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Pacific Felt Factory is joining forces with two other creative hubs -- The Growlery and TechShop SF -- to offer a unique international art residency in partnership with the Arte Laguna Prize of Venice, Italy.

Now in its 11th year, the Arte Laguna Prize is a contemporary art award juried by a group of world-class art experts, including museum directors, curators & art critics.

The San Francisco Art Residency will allow the selected artist the unique opportunity to live, create and thrive in the entrepreneurial, free-spirited atmosphere that is San Francisco. The Residency includes:
•    TechShop membership & class package
•    Accommodation at The Growlery-SF
•    Work/Exhibition space at the PFF Arts Complex
•    Logistic support
•    Materials
•    Final exhibition


Application Info: Website
About Pacific Felt Factory: Website
About The Growlery: Website
About TechShop SF: Website
PFF's Cindy Shih will present Phases: An Art | Song Salon with Jessica Wan, soprano, and Tim Eischens, piano, at Pacific Felt Factory. They will perform a set of songs journeying from one phase of life to another, offering a perspective on the human experience of change, the pain it presents, and how we honor the phases that have passed.
The purpose of Art | Song Salon is to bring the worlds of visual art and performance together around a community, and bring forth a rich dialogue around art and music at a very crucial time. The Salon invited PFF visual artist Jon Fischer to talk about his latest collaboration with San Francisco musician Danny Clay. Their project, supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, will create three phonograph-like apparatuses that generate sounds from a collection of interchangeable, revolving sculptures based on geological landscapes of California. (See article below.)

The Salon will also speak with PFF's Brian Singer (aka someguy), a fine artist whose projects range from intimate works with paper to large scale participatory projects. The 1000 Journals Project, launched in 2000, was turned into a book, a feature length documentary, and has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. More recently, he launched the provocative project TWIT Spotting, where photos of people using their phones while driving were placed on billboards in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Date: December 11 @ 4 pm
Artists: Cindy Shih, Jessica Wan, Tim Eischens, Jon Fischer, Danny Clay and Brian Singer (aka someguy)
Event: Art | Song Salon
Location: Pacific Felt Factory
Address: 2830 20th Street
City: San Francisco, CA
PFF visual artist Jon Fischer recently released Turntable Drawing EP for streaming and download. A cross-disciplinary collaboration with composer Danny Clay, the release features four audio recordings and one video of a live sound installation that debuted at the 2016 ArtSpan Open Studios at Pacific Felt Factory in November.

The installation consists of a loop based performance for three turntables, custom sine wave records, guitar, and piano. The project is the first phase of a project supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

The recordings and video are available here.
On November 15th, PFF member organization Independent Arts & Media hosted a Copyright for Artists workshop in the PFF FlexSpace. Taught by attorney and IAM board president Lisa Burger, this seminar is designed to educate artists on how to best protect their work, determine whether their work has been illegally copied, and what to do if their copyright has been violated. The course also discussed ways to avoid infringing upon another's copyright and how to use copyrighted work according to "fair use" principles. Due to high demand, IAM is excited to host this seminar again in 2017.
PFF's Rodney Ewing, with Jacqueline Francis and Ron Moultrie Saunders, will curate the 3.9 Collective's exhibition Call for Beauty at Root Division. The group show addresses traditional and emergent notions of beauty, an abstract concept that has been conceived in countless ways. For centuries, artists and art lovers have variably defined beauty and argued about its qualities and essence. Continuing these historical traditions, expanding them, and arguing for new aesthetic terms for the “beautiful,” the curators will present work in all media that engages beauty through the manipulation of materials, forms, and space.

The 3.9 Collective is an association of artists, curators, and art writers of African descent who live in San Francisco. They have come together to draw attention to the city's dwindling Black population.

Opening Reception: January 14, 2017 @ 7 pm
First Saturday Reception: Features The Brown Fellinis on February 11, 2017 @ 7 pm
On View: January 11 - February 18, 2017
Curators: Rodney Ewing, Jacqueline Francis and Ron Moultrie Saunders
Organization: 3.9 Collective
Exhibition: Call for Beauty
Gallery: Root Division
Address: 1131 Mission Street
City: San Francisco, CA.
PFF visual artist Sandra Yagi will have two pieces in the annual show Wanderlust at Modern Eden Gallery.  This is their fourth annual international postcard group show inspired by travel, far-away places, adventurous experiences and fascinating destinations. Modern Eden will have an exciting roster of contemporary artists this year who have taken inspiration from every corner of this wonderful world.

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 10, 6 pm
On View: Through December 31
Artist: Sandra Yagi
Exhibition: Wanderlust
Gallery: Modern Eden
Address: 801 Greenwich Street
City: San Francisco, CA
As the era of President Trump begins, PFF member organization Media Alliance celebrates two victories: the return of Berkeley teacher Yvette Felarca to the classroom after an unjustified suspension for free speech activities, and a Federal Communications Commission investigation of Sacramento's KDND-FM nine years after its water drinking contest caused the death of a 28-year old mother of three.

December 7 @ 6 pm - Closing Lecture, "Choreographing the Territory," for Malleable Monuments with Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop @ University of Calgary Downtown Campus @ 906 8th Avenue SW in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

December 11 @ 4 pm - Phases: An Art | Song Salon with Cindy Shih, Jessica Wan, Tim Eischens, John Fischer and Brian Singer @ Pacific Felt Factory @ 2830 20th Street in San Francisco, CA.

December 10 @ 6 pm - Opening Reception for Wanderlust with Sandra Yagi @ Modern Eden Gallery @ 801 Greenwich Street in San Francisco, CA. Show runs through December 31.

December 14 -  Application Deadline for PFF's San Francisco Art Residency @ Arte Laguna Prize @ Venice, Italy.

January 14 @ 7 pm - Opening Reception for Call for Beauty with the 3.9 Collective @ Root Division @ 1131 Mission Street in San Francisco, CA. Show runs January 11 to February 18, 2017.

February 11 @ 7 pm - First Saturday Reception for Call For Beauty with The Brown Fellinis @ Root Division @ 1131 Mission Street in San Francisco, CA.

Through December 7 - Malleable Monuments with The Open Workshop @ Kasian Gallery @ University of Calgary @ 2500 University Drive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Through March 4 - Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces with Rodney Ewing @ San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery @ 401 Van Ness Avenue, Ste.126, in San Francisco, CA.
The Pacific Felt Factory is a thriving arts space located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission neighborhood at 2830 20th Street. 

Since April 2015, Pacific Felt Factory has offered visual arts exhibitions, performance events, artist talks, and professional development workshops. We provide a multipurpose flexspace for community use and 14 workspaces for a diverse collaborative of artists, performers, curators, media activists and others who make San Francisco's arts scene vibrant.

This newsletter covers the activities of PFF participants: please check out the calendar above and save the dates for our upcoming events. We hope you will visit us for art, music, performance, discussion and much more!
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