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Weekend Picks for January 3-5: 'Outsider Art,' 'Choice' at Arc and more

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“Outsider Artists." Outsider Artists is an exhibition of artwork created by artists working at Creativity Explored, Creative Growth in Oakland and the National Institute of Art and Disabilities in Richmond. The exhibition explores the concept of “Outsider Art,” a phrase often referring to artworks created and exhibited outside of the mainstream art world.

The exhibition is located in three areas of the Oakland International Airport. Exhibit sites are located in Terminal 2 between Gates 25 and 26, in Terminal 1 before the security checkpoint, and in the connecting walkway between the two terminals.

Creativity Explored artists Ian Adams, Charlie Barthelet, Pablo Calderon, Peter Cordova, Ricardo Estella, Christina Marie Fong, Daniel Green, Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, James Montgomery, Jason Monzon, Lance Rivers, Ka Wai Shiu, Gerald Wiggins, and Marilyn Wong are exhibiting work in the exhibit.

"Choice" at Arc Gallery. "Choice" is a landmark exhibition about women’s reproductive rights at Arc Gallery, Sponsored by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art (NCWCA), this exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. It explores choices women make with their reproductive life, and how choice, or the lack thereof, has affected their lives.

The work represents each artists understanding of all the aspects of choice - the beautiful as well as the brutal. Juried by Catharine Clark, owner and director of Catharine Clark Gallery, the Project Gallery at Arc also is exhibiting an installation of letters from people who were touched by abortion.

Website: http://www.4choice2013.com/ Gallery: 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco - through Jan 12, 2014

'Twisted Sisters." The traveling exhibition that celebrates the 10th anniversary of San Francisco and Zurich's sister-city relationship was recently extended due to popular demand. The show features the works of S.F. artists including Tammy Rae Carland, Pablo Guardiola, John Chiara, Sanaz Mazinani and Lindsey White. Through Jan. 31. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. San Francisco City Hall, Ground Floor Exhibition and North Light Court Banners, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. http://bit.ly/1cwoaug.

Beth Van Hoesen: "Portraits From the Castro." The show includes portraits and watercolors of drag queens, punks, leather daddies, activists, and other stoically portrayed out loud figures that Van Hoesen drew and painted while she was living at 22nd and Castro in the late 80′s and early 90′s. Castro Biscuit’s own Waiyde Palmer (drawn with punk attitude and vibrant dyed-blue hair) was even one of Van Hoesen’s subjects.

Money raised at the show will go to help construct the Rainbow Honor Walk which is a memorial to LGBT change makers throughout history set to be completed with the Castro Street Redesign.

Opens Friday; reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Through March 1. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. George Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary St., 2nd Floor, S.F. (415) 397-9748. www.georgekrevskygallery.com

Ian Adams. Untitled
Ian Adams. Untitled @the artist

Ian Adams. Untitled

Outsider Artists is an exhibition of artwork created by artists working at Creativity Explored, Creative Growth in Oakland and the National Institute of Art and Disabilities in Richmond. The exhibition explores the concept of “Outsider Art,” a phrase often referring to artworks created and exhibited outside of the mainstream art world.

Beth Van Hoesen, “Jose I, Widow Norton,” 1996
Beth Van Hoesen, “Jose I, Widow Norton,” 1996 Photo: M. Lee Fatherree

Beth Van Hoesen, “Jose I, Widow Norton,” 1996

The show includes portraits and watercolors of drag queens, punks, leather daddies, activists, and other stoically portrayed out loud figures that Van Hoesen drew and painted while she was living at 22nd and Castro in the late 80′s and early 90′s. 

Art/installation by Jung Ran Bae at Arc Gallery.
Art/installation by Jung Ran Bae at Arc Gallery. @the artist

Art/installation by Jung Ran Bae at Arc Gallery.

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“Choice” is a juried exhibition in support of women's reproductive rights in the United States. Sponsored by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art (NCWCA), this exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. It explores choices women make with their reproductive life, and how choice, or the lack thereof, has affected their lives.

Liza LaBarge, Stephanie Eley.
Liza LaBarge, Stephanie Eley. @the artist

Liza LaBarge, Stephanie Eley.

At a time when the erosion of women’s reproductive rights is causing women in some parts of the country to feel that Roe vs Wade is a distant history, women artists from all across the nation interpreted and created artwork to the theme, Choice. They give us insight to their artwork through their writings about Choice.

Tamra Seal
Tamra Seal @the artist

Tamra Seal

While one might think Choice is just about abortion, the artists and juror Catharine Clark show us that Choice encompasses the spectrum of reproductive rights: if and when to be a mother, method of contraception and termination of pregnancy. 

Suzanne Lacke
Suzanne Lacke @the artist

Suzanne Lacke

It is about celebrating a wanted pregnancy and weeping over a pregnancy wanted and not fulfilled. It is choosing to terminate a pregnancy without regret or feeling conflicted with loss wishing circumstances were different.

Jennifer Zona
Jennifer Zona @the artist

Jennifer Zona

Juror Catharine Clark, owner and Director of Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco writes, “...choice is an exceedingly complex topic, I think it merits a thoughtful voice. Artists whose work is approaching the topic with the depth and complexity the subject demands was chosen for the exhibit”

Twisted Sisters at SFAC Galleries
Twisted Sisters at SFAC Galleries @the artist

Twisted Sisters at SFAC Galleries

Conceptual photographers from each sister city used this opportunity to create new and unexpected urban portraits. The resulting 80+ images challenge and occasionally subvert stereotypes associated with these two great metropolises through narratives and landscapes.

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