The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries is hosting its signature fundraising event, Passport, on Sunday, October 13, 2013. This unique event allows the public a hands-on art collecting experience by bringing local artists to neighborhood venues where the buyers can “create” a limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized Moleskine “passport” notebook. Walking throughout the Divisadero corridor from noon to 4 p.m., hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from hot local artists including William T. Wiley while discovering the small businesses that line the neighborhood.

Finalists/Final Comments


The San Francisco Arts Commission has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to develop a comprehensive public art program to be integrated into the design of the Central Subway system. Scheduled to open in 2018, the transit system will include three subway stations and one above-ground platform. The Yerba Buena/Moscone station will include an integrated two-dimensional artwork located on a prominent wall in the ticketing hall.

After a national call for artists and a competitive panel review, three projects were selected as finalists. Congratulations to Kota Ezawa; Hughen/Starkweather; and Leslie Shows.

You may view the proposals in person and make comments at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or online, March 13- 24. On March 25 the comments will be summarized and shared with the Final Selection Panel on March 29.

Out and About

Burning Man is over and the crisp autumn air is quickening the pace, so its time to get out and about in the Bay Area. Mark your calendar for these not to be missed events:

Enrique Chagoya: Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia
September 23 – November 4, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, September 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Noted Bay Area artist Enrique Chagoya takes on the subject of the Recession, Wall Street and the economy in this exhibition titled “Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia” at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. Chagoya is internationally known for his witty and pointed commentary on politics and cultural issues, which he delivers in diverse artworks including paintings, drawings, prints and Electric Works’ 2012: Super Bato Saves the World slot machine. Chagoya will speak about his work at the museum October 11, 6:00-7:30 pm.

The SFAC Market Street Poster Series celebrating San Francisco ends the week of October 1. Meet Paul Madonna and his wife and collaborator Joen Madonna at a closing party and poster signing.

Rio Grande bar 1108 Market Street (between 7th and Jones streets)
Friday, September 28 from 4 to 8 pm
There will be music by beloved Castro Theater organist David Hegarty, one of the artists featured in the poster series.


Dan Nicoletta is one several artists who were asked to create a unique rubber stamp for this years Passport fund raiser for the San Francisco Arts Commission. He will be stamping passports from 12 to 4 pm on Sunday October 23rd in the Castro. He will be stationed at base camp for the event at 1 José Sarria Court which is directly in front of the Eureka Branch Harvey Milk Library on 16th Street between Market and Sanchez Streets.

Bicycle Joyride

These days, until October 21, a stroll or bicycle ride down Market Street is a special kind of journey. Bus shelters on Market Street between 8th Street and the Embarcadero feature a series of six distinct posters by artist Ian Huebert that invite viewers to experience “every-day” city scenes from the saddle of a bicycle, the artist’s primary mode of transportation. The series titled The Golden Spoke is part of the the San Francisco Arts Commission’s 2011 Art on Market Street Posters.

“Ian Huebert’s posters capture the essence of what it feels like to experience this beautiful city from atop a bicycle, from the elements like the fog and rain to the physical challenges such as the hills and navigating through rush hour traffic,” said Interim Director of Cultural Affairs JD Beltran. “The Golden Spoke is perfect for Market Street, which plays host to thousands of bicycle commuters everyday.”

Created with gouache, water color, pen and ink, the posters are reminiscent of brightly-colored vintage travel posters. The Golden Spoke celebrates the city’s bike culture and tours such quintessential locales as: Sutro Towers shrouded in a ring of fog; the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building Farmer’s Market; San Francisco’s famous hills, the Embarcadero and Market Street.