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?
Colette CrutcherMedia: Painting, sculpting, ceramics and mosaic artStudio status: Has home studioWebsite: www.colettecrutcher.comI am a painter, sculptor, ceramicist and mosaic artist, working on both public and private projects. I've lived in San Francisco since 1979, most of that time in Mission/Bernal. Cities change, and I've seen many changes in SF, both good and bad, but the rate of destruction in the last five years has been exponential. I am saddened by the banalization of the Mission in the last few years, the loss of character, ethnic identity, and cultural vibrancy, in the interests of luxuries for the wealthy. I'm lucky enough to have a studio in my Bernal Heights house, but many friends and artists whose work I admire are losing their spaces and being priced out of this once-fertile, now sadly sterile neighborhood. Aileen Barr (pictured at far left), my partner on many tile projects, is losing her studio at Workspace, which is one of the few studio buildings left. We need to be a visible presence on the streets—ourselves, our work!
Oliver MellanMedia: Film, Mixed MediaStudio Status: Lost last fall, in new spaceWebsite: www.olivermellan.comI am a Filmmaker and mixed media artist who worked out of a studio at 2150 Folsom st. (Workspace). Last fall, about 10 of the artists got a letter from the landlord that he wanted to use the space for something else. It happened to time with my leaving the country to shoot a film called Radiation Filters for a few months, so I packed up my things and put them into storage. I scanned craigslist and happened to find an art collective in SOMA called 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 more than the alternative...and if that's not the case, we need to become that!
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