PictureFrom top, the work of Bibby Gignilliat, Sharon Paster and Rachel Davis, all selected for the de Young Open’s juried community art exhibition. Courtesy images.

Remember when we could go to museums and galleries to check out amazing art?!?

We sure do long for those days. While we wait for that moment to return and hope that COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, we can take solace in the fact that Marin artists continue to churn out fantastic work. That was recognized last month when 11 artists from Sausalito’s renowned ICB (Industrial Center Building) artist collective were chosen for the de Young Open’s juried community art exhibition. 

The exhibition is part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s 125th anniversary celebration and included more than 11,000 submissions by nearly 6,200 artists across nine Bay Area counties. The de Young Open continues the museum’s longstanding tradition of engaging the local community and showcasing the talent of Bay Area artists, who will be able to offer their pieces for sale and retain 100 percent of the proceeds.

The de Young Open process was announced in March as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s 125th anniversary celebration and museum officials expected a sizable response from Bay Area artists. After being evaluated by curators and artist judges, 881 works created by 763 artists were selected.  Eleven were from artists who work at the ICB in Sausalito.

The work will be exhibited online in addition to the de Young’s large Herbst galleries on the lower level, though de Young officials cautioned that “the museum is unsure when it will be able to install the show or allow visitors back into galleries depending on California’s reopening.

The ICB artists selected for the de Young Open represent a range of work including photography, mixed media, oil painting, acrylics and sculpture. The ICB, a destination for art collectors and visitors from around the country, is a vibrant community of artists many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized. The artists whose work will be on display at the de Young include:

Leslie Allen/Sausalito 
Sophy Bevan/Mill Valley 
Maria Burtis/San Francisco 
Chris Chaffin/Mill Valley
Rachel Davis/Lucas Valley San Rafael
Bibby Gignilliat/Mill Valley 
Nancy Ilg/San Rafael
Ivy Jacobsen/Fairfax
Stephen Mangum/SF (Lower Pacific Heights)
Sharon Paster/Belvedere
Carla Roth/Ross  
“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to be part of this amazing exhibition at the de Young,” said Bibby Gignilliat, one of the ICB artists selected. “The chance to be part of a group of outstanding Bay Area artists in this way is a dream come true and the break I’ve been waiting for.” 

“I’m over the moon and thrilled that my work will be on the wall in one of my favorite museums,” said Rachel Davis, another ICB artist.


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