Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Doing sale at Knit-One-One in Berkeley

Open Studios has closed until the Fall. Life continues and so do sales of my work!

This coming Saturday, May 1st, from 10 to 4pm, I'll be in Berkeley at a fabulous knit shop called Knit-One-One. According to Sile (pronounced Sheila) Coventry, the owner of Knit-one-on:

"knit-one-one is a thoroughly unique, modern center for crafting-know-how. We offer classes for all skill levels, outings to some of the best-kept-crafter’s-secrets in the Bay Area, and events which combine inspiration, fun, and frolic. "

So you East Bayers or those visiting Berkeley, stop on by Knit-One-One!
KNIT-ONE-ONE - Monthly Sale

Monday, April 26, 2010

Thank-you, thank-you and thank-you again.

Primas / Cousins Sonya & Peggy visiting me from San Jose

Gary - the husband - who helped me so much during Open Studios - he even brought our Espresso machine and made cappuccinos for artists and guests!

-me at the end of Open Studios after 2 glasses of Champagne

A very big thank-you goes out to all who stopped by Open Studios for a chat and view. So grateful to the community of family and friends who make the trek out to 1890 Bryant. Today is Monday...the day after Open Studios.

I woke up feeling a bit confused. With no immediate task to complete at hand I actually felt a little lost - but only momentarily! I have a show in Berkeley coming up - next weekend(??) so I have a few days to recover and refill in any items I may be low on. At the moment, I think I may need to make a few more earrings. Other than that, I may be set!

Oh, I am tired from the rush of preparing and being present at Open Studios. I love communicating with all those who walk through the door. In the end, its always worth my efforts to strive towards creating the best work possible, creating a hospitable environment in my studio and welcoming all those who walk through the doors.

Again, a big thank-you to all who stopped by!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Studio is Ready!

All my hard work, late nights involving cleaning, editing, tagging, hanging, arranging and rearranging have resulted in a studio ready for Open Studios! I am so tired but so happy to have a clean and pretty studio.

Studio prep is only the first part of Open Studios. The next challenge is getting through the next three days, staying healthy with a clear voice, making contacts, visiting with friends and hopefully making some money too.

Its a challenge putting these shows together...but then life is a challenge. So, now is not the time to rest. Adrenaline will be running on high. I can always rest next week!

Hope you enjoy the pics I took today of my studio.

You can view all the studio pics at my Flickr site:


Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It's this weekend!

Download and print The Guide to plan out your weekend. In it you'll find a MAP of all the studios and COUPONS from some of our favorite local cafes.



Spring Open Studios

@ 1890 Bryant Street and in Studio 318
Saturday & Sunday, April 24-25, 11a-6p
Preview Party Friday, April 23, 6p-9p

Online Catalog of Mission Artists
on http://www.missionartistsunited.org

To view some of my work go to:

Hope to see you at Spring Open Studios & at studio #318 @ 1890 Bryant!




Saturday, April 17, 2010

New work for April & preparing for open studios

Dolores del Rio with kitty


Dolores del Rio with flower

I've been very, very busy in my studio. Open studios is in less than a week. My artwork is done but the busy work needs to be done NOW: tagging, pricing and lots and lots of cleaning. I'm a messy artist. I don't always put things away after using them. I have piles of leftover supplies from various projects. Oh boy! There's lots to tackle but fortunately I have time. My daughter Gaby and her boyfriend Donny are going to help me. Donny is great because at 6'2" he can get to things that a person at 5' 4 1/2" can't reach. My husband Gary and grandson Leo will be painting tempera dots outside the building that lead down the street to the front door of our building. Well, I guess you could say its a family affair!!

If you'd like to see more work for April, go to:


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Estudio Martita & Spring Open Studios

Spring is here...

"where the days are longer, the nights are stronger"


Open Studios is here!

1890 Bryant & Estudio Martita, Suite #318, will have their doors open to you!

Come visit, peruse, purchase.

Many other artists throughout the flower of the Mission will also be open for business.

Spring Open Studios @ 1890 Bryant Street
Saturday & Sunday, April 24-25, 11a-6p
Preview Party Friday, April 23, 6p-9p

Online Catalog of Mission Artists on www.missionartistsunited.org

So, stop by. It should be fun and remember...



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Included in 2 Etsy Treasures!

Wow! I'm feeling lots of love because I've been included in 2 etsy Treasuries! One is called: Made in California and includes my Luchadores Shadow Box. The other is called South of Here and includes my Alternative Loteria Mirror. Very exciting!

Click on the links below to access the Treasuries.

expires Thursday 4/15 @ 6:29am

: expires Friday April 16th @ 2:43am

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Photos from Cesar Chavez Festival in San Francisco

Dolores Huerta

muchacha with awesome face painting

Youth Folklorico group

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and me

What a wonderful day I had at the Crucero Art Bazaar at Galeria de la Raza Studio 24, in San Francisco. Great people, great music, great speeches honoring the legacy of Cesar Chavez. One very special guest was Dolores Huerta. It was Dolores' birthday. She looks fabulous at 80 years old. Her speech was so moving and motivational. I felt so lucky to be there with other San Franciscans, witnessing this legend in her own right.

I took lots of pictures. I'm posting a few here. You can view the Cesar Chavez Festival album on Flickr!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Crucero Art Bazaar, San Francisco

I'm going to be participating in Crucero Art Bazaar at Studio 24 on 24th & Bryant. Many wonderful Latino and Latino inspired artists participating! The bazaar is part of the parade and festival to celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez.

Friday April 9th PREVIEW 4 to 7pm

Saturday April 10th, 24th Street Fair 1 p.m. to 7 p.m

Sunday April 11th, 1p.m. to 7p.m.

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For more information on the Cesar Chavez Holiday celebration in San Francisco please go to:


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Open Studios in San Francisco

"Santa Tina" - mixed media work on canvas by Martha Rodriguez

Hi all.
Its April 1st and I thought I would totally ignore this April Fool's Day and instead focus on promoting my Spring Open Studios event. Yes, in a little more than 3 weeks, my studio building at 1890 Bryant St. San Francisco, plus many more artists in the Mission District of San Francisco, open their doors to the public. The public means YOU! Come see the work of painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and on and on. We are a talented group and welcome all of you to stop by to shop, peruse and mingle. Would love to see you there!

MAU - Mission Artists United - is coordinating this event. Please check out my postcard and the back also to find out just where all the other Mission artists are located. Can't wait to see you there!

Postcard created by Trish Tunney.

Check out the MAU website for more details.

I'm going to have my mixed media artwork plus the Scarlet Collection of home accessories and jewelry available for purchase at Studio 318 at 1890 Bryant!


Scarlet Collection - new home accessories




Alternative Loteria Mirror


Just decided to name my home accessory line, THE SCARLET COLLECTION. The reason for this name is the obvious: each item is painted a bright red color. Wikipedia defines the color scarlet as: "Scarlet (from the Persian سآقرلآت säqirlāt) is a bright red color with a hue that is somewhat toward the orange. It is redder than vermilion. It is a pure chroma on the color wheel one-fourth of the way between red and orange. [2] Traditionally, scarlet is the color of flame. It may also refer to the color of the blood of a living person." Oooooo, it sounds perfect for my work - very Aztec, blood spilled and sacred heart surrounded by flames. So there you have it. The Scarlet Collection is born. The photos above are examples of my Scarlett Collection!