In 2007 Bishop Marc, with the help of curator and visual artist Mel Ahlborn, transformed the walls Diocesan House — the administrative offices of the Diocese of California — into an art gallery. Portraits of former bishops have been replaced with exhibits from artists within DioCal or connected to a DioCal ministry. Each exhibit offers a visual reminder of the diocese’s commitment to both contemplation and action. Bishop Marc states, “bringing these creative works inside on a regular basis helps people understand that this is a house, a home for our hopes and aspirations in the Diocese of California.”
Located in Diocesan House, 1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — ring the doorbell; appointments welcome
For further information:
Francesca Pera, Gallery 1055 coordinator, 415.869.7811
Opening reception: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gallery 1055 is pleased to present recent work by The Bishop’s Ranch resident artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe (lisathorpe.com). This series represents new work Lisa has been creating on the iPad (modern). These digital drawings of the Sonoma countryside, nature, and still-life interiors are then printed on fabric and quilted (traditional). In addition, several pieces are printed on metal; a new print surface that mimics the bright and glowing quality of the iPad.
The exhibit will run
FEBRUARY 21 through MAY 31
The subjects of Nancy Warner’s portraits are LGBT individuals who have sought and been granted asylum in the United States after suffering persecution in their native countries.
Additional portraits can be viewed on Warner’s website here.
Oct 19, 2012 — J
an 25, 2013 exhibit extended until Thursday, Feb 7
Opening Reception: Thurs, Nov 1, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Modern Love: Intercess and Wait
Recent paintings by Mel Ahlborn
March 5 – May 31, 2012
Gallery opening/reception: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco, CA, February 20, 2012 — Art can sometimes do what dialogue, diplomacy, and demonstration cannot. Artists such as Matthias Grünewald, Keith Haring, and Pablo Picasso used their art to speak out against plagues, diseases, and violence that threatened the communities they inhabited. Oakland-based artist Mel Ahlborn follows their example and has chosen a few of the leading causes of death and suffering in contemporary America in her exhibit Modern Love: Intercess and Wait.
Ahlborn’s Intercess reworks six Renaissance paintings of the Madonna into visual prayers for change. Wait explores the state of grace within human suffering.
The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of the Diocese of California states, “Mel Ahlborn is a superlative artist in her own right, and as a collaborator she has fostered the artistic life of others. She is the founding president of Episcopal Church and Visual Arts, whose visual preludes have transformed worship experiences throughout the Episcopal Church. Ahlborn’s multimedia collaborations have been presented at Grace Cathedral, most recently in 2011. Her pieces have been transformative in their impact. It is an honor to now host a show of Mel's paintings at Gallery 1055.”
Gallery 1055 is located in Diocesan House, the administration building for the Episcopal Diocese of California. Located atop Nob Hill at 1055 Taylor Street, it stands adjacent to Grace Cathedral. In 2007, Bishop Andrus turned the walls of Diocesan House into an art gallery, naming it Gallery 1055 and declaring its mission to be a visual reminder of the diocese’s commitment to both contemplation and action.
High-resolution images are available for review and publication.
Indigenous + Landless in the Diocese of Curitiba
The Photographs of Paulo Porto Borges
October 21, 2011 – February 29, 2012
Ascension Parish in Cascavel, Brazil, in the Episcopal Anglican Diocese of Curitiba (the companion diocese of the Diocese of California) has a vibrant ministry of solidarity with the local indigenous tribe of Guarani and the families of the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra — MST). The connection is deeply rooted in liberation theology. Both the landless and the Guarani share common objectives: food sovereignty, protection of land and water, organic farming, restitution of lands, and the elimination of genetic engineering and pesticides.
Paulo Porto Borges is a professor of history at the University of Western Paraná, Cascavel, Brazil, is an advocate for the rights of the indigenous and landless in the state of Paraná.
October 2010: Malcolm Garland, San Francisco Night Ministry, photographs
December 1, 2009 through March 1, 2010: Rafael Landea, drawings
April 30, 2009 through July 24, 2009: Sue Reynolds, Understanding Native American People, photographs
February 23, 2009 through April 16, 2009: Kathrin Burleson, The Way of the Cross, watercolor
December 3, 2008 through February 17, 2009: Malcolm Young, Ethiopia Calling, photographs
October 2, 2008 through November 24, 2008: Stan Lipsitz, Faces of the Homeless, photographs
April 24, 2008 through July 25, 2008: Lisa Marie Thorpe, Synchronicity (a process of letting go)
Lent 2008: Richard Anderson, Contemporary Byzantine Icons by Betsy Porter, photographs
Advent through Epiphany, 2007/2008: Richard Corman, I Am Proud: The Athletes of the Special Olympics, photographs
Summer 2007: Lyra Harris, Si Dios Quiere, photographs
Spring 2007: David Sanger, The San Francisco Bay: Portrait of an Estuary, photographs
Lent 2007: Eliza Linley, Jesus Takes Up His Cross, silk painting with photomontage