Tag Archives: art

A visit to the Disney Museum with Sirron Norris

“I mean, look at this. This is my favorite one, right there.” There was tape on the museum floor that Sirron Norris pretty much just ignored, stepped over, and pointed at the details of the painting – Eyvind Earle’s “Where Eagles Fly”  (1993).  In it, a dense, dark forest covers a tumbling cliffside as white mist seeps in from the...

Community is grateful for art and culture

Precita Eyes’ Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival at Precita Park has always had a high community presence. “Everybody is very supportive of what we do,” said Yuka Ezoe, the Education Director of Precita Eyes Muralists, a community-based non-profit mural and arts education group. Many of the volunteers who help out grew up going to the festival and appreciate what Precita...

Wunderlich’s Wunderkammer brings world artifacts to the Mission

Al Wunderlich has been sculpting, painting and performing for decades.  He attended Cooper Union in New York City and has taught art at the Rhode Island School of Design. But, standing in the doorway to his new pop-up show, Wunderlich’s Wunderkammer, he had no doubt as to his first love –  adventurer first, artist second. The exhibit at 3328 22nd...

Art Notes: one space, two galleries: Ratio 3 and Capital

The door to Ratio 3 opens from Mission Street, near McDonald’s, offering a juxtaposition of art and urban pop. Flow through the gallery and another door connects to Capital, a three-month old gallery with an entrance on Lilac Alley. The new space opened when Chris Perez, the owner of the Ratio3, decided to rent a portion of his 5,000 square...

Butterfly wings mural defaced with ‘KHY’ tag, then covered up

A colorful mural depicting a butterfly’s wings that until recently decorated a piece of wall space of a Pacific Gas & Electric substation at the corner of 19th and San Carlos streets was defaced with the graffiti tag “KHY” on Thursday night, as shown in an image uploaded to the social media site Reddit sometime on Friday. On Friday afternoon, the...

VIDEO: SF art store struggles against e-commerce

The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers...

Mission Cultural Center mural gets a makeover

After 35 years of enduring the Mission weather, the iconic mural that decorates the front of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts needed a bit of a facelift and that restoration started Tuesday morning with two of the original artists on hand. “What I did then, and what we hope to do again is to provide an opportunity for the...

Listen Local: The mural scene in 2017 with Sirron Norris

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. This week we talked with muralist Sirron Norris, who has a number of projects around the Mission District, about making murals now, and what it’s been like in the past. Norris is also the lead...

The Secret Gardener Behind SF’s Street Etchings

Like any youngster faced with a patch of freshly poured cement on a city street or sidewalk, the young street artist felt the call to etch something into the empty wet canvas. “I didn’t think it would become a habit,” he says. But a habit, or arguably an obsession, is precisely what it became. At first, the artist – who...

Waiting for the Barbarians on Valencia

One of the enduring non-profits on Valencia Street is ATA, Artist Television Access, a place started in the early 1980s when galleries excluded video art. Throughout the year, the windows fill with revolving, sometimes inexplicable, but always curious art. The Left window is curated by ATA and the Right Window, by a collective of the same name. When I walked by the...