Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Legion

Really?!  It's been like three years since I made my last entry here?

I haven't been doing much artwork for a couple of years.  Mainly because I'm embroiled in a lawsuit over the family property.  I have to stay level headed to deal with it.  But it's been putting me into a depression which is not good.

So...I've got three pieces up at this tiny gallery on Commercial Alley.  It's an old Chinatown alley that is quickly becoming gentrified.  It's a group show...so there's like six other Asian American artist.  The show is called Social Energies.

It's actually a boutique shop.  About 800 square feet, long and narrow.  It seems like two separate businesses...one side is clothing...the other side is....I dunno.  Our artworks are scattered mostly on the I dunno side along with the merchandise.

I just submitted three brush and ink drawings of Chinatown scenes.  A lot of white and asian hipsters at the opening.  I feel so old amongst them.  They are on sale.  It is only up for a month.











Monday, December 1, 2014

Winterblast!





OK... we are having the Winterblast this year with Friends of CCDC at the Francisco Junior High gymnasium on December 13th...5-10pm.  I'll be making my pot stickers and sweet tongyuens.  Jest Jammin' will be there!  See you there.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reception for my photo exhibit

got a reception coming up this saturday with John Jung speaking at 1pm and then a reception for my photo exhibit at 2:30 pm.  I will be making dumplings.  If you don't like my photography, you'll love my dumplings!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Leway Reunion Poster


Leway Inc. was established in 1967. It was basically a bunch of Kai Doi's that hung around Lee Bok's poolhall in San Francisco's Chinatown whom decided to purchase the poolhall from Lee Bok when he was going to close it down. Leway which was short for Legitimate Ways became a non-profit organization and tried to do good for the youths of Chinatown. They even established a soda fountain in the storefront in front of the pool hall. After about two years it all went to shit. Within the organization came a radical movement which modeled themselves after the Black Panther Party with the exact list of ten demands only geared towards the Chinese American community. With it came raids by the police and the place quickly became a place to avoid for it's bad reputation. But what remains is the community spirit of people getting together to do something in the community for themselves. For that we will celebrate that with a reunion... forty seven years later. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center

My involvement with We Grew Up In San Francisco Chinatown has gotten me into fundraising for the Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center. They have been rebuilding the recreation center from the ground up. The city feigns weakness by saying they do not have money for the equipment and furnishings. It is up to the community to come up with the monies to purchase those things. The goal at the moment is $100,000.

So I've got our group to try and raise some money. We're having a fundraiser on March 3rd at the Jade Dragon in Daly City.



I slapped together this poster for the event. Using my painting. Now they want me to print up a bunch to sell as a fundraiser. Trouble is, the original was done in low resolution. Now I have to make another layout for it.

I don't expect our group to raise the entire $100,000 that night. If we make $3,000 that would be pretty good! If we do ok and if we work together well, this will only be the first of more to come.


If anyone wish to donate anything to the silent auction and raffle prizes, please let me know. If you wish to make any cash donation, please write a check directly to the Betty Ann Ong Foundation and specify that it is for the Recreation Center.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

neh....i'm not gonna do it


I was asked about three days ago to produce something for the background of Chinese Culture Center's stage. It's for this weekend. Not paying that much neither. I was going to get a long piece of muslin and paint on it. Today I was told to go for a meeting later a CCC to talk about it. Now that's only one day to work on it. Better not mess with it. Though I was a bit up for the challenge. CCC has long mostly emphasized artists from China. And hardly much on local artists.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hi! Here's Ten Updates.

every once in a while I remember I got this blog here. so...here I am! When I find out I have a blog after a period I usually enter ten update items that randomly come to my mind. So here's ten:

1. Kimochi Silver Bells Crafts Faire Just got over doing Kimochi's Silver Bells Crafts Faire at the St. Mary's Cathedral basement. That crafts faire have gotten huge! My guess is there were 200 artisans selling stuff. It's for a good cause... Kimochi Senior Services.

As for the crowd and what I sold, it's mostly $3 note card sales and a few t-shirts. I only sold $180 worth. I had original paintings for sale. Didn't sell one.

But it's nice to be out there and seeing friends. Be nice if I made a ton of money too.



2. Franklin Fung Chow An old time friend, Franklin Fung Chow passed away about a month ago. He was an adult figure I looked up to when I first started getting involved in the Chinatown community while I was in high school. He was always interested in my artwork and was a collector of my posters. We kept in touch when he was assigned to Washington DC. I wanted to go to his memorial which was just this last weekend ...same day as Kimochi's Silver Bells. By the time I parked the car at the crafts faire, unload and set up...it was too late. Oh well...I'm sure Franklin would have understood. Don't worry Franklin...I still remember I still owe you that print of your father in front of the store... don't worry man, I will get on it!

3. Photo Retouching Sunny Leung, a fellow photographer, had me retouch a set of family portraits he did for the former interim San Francisciso Unified School superintendent, Gwen Chan and her family....so I did it the day before yesterday. Here's the before and after to show off my handiwork here...




...and it just so happened I went to my old junior high school Marina for a 75th anniversary celebration and who did I run into but Gwen Chan herself. No, I did not personally know her from before.




I introduced myself and told her what a coincidence that I was retouching her face, smoothing the skin, removing little moles and wrinkles the other day and now I run into the real Gwen Chan. Automatically Iooked at her moles and wrinkles on her face and wanted to get to work. Here she is next to a photo of her when she was a principal at Marina.

By the way... I am available for photo retouching services. Se hablo Chino.

4. Creative Work Fund Grant I got the grant from Creative Work Fund! I didn't think I was going to get it. But the sponsoring organization appear to be very good grant writers. For the next two years I am to work with APILO's youth group on coming up with a series of serigraphs addressing violence and the Asian American community.

The hard part is I lost the working space I had available to me at J-Town Arts which is where I was planning to implement this project. APILO said I can do it at their conference room in the basement. But it looks so neat and it's a pretty cramped space.

I can't say it's a lot of money and I hope it's not too demanding on my time. But I have a feeling it will.

5. WGUISFCT Winter Solstice Party I am hosting this party is going to happen on December 16th. I'm gonna be head chef'ing the event. We're going to make traditonal tong yuen (glutinous rice balls in soup), jiaozi (dumplings), huote (potstickers) and wonton noodles.

A lot of logistics involved in making 1200 dumplings. 800 dumplings, 800 potstickers.

6. Bill Yim of Hong Kong is coming to town!



Yes, you heard that right! He's coming on the 14th is going to be featured caricaturist at our WGUISFCT Winter Party! Bill is an old friend whom I've known for over twenty-five years. We've been in touch, though it's been a while since Bill came to San Francisco.

7. WGUISFCT 2nd Anniversary


The spectacular gala event was held at Pork Chop House. We fit forty seven people in that little restaurant. For $18, members were treated to a prime rib dinner, a big slice of Eastern Bakery coffee cake and a special commorative t-shirt.

8. 1982 at JAM Workshop

I am printing the Kimochi 1st Annual Cherry Blossom Run. These were the early days of my t-shirt printing career. I purchased that machine in 1981.

9. Toilet Roll Art

I want to do some kind of installation with all these toilet rolls and call it 'Faces of PMS'. A project to bring awareness of this conditon especially to young men who are not aware of this condition and wondering why women are so quirky.

10. Sketch'em Night at Pork Chop House

I have been trying to make it a habit to go to porkchop house on Friday evenings to draw and hopefully sell the drawing for $20-$25. So far hardly anyone shows up and no one has really purchased it directly from me. I sold these two when someone saw it online...but haven't delivered yet.





My appearance at Pork Chop house on Fridays have been sporadic too...if I have something else going that night, I won't be there. Like this Friday with the Winter Party. And the time is not consistant. I say I'll be there at 6pm...but often I wind up there after 8pm.