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San Francisco Featured Artist: Zohreh Noorian

Featured Artist Zohreh Noorian at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CAZohreh Noorian: Photography is how I express myself. I am not naturally a talkative person, I share what’s important to me through my art. Nature is the preferred subject of my photography because it is humbling, provides me with clarity, and relaxes me. I love the vastness of nature because in it I see life revealing itself.

Photography is my way of expressing this view to others. When I take a photograph, I excitedly think, “I’ve captured this moment of life.” I hope others will experience that same fleeting moment and beauty when they see my photos. My photography style is vibrant and playful.

Through the lens, the spontaneity of nature is revealed. When I hold my camera, I see life’s beauty unfolding moment by moment. In my every photograph, life bringing itself, in all it’s entirely to my attention. Rather than using preconceived formulas and techniques to create art, I allow the art of that moment to decide the photograph that I take. In so doing, I capture instants of life as they happen. When one is present and in the moment, life in all of its fullness will reveal itself to you.

Featured Artist Zohreh Noorian at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CAI am a passionate photographer. While the process of learning the skills of ones craft is crucial, Art is an inspiration that comes from within. I believe we are all artists—photography brings out the inspired artist in me. “When you don’t expect anything and open to the possibility, everything is at your disposal.” ~Rumi, 7th century

San Francisco Featured Artist: Julie Jaycox

Featured Artist Julie Jaycox at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CAJulie Jaycox describes her work: These photos are my own intimate view of nature’s incredible creativity. An entire life cycle can be observed and documented in a garden through the growth and decay of plants, who both feed us and entertain us with their delightful blooms.

I was born here in California but raised on Sunset magazine in the Midwest, went to college in the geological beauty that is Utah, and enjoyed a 15-year stint in New York City before moving back to the Bay Area. I have been shooting botanically for more than fifteen years. I love plants and being outdoors, inheriting my interest from my father, a beekeeper and gardener. I grow my own cacti and succulents because they are beautiful and survive my occasional neglect.

I use a Contax RX 35mm camera with Fuji NPS 160 print film (now out of production, but filling my refrigerator), natural lighting (fog is a wonderful light filter) and no tripod. None of my images are cropped or altered in any way. They are printed straight from the negative.

My botanical photos have been exhibited twice at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, they have been shown regularly at Canessa Gallery on Montgomery Street, and I have an ongoing display of my work at Mama’s on Washington Square in North Beach. I have shown a variety of photographic images (not all botanical) in venues around the U.S. and Europe, including a group show at The San Francisco Women’s Art Gallery.”

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San Francisco Featured Artist: Patty Mulligan

Featured Artist Patty Mulligan at Red Union Hair Salon and Art Gallery San Francisco, CA
Patty Mulligan has been creating photographs on real 22-carat gold for almost 20 years. Previously, she worked with Polaroid film doing Polaroid Emulsion Transfers, but in 2009 Polaroid ceased making the film she used. She has only a few prints left using the Polaroid emulsion transfer process, some of which will hang in the Red Union Salon. Recently, she has developed a new process for printing on gold, which she refers to as “orotones”. (See description below.)

All of her gold photographs evoke the historic process exemplified in the work by Edward Curtis who documented the West at the turn of the century. With her unique processes, she can transform a typical photograph by backing it with 22-carat gold. By doing so, the gold fosters a warm, emotional response that that changes depending on the light that strikes it. She is interested in how different light throughout the day changes the effect on the photo and as a result, the viewer’s response. She also enjoys blurring the distinction between a photograph and a painting.

Edward Curtis would print a black & white photograph on glass plate and then coat the back of the plate with gold, giving the images a transparent, glowing effect. Patty has spent the last several years developing her own orotone process to achieve a similar effect using a high-end archival inkjet printer. To create these pieces, she first coats a glass plate with a liquid emulsion and then prints the image on the plate. Later, the plate is backed with 22-carat gold. The entire glass plate is then reversed so that both the image and the gold are on the underside. Because she uses a modern printer, she can print in color (unlike Curtis) so that photographs come alive with the vibrancy of color that is enhanced by the gold. The glass gives depth and the metals luminescence and warmth, yielding a print with sparkle and life not found in regular photographic prints on paper.

“The ordinary photographic print, however good, lacks depth and transparency, or more strictly speaking, translucency. We all know how beautiful are the stones and pebbles in the limpid brook of the forest where the water absorbs the blue of the sky and the green of the foliage, yet when we take the same iridescent pebbles from the water and dry them they are dull and lifeless, so it is with the ordinary photographic print, but in the Curt-Tones all the transparency is retained and they are as full of life and sparkle as an opal.” – Edward Curtis

Featured San Francisco Artist Kelly Farr de Flores

Kelly Farr de Flores, Photographer, San Francisco, Artist, Photography, Florida, California, Hair Salon

Kelly Farr de Flores grew up on the West coast of Florida with an appreciation for the beauty of nature. Her passion for photography began at the age of seventeen, when her grandfather gifted his photography equipment to her. This began her journey into outdoor photography.

Kelly studied black & white photography for five years in college, working with different types of film and exploring various methods of photo processing in the dark room. She was featured in the 2004 edition of Photographer’s Forum, “Best of College Photography”.

Her heart led her to Southern California in 2006 to spread the gift of teaching yoga. While in Southern California she continued her photographic work and started selling her photographs at art fairs.

She has been creating her artwork digitally for the past five years Canvas tends to be her medium of choice as her work often has a painting-like quality. The awareness that she gains through her yoga practice reflects in her natural eye for photography by always being “awake.” She is able to communicate beautifully what she sees through the eye of the camera.

After extensive travel abroad with her husband, they relocated to Sausalito, California in February 2010 where they currently reside.

Her photography exhibition theme is “Reflection & Shining Light”. The mesmerizing “Shining Light” photographs focus on sunrays and the glow of energy shining through trees. The water lily series creates stillness in motion, while capturing reflections shining upon the water.

“We can be mirrors to all. Take time to look within and around. Light a candle where there is darkness. Spread love and peaceful energy to everyone and everything.”

Features Artist – Jono Goodman

Red Union Salon Artist - Jono GoodmanSince his time at San Francisco Art Institute, Jono has started a new direction in his work by exploring natural disasters. Being a gulf coast native, he is specifically concentrating on hurricanes. There lies a poetic beauty in the monumental scale of destruction created by earth’s disasters.

Whether its corrosion, decay, or destruction, disasters can create fascinating visual compositions that humans can’t reproduce. It is through this exploration that Jono generates ideas and uses them to reshape his art. Jono’s intent through this research is to discover new aesthetic possibilities while continuing to challenge his current imagery and direction of work.

Jono integrates collaging, photography and printmaking, however Lithography is the medium that provides him with complete confidence and freedom in his artwork. The use of layer arrangement, technique exploration, and constant reformatting allows him to engage in a project while assisting him in creating a finalized image. These essentials along with other conventional elements are the leading vehicle for translating his inner vision and relating it to the viewer.

Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana Jono was turned onto art at an early age. He further pursued his passion for art at Louisiana State University where he was introduced to printmaking and immediately fell in love with the medium. After receiving his BFA in 2005, Jono was granted a one year residency at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, NM where he earned a professional printer certificate in 2007. Jono Goodman is currently working towards his MFA at SFAI and is anticipating a 2010 graduation.

Featured Artist – Michael Addario

Michael Addario Michael Addario has always been interested in photography. It must be in his genes because his Grandfather was a photographer in Philadelphia in the 1930s and would take photographs of families having picnics in the parks. In those days cameras were the size and look of an accordion and the film was silver emulsion painted on glass plates.

Michael went to school in Philadelphia for photography. Later he assisted his former teachers when they had commercial photo shoots. He moved to the California in 1987 to further his career. Michael worked as an assistant for the Macys catalog photography studio and then with leading photographers in the Silicon Valley area. Michaels image of lightning striking the ocean was chosen by National Geographic twice to illustrate their article on natural disasters.

Numerous people have asked as to where I shot the lightning image, and as to how I was able to capture it. I along with a group of friends had rented a beach house for a weekend in Beach Haven, New Jersey. I brought my camera and tripod along to photograph them while we were there. At dusk, a lighting storm was approaching and from the deck we could view the lightning strikes hitting the ocean on the horizon. I decided to try and capture it. With my camera on a tripod and with an educated guess on the setting of the aperture, I opened the shutter. Not aware that as I was busy setting up the equipment the storm was moving towards me. No sooner had I opened the shutter and it happened. It was the largest flash that I have ever seen and much closer than I expected. It scared the hell out of me and I decided it was in my best interest to find suitable shelter ASAP.

Back then I was shooting Kodachrome and would send the film off to Kodak for developing. Much different than today, it took over a week to be developed and returned before I was aware that I captured the image. I consider this my Lucky Shot because I am lucky to be alive after being as foolish as to stand in an unpredictable lighting storm holding on to a metal tripod.

Most of my photography is planned, others not so. I like my photography to take the viewer into the image, to let them feel the wind, smell the air, hear the sounds and the warmth of the sun as it falls on your body: To feel as if you are there.

I am exclusively a film photographer. I love shooting transparency (slide) film and receiving something tangible in my hand. My prints are Giclee (g-clay) prints which I myself print, and in the case of the canvases, also mount myself. Giclee prints are environmentally friendly, long lasting and the canvas prints do not need to be framed.

Display Permanence Ratings are:
a.) 85 years for my glossy prints under glass
b.) 100 years for my canvas prints with the Eco Print Shield Coating (as displayed)
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Without light there is no image, and without an image, there is no life.

Michael Addario Photography
650-755-7737 studio
415-850-7337 cell

Work Displayed : Lightning, Golden Gate Bridge

Featured Artist – Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is born in Paris France in 1973. She is a freelance photographer since 1997. Self-taught, she wins many photography contests (including the Prix Kodak de la critique photographique).
Her photographs have been displayed in many collective exhibitions (France, Belgium, Luxemburg), published in magazines and are widely spread on the Internet. They are part of many private collections in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin or Milan.

She lives in San Francisco and his represented in France by Dominique Charlet (TAIGA Presse Images)

Peintre d’origine lorraine né en 1966. Fabien Hermand-Grisel découvre la peinture sur le tard et en autodidacte. C’est en 1996, après de nombreuses tentatives et recherches, que ses premières toiles voient le jour, sous les styles les plus divers, passant du figuratif au modernisme. En 2006, il choisit d’abandonner pour un temps la couleur et emprunte à son épouse photographe, des sujets en noir et blanc, qu’il choisit de transcrire en peinture. Commence alors un travail sur la lumière, l’ombre et le corps, objet de sa dernière série.