NDNU Hosts “Seeds of Hope” Exhibit
Featuring the Art of Kay Weber and the Children of the Tenderloin
Belmont, CA, October 23, 2007 — The community of talent in San Francisco’s Tenderloin will be on display when Notre Dame de Namur University hosts the “Seeds of Hope” exhibit featuring the artwork of Kay Weber and the children of the Tenderloin, October 30-December 31.
The exhibit will be held in the University’s Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library. There will be a showing with the artists at 5 p.m. on Day of the Dead or All Saints Day, November 1, followed by an artists’ reception at 6 p.m. in Wiegand Gallery located on the University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.
“Through their arts and crafts, the children of the Tenderloin will honor the lives and deaths of their ancestors in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, while cultivating new dreams of their own and celebrating the future,” said NDNU professor, Dr. Don Stannard-Friel, who teaches “Streetwise Sociology” as part of the University’s Certificate in Inner City Studies.
Planting seeds of hope in young hearts and minds has been Weber’s passion as he works tirelessly as the Art Director of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, Tenderloin Clubhouse. His work has included teaching neighborhood youth fine arts in the clubhouse art studio at 111 Jones, a community center/apartment complex, where he also resides. Kay works with other program directors to provide children with after school homework help, life skills development, and counseling.
He also sits on the Board of Directors of ArtSpan, and is the producer of San Francisco’s Open Studio. His work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Europe and America, including local exhibits at the Oakland Museum of California, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art History, and San Francisco’s deYoung Museum.
Utilizing a 19th century technique popular in German and French cultures, Kay works with paper and thin sheets of metal, cutting out the negative spaces in original and symbolic narrative scenes. “I choose paper by its content and visualize the piece within it,” said Kay. “Texture and color have to respond with the theme and the image I plan to create. I work with any kind of paper. It can be printed, painted, or even plain.
“My scissor drawings interweave multi-culture history and folk traditions expressing them with new appearance and design,” he added. “Over a decade ago, I started out creating little bookmarks which developed into much larger works. In my recent projects, I started to intricate myths, legends, gods, symbols, and nature into a long ribbon of themes…just like a storyteller.”
Dr. Stannard-Friel says the “Seeds of Hope” exhibit demonstrates that the inner city is a rich, complex community of talent, inspiration, and loving relationships.
“Kay Weber’s work is beautiful, and so is the work of so many program and playground directors in the Tenderloin,” said Dr. Stannard-Friel. “Generations of children have been exposed to art, culture, history, trips to Yosemite and Disneyland, camping, sports, college visits, holiday celebrations, and so much more, because of the good work of these good people.
“The art of Kay Weber and his students is an excellent example of the extraordinary work and good will in the Tenderloin,” he added.