Monday, June 23, 2008

Finishing Touches

We've just finished framing and are now in the process of hanging the new Roman Loranc photographs for the new exhibition which opens this weekend. Roman will be here at the gallery for the artists reception on Saturday, June 28th from 4 PM to 7 PM.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Going Coastal

We're getting ready for Wendy's upcoming exhibition here at the gallery. We went down to her studio the other day to pick up the paintings and as you can see there are quite a few pieces that will be included in the show. Home on the Coast opens on Saturday, June 28th. Can't wait to see the new works? Get a sneak peek at some of Wendy's new paintings on our website.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Picturing Frida

Last weekend marked the opening of the Frida Kahlo retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In addition to numerous paintings on exhibit there are also a number of photographs, some taken by Lucienne Bloch, an artist whose works are represented at the gallery of Studio 391.

Lucienne Bloch (1909-1999) was born in Geneva, Switzerland and came to America with her family in 1917. She was the youngest child of the internationally famous composer and photographer Ernest Bloch. She was a gifted and talented artist accomplished in many mediums – clay, glass, murals, printmaking and photography.

As an assistant to Diego Rivera for the murals he was commissioned to create in New York and Detroit, Lucienne became a close friend and confidant of Frida Kahlo, Rivera’s wife. Playful moments between two friends were captured with Bloch’s Leica, the first 35mm camera: Frida Biting Her Necklace, Frida Winking and Frida at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel are just a few of the many candid and revealing photographs taken during their friendship in the 1930s.

The photograph of Frida at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, New York, 1933 (pictured left) was taken shortly after Frida finished painting one of her self-portraits. Frida sat down in a chair, lit a cigarette and Lucienne captured that moment of a portrait within a portrait on film.

For more information about Lucienne Bloch or to see more Frida Kahlo photographs
, please visit our website at

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sprightly The Magical Mouse

Gallery artist Steve Worthington created a YouTube video called Sprightly the Magical Mouse. Take a look and enjoy.

See more of Sprightly and his friends by Steve Worthington at