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West Coasts

June 27 - September 7, 2014

Venue
Museum of La Creation Franche

Location
Begles, France


Cotes Ouest (West Coasts) exhibition in France features eight artists from Creativity Explored.

The Musee de la Creation Franche hosts an exhibition of "Outsider" artists from France and the United States.  The American artists all work at Creativity Explored's studio, and the French artists work at home alone. Although the setting for creation is different, all the artists in the show have a singular voice and enthusiasm for making art.

Featured CE artists include: Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, Christina Marie Fong, James Miles, Peter Cordova, Kate Thompson, Antonino Benjamin, and Zachary Adams.

  



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.

April 24 - June 11, 2014

Venue
Creativity Explored

Location
San Francisco, CA

Left to right: Figures #1 through #3 by Mirian Munguia, mixed media fabric, sizes vary; Heads #1 and #2 by Peter Cordova, glazed ceramic, sizes vary; Jardin and Jardin #2 by José Nuñez, mixed media, sizes vary.

A trio of artists finds creative connection and inspiration from their indigenous homelands and the natural world.

Peter Cordova
Mirian Munguia
José Nuñez

Three artists at Creativity Explored, in collaboration with one of their Visual Arts Instructors, blended their diverse cultural backgrounds and created an atavistic, magical, and primal “back to the Garden” in Elemental Renditions. Drawing, painting, textile, and ceramic artworks combine to forge a world of plants, animals, and people, set to the rhythm and patterns of everyday life. “The artworks are a beautiful expression of the artists’ respective roots in family, community and the natural world,” says Creativity Explored Visual Arts Instructor and curator Pilar Olabarria.

Many of artist José Nuñez’s figural works evoke a sense of iconic mysticism and communion with nature, rooted in childhood in his native El Salvador. In Anjeles Rosas, four robed angels with wings create a sacred atmosphere, as if they were performing a ritual. Honduran artist Mirian Munguia, in collaboration with Olabarria, designed the centerpiece of the exhibition, an elaborate, life-size Tree of Life tapestry installation made of layers of multicolored fabric leaves and flowers. Peter Cordova, originally from the Philippines, works in a bold, totemic style influenced by Native American art; his sculpture Head depicts the soulful expression of a man with oversized, thick features, oxblood skin, pale lips, and a silvery, mesh-like beard, embellished with carefully-incised circles on a hefty neck.

Don’t miss this captivating, folkloric-style exhibition reminiscent of Henri Rousseau, which harkens back to a simpler time when humans and animals lived more equally in the context of the natural world. 

Curated by Pilar Olabarria.

Opening Reception

April 24, 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 at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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