Art at the San Francisco Theater Festival

Art in the Tenderloin, San Francisco

As a newcomer to the US, I am deeply affected by the area of San Francisco known as the Tenderloin. I’m baffled by its existence and fascinated by its continuing presence in such a conspicuously wealthy and sophisticated city. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I set up my work on Sunday 30th September deep in the heart of the Tenderloin, as part of a small group of artists who were also becoming part of the amazing SF Theater Festival.  Now in its 9th year, the festival features performances of all kinds on several indoor and outdoor stages. Visual artists were being included as an experiment for the first time, including painters, photographers, jewelers and ceramicists. The local color was an interesting backdrop for everyone’s work and I tried to find time to take photos and draw this local color but for the most part spent the whole day chatting to visitors and locals. Several mural artists were creating large scale art pieces with amazing skill and focus despite the heat of the day, and the children’s stage attracted a good natured crowd. Sadly, I only managed to snap a few members of the incredible Prescott Circus as they prepared to entertain the crowds with their inspiring and fantastic circus skills but they were a highlight for me and truly inspiring for everyone who saw them.

Three Prescott Clowns get ready to perform

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