Beautiful weather today made wandering through this year’s Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park a real treat. We caught an early brunch at Left Bank and then walked the length of Santa Cruz Avenue downtown looking at all of the artists and their work.
My favorite black and white photographer, Christoper Erin, was there again this year. The current header graphic on this blog is a photo I shot a couple of months ago at Inverness that mimics a large black and white photo I bought from Chris four years ago. At his holiday showing at Fort Mason last December, I couldn’t resist one of his new photos showing San Francisco that he shot from Sausalito with The CIty barely visible in the shadows through the fog. Superb!
My favorite new artist was Terry Steinke from San Francisco and his beautiful etchings. Turns out that he’s not new to the event, it’s just the first time I noticed his work! We enjoyed hearing Terry describe the process he follows to create these beautiful hand drawn etchings – some using a single plate and others using three or four plates in register to add colors. They are just a delight to look at and enjoy.
Of note, we especially liked his engravings of Stow Lake – one of my long time favorite spots in Golden Gate Park – and Shadow Lake in Yosemite – one of those four plate etchings in color. He’s got a complete catalog of his etchings available online – take a look, they’re all very well done.