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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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A New FLAX Store in Fort Mason Center

Announcing our second San Francisco store, at Fort Mason Center!  Chock-full of creative goodness like you are accustomed to find at our Market Street store, here we'll have all the basics plus a lot more to stimulate and inspire. Opening this fall! rendering by Shaum Mehra, ArcHive Design Fort Mason Center has long been an arts and culture destination, [...]

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Calligraphy Abounds in San Francisco

Kalligraphia XIV: An Exhibition by Members of the Friends of Calligraphy Every year since 1976, the Friends of Calligraphy has presented its members’ work in an exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library titled Kalligraphia—a word that translates to “beautiful writing.” Come see the exquisite work by Thomas Ingmire, David Brock, Georgianna Greenwood, Carl Rohrs, Susan [...]

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Creator's Corner: Block Printing

Insider Block Printing Tips, Tricks  and Techniques FLAX's very own printmaking expert Anna Lark, is here to share her experience, knowledge and passion for the process.  Read on and get inspired to carve! Relief printing is printing from raised images.  Block printing using wood or linoleum involves carving away material to create a printable image. Printmaking is an art [...]

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