In the days after the 2016 presidential election, many of us found ourselves reeling from the news that Donald Trump will be our country's president. Fear about what this meant for us and our loved ones and anger that our fellow citizens had voted for such a man abound. We found ourselves asking, what do we do next? How do we get past the sense of inertia that comes in the wake of such a cultural upheaval?
Artist and curator Alison OK Frost envisioned a collaborative art show of protest posters and soon found venues for it here at Maple Street Denim and Faye’s Video and Espresso in San Francisco.
We organized this show to let our voices as Bay Area artists, designers, teachers, activists, small business owners and members of the community be heard.
Please join us at Maple Street Denim where locally realized political posters are on view and for sale to the public. Come make a difference by supporting the fight against the new administration’s policy while at the same time taking home a print by a local artist.
Contributing artists include:
Becca Kahn Bloch
Miriam Klein-Stahl and Arts and Humanities Academy
Melanie Tavare/Alison OK Frost
All proceeds from this show will be split five ways: between Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the NAACP, GLBT National Help Center and Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe). Each poster will be available for $25, with a few exceptions.
We can’t stress enough how grateful we are to the artists who donated their time and talent, and ask you to join us to support your own healing as well as that of our country.
Please join us for the opening reception of beautiful new works by Defne Beyce Saturday April 2 from 5-7 pm.
Maple Street Denim is pleased to present Branch & Bramble, a show of new works by local artist Defne Beyce from January 21 through May 22. The Turkish-born, South Bay-raised artist creates process-based, one-of-a-kind screen prints derived from plants and weeds found around her Oakland studio. Her process bears witness to a long path; Beyce was a mid-career horse trainer and animal scientist before a community college darkroom photography class veered her off course. She found herself drawn to photography as it allowed her to capture the Colorado landscape and enabled her to reveal the deeply personal connection she had formed with this enigmatic place.
It the years since, she has migrated back to the bay area. The plants and weeds that are the subjects of the work at Maple Street Denim have been collected from the alley behind her current studio in the Golden Gate district of Oakland. These plants create a language of the place, their stories are teased out through the printing process. Using a direct photographic process (similar to a darkroom photogram), Beyce coats a silkscreen in emulsion and lays the plants directly on the screen, exposing it with light. The resulting screens allow for the transfer of ink onto paper and panel everywhere where the light was blocked by the plant. In this way she allows the plants to speak for themselves.
Working intuitively, she then manipulates powdered graphite and charcoal through the screen, accumulating multiple ghostly layers into impromptu compositions on paper and panels. More of her work can be seen at www.defnebeyce.com. Beyce currently teaches printmaking at The Compound Gallery & Studios as well as UC Berkeley.
Defne Beyce is Turkish born, South Bay raised, Oakland based artist. She received her BS in equine science from Colorado State University and has worked as a horse trainer, reindeer handler, feed room manager, vet assistant, and animal researcher. In photography she found another way of seeing the landscape, real and imagined, of the Colorado front range, and from there embarked on an art career. She received her post bacc at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from the California College of Art. She currently works as an artist and screen-printer in Oakland, Ca.
Plaid Friday was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” and is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays. Started by our dear neighbor Kerri Johnson of Marion and Rose's Workshop, Plaid Friday has become a way for the small businesses of Oakland to really shine.
We are so excited to be part of this important movement (that is NOT sponsored by a big credit card company) and we hope to make Friday a fun and relaxing time to hang out with friends and family and celebrate independent shops and makers.
One of our most favorite brands, Lyonhart Bag Co, will be kicking off our Makers Trunk Show series with her ruggedly beautiful bags and wallets from 12-4.
Please drop by and say hi! There is a lot of fun stuff going on in Old Oakland on Friday and we hope you can enjoy spending time getting to know the neighbors who run shops and restaurants Downtown!
Find a unique gift for the special someone on your list this year
Holiday Makers Trunk Show Series
Series Kickoff November 27
continues Sundays in December
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We will also be highlighting local artists with a cash-and-carry print sale through the holidays!
Support Oakland Grown artists this holiday season! What better day to have the opening reception for our new group show featuring works from 12 local artists than Plaid Friday?Come hang out with us from 5-7 pm and meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and see the other great stuff the neighborhood has to offer!
Event Image: Passages by Larraine Seiden http://larraineseiden.com/
Also featuring Art from:
Alison OK Frost http://www.alisonokfrost.com
Toni Gentilli http://tonigentilli.com/home.html
Elise Mahan https://www.etsy.com/shop/elisemahanfineart
Yuki Maruyama http://yukimaruyama.wordpress.com/
Elwyn Palmerton http://elwynpalmerton.com/
Nathaniel Parsons http://nathanielparsons.com/
Matthew Pugh https://matthew-pugh.squarespace.com/
Clare Szydlowski http://www.americanhinterlands.com/
Tallulah Terryll http://tallulahterryll.com/Tallulah%20Terryll.html
Michelle Wilson http://michellewilsonprojects.com/
Alison Tharp http://www.alisontharp.com