We have been proud to showcase the work of local artists in our lobby over the years with approximately four exhibits a year.  Local artists interested in exhibiting their work should contact Vicki Vidaurri at v.vidaurri@2100webster.com.

Now featuring  works by Nicholas Coley

May 16th through August 19th

Alex Friedman

Upwards Over the Mountain

Nicholas Coley was born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California. He hitchhiked around the states for a couple years after high school trying to find Don Juan and Carlos Castenada. He was sure he had a destiny to become a medicine man or a brujo, but after getting hepatitis in a hostel in Santa Fe, he moved to Europe and studied art at the Beaux-Arts plus another small school for painting in the south of France. He lived, studied, and meditated daily for a year in a Buddhist Monastery outside of Bordeaux. After reading ‘The Tropic of Capricorn’ by Henry Miller, he decided he was not meant for the disciplined, monastic life and went off in search for a more creative and spontaneous world, taking him to Prague for a year and selling paintings to tourists on the Charles Bridge. From there he took the Trans Siberian railroad through Russia and deep into China before having a complete spiritual collapse in the summer of ’94. The good news is it’s been a slow climb back up the mountain toward the beneficence and belonging of a higher power. Anchored by the love of a good woman he’s actually been able to support his family, three extraordinary little kids (and seven chickens) even putting a downpayment on a house…all exclusively with the proceeds from painting sales, which he’s damn proud of and still sort of in dumb happy shock. For almost 20 years now he has been painting full time, almost everyday. Turns out, he was something of a medicine man after all.

Past Artists

Alex Friedman

Alex Friedman has been creating tapestries for over 40 years. After completing her degree in Art History at Skidmore College, she turned to creating textiles with passion. She worked on a huge commission
for Pan Am’s first fleet of jumbo jets and followed that with weaving commissions for corporate, liturgical and private clients.

As Director and Board member of the American Tapestry Alliance
(2000-2008), she chaired an international community of over
600 members.

Since returning to California from abroad, she maintains a studio
in Sausalito, is an active member of Tapestry Weavers West, and serves on the board of the Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum of San Francisco.
She exhibits her tapestries nationally and internationally.