Artist Statement

As an artist, I explore themes of creation and destruction,  the illusion of permanence and the inevitability of change. Just as nature transformed the earth over millennia resulting in the world as we know it, including us, so too does humanity both destroy and recreate our planet with an outcome that is both profound and uncertain. My works serve as an analogy to the powerful forces of both nature… Read more →

Cartography

Cartography began as a continuation of my ongoing themes, combining map imagery with wrestlers, symbolizing how human conflict has effectively reshaped the earth in our image and to accommodate us. When I conceived of the piece, I wanted to work large but was not in a location where I could purchase and transport large canvases, so I made the work… Read more →

Fall 2016 Open Studios at Arc Studios

 

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Cartography, 2010-2016. Mixed media, 96 x 360+ in.

ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios provides the public with an opportunity to see artists in their workspaces. Art lovers are invited to meet the artists and build their art collections. Join us in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood to view a multitude of artists in their workspaces, all within walking distance.

Arc Studios

Location: 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

Preview Reception:  Friday, October 21st, 6-9PM

Open Studios:  October 22nd & 23rd, 11AM to 6PM

Arc Studio Artists

Kathy Fujii-Oka, Dianne Hoffman, Peter Howells, Soad Kader, Bonnie Levinson, Sasha Merritt, Priscilla Otani, William Salit, Debra Cook Shapiro, Tracy Starr, Denise Tarantino, Samanta Tello, and Stephen C. Wagner

Guest Artists

Carrington Arredondo, Johnny Botts, Jeanne Hauser, Mike Kimball, Barbara Kleinhans, John Kraft, Erin Malone, Alan Mazzetti, Michele de la Menardiere, Sean O’Donnell, Ken Sloan, and Tanya Wilkinson

​”Identity” Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition

howells-identityI moved into a new studio this year and the resident artists have a group show in the spring. I’ll be showing some recent work in the gallery space on the first floor and large installation piece in my studio workspace on the second floor. You can visit me in my studio during the reception on Friday, March 25 from 7-10 pm and on Saturday, March 26, 12-3 pm.

Exhibition

Arc Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
March 22 – April 30, 2016

Opening Reception

Friday, March 25th, 7-10PM

Arc Studio Artists

Kathy Fujii-Oka, Dianne Hoffman, Peter Howells, Soad Kader, Bonnie Levinson, Sasha Merritt, Priscilla Otani, William Salit, Debra Cook Shapiro, Tracy Starr, Denise Tarantino, Samanta Tello & Stephen C. Wagner, with Matthew Frederick

Arc artist studios will be open during the Opening Reception for an opportunity to see artists in their workspaces – Art lovers are invited to meet the artists and build their art collections.

Full details at arc-sf.com

Camp Humiston Pool, Pontiac, Illinois

One of the few remaining above-ground public swimming pools, Camp Humiston Pool in Pontiac, Illinois is impractical to restore and will likely be slated for demolition unless it can be repurposed. Built in 1925, is has been left to decay for many years but is still fondly remembered by many who came here during summers past. This video is for my friend Diane.