An exquisite shop in an enchanting town

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We were hot, sweaty, and a bit jagged, after having just arrived on the “jeep-boat-jeep”  from Monte Verde, Costa Rica. One of the first things we were told when we got to Essence Arenal Organic Farm and Hotel, was to go around the corner to La Gavilana art gallery and shop. Hotel concierge Vanessa, (the once ice skating girl from Chicago, now expat) said, “it’s owned by an American girl and it’s very nice.”

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New Mexican art violins

I appreciate how the flavor of a place comes through in the art made there. Many charities have used the idea of painting an instrument to raise money, but I doubt they had the Southwestern spirit of these violins done for the Santa Fe Symphony. Check out more art violins:

Sound of Music Still Reaches Us

One of the reasons I tweet is because I find cool things like this flash mob. I think you will enjoy it! I also found it interesting to read Huffington Post’s take on why we are so attracted to  this video Click here to read it.

Aria – musical and sculptural performance

This was a multi sensory, beautiful experience –

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud teamed up with Italian designer/fabricator Alessandro Moruzzi to create an interactive pairing of sculpture and music in the YBCA Forum. Inspired by the many permutations of air—“aria,” in Italian—the artists as explored the politics and poetics of this powerful, invisible element.

Check out Pacific Art Collective

I was surfing the artist section on craigslist and came upon these guys called the Pacific Art Collective. Why haven’t I heard of them before? Here is what I found on their website:

Pacific Art Collective (PAC) is recognized for catapulting a collaborative arts movement. PAC is dedicated to presenting events that create awareness for International artists, art districts, venues & organizations through cross-cultural education and live performance. Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas, to Los Angeles all the way up to Portland, a collaborative art movement is going down.

PAC strives to inspire and assist communities to grow and prosper through pro-active visions of professional, cultural and artistic cooperation. We continue to stabilize an affirmative and energetic United Nation for all artists by highlighting the contemporary, urban, hip and traditional arts equally. When we work together, we all win!”

Right now PAC seems to be quite active in San Jose. Maybe worth checking them out! They look very urban, cutting edge, graffiti-esque.

The baby boomers fucked everything

We went to Southern Exposure’s new temporary space at 14th and Valencia in San Francisco. The event we saw was called “The baby boomers fucked everything, a psychedelic light show.” It was described as “an epic journey of sight and sound exploring the war’s effect on the American psyche to mark Independence Day.” Performing were Steven L. Andersn, Karl Erickson, and Robby Herbst, three Los Angeles based artists whose interests include counter alternative cultures, rhizomatic plants and color praxis, with sound by The Faraway Places (Modal Energy Music Configuration).

The performance was a light and music show that tipped it’s hat to the liquid projections of the ’60s. There is a great link I found that talks all about the origins of this art form: Since I had never been to a live light show, it was great fun to sit around on the floor and on bean bag chairs, with a bunch of strangers and take it all in. I think I even smelled a bit of herb floating through the air. I’m sure it was nostalgic for some of the viewers, but most of the audience weren’t even born then or at least weren’t teenagers in the ’60s. Though the light and music were great, I kept watching the light and color makers putting together their magic in the back with their overhead projectors. As far as being a profound piece about the war, well, it wasn’t. The videos say it all, so have a groovy experience watching them.

Southern Exposure’s Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

417 14th Street (@ Valencia)
San Francisco, CA 94103
t: (415) 863-2141