John Fox Haag
Amy AhlstromMedia: Urban Quilts; FiberAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 3 yearsWebsite: www.amyahlstrom.comAffiliations: ArtSpan member, Berkeley Art Center member"I love being in the company of so many creative people. We are slated to lose our work space this Fall due to a 60% rent increase. I’d hate for San Francisco to be known as a city reserved for the rich. Let’s preserve affordable space for artists, low-income people and families. It would be tragic if San Francisco lost its character, charm, and diversity."
Jason AstorquiaMedia: PaintingStudio Status: Home studioWebsite: http://jasonastorquia.com/"I am a Bay Area artist who had a studio in SOMA Artist Studios; I relocated to Oakland from Seattle where I began my art career 7+ years ago. There is no Art without Artists. What is a world without Art? To create a beautiful world, we must sow the seeds that will grow into that future. Without investing in the Artists, what future are we creating?"
Linda BeldenMedia: Embroidery on fabric, watercolorAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 1 yearWebsite: www.lindabelden.tumblr.com"I moved into my studio in July 2014, wanting one for years. Artists are interested in exploring our humanity and trying to make sense of the world. They give people a way to “feel” life, as well as think about it, and bring balance to their communities. The number of people who turn out for art events in our city testifies to the desire for what art gives them."
Heather B.Media: Painting and drawingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 1.5 years"One of the great things about San Francisco is that it supports local and emerging artists– it would be an unfortunate mistake to allow the rising rent prices to push out the art community."
Linda ColnettMedia: Painting, mixed-mediaAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 25 yearsWebsite: http://lscolnett.net/"I was a founding member of the studios. Over the years I have had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of artists of all endeavors. It has provided a community for all of us to share work and for many to become great friends. We need community support to help keep artists here to contribute to the heart and art of this great city."
Colette CrutcherMedia: Painting, sculpting, ceramics and mosaic art Studio status: Has home studio Website: www.colettecrutcher.com"I am a painter, sculptor, ceramicist and mosaic artist, working on public and private projects. I've lived in San Francisco since 1979, mostly in Mission/Bernal. Cities change, and I've seen many changes in SF, both good and bad, but loss of art space in the last five years has been exponential. I am saddened by the banalization of the Mission, the loss of character, ethnic identity, and cultural vibrancy, in the interest of luxuries for the wealthy. I'm lucky enough to have a studio in my home, but many artists are losing their spaces and being priced out of this once-fertile, now sadly sterile neighborhood. Aileen Barr (pictured at left), my partner on many tile projects, is losing her studio at Workspace, one of the few Mission studio buildings left. We need to be a visible presence on the streets—ourselves, our work!"
Flora DavisMedia: Metal artistAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 25 yearsWebsite: www.floradavis.comAffiliation: ArtSpan member"This fall I will lose my studio as a result of a huge increase in rent. Without the arts, San Francisco would be an impersonal, unimaginative, homogenized, dead zone."
Elvira DayelMedia: Drawing, sculpture (3d print), process drawingsAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 2 yearsWebsite: www.elvira-artist.com"Every fall there is a city-wide event which gives artists and visitors great energy and inspiration. It makes everyone feel part of the community. No local/affordable artist studios is a big loss for the city. The renaissance of art making allows for much diversity and exhibition of the talent. It takes years to build such an atmosphere, it takes little to destroy it. It's worth saving."
Dyanna DimickMedia: Mixed-Media PainterAt SoMaq Artists' Studios: New to the studioWebsite: http://www.dydart.com/Affiliation: Vango Art"I feel so welcome and more inspired in a group studio amongst talented artists I respect. Spaces like this are so important to the diversity, value, excitement, and heart of a city. Think of a time art and music changed your life. We need to keep those experiences alive for our current and future residents of San Francisco.”
Jeremie GarzaMedia: PaintingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 11 years"I have been with the studios since 2004 and find the creative community within the building as diverse as the culture of the city itself, and we need to keep this. It is part of the fabric of San Francisco!"
John Fox HaagMedia: Painter, watercolor and oilsAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 4 yearsWebsite: www.johnfoxhaag.comAffiliations: The San Francisco Gallery, ArtSpan member"The arts are at the core of all great cities. Without them San Francisco will become just another pretty city with no soul."
Martine JardelMedia: Oil painting, drawingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 20 yearsWebsite: http://www.martinejardel.com/Affiliations: The Studioshop, ArtSpan member"San Francisco is not only well-known for its majestic scenic views, bridges, houses, open minds of its population but also for its very active art scene in all fields. If the artists cannot stay in the city, the murals will decay, the birds stop singing, the galleries converted into restaurants and so on... sad!"
Charlotte KayMedia: Glass and PhotographyAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 4 yearsWebsite: www.charlottekayphotography.comAffiliations: San Francisco Women Artists Art Gallery, ArtSpan member"I have been mesmerized by the alchemy of kiln-form glass created in my studio. I also do photography to explore the beauty of natural and man-made landscapes. If San Francisco loses its colorful and varied art community of galleries, artists, art suppliers, and book stores by being 'priced out of affordable space', the cultural soul and fabric of the city will be greatly diminished."
Rajiv KhilnaniMedia: Water mediaAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 1 yearWebsite: www.rajivkhilnaniart.comAffiliation: ArtSpan Member "When I moved to the US in 2000, I was consistently told that San Francisco was one of the three most prominent art markets in the US and as a result attracted many phenomenal artists and enthusiastic art lovers to the city. I am not sure how long this statement will hold true with closing art studios and driving the artists away from the city.”
Russel KiehnMedia: PhotographyAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 5 yearsWebsite: www.photowrk.com"Art is an integral part of life. It is a cornerstone of humanity. Cities are judged by their support of the ARTS. You take it away - what's left? Closed doors of high-tech companies?"
Sharon Kyle-KuhnMedia: Mixed mediaAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 2 yearsWebsite: http://sharonkylekuhn.com/"Finding studio space in the Bay Area is tough—it's expensive and there is a shortage. With a well-established reputation, SoMa Artists' Studios has been a destination for many years and a working space for many artists. It's sad that we have to leave."
Kerry LaitalaMedia: Film and Video, Installation, performance and photographyAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 4 yearsWebsite: www.kerrylaitala.net"In my art, I work with many forms of images both static and moving. My current multi-platform project, The City Luminous, celebrates the history of light shows in the Bay Area whose origins start with the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915. Without art San Francisco will become an insipid urban landscape devoid of individuality."
Lauren MarchettiMedia: JewelryStudio: ThreatenedStudio Address: Studio 17, 2111 Mission StreetWebsite: www.lauren-marchetti.com www.studio17artists.comSan Francisco has always been a cultural and artistic hub, with a rich, vibrant history that has drawn people here for generations. Now our future is uncertain, as an unprecedented number of artists are being pushed out of their spaces. If we want San Francisco to continue to be a place where the arts exist and flourish, we must demand of ourselves and our representatives to protect it.
Thomas McCabeMedia: Painting, Mixed Media, PhotographyAt SoMa Artists' Studios: New to studioAffiliation: Eminent Design Gallery“Being an artist all my life, the dream to have a studio outside my home finally came true. I have witnessed firsthand the creativity, sharing and comraderie a cooperative studio environment brings. I have made my living representing artists for 30 years, but this year has brought the effort full circle. San Francisco must recognize the prize it has in its artistic community and help in every effort to save our studios.”
Oliver MellanMedia: Film, Mixed MediaStudio Status: Lost last fall, in new spaceWebsite: www.olivermellan.com"I am a Filmmaker and mixed media artist formerly at Workspace. Last fall, 10 of the artists got a letter from the landlord that he wanted to use the space for something else. It coincided with my leaving the country to shoot a film called Radiation Filters, so I packed my things and put them in storage. I scanned craigslist and found an art collective in SOMA, the Merchants of Reality. I am excited to learn about this non-profit and how they're managing to keep their art studios in the midst of such upheaval. As artists, we need to reach out and show people, make the argument, that our art studios benefit a neighborhood...and if that's not the case, we need to become that!"
Elise OdomMedia: Watercolor and acrylic painterAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 8 yearsWebsite: http://artspan.org/artist/eliseodomAffiliations: Marin Society Of Artists, ArtSpan member"The arts of a city gives it character and sustainability."
Valerie ScottMedia: Abstract Expressionist painterAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 4 yearsWebsite: vsccollection.comAffiliations: Unleashed Gallery, ArtSpan member"The creative talent at our studios inspires many and the thought of losing this art home saddens me deeply. Art makes life more meaningful and that San Francisco understood that and does in fact nourish the ARTS. Today the artists of SF are slowly but surely being pushed out from lack of support from our city officials and business owners."
Janet SeifertMedia: Abstract acrylic painting and drawingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 6 yearsWebsite: http://artspan.org/artist/janet-seifertAffiliations: SF Moma Artists' Gallery, ArtSpan member"As Lawrence Ferlinghetti said in his wonderful Poet Laureate address—in 1995 no less... 'Now it's becoming almost impossible for a lot of the people who have made this such a world-class city to exist here anymore. And when you've lost that part of the city, you've lost San Francisco.'"
Alex ShepardMedia: PrintmakingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 2 years"I’m an artist and technologist, born in the Bay Area. San Francisco has been in flux since the gold rush. Nothing and nobody stays the same in SF for very long, from working-class immigrants to free love movements to the technology booms and busts. Through all the change, one constant that’s endured is that San Francisco has always been a city for the arts. Let’s keep it that way."
Anne SubercaseauxMedia: Oil painting and drawingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 19 yearsWebsite: www.annesubercaseaux.comAffiliations: Slate Contemporary Gallery, ArtSpan member"In retaining the cultural and artistic flavor that many artists, musicians, and dancers, etc. have brought to the rich cultural life of San Francisco, we ask to keep working within the City to make our contributions and to be able to rent studio space at affordable rates."
Victoria VeedellMedia: Atmospheric Landscape PainterAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 3 yearsWebsite: http://veedell.comAffiliation: Eminent Design, Secession Art & Design, ArtSpan member"Art reaches across borders and makes connections. Artists help us make sense of the world and encourage us to use our imaginations."
Elena Zolotnitsky Media: PaintingAt SoMa Artists' Studios: 5 yearsWebsite: www.zolotnitsky.com"Without ART life is DULL. It is important for ME to keep our studio in SF. It is important for my well-being and for my growth as an artist.I love the energy of the city and our artistic community. Having a studio in SoMa is part of our lives. Why should we give it up?"
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