Monday, December 31, 2007

The Muncie

Why they call it a flop house. An older structure in beautiful Muncie, Indiana.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Draw of Rosalind Franklin

Who knew there was another Rosalind Franklin fan in the neighborhood? One gallery visitor saw the poster featuring the scientist (who first photographed DNA, revealing its helix structure) and made her way, post-haste. Turns out she had written a prize-winning play featuring the scientist. After some delightful woman-scientist chat, she treated us to a break-dance demonstration. You never know what you'll find at The Sometime Gallery, folks.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Performance Today

I Make You Hot Chocolate
An interactive performance piece which requires you, the participant, to drink the hot chocolate I make for you. While you wait for it, you visit The Hall of Women Scientists.THE HALL OF WOMEN SCIENTISTS

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Gallery is Open!

Tonight! Make your way to the opening for Green and Lovely, 6 - 10:00 pm. Impromptu introductions to the subjects by the Artist all evening long. At the top of the big green building at the back of the Dutch Boy compound.

4701 San Leandro
Oakland, CA 94601

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Art/Party: Who's With Me, Now

Grab a brew, don't cost nothin'.
It would come to no surprise to friends or my parents that National Lampoon's Animal House played a big part in my development. We will not be serving cottage cheese, Jack Daniel's, cucumbers with Mrs. Wormer, 10,000 marbles, a dead horse, or kiln accidents at our receptions and openings, but we will be serving up a good time, nonetheless.

Bluto Blutarsky,
Mixed media on canvas, 16 x 24"
Jennifer Mondfrans

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Going Up: An Exhibition

Today we hung around 40 artworks, oils, and mixed media. I'm so pleased with the pieces Jen brought over. There is a lot to look at, and talk about, with this show.

On Friday evening, the artist will be on hand to speak about the subjects of her paintings. Be engaged and charmed as Art meets Science and, well, ART, as we learn about the lives of such notables as the Curie family, Beatrix Potter, Berthe Morisot, and Claude Monet.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Green and Lovely: In Your Glass

Wine is red, white and pink - but green? No. Not really. Grass is green, though. And so are gooseberries. And so are bell peppers. And so is dill, and thyme. Learn to identify the green in your wine glass, while surrounded by delightful art. We had a great showing for the last one -- looking forward to another fun afternoon! with The Sometime Wine Stewardess Meg Hilgartner
Saturday, December 8th at 3pm. $20.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Famous for His Uncertainty Principle

Werner Heisenberg is famous for his uncertainty principle, which began quantum mechanics. He was only 23 when he came up with it. Very basically, it proves that reality is what is observable. What you see limits all other possibilities, at least as far as you know. This principle is part of the theory that supports parallel universes, where every single choice and all the possibilities are played out in a distinct universe. The hat ribbon in the painting is his principle related to energy and time, showing simultaneous time. It means the more you know about where a particle is, the less you know about when. It could be in more than one place at the same time. -- Jennifer Mondfrans

oil on canvas

27.94" x 35.56"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ambassador Romanescu from Mandelbrot

How could I have forgotten that before the trip to Locke, there was a brunch, featuring a breakfast casserole recipe of my mother's and a centerpiece of Romanescu Cauliflower. Except, of course, it wasn't a head of fractally delicious broccoli, as the guests quickly realized, it was The Great Ambassador Grungrun from the planet Klandathu. Sadly, the Ambassador, being busy and all, had other things to do besides take a road trip with us.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Locke Us

Yesterday, four friends, a little dog named Moxie, and I, took a spontaneous trip to the California Delta town of Locke. You know, near Isletown. As you can see, the Dai Loy Museum of gaming was open. All mid-west/east coast transplants, I think it did us good to get out of the cities (Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco) and see some countryside and agriculture. (Although driving over the Sacramento River, various interesting bridges, and along the tops of levees separating canal from field, it was obvious that we were somewhere else, indeed. )

Thursday, November 22, 2007


A work of turkey art.
We ate it.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Hall of Women Scientists

The December show features artist Jennifer Mondfrans. A colorful portraitist, Jen's works will include many important figures from science, famous and not. Inscribed on the plate at the bottom of this painting: Lise Meitner, Physicist (1878-1968). "She gave the first theoretical explanation of the fission process. While exiled in Stockholm during the second world war, she kept in constant collaboration with her partner in chemistry, Otto Hahn. Although the Nobel Committee overlooked her vital contribution, the element Meitnerium, a transuranian element, is named after her. Lise basks in the sparks of fission." And, how!
Lise Meitner
Watersoluble wax and acrylic on canvas
45.7 x 61

It's a Sign

Look at the delightful sign Bunnie made for the entrance to the gallery. (I had forgotten to make one.) I still need one for the street that communicates "you are at the right place" if, indeed, you are. It should also say: "something interesting is going on" if, indeed it is. It should be temporary. You should be able to chain it up. Or maybe it shouldn't be a sign at all, but a large white flag, illuminated brightly, waving from a flagpole on the roof: THE SOMETIME GALLERY.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Lucky Me: Works by Bunnie Reiss

We Can't Give Up; embroidery on jeans pockets.
Don't Move Too Fast; embroidery on vintage go-cart wheels.

Detail: Don't Move Too Fast

It is that easy,
29 x 20.5"; embroidery on jeans, vintage dress, paint.

Best in Show;
embroidery on vintage gift cards.

Waiting for the Mail
, 43 x 26"; chandelier crystals, paint, antique fabric, thread

Matt's House
, 53 x 84"; antique fabric, thread, chandelier crystals, paint
Detail: Matt's House

Works copyright 2007, Bunnie Reiss

A Good Show

The first show in the gallery was hung the evening of November 14, with the help of the artist, Bunnie Reiss, and a friend. There are 33 pieces in all, including lithographs, embroidery, and textiles. Prolific and playful, Bunnie's range is impressive. Particular favorites were her dog portraits, stitched-up go-kart wheels, lithograph ponies, and a found and embroidered vintage textile, It is that easy. If you saved your 2007 Burning Man ticket stub, then you already own a piece of Bunnie's work.