Bernal Neighbor Hope Meng is is putting her design skills to work political change. She tells Bernalwood:
Wanted to let you know about my own little protest happening over here on unassuming Banks Street.
I’m a graphic designer living, working, and raising my kids with Bernal Hill as my backyard. For the past 2 years, I’ve been working on a personal passion called Monogram Project. It’s a slightly insane typography exercise to draw every combination of 2 letters possible with our 26-letter alphabet.
Following the absolutely heartbreaking results of the 2016 election, it suddenly became clear to me what this project wanted to be: my own form of peaceful resistance. I launched monogramproject.com on Inauguration Day. ALL proceeds for the next 4 years (please let it be only 4 years) will be donated to organizations that work to ensure our civil liberties and protect the equality of all people. I’ll choose a different worthy organization each quarter and announce it on my website.
I am taking my broken heart and I am making it into art.
IMAGES: Courtesy of Hope Meng
Lisa Moro from the fabulously locavore Inclusions Gallery on Cortland is having a reception tonight, Thursday Oct. 20, for the neighbors featured in her annual show about artists from Bernal Heights. Naturally, you’re invited!
Lisa tells Bernalwood:
Select 7: Bernal Heights Artists, marks Inclusions Gallery eighth year curating an annual group show, devoted exclusively to neighborhood artists. On view are new and exciting works by seven artists. All will be in attendance at Thursday evening’s reception. Come, meet the artists and check out the entire show (the back room too).
Once a year Inclusions Gallery curates a group show especially focused on the talented artists who call Bernal Heights home. In this year’s exhibit you’ll find an excellent offering of new and recent works by seven artists: Copper plate etchings by David Avery, Ink and acrylic paintings by Glenn Hirsch, Mixed media works by Pamela Lanza, Oil paintings by Linda Larson, Oil and Mixed media paintings by Catherine Mackey, Encaustic and Mixed media paintings by Jenny Phillips, and Oil paintings by Aaron Zube.
Come by and meet the artists during a reception
Thursday, October 20th
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Inclusions Gallery – 627 Cortland (at Anderson)
Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit runs through November 6th.
PHOTO: Late Afternoon on Cortland, oil on panel by Bernal artist Aaron Zube, now on display at Inclusions Gallery. Photo by Telstar Logistics
Bernal artist Deb Caperton has some of her work on display at the stylishly strange Paxton Gate store at 766 Valencia (near 19th) in The Mission. Neighbor Deb tells Bernalwood:
My name is Deb Caperton (Bernal resident since 1994). I wanted to invite you to check out my art show at Paxton Gate in the Mission. The show will be up until Nov. 1st.
My recent work, Loss & Found is at once playful and funny as well as melancholic and ironic. My vocabulary are metaphors made of bits and pieces, things found and made. The signage provides the observer with some riddles, instructive hints and directions making the viewer a collaborator. The work comes alive with interaction. For example: one can blow, whistle or slide a door to create a reaction that helps tell the story. The narratives are sensory, requiring participation and discovery. My hope is that this active participation beckons the viewer to be affected by what they see and feel, making these stories their own.
PHOTO: Departure (wish box #5) by Deb Caperton, courtesy of Deb Caperton
Just in time for this pre-election political season, those clever, creative elves who periodically decorate the big rock on the north side of Bernal Hill have tapped straight into the contemporary zeitgeist by transforming our famous rock into the internationally famous “poop emoji.”
The poop emoji, which was created in Japan before it was, er, warmly embraced in this country, occupies an essential place in modern digital communications. Having already migrated to t-shirts, sophisticated workwear, and plush pillows, on Bernal Hill the poop emoji now takes geological form, as the shape of our rock turns out to be a perfect fit for the beloved icon. Genius!
And now that you’ve seen it, you will never be able to unsee it.
PHOTO: Telstar Logistics
As you may have noticed, there’s a fantastic new mural on Mission Street in La Lengua. It was painted on a wall facing the fashionable Bank of America parking lot between Valencia and 29th Streets, and it was created by artist Amanda Lynn.
Neighbor Eden from Secession Art & Design is also president of the Mission-Bernal Merchants Association, and she invites one and all to an event happening tonight to celebrate the new mural:
Please join us this Tuesday, August 23rd, 6-8pm, in the Bank of America parking lot between Valencia and 29th St to meet mural artist Amanda Lynn, who created our beautiful new mural inspired by her childhood. The theme was “Pursue Growth and Happiness.”
3300 Club will be selling their t-shirts to help them reopen, and Bliss Pops will be giving away popsicles to the first 100 supporters. Thank you to Zappos and Beautify Earth for choosing our neighborhood as one of eight US cities to donate a mural.
You may have noticed the billboard on this wall is hyper-local. Mission Bernal Merchants Association has taken it over for the next year. Our first billboard by artist Jonathan Koshi was a fundraiser for the merchants impacted in the 3300 Block fire in June. The MBMA, with a lot of community support, raised $16,000 for these merchants. We’re so pleased to have our neighborhood come together and celebrate each other.
Stop by and say hello!
PHOTO: Telstar Logistics
Rendering of proposed mosaic
As you may recall, there’s a crowdfunding effort now underway to raise $14,000 to install a very cool mosaic at the spiffy new Esmeralda Slide Park plaza. As we write this now, the effort has already raised $13,158, so if you haven’t contributed yet — or even if you have — now is the time to contribute.
Neighbor Nancy, one of the superstar volunteers who has been organizing the Esmeralda slides renovation project, writes:
We have less than $1,000 needed to reach our target.
[mosaic artist Rachel Rodi] came to Esmeralda last week for her first site visit to see where “The Locator” will be installed in the Plaza. She loved the surroundings, especially the pepper tree that lords over the Plaza. Between our concept design and the inspiration Rachel got from her visit, she’s eager to create a mosaic tile that will knock our socks off!
We’re giving Rachel her 50% deposit this week so she can order the tiles and put “The Locator” on her fall schedule.
If you haven’t yet donated, NOW is the time. We’d like to close the campaign down within the next couple of weeks knowing we have all the funds to pay Rachel.
To all of you who have donated…..THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Let’s do this! Please contribute now, right here, to help make this mosaic come to life at the fabulous Esmeralda Slide Park.
PHOTO: via the GoFundMe page
Neighbor Jon Vohr is an artist on Andover Street. He tells Bernalwood that his work is on display this month inside the wornderful Little Bee Bakery at 521 Cortland:
I’m a long time Bernal resident, and I am excited to be showing some paintings at Little Bee for the month of August!
My art is a continuous exploration of different mediums and a reflection of living in the Bay Area.
Using hand crafted convex panels, my art explores the various aspects of stability or the lack there of, in the realms of the physical, mental and spiritual plane, as well as all transformational experiences that come with life.
The convex panel and distortion of them play with the idea of our multi-dimensional experience here on earth and invite the viewer to get close, explore and question their beliefs and attitudes towards life and art.
ARTWORK: by Neighbor Jon Vohr