SF Open Studios | Artist Spotlight 2017

Nina Fabunmi is a multi-talented creative. Aside from holding an MFA, she has a degree in Real Estate and has worked in banking and the broadcast industry. Originally from Nigeria, she now resides at the newly developed shipyard residential area close to her artist studio at Hunters Point Shipyard. "To me art is a medium of expression, a universal language, a visual way to express our culture, to preserve our history, tell our stories, and highlight all the things that make our community so great."

SFOS Community Impact
"Art gives our society a voice, it shows the diversity of our population, it teaches our children about their history, and ensures continuity of our principles, culture and values. Art is also very therapeutic and soothing to the soul."

Shane works in oil, clay, and photography in a style that he aptly calls "imaginative realism" with horror themes. Though his art may have a dark side, Shane is as cheerful as they come. He believes that art in the community at large touches every aspect of everyone's day-to-day, connecting everyone on a larger scale, beyond comprehension. "Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, all types of art have the transformative quality to change the very way humans interact with each other and perceive reality. The real impact lies on a deeper, more personal level, and involves what the art means to you and your experiences, and how that relates to the artist who created it."

SFOS Community Impact
"Artspan helps to enrich individual artist's careers, which impact the community as a whole. The more we learn individually, the more our entire community evolves. ArtSpan has given me opportunities to exhibit work, learn from other artists and amplify my voice as an artist."

Scott is a digital photographer who has experienced first hand the impact of San Francisco's ever changing landscape. He was recently forced out of his Bernal Heights home due to an "Owner Move In", but despite life's punches he continues to make art that evolves as continuously as the city. "I hope my photography inspires people's imaginations and motivates them to follow their passion and share it with others. I also hope my art acts like a bridge, facilitating a path between the fringes of people's routines and emotional, psychological, and physical comfort zones."

SFOS Community Impact"Late one Sunday, at the end of an exhausting weekend of hosting my open studio, a wide-eyed young boy raced into my studio. The boy and I talked for a few minutes before his parents arrived. They had been to my studio briefly a few hours earlier in the day, before checking out all the other incredible artists in 1890 Bryant, and they retuned to say that my work was their son's favorite. I gave him a print."

Audrey is a San Francisco native and an Open Studios veteran. Above all she's an exemplary artist enriching lives through her art and tireless contribution to our artist community; just like many of the artists participating in SF Open Studios who share a love for San Francisco in these changing times. "I was a child in the '60s in North Beach, surrounded by an amazing mixture of cultures and styles. Chinese salted plums were my candy, and I treasured my psychedelic bell bottoms. Men in suits and ties mixed with Beat poets in berets. I feel the heart of possibilities in this area. It's harder now to invent your own way of living here, but I still treasure the spirit of being able to create your own life and community."

SFOS Community Impact
"Many years ago I joined the Open Studios Committee; a group of volunteer artists. I was moved by their spirit and commitment to creating opportunities for artists of every level. A few years ago I joined the ArtSpan Board and recently I've been working with the staff, planning to reach our Vision:2020. There is a generous, kind, passion in the organization that gives me a way to feed that spirit of the old San Francisco that I love, while finding the opportunities and inspiration in the new city."
Cindy grew up in Los Angeles but was drawn by San Francisco's different attitude, where it didn't matter so much who you know but rather "what you know". As she shared, "There's a lot of talk about the 'Summer of Love' right now. When you read about that era, it seems clear to me that the crown jewel of San Francisco was always music and the arts. Kids came in droves from across the country to participate in the community: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, and the Fillmore cultivated here (among others). That has since shifted a bit, but I believe that art was, and still is, the reason San Francisco represents a beacon of hope for misfits and thinkers across the country."

SFOS Community Impact
"I taught art at a preschool a few years back and some of the students come to my open studio every year with their parents. I remember talking to their parents about how they wanted to show their children that there are other career paths, and despite both of them working in tech, they wanted their kids to know that not everyone had to work in a cubicle, or in front of a computer."

"I taught art at a preschool a few years back and some of the students come to my open studio every year with their parents. I remember talking to their parents about how they wanted to show their children that there are other career paths, and despite both of them working in tech, they wanted their kids to know that not everyone had to work in a cubicle, or in front of a computer."

SFOS Community Impact
"Beyond just beautification (which has a sometimes undervalued nourishing effect on the soul), I think the environment that the arts create is one of exploration, experimentation and innovation that fosters creativity for many sectors. Is it any wonder why tech thrives so well in SF?"

Throughout Fernando's career his focus has been working with live figure models and he has mastered a signature style that unmistakably represents his elegant artistry. "Drawing from life is a fundamental practice which allows me to depict the beauty, strength, and sensuality of the human form. Generally the theme in my work focuses on the idea of body language. The interaction between the model and me can suggest a pose to be humorous, spirited, or in reverie through conscious and unconscious signals through which our bodies communicate, typically with greater eloquence than verbal communication."

SFOS Community Impact
"I've had so many wonderful experiences throughout the years and I've met some incredible people, whether they are collectors or art enthusiasts, but the most noteworthy experience was the first year I participated in SF Open Studios in 1992. I sold my first original ink drawing of a male nude to a collector for $1100. I priced it at the high end because I actually wanted to keep it and I didn't really think anyone would pay that much money for a drawing. I was wrong. "

Silvi, armed with inks, needle, thread, and her typewriter, combines the magic of poetry with the sensations of viewing visual art into an emotive masterpiece. "All my work explores what happens when obstruction and objective meet. The objective—to continue exploring repetition as meditation, both in the concentration needed when typing a page full of words and also in creating a visual representation of how sometimes we need to say a thing over and over and over until we understand something of what it means. The obstruction—the typewriter, which can only create a piece as wide as its margin, uses black or red ink, and necessarily invites the viewer to get close to read the text, making an intimacy I hope is matched by feeling a little bit of quiet, a place to rest, a moment of joy, surprise, or even tears.

SFOS Community Impact
"What comes to mind when most people think gallery? A place where art is meant to be silently viewed, carefully walked around, spoken about in hushed tones. The artist is seldom present. What comes to mind when I think ArtSpan SF Open Studios/events? A place where art and people mingle. A room full of vibrant conversation. People introducing friends to friends, to interested collectors, and to lovers of art. ArtSpan makes the art world here in SF more engaged and engaging, more full of faces you know and want to know, more full of life."

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