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Make Art Your Business with ArtSpan Artist Workshops

by Ellen Reilly on April 15, 2014

Spring is here and it’s time for Spring Open Studios — not to be missed by any art-lover.

For artists, it is also the time to plant seeds for fall. City-wide SF Open Studios will run October 11 through November 9, 2014. Mark your calendar with those dates and, in the meantime, take advantage of these very practical workshops happening each month at ArtSpan, to help you make art your business…

Meet the Artist: Marc Ellen Hamel

by Ellen Reilly on April 9, 2014

Flax interviews local artist Marc Ellen Hamel, a widely exhibited abstract painter and printmaker who is involved in the arts community through teaching, volunteering and memberships, Marc Ellen Hamel talks about her work, inspiration and more – “First off, I am in love with color and the texture of oil paint, so it’s simply a place I want to be. It is visceral and immediate and get absorbed into the middle of it, both with my hands and when my eyes are interacting with the canvas…”

Flax & The Bay Institute

by Flax on April 6, 2014
The Bay Institute

We are celebrating Earth Day all month long! A percentage of ALL FLAX SALES will be donated to The Bay Institute throughout April.

Since 1981, The Bay Institute has applied its mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. The organization is at the forefront of advocacy, policy, and research programs to preserve California’s most important natural resource…

Celebrating the Tree

by Howard Flax on April 1, 2014
Tree, Van Gogh, Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom

In recognition of Earth Day, we share this collection of art that has a common theme, the tree. Artists such as Monet, O’Keefe, Escher, Christo and many more, make us reflect upon the form, beauty and significance of the tree. Whether symbolized as the Tree of Life, as done so by Haring and Klimt, reflected in a puddle or wrapped in light fabric, these artists interpret the tree with their own personal and spiritual values…

Jefferson Airplane Photo Discovery

by Howard Flax on March 25, 2014
Jefferson Airplane, feat

An awesome slice of history fell our way. This photograph of Jefferson Airplane recently surfaced, with the band pictured in front of the Flax sign! At the time the store was in downtown San Francisco on Kearny Street, and the photo location was the back alley, Claude Lane (at Bush).
Craig Flax led our investigation to learn the history behind this image. With the help of Bruce Lyalls at Recycled Records on Haight Street, he contacted long time music critic Joel Selvin, who pegged the photo at 1967-1968…

Meet the Artist: Dorothy Yuki

by Ellen Reilly on March 19, 2014

Flax interviews local artist Dorothy Yuki: A diverse, eclectic Bay Area artist, Dorothy Yuki works in calligraphy, bookmaking, mail-art, and sketching; with fabric, metal, cut paper, pen & ink, and even repurposed materials. In her roles of artist, teacher and mentor, she is a very active participant in her community. Dorothy has shown her work at MMOCA’s Altered Book Show, Kalligraphia at the San Francisco Main Library, Ruth’s Table Retrospective, and at Arc for Scrap-SF…

SF Spring Open Studios 2014

by Flax on March 13, 2014

Don’t miss San Francisco’s Spring Open Studios 2014, your chance to come and support original local artists, expand your art collection and find great deals by purchasing directly from the artists. We are fortunate to live among the nations greatest collection of artist studios, and hundreds will be open to you. There’s nothing like seeing an artist’s work within the actual studio where he or she creates. Open studios are a great event, and always have free admission and refreshments…

“Bouquets to Art” Welcome Spring

by Ellen Reilly on March 11, 2014
Richard Diebenkorn148

Bouquets to Art, now in its 30th year, is the de Young Museum’s annual springtime exhibition of floral arrangements inspired by art. These highly creative botanical arrangements, by 125 of the Bay Area’s most talented and renowned floral designers, draw inspiration from pieces in the de Young’s permanent collections. You can get a lesson in art history as you follow the flowers throughout the museum. March 18-23, 2014…

Art Contest for FLAX Facebook Cover

by Flax on February 16, 2014

Enter our Facebook cover image contest for a chance to win a $250 gift card and see your artwork as the FLAX Facebook Cover Image! Artists of all levels are welcome to enter. Artwork must be original and any medium is welcome. Previous winning entries have included paper crafts to photography to watercolor and mixed media. Submit your entry now…

Valentines for a City

by Ellen Reilly on February 4, 2014
Christine Arthur, feat

Hearts of San Francisco was launched in 2004 as a Bay Area wide “Heart Installation” with artist-created hearts installed in public places throughout San Francisco. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this project, which combines fundraising, community involvement and the nurturing of artistic expression. The jury-selected heart designs are created by the artists, then auctioned and sold, to raise money for vital programs at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center…