Put Your Stamp on Pride

Nicoletta_IMG_4917Dan Nicoletta, stopped by recently to autograph sheets of Harvey Milk Forever stamps. He was in town for the public dedication for the stamp, with ceremonies in the City Hall rotunda. The stamp was designed based on an image of Harvey Milk from a photograph taken by Nicoletta in 1977.

We are pleased to be able to offer this keepsake sheet of stamps for $9.80 plus a donation to the Harvey Milk Foundation.

The Harvey Milk Foundation is a global non-profit charitable organization that promotes Harvey Milk’s legacy through human rights education and global outreach efforts. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) became the first openly gay major elected official in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall in November 1978. The foundation was founded by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and political aide. For more information on the Harvey Milk Foundation, please visit: http://milkfoundation.org

Contact judith@sfelectricworks.com to purchase a sheet of stamps and make your donation.

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The HARVEY MILK® image is licensed by the Harvey Milk Foundation.
© 2014 U.S.Postal Service
Photo by Daniel Nicoletta circa 1977

In the mail

harveymilkThe White House celebrated Harvey Milk Day on May 22 with the dedication of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp. On Wednesday May 28 the public is invited to attend the 3:30 p.m.
dedication ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco.

The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black-and-white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

The postal service said Milk’s “achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.”

Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.

 

 

Re:depiction

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For their project Re:depiction, Hughen/Starkweather invited staff from the Asian Art Museum to describe from memory an artwork from the museum’s collection. The artists then used the words from each interview to create an abstract work on paper. On the night of the event, Hughen/Starkweather’s abstraction will be shown as large hanging scrolls alongside sound pieces comprised of interview excerpts. Viewers will be provided with maps to locate the original works in the museum, and will be invited to submit their own memory of an artwork of their choice.

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 – 9 pm
Hughen/Starkweather
Re:depiction
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, across from City Hall

Free with museum admission ($5 after 5pm)

 

Dave Eggers at ArtMRKT

Electric Works presents
Dave Eggers at ArtMRKT
to benefit ScholarMatch
May 15-18, Booth 109, Fort Mason Center

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Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, Dave Eggers deftly executes grease pencil drawings that feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures. What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition.

Dave Eggers studied painting and art history at the University of Illinois before realizing he probably wasn’t good enough to live as an artist. After college he worked as an illustrator, cartoonist and designer, before again realizing he wasn’t good enough at these things to continue doing them full-time. Subsequently he wrote books and continues to write books. He’s also the founder of McSweeney’s and 826 Valencia.

Proceeds from the sales of drawings go directly toward investing in San Francisco Bay Area students heading off to college. ScholarMatch is a new project of 826 National that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition. At ScholarMatch students post profiles, and donors can learn about scholars in their community who need assistance. To try to boost the ability of ScholarMatch to meet the need of its many students, Electric Works is helping to sell over 40 new drawings by Eggers. With tuitions rising everywhere, there are about 100 students profiled on the ScholarMatch website who need funds for college.

To learn more about ScholarMatch

To view Eggers drawings

Visit Electric Works at Booth 109, ArtMRKT, Fort Mason

Making Multiples

Electric Works presents
“Making Multiples”
Reception: Saturday, March 29, 5-8 PM

Electric Works publishes unusual multiples stretching the limits of what is traditionally considered a print. From William T. Wiley’s Punball: Only One Earth pinball machine to Marcel Dzama’s Albatross Note vinyl records to Sandow Birk’s In Smog and Thunder playing cards to Enrique Chagoya’s Pyramid Scheme.  Electric Works focuses on two crucial elements when considering any project: technique and content. We work with artists who are masters of strong visual content and we help them over the technical stumbling blocks that so often get in the way of a successful edition. We revere the old techniques, but champion the new ones as well, all in the name of making the most ambitious projects possible. 

Electric Works will be hosting an open house and flat file guided tour open to the public on Saturday, March 29 from 5-8 PM in conjunction with Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism, the Southern Graphics Council International conference. We will also be offering anyone with a conference badge a 10% discount in our bookstore. 

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Pretty Pretty

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Dave Schubert’s deep commitment to documenting life on the street and his scholarship of the history of photography equal a powerful body of work. Often risking his own well-being Schubert makes images very few of us would dare to take, even if we were to witness them.

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Dave Schubert’s Suicide Days and Nights through April 1 at The Pretty Pretty Collective. PPC, gallery and salon, strives to enrich with inspiring art and a vibrant culture of talent.
3290 22nd Street at Valencia.

Big changes, good changes

Big changes for us!

After some long consideration, we have decided to close the gallery after the current exhibition by Dave Schubert ends on December 12th.

We reached this decision after looking at what it means to run a fine art press / multiple-making workshop AND a gallery at the same time. The time commitment was simply too much for us to do both things at the level we wanted to. We looked at both sides of the business and decided we had to stick with our roots in the printmaking and artist collaboration world.

With a lot of our friends and colleagues closing up shop for a variety of reasons, we wanted to let you know this is a choice we are making in order to focus on our first love: working with artists. We’re not the latest victim of commercial real estate rents skyrocketing, or of getting edged out of creative space. We have an opportunity to continue to work with artists and we are taking it.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the artists, collectors, curators, writers, and art lovers who have showered us with attention since we began this venture seven years ago. It’s been great working with all of you—and all of you will be included in our continuing activities on the printmaking and project front. Look for exciting updates.

So—what does all this good news mean? We’re having a party!

Please join us Friday, December 13th for our official gallery closing party!
4-8 PM
1360 Mission Street (between 9th and 10th)

We’ll have refreshments, holiday cheer and chances to pick up holiday treasures from our bookstore!

Kagel Kater and Nancy French in The Thrillpeddlers revival produ Kegel Kater and Nancy French
in The Thrillpeddlers revival production of the Cockettes’ –
Pearls Over Shanghai
Photograph by Daniel Nicoletta
December 4, 2009

Day of Giving

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All proceeds from the sale of Dave Eggers’ drawings will go to ScholarMatch, a 501(c)3 which connects under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. We have just listed over 50 new drawings on our site—click here to view.

Walls full? Not ready for an art purchase? You can still help send a low-income student to college and follow your student’s educational journey by donating to ScholarMatch here: https://scholarmatch.org/donate/

In short, we are pleased to work with Dave, pleased to work with ScholarMatch—they do really important work that directly helps our neighbors and community members.

Drawings can be purchased by emailing Noah Lang, noah@sfelectricworks.com
and may be viewed here.