.

5:05 am | Posted under Art, Movies | 2 comments

Photo: Andres Amador’s latest sand art at Ocean Beach

Photo by Bruce H.

Amador was out early on Friday morning at Kelly’s Cove at Ocean Beach to “paint” his latest sand art. We love this!

Sarah B.

12:56 pm | Posted under Art, Ocean Beach | 1 comment

Internet Archive installs 100th “archivist statue”; will rebuild building lost in fire

The archivist statues in the Internet Archive. On the far left is Rick Prelinger, with
Brewster Kahle to the right. Photo by Michael Grecco Productions

If you’ve ever been to an event in the large auditorium at the Internet Archive at Funston and Clement, you’ve likely seen the unique sculptures scattered among the old church pews. The sculptures are representations of archivists or staff members that work at the Internet Archive.

The idea came from the IA’s founder, Brewster Kahle, who on a trip to China was impressed with the Terracotta Warriors depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China in Xian. When he returned to the US, he commissioned artist Nuala Creed to start making sculptures representing individuals who had dedicated at least three years of service to the Archive.

Recently, the 100th sculpture was completed and installed in the auditorium. Among the collection is founder Brewster Kahle as well as Rick Prelinger, the man behind the “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco” films.

Artist Creed says that even after creating 100 of the sculptures, it’s still “a challenge to convey the individual”:

“I love this commission, it allows me to do what I love, to create figures in clay. The Ceramic Archivists are hand-built, each figure is unique. I work from a photograph of the person, and a brief statement as to their interests. As I build the figure it is almost as though I am getting to know that person. Many of the figures are holding something, a coffee cup, book, cell phone, plate of cookies, knitting, a laptop etc. which personalizes them,” Creed says on the project website.

In November 2013, the Internet Archive lost part of its building to an electrical fire which also badly damaged a neighboring apartment building and its restaurant tenant on the ground floor, Taishan Cafe. Demolition of the damaged office space has been completed and word on the street is that the Internet Archive does plan to rebuild. We have not heard if Taishan will reopen in the future.

Sarah B.

The burned portion of the Internet Archive building on Clement that will be rebuilt.

5:02 am | Posted under Art, Business | 3 comments

Photos: Earthscape artist Andres Amador at work on Ocean Beach

Artist Andres Amador was at Ocean Beach on Saturday morning, working on a new piece while dozens watched from the cliffs above. We hear he was being filmed for a documentary.

Sarah B.

6:03 pm | Posted under Art, Ocean Beach | 5 comments

Local links: Sand art, McCoppin grant, SFBG plant sale, 911 bravery & more

Inside the art studio of Jay Mercado at 10th & California. Photo by Jay Mercado

Lots of links to catch up on – enjoy! – Sarah B.

  • This Wednesday night is the general membership meeting for the Planning Association for the Richmond, also open to the public. Agenda items include a SFPUC Presentation about a proposed 4-year increase to water and sewer rates, and discussion of the recently released Urban Forest Plan for San Francisco. 7pm-9pm at the Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue.
  • Sand art will abound on Saturday morning at Ocean Beach when artist Andres Amador returns to create his masterpieces on the shore. He’s being filmed for a documentary from 7:30am to 9am, so grab a spot on the Cliff House overlook and watch him at work. And if you want to learn his sand art technique, Amador has a workshop class on May 5.
  • Speaking of the Cliff House… The Chronicle took a look back at the “rollicking tale of the first Cliff House – a clapboard structure built by real estate tycoon Charles Butler in 1863.” One of the early visitors was author Mark Twain, who wrote, “The wind was cold and benumbing. It came straight from the ocean, and I think there are icebergs out there somewhere. True, there was not much dust, because the wind blew it all to Oregon in two minutes.”
  • Local art lovers, mark your calendars. The next Cabrillo Art Cave will take place on May 10 & 11 from 11am to 4pm at 925 Cabrillo. The cave is a community art space (read: someone’s garage) that opens occasionally for shows featuring a collective of local artists. Find out whose work will be showcased at cabrilloart.com
  • A new study shows that the median rent in San Francisco in the first quarter of 2014 was $3,200, approximately 8% higher than this time last year. In the Richmond District, we’re below the median at $2,695, but that’s still 14.6% higher than Q1 2013.
  • Frank McCoppin Elementary School (651 6th Avenue) learned in March that they’ll be receiving a $425,000 Kellogg Foundation grant, which is awarded to schools to optimize child development. The money will be used to implement a Balanced Literacy Program for the school, which has 265 students, about half of whom speak Cantonese as their first language.
  • Dirty Trix Saloon at 408 Clement shut down but has already reopened as Side Bar, “a remodeled drinking hole with more of a lounge feel than its previous incarnation. Multiple flat-screen TVs and a revamped sound system are part of the improvements,” says EaterSF.
  • Want to start growing vegetables in your backyard? Attend the free “Growing Vegetables from Seeds” class at the Richmond Branch Library (351 9th Avenue) on Saturday, May 3 from 2:30 to 4pm. Master Gardener Michael Klein will guide attendees through soil and bed preparation, propagation, planting techniques and plant maintenance.
  • In other gardening news, the SF Botanical Garden will have its 47th annual plant sale on Saturday, May 3 from 10am until 2pm, featuring over 20,000 plants. This year’s theme is drought tolerance hundreds of beautiful natives, succulents, and plants perfect for SF’s many micro-climates are for sale. If you’ve got a green thumb, don’t miss it!
  • 10 year old Dante Parker was honored by the city for his bravery while making a 911 call from his Richmond District home earlier this year, when his mother was experiencing severe abdominal pain. His mother made a full recovery from her stomach virus, and Dante said he was just “glad I helped. If I hadn’t helped, who would take care of me?” Aww. You can listen to it below.

11:32 am | Posted under Art, Business, Classes, Events, Green, Ocean Beach, Real Estate, Schools | 1 comment

Photo: Painting in the the sand at Ocean Beach

Photo by @CliffHouse

@CliffHouse tweeted this photo out of a sand painting that was done on Monday morning. Looks like the work of Andres Amador

Sarah B.

12:07 pm | Posted under Art, Ocean Beach | 2 comments