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#BGStudioVisit with Marcos Lafarga

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Today's BG Studio Visit features Marcos LaFarga, a Bay Area based artist, muralist, designer, and self-proclaimed type nerd. Marcos has been featured in several BG exhibitions including Sweet N Low (2017), ReTooled (2016) and Botanica (2015). Check out our interview with Marcos below and learn how the artist is keeping creative during these wild times. 

How are you coping with shelter-in-place? ⁠⠀
I had been really busy with projects leading up to shelter in place, so I've been spending time catching up on house projects, focusing on time with the kids and working in the yard etc. Have also done some sketching and drawing at the dining table with my kiddos. ⁠⠀
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What projects are you currently working on? ⁠⠀
I still have a few mural projects that I am prepping for that will be finished as soon as this is all over. I did take the time to get out and re-paint an electrical box in Oakland CA that needed some attention as well. I can't wait to get out and do some more public art projects.⁠⠀
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Do you have a favorite book, podcast, movie, or song that you’ve been enjoying during this time?⁠⠀
I've been trying to get back into meditation and have been reading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. I've also been watching live concerts on YouTube and getting back into watching Portlandia on Netflix. I have also had some fun Zoom meetings with some of my art pals. ⁠⠀
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Thanks for tuning in! Check out more of Marcos' work at marcoslafarga.com

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Photos Courtesy of Marcos Lafarga

#BGStudioVisit with Ann Trinca

Friday, April 24, 2020

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Our next #BGStudioVisit features Ann Trinca, a Bay Area based curator and photographer, and guest-curator of our last exhibition The Great Wave


How are you coping with shelter-in-place? ⁠
Ann: I am starting each day as though it is a new beginning, assessing my mental health, seeking out projects that exercise my creativity, and dancing! I'm also enjoying the new excuse to check in with friends and family more often. I hope I can carry these new habits into post-pandemic life. Also see my blog at anntrinca.com⁠

BG: What projects are you currently working on? ⁠
Ann: I am launching a new website called Perch Art House to help promote the work of local artists. It's a repeat collaboration with Norma I. Quintana, whom I started a gallery with back in 2008. Norma will curate a selection of vintage objects and we will sell affordable art to help support our creative friends. Coming soon @percharthouse. I am also continuing my own photography - now through a car window. Being behind the lens is my favorite place to shelter.⁠

Do you have a favorite book, podcast, movie, or song that you’ve been enjoying during this time?⁠
Ann: I just finished The Upside of Being Down by @jengotch which reinforced the lesson that "comparison is the thief of joy". I've also finished two MasterClass (@masterclass) courses on photography. See my dance party playlist and funny meme recommendations in my recent blog. ⁠

Be sure to check out anntrinca.com to read more creative tips Ann has for getting through COVID-19! ⁠ 

Photos Courtesy of Ann Trinca. 

#BGStudioVisit with Sarah Rosella Cuevas 

Friday, April 17, 2020

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Our next #BGStudioVisit features our dear BG intern alumni Sarah Rosella Cuevas. Sarah is an artist living in the greater Portland, Oregon area, who creates illustrations, quilts and embroidery that explore vulnerability and self-care through folkloric symbols and attention to the beautiful details that exist in ordinary moments. ⁠⠀⁠⠀

How are you coping with shelter-in-place? ⁠
I've been spending lots of time soaking up the sun in my front yard, and trying to sooth the anxiety by learning and filling my brain with hopeful things.⁠⠀

⁠What projects are you currently working on? ⁠⠀
I've been working on digital illustrations as well as some quilting. Illustration gives me a way to process all of the big things going on in the world, and quilting lets me slow down and work on something tangible and soft. ⁠⠀
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Do you have a favorite book, podcast, movie, or song that you’ve been enjoying during this time?⁠⠀
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green is a podcast that really centers me and widens my perspective of the world in the most beautiful way. I've also been listening to a lot of Henry Jamison's music, as well as rereading To Kill A Mockingbird. Filling myself with things that are nostalgic and that have a touch of childlike joy in them has been incredibly helpful to me during this time.⁠⠀

Be sure to view Sarah's work on her website https://www.sarahrosellacuevas.com/

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Photos Courtesy of Sarah Rosella Cuevas.

#BGStudioVisit with Net Tesfay

Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Our #BGStudioVisit today features Net Tesfay, an East Bay based illustrator who was recently featured in our World of Frida exhibition in 2018, and is a longtime BG Craft Fest vendor! Net's bold, whimsical illustrations find inspiration in her Ethiopian culture. ⁠⠀
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How are you coping with shelter-in-place? ⁠⠀
It was a difficult adjustment at first, but I think we’re all getting used to it now. We are keeping busy with homeschooling our first grader and doing crafts with her three-year-old preschool sister.⁠⠀
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What projects are you currently working on? ⁠⠀
I’m currently wrapping up a coloring book project for my daughter’s elementary school. Also, as a way to give back to our community during this difficult time, I am offering some Ethiopian themed downloadable coloring pages for free. In addition, I’m currently experimenting with gold leafing by taking vintage items and adding Ethiopian cultural motifs on them.⁠⠀
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Do you have a favorite book, podcast, movie, or song that you’ve been enjoying during this time?⁠⠀
I’ve been binge watching and getting caught up on my favorite fashion competition shows like Next in Fashion and Project Runway ⁠⠀
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Podcast - "Happier" with Gretchen Rubin & "I Like Your Work" by Erika B Hess ⁠⠀
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Book (Audible) - "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides and "Call Your Daughter Home" by Deb Spera.
 

Many thanks to Net Tesfay for catching up with us! You can view more of her artwork at https://www.kokebstudio.com/

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Photos Courtesy of Net Tesfay. 

#BGStudioVisit with Michele Theberge

Friday, April 3, 2020

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Our next #BGStudioVisit features @micheletheberge, an artist who intertwines meditation with her paintings and drawings. Michele was recently featured in BG’s “About Abstraction” exhibition in 2017, and will be featured in our upcoming show #BirdNestNature.⁠⠀

How are you coping with shelter-in-place?
I’m actually enjoying the quietness of life. The streets are quiet, I have fewer places to go, events to attend. It was such a glorious treat to look at my calendar and feel it wide, open and empty. The air is cleaner. I am loving seeing this surge generosity and caring spirit coming forth and circling around the globe. There are so many ways to help and to contribute to others right now. One gofundme campaign had a signature from someone from China sending funds to the folks who have been so hard hit in Italy. It brought a tear to my eye. People in arts and entertainment and education are really stepping up to provide content for people sheltering in place.  In fact, now at week three my schedule is filling up again (!) With virtual dance parties and yoga classes, writing meet-ups, artist talks, free webinars, etc. I liked the simplicity of weeks one and two and am trying to learn from that and reevaluate what I really want my life to look like.  Like many artists, I really enjoy time alone so I haven’t really felt like I’ve been missing out on social contact yet.

I am trying to stay in the present and be appreciative and avoid the fear, worry and blame that are being projected. You can bet the best minds in the world are working on a vaccine and we are so fortunate to be in this time of rapid movement of information through the gift of technology. I can only imagine how many lives are being spared because of this. And also by the caring of people who are truly acting out of the public good. I give thanks every day for all the first responders and those who are out there supporting those of us who are sheltering at home. 

What projects are you currently working on?
I am really cooking on a large painting that’s been months in process. It’s large mandala-like structure  similar to one I exhibited at the Bedford Gallery (About Abstraction) but in warm tones. I have also finished a bunch of works on paper and am having time to get back into a whole series of smaller paintings. I feel like I have so much more time because some of my non-art work is on hold. I even scrubbed my studio floor! Today, I dipped into some other studio tidy projects.

I’ve also been more active on my youtube channel as well. I led a meditation for unsettling times (that is still up there) and just trying to keep a pretty state release of uplifting content going. I know at times like these, my art keeps me sane and I want to support others who are helped by that, too.

Do you have a favorite book, podcast, movie, or song that you’ve been enjoying during this time?
I stumbled across the podcast “Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter” about the thriving pot market in Marin County in the 70s and 80s. Fun and fascintating. I am also love the Carla podcast which is great and have listened to episodes on John Baldessari and Lari Pittman, Dolly Parton’s America, Pamela Des Barre’s Pajama Party - so many! I’m still working my way through “Ninth Street Women” and just started Rebecca Solnit’s “The Faraway Nearby.” Oh and I watched “Fantastic Fungi". 

Many thanks to Michele Theberge for catching with us! You can view more of her work at http://micheletheberge.com/

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Photos Courtesy of Michele Theberge. 

Announcing our new series #BGStudioVisit! Beginning with Matt Ritchie aka "rat 136"

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing the artwork & wisdom of Bedford Gallery exhibiting artists with our new series #BGStudioVisit. We’re starting off the series with Matt Ritchie, a Bay Area artist, illustrator, and craftsman, known for his wood-cut miniatures. For our Summer 2019 exhibition Blow Up II, Bedford Gallery commissioned a giant, adorable inflatable of Matt’s signature character #Rat136. ⁠⠀⁠⠀

How are you coping with shelter in place? ⁠
Shelter in place is going fine. I’m with my wife Michelle, my son Miles and his girlfriend Raven. We get along great and the house is smooth sailing. It also helps that there are 2 art studios to retreat to. ⁠⠀
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What projects are you currently working on? ⁠
Right now I’m coming off a large father/son two person show at Recess Gallery (formerly Spoke Art) in San Francisco. Miles (@milesritchie) and I are both working on Hayao Miyazaki pieces for the Miyazaki show at Spoke Art New York. I’m also putting time into my comic book club page on Instagram @keysandgrails.⁠⠀
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Do you have a favorite book, podcast, movie, or song that you’ve been enjoying during this time?⁠
Being a serious comic book collector, I’ve been watching a lot of Cartoonist Kayfabe (@cartoonist.kayfabe) episodes on YouTube. This is a comic oriented channel hosted by two of my favorite contemporary cartoonists, Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg. ⁠⠀
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Thanks for tuning in. Be sure to check out Matt Ritchie's work on Instagram at
 @rat136, and stay posted for our next #BGStudioVisit

 

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