Category Archives: Green Art

Oakland Museum Eames Exhibit

Inspired by Eames: A Conversation with Bay Area Innovators

Saturday, January 26, 2–3:30 pm James Moore Theater Join us for a special panel discussion examining how the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames has influenced Bay Area-based artists, designers, and dancers. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in a thoughtful conversation with some of the Bay Area’s most inspiring innovators in the creative community. Limited seats available — grab your tickets today! Program ticket includes gallery admission and access to special exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, closing Monday, February 18.

I LOVE this museum with its futuristic, historical, evocative and fun exhibits. They truly have so much to make you want to come back many times. The EAMES exhibit is fantastic, really well laid out, with so many types of design, furniture, model office spaces, videos…. AND SPINNING TOPS that you can try out and get a new DIZZY perspective (They are actual tilting seats)!  I enjoyed every part of this exhibit – The BEST is a long lineup of great exhibits!  And it is easy to get to on BART… no need to drive!  — the editor

Oakland Museum of California |1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street–Lake Merritt BART

FABMO – a great choice for Fabric

Fabric and clothing make up a large amount of the filling in the local dumps throughout the US and this is true in the SF Bay Area. People throw out clothes, fabric and other items like yarn, buttons and thread in enormous quantities. It’s a shame because it could be diverted into useful items. I really enjoy this store, with volunteers running the show and bundles, bolts and baskets of beautiful fabric, it is a fun way to take a dream project into reality.

How did FABMO commit to making a difference in fabric dumping? Here are some commments from an article in the Mountain View Voice, Sept 24, “”Saving the Fabric of Society”: 

The idea to organize, expand and create a nonprofit around FabMo happened almost without trying, Welstein recalled. As their collections grew, someone had the idea to accept cash donations, then someone had to the idea to launch a website, and so on, she said. One regular FabMo customer asked if something similar could work in Santa Cruz, and now they hold multiple giveaways in that coastal city each year. They’ve also trucked out supplies to give away in Vallejo and the Sacramento area.

“We just grew little by little, and it just continues to be organic,” Welstein said. “That feeling of not wanting to throw away good stuff, I think more and more people are feeling that way in the world.”

The FabMo philosophy — take only what you need, don’t waste anything — might seem old fashioned, yet it was ahead of the curve for the larger do-it-yourself movement that has taken root in the Bay Area.

FabMo is open for three consecutive days each month for its free drop-in giveaway days at its main showroom at 970 Terra Bella Ave. More information can be found at its website.

Next month, FabMo will be organizing its Textile Art Boutique, the group’s largest annual event. This event exhibits dozens of different artists’ works that were designed using recycled materials. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge at 4249 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Need a great place to volunteer? Fabmo volunteers love what they do!

Tenth Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon in SF


ArtSeed wants you!

Date: Saturday April 21

Time: 10am-8pm

What: Tenth Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon

Where: Tides Converge in the Presidio, parking lot entrance

1016 Torney Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Transit: Take the PresidioGo shuttle (free) & MUNI Lines 28, 30, 43, 45



Call Gino 612-978-3511 or Josefa 415-656-9849

Postcards with more information are in the lunchroom…..

This great group does Art Lesson, Workshops, and Apprenticeships for all ages

Origami Whales: A Gentle Way to Teach Conservation

Thanks TED Talks for this lovely broadcast!  Watch the video, link below

Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life. | Peggy Oki | TEDxQueenstown   (time 16.34)

Image result for Origami WhalesThis insightful artist folds paper whales using origami and thousands of volunteers to fold the whales & dophins and give a clear call to action and visual reference point.  Children, Adults, Students, Seniors – all join in and FOLD then STITCH these whales into curtains to be displayed in galleries, schools, civic centers.

HINT: There are YouTubes and Pinterest on origami

Peggy Oki leads with passion. She gives advice to a beginning environmental activist: “Follow your heart with vision and actions, create your fold and you will find your porpoise in life.”


Published on Apr 28, 2016

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy’s life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the ‘Cetacean Nation’. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’: Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


A Garden of Inspiration – a lovely book

Contemplating beauty or hearing an inspiring thought as you read aloud, is part of what makes this book of quotes and thoughts so grand!  There are so many quotes in five chapters focusing on Joy in the Garden, Gifts, Beauty, Garden Wit and the changing seasons. You’ll love it and it is perfect for EARTH DAY, or if you are a one of the people (like me) that insists on EARTH YEAR… you will love it.  I have found a favorite quote or a new quote on every page.  Here are a few of the hundreds of quotes  (88 pages)  in this book:

There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.  — Ruth Stout

The earth is absolutely honest; it gives back what is put into it plus interest on the time, money and effort invested. Treat soil handsomely and it will give you a rich return.  — Patience Strong

Anything which grows is always more beautiful to look at than anything which is built. — Lin Yu Tang.

Museums – Enter a New World

There are so many museum late nights and weekend activities it may be hard to keep track of the details. Here is a little help on finding the artistic, low cost, fun that is at your doorstep:

My favorites first: 

3rd Thursday in Yerba Buena – Downtown SF museums are open late and free or low cost. Special events are often scheduled. The list includes, MOAD The African Diaspora, SF MOMA, The Contemporary Jewish Heritage Museum, CA Historical Society and the Yerba Buena museum. Often Printers, galleries and local shops often join in.

San Jose Museum of Art – just right size, one of the best museums, their late nights are Wednesdays and have a rotating exhibits and  variety.

Asian Art Museum – spectacular space, many weekend family events, The cultural variety between Asia, India, cultures, countries, art, textiles, prints and expressions is inspiring and thought-provoking. Late nights on Thursday until 9pm (from Feb – September – make sure to check exact late dates!)

links to many museums:

International Museum Day:  On May 8  many museums open their doors in the world! It’s the acknowledgement of the importance of museums, with events all over the globe.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums and free days!   (some links are old but most work, just haven’t had time to clean it up.)

Not part of museums, but the variety and location of San Francisco Public Open Spaces is growing and such a relief from the hustle-bustle. These spaces are nice for lunch, or people watching. The sites are dotted all over the city and contain, benches, art, plants and spots to relax and re-energize.

Data Mapping: Looking at France

From Josh at Sharp Sight Labs:  A few days ago, I was inspired by a set of photographs of Earth from space, at night.  The images are amazing, so I decided to try to replicate them using R.

For more information, go to Sharp Sight Labs ; this innovative company is based in Aurora, Illinois.  Make sure to subscribe to their blog. It’s full of information, “how-tos” and can open a new world of high-end data analysis to you !

To be a little more specific, I found a single dataset – a data set with French population data – and I’m using it to replicate the images for a single country: France.

With many people learning visually, this is a fantastic way to communicate data, don’t you think? Imagine! This would be like making your very own Google maps. Wow!!!    — the editor



Recycle your CRAYONS!

I didn’t know that you could do this! The Crayon Initiative recycles unwanted crayons and remanufactures them into new ones!  These new crayons are donated to children’s hospitals, art programs and other organizations that are invested in our children.

Art projects for kids and their families can be so therapeutic and relaxing. It takes the stress of a new room or hospital bed and puts the emphasis on fun, coloring, pictures, art. It is really a blessing for a family that is working through health issues with their kids. A small distraction, a way to forget about the pain or fear. I’ve seen many pediatric units covered with crayon art,  it helps.

This is really a cool idea.

How can you be a part of the Initiative?

  • Collect crayons
  • Volunteer
  • Donate Funds
  • Share Your Colors. Recycling unwanted crayons into unwanted possibilities.

Power Up with Corlita Kent

I love this: POWER UP it’s a message from a creative, feminist, progressive graphic artist and teacher named Corlita Kent from Los Angeles. Sister Corlita has a quote for all of us, she tried it out on all of her art students first, by the way:

The only rule is work. If you do work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things. – Sister Corlita Kent, a Catholic Nun, at Immaculate Heart,  who inspires her students 

Check out the Article: The Movement by Grace Dobush.


Falling in Love with Ceramics – Tactile Matter

Having the DREAM JOB …. then getting another dream. Isn’t it fantastic to be able to keep dreaming. But I bet it’s scary too.  Kenisha Sneed has created Tactile Matter . You can see her artistic eye in these object d’art, they are compelling. I want to touch the bowl of lemons, but of course its just a picture, and the internet has NOT come that far.  I’ll share her quote with you, it’s for her younger self: “Surrounding yourself with the people who inspire and encourage you is one of the best ways to learn and be a better you.” There is something the we all need in handmade cups and saucers and hand loomed textiles; its as if they are alive.  I’ll let you find out more about her…. I have to get back to my 9-5 job.

The works are from local designer and illustrator Kenesha Sneed, who takes pride in her creations featuring quirky shapes and bright colors. She makes everything from cups to bowls to pots and planters each of which appear to be dipped in a transition of color that represent the gradation of ground to setting sun to blank sky (which in this case is a speckled black and white). Some ceramics appear to remind of staring at the Pacific while others could be views of endless desert. Her mugs are particularly special as she offers atypical handles making them certainly standout from your cupboard. Issue 09, page 17 of Maker –Quarterly.


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