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Exhibition
August 14 - October 1, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

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

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, Berhta 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.

Exhibition

Way Out West

July 7 - August 17, 2014

Venue
Mission District

Location
San Francisco, CA


Three Creativity Explored artists (Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, and Kate Thompson) are included in The Art City Project's first public art exhibition, Way Out West.

The exhibition repurposes outdoor advertising space in San Francisco’s Inner Mission to turn the neighborhood into a public art gallery for six weeks. Way Out West is the pilot experience, purposefully launching in a city with a rich history of acceptance and tolerance for new and provocative ideas.

Curated by Tova Lobatz and Jenny Sharaf, the month-long exhibition will span billboards, transit shelters, and bus takeovers by artists exploring the role of art in public spaces and news ways of embedding art in daily life.

The reception for Way Out West will be held at Heron Arts, where the original works and limited edition prints will be available for sale. The event is open to the public and is within walking distance from the artwork in Way Out West. All proceeds from ticket sales will support public art through the Art City Project and its fiscal sponsor, Intersection for the Arts.

Featured artists: Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, and Kate Thompson.

Opening Reception

July 17, 2014
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

at
Heron Arts 
7 Heron Street
San Francisco CA 94103

Exhibition
June 19 - August 6, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Tattoos (detail) by Yolanda Ramirez © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC., watercolor on paper, 19 x 24 inches.

Tattoos—historically reserved for criminals, sailors, and those on the fringes of society—have become culturally accepted, ubiquitous decoration.

In INK, Creativity Explored artists engage with the aesthetic qualities of tattoos and the symbolism associated with this permanent artform.

Featured artists include: Gordon Chin, Kira Chmelewski, Christina Marie Fong, Daniel Green, Joseph “JD” Green, Jay Herndon, Nita Hicks, Camille Holvoet, James Miles, Thomas Pringle, Paul Pulizzano, Yolanda Ramirez, Kevin Roach, Kate Thompson, Gerald Wiggins, and more.

Curated by Geri Montano

Opening Reception

June 19, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music by Spider Heart.

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

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

Stop by the exhibition and enter our drawing to win a free professional tattoo!

Winning name will be drawn on Thursday, July 31, 2014 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) during our Running Out of INK program. More details to follow.

Exhibition

Dogs and Cats are Our Friends

February 14 - September 1, 2014

Venue
SF SPCA

Location
San Francisco, CA

Ariadne by Yukari Sakura © 2013 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC. Acrylic on wood, 16 x 20 inches.

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting Dogs and Cats are Our Friends, a solo exhibition of Creativity Explored artist Yukari Sakura’s work at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center Gallery.

An animal lover her entire life, Sakura express her concerns about the well-being of dogs and cats, climate change, endangered species, and good nutrition for everyone through her paintings.

The exhibition series is based on photographs that the artist took on a visit to the San Francisco SPCA. Sakura also relied on memory and imagination to create paintings that depict dogs and cats in “elegant backgrounds.”

Sakura hopes that these paintings will help to enlighten others to the plight of animals in need. She explains about Ariadne (pictured at left), "It's a Fox Terrier. This painting shows how dogs need more love. And also it shows how dogs are being loved by people. This painting means that there should be no more mistreating of animals."

San Francisco SPCA
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-554-3000 

Opening Reception

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

NOTE:  Dogs and Cats are Our Friends will be on view during the San Francisco SPCA's Third Annual Be Mine Adopt-a-Thon Celebration (February 14 - 16). This three-day event will include fee-waived adoptions all weekend, an open bar cocktail party, tattoos, food trucks, free dental health checks, a book signing, and animal behavior workshops.

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