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SF Zine Fest 2014

August 30-31, 2014
11:00 am - 5:00 pm / 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

San Francisco County Fair Building

1199 9th Avenue

Creativity Explored artists to exhibit at this weekend's SF Zine Fest 2014.

SF Zine Fest seeks to advance the do-it-yourself ethos by fostering community throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In a weekend long event, SF Zine Fest celebrates and supports independent writers, artists, and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in workshops, exhibitions, and public events.

Several CE artists will present and sell zines at the event, along with CE2 Studio Manager and Visual Arts Instructor Francis Kohler. Two artists, Michael Bernard Loggins (known for his publications Fears of Your Life and Imaginationally) and Edana Contreras were interviewed for the Zine Fest website.

Participating artists: Michael Bernard Loggins, Edena Contreras, and many more.

SF Zine Fest

San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Avenue, SF, CA (in Golden Gate Park)

Saturday, August 30, 2014
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, August 31, 2014
11:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public

For more information, visit

August 14, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street (at Guerrero) San Francisco, Ca 94103

Shoes by Laron Bickerstaff © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Oil pastel and graphite on paper, sizes vary.

A Creativity Explored artist-curated exhibition featuring outrageous shoes in all colors, shapes, and sizes.

For centuries, shoes (and shoemakers) have inspired artists. Now the public can experience how sneakers, slippers, clogs, boots, pumps, and other forms of footwear have similarly inspired Creativity Explored’s artists in Shoerageous.

This group exhibition includes work by more than two dozen of the organization’s artists, who render shoes in all shapes and sizes, from a ceramic cupcake-tiered high heel to two-dimensional drawings of branded athletic footwear.

Curated by Creativity Explored artists Joseph "J.D." Green and Gerald Wiggins (with assistance from Visual Arts Instructor Paul Moshammer), this sole-searching exhibition literally puts the viewer “in their shoes.” Through all matter of media (ceramic, air dry clay, digital prints, cardboard cutouts, papier maché, acrylic, and oil pastel), the wide array of shoes depicted in Shoerageous is suggestive of the personality of each artist who has selected footwear that is personally appealing, exotic, or just plain practical.

Shoes can communicate so much about the wearer: athletic, flamboyant, casual, professional. Green said, “Gerald and I got the idea for this show from looking at everyone’s shoes – all the styles and brands.” Wiggins commented on Green’s and his curatorial role: “We pick what artwork goes into the front gallery and the windows, choose the backdrops, decide on frames and arrangements – we’re in charge of the whole thing, which is really fun.”

Shoerageous boldly shows how wonderfully diverse self-expression can be while also showcasing some lesser-known talents of Creativity Explored studio artists, including curating skills.

Join us at the opening reception, and be sure to wear your most outrageous shoes!

Participating artists include: Ian Adams, Zachary Adams, Antonio Benjamin, Laron Bickerstaff, Andrew Bixler, Elana Cooper, Christina Marie Fong, Joseph "J.D." Green, Nita Hicks, Camile Holvoet, Eva Jun, Hector Lopez, Bertha Otoya, Paul Pulizzano, Yolanda Remirez, Ethel Revita, Emma Reyes, Clementina Rivera, Ka Wai Shiu, Miyuki Tsurukawa, Kathy Wen, Gerald Wiggins, and Doris Yen.

Curated by CE artists Joseph "J.D." Green and Gerald Wiggins.

Opening Reception

August 14, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by Douce Ambiance.

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


Way Out West Panel Discussion

August 2, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Creativity Explored Gallery and Studio

3245 Sixteenth Street (at Guerrero)

San Francisco, CA 94103

Join us for "Art 'Villages' Unite: Artistic Expression Transforms Our Public Space."

During this panel discussion, René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California, speaks with four Way Out West presenting artists on their experiences.

From conceptual artists within the academy to self-taught street artists, the artist community is as varied in its ecology of villages as any other discipline. More often than not, these “villages” of artists work independently of one another and occasionally battle over resources as market forces and current tastes dictate who gets funding and what for.

While art budgets continue to shrink, and new media for expression debut everyday, this struggle for existence is as alive today as it has ever been. There are a few projects, however, that are able to unite the villages, and remind everyone of the simple power art has to transform our daily lives. What is it about taking over public space and democratizing the platform for expression that excites these different groups and aligns them with a common purpose?

Panelists: Casey Gray, Hannah Ireland, Jen Stark, and Zio Ziegler.

Moderated by: René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California

Panel Discussion

Saturday, August 2, 2014
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


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