Rhizosphere: Celebrating West Marin

The Midway Gallery & Artist Studios Presents:

Rhizosphere: Celebrating West Marin

Saturday - Apr 1

4:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

The Midway

FREE

Rhizosphere: Celebrating West Marin
Prepare for your eyes, ears and taste buds to be pleased by artisans and aritsts hailing from West Marin. Come see amazing art and craft and taste some delicious bites by day then listen to some soulful tunes and enjoy a tasty drink by night - All while getting to know the individuals who have made up the creative legacy of this vibrant town.

The Midway Gallery is pleased to present Rhizosphere: Celebrating West Marin’s artists & creative legacy from 1960-today. This unique survey of artists working in West Marin includes works by J.B. Blunk, Clayton Lewis, Inez Storer and Ido Yoshimoto as well as the artists of Pt. Reyes Station landmark, Gallery Route One. The show highlights the effects of a shared environment on this rural arts community and the vibrancy that exists alongside the hiking, vistas and gastronomy of the area. Through photo, fiber art, painting, wood cut and sculpture, curator Isis Hockenos transports to San Francisco the distinct moisture, wind, slant of light, dusting of chipped paint on the seat of ones pants that gives West Marin that particular, intangible romance and bond with nature while remaining contemporary and relevant to the international conversation. Additionally, Hockenos’ choice of artists bridges the generational gap between the art community elders, many of whom relocated to West Marin in the 60’s and 70’s, (with work both current and posthumous) and a group of emerging artists, either born in the area or drawn to it, who struggle to find affordable housing, studio space and jobs. The symbiosis between generations and the continued support of the greater Bay Area is vital to the protection of an artistic future in precious West Marin. The show’s title, Rhizosphere, refers to the part of the soil ecosystem that is directly influenced by root secretions and microorganisms. Hockenos draws connections between this narrow region of soil and the creative legacy, both past and future, of West Marin.

Artists:
Lorraine Almeida (painting)
Christian Anthony (drawing)
Jordan Atanat (ceramics)
Alice Beall (fiber / photography)
Marilyn Beck (mixed media)
JB Blunk (photo / objects)
Rufus Blunk (wood / sculpture / objects)
Charles Eckart (painting)
Joseph Fechter (painting / street art)
Gene Fisher (drawing)
Isis Hockenos (painting)
Robert Hockenos (painting / drawing)
Max Hurwitz (painting / street art)
Grayson Kent (woodblock print)
Gabriel Korty (sculpture / mixed media)
Clayton Lewis (sculpture / painting)
Toni Littlejohn (mixed media)
Ben Livingston (mixed media)
Afton Love (drawing / mixed media)
Bruce Mitchell (sculpture / wood)
Emma Oppen (painting)
Art Rogers (photography)
Donna Sheehan (printmaking)
Julie Siegel (painting)
Nancy Stein (painting / pastel)
Inez Storer (painting / mixed media)
Sue Taylor (fiber)
Xander Weaver-Scull (drawing)
Elan Whitney (fiber)
Sarah Wiener (paper-cut)
Ido Yoshimoto (wood objects / sculpture)
Rick Yoshimoto (ceramics)
and others

Gallery Route One members:
Mimi Abers (sculpture)
Johanna Baruch (painting)
Marna Clarke (photography)
Mary Montcastle Eubank (painting / mixed media)
Tim Graveson (photography)
Madeline Nieto Hope (sculpture / installation)
Steven Hurwitz (photography)
Geraldine LeaBraaten (photography)
Linda MacDonald (painting)
Diana Marto (installation / performance)
Zea Morvitz (drawing)
Dorothy Nissen (drawing / painting)
Andrew Romanoff (drawing / shrinky dink)
Igor Sazevich (painting)
Will Thoms (painting /mixed media)
Vickisa (painting)

Literary:
The Inverness Almanca
Mt. Vision Press
The West Marin Review

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MIdway resident artist and curator of this event, Isis Hockenos (American, b. 1986) is a painter born and raised in Marshall, CA. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, NY and studied printmaking at Fondazione Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. Hockenos is currently a Young Artist Fellow at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station and a Resident Artist at The Midway Gallery, San Francisco. As a painter, Hockenos has exhibited locally and internationally including at Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, Sagan Piechota Architecture, San Francisco, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, and at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, DK. This is Hockenos’ first curatorial project in San Francisco.

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Developed by Artistic Director, Kelsey Issel, The Midway Artist in Residency program is dedicated to helping aritsts push the boundaries of their process and provide the resources and support to produce the projects they daydream about. For questions about the residency program or how to get involved with The Midway Creative Complex, please email Kelsey@themidwaysf.com

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Friday, March 24 - Sunday, April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 24th, 6-9pm
Fair: Saturday, April 1, 4-10pm
Artist Talks: Friday, April 7, 6-9pm

Open Wed/Thurs/Fri by appointment & Sat/Sun 12-6pm
Closed Mon/Tues
www.themidwaygallery.com
Instagram: @rhizosphere_exhibition @themidwaygallery
To make an appointment or for sales/inquiries please contact:
Isis Hockenos (curator) isis.rhizosphere@gmail.com / 415.717.8031
Kelsey Issel (gallery director) kelsey@themidwaysf.com
Venue Information:
The Midway
900 Marin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94124
http://themidwaysf.com/