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October 14, 2009 > Streets of San Francisco

Streets of San Francisco

By Mona Shah

Local artist Dave Dunlap is opening up his studio, offering us a glimpse of some of his newest work. For the public, visiting artists in their studios is a fabulous way to get to know the creator of a favorite painting or sculpture.

Dunlap has always loved art, but his passion ignited when he was introduced to the works of Claude Monet. He attempted to copy Monet's work, going through a lot of canvasses and practiced hard to make his art come alive. Though a self-proclaimed impressionist, Dunlap paints all kinds of subject matter, "but I am partial to street scenes." Dunlap adds, "I love the way the sun hits the side of an old brick building in the early morning, or how a balcony with flowers still glows in the twilight as the sun is just beginning to fade."

Once a year, Dunlap hosts an open studio in his home, highlighting a new series and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to charity. For the past three years, he has been spotlighting his New Orleans series. Dunlap would spend a week in the French Quarter, doing small study paintings and taking digital images. He would then return home and create about 20 new pieces.

This year, he decided to stay closer to home and spent a week in San Francisco. This new series highlights familiar as well as unique, out of the way locations in the 'City by the Bay.' This year 10 percent of the proceeds will go to St Jude's Children's Hospital.

Streets of San Francisco
Sunday, October 18
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
5264 Salisbury Drive, Newark

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