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The Bunny Statue Funeral, Friday, the 13th
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:26

SAN FRANCISCO --- As you may or may not have known, Jeremy Fish's bunny was stolen last week from it's perch on the corner of Haight @Laguna, but don't fret as it was recovered from the thieves in less than 24 hours by the SPBs.

The corner where the bunny rested along with numorous mural works is about to be demolished by Wood Properties, the developers of the Haight and Laguna property as they prepare for construction on the block. But in collaboration with the Haight Street Merchant and Neighbor Association, there are plans (and money has been raised) to contruct a 10 foot high bronze bunny!

Friday the 13th at 6pm, there at the corner of Haight and Laguna, there will be a funeral or sorts for the old bunny along with some people giving speaches about the 55 Laguna developments, Waller park, and the new Haight Street art center, all being built on this location. After that Jeremy Fish will read an eulogy, and thank everybody for helping to make a bronze statue in the Haight. ~complete details

He was a Bunny who loved the outdoors, and bowling, and as a surfer explored the beaches of southern California from Lahoya to Leo Carrillo. And up to Pismo. He died -- he died as so many young Bunnies of his generation, before his time.

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Guerrero Gallery Moving Locations
Monday, 09 September 2013 10:15

We were sad to learn that the wonderful Guerrero Gallery will be closing their doors after their final show closes on October 1st.

They moved in and remodeled their beautiful 19th St space 3 years ago, and on Saturday, Sept 14th, they will open their last show in the space with works by Ben Venom and Lucien Shapiro... Guerrero writes in a recent emailer, "We are sad to be leaving, but excited for future endeavors. Although we will be closing the doors temporarily, we will continue to move forward with the gallery and will keep everyone informed about our plans to re-open at another location." ~continue reading

Guerrero Gallery is moving out of their current space and looking for a new location.

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Mollusk Big Sur Jamboree on September 27 to 28th: Two days of music, camping and ensuing fun, set amongst the redwoods co-presented by (((folkYEAH!)))
Monday, 02 September 2013 11:41

Camp fire roaring in Big Sur with live music from Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks, McCombs Skiffle Players (a once in a lifetime Cass McCombs super group), Allah-Las, Sonny and the Sunsets, The Autumn Defense, Little Wings, Neal Casal, Chris Cohen, F.D and the Wizards of the West All Stars, Range of Light Wilderness, The Mattson 2, Sonny and the Sunsets, and many more.

Sponsored by Mollusk surf shop and the Big Sur Jamboree features two days of music, camping and ensuing fun, set amongst the redwoods co-presented by (((folkYEAH!))). Sept 27-28

Though there will be food and drink on site, Jamboree attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Been saving a vintage bottle of chardonnay from the famed Marcassin Estate in Sonoma… there couldn't be a better time to uncork it than when Beachwood Sparks hits the stage deep in the woods. Lastly, Farmer Dave has been deemed the Jamboree's "Cultural Vibesman" and will be on hand to ensure all attendees will have a wonderful time. Think of the Jamboree less as a music festival and more as summer camp for adults!

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Adult summer camp goes down Sept 27-28

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Dave Kinsey @FFDG, Opening Thurs, Sept 5th
Saturday, 31 August 2013 09:00

Dave Kinsey is coming to FFDG for a short-run 3 day show with an opening set for Thursday, Sept 5th (6-9pm). show details & RSVP on Facebook

 
"ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND" - Great Show Not to be Missed at SFAI Opening Sept 12th
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:53

SAN FRANCISCO --- Mark your calendars, people, as the show ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND featuring works by Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri is one not to be missed which opens Wednesday, Sept 12th at SFAI.

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND features early and formative work by five artists—Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri—who began their careers in the early 1990s in San Francisco's Mission District and, by the early aughts, had been identified and celebrated as key members of the so-called Mission School.

~show details

Barry McGee's 2012 show at Prism in Los Angeles

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RIP Matt Doust
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:34

We're sorry to hear that 29 year old Australian/ American artist Matt Doust has died from after an epileptic seizure last night. His next show at LA's Thinkspace Gallery opens next week on September 7th. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Perth artist Matt Doust, an Archibald Prize-finalist, has reportedly died at the age of 29. Doust, best known for his large-close-up portrait of actress-model Gemma Ward, died after an epileptic seizure, according to the Los Angeles art gallery where he was due to open a new exhibition next month. Doust had become a favourite of celebrity collectors, with Hollywood stars Jim Carrey and Mickey Rourke among those who have purchased his large, hyper-realistic youthful close-ups and semi-nude paintings. -continue reading

Artist Matt Doust passed away last night at the age of 29.

 
Eric Yahnker in LA, Fri, Sept 6th
Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:30

LOS ANGELES --- We could write about Eric Yahnker's work and how much we like it, but you should just see for yourself... and if you're lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, or close to it, be sure to get to the opening of his next show, Ebony & Benghazi, at AMBACH & RICE (6148 Wilshire Blvd)- Opening: Friday, Sept 6th (7-9pm)

~show details

Jugs of Steel (A Cold Day in Hell), 2013, colored pencil and pastel on paper, 70 in. diameter

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20th Anniversary of 111 Minna Sept 6th
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:02

SAN FRANCISCO --- Mark it down in your calendars. Friday, Sept 6th, 111 Minna will celebrate their 20 anniversary with a huge group show with a wide range of works on display... plenty of tasty eye candy on view.

We've been lucky to host 3 of our anniversay shows there over the years (like this one in 2006) and Minna is almost like family. So come out and support the SF art scene with some tasty drinks and talented DJs. Bound to be a fun night.

~complete details

Celebrating 20 years of 111 Minna

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BYPB Arcade in the Upper Haight & Show Thursday
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 11:01

Maybe you've been to one of our openings where there's a big dude watching the door making sure people behave themselves. Well, that dude's name is Jeremiah, and he's put put togteher a great show worth checking out this Thursday, August 29th (6-9pm) at Free Gold Watch.

Besides the art, Free Gold Watch has over 30 pinball machines and old school arcades games. PBR is a sponsor, so plenty of that stuff to drink and general good times worthy of a visit... Yeah, an arcade in the Upper Haight!!

An arcade in the city that's BYOB?! Click above image to see

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"I'm Scared" A Stop-Motion Film from Greg "Craola" Simkins
Saturday, 24 August 2013 15:05

Check out this great Kickstarter campaign to help fund a cartoon with artwork by Greg "Craola" Simkins.

Also check out our 2007 interview with Greg.


 
Man (or Woman) Down
Friday, 23 August 2013 11:51

It's with a heavy heart to announce that we had a floater this morning at FFDG. It looks like "Shark 1" or "Shark 2" (they look the same) has passed away.

We're not sure what did him (or her) in. All we know is that our two shark looking little fish had been hanging in the corner by the heater for the last couple weeks. But it's been warm in the gallery, so heat shouldn't have been a factor. The tank has been clean with plenty of tasty fish flake food for the eatin'... In the end, you know, it doesn't matter. He (or she) has moved on to the art gallery in the sky where small little fish have multiple cubic feet to swim about with plenty of plants to hide behind and plenty of fish flakes to eat, spit out, and eat again.

Only dead fish go with the current.

Our gallery lil' fish passed today. RIP, lil' buddy.

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Stop Jack Spade
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:21

San Francisco --- NYC chain store Jack Spade allowed to continue construction of their upcoming fancy pants men's boutique in the retail space Adobe Books used to hold until forced out by landlord who doubled their rent.

The SF Board of Appeals failed to get the necessary four votes to overturn Jack Spade's building permits although The Valencia Corridor Merchants Association can file another appeal within the next ten days, and we think SHOULD!

Maybe it's just us, but does our community need a shop to sell us a $145 tshirt or a $700 parka?! Will they "improve" the neighborhood as a few short sighted merchants think they will, or will this just entice other retail and residential landlords to increase rents in the already expensive neighborhood? - For those merchants who supported Jack Spade. I hope your not next to be evicted.

Our favorite quote from Jack Spade's company co-leader Melissa Xides, "We fell in love with the uniqueness of 16th Street... We fell in love with the food scene and gentrification that's happening there." Ya...

READ ALL ABOUT IT: MISSION LOCAL & SF BAY GUARDIAN
Support: NO JACK SPADE on Facebook

"We have a lot of problems on our block, but Jack Spade is not going to fix them," said Katz. "We as a community are in a dangerous position when we look to a multinational corporation to fix our block."


 
Loading at FFDG
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:39

Stop in and view "Loading" featuring works by Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock now showing at San Francisco's FFDG. Images of the works and from the opening shortly.

2277 Mission St. at 19th. Hours: Wed thru Sat (1-6pm)

Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock in front of their work at FFDG last Friday

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Beached Whale Stinson Beach
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:13

How often do you get the chance to view the second largest creature on Earth? That's what we were thinking after learning that an endangered fin whale had beached itself on Stinson Beach yesterday after sustaining some sort of trauma.

The 1 year old whale, which is about half the size of a full grown adult whale, died there on the beach after thrashing about in the morning and taking its last breaths. Members from the Marine Mammal Center performed a necropsy with plans of burying the whale there on the beach. ~details

The whale was breathing, moving a side fin, and had one of its eyes open, she said. The sisters ran back to tell their parents. By the time the family went back out to the beach, firefighters and other emergency crews were there.

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The Rabbit Island Residency
Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:41

Want to spend next summer making art on a remote island located on Lake Superior, all expenses paid?!

The Rabbit Island Residency is now accepting applications for summer 2014 residents. 1-3 applications will receive full funding to travel to, live on, and make work amongst the forest, rocks, and wildlife of the island and vast waters of Lake Superior that surround it.

The photos of the island are impressive and relaxing to say the least, although, we bet, the summer mosquitoes are a bitch though... $20 application fee and deadline Aug 23rd. - apply

update on the mosquitoes from Andrew Ranville from Rabbit Island as emailed to us just now, FYI: This summer was the first in four years we had any mosquitos! It was due to a very wet spring and huge May snowfall up there. Previous summers we didn't have any for a few reasons (rarely any mammals large enough to feed on... only us humans for a couple months in the summer, no standing water on the island, a little breeze off the coast pushes any away.)

The Rabbit Island Residency on Lake Superior is accepting applications for summer 2014


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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.

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SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


 

Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.

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Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading

 

"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.

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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59

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Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on

 

Solidarity
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36

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SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36

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The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link

 

1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.

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Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details

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NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON

 

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

ABOUT HEADLANDS
Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.

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Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


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