.Several Marin Artists Featured in de Young Museum Open Exhibit

Located in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum–part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco–has been a fixture of the Bay Area arts world since 1895 and it has a longstanding tradition of engaging the local community and showcasing local talent as well as international artists.

This year, the museum celebrates its 125th anniversary by inviting Bay Area artists to participate in “The de Young Open” group art exhibition, on display now though the end of the year. 

More than 6,000 artists from nine Bay Area counties applied to be part of the exhibition, and curators and artist judges selected 881 works created by 763 artists, including more than 70 Marin County-based creators.

Of those Marin artists, Sausalito’s renowned ICB (Industrial Center Building) artist collective has announced that 11 of the group’s artists have been chosen to show 13 works in the exhibit.

The ICB artists in the show produce a range of work including photography, mixed media, oil painting, acrylics and sculpture. The ICB, a destination for art collectors and visitors from around the country, has been a vibrant community of artists for more than 50 years, and many of the artists who call the ICB’s studios home are nationally and internationally recognized figures.

The ICB artists whose work will be on display at the de Young include Leslie Allen (Sausalito), Sophy Bevan (Mill Valley), Maria Burtis (San Francisco), Chris Chaffin (Mill Valley), Rachel Davis (Lucas Valley, San Rafael), Bibby Gignilliat (Mill Valley), Nancy Ilg (San Rafael), Ivy Jacobsen (Fairfax), Stephen Mangum (San Francisco), Sharon Paster (Belvedere) and Carla Roth (Ross).  

“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to be part of this amazing exhibition at the de Young,” says ICB artist Bibby Gignilliat. “The chance to be part of a group of outstanding Bay Area artists in this way is a dream come true and the break I’ve been waiting for.”

“I’m over the moon and thrilled that my work will be on the wall in one of my favorite museums,” says Rachel Davis, another ICB artist.

Now with Covid-19 restrictions in place and regular Open Studios events cancelled, several of the artists at ICB are also offering one-on-one Zoom sessions or socially distanced and masked studio visits until things return to normal.

Other Marin artists involved in the exhibit include Renée Bott, Kim Ford Kitz, Jane Hambleton and Lisa Kokin, all represented by Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley; and artists Charles Anselmo and Marna Goodrich Clarke from Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station.

In addition to artists from Marin County, the “de Young Open” is showing works by artists living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma County.

The “de Young Open” jury process was announced in March, though the exhibit was delayed until this fall due tot he Covid-19 pandemic. Works of art in the exhibit are hung “salon-style,” installed edge to edge and floor to ceiling in the de Young’s large Herbst galleries on the lower level. The work is also being exhibited in an online gallery and all artists in the show can offer their work for sale and retain 100-percent of the proceeds. 

“The de Young Open” runs through Jan 3, 2021 at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco; and the show is online now at deyoung.famsf.org.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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