Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fred L. Berensmeier masterful printmaker

On September 11 the San Geronimo Valley Community Center celebrated the 2nd annual International Day of Peace Festival. It was a great event ( International Day of Peace is a U. N. initiated global event dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace among nations).

We featured live music by jam band The Rock Collection (Melvin Seals, Greg Anton, Stu Allen, Dan Lebo Lebowitz and JP McLean) as well as Barry "The Fish" Melton Band (Banana, Roy Blumenfeld, Peter Albin and Dave Aguilar) along with other activities, guest speakers and workshops.

Running in tandem with the festival, we’re hosting a great body of work by printmaker Fred L. Berensmeier in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries at the Center (The exhibit will continue through the month of September).

                                                                                                                                                                          photo by Michel Kotski

The show is titled “Gifting My Legacy” and for good reason. Fred is donating all proceeds from the art sales to the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. (His wife Jean founded the Center in 1969).

                                                                                                                                     photo by Michel Kotski

Fred, is a master printmaker --studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and received his Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco State.  He was the head of the fine arts printmaking department of City College of San Francisco from 1968 until 1993.

Cloud Shaman Calling
His work has been exhibited in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brants Klaedefabrik Museum, Denmark, Yerba Buena Center,  the Audubon Artists 53rd Annual exhibition, National Arts Club of New York and Pacific Grove Art Center.  Fred’s work is in the collections of the Legion of Honor's Achenbach Collection and the Library of Congress.

Sea Shaman Dreams
Although his earlier work was influenced by Edvard Munch and later abstract expressionism his more recent works have focused on images from personal connection with the environment and his years of work with Native Americans and study of petroglyphs and pictographs.

Star Shaman and Raven

Medicine Bear Carrying Pure Water
Here are a few shots from Fred's printmaking demo:

Here's a detail of the lino block "Cloud Shaman Calling":

Monday, September 5, 2016

San Francisco Zine Fest 2016

I dropped in on the 15th annual San Francisco Zine Fest this last Sunday in Golden Gate Park. It's a lively event with a lot of creative energy and lacking the corporate aura surrounding most 'comic' cons these days. The focus is on do-it-yourself print media by local Bay Area creators.

             Here's the illustrious Jaime Crespo and publisher Francis Kohler

                             Here's the equally illustrious Mark Badger

I only picked up a few items at the Fest and didn't notice until I got home the curious aquatic theme to my purchases.

A nice strange book by Anna Zusman

                                  Sea Creature Story is by Skip Wrightson

    The all-Creature of the Black Lagoon edition of Monster Nerd

But I did get a copy of David Enos' enigmatic Bat-Man is Lost in a Woods

This poster I saw at one of the booths probably best spells out the Zine Fest ethos:

For future reference:

Jaime Crespo:

Mark Badger:

Anna Zusman:

Skip Wrightson:

Monster Nerd:

David Enos:

San Francisco Zine Fest:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Molly's Turn: A Long Time Coming!

 Here are some photos of a day in the life of my class on Beginning Portraiture at Riley Street Art Supply, Please enjoy!

Here are the artists all working hard

And here are the artists ……hmmmmmm

Harry and Kathleen
Harry working hard on completing his portrait of his grandson
and Kathleen starting her first portrait of dog.

Annalise and Francis

Annalise with her beginning portrait of her sister dancing.
She leaves for college! Go Annalise, we will miss you!!

Here's Francis working on an illustation for her sister's children's book.

Josie and her beginning dog portrait #2

Kathleen and the beginning 

And finished!

She did such a great job!!

Shari plotting out her dog portrait

What a great beginning she has made.

I love the expression on this face.

Now if I were a great photographer this would be a wonderful photo!
I'm so sorry its blurry!!
I love teaching this class, it's wonderful to see people become confident in moving forward and seeing what the medium of acrylic will do for them. It's so exciting to see each person's own process and style.
I so appreciate Riley Street Art Supply's for their wonderful team of people and for creating such a great place to learn the art of painting.

If you live near by and would like to come join us please do!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Our Box in the 18th Annual GRO Box Show

Here's our box. We'll have more shots from the exhibit up soon.

For more on the Box Show see the previous post.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

18th Annual Box Show

This year's annual Box Show began yesterday, August 5th.

The show is a fundraiser for Gallery Route One in Pt. Reyes Station.

The way it works is the gallery provides plain pine boxes to as many as 150 artists. You can pretty much do anything to it as long as elements of the original the box remains in the piece (In the past, people have taken them apart, burned them, shredded them and so on).

This year’s show is dedicated to the GRO’s late executive director, Betty Woolfolk who died last June.

Molly and I didn’t know about the dedication when we started our box but had already decided to create a piece in memory of Betty.

Here are the beginning stages:

Raw materials.

Molly painted a nice mini portrait of Betty.

I did some sketches (later to be transferred to balsa wood).

Eventually all the pieces are assembled...

The reception is tomorrow, Sunday August 7th, 3-5 pm at Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, in Pt. Reyes Station, California.

More about the gallery at:

More about the life of betty Woolfolk at: