Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (SFAC Gallery) will host its signature Passport event in the Castro District this year on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Celebrating a whole new lineup of Bay Area artists and cultural luminaries — including Chris Duncan, Margaret Tedesco, Dan Nicoletta, and Michelle Tea, among others — Passport 2011 invites the public to create a limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook.
What is Passport?
From noon to 4:00 pm, hundreds of ‘do-it-yourself’ art collectors will take to the streets, following a designated, three square block route to collect the stamps from the artists themselves! While discovering some of the brightest spots in the Castro participants can enjoy the people and small businesses that define the neighborhood’s unique cultural character.
This annual fundraising event takes place in a different neighborhood each year, and has quickly become a tradition in the Bay Area arts scene. Passport offers art enthusiasts an affordable, hands-on art-collecting experience while celebrating local artists and the vibrant communities that support them. It also serves as a fresh alternative to standard fundraising models.
Where is Passport this year? Who are the artists?
This year’s event in the Castro will offer participants the opportunity to collect stamps by 12 emerging and established Bay Area artists, including Elisheva Biernoff, Monica Canilao, Jaime Cortez, John Chiara, Chris Duncan, James Gobel, Pablo Guardiola, Dan Nicoletta, Alison Pebworth, Michele Pred, Michelle Tea and Margaret Tedesco. Favorite Castro outposts such as Café Flore, Unionmade, Cliff’s Variety Store, Castro Theater, the Human Rights Campaign Action Center, and many more will host stamping locations, each bringing their unique energy to the mix and continuing the community spirit of this newest San Francisco tradition.
Where are the Passport Stamping Locations? I have to know!
Cafe Flore — 2298 Market Street
Books Inc. — 2275 Market
Unionmade Goods — 493 Sanchez Street
ImagiKnit — 3897 18th Street
Ruby’s Clay Studio & Gallery — 552 Noe Street, #A
Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store —
600 Castro Street
Cliffs Variety Store — 479 Castro Street
Sui Generis — 2265 Market Street
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library —
1 Jose Sarria Court (between Pound & Prosper)
Best In Show – 545 Castro Street
Castro Diesel USA — 400 Castro Street
Q Bar — 456 Castro Street
I Want one! How do I get my own Passport?
Passports are available for purchase online or at the SFAC Gallery for $25. Proceeds from Passport 2011 benefit SFAC Gallery’s exhibition and public programming, dedicated to supporting San Francisco artists and bringing challenging contemporary art to the city.
Passports may be purchased in advance for $25 online at: Passport 2011
PASSPORT 2011 AFTER PARTY – Meet the Artists
Sunday, October 23rd, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
QBar 456 Castro Street (between 17th &18th St)
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Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.