Big Idea For Small Artwork
December 4, 2006 2:09 AM
A Polk Street gallery is currently holding its second annual show that may be perfect for students with minimal space for art and even more miniature budgets.
“Tiny” features mixed media pieces, fine-art paintings and jewelry by nearly 100 Bay Area artists. Each piece is smaller than 7 by 7 inches, and nothing costs more than $200.
“We thought they’d be good gifts,” Studio Gallery owner Jennifer Farris, 45, said of herself and husband, Rab Terry, an SF State alumnus. “A lot of people live in such small spaces, they don’t have room,” Farris said from her desk inside the 500-square-foot gallery.
“Great idea,” said a gray-haired customer who would identify himself only as Richard. “It’s nice to see canvases at this size," he said, browsing the gallery. "They’re like small windows.”
With more than 200 pieces up at any given time, Farris said they are supplied with more than one piece by some artists, and will consistently have to replenish what is on display until the show comes down Christmas Eve.
“They have a lot of personality,” she said. “They have the kind of face that makes you want to take care of them.”
As someone who is interested in arts and crafts and works in many different mediums, Miller has participated in both “Tiny” shows as well.
“I like seeing what everyone is doing,” Miller said of the many involved local artists, describing them as “really talented people who are active and prolific” in what she calls “community art.”
With teeny photographs, typewriter-key cuff-links, and ceramics, Farris said that, although the gallery is familiar with many of the artists who participate, this show also gives them a chance to try out new art and get feedback on pieces they might not otherwise show.
No longer advertising a call-for-entries, because of a list of contacts that exceeds 700 artists who also refer friends, this year’s show grew by a third compared to last year.
“It’s a good, fun thing for all of us,” Farris said.
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