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Barry McGee

Barry McGeeThis is the second time that Barry McGee has contributed to Arcadia. His piece for Arcadia 2005 inspired quite a bidding frenzy. Barry’s piece will be included in the Live Auction this year. If you can’t make the event — you can place an absentee bid. And you can check out Barry’s Untitled contribution and all the other art at the preview — Today (Sunday, 4/22) from 2 to 4pm at California Modern Gallery, 1035 Market Street.

Christine Cariati: In The Garden

Christine CariatiChristine Cariati is a contributing artist and the curator of Arcadia 2007. She selects and coordinates the artists—and hangs the show with SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop. Her contribution “In The Garden” is a beautiful example of her “theater” style work. These pieces are assembled from 5 to 10 layers 300# Arches Cold Press paper to create a substantial three dimensional work. The paintings are gouache, a difficult medium, which Cariati handles with a master’s hand. “In The Garden” expresses the terrible beauty of nature. Her birds are so enchanting, but a closer look reveals a Darwinian context and a hint of nature’s use of beauty.

Paula McCartney: Nature/Culture

Paula McCartney Paula McCartney’s Bird Watching is a facinating thought experiment for the viewer. You start by thinking that you’re seeing an intimate slice of nature. Suddenly culture intrudes and the questions begin. In the end, the image is undeniably beautiful and a great contribution to the Arcadia 2007 auction. Rumor is that tickets are going fast, so get yours today.

Mark Ulriksen: Family Tree

Mark UlriksenSan Francisco artist Mark Ulriksen is best know for his great cover illustrations for The New Yorker and other magazines. But did you know that Mark is a three time contributor to Arcadia? This year’s donation is called “Family Tree” and is another classic. It brings to mind the sense of community that is engendered when neighbors get together to plant trees with Friends of the Urban Forest. The event is next Monday, so get your tickets today.

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