Thursday, November 3, 2011

Benefitting Art

I am pleased that my art can be used to support these two great Bay Area organizations - SF Camerawork and the Bolinas Museum.

I donated Evocation #020 (picured here) to the SF Camerawork Benefit Auction. An exhibit of all donated artwork opens November 3rd - tonight! It will be up until the auction on December 3rd. You need not be present to bid - they have a great online system set up - click here to check it out. This print is one of my favorites from the Evocation series which explores the tension between internal and external space and the distortions that can happen between the two.

Then I am working away in the studio on some new pieces for the Bolinas Museum Miniatures Exhibition - an annual benefit art sale of works that are 6 x 6 x 6 inches or smaller. I love the scale of this show. It's a wonderful assignment to make something for this exhibit that includes many talented West Marin artists. The show will open with a reception on Saturday afternoon, November 19. If you are in the SF Bay Area, I hope you will get a chance to check out both events.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Springtime Open Studio & Garden Event

I am so excited this spring to be having another Muir Beach Open Studio and Garden event with my neighbors Wendy Johnson & Peter Rudnick over the weekend of April 9 & 10.

I really love opening my studio this way and having a chance to talk with people, sharing my creative space & working process. These event
s also provide such a wonderful way for me to combine my professional and family life. My studio is just across the yard from my home in Muir Beach. My mother Sandra Hobson will be here signing copies of her book, Rituals for Life's Milestones. My daughters Anna and Jessica will be here, and we invite other children to come play outside in our large yard under the budding apple trees.

I also love collaborating with Wendy and Peter who are such artists of the garden. Together they used to run the gardens and farm at Green Gulch Zen Center, and now they have a home nursery selling organically grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings as well as perennial and native plants. You can find a complete plant list on their web site at A portion of all sales will go to benefit public sch
ool garden programs in the Bay Area.

If you are in the area, I hope you will celebrate springtime with us and come by for tea and treats, garden inspiration, new plants, fine art, and fun. See details below.

Muir Beach Open Studio & Garden Sale
Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10

Mary Daniel Hobson: Artist Open Studio

open 11am-4pm at 1815 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach

Wendy Johnson & Peter Rudnick: Open Garden & Spring Plant Sale

open 10am-4pm at 1795 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach

For directions, click here.
Please park along Muir Woods Road.
Questions? Email me or call 415-383-5617.

IMAGE INFO: Above: Evocation #14 ©marydanielhobson.
Below: A photo of Wendy and Peter's nursery

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Show at Cavallo Point

I am delighted to share that I have new solo show at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, CA - both in their art gallery (pictured here) and in their healing center. This lodge at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge has a unique art program. In addition to the gallery, each guest room features original fine art work on extended loans by wonderful local artists including Linda Connor, Judith & Richard Lang, Candace Gaudiani and many more.

I was thrilled when curator Anne Veh contacted me last fall about showing my work there. I have to say I hesitated though when she told me the dates because the show was to open January 5 - just two days before the due date of my second child. Fortunately Anne was open to creative solutions, so in mid-December when I was very round with pregnancy, we met in my studio and selected all the work, wrapped it up, and she took it with her and stored it at her home until she installed the show a few weeks later. I had to really let go in a way that I don't usually with an exhibit and let Anne truly "curate" - a word whose etymology means "to take care of."
She has attended to all the myriad details of the show beautifully.

One of my favorite parts of this exhibit is the spirit of generosity that is present. 10% of all sales proceeds go to the non-profit of my choice. I selected Lily Yeh's outstanding organization Barefoot Artists which "works with poor communities around the globe using art to bring healing, self-empowerment and social change." And then at Anne's suggestion, we created a give-away for every visitor. In the center of the gallery is a wooden bowl filled with rolled scrolls tied with ribbon, and inside each is one of my favorite quotes about the creative process. There are 11 different quotes, so each visitor can intuitively pick the best one for him or her. As you can see from the photo above, the bowl was empty the day I visited as these have been so popular that it has been hard to keep up with the demand, but I have been assured that the bowl is replenished often. If you are unable to attend the show, but would still like the creative inspiration, please email me and I will send you a pdf of the quotes.

One of the quotes is George Braque: "Art is a wound turned into light." Anne as a curator really understood right away the healing inherent in my creative process, and chose to emphasize this aspect in the show. She selected a very nice group of over 40 pieces from 5 different series including Mapping the Body, Milagros, Evocations, and Sanctuary (pictured in the photo above). I do hope if you are in the Bay Area that you will get a chance to see the show and/or hear my artist talk on March 22.

Mary Daniel Hobson, Creativity: A Journey of Transformation
Cavallo Point Art Gallery & Healing Center, Sausalito, CA
January 5-April 3, 2011
Special Program & Artist Talk on Tuesday evening, March 22, 2011
For directions & more information, please see or call 415-339-4740.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Year, New Life

We celebrated the arrival of 2011 with the birth of our second daughter - Jessica Ann - born on January 2. Since then we have been living in that tender space of nurturing a newborn - not much sleep, but lots of grace. I love how well Andrea Sher describes this time in this quote from her blog, The Superhero Journal...

"There is a way that birth opens you up, not only physically but in other ways too. This birth cracked me open, not in a traumatic way, but in the sense that I am more open now than I have been in a long time. The feeling that this is a window of opportunity is almost palpable-- a crack letting more light in, more love, and more healing than I ever could have imagined. I am treading lightly with it, not wanting this window to close, wanting to be as conscious as I can to take advantage of all this moment has to give. I almost don't want to say too much about it, just to acknowledge that this time feels sacred and fleeting, and that the possibility of miracles feels unbearably close."