|In this issue, we bring to you high hopes and big plans for the new Fall 07-Spring 08 programming season plus pictures and recaps from our last big season which ended in a spectacular culminating event at the Thoreau Center in June.
In This Issue:
- Our newest Board members: Georg Gottschalk and James Joves.
- An Auction in the works – Volunteers and sponsors needed!
- Exciting new in-school programs
- ArtSeed Wishlist – more opportunities to help!
- Annual Culminating Exhibition: If I Ruled the World: Governance, Identity, and the Creative Process
- ArtSeed Summer Intensive
- Acknowledgments: New people
- New Awards and Major Gifts
- Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
This October ArtSeed Welcomes two new Board Members: Georg Gottschalk and James Joves
Georg Gottschalk brings to ArtSeed a background in business and a love for the arts. He is currently a Program Director in IBM’s Software group where he manages a global business with a multi-million dollar revenue target. He is deeply interested in the art of the early/mid 20th century (primarily works on paper), modern architecture and design. He is also on the board of the Achenbach Graphics Arts Council at the Palace of Legion of Honor and de Young Museums.
James Joves has been volunteering with ArtSeed for the past few months, dazzling us with his to-the-point style and swift follow-up on tasks. His love for the arts is coupled with a background in business and marketing, development, operations and finance primarily in the life sciences field. He is currently assistant CFO for the UCSF School of Pharmacy.
Also please welcome our new ArtSeed Youth Council Members: Michelle Quan, Secretary; Jiana Watson, President; Cole Ferraiuolo, Treasurer; Maxx Gavrich, Development/Programs Officer. Welcome!
|ArtSeed Auction 2005,
Cynthia Coleman and Kali Mobley
An Auction in the works – Volunteers and sponsors needed!
We have started the ball rolling for our next big Auction Fundraiser for Spring ’08. ArtSeed has been offered generous donations by Tony Grant, who has stewarded and researched the sculptures and paintings by his father, the late James Grant – a prominent but often overlooked artist working in California during the 50’s-70’s who died ten years ago. Jim’s work will be featured alongside other distinguished artists’ works, both late and living, both old and young. ArtSeed will preview and auction several of Grant’s works prior to a retrospective, which is also in the works! We are currently looking for sponsors for this event (e.g. sponsors, in-kind gifts, catering, auctioneer) as well as donations of other non-art auction items (e.g from unique experiences to gift certificates and objects) as well as event planning and event day volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact ArtSeed.
Exciting New In-school Programs
For the first time and starting this 07-08 school year, ArtSeed artist Marissa Kunz will be fulltime artist-in-residence at Sherman Elementary School. This move was made possible in part by the Sherman PTA and an award from the California Arts Council Artists in Schools Program. This generous grant will also allow for continuing art classes at Burnett Child Development Center with artists Patricia Diart and Josefa Vaughan. Burnett will receive two hours of art classes weekly and all of Sherman’s 400 students will receive weekly art instruction based on the California Content Standards for Visual Art. We have also been addressing various sub-themes which are reasearched by by our collaborators from World Savvy.
ArtSeed’s Education Program is the beneficiary of the upcoming Spring auction event. And it happens that this year’s theme, “Here After; Futures With Which We Can Live” brings into classrooms exercises inspired by original artworks by James Grant. Discussions related to the field of philosophy (our annual themes always reference other professional fields) become spring boards for students learning to appreciate the role of fluency in abstraction in describing inner worlds and making representational art look most real.
ArtSeed’s Wishlist – here’s where you can help!
Things (tax-deductible!): A second PC computer for our office (laptop or desktop), Flat file for storing artwork, a large drying rack for student artwork, donations of auctionable items
Volunteers for: November 3rd and 4th Open Studios (studio sitter, art sales), data entry, classroom teaching assistants, artist mentors for youth, office management assistance, facilitating of ArtSeed retreat, new board member recruitment, grant research and writing, assessment of programs, new brochure design, auction branding and outreach, event planning.
|Young Artists at Work paintings in the Annual Exhibition
Annual Culminating Exhibition: If I Ruled the World: Governance, Identity, and the Creative Process
ArtSeed’s annual exhibition was held at the Thoreau Center Gallery in the Presidio for the second year in a row. The show which ran from June 28 – Sept 7, featured artwork made by distinguished Bay Area artists who have worked with ArtSeed, as well as student work from Kindergarten to High School.
Student works were given professional presentation with glowing feedback from gallery visitors and Thoreau Center tenants. Many of the works sold, greatly increasing the excitement for our young (and not so young) participants! Several viewers to to the show, when informed that their favorite pictures were already sold commissioned new works by ArtSeed students.
The opening night provided for the perfect culminating celebration of hard work and accomplishment from all of our programs including the Young Artists at Work Program, The Apprenticeship Program, the After-school Art Programs at Sherman, Burnett and the Summer Intensive. Works from the Young Artist at Work Program can be seen on our photo gallery.
ArtSeed Summer Intensive
The 2007 Summer Intensive was a challenging and fun week-long exploration of various art media and ideas based on the theme “If I Ruled the World: Governance, Identity and the Creative Process.”
This was an extraordinary opportunity open to all interested artists and volunteers and a maximum of 10 students – ages ranging from 6 to 12. Each day, 9am-5pm, students worked alongside and received one-on-one attention from artists, volunteers, and high school interns from ArtSeed’s Young Artist at Work Program.
|Summer Intensive 2007
This year’s Intensive accomplished a lot in a very short time. Each day’s activities were based loosely around an idea pertaining to the larger theme and included morning warm-ups and closing reflections. The curriculum was designed to include a broad range of activities including collaborative and independent hands-on artistic practice, fieldtrips to artist studios, galleries and museums, guest artist presentations, behind-the-scenes exhibition preparation as well as fun and games. Lead artist-teachers Marissa Kunz and Ann-Marie Stoehr led art activities in the bright and spacious Creativity Fitness Station set up for ArtSeed in the San Francisco Presidio’s Thoreau Center Seed Gallery.
Overall, this was by far our best Summer Intensive. In terms of positive feedback, output, collaboration and chemistry between participants. Some Highlights include: Guest Artist Tim Armstrong’s demonstration and activity related to his ephemeral large-scale flour drawings on the pavement, Field trips to the Asian Art Museum, Teraneh Hemami’s solo exhibit “Most Wanted” at Intersection for the Arts, and Ann-Marie Stoehr’s studio. Among other things, we made: charcoal self-portraits, prints, maps, sketch book drawings, clay amulets, crowns and costumes fit for royalty, and Andy Goldsworthy-inspired projects. Summer Intensive student Nil Selvidge said “I liked making my imagination huge today!”
Already former and new parents who’ve heard about the intensive through word of mouth are inquiring about next year’s Intensive! Be sure to see the photos!
We would like to Acknowledge new ArtSeed participants: Thank you for your support!
- Featured Mentoring Artist 2007-2008: Marc Ellen Hamel (Zoriyah Carter, Apprentice)
- Teaching and assisting artists: Anne-Marie Stoehr, Ben Miller- Rios, Kerrie Paussa, Margot Bevington, Patricia Diart (who is ArtSeed’s Burnett Child Development Center Artist-in-Residence Intern), Eileen Downey, David Garland, Miranda Mindell, Seth Lower, Sally Allen
- Exhibiting Artists: Ipek Duben, Cigdem Kaya and Evrim Kavcar (and her young aspiring artist, Tolgacon) from Istanbul, Idell Weiss, Mark Roller, Tobias Womak, Bruce Katz, Prince Andrew Romanoff, Inez Storer, Rachel Hecker, Carol Law, Gladys Wong, Andrea Brewster, Colette Crutcher
- Students: Summer Intensive: Paul Mackenzie, Katrina Leung, Nils Selvidge, Emilio Castro, Nathan Seastrunk; YBCA Young Artists at Work: Jesse Hoffman, Fabiola Raygoza, Alia Lundy, Jiana Watson, Raffi Bandarian, Sophie Weiss, Christopher So, Victoria Shen, Maxx Gavrich, Mauricio Ramirez, Michelle Quan, Karl Force, Topher Gusineau
- New and Upcoming Collaborators: The Tenderloin District’s De Marillac Academy and Sacred Heart Preparatory School; North Beach’s Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center; UCSF Children’s Hospital; Saklan Valley School in Moraga; Edron Academy in Mexico City
|ArtSeed Apprenticeship Program
New Awards and Major Gifts
- California Arts Council Artists in Schools Program Matching Grant
- Tony and Caroline Grant
- The Rothwell Group LP
- Louise and Claude Rosenberg Family Foundation
- Alan and Cynthia Coleman, Nancy Gagos, Caroline Orrick, Robert Boone, Matt Boris
- Gifts in-kind: Frames on Third, Ritz Camera, Artist and Craftsman Supply, Terri Horrigan, www.dotphoto.com, Christine Jegan Photography
- Bruce DeMartini and the Tides Center for hosting our Thoreau Gallery Exhibition and reception, and for printing invitations
- Jim Laufenberg
- The Nature Conservancy
Mark your Calendars!
- Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4th, 11am-6pm, Shipyard Open Studios. Directions and information at ArtSeed.org
- Saturday November 17th, Noon-5pm, World Savvy Jam Session at SOMArts (participants must RSVP to ArtSeed)
- Tuesday November 27, 6-8pm, Auction Committee meeting
- Friday November 30, 6-8pm, ArtSeed Board Meeting, Pacific Room, Thoreau Center (Interested Advisors, guests, and volunteers are cordially invited)
- Friday December 7th 5-9pm World Savvy Opening Reception, a multi-org collaboration (and 5-7pm Auction Committee meeting) at Zeum
- Thank you for all you have made possible! Have a wonderful, restful and blessed holiday!
Help Us Grow: Donate at ArtSeed.org
ArtSeed is a grassroots tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a mission to bring artists into the lives of children in distressed communities. Our Education, Exhibition and Apprenticeship Programs seek to connect and engage individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to use their talents to inspire academic and professional achievement, self-betterment and an ever-expanding sense of belonging. ArtSeed programs admit participants regardless of any disability, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, political party, and economic, national or ethnic origin.
ArtSeed is supported in part by The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LucasFilm Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Shipyard Trust for the Arts, Tony & Caroline Grant, Karl & Sally Hufbauer, Anna-Lisa & Steve Froman, Donna Logan, Alan & Cynthia Coleman, Marlis Baraka, Nancey Gagos, and other generous individual donors, the Terzian Family & The Point at Hunters Point Studios and The California Arts Council Artists in Schools Program.