Noonan Building artists are opening their studios to the general public this year as part of San Francisco’s annual Open Studio event. Our building always seems to be one of the standout locations during Open Studios. The waterfront location and quality of our artists make it a great visit for art lovers and art buyers looking for a unique San Francisco art experience. The Noonan Building will be open during Weekend 2 of this year’s event, Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26, from 11am to 6pm. Many of the artists participating in this year’s event are listed in the poster above. The organizers of the event, Artspan, have a web site where you can get more information (click here). To get directions to the Noonan Building, visit our contact page and click on the red marker in the center of the map.
We invite everyone who has an interest in keeping San Francisco’s art scene vibrant and engaging to visit the Noonan Building this year during our Open Studios weekend!
The NBA web site has been dormant for a month while our volunteer webmaster has been on a long vacation and extended family reunion. For this reason the posting of a report on the meeting we had on April 30 with representatives of Forest City, the developer for the re-boot of the Pier 70 area, was delayed. The purpose of that meeting was for Forest City to give us a clear picture of their vision for the transition of the Pier 70 area and of our place in the mix. The meeting also gave us at the Noonan Building an opportunity to ask questions and air our views.
So here, for the record, is Kim Austin’s report on that meeting. The photo was taken during the meeting by Adele Shaw.
Dear Noonan Building Artists,
Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our meeting with Forest City. It was a positive and productive event. Forest City has offered many tours of the Pier 70 project over the past 2 years, but this was the first time they focused directly on the Noonan Building and its artists. They gave a concise and clear view of what they would like to see as a potential future Noonan community. They listened to our concerns and suggestions for an affordable, functional, and aesthetic artist space.
For several years now a handful of Noonan Artists have been going to meetings with the SF Port, the SF Port Commission, and Forest City. Our goal from the beginning has been to save the Noonan Building, preserve the artist community it houses, and to ensure future affordable artist space in honor of the Noonan Building history. In the beginning there was no mention of the Noonan Building nor its artists in the Port's Master Plan. But over time each group has listened to our story and has worked to include us in the future development of Pier 70. Last summer we had a major success when Forest City included us in the term sheet and the Commission signed off on it. This gave the first green light for the Pier 70 project to go forward. Last night we had another great coming together as we filled in some of the important details that were not defined in the term sheet.
First FC gave a side by side comparison of restoring and bringing to code the original Noonan Building, and constructing a new state-of-the-art building that would replace what we have. All agree it is a touchy and emotional discussion. There is much love for our building, but there is also a lot that can be embraced in a new building that flows with the full Pier 70 project. The artists would be involved in the design process and a new space would allow for more community interaction. The cost of updating the original Noonan would likely be twice as much as building a new structure.
Secondly, FC assured us that no artist would be left with out a space if there is a gap between old building and new building. The artists would either move directly into the new space, or we would get temporary space in one of the Pier 70 historic buildings. Possibly building 12 or 2.
Finally FC discussed the issue that is on everyone’s mind who cares about the waterfront in SF. Prop B, height limitation, and voter approval. In June Prop B will most likely pass and this will have a significant effect on all Port waterfront projects. FC plans to have a measure on the November ballot that will focus on the community based projects in Pier 70 that will be affected if height limitations are not flexible. The Noonan Building and its artists will likely be the poster child and we and FC will get much more attention on preserving affordable artist space than previously imagined.
So this is it in a nutshell. We would like to encourage all Noonan Building Artists to get involved and be part of the process. This is a long project that will take many turns and revisions. We plan to be there at each phase of evolution, and we look forward to preserving a unique and affordable artist community in Pier 70.
Ways to get involved?
The SF Port Master Plan http://www.sfport.com/index.aspx?page=1498
Forest City's Pier 70 Project website http://pier70sf.com
The amazing Pier 70 historic website by Ralph Wilson. A must visit for anyone who loves Pier 70. http://pier70sf.org
Waterfront issues: There are many links online. Very easy to find. But you can also pick up the April edition of San Francisco Magazine – dedicated entirely to waterfront issues. Or read the latest by report by John King. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/place/article/How-Warriors-Pier-30-32-exit-is-the-best-thing-5436666.php
Join the Pier 70 mailing list : http://pier70sf.com
Like Pier 70 on fb: https://www.facebook.com/Pier70Sf
Like the Noonan Building Artists on fb: https://www.facebook.com/NoonanBuildingArtists
Get involved or support special events in building 12. Currently the Bayview Pop-up Market every Thursday 5:30- 8 pm through the end of June.
Sign up for Fall Open Studios, October 25 and 26 http://www.artspan.org/sfopenstudios
Any other ideas are most welcome! Thanks. Kim
In what we are sure will be a new tradition going forward, many of us from the Noonan Building got together for a little holiday cheer on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Hogan's Goat Tavern. And while it was a bittersweet night for owner Christopher (he's closing at the end of the month), clearly a good time was had by everyone. And to our fellow Noonan comrades who were unable to attend, you sadly were missed. But, we toasted to you in spirit — lots of spirit to be exact. Many thanks to Julia and Gil from the New Spot, for their great tortilla chips, guacamole and salsas. Photos in the gallery below (click on "continue reading" to view) by Kim Frohsin and main photo above by David Magnusson.
The Noonan Building Artists are happy to announce our participation in San Francisco's annual Open Studios event. Our building always seems to be one of the standout locations during Open Studios. The waterfront location and the number and quality of our artists makes it a great visit for art lovers, art buyers, gallery owners on the prowl for good work and curious members of the public looking for a unique San Francisco art experience. Our building will be open during Weekend 3 of this year's event, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3, from 11am to 6pm. Many of the artists participating in this year's event are listed in the poster above. The organizers of the event, Artspan, have a web site where you can get more information (click here). To get directions to the Noonan Building, visit our contact page and click on the red marker in the center of the map.
We invite everyone who has an interest in keeping San Francisco's art scene vibrant and engaging to visit the Noonan Building this year during our Open Studios weekend!
The Noonan Building Artists have just launched their own Facebook page to facilitate the work of the group and to allow us to communicate more easily with the public at large. All Noonan Building artists should go to Facebook and do all the liking and friending and social networking you can to get us connected with our community. Our hope is that the page can become a useful forum for us. Note that any entries in our blog will automatically be linked to an entry on our Facebook page.
Here, for everyone's enjoyment, is the Noonan Building Artist group portrait, taken (as are all the individual artist portraits on this site) by our own David Magnusson. The photo was taken after the close of our last Open Studio event on April 28, which was a part of the Port of San Francisco's 150th Anniversary celebration. About two-thirds of the artists in the building were in the house that day.
The Noonan Building artists will be holding an Open Studio event this Sunday, April 28, as a part of the Port of San Francisco's 150th Anniversary celebration. A number of the artists in the Building will be opening their doors to give the public an inside look at one of the hidden gems of the Port and the City of San Francisco – the Noonan Building Artists community. Our building is home to painters, printmakers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians and more. We have a truly fascinating group of characters here, and if you're out and about this Sunday, checking out the other waterfront activities, this chance to meet the Noonan Building artists is not to be missed. This Open Studio event is part of the Ports "Maritime Day on the Waterfront" a daylong public celebration of events and activities along the waterfront from Hyde Street Pier in the north to Heron’s Head Park (Pier 98) in the south. Other activities will include public boat tours, bicycle tours, exhibits, lectures, public tours, a film festival, and interpretive displays. Our studios will be open from 10 am through 5pm. For directions, go to the contact page on this site.
This flyer was created by Noonan Building artist Henry Jackson, to serve as an email notification announcing our upcoming April 28th, 2013 Open Studios. If you would like to download a copy of this flyer to send to friends and family, click here for a PDF.
This design was created by Noonan Building artist Phillip Hua, for our brand-new, never-been-done, first ever, Noonan Building Artists T-shirt! These t-shirts will be available on time to coincide with our April 28th, 2013 Open Studios. If you have not done so already, please get in touch with Henry to place your order.