Tag Archives: Yolanda Lopez

SF Buys Six Buildings, Keeping Artists and Others in Place

Two longtime residents and artists as well as tenants in 18 other units  will be able to stay in rent-controlled apartments thanks to two non-profits buying six buildings from a landlord who decided to back away from evicting tenants and instead sell the buildings to the city. The purchase, part of the city’s small sites program, will mean that the units remain affordable housing....

Open Studio Artists – Artists and Their Influences

More than 100 artists will open their studios today and Sunday for the third weekend of Open Studios to show and sell work that includes everything from textiles to photography and ceramics. In addition to the Mission, the map of open workshops stretches from Upper Market to Glen Park and as far West as the Castro. Open Studio season comes this year in the midst of a...

Eviction Garage Sale At The Red Poppy

After living on a four unit building for over 30 years, artist Yolanda Lopez is being evicted. Yolanda Lopez, reknown Chicana Mission artist, will be having an accessory sale at the Red Poppy Art House this Sunday from 1-4p.m, at 23rd and Folsom. Rio Yáñez and Yolanda Lopez already had a garage weekend sale last May. If you are wondering what is the...

Eviction, Garage Sale, A Sense of Place

  We walked by Galería de la Raza this morning and there was Artist Yolanda Lopez writing out signs for the garage sale that is underway to help Lopez and her son, Rio Yañez pay for their move from a duplex on San Jose Avenue. They, along with the former Galería director, René Yañez  are being evicted after living there for more...

The Mission’s Trailblazer Feminists Reunite

Judy Zalazar Drummond remembers the night well. It was August 1969, and she did something conservative for the San Francisco of that summer. She hosted a dinner party for her friends. “I made albóndigas, I made lemon cake with chocolate frosting – we sat down and ate. And then we cried,” she said. The dinner party was far from average ...

Artist Turns ‘Paper Intimidation’ of Eviction Into Art

  In July of last year, Artist Yolanda Lopez, her former husband and artist René Yañez and their son, artist Rio Yañez, got a letter notifying them that they were being evicted from the duplex where they had lived for more than three decades  on San Jose Avenue. Their ages and illnesses  –  René Yañez and his partner Cynthia Wallis are...

Benefit for Mission Artists Attracts Latino All Stars

The fundraiser tonight for leading cultural figures Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez, who are being evicted from the home they have lived in for 35 years, will bring together some of the icons of the Latino art and performance world including the Culture Clash,  Guillermo Gomez-Peña and San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia. Yañez, who helped found the Mission Cultural Center for Latino...

“Royalty” of the Mission Art Scene Faces Eviction

Spanning three decades in the Mission District, prominent San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, who seeded and grew the annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration into a citywide event, is in the process of being evicted from his home of 35 years. His former wife, artist Yolanda Lopez, and his son, the artist Rio Yañez, are also included in...