Photo Feature: San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries Passport 2013

by Admin on 10/15/2013

Passport, San Francisco’s annual DIY art collecting event benefiting the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries brought out a stellar group of artists to the Divisadero Corridor Sunday, October 13.  Each year since 2009, Passport has organized a new lineup of celebrated Bay Area artists and invited the public to create a limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a custom edition Moleskine “passport” notebook. While discovering artists along Divisadero Street, participants also enjoyed the people and small businesses that define the neighborhood’s unique character.

The first stop of this year’s Passport was artist Ferris Plock at Workshop SF. Workshop SF is a great organization that since 2009 has offered over 60 affordable DIY classes to the public, taught by local teachers, artists, makers and DIYers. Ferris Plock’s stamp featured his iconic, detailed characters that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. Workshop was also selling Plock’s character stamp on totes and t-shirts. Just across the street, Sanaz Manzinani at Matching Half Cafe presented a colorful, kaleidoscopic image similar to her Celebrating Bay Area Activism series of six posters that were part of the Poster Project along Market street by San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. At Chile Pies and Ice Cream, also a great spot to grab a bite to eat on the way, a SFAC volunteer was stamping for William T Wiley, whose stamp art addresses contemporary concerns of privacy in an international and digital age. Rounding out the immediate area, Martin Venezky, the founder of Appetite Engineers: a small, internationally recognized design firm was comfortably seated inside Cut & Sew, a local seamstress store, while he stamped passports.

Artist Michael Arcega was set up at corner grocery store, Whole Earth Natural Foods at McAllister and Divisadero. His stamp illustrated a mirror image of North America that covered two pages of the Moleskine passport.  One of the galleries along Divisadero, Big Umbrella Studios welcomed Passport holders to get their book stamped by Oakland artist and immigration reform activist, Favianna Rodriguez. Their current exhibition,  part of the Open Studios event, features over 30 artists. At San Francisco Skate Club, Dana Hemenway created a stamp of cosmic imagery that actually glows in the dark! John Bankston was stamping his artwork inside The Perish Trust, a shop that since  2008 has put together a large collection of antiques from “the dead and dying industries.”

Inside a colorful pet shop Osso & Co, a pair of SFAC volunteers were stamping for artist Tahiti Pehrson, who unfortunately broke his arm just the day before. Pehrson’s stamp featured the ubiquitous MUNI transfer, but instead of time slots his stamp featured icons of several religions, suggesting the diversity he sees in the city. Rare Device, an art and design store carrying everything from jewelry by local makers to cards and prints welcomed artist Brian Barneclo into their store to stamp SFAC passports. His stamp’s mid-century modern design fit in well with the store cool minimalist aesthetic.  Local surf, skate, and snow shop San Franpsycho had local artist Sarah Smith behind the counter stamping an intriguing skull image  into Passports. San Franpsycho also had custom passport t-shirts for sale, and free mimosas!

taraneh hemami had a long line of Passport holders waiting in The Other Shop, a large antiques and vintage store which has everything from handkerchiefs to costume jewelry, home furnishings and vintage posters. Just a few steps down the road, Passport holders were in for a different experience, Comix Experience with N8 Van Dyke inside the shop inside inking up another two-page stamp. Next, Claire Colette was seated in a lovely boutique along Divisadero, Onyx Boutique women’s clothing store. The final stop inside wonderfully sub-titled, “A Collection of Beautiful Things,” local women’s boutique Magpie & Rye, selling a wide array of jewelry and ceramics (many  one-of-a-kind pieces) welcomed Passport participants to get their pages stamped by Josephine Taylor, a past recipient of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award.  Her artistic practice of creating narrative drawings on sheets of paper using diluted permanent ink washes fit in perfectly with Passport’s stamp medium.