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Archive: Newsletters 2005

Artists, Students, Patrons, Mentors, Advisors and Volunteers in the Arts,

 Can you believe it? First the bad news: Executive Director, Josefa Vaughan announced that her home (since 1993) where ArtSeed’s office has been (since 2000) received an eviction notice due to an Ellis Act removal of the building from the rental market. Now the good news: We found an office in the Presidio’s Thoreau Center for Sustainability next door to LucasFilm and gardens! ArtSeed now belongs to a family of other nonprofits housed in the Thoreau Center.

The Bay Area’s most challenged families now have access to new facilities and services in a fantastic resort community because of your continued gifts of time, money, and expertise. Please come and visit your new retreat! For more information about Tides Shared Spaces visit New Mailing Address: P.O. Box 29277 San Francisco, CA 94129-0277, New Phone: 415-561-7892 Visitors & Express Mail: ArtSeed, a Tides tenant in the Thoreau Ctr. Presidio Bldg.1014 Torney Ave. at Lincoln Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94129, (Lombard St. & Presidio Blvd. feed into Lincoln Blvd.) Map: (We are in the far right wing of the 3-pronged building under the fork & knife symbol by the “Former Letterman Hospital”). Driving Directions: Enter the Presidio via Lombard St. entrance or Presidio Blvd. After the visitor station, park in the parking lot on your right. Enter Building 1014 for the Thoreau Gallery and Tides Inc. daytime reception desk for ArtSeed. Evenings or weekends knock on 1012 Torney (French doors, right side of the building). If the front lot is full or for wheelchair access take an immediate right off Lincoln on to Girard & do the same on Edie. Turn right into the parking lot behind our building. Enter either door.

 ArtSeed’s First Benefit Auction Winning art bids and gifts in response to last June’s benefit auction made it possible to formalize and expand our Studio Apprenticeship Program. Your generous gifts of money and artwork from top-notch Bay Area artists such as Roy de Forest and Jim Campbell; dancers such as Anna Halprin and Kinji Hayashi; and composers such as Charles Shere and Charles Boone made this big step possible. ArtSeed apprentices from Bayview Hunters Point mingled with distinguished Bay Area collectors. The auctioneer and the gospel singers thrilled the crowd. ArtSeed’s valiant volunteers and all-star auction committee Anna-Lisa Froman, Beth Grinberg, Justin Hoover, Mehrzad Khajenoori, Marissa Kunz and Josefa Vaughan rejoiced in raising more than $24,000. Thank you for helping us make last June’s amazing art auction a resounding success.

ArtSeed’s 2005 Spring and Summer Intensive Workshops and Internships. The Spring Intensive involved students at Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley, Town School in Pacific Heights and Burnett Child Development Center in Bayview Hunters Point. The theme, “Bridges” was brought to life by a dedicated team of engineering students from Drexel University in Philadelphia in collaboration with Artseed artists and volunteers. The participants’ collaborative collograph prints along with other works were shown at Spring Open Studios. The Summer Intensive program was led by artists Josefa Vaughan and Jesus Chiadez. They were assisted by artists Claire Yeoman and Bonnie Kirkland and interns Ryan Collins, Rosie Ruel, Luba Yusim, and Richard Cheung. They took field trips to The Graphic Arts Workshop, Catharine Clark and Brian Gross Galleries, and Galerie Paule Anglim. They also visited the studios of artist Francesca Pastine and composer Charles Boone.

ArtSeed’s Fall Open Studio at Hunters Point Shipyard Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30. Hundreds of people came to see the art that will be on display in three different neighborhoods. Several Bayview Hunters Point students sold drawings and received commissions. Visitors and apprentices helped design maps of San Francisco to aid the treasure hunt. Students are designing coupons or imaginary money (ArtSeed “claims”) which can be found at each site and will be redeemable for prizes!

 History of Money This year, ArtSeed will be conducting a program for the Young Artists at Work Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts entitled Make Over: Money, Transformation and Self Image, Then & Now. Lead by Josefa Vaughan, this year- long program exposes high school students to the history and fundamental techniques of classical oil self-portraiture taught as an exercise in perception that challenges preconceived or conditioned assumptions about who we are. This program encourages students to combine traditions from the past with today’s pop-culture to examine the effects of self-image pursuits on character development, cultural values and politics. Guest artists will include Lynn Hershman, Claire Bain, Michelle Vignes and Marissa Kunz. ArtSeed’s elementary students will also be introduced to economics by exploring similar themes.

Global Issues = Local Issues Five teachers and one hundred and twenty elementary school aged students will address global issues and their local counterparts in ArtSeed’s new collaboration with Project Spera. This SF based non-profit’s mission is to educate young people about international affairs and help prepare them for life in a global community. We are integrating resources from Project Spera into our weekly classes in Bayview Hunters Point at the Burnett Child Development Center. As we begin our third year at Burnett, we have agreed to expand the number of students served. Therefore we are looking for funds to supplement the San Francisco Education Fund grant that gives Burnett teachers access to ArtSeed’s program. You can help support this program by donating at or simply by coming to our culminating show. Please save Project Spera’s culminating festival dates: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 8, 9 & 10 at SomArts & Cell Space. Please visit for more information.

New Board Members and Apprenticeships We gratefully welcome new board members Diane Scarritt, a Bayview Hunters Point psychiatric social worker and Matt Boris, an East Bay artist and software developer. We have three new advisors to the board! Alisa De Wys is a financial management professional. Richard Mitchell is an artist and high-tech wiz. Our new Youth Advisory Board coordinator, Christina Oatfield, is a Lowell High School senior. Congratulations to ArtSeed’s first formal Apprenticeship pairs including mentoring artists Gabrielle Thormann, and Tim Armstrong who will be paired with ArtSeed Apprentices Kali Mobley and  Stacy Thomas respectively. Kali’s brothers, Ibrahima and Kusar Mobley  are being initiated into the program with the help of mentoring artist Josefa Vaughan and assisting artist William Scott. To all of you who made this miraculous year possible – Thank you!.