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Flax History on Wikipedia

by Flax on July 11, 2014

Excerpt from Wikipedia: Flax is the name for a collection of art supply stores that opened between 1919 and 1946. Started by four brothers from the Flax family, with primary locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, each business was independently owned and operated, yet through common branding they represented a coast-to-coast Flax Art Supply presence.

As of June 2014, the third generation continues to operate specialty retail stores in Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco…

On View at the Legion of Honor

by Ellen Reilly on July 1, 2014

What makes a place a destination? Maybe it provides the relaxed feeling that comes from being among friends, or of country living. Maybe it has some of the finest works of art on view. Throw in a generous touch of Parisian elegance. Don’t forget an ocean view. After taking a moment to contemplate Rodin’s Thinker, step into George Applegarth’s replica of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris—San Francisco’s own Beaux-Arts style museum on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate…

We Are Growing

by Howard Flax on June 26, 2014
Coming Soon, feat

The recent articles about our SF building being torn down and turned into condominiums has led to the spread of misinformation. Here is the good news on what is really happening: Many people seem to think we are closing. We are NOT. Around the end of 2015 or early 2016 we will be moving to another location in San Francisco, so we have at least another 18 months here at Market St, so stop on by!
And a second FLAX store is opening in San Mateo in July!

Meet the Artist: Jane Willson

by Ellen Reilly on June 22, 2014

Flax interviews local artist Jane Willson, a figurative painter who creates historical narratives in a magical realism style. How did you get into working with folk and fairy tales as your subject matter? There’s a story in that story, which begins one day in mid-summer 2009. This day I’m gazing around my brand new-to-me empty 29th Street studio…

Flax & The Bay Institute

by Flax on May 28, 2014
The Bay Institute

We are excited to report a successful promotion to provide additional funding for the Bay Institute. We celebrated Earth Day all month long in April, with a percentage of ALL FLAX SALES being donated to The Bay Institute, $4,174!

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…

Kidsfest Creative Arts Festival

by Flax on May 22, 2014

Please join us for our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual KIDSFEST, a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents. This year’s theme is Medieval! Costumes are encouraged, so bring your little knights and maidens and enjoy this festive day while your child has a blast exploring their creative side. Kidsfest is a not-to-be-missed event, and it’s FREE! Saturday, July 26th, 11am – 2pm….

Pier 24 Photography Exhibition

by Ellen Reilly on May 7, 2014
Pier 24 Photography

Outwardly unassuming, tucked away on the San Francisco waterfront near the foot of the Bay Bridge, is an extraordinary exhibition space devoted to photography. Pier 24 Photography is open by appointment, and so visitors experience an uncrowded environment in which to view and quietly contemplate photography—like having a private viewing. The current exhibition, A Sense of Place, has been extended through May—I recommend making an appointment to see it, soon…

Celebrate the Earth with Modern Nature

by Ellen Reilly on April 21, 2014
Georgia O’Keeffe, American (1887-1986) The Chestnut Grey, 1924

Celebrate the Earth with flowers, trees, leaves, landscapes…and beauty, by one of America’s most celebrated painters: Georgia O’Keefe.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George is an exhibition of works surveying O’Keefe’s artwork created in the green landscape of the Stieglitz estate in upstate New York over a period of 16 years. This is the work she did before her move to New Mexico…

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…”