Friday, March 2, 2012

Weekend Picks; Letterpress in Oakland, Nieto Fine Arts, SF History Expo

John Nieto, Self-Portrait (courtesy Nieto Fine Arts Gallery)

Nieto Fine Arts. "Spirit of a Gene" features father and contemporary artist John Nieto with son and photographer John A. Nieto in their first-ever, joint fine art show.
For more information about the exhibit or Nieto Fine Art, call 415-393-4511, view the fine art gallery on the web at or visit 565 Sutter St. in San Francisco.

"The Art of Letterpress" at the Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA , is an exhibition celebrating the bygone era of letterpress printing.  A visual panegyric in honor of this distinctive form of artistry, the show features some of the finest letterpress artists in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Today, we text, email, and print at the touch of a button, making it easy to forget how labor intensive it was to simply make a sentence and reproduce it multiple times.  In an increasing digital age, people long for something that is tangible and tactile—analog. The characteristic texture, ink, and surface of letterpressed text declares it an antiquated champion of typography.

In addition to a display of various letterpress prints, bins of small prints, books, and broadsides, this exhibition will feature timeworn letterpress paraphernalia, ephemera, equipment, and more.

The Compound Gallery. 1167 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608.

San Francisco History Expo 2012 at the Old Mint (March 3-4, 2012, Free)

A city is defined by its past as well as its present. San Francisco’s past is extraordinarily rich and varied, thanks to the influx of immigrants who came here, bringing their traditions to this new world. We are fortunate that today there are those who strive to preserve the past and the history of their neighborhoods through oral histories, artifacts and photographs.

The two-day event will feature mini-museums set up by participating organizations. In addition, there will be a special exhibition of 42 photographs called “Elegant Pit Stops,” a display of historic garages in the city.

There will be special presentations on the main level each day, and historic films will be on the Vault level. We also have it on good authority that Emperor Joshua Norton plans to make an appearance.

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