Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Composting Contraption Gets Out and About

Our latest ScrapEden project, The Composting Contraption, rolls on, delighting kids and adults alike and educating about the importance of composting. This pedal powered, fun and funky kinetic sculpture is touring events throughout the summer. If you're at an outdoor event in San Francisco this summer, keep your eyes peeled for the contraption!

The ScrapEden program is supported by the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

photos: Victoria Ramirez

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flying Solo - Laura Kimpton

Flying Solo Exhibit
Featuring Laura Kimpton
Opening Reception
McLaughlin Gallery 49 Geary (corner Grant). Suite 200
San Francisco
Thursday, June 2, 2011
5:30pm to 8:30pm

View new works of collage, assemblage, and sculpture by Laura Kimpton.

Works on exhibition from June 2nd to July 30th, 2011. This solo exhibition of 2D and 3D recycled mixed media creations draws upon Laura's spiritual connection to birds and her own need to tear down societal constraints that keep us from discovering and celebrating our inner core.

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AFTER PARTY at the Hotel Monaco 9 pm - 2 am. Come celebrate the completion of this Solo Show.

Marin based Laura Kimpton is known for her daring and thought-provoking work; including "Celtic Forest," a sculpture and fire site that was part of our Civic Arts Program in Reno Nevada.

ArtPadSF - A Benefit for the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Dr. Deb, BRAF Advisory Board
Alix Rosenthal, BRAF Board Secretary

Eli Peterson, BRAF Office Manager and Administrative Assistant

Tomas McCabe, BRAF Executive Director

Laura Kimpton, BRAF Artist and friend

Laura's work for her new show, Flying Solo

Rae Richman, BRAF Board, Executive Vice President

Josie Schimke, BRAF Program and Development Assistant

Affinity your BRAF blogger, Pete Hudson, BRAF Zoetrope Artist and MonkeyBoy

Hotel Phoenix

Thanks to all the volunteers and performers and models and designers and photographers and DJs and the ArtPadSF team and the staff it took to put this party on. Thank you. And special thanks to the Chip Conley for inviting us to create the Opening Celebration to ArtPadSF.

photos: affinity and Robin Russell

Friday, May 20, 2011

ArtPadSF Opening Night Preview Photos - by Michael Cuffe for Warholian

OMG...This is a photo from our event last night, "A Private Preview of ArtPad SF: A Benefit for the Black Rock Arts Foundation". This photographer, Michael Cuffe for the Warholian, one of my favorite blogs, captured the venue, the Phoenix Hotel with our BRAF slide show on the building next door, and the photo is of Bliss Dance, who was just installed on Treasure Island last week. Lots of photos to come. Watch this space.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bliss Dancing Under a Moon II

We're thrilled to collaborate with artist Marco Cochrane in the installation of Bliss Dance on Treasure Island. The artwork will be on display beginning May 1, and will remain until at least October of this year, possibly longer, funds permitting.

Please join us for the Opening Reception,
May 26th at 6:00pm
The Great Lawn, near 9th and Avenue of the Palms
on Treasure Island.

Come celebrate this artistic achievement with us!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Art in Storefronts - Market Street

The Composting Contraption was a hit at the Art in Storefront's event on Friday that included the Black Rock Arts Foundation's installations of Karen Cusolito's Valiant Flowers and the Dandelion. More photos to come.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

ArtPadSF a Private Benefit for BRAF

Private Preview: A Benefit for the The Black Rock Arts Foundation

May 19, 2011
7:00 pm - Midnight
The Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy St., San Francisco

Celebrate the extraordinary contemporary artists and galleries that enrich the Bay Area and beyond, and enjoy an exclusive evening of performances, live music, the Premiere Lounge, and much more at this opening night party for ArtPadSF!

Join the producers, galleries, and artists of the first annual ArtPadSF at the legendary Phoenix Hotel for an exclusive evening of emerging contemporary art, commissioned performances, and liberal libations.

Proceeds from ArtPadSF's Opening Night celebration will benefit The [braf]'s public art and grant programs, focused on inspiring art, community and civic participation worldwide.

ArtPadSF Ticket Packages:

Premiere Lounge and Poolside Soiree
$125 online presale; $150 at the door
7:00 pm - Midnight

Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, heavy passed hors d'oeuvres, and hosted bar and exclusive access to the lounge from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Also includes passes to the weekend's other ArtPad events!

Poolside Soiree Only
$50 online presale; $75 at the door
7:00 pm - Midnight

Includes an evening of featured and roaming performances, DJs, light passed hors d'oeuvres, and one complimentary cocktail beverage.


Don't miss this hip, homegrown alternative to the mainstream art scene. Get the first look at Chambers Restaurant and Lounge, San Francisco's newest dining and entertainment destination. Be the first to experience ArtPadSF and to interact with participating artists and galleries from around the nation in this intimate setting.

Bay Area artists set the stage for this exciting new event with site specific and multimedia performances, interactive art, live music and DJs with original scores and mixes created especially for the occasion.

Featuring Performances by:

* Infectious dance beats by DJ Jive (Heart Deco) and Smoove
* Wearable art and performances by Bad Unkl Sista, Miranda Caroligne, and Daphne Ruff
* Site specific dance performance by Capacitor
* A rather unconventional operatic performance by soprano Diva Marisa Lenhardt
* A processional performance by Loyd Family Players, mixing street theater, samba, hip-hop, funk, heavy metal, dancehall & reggae.
* Debut work by local composer and musician, EO
* San Francisco's live electric cello + vocal looping mavericks, LOOP!STATION (

ArtPadSF is a provocative, new, 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. ArtPad SF invites San Francisco's world-renowned museums, galleries, arts institutions, and artists to transform the newly renovated Phoenix Hotel into an alternative venue for art.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Market Street Blooms

The Black Rock Arts Foundation has been working on many new partnerships and projects and we want you to help us celebrate them! After all, it's our community that makes it all possible.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is honored to be part of the effort to revitalize the Central Market area in San Francisco in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission, and we love sharing and supporting Karen Cusolito's sculptures.

Central Market will come alive for the Art in Storefronts launch celebration! The festivities include receptions at three neighborhood galleries, the debut of two temporary public art sculptures by Karen Cusolito, live music lining Central Market, and Off the Grid food trucks. The community celebration will kick off with the unveiling of six storefront installations and five murals designed by San Francisco artists.

Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission for this FREE Market Street Blooms Opening Reception.

Music, speeches and mural unveiling:

May 13, 5:00 pm
998 Market St. San Francisco

Procession down Market St. with Gamelan X begins at 5:45

Continues festivities 6pm - 8pm U.N. Plaza

Gamelan X , a Balinese fusion ensemble, will lead a procession up Market Street where the public may catch performances by the John Brothers Piano Company* playing original music accompanied by several other visual and performing artists; the Jaz Sawyer Trio; and The Space Cowboys with the Unimog. The public may also play on "Bulbous," a temporary wall of drums created by Office Division.

Alexis Arnold
Vanesa Gingold
Madeline Trait
Erik Otto
Indigenous Arts Coalition
Cat U-Thasoonthorn
Robert Harris
Paz de la Calzada
Vicky Knoop and Beatrice Thomas
Rafael Landea
Amber Hasselbring

Read More About the Art in Storefront’s Artists

photo: Mark Hammon