Neighbor Aaron Zube recently shared images of his Bernal Heights paintings over in the drop-dead sexy Bernalwood Flickr group, and his work blew me away.
“Huh? WOW! What? How?” I asked. Neighbor Aaron explains:
I’ve been living in Bernal (on Bocana street) for about four years now — the paintings are mostly of my immediate surroundings. In this series, I’m trying to capture the feeling of the light & character of the neighborhood. The painting technique is relatively slow & involves multiple layers of translucent oil paint to give a luminous quality to the painted surface. The entire series should be complete this Fall when I’ll be showing the paintings at Inclusions Gallery.
IMAGES: Aaron Zube
The north entrance to Bernal Heights Park has been the site of many illegal dumping attacks, over the years, all done under the cover of darkness. But a new high-tech solar-powered streetlight should make the parking area a bit less attractive to debris-dumping hooligans.
It’s “Off-Grid,” and it’s self-contained, complete with internal batteries. I only noticed it this week, but I almost walked by it without seeing it, so I wonder when it was actually installed. Neighbors?
But here’s the most important thing. It works! It really lights up!
The extra photons will come in handy since the anti-dumping Eye of Sautrito has been largely repurposed for Burrito Railgun defense.
Neighbor Sharon reports that she was very nearly licked by a strange tree snake on Bennington near Cortland. Born of neckties, apparently, the creature appears freakish, but conspicuously friendly.
Neighbor Chris photographed some local fauna last weekend on Bernal Hill:
In the unseasonably warm sun atop Bernal Hill, this Red Admiral Butterfly stopped long enough for me to snap this photo, warming it’s wings against the red rock.
Update: Controversy! In the comments, Neighbor Irene dissents. She says this is a Painted Lady.
PHOTO: Chris Frieber
Last year, the bookstore long known as Red Hill Books was briefly shuttered, then refocused and reopened with a new name: Badger Books. Alas, it seems the transformation did not succeed in reversing the store’s fortunes. Now there are For Rent signs in the windows, a sale is underway, and Neighbor Karen has learned the sad news that Badger Books will be gone at the end of the month:
Badger Books is closing for good at the end of February. The owner is transferring books and employees to her other stores. She hopes to rent the space (see sign in window) either to a business or individual. The employee I spoke to said, “We’re just not making enough money.” Bernal can support fancy restaurants and umpteen nail salons and multiple hardware stores but not a single independent bookstore? So depressing.
When Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter (age 6) was informed about the planned closure she said, “Whaaat? Oh poop. I love that place.”
PHOTO: Telstar Logistics
Neighbor Barbara brings the glamorous TV celebrity news that Emkay Nobilette, a contestant on the current American Idol, is an OG Bernal native:
I noticed on sfgate that an SF kid made the top 30. I sent the link to my daughter (away at college) who recognized her as her schoolmate at Buena Vista who used to live up the street from us on Treat. I haven’t seen her in almost 10 years so had no idea we knew her. Now I have a reason to tune into Idol again!
Emkay Nobilette is also the first openly gay contestant on American Idol. You can watch her sing — and come out — right here:
PHOTO: via Fox/American Idol
Via Neighbor Andy, we bring this cheerful news that the SFVDA — the San Francisco Valentine’s Day Agency — is currently ticketing vehicles in Bernal Heights with “Parking tickets of Love.”
Awwwww. Happy Valentines Day, Bernal Heights!