Blind artist's work put on display

CHARLES BLACKWELL

” ‘Insights’ makes me feel like it's OK to be blind and to be a visual artist at the same time. It helps me remember that I don't have to compete with the sighted world, I can just compete with myself.

Occupation: Artist

Home: Berkeley

Achievement: The artist’s work appears in “Participation in Insights 2008,” a juried exhibit of works by artists who are blind and visually impaired on view Oct. 2 to Dec. 12 in the lower level of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. 

CHRIS BLANCHARD

“I'm excited to now be able to pass along some of my knowledge and experience with up and coming sommeliers and to demystify the world of wine for guests.”

Occupation: Wine consultant; educational director, Chappellet Vineyard & Winery, St. Helena

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The expert received the Master Sommelier title awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers; only 167 professionals worldwide have the honor. He’s also the former rapper DJ Vita-Mix, whose song “That's the Way Girls Are” was no. 13 on the charts in Britain in 1987.

DANNY NEESON

“I heard from my Nana that there was going to be a neighborhood cleanup. I wanted to do it.  I wanted to help the neighborhood. It was fun!  We cleaned up around the trees and then put new sand in the planters.”

Occupation: Student, Presidio Hill School

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The first grader volunteered with the Community Clean Team , which recently visited his neighborhood, the Inner Sunset. Community Clean, a program of Project Connect,  helps residents clean up their streets, sidewalks and parks.

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MARCO DIONYSOS

“I stumbled into bartending and never looked back. …. classic cocktails are my passion. A favorite to make is the Chartreuse Swizzle because of its fun, unique, Caribbean approach to a classic, French herbal liqueur.”

Occupation: Bartender

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The self-proclaimed “cocktail geek” is the head bartender at Michael Mina's newest venture, Clock Bar, the San Francisco chef's first cocktail-themed establishment located in the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square. 

CARLY OZARD

“Where else but in the gayest city in America would one woman be foolish enough to think that she might land one of the two straight men who live here?”

Occupation: Performer

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The critically acclaimed musical theater singer and cabaret artist debuts her one-woman show “Bitter and Be Gay!” in a one-night event Friday the Octavia Lounge. The spunky Ozard recounts her personal experiences of dating three men who eventually went on to be gay.

ECOLOGY RULES: Environmentally savvy kids ‘Turn the Tide’ 

Sometimes, addressing serious issues such as global warming and rising sea levels can be all fun and games.
Bay Area kids proved just that by participating in the recent “Turn the Tide” creativity competition hosted by FutureSeaLevel.org, a collaborative art project led by Sierra Club, San Francisco Department of the Environment, and Aquarium of the Bay Foundation.

Using art as its primary tool, FutureSeaLevel.org educates local children on the long-term and immediate effects of climate change, namely rising sea levels, specifically on the San Francisco Bay Area. 

“The creative contest was really our summer grassroots effort,” said Carrie Chen, Aquarium of the Bay's director of education. “We left it really open and we were really inspired. We had everything from a board game to a song the kids performed.”

Sweeping this year's competition were children hailing from the Mohr Y Kids, Tri-Valley YMCA in Pleasanton who created an original board game where players advanced by making day-to-day eco-minded decisions, but were penalized for choices deemed environmentally unfriendly.

“They were able to think of things in their very own lives that they could do?everywhere from, 'You carpool to school or work, move ahead 4 spaces,' to 'You don't recycle, lose a turn,'” Chen said.

Founded two years ago, FutureSeaLevel.org inspires global change by way of do-it-yourself art projects, all available on the organization's Web site.

 

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