I recently had the great honor to be invited to show alongside Linda Fahey (curator/organizer of Rising Water) and since I couldn't make the journey down to San Fransisco, I asked Linda if she would share with musing some images from the exhibition. Many thanks to Linda for all her energy and time organizing the event. To all those who helped her out and to Jay Mercado who hosted the exhibition in his studio.
The following images and writing thanks to Linda.
Jesse Lu Schreier
+ 30 additional guest ceramic artists who donated cups for fundraising for Surfrider Foundation
Rising Water was a plan hatched during late night online conversation with Mariko Paterson about this time last year. We were getting excited about organizing a group show together, one in San Francisco, one in Vancouver. How ambitious. Such grande plans. We talked about getting both SFBay Area and Canadian talent involved - and how we would take the show on the road. Sounded like a very exciting project.
I don't know where that year went! The show just opened in San Francisco, Friday, Oct 18 to great success! The place was packed with people, we sold a good bit of work. We got to meet many of our online friends in person!
It was important for the subject matter to have a conservation piece, and I wanted to have a cup wall with invited artists, and I definitely wanted a mix-media show. A small group of nine artists local and abroad were identified because I thought they would bring together something both innocent and genuine to the storyline. We didn't have time to photographically curate actual work; had to give them the subject matter and wait to see how it would all come together. It worked beautifully. There was such independence and a strong stylistic voice for each artist, the pieces all stood well on their own, and still creating relationship around the room.
The Cup Wall -- there are so many bright stars in the lineup, and there were pieces from Canada, Australia, around the US. There were 33 artists participating on the cup wall.
When & Where
The show -- studio open Sat&Sun Oct 26&27, as part of Artspan's SF Open Studios and hosted by Jay Mercado Studio 4754 California Street, SF, Ca
Surfrider Foundation is made up of local chapters. It's a volunteer organization -- it's so much like any art group working hard, often volunteering mountains of time and energy for something they are passionate about. Saving the integrity, beauty and ability to enjoy our Coastline.--