Noonan Building Artist Connie Harris will be a part of an upcoming group show called "Aftermath – Post-Minimal Abstraction" at the Chandra Cerrito Contemporary gallery in Oakland. The show will be up from October 4 through November 22, with an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, October 4, from 6pm to 8pm. The other artists in the show are Brian Caraway, Lisa Espenmiller, Connie Goldman, David Allan Peters and Dianne Romaine. There will also be an artist talk at the gallery, moderated by DeWitt Cheng, on Saturday, October 5, from 2pm to 3pm. For more information on the show, the opening or for the gallery’s location, click on this link to their web site. The information will also be on our calendar page.
Noonan Building Artist Henry Jackson has a solo show of his recent work coming up next month at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco. The show will be up from October 1 through November 10, with an opening reception at the gallery on Thursday, October 3, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. For more information on the show, the opening or for the gallery's location, click on this link to their web site. The information will also be on our calendar page.
Bay area-based industrial rock band Factrix will be playing a show this Sunday in Los Angeles, at the Echo nightclub in Echo Park. Noonan building artist Mark Abramson plays guitar with the band. Factrix will also be playing a show in San Francisco soon, as part of a mini music-festival in the Mission called the San Francisco Punk Homecoming. The date for that show will be September 22; look for more information in a future post on this blog. Here are some links related to the show this weekend in LA:
On Sunday, August 18th the Noonan Building Artists will be participating in Dogpatch's first Urban Air Market. The event will be held in the building on Pier 70 that formerly housed one of the City of San Francisco's tow yards and a police vehicle impound. Entrance to the event will be through what is normally a locked gate at 22nd and Illinois St. leading to a massive raw building on the waterfront. For the first time ever and for one day only, this will be a community gathering place for art, fashion, food, drinks, and music. Urban Air Market is a curated marketplace for sustainable design featuring 150 independent designers of men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and home décor. Participating designers are selected based on their quality, originality, cleverness, and method of sustainability in design. The organizers say they are inspired by “green” designers who are pushing the direction of fashion where it should be going.
The Noonan Building Artists will be contributing by setting up a small self-curated gallery with representative works from a number of the Building's artists. NBA members will be at the gallery all day to get the word out about our group, and the part we play in the Dogpatch community, giving the community at large an opportunity to get acquainted with this group of painters, printmakers, and mixed media artists.
Again, the date is Sunday, August 18, from 11am to 6pm. Entrance is at the corner of 22nd Street and Illinois.
San Francsico-based post-punk industrial rock band Factrix, an integral part of the Bay Area music scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, has re-formed to play a show in Oakland next week. Noonan Building artist Mark Abramson will be playing the show with them on guitar. The show will take place on Friday, July 26 at a venue called Night Light in Oakland, at around 9pm. This is a special event to honor the release of artist Ruby Ray’s book of photographs of the 1970s San Francisco punk scene “From The Edge of the World.” For friends and members of the NBA who are interested in attending the show, here is some information about the band, the venue and purchasing tickets:
To go to the Facebook page for this event, follow this link.
Factrix has a Facebook page of their own, click here for that.
To see the web page for this event on the promoter’s web site, and to buy tickets, follow this link.
The same company publishes Ruby’s book, and here’s a link to that page.
The venue for this show, Night Light, has a web site with a calendar, directions, etc.
As an addendum to yesterday's post, the Dogpatch neighborhood and the Noonan Building got a mention in the travel section of the Huffington Post on Monday, July 8. The article even has a link back to this web site. To make the digital circle complete, here's a link to their article.
An article by columnist Carl Nolte, published last Sunday on the San Francisco Chronicle web site, gives an amusing tourist-oriented overview of the current state of affairs in Dogpatch. Our building on Pier 70 is, of course, an integral part of the neighborhood. A couple of Noonan Building artists, Kim Austin and Francis Berry, were quoted in the column. Here's a link to the column's web page.
More information about the Dogpatch neighborhood can be found on the Pier 70 web site.
Noonan Building Artist Francis Berry has a show opening this weekend with designer Chad Wright at Satellite 66, located at 66 Sixth Street in San Francisco. The show will be up from Saturday June 22 through Thursday June 27th. Gallery hours are in the flyer above. The opening reception is Saturday June 22 from 7pm to 10pm. More information and a map can be found in our calendar.
Noonan Building Artist Suzy Barnard will be included in an upcoming show at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The show, entitled "Lure: Bay Area Artists Explore the Sea," brings together works by Bay Area artists who look to the sea as a primary reference in creating art. The exhibition, which is in recognition of the America's Cup sailing regatta taking place this summer on the San Francisco Bay, offers a water-centric exploration of a vital Bay Area resource that is the basis of daily life and culture, attempting to reveal fresh insight and meanings inspired by the region's seas.
Besides Suzy, other artists include Julie Alvarado, Leo Bersamina, Willard Dixon, Jessica Dunne, Nancy Genn, Colin Gift, Julian Hoenig, Katina Huston, Abner Kingman, Janel Leppin, Ian MacLean, Bonnie Neumann, Judy O'Shea, Susan Parker, Emily Payne, Kent Roberts, Tim Svenonius, and Marie Van Elder.
The show will be up at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery from June 15 through August 15, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 15, from 1pm to 3pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30am to 5:00pm For directions, visit their website.
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.
Noonan Building artist Daniel Phill is having a solo show in June at the Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post Street, suite 310, in San Francisco. The show will be up from June 4 through June 29, with the opening reception at the gallery on Thursday June 6, from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm. The press release from Sandra Lee Gallery follows:
Sandra Lee Gallery proudly announces the Vernation Series, a solo show by artist Daniel Phill. In this interpretive series, Phill aims to re-imagine nature, specifically vegetation and flowers, using abstraction and implications of space. Created using expressionist methods, the paintings are not merely representational, but gently suggestive of landscapes. Composing and dissolving forms and colors, Phill’s creative process is just as instinctive and liberated as his final images. Blending, dripping, and flinging the paint, Phill develops familiar shapes using an unconventional approach.
By combining artistic techniques, Phill embodies the dichotomies of color, form, and light found in the natural world. His process begins with a flat surface, pooling and mixing the colors to create a fluid base or background. He then moves the canvas upright to a wall, creating detailed pops of brilliant colors, often against a muted softer field. This method references the combination of loose subtleties and sharp intensities that make up our everyday visual perceptions. Shapes and colors mix and merge, fade and appear, often submerged under layers of pigment, washes and transparencies. The result is an image that exudes the depth and atmosphere reminiscent of a tangible landscape. Phill gives these paintings a textured, impassioned and radiant life.
Here is the text of Suzy's statement to the San Francisco Port Commission at their May 28th meeting:
Good afternoon Commissioners. My name is Suzy Barnard, speaking on behalf of the Noonan Building Artists at Pier 70.
We would like to express thanks to Forest City and the Port for including us in the Term Sheet, which was submitted to the Port last week. We raised our concerns at the Port Commission hearing on May 14th about not being included in Pier 70's redevelopment plans, and it was very gratifying to be heard. We very much look forward to working together, in an atmosphere of trust and good faith.
I have just a couple of brief points this afternoon to bring to your attention:
Firstly, since the wording on Forest City's Term Sheet regarding the Noonan Building Artists is brief and general, we wish to state clearly that affordable, comparable art studio space is required not only for all current existing tenants and sub-tenants, but also for the benefit of future artists, and request that a long-term commitment to affordable artists' workspace be made in order to perpetuate the long history of Pier 70 as one of San Francisco's few remaining vibrant creative centers.
Secondly, the Noonan Building Artists remain committed to pursuing the option of preserving the Noonan Building itself, as a special building of historic significance that holds a living, breathing and current community within it.
Last Tuesday the San Francisco Port Commission had another meeting at which the redevelopment of Pier 70, and the fate of the Noonan Building and it's community of artists, was discussed. Five representatives of the NBA were there, and Suzy Barnard, one of those in attendance, gave a short speech on our behalf. Here's a report from Noonan Building Artist Kim Austin on the meeting:
I think we all have to thank Suzy Barnard for speaking on our behalf yesterday at the Commissioners' meeting. She did a splendid job. She thanked the Commission for listening to our concerns, and thanked Forest City and the Port for including us in the term sheet.
It was a very cozy, lovey meeting. Lots of supporters for Forest City and the SF Port spoke this time. The presentation to the Commission was brief and to the point, and it included mention of the Noonan Building Artists on several accounts. We were heard at the last meeting and are now inserted into the text.
We have learned from these meetings about many dedicated people who have been working tirelessly on the pier 70 project for years. Several times it was called a labor of love. I really believe that we are part of that equation now, and that our years of keeping the Noonan Building alive is seen with equal respect. I believe that both the Port and FC see our importance and relevance in this project.
We are now in a perfect position to start a positive dialogue, and to begin shaping the future artistic core of Noonan Building history. We have tons of time. So we can be thoughtful and insightful. What do we want to pass on to the next generation of artists? What can we share with them from our decades of experience? What advise can we give to the Port and FC in taking our "seed" and encouraging it to grow?
Later this summer the Port and FC will schedule a meeting with us to go over the options that we will explore together over the next 10 or so years. We will keep you posted as to when that will happen. For now, FC will spend the next 3 years drafting their plan and getting approvals. Orton will work on the historic core buildings. Crane Cove Park will also evolve over the next few years. The Waterfront project with FC is scheduled to begin in 2016.
It was really great to attend yesterday's meeting with Suzy, Marti, Henry, and Susan Eslick, and to see Pamela at the moment of departure. Thanks everyone for caring about our special place, the Noonan Building.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Marti McKee, Kim Austin, Connie Harris and Suzy Barnard attended the monthly CWAG meeting, which took place at the Port's offices at Pier 1. CWAG (Central Waterfront Advisory Group) consists of a committee of community advisors, and they've been paying close attention to all the Port's plans in our area for many years. They have a real understanding of the planning process and all the moving parts. The main topic on the agenda was to hear presentations from both the Port and Forest City developers on the Term Sheet.
Marti spoke, she gave a short summary of the statements made by Kim and Adele the night before at the Port Commission meeting, and Kim also gave an eloquent testimony expressing the passion we feel for the building and Pier 70.
We came away feeling encouraged, and like we'd been heard. CWAG expressed their awareness and support for our community, but strongly encouraged us to be involved in the process, and to show up to as many meetings as we can stand. They also said they felt confident that Forest City and the Port would do the right thing by us.
The Port stated that the demolition of the Noonan Building would not happen for another 10-15 years (!), and Jack Sylvan (Forest City) apologized to us for not including us sooner, and made clear overtures that he wants to reach out.
Here's a link to CWAG's agenda for this meeting.
The San Francisco Port Commission held a meeting yesterday, May 14, at which there was an informational presentation of the Term Sheet between the Port and Forest City Development California, Inc. for the mixed-use development of the Pier 70 Waterfront Site. Here's a link to the agenda for yesterday's meeting. Noonan Building Artists representatives Kim Austin and Adele Shaw made presentations for us before the commission relating to this issue. Also attending the meeting were NBA members Marti McKee, Connie Harris, Henry Jackson and Pam Axelson. The photo of Kim and Adele above was taken by Connie. If you'd like to read the statements presented to the Port Commission by Kim and Adele, you can download PDFs below.
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.
Hello Noonan Building campers, this is your web site administrator, reaching out to you via the worldwide inter-web. I wanted to let you know that our web site is up and running, and it works. There's not much to it yet, but that's where you, the actual Noonan Building Artists come in. So let me give you all a brief tour, and explain how I think the site should work.
As you can see, there are four choices in the menu. The BLOG page also functions as our home page. This is where most of the action will be. If any of you have announcements that pertain to the group, this is where you will post them. If there is an event we should all know about, this is where you will inform everyone of it. If one of you has a gallery show, announce it here. If someone new gets a studio in the building, this is where they will introduce themselves. When you click on either the "Continue Reading" button or the image at the top of each post, you will get to the individual page of each blog entry, which is what you are on now.
For now, any posts that need to be made in our blog will have to be done through the administrator. Reason is that I don't know how to make the website accessible to everyone yet. You will have to send me the text and any photos, videos, mp3s, etc. – whatever you need to communicate. You can often use outside sources for media – if you have a video that needs to get on the blog you can upload it to your YouTube account and then just copy the link and send it to me via email, along with your text. Same goes for photos on Flikr or Photobucket, audio on Soundcloud, or whatever...they all have ways to easily copy the HTML code you need to share your stuff. Unfortunately (for you...fortunately for me :-) ) I won't be able to teach everyone how to do this in this one blog post. Try to figure the sharing methods for yourself. If it becomes an issue, maybe we'll do a demonstration one of these days.
We have an artists page that is simply a grid of photos kindly provided by David Magnusson. The photos are in black and white, until you roll over them with your mouse. Then they turn to color, and your room number, name and the medium you work in will appear. They arrange themselves into a random order each time the page is re-loaded. If you click on one of the photos you will be taken off our site and redirected to that artists web site. Simple, effective, fun. Check out your studio mates...
Here you will find some information about Pier 70, the Noonan Building and us, the artists that occupy the building. Right now I have a first draft provided by Suzy and Kim. This can easily be edited and added to, if we have any reason to. So please read the page and get in touch with our volunteer writers if you have something to add.
Here's a nifty Google map of our location, including a way to get directions, a transit map, a bike route map, and even traffic updates! And there's a contact form so if someone viewing the site wants to get more information about us they have a way to send us an email. Right now the emails go to an address I created called "info@...". Right now I'm the only one who can pick up these emails. If for some reason, it turns out that we are getting a lot of emails to our "info@..." account, I might want to sign up a volunteer to help. But we'll wait to see what happens. i doubt we'll get a lot of mail inquiries here.
TO WRAP UP
I've tested the site in Safari, Chrome and Firefox on my Mac, and it works on all of them. It works on my iPhone. It should work on iPads, Androids, and PCs as well – but if it doesn't, please write me a note using the comment system below. Also, you might have noticed a little "+" symbol off to the right of the page title. you can click on this and an area will expand to reveal some extra functions that will be helpful in the long run. Someone might want to take a crack at writing something for the "About This Site" area. I'll come back to this area later, if we start using the site enough to need these features.
Thanks all... Your web site administrator.