To Assuage Bernal-Envy, Noe Valley Commissions Bernal Artist to Create Gorgeous New Mural

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Pity, those poor souls from Noe Valley, and the cruel torment of their Gatsby Complex.

It’s well known that many residents to our west suffer from a deep-seated sense of longing and envy as they stare at the glamorous majesty of Bernal Hill from their homes in Noe Valley. So it should perhaps come as no surprise that even if those tormented Noe Valley people can never hope to be us, some have realized that they can at least acquire pieces of Bernal awesomeness — in the form of large-scale paintings by Bernal artists.

Case in point is the new mural that was recently completed on the side of a building at the corner of Church and Day. It’s a gorgeous creation from Neighbor Amos Goldbaum, who was born and raised in Bernal Heights and still lives in tony Precitaville.

Neighbor Amos’s Bernal Hill t-shirts have become a must-have fashion accessory for in-the-know Bernalese, so his many fans here will instantly recognize his style when they see the new mural in Noe Valley. It’s classic Amos Goldbaum:

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amosmural3The (excruciatingly envious) Noe Valley Voice ran a picture of the Neighbor Amos’s new mural on the cover of the September 2014 issue, and they report that the mural is based on a 1945 photo Neighbor Amos found of the intersection at Dolores and 25th Streets:

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Meanwhile, Neighbor Amos also unveiled a new t-shirt design, featuring his own riff on the San Francisco city seal. You know, that cute little logo-thing that summarizes the early history of San Francisco on the doors of Our City’s luxurious vehicle fleet? The one that’s all, Oro en Paz! Fierro en Guerra! and all that?

Neighbor Amos turned that into a t-shirt, and Bernalwood snapped this (strangely daemonic) photo of him with it during a recent street fair:

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Supplies are limited, but you can get a better look at Neighbor Amos’s new City Seal shirt here, or view his entire — and entirely fashionable — t-shirt collection here.

Congrats on the mural, Neighbor Amos!

PHOTOS: Amos on ladder courtesy of Amos Goldbaum. All other photos by Telstar Logistics

Here’s How Jenni Sparks Drew Bernal Heights In Her Insanely Detailed Map of San Francisco

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Artist Jenni Sparks has created a very cool new map of San Francisco, and The Bold Italic gives it a shout out:

London-based artist and map-maker Jenni Sparks just released an insanely detailed hand-drawn map of San Francisco. Like, so detailed I expected to zoom in on 14th and Church to find an adorable rendering of the time I fell so hard crossing the street that my shoes fell off.

The map took months to complete (obviously), and is the fourth map Jenni has drawn in collaboration with Evermade, following London, New York, and Berlin. The prints are 2 ft. by 2 ft.

The map goes on sale today, and you can buy one right here.

Because we are glamorous and vain, Bernalwood wrote to Jenni Sparks to request a detail of Bernal Heights. Because Jenni Sparks understands this about us, she kindly passed it along. So here is Bernal Heights, as seen in Jenni’s fabulous new map:

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Purists will grumble that the BART line is positioned a little too far to the west, and our defensive freeway perimeter has gone missing, but Bernalwood will gladly overlook all that in the name of artistic license and general maptastic awesomeness.

Plus, Silver Crest Donut Shop! And I can totally see my house.

Thanks for sharing, Jenni!

MAP IMAGES: Courtesy of Jenni Sparks

New “Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Book” Celebrates 2014 Bernal Outdoor Cinema Festival

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Neighbor Mason Kirby is an architect who lives on Mullen and works from a cute little office on Bocana just off Cortland. A few years ago, Neighbor Mason created a fabulously clever Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Book, which he generously shared with Bernalwood readers.

Now, just in time for the 2014 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival that gets underway next week, Neighbor Mason shares a new edition of his Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Book for wannabe Bernal architects of all ages:

We’ve created a second, collectors, edition of our Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Book. Download away! In this new edition, we didn’t need to include any houses from Noe Valley (……hisssss……hooray!). Also, we included a moon-like reminder about the Precita Park screening of Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema (which we are helping sponsor) that will happen on Saturday September 6th at 6:30.

Download your copy of the 2014 Bernal Heights Architectural Coloring Book right here!!

Don’t have a printer? No problem! Neighbor Anne tells us where you can pick up a hard copy:

The coloring books are available at Precita Park Café, Charlie’s Café, Precita Valley Center, and the Bernal Library. In addition, we will have a stack of them at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema information table at Precita Park on Saturday, September 6.

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Got that, kids? Sharpen your colored pencils, line up your crayons, try and stay within the lines, and don’t forget that all your pictures must conform with the Bernal Heights East Slope Design Review Guidelines. (Just kidding about that last part. Sort of.)

And meanwhile, get ready for Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema 2014, which kicks off with a gala Opening Night Party at El Rio  on Thursday night, Sept. 4.

Sexy Bernal Sweatshirt Hoodies For Sale to Support Final Phase of Library Art Project

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The Bernal Library Art Project is entering its final phase.

After all the controversy, and the delicate mediation, and the hard-earned consensus, and the installation of new artwork on the library’s Cortland and Moultrie facades, work is now underway to complete the art on the rear, playground-facing side of the library. Scaffolding is up, and artist Johanna Poethig is working on her clever tile mosaic/mural, which incorporates vintage photographs shared by Bernal neighbors. (You can see some in-progress snaps above.)

All that remains is just a little more fundraising. And for that, the esteemed Bernalese who have spearheaded the Library Art Project invite you to purchase one of their rather fashionable sweatshirt hoodies, each of which includes a cameo by Bernal’s own celebrity icon, Sutrito Tower:

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Here’s the pitch from the Library Art Project team:

Phase 2 of the Bernal Library Art Project is scheduled for completion this fall. Scaffolding is up on the back of the library to paint and prepare the wall for installation of the amazing glass and ceramic tile mural that Johanna Poethig has designed for this space.

So, even though the mural is going up, the funding is not complete. Our current, and perhaps final, fund raising effort is this terrific Bernal Heights sweatshirt hoodie. Please note:

  • The copyrighted image by Reuben Rude will not be duplicated in the future!
  • Supplies are limited!
  • They are available in sizes from XL to XS.
  • Hoodies are for purchase at Heartfelt for $45
  • All proceeds above cost support Phase 2 of the Bernal Lilbrary Art Project.

Although lightweight, it’s warm and super comfy and looks really cool. Don’t wait or you may miss the opportunity to own this Bernal Heights collectible!

PHOTOS: via the Bernal Library Art Project Facebook page.

Attention, Bernal Artists: Send Your Submissions for the 2014 “Art in Bernal Heights” Show at Inclusions Gallery

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Amid all the angst, teeth-gnashing, and hair-pulling about the changes taking place in Bernal Heights, there’s one thing that about this neighborhood that has remained constant: Bernal Heights is home to a ridiculous number of incredibly talented creative people.

That’s why we’re so fortunate that Lisa Moro of the Inclusions Gallery on Cortland provides a venue for our local artists to strut their stuff. Inclusions consistently emphasizes local work, but the gallery’s annual “Art in Bernal Heights” show provides a unique opportunity for anyone and everyone in Bernal to channel their inner artiste.

Lisa just began accepting submissions for the 2014 edition of the Art in Bernal Heights show, so if you want your work to be included in it, you have until September 22 to show off your genius:

Inclusions Gallery is accepting submissions for our annual neighborhood show: Inclusions 6 – Bernal Heights Artists

This annual event is dedicated to the multi talented individuals that make up the highly creative community of Bernal Heights. Each year this successful exhibit features roughly 25 neighborhood artists and 100 diverse works of art. All residents are welcome and encouraged to participate. It’s a terrific opportunity to have your work shown while participating in an event that supports and celebrates the creativity of the local community.

Deadline for Submission: Midnight, September 22, 2014

Exhibition dates: October 18 – November 16, 2014

Artist reception: November 8, 2014 / 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Eligibility: The artist must be a resident of Bernal Heights to participate.

Mediums: Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, artist book, ceramics, sculpture, textile, fiber art, mix media, collage, assemblage. Original art only.

Additional submission requirements and details right here.

IMAGE: Mosaic of work from the 2013 Art In Bernal Heights show

Saturday: Celebrate Neighbor Aaron Zube’s New Paintings at Inclusions Gallery

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Last February, Bernal Neighbor and painter extraordinaire Aaron Zube told us he was working on a new collection of Bernal Heights paintings for an upcoming show at the fabulous Inclusions Gallery on Cortland. Now he writes to say the show is live, and there’s a celebrity-soaked opening reception happening this weekend. Oh, and you’re invited!

I just wanted to invite Bernalwood readers who may be interested to my show of Bernal Heights paintings at Inclusions Gallery. The opening reception is tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and all are welcome. I’ll be showing work with Sarah Newton who does some terrific drawings & etchings. I’ve attached images of a couple of paintings that will be included in the show. The show runs until August 24th — hope you have a chance to stop by & take a look!

Here’s another super-sexy image of one of Neighbor Aaron’s dreamy painting, and the show announcement:

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IMAGES: Courtesy of Aaron Zube

Today: Opening Reception for Bernal Artist in City Hall Office of Supervisor Campos

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Bernal artist Todd Berman has lots of fans around the neighborhood — including D9 Supervisor David Campos. Neighbor Todd’s art is now on display in Supervisor Campos’s office in City Hall, and from 4 to 7 pm today in Room 268, the Supervisor will host a glamorous opening party:

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting an art exhibit, titled City of Awesome, by local artist, Todd Berman, in my office at City Hall. Todd’s paintings celebrate San Francisco’s creativity, community and captures San Francisco’s unique character.

Please join us for an evening of appreciation of Todd’s art where he will share his City of Awesome project and his approach to community-informed art. The art is currently on display at my office through August 8, 2014.

We hope you can join us! For more information about Todd Berman or the exhibit, check out theartdontstop.com.

Special Bonus! Neighbor Todd also shared an in-progress photo of his new piece; a commission called “View of Precitaville” that shows the stylish southwest corner of Precita Park:

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PHOTOS: via Todd Berman