Global Warming Paintings at the San Francisco Federal Building: March 18 - June 1, 2010

My two Global Warming Triptychs, set in San Francisco and in Oakland, will be on exhibition at the San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th St (at Mission) from March 18 to June 1. The exhibition will occupy the ground level of the lobby. To purchase prints of the paintings shown in this blog go to "Featured Works" in the Shop.

Across a Hundred Years, oil on canvas, 2007

This is an appropriate location to showcase the Series for two reasons.

1. This building, designed by Thom Mayne, is the first 'green' Federal Building in the country.

2. The idea for this series occurred to me while I was painting this building  from the corner of Mission and 7th St. That painting "Across a Hundred Years" is included in the exhibition.

The Global Warming Series is an invitation to you to actively imagine our future if global warming remains unchecked. These paintings are not  predictions. They are science fiction. There are too many variables for us to predict the future of our planet with any precision. Only by exercising our imagination can we begin to grasp the enormity of the effect our species is having on this planet, and, perhaps, take measures to lessen our impact.

Here are the central panels of the two Triptychs:

For San Francisco

San Francisco Global Warming Triptych # 2, oil on canvas, 2008

For Oakland

Oakland Global Warming Triptych # 2, oil on canvas, 2009

Also on exhibition will my recent painting of the Chronicle, and a ten foot wide painting of the Bay Bridge both created on location in San Francisco:

Storm Clouds over the Chronicle, oil on canvas, 2009
Bay Bridge Panorama, oil/canvas, 2007

The Federal Building is open to those who wish to view my exhibition. Please inform security at the front door of your interest.  If you intend to bring a large group contact Conference Center manager, Mike Ladd, in advance at 415.625-2756 , 415.948.8531 [email protected]

Ceago Series at Ceago Vinegarden: an account of events

My exhibition of the 'Ceago Series'  at Ceago Vinegarden was one of my shortest and most eventful exhibitions. On the morning of  Oct 10 my son Mario and I transformed the covered dining  area that faces the Biodynamic Courtyard into a brightly illuminated exhibition space.

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(To view all the paintings in this exhibition and to learn more about Arminda Flores scroll down to my last two blogs)

Arminda Flores, who had flown up from Michoacan, Mexico for the event began preparing her first dinner to celebrate the birthday of Franz Weber who holds the world's ski speed record (140 mph!). He and some of those attending the dinner had bicycled up from San Francisco, over three days, on what they whimsically called the 'Tour de Franz".

Arminda Flores

The evening began quietly with a delicious meal.

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Sheila Fetzer sang a deep and soulful repertoire during the meal, to much applause.

After the meal we  sang happy birthday to Franz.  Arminda Flores emerged from the kitchen and sang 'Las MaƱanitas', Mexico's 'Happy Birthday', to Franz and then charmed the crowd with two songs in her native Purepecha.

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After supper,  Sheila Fetzer prevailed on Lake County DA, Jon Hopkins, to sing for us. He sang late into the evening while many of us gathered round a massive bonfire in the courtyard.

Oct 11

Morning

After breakfasting with his entourage in the main hall, Congressman Mike Thompson joined me to view the exhibition.  I explained  that I chose to document  Ceago Vinegarden not only because of it's beauty, but also because of the sustainable agriculture that Jim Fetzer practices here. We agreed that Ceago is a real asset to Clearlake.

Early afternoon

Forty eight guests attended the afternoon reception and lunch. There was a lot of interest in the show. Some members of the Lake County Arts Council suggested that I conduct painting workshops at Ceago.

Late Afternoon

Friends and students began arriving for the evening dinner:

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I was  delighted when Regina Maciula arrived representing Michael Dean of the law firm  Wendel Rosen Black & Dean .  Michael Dean had originally suggested that I check out Ceago as a painting subject

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Seventy-two guests attended the dinner which included Sopa Tarasca Patzcuaro Style Tarascan Soup

Pollo Con Mole Michoacano Arroz A La Mexicana Chicken with Michoacan Mole With Mexican Rice

Calabacitas Con Elote & Crema Fresca Petite Squashes with Fresh Baby Corn and Crema Fresca

Ensaladas Organico Hecho con Vinagre de Ceago Organic Greens Tossed in Ceago Estate Vinaigrette

Chilies Rellenos De Queso En Salsa De Tomate Arrozo y Frijoles Mexicanos Salsa Fresca, Guacamole, Chips y Tortillas Hecho en Casa Chili Rellenos Stuffed with Cheese in a Tomato Sauce and Refried Beans

Fresh Salsa & Guacamole with Crispy Chips Handmade Tortillas

Postre ~ Dessert Flan & Ate a Morelia Michoacan Original

Wines for This Special Occasion ~ Hand Selected by Jim Fetzer

Arminda and her husband Kevin Quigley personally served  the Michoacan desserts.

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Quite amazingly, after cooking for seventy two people,  Arminda closed the evening by singing three songs in her indigenous Purepecha language and one in Spanish.

(To hear Arminda Flores singing and to see the entire Ceago Series scroll down to the previous two blogs.)