Season One flew by and Season Two is underway. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with KTSF, Hastings Realty Group, and Renovation and Design on the graphics for this super fun, local TV show, Bay Area Drop In. Check out new episodes of Season Two on KTSF channel 26 (cable channel 8) on Saturday Nights at 6:30.
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Gosh, sorry for being MIA all Summer. Things were really heating up at ARTdeezine HQ this Summer and now that the kids are back in school and things seem to be back to routine I am able to organize my thoughts and reflect…
Things have really come full circle for ARTdeezine. Where do I begin; prior to Summer ARTdeezine took on a new (ongoing) project managing the Marketing Department for one of our major clients, Hastings Realty Group (HRG). HRG is growing, and growing fast, and we are excited to be a part of such an innovative, young community-minded team.
Sammy Hastings is the founding broker at HRG and he is full of amazing ideas, which is what makes working with him so much fun. He is not your typical real estate broker, he is doing things out of the box. He is investing in his community in innovative ways because he is so passionate about his community and knows that real estate is an avenue that can be used to bring value and substance what he is so passionate about. I have noticed in the short time I have worked closely with him all these ideas we are brainstorming are quickly followed by action, and action is what makes Mr. Hastings so amazing in my book. What starts as a conversation, leads to brainstorming and next thing you know those ideas are reality.
It was only a couple of months ago that Sammy mentioned he was thinking about opening a second location for HRG, the space that can be used as a hub, a presence for the community work we are involved in… And now I have the great pleasure of working on designing a storefront which will be opening this Fall in San Francisco’s Sunset District on Irving at 12th Street. The image above is a mock-up I created for the look of the exterior storefront. The storefront interior is currently being renovated. I cant wait to see what HRG’s partner co. Renovation and Design (R&D) will come up with!
Another great idea that for the most part isn’t being done by any other real estate company around. HRG has partnered with Renovation and Design (R&D) to bring top value to homes all over the Bay Area. Ordinary homes are being miraculously transformed into extraordinary, smart, spacious double and triple occupancy dwellings bringing modern-day comfort to homes in style while highlighting a homes character and maximizing the space to its fullest potential. In a city where space is scarce and more expensive per square foot this is an extremely valuable art. Sandeep Sood, R&D founder says “It’s not how much you spend; its how you spend that makes all the difference.” Sandeep is known for simple, yet elegant design style and is able to do amazing transformations on a budget. He uses the ancient Indian science of Vāstu which is the source of Feng Shui, to organize space by creating harmony between the elements. And the results are absolutely breathtaking every time. Since I am creating the marketing collateral for all these homes when they go on the market this sure does make my job easier and so much fun. And to top it all off I get to attend wine and cheese open house events and check out the amazing work of R&D!
You can check out the amazing work of R&D too by tuning into Bay Area Drop In, a new TV show sponsored in part by HRG and hosted by Sammy Hastings, Sandeep Sood (design segment), Angelica Santamaria, and Maria Fang. Bay Area Drop In is a TV show that explores Real Estate, Lifestyle, and Design in the Bay Area. Each week the show visits a new Bay Area neighborhood. It airs on Saturday nights at 6:30 on Channel 26 (cable channel 8) and is shown again on Sunday nights at 7pm. The show is super informative and cute, you should check it out. The graphics are all done by yours truly! This TV show is a perfect example of what I mean when I say Sammy Hastings is all ACTION. The idea for the show literally started as a conversation topic at his kitchen table, and just a few months later the show is on the air. Absolutely amazing!!!
So it really feels like things have come full circle for ARTdeezine. Why, you ask? Well, I just realized that our very first blog post ever was over two years ago and it was highlighting the “New” HRG logo we created. We have come a long way with HRG and we hope to have a long and lasting working relationship for years to come!
Check out what ARTdeezine has been working on for HRG lately:
We just designed and launched HRG’s new website
Check out Bay Area Drop In’s Recent Episodes and Website
HRG’s Summer/Fall Newsletter
First of all welcome to 2012! We are so excited about all the stuff we are cooking up in the coming year at ARTdeezine, and would like to take a moment to thank all those who attended ARTasting 2011 on November 5th and have offered support throughout the years. ARTdeezine would not exist without you!
Each year ARTdeezine hosts ARTasting the first weekend in November. We invite our clients as well as the local art and food community to get involved and showcase their work. This gives ARTdeezine an opportunity to give back to the local community as well as our clients a platform to showcase their work to their target audience.
We come up with a theme that, in some way, “explores the culture and style of San Francisco neighborhoods through art and food.” We choose 12 local art pieces that fit the theme and we create a 5×5 wall calendar that is released at the event. Each guest is able to take a calendar home that features all the artwork on display at the event. The calendar becomes a marketing piece to be enjoyed the entire next year benefiting all the artists and vendors involved.
This years event was held at the historic Women’s Building on 18th Street in the heart of the Mission right down the street from our studio. The theme was “Bottle Art” and the Evolution of local brand, Chile Lindo. We showcased 12 local artist’s wine label designs, and featured each in the 2012 calendar given to each guest. We also showcased 6 additional art pieces that explored the brand Chile Lindo, showing how the brand has visually evolved throughout the years. Complimentary appetizers from Steelhead Brewery were offered along with Chile Lindo Empanadas for $3 -$5. 4 local wine vendors: Bodega del Sur Winery, Threshold Wine Co., Icarus Imports, and Bi-Rite Market provided wine tasting. Some of the wine being poured was also featured art at the event and in the calendar.
Each of the 12 art pieces was included in a silent auction so 12 lucky guests went home with framed photo poster prints. This was the first year that we conducted a silent auction for the art and we think that for future events we will include the silent auction as it went very well. So thanks so much to all who bid, and congratulations to those who won, and took home some local art that night!
Below are images from the 2012 calendar starting with January, followed by photos from the event . If you did not attend and would like a complimentary copy of the calendar (while supplies last) fill out the form below and we will send you one. You can also purchase prints or framed artwork from the event here.
ARTasting 2011 Photo Gallery
Danny Brown, Saxaphone
Danny Grewen, Trombone
Eugene Warren, Bass
Michael Parsons, Piano
Ulf Bjorkbom, Drums
And DJ Jorgito
Sponsors & Contributors:
A Very Special Thank You…
…to Paula and the Chile Lindo Team, you are all such a pleasure to work with! I would also like to thank Evelyn Reyes-Umana and Luis Reyes-Umana of Bodega del Sur Winery for your continued support throughout the years. Sophia of Bumbershoot Events for coming through for us at crunch time. Madison, Katie and Stephanie our wonderful volunteers, Kevin Aldridge of Classic Party Rentals, Chef Byron Garcia of Steelhead Brewery for your continued help with ARTasting year after year. And finally I would like to thank my family: My wonderfully supportive parents Gene and Della, sister and cousins who never fail to arrive in SF from LA for ARTasting ready to help with wine consumption (and whatever else I need help with of course), brother Eric for moral and financial support, my hubby Steve and little girls Sonoma Rose and Lyla Sky for your patience and love always!
If you would like us to send you a complimentary 2012 calendar, fill out this form:
We live to design logos! We are in the process of launching an updated portfolio. In the meantime we figured it would be fun to share tidbits as we organize things, so here’s a peak at some of our favorite logo projects…
Welcome to another Hot Seat Interview. The Hot Seat is our community spotlight! Are you a creative type? Want us to feature you? We’d love to learn about your creative business or hobby.
This week we feature Evelyn Reyes-Umana of Bodega del Sur Winery:
Bodega del Sur Winery offers wine with a Latin flair! The tasting room is located in the quaint town of Murphys California. The wine is excellent and the Bodega del Sur family is friendly and welcoming, providing a true experience to everyone who walks through their door! Evelyn is very active in her community and passionate about all she does. She donates a portion of the proceeds from the wine to local non-profits supporting women and children in need and hosts events in support of local art. Read the interview below to learn more about this amazing woman!
Tell us about yourself / background: I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador Central America. Came to the USA as a child , I have been in California most of my life. Got Married in the 70′s, I am a mother of two great guys Victor Manuel and Luis Edgardo…worked as Spanish teacher for 15 years before becoming a business owner.
In a nutshell, tell us about your business, art or craft: Bodega del Sur is owned and managed by my husband, Victor and I . We are focused on putting together the best possible team in order to provide a totally memorable experience. Our vision is quite simple. It is to make the Bodega del Sur experience a truly memorable one for our customers — through the quality of our wines and the professionalism of our staff.
How long have you been in business or doing this? If this is your business, is it a full-time gig? Do you have another job or hobby you’d like to share? We have been in Business for four years…this is our full-time job.
bright red, somewhat darkened with blue; purple”. Its use in naming our wine goes back to the imagination and dreams of a 10-year-old girl in El Salvador. To me it meant wonder, delight, fantastic mystery. It was a word I heard in music and read in poetry. It was a word I fell in love with. So, when the time came to name our new red wine, the “word” and a fantastic idea came to life.The word “Carmesi” not only described this mysteriously, romantic, red wine with just a hint of blue, it was a perfect word to use in honoring the memories of my mother and mother-in-law – two very important women in my life. Thus, the first vintage of Carmesi carried a composite image of these two women and was named for them – Maria Alicia. But why limit it to these two women? Why not honor all those strong women who have inspired and made an impression on all of us? Just as poets and song writers have been honoring noble women with their poems and music over the centuries, Bodega del Sur wants to honor them with their wine.The era I chose to depict on the labels is approximately 1900 to the 1930s; a time when women were asserting themselves and making their strengths known. As the blend changes, different women will adorn the Carmesi label.With our most recent vintage of Carmesi we have a new figure adorning our label. Her name is Amparo?
Who is Amparo and why is she on the label? With the huge success of our first bottling of Carmesi, my husband, Victor and I searched long and hard for an image of another Latin woman who would convey both strength and beauty. The search ended in a family album of a friend and neighbor. There she was – Amparo Ramos. She was 15 years old when the photo was taken in 1894 in Sonora, Mexico, but her inner confidence and strength was already apparent. She went on to marry and have children, but after that the trail is lost. It wasn’t until long after the figure of Amparo had been chosen that it became apparent how appropriate the choice really was. The Spanish name “Amparo” translates to “protection or shelter”. While showing strong women on a wine label fulfilled part of my dream, it did not satisfy my desire to help women – and children – in need. Prior to opening Bodega del Sur, I worked as a schoolteacher where I witnessed women and children in trouble. I did what I could then, but it was limited. Now I have a chance to provide direct assistance.
Portions of the sale of each bottle of Carmesi are donated to charitable organizations that assist needy women and their children. The Resource Connection has been chosen to receive the donations from the sale of this 2008 vintage of the Carmesi.
Thank you Evelyn for sharing with us!
You can visit Evelyn and the Bodega del Sur Family at their tasting room located at 457 Algiers St., Murphys, CA 95247.
Thanks for reading, we will be back soon with another Hot Seat Interview!
Welcome to our very first Hot Seat Interview. The Hot Seat is our community spotlight! Are you a creative type? Want us to feature you? We’d love to learn about your creative business or hobby. Click here to get started!
This week we feature Meagan Lewis of Brown Pigeon:
Brown Pigeon specializes in handmade rubber stamps, cards, books & printed matter.
Tell us about yourself / background:My name is Meagan Lewis and I’m a native Californian who went to school in Utah, obtaining my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2006 at Weber St University. I have always been an artist/craftsperson of sorts, but when I started taking classes at Weber, Printmaking became my passion. For a few years after college, I played around with how I could make my passion my livelihood. I attended Women’s Initiative’s business program in the city and took graphic design classes at CSM. Somewhere in between, Brown Pigeon hatched.
In a nutshell, tell us about your business, art or craft:
Brown Pigeon started with a lot of handmade cards and hand-bound journals. I was selling little by little on Etsy and I also did 2 craft shows with Lighthouse. At the second craft show, people kept asking me how I got the images on my cards…they were made with my handmade stamps! A light bulb went off and I realized people were really interested in the stamps. Now my Etsy store is steadily growing with custom orders from small businesses wanting a stamp of their logo and brides-to-be needing something special for their save-the-dates and such. It’s really fun.
How long have you been in business or doing this? If this is your business, is it a full-time gig? Do you have another job or hobby you’d like to share?
I’ve been selling on Etsy for about 2 1/2 years now. I’m in my studio full-time about 3 days a week. I do have another job at a local restaurant. Serving at the restaurant is a nice thing to have on the side and get me out of the studio…otherwise I’d be hunched over carving stamps all day!
Tell us a little about your process?
Carving stamps is kind of like wood carving or linoleum cutting. I take large sheets of rubber and trim them down to size. To get the design onto the rubber, I actually trace the image and burnish that onto the surface so that I can see what I’m carving. Carving the stamp takes me anywhere from a half hour to 2 hours. My mom and husband say it looks painful, but for me it’s actually very meditative and enjoyable!
What or who inspires your work?
I would have to say other artists, artisans and craftspeople. I feel that there are just so many innovative products and inspiring artwork surrounding me in the Bay Area and on Etsy.com. I’m just in awe by some of the things I see at craft shows and on blogs…people are so creative and I love it!
What do you love most about your work/art?
I love to be able to create something that someone else can use to be creative themselves. I love to hear how people are going to use my stamps…for their business, their wedding, their son/daughter’s birthday invitations…It’s just great to know that my work will continue to have a life in another persons’ hands.
What tool(s) can you not live without?
My carving tools.
What is your biggest challenge?
Finding enough hours in the day.
Is there a question you wish we would ask?
No, thank you. This has been fun!
You can check out Brown Pigeon on Etsy.com at BrownPigeon.etsy.com. Also Brown Pigeon will have a booth at the Vagabond Indie Craft Fair Saturday, April 30th, 11am to 5pm, click here for details.
-Cheers and we’ll be back next week with another Hot Seat Interview!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 21 & 22
LATIN AMERICAN ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL IN HISTORICAL MURPHYS CALIFORNIA
Celebrating the works of Latin American artists, musicians,and writers.
Sponsored by Bodega del Sur Winery
CHECK THIS OUT! I will be showing some new work at this event along with a few other Latin American artists so come on down and check out what Bodega del Sur is cookin’ up! With plenty of Latin American food, art and wine, you do not want to miss this amazing event! But plan ahead or you will miss out. Hotels are booking up FAST in Murphys because there are other exciting things going on in May. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, May 21
Meet the artists, hear them speak about their work while sipping a glass of Bodega del Sur wine and sampling a variety of Latin American cuisine. This group exhibition represents a group of artists from Cuba, El Salvador, and Mexico. Their body of work shows the strength of the human spirit and human connections in overcoming political oppression, abuse and violence, and life-threatening illness. Each has a story to tell. In their own voice, their visual representations inform us of their personal journey.
SPONSORED BY BODEGA DEL SUR~Call (209) 728-9030 for info/tickets ~To learn more about Bodega del Sur visit: bodegadelsur.com ~Follow Bodega del Sur on Facebook: facebook.com/bodegadelsur
3150 18th Street (at Treat St.)
Suite 343/Box 304
San Francisco, CA 94110-Main entrance is on Treat between 17th and 18th.
Questions? Call or email us!