Happy (almost) New Year!
In 2022 our renowned teaching artists offered a full schedule of their popular classes in ceramics, glass, fine arts, and jewelry/metal arts. In addition, Friends of Sharon Art Studio (the studio's non-profit partner) welcomed 14 new instructors to our staff, offered 24 guest artist workshops, and introduced 23 NEW classes.
In the winter, the jewelry studio was packed for our first “Galentines Day" event. Special thanks to Jeannie Ichimura and Cassandra Sechler who organized the unique day. They led activities with a new artful spin on old traditions of Valentine's Day.
In the spring, the day was sunny and joyful as we held our second annual Picnic in the Park on Mother’s Day weekend. We couldn't have done it without our generous sponsors, volunteers, and the donations from our highest level potters. We also hosted the touring artists from the non-profit Big Ink for the first time. This was an incredible experience seeing large format wood block prints being made using their printmaking machine lovingly known as The Big Tuna.
In the summer, the studio was buzzing with creative youthful energy as we welcomed teens and tweens every day for their Art Intensives in mixed media, ceramics, and jewelry. We also held a surprise Pottery Pop-Up sale at the studio which put a lot of smiles on people's faces.
And last but not least, this fall we organized our first Winter Sale at the San Francisco County Fair Building with 65 artists, live music, and a huge crowd of people who came out to shop and mingle on the (very) rainy day. It was a great success and are planning to do it again in 2023. I am proud of the solid partnership between Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS) and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD). Special thanks to the studio's warm and welcoming front desk staff, our full time on-site crew including Cassandra Sechler (FOSAS) and Zach Canter (SFRPD), the FOSAS Board of Directors and our donors! And thanks to you Cassandra! Together, we make the magic of a community art studio happen. With gratitude for the abundance of art,