Saturday, April 24, 2010

Art In The Alley, May 2nd!

On Sunday, May 2, 2010, Kerouac Alley in North Beach will once again be transformed into an open-air art gallery when we hold our annual Art in the Alley event - now in our tenth year!

Over 25 emerging and established artists will showcase their work in the alley named for one of North Beach's most famous Beat icons. An eclectic variety of creativity will be on display including painting, printmaking, fine art glass, art books, photography, mixed media, jewelry and a unique publisher, Submarine Press.

Art in the Alley honors the irreverent spirit of North Beach by creating an opportunity for both local and regional artists to strut their stuff. Janet Clyde, manager of Vesuvio, feels it's an ideal way to give back to the community of artists who have supported the bar over the years, and to celebrate this fabled neighborhood and its artistic roots.

Those wishing to get a sneak preview of work by the participating artists should stop by Vesuvio and check out the Art in the Alley Group Show, on display from April 15 - 30.

2008 Best of the Bay Award, Editor's Pick, SF Bay Guardian - 'Best Beat Keeps Boppin': North Beach has come a long way since the days when Lawrence Ferlinghetti et al. drank gallons of cheap red wine at Caffe Trieste. Though it's now more frat boy than the best minds of a generation starving, hysterical, and naked, North Beach does sometimes remember its poetic beat heritage. For a weekend each May, Kerouac Alley — recently repaved with cobblestones and stone tablets engraved with quotes by Western and Chinese poets — is home to dozens of emerging and established artists showcasing their recent work in the open air for Art in the Alley. Live music, painting, poetry, and sculpture bring back the creative bohemian buzz that enveloped North Beach before the blonde beer haze did, and the art is always on display at fab sponsor Vesuvio bar for a couple of weeks before the festival. Perhaps best of all, at the end of the alley is surreal karaoke bar Bow Bow's, where bartender Mama Candy serves a mean Tokyo Tea. After some heady art and a couple of those, you'll be shouting lines from Howl yourself."