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(1-2) Artist Nachshon Lustig (April 12-May 21)
Sunday, May 14, 1PM, Artists Reception
The collages on display came to life as a spontaneous outburst of an artistic impulse, which may have been dormant inside of “me” for years. From the beginning, this work made itself known primarily through abstract expression, a way of relating inner feelings and beauty, rather than as recognizable objects of concepts. What is pouring out from nowhere resulted in a delightful interplay of cheerful, bright colors mingled with intricate shapes. A fun-loving dance.
The small pieces of paper, used in a mosaic method, were cut from different magazines, while leafing through, particularly from National Geographic magazines. They were selected for their specific hues.
Nachshon was born and raised on kibbutz Ha –Ogen in central Israel, during the Independence Way – is this the right word? Or is it war? in 1948. After serving three years in the Israeli army (1968-71), he lived for two years in Jerusalem. In l973-74 he traveled by himself in India and Nepal, and was certified there as a hatha yoga teacher.
He has made San Francisco his home-base since 1975. Taking an art class while residing in the desert of Palm Springs (2003-4) kindled his desire for artistic expression.
(2-2) Center for Learning in Retirement (CLIR) (April 12-May 21)
Sunday, May 14, 1PM, Artists Reception
Center for Learning in Retirement (CLIR)
Members of Center for Learning in Retirement (CLIR) who are artists have gathered together once each year to exhibit their work. These artworks consist of paintings, photography and sculpture. They are sometimes products of a new art experience after retiring and sometimes are the culmination of a life's work. The show is always exciting.
CLIR is an educational, cultural and social organization for seniors serving the entire Bay Area. Founded in 1973 by the University of California Berkeley Extension, CLIR is now a free-standing non-profit organization. CLIR has offered classes in the visual and literary arts, history, the sciences, foreign languages, politics and other topics as well as a variety of social and cultural events. These include an annual picnic, luncheon, holiday party, walks, tours, a book club, a current events discussion group and access to concerts, recitals and theatrical and dance performances.
We will celebrate CLIR's many years of members' art with this final look at their work gathered in this spacious venue.
CLIR's office and classroom are located at 57 Post Street, Suite 614 in San Francisco. Please visit our website at www.clirsf.org and enjoy the art in this show.
Cultural Encounters (March 1-April 9)
Reception: Sunday, March 5, 12PM to 3PM, King Rooms
Artist Niki Stefanelli brings her solo exhibit Cultural Encounters to Kings Galleries from March 1-April 9 with an opening on Sunday, March 5 from 12:30 to 3PM. The display includes over 50 works of art documenting the common humanity of people around the world. In celebration of Women’s History Month, The TSK Room features photography highlighting women’s daily lives in Cambodia, Cuba,Ghana, India, Myanmar, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. This room also exhibits work on wood panels exploring communities living on the water. Stefanelli’s exhibit continues into the MLK Room with a focus on daily spiritual practices from Buddhist and Hindu traditions in Cambodia, Myanmar and India. The gallery features mono-prints from Japan and mixed-media works from Cuba. Niki Stefanelli aims to share her ideas about the complex 21st century world and give viewers insight into cultures different from the one in which she grew up.
Niki Stefanelli is a San Francisco Bay Area artist, photographer and art educator. Her artwork explores life experience across cultural boundaries. Stefanelli’s artwork has been informed by her extensive world-wide travel and by her time spent in Ghana, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, and images can be viewed on her fine art website: nikistefanelli.com
Niki Stefanelli grew up in Maryland and received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She exhibits her work in galleries, non-profitspaces, and community venues. She has taught art in a variety of settings including independent schools, an international school in Tanzania, and community colleges. She has incorporated her love of travel into her teaching career by leading international service projects for high school students to Cuba, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia. Combining her passion for photography with her love of people, Niki Stefanelli recently launched a lifestyle photography business for families and high school seniors. More information about her photography business can be found on her website: nikistefanelliphotography.com
Art making reception is on Sunday, February 5, 12:30 PM in the King Rooms
UnMasked, art from Childrens Multicultural Museum 2016 workshops, is showing in the Kings Galleries from Jan 21 to Feb 27.
The Museum has been providing free art workshops since 1986, when it was formed by arts advocates from the First UU community. 2016 workshops were led at SF Main Library, Tenderloin Childrens Playground, and Betty Ann Ong Rec Center.
The Children’s Multicultural Museum has been delighting children and their parents since our beginnings in 1986, when a group of art advocates from UUSF got together to create it! CMM began as a non-profit with funding from the California Arts Council and the SF Neighborhood Arts Program. We initiated the Children’s Multicultural Arts Day in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art at the War Memorial Building. With cutbacks in funding, CMM became volunteer based. We created new community partnerships to continue bringing multicultural art projects and cultural experiences to children 6 to 12.
CMM found the Civic Center area to be a convenient and welcome place to bring its eclectic mix of multicultural themes, recycled materials and children’s imaginations. And the area contains the highest population of deserving kids in the city. Our first public venue of artwork was a holiday tree for San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall Deck the Hall celebrations! Stepping forward to curate the organization, local artist Andrei Glase began teaching a weekly art studio at SF Recreation and Park’s Tenderloin Children’s Playground at 570 Ellis. Still nurturing the connection with SF’s vibrant center we brought the exhibit “Recent Work from Tenderloin Children’s Playground” to the King’s Gallery at the Unitarian Center; later we took the expanded exhibit to the Fisher Children’s Center at the Main Library. Since 2013 we have been providing a monthly art workshop called “Art All Around” at the Library, a site at which we can encourage parental participation in making art together, and at which large art pieces can be displayed throughout the year. For the fifth year we have offered weekly workshops at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Rec Center in Chinatown for their summer camp. And a special festival activity is our PeaceDoves origami display, which we just presented at the International Children’s Dance Festival.
“UnMasked” is our January 2017 exhibit at the King’s Gallery which will include our 2016 artwork from our three workshop locations. And on February 5 we’ll host an art-making reception for the kids and their adults. Workshops are provided free of charge to the community, thanks to the workshop space provided by our community partners, and gifts in kind art supplies provided by volunteers. Contact Andrei at the locations below if you would like to volunteer or donate funds or materials. With the decline of art education in our schools it is just so essential to do what we can to encourage our young creative minds with individual and community art projects. Art is about making decisions … so you want to sketch something without knowing exactly what the final picture will be? Make a little decision to see art all around.
CMM, 1849 Geary Blvd, #15371, San Francisco CA 94118
Andrei Glase, Curator in Charge, 415-913-8556
Art Works of Maria Solis and Elaine Pratt
Maria Solis and Elaine Pratt
Maria Solis and Elaine Pratt will be showing their art work through the holidays and you are invited to their reception on Sunday, December 18 at 1:30 PM in the King Rooms.
Maria Solis (top photo)
Best known as Maria Solis at the UU, I paint silks under the name of 'SILKREATIONS by Miriam.' I am submerged in all the Arts. I sing and write under the name of Miriam Kelemen Solis. My exhibited flowers painted in Acrylic and are my LEFT-HANDED PAINTINGS. They are the result from an injury to my right arm.
I still wear special gloves to reduce the pain. Painting on silk is easier on my hand. I have always been drawing and painting. In my childhood during the Holocaust ART was my salvation and is still makes the best part of my life; I still enjoy this very special world. Happily it became also an inheritance for my three daughters and four grandchildren. They all share in this special place and they all intensely pursue their individual paths in their chosen, varied media.
Elaine Pratt (bottom photo)
From an early age I have been a creator; painting, drawing, sculpting, designing all sorts of things, dancing, singing and acting, dreaming of being an artist of one sort or another. Finally narrowing down my interest in creativity to being a designer, a profession I could support myself with right out of college, knowing I would pick up my passion for fine art in oils. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art and Architecture with a degree in Graphic Design in 1983. Winning many national and international design awards, teaching design at Mass Art and AIB, judging award shows, I now am able to juggle and merge being a designer, with my own design firm, Pratt Design www.prattdesign.net, and my passion for abstract expressionism in oils.
My work is engendered by my response to the world. Many things inspire me; among them are nature, science, energy of all sorts, emotions and the interpersonal drama. My training in design influences my art. Working in oils, I bring an abstract graphic approach to my emotive gestural images. Sometimes it is en plein-air inspiration, always conceptual and abstract. I am interested in the simplest gesture of the hand as a means to communicate my feelings about my subject. Painting for me is a highly focused meditative experience. From an early age, I was inspired by Turner’s landscapes and Van Gogh’s gestural strokes. facebook.com/elaineprattart
All Artist’s Proceeds From The Sale of These Paintings Will Go To: The Fire Relief Fund For Victims of Ghostship, Oakland Fire
Friday, December 2nd, at approximately 11:30 PM, a tragic fire erupted in an artist collective workspace in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. Within the space many artists and attendees of our art community were present. To date, the exact number of injuries and fatalities are unconfirmed but have risen to 36 and may take weeks to resolve. Sadly, what is known is that this is a massive tragedy for the Bay Area Arts community.
J. Alan Constant
Artist J. Alan Constant (November 2016). This exhibition will occupied two rooms in the King’s Gallery and over 40 works of art will be on display.
Family and Friends Art Show
UUSF Family and Friends Group Art Show!
All are welcome to a reception to be held on Sunday, September 25, 12:30 PM,
Join us for the UUSF Family and Friends Group Art Show Reception! There will be juice, wine, cheese and yummy things to snack on while you observe great art works by people you know and love. (view the group artwork collages)
July 11, 2016 through August 19, 2016 in TSK Room
An Invitation To Find Joy In Beauty by Father John Takahashi
Father John’s artistic skills were nurtured by two artists for six years from the time he was nine. The first artist mentor was Shyunyu Omaru, a water color artist with sumie (black ink brush). Peter Iwao Sasaki was an oil paint artist who later became a renowned iconographer in Finland using egg tempera. Father John continued his art work after completing his graduate studies in New York. He has written three critical books on Iconography based on his extensive research and travels in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Russia.
Father John resumed his pen and ink with watercolor art when he was assigned to serve at Holy Trinity Cathedral (Diocese of the West, Orthodox Church in America) in San Francisco in 2006. He uses his off days for art projects. He simply wishes to share with the viewers of his pictures the joy of the experience of being at the place depicted in his drawings. He always works on site in order to convey the fresh live atmosphere of the place.
July 11, 2016 through August 19, 2016 in MLK Room
Who’s Hungry? You Can’t Tell by Looking
In a wealthy country like ours it’s hard to believe that children go hungry. So when my friend, pediatrician Dr. Lucy Crain, asked if I would be willing to photograph hungry children locally, I was surprised and a little confused. The kids I’d seen in San Francisco, even poor children, didn’t fit my image of a hungry child. But she assured me that a CDC survey showed that 20% of children nationally grow up in families that are food insecure. In the high-rent San Francisco Bay area that increases to 25%.
The title of the photography project “Who’s Hungry? You Can’t Tell by Looking” was Dr. Crain’s idea. Of the 20 images presented in this exhibit, half come from families that are food insecure and half from families with plenty of food. It’s impossible to tell by looking which child fits into which category. The photographs were taken at the Tenderloin Health Fair, at street fair, churches and private homes all in San Francisco.
The local branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sponsored this exhibit. Their hope was to alert pediatricians that they needed to regularly screen their young patients for food insecurity. The images reached 65,000 pediatricians in online newsletters nationally. The photographs hung in Supervisor John Avalos’ office in San Francisco’s City Hall. They also hung in Sacramento at the State Capitol Building outside the governor’s office where they impacted legislators and thousands of visitors. In June of 2015 the national leadership conference of the AAP passed a resolution to ensure that pediatricians routinely screen for childhood hunger. My personal thanks to Lucy Crain, MD, MPH, FAAP, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco for her vision and commitment to children’s health and this project. Thanks also to the children and families who participated.
About the Photographer Karen Ande is a social documentary and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California. In 2002 she began chronicling the AIDS epidemic and its effects on children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Her work took her from rural villages to city slums in Kenya and Rwanda, where she photographed people who daily face the challenges of AIDS and its impact on those they know and love. This work culminated in the award-winning 2010 book with journalist Ruthann Richter: Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa. More recently Karen’s work has broadened in scope to include issues of poverty, childhood hunger, and rights of seniors in other areas of the world, including Nepal, El Salvador, and the U.S.”
Not content to remain an observer, Karen has raised thousands of dollars for organizations helping children orphaned by AIDS. She and her work have been featured in newspapers, magazines and television.
New York to California: A Retrospective by Nancy Buffum
Show begins May 12 and ends on July 1.
Art Receptions is Sunday, June 19, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, King Rooms
Mini Viewing - Monday, May 16, 5:30 PM to 7PM, King Rooms
Featuring oils paintings by Nancy Buffum from Brooklyn in the 1980s, and a selection of more recent artwork.
The exhibit takes place in the Kings Galleries of the Unitarian Universalist Center of San Francisco from May 12 through July 1. The Kings Galleries are open Monday-Friday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Sundays 12PM-4PM, and by appointment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-845-2584.
Please come see my artwork from New York in the 1980’s, expressing my deep experience of seeing and being with the people and landscapes, subways and streets of a beautiful and often brutal city. Fast forward to California 2016. I have always worked in many media and with many subjects for my artwork. The exhibit includes examples of more recent paintings and drawings as well.
Most of the artworks from Brooklyn have been in storage since 1990. I want to thank members of the Art Committee for urging me to bring this work out; my family for their support in my cross country journey to liberate the paintings, and especially Hilary Buffum, my moving and packing ally. And Joe Dellert, the best picture framer in San Francisco.
About Nancy Buffum
Born 1957 and studied visual art at Bryn Mawr College and Boston University. She painted and exhibited in New York City in the 1980s, prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991. Her body of work includes mixed media, installations, murals and watercolors as well as the oil paintings featured in this exhibit. While living in Brooklyn, New York Nancy led the Association of Williamsburg/Greenpoint Artists and directed Red Hook Arts, a youth performing arts program. She held arts residencies at Dorland Mountain Art Colony in southern California. Nancy produced lecture/ performance events for Humanities West at Herbst Theatre from 1994 to 2001. She has exhibited in San Francisco at Luscious Garage, The Mechanics’ Institute, Sweet Inspiration, and the Kings Galleries. Her mural in the interior of Other Avenues Food Co-op was painted in 2012. Nancy is a member of Ocean Beach Artists, founded in 2013. She teaches art privately.
New show featuring the majestic paintings of Reverend Margot Campbell Gross, Minister Emerita in the Kings Gallery until May 8. Join Margot for a very special artist's reception on Sunday, March 6 from 12:15 PM to 2PM in the King Rooms.
Margot’s Artist statement:
The subject of these new paintings, as of my previous work, is the human aspiration to grow by reaching out beyond oneself, and by reaching within. In many of these paintings, this theme is expressed by the spiral or coil, although that figure may be almost obliterated in the painting process. This spiral/coil signifies not merely the shape of growth – spiraling outward and coiling inward – but also the energy that fuels the will to grow. I approach painting as a spiritual exploration, which includes problem solving, intuitive response, and reflection. Painting, for me, is a dialogue with the unknown.
Art Reception will be on Sunday, March 17, Kings' Gallery
Sharon Weld in MLK Room
These images span twenty years of vacations starting from a trip to Nepal in 1996 when I spent three weeks hiking in the Annapurna Sanctuary. I fell in love with the East and returned many times on low budget trips sometimes hiking but more often just exploring.
This show is a fund raiser for UUSF and Faithful Fools Street Ministry. All purchases will be 100% donations. If you are willing to make a donation, I will match your gift as well, and together we will do some good. $40 for smaller images and $120 for larger ones.
Alex Styrsky was born and raised in Miami Florida. He came to San Francisco to see what was on the other side of the sunset. He studied fine art at San Francisco State Univerisity and the City College of San Francisco. His artwork is a cool pastel South Florida swimming pool, happily cannon-balled by the Bay Area.
Art Reception will be on Sunday, February 10, Kings' Gallery
(photo by Karen Ande)
Share in the artwork by stopping by the hall table after service to make your contribution to our United Nations paper quilt!
Come to a reception on February 10 in the MLK Room, and learn more about the beginnings of CMM in 1986 by members of the UU Community and about how you can help! With the decline of art education in our schools it is just so essential to do what we can to encourage our young creative minds with individual and community art projects.
Art Reception will be on Sunday, December 16, Kings' Gallery
Jan's paintings begin as abstracts of flowing paint. As she studied these beginning abstracts, the flow of paint seemed to create the fluid shapes found in the flow of water or striation of rocks-forms found in nature. Jan painted the pictures she saw in the paint. More info about Jan's art can be found here.
Michael Killen and Joy Johnson
Art Reception will be on Sunday, October 28 from 1: 15 PM to 3PM in the King Rooms
Artist Michael Killen in the TSK Room and artist Joy Johnson in the MLK Room.
Artist reception will be on Sunday, October 28 following the Town Hall Meeting.
Members, Family and Friends Group Show!
Art Reception will be on Sunday, August 26 from 12:30 PM to 3PM in the King Rooms
Take in art on Sunday, August 19 from 9AM to 2PM (SHARP!)
Bring no more than 3 pieces per artist. All pieces must be ready to hang on the wall.
Pax and Way
Artist Reception is Sunday, July 8, 12PM, King Rooms
Ben Pax and Jane Way will be showing their art from July 1 through August 17 in the Kings Gallery. All are invited to an artist reception on Sunday, July 8 at 12:30 PM in the King Rooms.
Photography: Five Views
Artist Reception is Sunday, June 17, 12PM, King Rooms
You've seen them around, in the UU annual group show, or at the holiday faire. Now enjoy one great art show that's all photography! Savor the engaging photographic views by artists Adriana Johnson, Sonnie Willis, David Stroud, Lisanicole Sarkisian, and Andrei Glase.
Come and meet the artists at the reception and be amazed by their work. And let the Art Committee know how you like our first photo group show.
Photo taken at Faithful Fools Ozcards Feast by Sonnie Willis
Engaging the Boundless Web
Artist Reception is on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12:30 PM
The Kings Gallery featured artists for April/May are Paul Kensinger, Henry Sultan and Jenny Badger Sultan. The last time these artists had a show together was in 2012 for the "Three Visions Exhibition!" View a 15-minute video about the art of Paul Kensinger, Jenny Badger Sultan and Henry Sultan. Click here to view the video; the password is "acrosstheBay2".
Meet the artists, view the art and eat some snacks at their reception on Sunday, April 22 at 12:30 PM in the King Rooms.
Beyond the Bed – Art Quilts by Joy-Lily
Artist Reception is on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Joy-Lily is an award-winning fiber artist: surface designer, quilter, teacher and the author of “Carefree Quilts – A freestyle twist on classic designs”.
For over 40 years she has been creating with fabrics. She paints, prints, dyes, cuts and sews cloth into art works mostly for the wall. Current schedules for Joy-Lily's quilting and dyeing classes can be found HERE.
She studied at the Detroit College of Arts and Crafts, and received a teaching residency in fiber arts from the California Arts Council.
Gallery hours vary, so check with the church office before your visit.
Dottie Weintraub and Lisa Gale Garrigues
Artists Reception is on January 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Dottie Weintraub (TSK Room) is an artist and art therapist. She has worked in a mental health clinic for 20 years as an art therapist. Dottie is from Washington, D.C. and loved painting waterlilies in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. She is a member of the SF Women’s Art Gallery and exhibits her paintings there. Golden Gate Park is her inspiration.
Photography helps Lisa Gale Garrigues (MLK Room) engage with her environment with a kind of entranced stillness, stopping the blur of day-to-day routine, and seeing more deeply into the world and what it wants to say to her. These images reflect some of Lisa's own visual dialogues with water as she has encountered; in California mountain streams, on the Kantishna River in remote Alaska, in a colorfully-lit fountain outside a Mexican restaurant and Morro Bay, in a Yosemite waterfall, and elsewhere.
Artworks by Stan Cardoza and Sin Wa Mow
October 12 - November 27, 2017
Acrylic Paintings by Stan Cardoza in the TSK Room
Stan has been doing Art since a young boy, watching artists drawing on the Mickey Mouse Club and trying to copy their style. This inspired him to buy his set of oil paints with money he received from his 8th grade graduation. After doing his painting he won multiple awards at his local county fair. Continuing in the arts track through high school, Stan received his commissioned piece and art scholarship to further his education. Majoring in Art at The College of Sequoias and Fresno State University, this California boy who was tired of the San Joaquin Valley decided to move to Los Angeles where he studied Interior Design and continued to do commissioned paintings for clients to match his design. Some years later he studied Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising College in LA and continued to do murals and other commissioned pieces for clients in the movie industry while working in the garment industry and also doing his interior design.
Sin Wa Mow Visual Artist and Storyteller in the MLK Room
Sin Wa Mow is a San Francisco visual artist and storyteller of many mediums, from acting, to painting, to photography, to cinematography. She studied theater and cinematography as an undergrad at the University of California, Davis. Her passion for photography began when she started documenting her travels and worldly experiences with her camera, but she became "serious" when she wanted to create fine art prints and paintings off her photography.
For the past few years, she began working with local Bay Area wedding and event photographers as well as fashion editorial photographers in order to get experience in different industries and to hone her skill and style for a potential career in photography. Sin Wa's ultimate aspiration is to become an editorial photographer because it relates to her favorite aspects of theater- scene design and directing.
UU Members and Friends Group Art Show
Artist's Reception: Sunday, August 27 from 12:30 PM to 3PM in the King Rooms.
Please bring your artwork by Sunday, August 20, 9AM to 2PM. All pieces must be ready to hang on the wall. You can bring up to 2 or 3 pieces per artist.
Contact Art Committee Chair Paul Kensinger email@example.com or 415-467-9337 for more info.
UU Group Art Show Reception August 27
Put a flower in your hair and join the UU artists participating in the Annual Group Art Show! The Art Committee is celebrating 50 years since the Summer of Love with a reception on Sunday, August 27, after the 11AM service. Help bring the groove to our reception by adding a little 1960s zest to your appearance. Don't forget your 60's food, music, and poetry! We'll try to fit it all in... Before fall brings it all down...
Two Perspectives: An exploration of ones identity through the distinct eyes of two brothers. Featuring artists Rene Villa and Martin Bustamente
Artist's Reception: Sunday, July 16 from 12:30 PM to 3PM in the King Rooms.
Artists Martin Bustamante and Rene Villa are brothers who were born in Mexico and moved to the United States in the mid- 70s.
Martin attended his first art class in the late eighties, while at CSULA, and found it to be life changing. It was through art that he discovered a visual language that allowed him to finally express thoughts and ideas that he had not been able to express before. In January of 2010 his passion for making art was reignited and over the past 7 years Martin has had the opportunity to show his work in multiple galleries in the Los Angeles area. Martin has also participated in art festivals in Tijuana and Rosarito Mexico, and has had his work published in the LA County Latino Heritage Month Calendar of Events on repeated occasions.
Rene Villa first began to experiment with art in his late teens with his brother Martin, who at that point had just bought his first camera. Rene often helped Martin and tagged along to the various shows he participated in. While attending college at UC Irvine, Rene was surprised that his dorm had a dark room; this inspired him to immerse himself in photography, spending countless hours taking pictures and developing his own film. At college Rene also began to grow curious about other art forms, and was able to take painting, drawing and ceramics outside of the classes he took for his major. It was not until Rene moved to San Francisco that he began to take art more seriously; Rene has found great inspiration by the city and says that he has little choice but to express this inspiration through art.