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Open-Studios October 19 -20, 2013Exhibit
October 19 and 20, 2013
1720 Market St.
Reception October 18

“7 On Market” an exhibit of seven ArtSpan artists and more…

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at the Veterans Community Media Center.
Find out more about the artist 

Elizabeth Ashcroft: Mixed Media
415 263-8959,,

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The “Dissected Library” is my ongoing series of altered books. I find the literal board-paper-thread-glue-ink-word essence of books to be the ideal platform for exploring the boundaries of expression and intuition. The duality of the book as both a visual object and a conduit for ideas also serves as a source of inspiration – there is something about physically carving into the paper depth of a book; about taking an existing work of art and giving it a new context; about bringing together found words and images from disparate sources to coalesce in a new relationship.

Bill Hipps: Painting,

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I am a San Francisco based artist and photographer.
I paint. I photograph. I draw. I design. In short, I’m always creating art.

I am inspired by color and I currently paint primarily in the abstract expressionist style. My rich, colorful, textured pieces have been exhibited at various venues, including a recent show at the San Francisco Film Festival.

When I’m not painting, I can be found wandering the streets with his camera looking for those moments when interesting people, backgrounds, and buildings collide.  I’m a fine art street photographs capture natural geometry, reflections, moods, and people inhabiting their worlds. I also shoots landscapes, in both natural and urban settings.

Tisha Kenny: Painting
415 637-8650,

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I am an artist, Ikebana floral designer, and a retired health professional.

I wanted to be an artist and a nurse growing up and have done both. I need to do art “for balance and for just who I am.” So along the way as a health professional, I have studied numerous visual art media with a focus primarily on Japanese and Chinese brush painting, studying for 10 years under Lampo Leong and currently with Master Kan Kwok -Fan. I hold 10 degrees from the Ikenobo School of Ikebana. My work combines my love of Impressionism with Asian Brush Painting.

Rob Moonathe: Painting,

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I used to kiss all the high walls in my g’parents house in Košice, where I was born. Then I slightly peeled first wet layer and with the surprised face of a child found out there’s another one layer with an absolutely different color. T’was actually a pretty nice feeling of exploring something new, unknown or hidden.

Now after 20 years I did not change so much — I just can hold the paintbrush. This psychological aspect and the unconscious mind is generally one of the most important thing in art for me. I spent some time experimenting and developing an eye for my style. Taking inspiration from everything I went through. I taught myself how to get something valuable even it’s from shit, big spleen, the black cloud above following my mind which is on the road chasing own passion for freedom. Frankly, I think that’s the real healing power of art.

Mark Pinto: Photography
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I am retired Marine helicopter pilot, Gulf war veteran, former Buddhist priest, and Teaching Associate at San Jose State University.  I am currently a grad student earning my MFA in photography. I create installation and multi media art projects that deal with veterans’ reintegration issues, as well as the larger, complex issues of war. My first exhibit was a digital photo project called “Joes Come Home“, utilizing GI Joe dolls in scenarios meant to bring the statistics of veteran reintegration to light. This project led me to create other war related projects, each one going deeper into the subject of war, and deeper into myself as well. Creating these projects has been both cathartic and at times personally treacherous, yet the motivation to create more projects burns strong, as each day brings more terrible statistics to light.

David Rose: Painting
415 816-1794,,

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The current Stripe Series was originally started as an exercise to get me painting in a more hard-edged style but it led to the discovery of color relationships, surface texture and depth of field. In fact, I began to see bands or strata in everything around me, from sky, sea and sand to streets and sidewalks. The stripes have become metaphor and the evolution of this one series best illustrates my method of making art: what starts as experimentation usually leads to the investigation of deeper existential meaning.

I graduated with a BFA in painting and drawing from San Jose State University in 1992 and currently reside in San Francisco, CA.

Gregory Vernitsky: Sculpture
415 706-4709,,

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I was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1953. Started to draw and paint at school, later moved to sculpture. I never was able to attend an art school, but was attending different studios parallel to studying Marine Engineering. In addition, I did stage sets and costume design for small theatrical company I was playing with, made murals and posters. My early works were mostly realistic. After immigrating to United States in 1991, I continued to do paintings and sculptures. My style changed a lot – I do carving, use found wood and other objects to create semi-abstract compositions and assemblages. I am exploring structure, movement, gestures and emotions, trying to stimulate viewer imagination with as little details as possible. I started to show my works in 2011 at Open Studios, and have had my pieces exhibited at Arc gallery, SF Travel agency, ArtSpan Auction, and other Bay Area venues. I live in Sunset, work as an engineer, and have spouse, son and grandson.

Other Artist exhibiting

Jan Padover: Painting
415 828-9741,,

Jan Padover

Jan Padover

My main mediums are oil painting, pen and ink, watercolor, and clay sculpture.

I am native San Franciscan, and studied art at various schools. Locally this would include C.C.S.F., S.F. State, and the Academy of Art. I also studied in Europe. In Stockholm, at Fetco’s Skolan for Bildande Konst, Gerlesborgsskolan, and Konstfackskolan and recently in Florence, I studied the classical academic method.

I teach in San Francisco public schools, instructing painting, drawing and sculpture and I taught at the Ruth Azawa School of the Arts.

For the past ten years I have also been a co-publisher of Prospero Art and both designing and illustrating their various projects. Most recently, I have been working on a series of both 2D and 3D works inspired Melvile’s novel, Moby Dick.

Rodwin Pabello: Steam Punk Restored Predicta Televisions


PREDICTA PC Episode One: Trilogy. Trilogy. Trilogy.

Join Rodwin Pabello as he offers his latest creation: the re-juvenation and up-storing of nine iconic 1958 PHILCO Predicta TVs into fully functional Predicta PCs, each playing 5 sets of classic, experimental and contemporary film trilogies.

Predicta PC Holiday Model: Sci Fi/ Horror

  • Bride of Frankenstein. Young Frankenstein. Frankeweenie.
  • Nosferatu(F.W. Murnau 1922). Dracula(Bela Lugosi 1933). Dracula(Guy Maddin 2002).
  • Godzilla. Ghidrah. Gamera.
  • Dark Crystal. Never Ending Story. Labyrinth.
  • War of the Worlds(1950). Mars Attacks. War of the Worlds(2005).

Predicta PC Princess Model: Futuristic

  • Matrix 1. Matrix 2. Matrix 3.
  • Terminator 1. Terminator 2. Terminator 3.
  • Back to the Future 1. Back to the Future 2. Back to the Future 3.
  • Alien 1. Aliens 2. Aliens 3.

Predicta PC Pedestal Model: Classics & Experimental

  • M. Cabinet of Dr. Calagari. Metropolis.
  • Dr. Strangelove. The Day the Earth Stood Still. War of the Worlds.
  • Koyaanisqatsi. Powaqqatsi. Naqoyqatsi.
  • Alice in Wonderland(1951). Alice(Jan Svankmajer 1988). Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Saddest Music in the World. Keyhole. The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes.
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939). The Wiz (1978). Oz The Great & Powerful (2013).

Judith Sandoval
Veterans For Peace Photographs

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