Sidewalk Exhibition of Poster Art by J.R.R. Blevins May 20 – August 15

Exhibition: San Francisco Arts Commission presentation of “The Crabtrees of Old San Francisco,” a series of original posters by J.R.R. Blevins
Dates: May 20 to August 15, 2002
Location: Sidewalk kiosks along Market Street, between Van Ness and the Embarcadero

Posters: “Cable Car Monkeyshines,” by J.R.R. Blevins

Posters: “Cable Car Monkeyshines,” by J.R.R. Blevins

Local artist J.R.R. Blevins recreates turn-of-the-century San Francisco history in “The Crabtrees of Old San Francisco,” a series of original posters mounted in 24 sidewalk kiosks along Market Street, between Van Ness Avenue and the Embarcadero, May 20 to August 15, 2002. The free outdoor exhibition is presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Market Street Art in Transit Program, which brings original work by contemporary local artists into the daily environment of city workers, shoppers, and other pedestrians. Twenty-four posters-four copies each of six original designs-will be on view. For further information, call 415-252-2559.

“The Crabtrees of San Francisco” is a series of drawings with text narrating the adventures of a fictitious family invented by Blevins. His whimsical color images illustrate the escapades of such characters as Miss V.L. Crabtree, an heiress who turns to bank robbery, Skyrunner Crabtree, a popular Market Street performer known as Bud the Duck, and Peaches, a shaved circus monkey with papier mâché wings who escapes from her cage and terrifies the townspeople. The saga, says the artist, was inspired by the name of one of his own ancestors-Lotta Crabtree, the 19th-century vaudeville actress whose 1875 gift to the city is called “Lotta’s Fountain.”

J.R.R. Blevins’ works have been shown in numerous venues throughout the United States, including Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; the Bellevue Museum of Art, Bellevue, Washington; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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