Benjamin Ames   


In this series, I am attempting to bring two of my passions together. Music and Woodworking. I spend my week working as a carpenter here in San Francisco. Oftentimes, I find myself renovating and restoring old historical homes. When I must remove original wood from these homes, I keep the most interesting pieces. This series was made from old redwood reclaimed from one of these homes. I want its companion to touch these pieces and feel its life, soul and story of this beautiful historical wood. The meaning of my carvings is Musical in nature. I want you to feel my Flow state, the music, the vibrations in the air... I compose my own pieces for the piano and while playing enter in and out of Flow. This state is so enjoyable that Is imply must share it with you. This series represents my musical patterns while in Flow.      

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Elizabeth Ashcroft


Elizabeth is primarily an altered book artist based  in  the San Francisco neighborhood of North Beach - where she is also the proprietor of Live Worms Gallery. She exhibits regularly in in SF and Bay Area galleries. Her altered books can be found in several national collections including the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library.


In celebration of International Woman’s Day, she is displayng the “Maven” series of acrylic paintings on paper that were created in 2003. Through shape, line and color, they celebrate femininity, womanhood and motherhood. After creating a loose and abstract finger painting, she looks for and builds on the shapes she discovers within. in the case of this series, for shapes that imply female figures, wombs, cords and growing flowers. She has purposely left traces of that original abstract in the borders of

the finished work.

Jennifer Emerson


I am fascinated and repulsed by the American landscape and architecture.  I use my art to try to find the harmony and beauty in the vernacular, the highways, the strip malls, the graffiti/boarded up buildings and the impermanent architecture, set against the towering sky. 
I use layering, thick oil paint and interesting brushstrokes to create patterns on the canvas.  I strive to bring beauty and depth to the landscape, sky and people of daily life..


Carrie Hollister 


self taught painter most influenced by a mentorship with the late American artist, Loren MacIver.


She has traveled extensively, often drawn to cultures known for their textile traditions. Her work reflects the vibrant color combinations and random patterns found in weavings and embroideries.  Hollister's pictures exalt a sense of place - whether she is painting a gypsy campsite in the Thar desert, a marketplace in Peru, a cafe in Tangier, or a Mayan jungle ruin. She currently lives on two coasts - the Pacific and the Mexican Caribbean- while continuing to re-visit her favorite locations and seek out new ones around the world.


Louise Diskerud


Introduced to oil paints at an early age. Received degree in Design in the Midwest, and continued course work at MIAD, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Taught weaving at MAM, Milwaukee Art Museum, in the adult education department. Worked as Architectural Drafts person, while participating in art events and shows. After traveling for several years, returned to San Francisco in the late 90’s. Continued to explore my art education, and received certification in Therapeutic Art. In 2005 became a glass art apprentice and continue in this area. This past year I participated in the Coalition for the Homeless Mission Art Project, participated in monthly group art shows at Artesians, and most recently in the UU virtual group art show. Monthly art journal group participant. Member of Art Span UU art committee member Founder of Bay Area Museum Club.

The work in this show reflects my explorations in 2019.

My inspiration is Marc Chagall.


Sandro Sardella


An Italian visual artist and poet with an international reputation. Under the imprint of Alberto Casiraghy, Sandro has written over 60 books involving a poem and an artwork or drawing and his art is well represented in anthologies. This is his third San Francisco exhibition, the first being in 2012 when he participated in the San Francisco International Poetry Festival and showed his work at the Emerald Tablet, a gallery located here in North Beach at the time.



Susan Shade

Susan studied textile design, with a career in fabric and apparel. She has a love for texture, color,and surfaces; this is where her interest began in translating these ideas onto canvas. She has been painting for many years, but most recently has immersed herself in her abstract explorations, utilizing a bold palette.
She loves how colors interact and evolve as new layers are applied, further
transformed by the scraping, blending and rebuilding of the surface. The physical act of painting is what she loves most, with the focus on gestures, markings, energy, and sometimes unpredictability of her painting technique.

This current body of work provides a sense of escapism, and each viewer can find their own meaning, image, idea, or emotion. 

She is currently represented by Agora Gallery, NY, NY.



Tina Tarnoff

My passion for papercut art started the first time I saw Victorian silhouettes, papercuts made by Hans Christian Andersen, shadow puppet theatre of Bali, and intricate Chinese papercuts. They all completely mesmerized me. The shape and sense of movement one can achieve from a single sheet of paper intrigued me and made me want to be a part of that magic circle. So, I gave it a go and never looked back. Making a papercut requires a lot of precision and attention to detail. I think what attracts me to papercut art is the sense of building something, the sense of sculpting, and the clean cut aspect of it. I think the most important thing I'm trying to achieve in my creations is the sense of freedom, of movement, of passion for life, nature and for one’s art. 

As a figurative painter I try to explore the essence of people, find the poetry between the layers, a longing for a time or place, known or unknown, capture a certain whimsical mood. Even though my subjects appear vulnerable I try to keep their secrets, and hope the story behind them remains somewhat of a mystery, which hopefully keeps the observer perpetually drawn in.



Lisa Keith


The creative process is an integral part of my life. It can be an arduous journey, but when things connect, it is an endeavor that brings great joy. Taking risks, trying new approaches, studying, searching, evolving, losing myself in time, and capturing the spirit  - this is when I feel alive!


Maeve Croghan


I share an intimacy and love of Nature in my art.   

I grew up being on a small Island in Northern Michigan every summer. The Island had no cars, so we lived much of our time outdoors in the summers. This instilled a deep connection to the Natural world has been integral to my whole life. 


My paintings are often composed to draw the viewer in, so they also deeply experience our natural world. In the work the viewer experiences nature through a lens they may have felt, but possibly not expressed. The paintings are a passage to a reality we often feel, but may not communicate.


I begin most of my paintings outside, deeply experiencing the surroundings as I am painting it. There, I am influenced by the all the elements. Using color and form I often push reality in my work, giving the paintings a life and movement that we may otherwise be only able to sense.  


My work is completed in the studio.  There, I work from my memories and feelings of being at the site, not using photo references. As I build the painting, it evolves, and often changes from the original scene, taking on its own direction. This is a very intuitive and introspective part of my process. The paintings can take months, even years to finish – until they transpire the feeling I hope to achieve.