We’re very excited to welcome to our walls, EDEN HUTCHINSON and his new show, “HARD WORKING: Bitter Waitresses, Hair-Brained Hairdressers & Whirling Dervishes”. His work centers on gender roles and classicism infused with a sense of humor done in brush and ink with watercolor.
The opening reception on Fri. Nov. 14, from 7-10pm will feature light snacks, beverages and fab art! This is a FREE event.
Having drawn since the age of four, Hutchinson was strongly influenced by caricaturist, Al Hirschfield, grandfather of pop art, Richard Lindner, and designer and illustrator, Erte. After majoring in printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art, he moved to San Francisco to pursue a childhood dream of being a beautiful, Candy Darling-esque drag queen. After 12 years, he decided to try something new and relocated to Big Sur to work as a baker and escape the insanity and soullessness of modern tech culture. This environment has already been a boon to his creativity as the upcoming collection of work will show.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA‐ Sept. 15th, 2014 – GLAMA‐RAMA Salon and Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition of new and selected works by critically acclaimed mosaic artist, JASON MECIER.
Pop Artist Jason Mecier creates one of a kind outrageous mosaic portraits. He meticulously fabricates anybody out of anything, from Kevin Bacon out of bacon, to Honey Boo Boo out of 25 lbs. of trash. Jason’s artwork has been featured everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to The New York Times, on TV shows like Glee, Rachael Ray and TMZ, as well as music videos by Pink and Pitbull. His portraits are hanging in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, countless celebrity homes, and even in The Playboy Mansion!
Check out more of Jason’s work here:
Tofu’s landscapes and collages come together as paintings on paper are cut into small pieces and reassembled in a new series called Collagescapes.
July 29th – September 28th, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1st 16th, 7 pm – 10 pm
The exhibit will have two components:
On the main level, there will be an exhibit of Tofu’s new series of work called collagescapes. With collagescapes, Tofu starts by painting paper with areas of color representing the palette of a specific place. Next he cuts up the painting into hundreds of small pieces. The final steps are to randomize the pieces and then reassemble them in various geometric patterns. Collagescapes are both landscape paintings and collages. They may appear abstract, but the intent is to retain the color palette of the places they represent. A preview of the work can be seen at tofuart.com
Collage meets Landscape
On the upper level of Glama-Rama, Tofu is curating a companion show of mixed media works, where the theme will beCollage meets Landscapes. The exhibit will include the works of 12 different artists from the Bay Area, the U.S. and overseas. The works of four of the participating artists have never been show in the Bay Area before and two of the artists are even having their first showing in the U.S.
Earlier this year, Tofu issued a Call for Artists as well as inviting a few select artists to participate in the exhibit. The result is a diverse collection of work that incorporates everything from paint to found objects to postage stamps to human hair. In selecting which pieces to show, Tofu employed his collage skills to choose and place works of art that both complement each other yet stand out as individual pieces. It could be said the exhibit of collages is like a collage itself.
The artists exhibiting in Collage meets Landscape include:
“Haunted Playground – Illustrations by David Hawkins
June 3, 2014 – July 27, 2014
Opening Reception Friday June 6th, 7-10pm
Beverages and snacks will be provided
This is a free event
Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery presents “Haunted Playground – Illustrations by David Hawkins”. Known primarily as a stand-up comedian, this exhibit includes pen and ink as well as digital pieces and is the first public exhibition of his artwork.
The opening reception will feature music composed and performed by his musical alter-ego Mimiuex and will have live stand up performances by Mr. Hawkins and his very special guest Mary Van Note.
David is self taught and works in a variety of mediums. As the creative force behind Dingbat Design he has created posters and artwork for theatrical productions, rock bands and performers including Marga Gomez, Glen Meadmore, The Marsh, Thee Parkside, Truck and many more. He has lived in San Francisco since 1989 and currently resides in the Mission District.
The show in his own words:
“Haunted Playground” is the place where whimsy and melancholy meet. These two emotions have characterized my artwork from the beginning and seemed the perfect image for an overview of my artistic output up to this point.
As a comedian I have infused these works with a fair amount of humor but also within them there is sadness and often something sinister.
Examples of his work (commercial and non-commercial) can be seen at:
Listen to his musical side-project Mimieux at:
We are absolutely thrilled to announce the return of painter CATHY LIU and her show, “Form and Color, Together Forever”, 13 years after her first show at the original salon/gallery location. The opening reception will feature a live performance by “Cathy Liu and the Thin White Dukes”! Beverages & snacks will be provided. This is a free event.
THE SHOW IN HER WORDS:
In my latest paintings I’ve been consciously broadening and deepening my commitment to form and color, while continuing to refine and define my lines. Whereas, my previous paintings were more about concentration, my current work moves deeper into the realm of meditation. The simplicity and clarity of my work has evolved with a complex examination of emotions and reflections over time.
I usually work on one painting at a time, but for this show I worked on 6 paintings simultaneously interchanging colors and shapes. This process opened up fresh lines of communication between paintings with endless possibilities of interaction.
My abstract organic paintings are a playful meditation on life––how we’re interconnected with everyone and everything, yet uniquely shaped and part of a vibrant dynamic whole. This artwork was created from the joy in my heart for your viewing pleasure.
Cathy grew up in an area of San Jose where the cherry orchards were replaced by Eichler homes. She escaped suburbia to Florence, Italy where she graduated with a B.A. in Italian Studies. She then went to work for the muckraking magazine Mother Jones. After five years, she found painting amoebic shapes preferable to raking muck. She lives in San Francisco and on the Big Island of Hawaii where she continues to be inspired by the fragility and force of life in both places.
Check out more of Cathy’s work at: www.cathyliu.com
We’re quite excited to announce the opening of “GLORP”, the new show by pop artist, Elliott C. Nathan. With his love of bright colors and thick black lines, his most recent works explore the world through a Pop and Surrealist lens, translating elephants, squid, eyes, pyramids, explosions, San Francisco architecture, vintage TVs, robots, hearts, and ham into colorful mixed media paintings.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 7th, 7-10pm. Beverages & snacks will be provided. This is a free event.
Hailing from rural Connecticut, Nathan has been living and working in San Francisco for three years. In that short time he has had over 30 public showings, including four gallery shows and three art auctions. Nathan’s creations come in many forms: street art, paintings, sculptures,books, graphics, murals, and his mini-skateboard company, SunkenMonkey.com.
His inspiration draws from the Pop and Surrealist works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and street artists like Keith Haring and Banksy. As a 10 year oldchild, Nathan’s parents let him choose the art that would hang in his room. He selected a wall-sized print of Picasso’s Guernica to hang over his bed, from which he practiced drawing Picasso-esque faces.
His work has also been featured in a number of blogs and newspapers, including MissionMission, SF Gate, Mission Local, The Uptown Almanac, and The Examiner. As told by StreetArtSF.com in a recent interview, “Elliott C. Nathan creates playful pop culture style street art. Its fun, silly, upbeat, sometimes irreverent nature is like walking into the definition of cool.”
New Works 2013-14 by Ginger Snap
January 14 – March 2, 2014
Opening Reception Fri. Jan. 17, 7-10pm
GLAMA‐RAMA Salon and Gallery would like to announce the opening of our new show featuring artist, Ginger Snap. Drawing inspiration from the world around him, Ginger has created a new selection of colorful, sculptural, abstract paintings. It is his intention for the viewer to experience, interpret, and enjoy them in their own personal way.
Ginger Snap is a self taught artist who has lived in the bay area for over 21 years, but has been creating work in several mediums since the age of 10. His work has been collected both nationally and internationally and he has also published photography.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 17th, 7-10pm. Beverages & snacks will be provided. This is a free event.
FROM OUR OWN HANDS 2013 The Return of THE GLAMA-RAMA STAFF ART SHOW!
OCT. 18, 2013 – JAN 12, 2014Opening Reception FRI. OCT 18, 7-10pm
Glama-Rama Salon & Art Gallery is excited to announce the return of our staff art show. The show will feature stained glass, mosaic, painting, embroidery, photography, and jewelry. This show runs through the holiday season so consider this a great opportunity for gifts!
Artists featured in the show include the following staff members:
Jennifer Hofmann (Stylist) – Stained Glass & Mosaics
Olive Loew (Stylist) – Embroidery
Deena Davenport (Stylist / Proprietress) – Photography
Flynn DeMarco (Webmaster/IT Geek) – Painting
Jinelle Diamond (Stylist) – Painting
Katey McKee (Stylist) – Jewelry
Opening reception on FRI. OCT 18th begins at 7pm and ends at 10pm. Join the party for beverages, snacks, and art made by us! DJ ROB COONS spins too! This is a free event.
We’re really excited to announce the opening of our new show featuring painter, William “Cricket” Ulrich. The show, “Dark Glamour” will feature painterly portraits of vintage glamour ala Hollywood of yesteryear. Glama-Rama wouldn’t be what it is without glamour and so we think that this show will be an inspired fit.
The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 6th, 7-10pm. Beverages & snacks will be provided. This is a free event.
I was drawn to the dramatic lighting of 1930′s Hollywood photographs. A painterly effect with metallic paints is what I was after for this show, rather than an accurate portrait of a star. As a teenager, I used to go to the library in Northern Kentucky and look at books of Hollywood stars. Marlene Dietrich became my muse. Fascinated by the lighting, I copied her pictures in pencil. She remains to this day my favorite. Years later, I’m going back to my roots of vintage celebrity glamour and giving it a second look in a new style. Thrown in among the vintage celebrities is an old Fendi ad, a model from the 80′s, and a snapshot of “Tommy”. Whatever I thought was glamour, that I just had to paint.
Not to be content with depictions of well and lesser known stars in metallics, I had to pair fabrics with celebrities to add an element of kitsch. It was fun imagining a fabric from Joan’s house in Mommie Dearest and painting her on it.
The majority of the work in this show is painted on recycled materials. Strips of wood found on the street were glued together to make panels that were painted on or upholstered with remnant fabric. There were a few bought canvases, but most were recycled or given to me.
I grew up on a farm in southern Indiana. Later, mom found a job in the Cincinnati area—an abrupt introduction for a hillbilly child to life in suburbia. The fortunate receipt of a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati allowed me to study graphic design, and take fine arts classes whenever possible. I kept sketchbooks full of drawings and collages to offset the rigidity of my design training.
After college, for three months, the opportunity to study life drawing and painting (in Paris!) with Ben Long, the American realist painter, was irresistible — and the germination of my Pen & Ink technique. Long’s influence as well as my exposure to various museums, the sights, sounds and experiences of Paris, led me to the decision to pursue the Fine Arts professionally. After Paris, it was hard to stay in Cincinnati, so, naturally, I moved to San Francisco in the fall of 1990.
I learned decorative painting and faux finishing from working on the complete restoration of a Victorian in Hayes Valley. Metallic paints used in projects for painting walls became a favorite of mine and were used to complete the work in this show.
The title “Nossa, Sassilandia!” is a very colloquial way of saying “Oh my, Sassilandia!” in the artist’s native Portuguese. It depicts quirky beings and amusing adventures. But there is also drama, rebellion, cheekiness; things that are similar to our own world. Works are in pen on paper, acrylic on canvas, digital form, and sculpture. There is also an interactive aspect for anyone who wants to get close to the art.
Show runs July 12th, 2013 – Sept. 1st, 2013.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 12th, 7-10pm.
Performances, beverages & snacks will be provided. This is a free event.
Ordinary life in Sassilandia is usually happy. But there is no such thing as perfection. The cuteness of the creatures disguises their inner strengths. Each one struggles with strong emotions, hard issues, and tough choices. They suffer, they yearn, they celebrate victories large and small, they cry, and they move on. They are strong and brave-as-hell. Even the tiniest and softest of them all.
My work has been to reproduce their struggles and triumphs as objectively as possible. Of course, it’s nearly impossible for any observer to be completely impartial. Over time I began to care for these critters who have taught me so much about courage and delight. However I promise that I have done everything possible to faithfully record what I saw firsthand.
Drawing by hand is my favorite form of expression. I would say that I feel very comfortable sketching, but in reality I am a compulsive illustrator. I draw everywhere, under almost any circumstances. Although I have a background in advertising and art direction, I am a self-taught artist. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazi, I have lived in Buenos Aires, Lisbon, and London. When I was younger, I dreamed being able to draw bunnies for a living. I currently reside in San Francisco.