Sun, April 22, 2018
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
Hunters Point Shipyard – Building 101, Studio 2419
San Francisco, CA 94124 – Directions
- 3:30 pm: Introduction – Marti McKee, Board President, Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR)
- 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45: Artist Talks with Ira Watkins
- 3:45 pm: Special Guests Supervisor London Breed and Theo Ellington
Join us during Spring Open Studios 2018 to celebrate the contributions of our artists and hear from Ira Watkins, Shipyard Trust for the Arts Artist in Residence, with special guests London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, and Theo Ellington, Candidate for Board of Supervisors District 10.
Ira Watkins has been a Bay Area resident since 1957. He is a self-taught artist whose work depicts and celebrates the African-American community in the Bay Area that migrated from the South during WWII to find jobs in the shipyards.
Revered for a style of painting that bears comparison to 15th-century European art in terms of arrangement and tone, Watkins flips the script of traditionally white iconography. By portraying the upper echelon of symbolism and stock characters as African Americans and Tenderloin personalities, Watkins challenges current American social hierarchies and breathes dignity and respect into otherwise marginalized groups.
In one of her roles as a lifelong community leader, London Breed served as the chief executive of the African American Art & Culture Complex, for nearly a decade and has been credited with stabilizing the organization that provides after school arts and cultural programs for youth and seniors.
“I have witnessed first-hand how arts and expression can truly change lives.I am proud to continue supporting artists and art organizations… Our city has always been a haven for artists and it’s imperative that not only we continue to support the arts at all levels, but that we support policies around housing that keep them in our communities.”
For the last decade, Theo Ellington has had the opportunity to advocate and serve southeast neighborhoods from both the public and private sector. He works as Board President with other members of the Bayview Opera House Board of Directors to ensure its success and to serve as the focal point for Art and Culture in the Bayview Hunters Point Community by providing accessible, diverse, and high – quality arts education, cultural programs and community events in a safe environment.
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