Block Fest 2022

TenderArts
Friday May 13th @ 3PM PT
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Join us every second and fourth Friday of the month for Block Fest — a  series of workshops where YOU are the featured artist!

All Block Fest events are 100% Free!

Coming Up at Block Fest 2022

~ stay tuned for our Fall schedule ~

ALL BLOCKFEST EVENTS HAPPEN ON THE SIDEWALK OUTSIDE 80 TURK STREET. WALK UPS WELCOME!

COVID-19 Protocols

– We will be working outside on the sidewalk in front of 80 Turk St (between Mason and Taylor)

– You must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to participate

– You must wear a mask and sanitize your hands to participate (mask and sanitizer provided)

– No sharing crafting materials (we will provide plenty!)

For more information, contact Rick Darnell, Associate Director of Neighborhood Arts: rick@counterpulse.org

Block Fest 2022 is presented as part of CounterPulse’s TenderArts Program

Previous Block Fest Events

Monday, Feb 14 • Get Your (Alternative) Valentine On! • 3-5pm

Hallmark might not make a Valentine Card for everyone whose Valentine best wishes are “outside the box” of traditional affections. If this describes you, and your partner(s), then Come Get Your (Alternative) Valentine On! at CounterPulse’s Block Fest.

Friday, March 11 • Embroidery w/ Janet Williams • 3-5pm • RSVP Here >>

Community Members will get the chance to learn the basics of Embroidery (the process of sewing by hand designs onto fabric). You will learn how to transfer a design onto fabric and the basic stitches to get you started. Embroidery can be applied to clothing or single sheets of fabric.

Janet Williams began working with Hospitality House’s Community Art Program (CAP) in 2010. Inspired by their mission to connect people to the power of art through a low threshold and harm reduction philosophy, she returned to her native Ireland in 2011 and set up a volunteer-run art program in several inner-city Dublin shelters.  In 2016, Janet returned to San Francisco to be the Program Manager of CAP . In her own art practice Janet specialized in photography for 10 years, exhibiting and working freelance events & portraiture. She now focuses on translating photography and objects through the Cyanotype Printing process. She took up Embroidery at the start of Covid to support her mental well being. She finds the process to be very meditative and when coupled with embroidery designs of self expression and female empowerment, its the perfect way to pass the time while the world is seeming to fall apart. She firmly believes everyone is an artist and art can save lives. Janet has a BA in Visual Art Practice and a Graduate Diploma in Community Art and Socially Engaged Practices.

Friday, March 25 • Pop Up Art Studio3-5pm • RSVP Here >>

Pop Up Art Studio is an opportunity to work with recycled / reused materials to created 3D art objects. Using art from recycled / reused materials, is a environmental best practice for artists, to dramatically decrease the amount of “waste” going into landfills, a big win for the environment and artists, alike.  Materials for the POP UP Arts Studios are purchased from and help financially support  SF SCRAP, a wonderful nonprofit, that is a major source of art supplies and materials for local artists and the SF Unified School District.

Friday, April 8 • Crochet Jam w/ Ramekon O’Arwisters • 3-5pm • RSVP Here >>

A Crochet Jam is a public, art-making event focused on relaxation and human connection led by local artist Ramekon O’Arwisters. Learn how to crochet  and then create an art piece, using your hands and fabric strips provided, or bring your own. The program is designed to be a meditative practice with no prescribed outcome for the creative process. Participants are able to keep their creations.

Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society.

O’Arwisters grew up in Jim Crow South during the Civil Rights Movement, where he had a safe haven, quilting with his grandmother where he was “embraced, important and special.” These early memories prompted his nascent series of unique crocheted/ceramic sculptures titled, Mending. Employing ordinary household, or decorative pottery, broken and discarded, O’Arwisters combined traditional crafts into a dimensional woven tapestry, stripping both cloth and ceramic of their intended function. O’Arwisters is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco. http://crochetjam.com

Friday, April 22 • Pop Up Art Studio3-5pm at the CommonWealth Club • Get Tickets Here >>

Join us for Earth Day at SF’s Commonwealth Club >> 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Pop Up Art Studio is an opportunity to work with recycled / reused materials to created 3D art objects. Using art from recycled / reused materials, is a environmental best practice for artists, to dramatically decrease the amount of “waste” going into landfills, a big win for the environment and artists, alike.  Materials for the POP UP Arts Studios are purchased from and help financially support  SF SCRAP, a wonderful nonprofit, that is a major source of art supplies and materials for local artists and the SF Unified School District.

Friday, May 13 • Discover Your Inner Weaver! w/ Rachel Lozada • 3-5pm • RSVP Here >>

Weaving fabrics is a universal art. Whatever culture or background you may identify with, there is likely to be an age-old weaving tradition. This workshop is an introduction to weaving and hopes to break down myths that weaving is too hard to do. With the use of basic looms and a variety of threads and yarns, participants will create their individual woven art. Each one will bring home their own pieces including the mini-loom and some yarn. A few other types of table top looms will be displayed to inspire you further in discovering your inner weaver.

Rachel Lozada is an immigrant Filipina community-based artivist, weaver, and social/behavioral health services provider. Since 2013, Rachel has been learning and practicing indigenous Filipino backstrap weaving and traditional pedal loom weaving particularly Ilocano weaving called “inabel”. She has done numerous weaving workshops and demonstrations in the Bay Area as part of a Filipina-American weaving circle and individually in her Inabel nga Indayon Project (Ilocano Woven Cradle/Hammock). Being a late-blooming weaver herself, she is very passionate about encouraging people to embark on their own weaving journeys especially as it may relate to re-connecting them to their own ancestral or cultural weaving traditions.

About Our Block Fest Workshop Facilitators

Rick Darnell and Jeff Marshall, both longtime Tenderloin residents, have been collaborating to present CounterPulse TenderArts workshops for the past 5 years.  Their collaboration earned the duo a Tenderloin Hidden Gem award and their collaboration was featured in the book TenderLoin Stories from Wildflower Press.

Header Photo: Block Fest 2019 by Robbie Sweeny

 

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Details

Date:
May 13
Cost:
Free