March Vernal Equinox at Gallery 1506
San Francisco Heritage’s Gallery 1506 is delighted to welcome our latest Artists-in-Residence Ali Blum and Calixto Robles for a special joint exhibition entitled “March Vernal Equinox” through March 31st at 1506 Haight Street, San Francisco. Come visit Ali and Calixto in studio as they share their creative process, prints, paintings, and mixed media work. Themes include the natural world, the mythological, social justice, and street art posters. The studio will be open March 21-24 and March 27-29 from 3-6 pm with extended hours of 12-6 pm on the weekend of March 25-26. Join us for a closing reception on Thursday, March 30th from 5-7:30pm.
More about the artists:
Ali received a BFA from Cornell University in Painting and MFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St Louis. She has undertaken residencies at Curtiduria Print shop in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Selected group and solo shows include: the De Young Museum, Cornell University Hartell Gallery, San Francisco Public Library, Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca, Ligne Roset, Front Gallery, Somarts, The Mission Cultural Center, and the The San Francisco Jewish Library. She has led workshops and live art demonstrations at the SFMOMA, De Young Friday Night Events, The Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum intern program, and The Jewish Museum.
Ali has taught art at Drew School in San Francisco for over 25 years, and her students serve as a constant source of energy and inspiration. She likes to teach by doing what she teaches—making art and engaging in activism through art work. This is an essential part of her work from the endangered species series to the COVID journals, to her Climate Change and Nature Makes a Comeback series. See more of her work on Instagram: Alexandrablumart and https://www.aliblumart.com/
Calixto Robles is from Oaxaca Mexico and moved to San Francisco in 1983. He is a painter, printmaker, and ceramic sculptor who is inspired by Meso-America and First Nation people’s culture as well as sacred imagery of ancient Eastern and Western cultures. He uses natural and supernatural figures such as angels, eagles, jaguars, horses, hearts, and moons.
He creates work around issues that he has personally invested in his entire life: social justice and climate change. He makes art to empower people to find strength to fight for justice. His work is positive and shows symbols of cultural history, survival, and strength. Select exhibits include The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, The de Young Museum In San Francisco, The Oakland Museum in Oakland, and Museo de la Estampa in Mexico City. His work is in the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has received two San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Grants, and has conducted public and had a residency at the de Young Museum. He has given workshops and artist talks at the De Young Museum, San Francisco Art Institute, Academy of Art, Millersville University, SFMOMA family Day, Museum of The African Diaspora, and Yerba Buena Center for the arts.
See more of his work on Instagram: calixto.robles and https://www.calixtoart.com/