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Typography: (with)out and about

Without Type: The Dynamism of Handmade Letters On view at San Francisco Center for the Book is Without Type: The Dynamism of Handmade Letters , an exhibit of handmade letterforms created in a broad variety of mediums and tools. All the work is original and unique, and from a wide range of cultures, through history. The work on view extends from the [...]

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Announcing our relocation this spring to...downtown Oakland!

It was a year ago that we announced we would be relocating our Market Street store after serving San Francisco for 38 years. When the news first broke, the outpouring of media attention and concern from our loyal and long time customers made it apparent that we have earned a special place in the hearts of the artists and [...]

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California Wildflowers

Wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere with the recent rains—best of all in an exhibit at the Main Library: Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change. Photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been documenting California wildflowers for the past 17 years, producing images that range from spectacular landscapes to intimate floral portraits. These intrepid photographers have hiked through [...]

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New Experiments in Art and Technology at the CJM

NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology, currently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, includes digital and robotic sculptures; works in light, sound and video; but above all, works that present an openness to new ideas—works more inclined to ask a question than provide an answer. The artists represented are Jim Campbell, Paul De Marinis, Gabriel Dunne, Mary Franck, Alan Rath, Paolo [...]

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2015 Holiday Craft Fairs: December Edition

December offers something for everyone, at Bay Area artisan shows, fairs and open studios, when it comes to finding gifts and treats that are unique and hand-crafted. Some events are local, while others are worth the trip across the Bay. What a great way to support local small businesses and our community of artisans. Here are some options for [...]

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2015 Holiday Craft Fairs: November Edition

San Francisco boasts an abundance of exceptionally good craft fairs every holiday season. Craft shows present an opportunity to find an extraordinary selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, fine crafts and contemporary art. What could make a better gift than something unique and hand-made—and something that supports the artist community. Kick off your holiday shopping with these festive November events—and stay tuned, there’s [...]

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Meet the Artist: Jennifer Ewing

FLAX interviews artist Jennifer Ewing Jennifer Ewing is an artist who works in multiple mediums—drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more. She has been working within a “spirit boat” theme since 2004—a theme that presents the boat as an archetypal symbol of passage. Her spirit boat artworks have evolved collectively in depth, through time and different media. In addition to art making, [...]

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San Francisco Open Studios: Celebrating 40 Years

Autumn is here and art is in the air. For artists and art lovers it’s time, once again, for San Francisco Open Studios—the oldest and largest open studios program in the country. This annual, month-long art event—celebrating its 40th anniversary this year—showcases more than 900 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Each weekend, art lovers, patrons, collectors and [...]

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Meet the Artist: Tjasa Owen

FLAX Interviews local artist Tjasa Owen Tjasa Owen’s work is inspired by her travels, her love for coastal and inland landscapes and by her colorful sketchbooks and written correspondence. Having grown up by the Atlantic seashore, she is drawn to the ever-changing skies and coastal scenes. During foreign travels and time away from the studio, she photographs, sketches and captures [...]

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Night Begins the Day

Perhaps the most mystical of contemporary art I’ve seen in one exhibition is now being shown at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty is thoughtful, provocative and mystical. The Jewish concept of time states that day begins at sundown. In context, this collection of sculpture, painting, photography, film [...]

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