Raven flies to Akron Artwalk

The sadness of missing my Ohio tribe (I am NOT referring to baseball) is balanced by my joy of having my paintings on canvas represented in a fabulous show of talent by Ohio women. Earthtones: Aerie ballroom of the divine feminine for the Downtown AKron ARTwalk is happening this Saturday, April 5th in my glorious hometown of Akron, Ohio. It takes place at 57 E. Market St. with parking across the street at the Akron Art Museum parking garage.

Here’s one of the paintings to be included that epitomizes my love for Akron.

"Hometown Heartstrings" acrylic on canvas 20x16"
Hometown Heartstrings Acrylic 20×16″

I also sent new work, inspired by the raven who first showed me I must leave my roots in an informal shamanic journey Kundulini Yoga class I took in Columbus, Ohio back in 1998. Since then, the raven appears in my visions and in the material world often as a synchronicity sign to keep aspiring to change, reaching for further heights of accomplishment in striving for my own life’s highest potential.

Detail of "Raven of Lower World" acrylic 11x14"
Detail of Raven of Lower World Acrylic 11×14″
"Raven of Lower World" Actylic 11x14"
Raven of Lower World Acrylic 11×14″

I will also have this Butterflies work on oil in this show. They show up in my world also as a sign of synchronicity and affirmation of my life path.

White Butterflies detail 16x20"
Butterflies detail Oil 16×20″
White Butterflies Oil 16x20"
Butterflies Oil 16×20″

One of the best experiences I had in live painting last summer was with this tree captured at a joyful event on Lake Erie. I finished the details later and have this oil to represent the endless beauty of nature found in Ohio.

Lake Erie Tree Oil 16x20"
Lake Erie Tree Oil 16×20″

If you are near Akron next weekend, surely check out my work and many other talented photographers, painters, sculptors and musicians at this not-to-be-missed event curated by the amazing Eartha L. Goodwin. Infuse some divine feminine into your life and buy a piece for your home! xxooYabette

Bring Unique Creative Energy to Your Event!

I recently discovered on my Midwest summer tour of creativity that I love live painting and I have continually proved that it is a special skill and mission of mine.

Using meditation, a creative vision comes to me, channeled from that great “Field of Potentiality”. I work in a live environment, incorporating the energy of the event itself. This is made in a very neat, concise 4 foot square space or an impressive presentation mural size of 10 x 5 foot space.

Hire me to bring a show that your clients and colleagues have never witnessed as a large blank canvas is beautified with energetic action!

See more about this here.

xxoo Yabette

"Space Angels" 36x96" acrylic on sustainable board live painting at Lil' RedPresents.
“Space Angels” 36×96″ acrylic on sustainable board live painting at Lil’ RedPresents.
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perspective

 

Considerations of Canton Creativity

Unexpected inspiration in downtown Canton happened yesterday. This place is known for The Football Hall of Fame, not public art. However, public art and a district of galleries and locally produced goods was a refreshing surprise tucked away in another industrial city of Ohio.

Upon my Canton visit with local delight, Jenny Spencer, I witnessed the art of Joseph Carl Close with this poignant metal and painted sculpture on a parking deck in the arts district alley. Executed with precision and depicting scenes of metal factory workers, political rebellion, native American traditions, and musical expression, this work speaks to the heart of rust belt residents. I was not immune to its energy of truth and beauty.

Public Art in Canton, OH by Joseph Carl Close.
Public Art in Canton, OH by Joseph Carl Close.
canton metal art police
Public Art in Canton, OH by Joseph Carl Close.

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Embracing the Grit

rustI’ll admit right away that I have been quite biased towards wood. Building, refinishing, repairing, and beautifying wood has been my artful pastime for many years now. However, metal runs deep with my family lineage of steel workers, machinists, and builders, yet I rejected it as dirty, dangerous, and rough. While it IS all of those things, I am now embracing the grit and seeing the joys of metal. For me, it was coming home. Besides working in my literal home state of Ohio this summer, I recognized the smells of burning steel, the dirt, and the intense sweaty, grungy heat emanating from this place. I thought often of my Father long ago, coming home from work with black hands and curled metal chips embedded into the souls of his heavy, black work boots.

Of course my Father didn’t work for a creative master who admits he hails from the planet “Ooob” and plays The Orb remixed by Lee Scratch Perry on the sound system. In fact, an artist like myself would not have been welcome into my father’s production steel shop where parts for the industrial/military complex were produced. But there I was, part of the assembly line for Doug Meyer’s Rustbelt Rebirth creations.  Offering me an opportunity to be a part of his East Coast Showcase booth at Brimfield, he created artful frames for my oil paintings that matched his fantastic, industrial furniture. Using recycled scrap metal, he and the crew fabricate his art deco inspired designs that fit into a beautifully modern and artful home, office or studio.

"Sea horse" oil 24x18" framed in upcycled chocolate brown with a rolling serving cart inspired by travelling trains of the past.
“Sea horse” oil 24×18″ by Yabette framed in upcycled chocolate brown metal with a rolling serving cart of the traveler’s train era inspiration by Doug Meyer.

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So Luscious in LA This Weekend

As the last details of the Divine Feminine Cape fiber arts work for The Luscious Bum Project are completed, I reflect on love of self, compassion for others, and conceptual art. I have been overjoyed to have a chance to explore the double entendre that is The Luscious Bum.  On one side is the oil painting, an over-sized ode to the supple joy of the physical manifestation.

Luscious Bum by Yabette
Luscious Bum by Yabette Alfaro

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Start Your Art Walk With Swank Style!

Divisadero Art Walk
Hey fabulous folks!  Do you enjoy art, good food and shopping?  Would you like to be a part of the exciting evolving renaissance of Divisadero Corridor?  Make sure you mark Thursday, June 3rd on your calendar because it’s time once again for the Divisadero Corridor Artwalk and Swankety Swank is the first stop!

Yabette & STORM

DJ Rio will be spinning funkadelic tunes all evening and STORM (SF Weekly’s Best X-Men Tarot Reader) will be reading 3 card spreads for ten dollars from 7pm to 10pm.  This a good opportunity to get a taste of the X-Men Tarot X-perience which is an hour long reading for only forty dollars!
Kurtis Rykovich's "Nesting Among Lemons"

Come check out the amazing artwork we have on display! The painting above is titled “Nesting Among Lemons” and was created by the fantastic Kurtis Rykovich!  We have two more pieces by Kurtis and you simply have to see them in person to experience their exquisite sweetness!  We also have gorgeous oil paintings by Simone Coulars, men and women’s clothing by amazing designers like DAS, gibbous, Wayward Shifties, Zunique, Wysterium, and many more, feather hairpieces by Eileen, leather cuffs and belts by Project TransAction, and SF Weekly’s Best Local Skincare Line By Nieves!  There’s much more to see and experience at Swankety Swank, so come on down to the Divisadero Artwalk and see for yourself!  Thank you for supporting local handmade goods!

SwankSpeak! Issue #2 Available Now!

Print The House of Swankety Swank proudly presents SwankSpeak! a bi-monthly ‘zine from the boutique gallery Swankety Swank!

Located in San Francisco, California, Swankety Swank offers Conscious Consumer Commodities for Mind, Body, Spirit and Home!

Swankety Swank represents handcrafted items from over 20 local artists including furniture, accessories, and clothing from babies to Papas and Women sizes 2-24. We take our commitment to honor Earth, Age, and Beauty seriously and we celebrate our artists and community with Art Walks, Trunk Sales and Gallery Openings.

The 24 page second issue of SwankSpeak! is a meaty ‘zine created with sincerity, intelligence and love. This delicious issue #2 (limited print run) features:

Interview with DAS-OWL fashion house designers Deborah Sciales and Oliver Lowe!

Photographic fashion story “Natural Magick” by Eartha L. Goodwin featuring Tiff Rojas & Mary Van Note (Mary is also our “Muse of the Month”)!

“Creative Genius”, a column about inspiration & art with essays by Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Kelly Lydick (Mastering the Dream) & Serena Valentino (Fairest of All)!

Galaxy Runway, a two page comic strip by STORM, creator of Princess Witch Boy!

Come visit us at 289 Divisadero (btw Haight & Page Sts.) in San Francisco for your own copy!

If you love this issue of SwankSpeak! (And we think you will!) consider purchasing a year’s subscription! (sold on our Etsy site).

When you buy a subscription to SwankSpeak! you will receive 6 issues of SwankSpeak! a year! That’s 4 issues of consumer consciousness and creativity coming from our House to Yours!

Neighborhood Networking!

Notice our new fantastic banner? John, who lives on our block, said he was inspired by my artwork and created a new banner for us! Check out his impressive creative company, Amazing Media.

5 thousand by Phoenix Zoellick

Speaking of neighbors, there’s a new shop across the street called Prairie Collective. They are artists of Magpie and Rye, Studio Choo, and The Cloak and Dagger Society. Go see their super cute space and adorable things for your home and body.

Support your neighborhood at the artwalk this Thursday. We’ll have new art on display, as well as Phoenix‘s art shown above (follow her link and vote for her fluevog design) and refreshments as we celebrate our 3rd year anniversary and march into our 4th year of business!

Happy Spring San Francisco!

-Yabette