Forty Artists Selected for Masquerade National Juried Exhibition

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San Francisco’s Arc Gallery is hosting the Masquerade National Juried Exhibition of sinister, macabre, and camouflaged works of art that create a virtual masquerade ball. The festivities begin on Thursday, October 25th, 7-10PM at 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco.

We all know that moment when we become the mask, when the suit becomes the man.

In the spirit of the upcoming season of costumes and masks, San Francisco’s Arc Gallery is hosting the Masquerade National Juried Exhibition of sinister, macabre, and camouflaged works of art that create a virtual masquerade ball. Juror Jack Fischer selected forty works nationally from artists who were encouraged to push the envelope in interpreting the masquerade theme. The festivities begin on Thursday, October 25th, 7-10PM at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco.

Jack Fischer explains his selection by confiding, “Obfuscation of the truth…clearly the conceit of this exhibition for me is about what’s hiding in plain sight. We all know that moment when we become the mask, when the suit becomes the man. And there is that moment of truth when we reveal to ourselves what everyone else sees through the scrim. That moment is what interests me. That moment when we can all see what we really stand for and there is no way that the mask can serve us again. It is the ‘tell,’ the ‘reveal’ from which there is no coming back.”

Jack Fischer is the owner of Jack Fischer Gallery at 49 Geary in San Francisco. His gallery exhibits work from a diverse group of artists that fall under the rubrics of “outsider, folk, contemporary, naive, visionary, self-taught, and intuitive.” You may visit his gallery website at

To celebrate excellence, three Juror’s Choice awards were bestowed to the works that express the most imaginative interpretation of Masquerade:

San Francisco artist Michelle Peckham’s digital image, Fight or Flight, explores emotional and physical transformations during breast cancer treatment and beyond. She holds a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Scripps College.

Polish-born artist Michal Wisniowski’s mixed media painting, Eastern Block #10, investigates his memories of Communist oppression through the metaphor of an architectural motif. The ubiquitous gray architecture exemplifies the mundane activities that took place within them, as well as the secrecy, torture and governance that ruled the lives of Polish citizens. Wisniowski currently resides in the Bay Area.

Virginia artist Courtney Murphy’s painting, Soliloquy, twists the neoclassical image of a woman in a formal satin gown by revealing only a fragment of her allure, and story, to the viewer. Dr. Murphy teaches at the Art Institute of Washington Northern Virginia, and holds an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art, as well as a B.A. from University of California Davis.

Works selected for Masquerade were created by forty artists from twelve states: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Artworks represent a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and photography, along with sculptures of glass, fiber, wood, and metal.

San Francisco Bay Area artists include Linda Abbott Trapp, Julie Alland, Ciara Bedingfield, Mike Callaghan, Ed Finkas, Nicole Hayden, Irene Hendrick, Howie Katz, Andrew Kornblatt, John Martin, Saundra McPherson, Erika Meriaux, Jennifer Mondfrans, Pamela Mooney, Stephanie Moore, Chris Motley, Michelle Peckham, Stan Peterson, Valerie Scott, Arthur Aladin Stadlin, Gregory Vernitsky, Michal Wisniowski, Yelena Zhavoronkova, and Elena Zolotnitsky.

Artists from the Greater Los Angeles area include Charles Christopher, Nicholas Coroneos, Judy Csotsits, and Scott Shoemate.

Artists outside of California include Elaine Alibrandi, Michael Berkowitz, Trevor Castor, Eric Conrad, Rob Millard-Mendez, Erin Mulligan, Courtney Murphy, Lynn Patron, Claire Richey, Herbert Roe, Maximiliano Siñani, and Sandra Wilcoxon.

The Masquerade National Juried Exhibition runs from October 25th through November 18th, 2012, and the gallery is open for viewing on Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-5PM and Saturdays 12-3PM. In addition, Arc Gallery will host an artist talk and closing reception on Sunday, November 18th, 12-2PM.

Arc Studios & Gallery features ten newly renovated artist studios, a 1,000 sq. ft. art gallery, two smaller galleries and an art education center, along with the Kearny Street Workshop office, the San Francisco Artist Network office, VEGA Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk, and Creme Brulee shop. Arc is located at 1246 Folsom Street, between 8th & 9th streets in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood. (3 blocks from the Civic Center BART station on Market Street)

Arc supports the making of quality art in all media, provides a nurturing environment for artists to create their work, builds a community of artists to encourage exploration of art, provides resources for the professional development of visual artists, and promotes appreciation of the visual arts in the city of San Francisco. You may visit the Arc Gallery website at

Masquerade National Juried Exhibition
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 25th 7-10PM
at Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco
phone: 415-518-6485 / e-mail:

EXHIBITION DATES: October 25, 2012 - November 18, 2012
Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-5PM & Saturdays 12-3PM
ARTIST TALK & CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 18th, 12 NOON -2PM

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