Thursday, May 30, 2013

Splendid Objects OPens at Falkirk

Art at the Cheese Factory presents Splendid Objects
Artists create for the twenty-first century  

Traylor Pamina, Oakland, Beeways

June 14-August 17, 2013
Reception: Friday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Splendid Objects is an exhibition of new Bay Area craft curated by Kathleen Hanna, who defines craft as "a set of skills highly refined over time - knowledge of materials and tools and a vision for the possibilities they offer" - this last is also known as a ‘design sense ‘ She has chosen to show new works by 19 artists of all the generations currently working in the Bay Area - descendents of the post war contemporary craft movement in California. The work in this exhibition reflects what artists are thinking and doing in the new millennium.

Gary Marsh, Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls of Wisdom

Artists Include: James Aarons, Sonya Lee Barrington, Carly Borman,Tripp Carpenter, Suki Diamond, Mateo Hao, Barbara Holmes, Evan Kolker, David Lewin, Suzanne M. Long, Jane McDonald,
Allison McLennan, Gary Marsh, Mark Oldland, Leslie Podell, Jean Salatino & Steven Gandolfo, Pamina Traylor, Mardi Wood
Falkirk Cultural Center
Falkirk Cultural Center
Falkirk Cultural Center - 1408 Mission Avenue at E Street, San Rafael, CA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5, Saturday 10-1

Suzanne Long : Orphans

Art Contemporary Marin Dialogues
Anyone interested in supporting and networking with other supporter of contemporary art in Marin are invited to meet on Tuesday, June 4, 4:30-6 P.M. At the Claudia Chapline Gallery, 3445 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach. This will be the third meeting in a series that started in March at Christin Anderson’s House.  The second meeting was in April at the Marin Museum of contemporary Art. The group's goal is to provide information exchange and informing the public about contemporary art. Writers are invited to submit short essays (300 word max) on contemporary art concepts and information for publication in this newsletter.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Greetings Friends!  What's New at ACF?
Parked Art Update: Site #4 Revealed ~ Falkirk Cultural Center  

New opportunities continue to evolve for art in public places in Marin. The latest approved site is on the Falkirk Cultural Center's grounds, also the venue for ACF's June craft exhibition. Site 4 consists of an octagonal cement platform, beside a walkway through a stand of conifer trees.  
Parked Art Site 4,  Falkirk
Parked Art Site 4
The platform is approximately 8 inches high and 8 feet in diameter. 
To propose an artwork, send an image, description and one paragraph statement about you and your work along with your contact information to

ACF's Parked Art / Art in Public Places Summary:
Our pursuit of placing contemporary art in accessible, public places continues. The review committee is preparing an ongoing image bank of art, artists, and spaces.  Meetings are taking place with managers of parks, gardens, buildings and other spaces available for public viewing. Do you have an idea for a Marin site? 
To propose a site, email a place description to Claudia 

Dates and more Dates!

You Are Invited!  

Please join us, Monday March 18 from 4:30-6:30
At  the home of Christin Anderson, 156 Central Avenue, Woodacre  
This Community Meeting/ Meet 'n' Greet will include a general discussion about all things ACF.  Become acquainted with the current board, including Claudia Chapline, ACF Board President.  Introductions will be made, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  
 RSVP 415/488-4702                   

Board News Going and Coming 
We are grateful for, and salute the years of service by Kristin Otis and Joe Fox who will be moving from the ACF Board of Directors to the Advisory Board. Art at the Cheese Factory has been in a state of transition during the past two years. We have changed  from being a place based organization to being a Marin based organization to support contemporary art in Marin. Now that we have a new direction, we are on the lookout for new faces and new energy to fill places available on our working board. This meeting of arts people in Marin on March 18th, will be an opportunity for us to focus on how we can look towards the future, and work with other Marin arts organizations presenting contemporary art in Marin.

Spring Sculpture Tour 

Art/Sky Sculpture Tour at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, May 4, 2:30pm
You are invited to join us in the redwood-forested Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, for our spring fundraiser. Director, Margot Knight, has offered to lead a private two-mile, two and a half hour tour to view approximately 15 sculptures.

Djerassi Ranch
"Dialog", 2004. by Roland Mayer. photo by Todd Holloway

The tour is strenuous as the trails consist of both steep uphill and downhill hiking, totaling approximately 300 feet in elevation.  Attendees are advised to bring water and wear layered clothing and head covering. Registered, prepaid hikers will meet at the main gate at 2:30 P.M. The tour will end at 6 P.M. leaving plenty of time for driving home before dark. 
The suggested donation for this fundraiser is $40
Check to:  Etta Deikman, 15 Muir Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941, or PAYPAL

Limited to the first 25 applicants. Please RSVP by  Emailing Ruby   "Ruby Newman"

Marin Civic Center Exhibition   
Marin Civic Center
Marin Civic Center
Art at the Cheese Factory has been invited to curate an exhibition of three-dimensional work (floor, pedestal and wall-hung ) for the downstairs gallery of the Marin Civic Center. The display space includes two walls, approximately 8 feet x 40 feet. As this is a passageway, floor work should not extend more than 3 feet from the wall.  We will show approximately 30 pieces for three months beginning  fall 2013 or winter 2014. People who have applied for Parked Art will be considered as well as new applicants. To apply for any of the outdoor sites or this exhibition, please send an image or proposal with description (HxWxD, media, concept) and contact information to:
Claudia Chapline, 415-868-2308

athleen Hanna, Curator
Kathleen Hanna
Save the Date!  

Reception for the Innovative Craft Exhibition, Kathleen Hanna, Curator.  
June 14, 5:30-7:30  
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael.



Tuesday, January 15, 2013


ACF's PARKED ART in Public Places 
A Pubic Announcement and Call for Art

Our pursuit of placing contemporary art in accessible, public places continues.
The review committee is preparing an ongoing image bank of art, artists, and spaces.  Meetings are taking place with managers of parks, gardens, buildings and other spaces available for public viewing. Do you have an idea for a West Marin site?  Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes Station or Inverness? 

We are seeking sculptors, painters, fiber artists, photographers, and mixed media artists whose work is able to withstand an outdoor environment for one to three months and not be a safety hazard. Artists may be reimbursed for installations or transportation expenses. 

 Site One: Stinson Beach

Parked Art Site 1
Wood enclosed septic tank with dirt covering, facing the Stinson Beach Library Entrance.
Approx. Dimensions = H 2.5 feet x W 15 feet x D 50 feet.
Time Frame: 1-3 months subject to artist's availability


Site Two: Point Reyes Petaluma Road

Outside the entrance to the Marin French Cheese Factory tour launch  
(former brick oven entrance), next to the store

Tours have been suspended at the Marin French Cheese Company for over a year during construction, but is hoped that tours will be resumed in the spring. At that time we will install welcoming free-standing sculpture and possibly two dimensional indoor work.

Interest in our new Parked Art program has been wonderful. Proposals and submissions are inspired and progress is being made towards the realization of this TEMPORARY SITE SCULPTURE PROJECT.  Please see below for a reminder of the program specifics and contact information for our Call for Art.

If you are interested in installing sculpture, or donating an installation site, please send an image and a paragraph about you and your work,  
or site with your contact information to:

Joe Fox
Site Sculpture Coordinator for ACF.
For questions and further information:
Claudia Chapline

Help Us Make it Happen!

Thank you for being a part of the ACF mission to enhance the art experience in Marin County. 
By providing unique indoor and outdoor exhibitions in public places, we simultaneously make art accessible for public viewing, while promoting work by local artists.

Our 2012 fundraising campaign's objective was to raise $25,000 for 2013 programming expenses.  Until additional staff funding is secured, our hard-working board members and volunteers are serving as administrative staff, curators, and installers for our comprehensive program.

Put your dollars to work by donating whatever you can to support free-to-the-public art in Marin. We need your help now to keep the keep the art happening.

Some of our 2013 plans include:     
  • Our new PARKED ART Art in Public Places Program of temporary art installations in Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes, Inverness, the Marin French Cheese Company and other places in Marin County   
  • An innovative craft exhibition at Falkirk Cultural Center, June 14-August 17th, curated by Kathleen Hanna
  • The continuation and expansion of our informative periodic newsletter, alerting regional artists and art lovers to events and opportunities of interest.  
  • More exciting, site-specific installations of contemporary art in accessible, public places  
We hope you will support this important work!  Your tax-deductible contribution in any amount will go far toward presenting new artists in Marin County, and placing exciting new works in public places. This isn't just contemporary art: this is accessible work, available- perhaps unexpectedly- to those who might not otherwise have access to it. Young people, first time visitors to West Marin, people who are not likely to visit a gallery but are nonetheless moved by the inspirational quality of publicly placed art.  
Whatever you give will be deeply appreciated.

You may mail your contribution to the address indicated below, or use our Paypal link for easy online giving.  All donations are tax deductible.We appreciate your generosity.

Thank you for supporting contemporary art in Marin. 

For the Love of Art,  Claudia
Art at The Cheese Factory Board President  501c3 # 35-2362566  

We are asking you to help in any way you can by making a tax-deductible donation now.  By pulling together we can continue to  present free contemporary art exhibitions in Marin.  It's easy with Paypal. Your dollars will pay for necessary staffing, public information, printing, postage, office supplies, exhibition hardware, reception expenses.   At the present time we are fortunate to have donated office space, telephone, and volunteer director.

Art at the Cheese Factory (Checks payable to) 
PO Box 1117  
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Or click the paypal button below.  Your gift will be gratefully recognized.  

501c3 #: 35-2362566