Artistic Collaboration Created at Big Umbrella Studios

BIG BUS ARTICLE IMAGEWorks by artists who are part of art collectives is the innovative thought behind the current exhibit at Big Umbrella Studios. The idea of collaboration is the foundation of the art collective’s shared gallery, studio and workspace which were created by visual art graduates of the University of San Francisco in 2007. Artists can be eccentric, passionate people who relish sharing their creativity with like minded individuals. Throughout their careers their works of art are regularly critiqued by peers, professors, viewers and art professionals. The studio environment can be a lonely work experience; a collective enhances an artist’s work.

Big Umbrella Studios is making their mark on the San Francisco art scene in the Western Addition. The Divisadero Street location is fostering a sense of community by hosting events for youth and presenting artist talks. The gallery exhibits art by resident, emerging, and established artists. Members are not only surrounded by creativity but have access to an expanding art studio space including shared equipment such as a dark room, tools, art supplies, craft supplies, screen printing essentials and an industrial sewing machine. An optimistic outlook on art, community and neighborhood gives the studio the fresh feel of a new, start up business.

In the spirit of community, Big Umbrella Studios reached out to several diverse art collectives to create exhibits. The 3.9 Art Collective, a San Francisco African American artist’s collective, will be represented by five of its members: Mark Harris, Sydney Cain, Ako Jacintho, William Rhodes and Samuel Fleming Lewis.  Unlike conventional art galleries, Big Umbrella Studios has monthly exhibit cycles. The second Friday of each month there are new openings. The 3.9 Art Collective exhibit opens Friday May 10, 2013.

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