Posts From May 2008

May 14, 2008

Hear Eleanor Coppola Read
From Her, "Notes On A Life"

"Eleanor Coppola shares her extraordinary life as an artist, filmmaker, wife, and mother in a book that captures the glamour and grit of Hollywood and reveals the private tragedies and joys that tested and strengthened her over the past twenty years.

Her first book, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, was hailed as “one of the most revealing of all first hand looks at the movies” (Los Angeles Herald Examiner). And now the author brings the same honesty, insight, and wit to this absorbing account of the next chapters in her life.

In this new work we travel back and forth with her from the swirling center of the film world to the intimate heart of her family. She offers a fascinating look at the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, and describes her daughter Sofia’s rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation. Even as she visits faraway movie sets and attends parties, she is pulled back to pursue her own art, but is always focused on keeping her family safe. The death of their son Gio in a boating accident in 1986 and her struggle to cope with her grief and anger leads to a moving exploration of her deepest feelings as a woman and a mother.

Written with a quiet strength, Eleanor Coppola’s powerful portrait of the conflicting demands of family, love and art is at once very personal and universally resonant."(Random House, 2008)

Click here to purchase, "Notes on a Life."

Upcoming Book Signing Events:

5/19/2008 - 7:30 pm
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

5/20/2008 - 6 p.m.
Tosca Cafe
242 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

5/22/2008 - 7 pm
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

5/28/2008 - 7:30 pm
Capitola Book Cafe
1475 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010

6/3/2008 - 7 pm
Rubicon Estate (Click here for information on the 'Music in the Vineyards' event)
1991 St Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573
To purchase tickets for this event: 707-258-5559

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From Her, "Notes On A Life""

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Madrone (foundry #3299.1) 2007,bronze, 35 x 44.5 x 10.5 inches.

May 7, 2008

Absentee Bids Open For New Butterfield Bronze

“In developing an intimate understanding of horses, sculptor Deborah Butterfield evokes an interior life with which the viewer connects. Each sculpture depicts a solitary horse, introspective, unridden, at rest, which, despite their mass and materiality, appear animated. Butterfield constructs these works first with found wood branches and sticks that she twists into the horse forms. The bronze is cast from this wood, which is burned out in the casting process, to produce a unique work. Butterfield then applies patina, which conveys with astonishing accuracy the texture and nuances of the original wood.”(LA Louver, 2003)

Sculptor Deborah Butterfield created her newest work, “Madrone,” in the studios of Napa’s Oxbow School during the winter of 2007 while she worked as an artist-in residence, teaching high school-aged students. 

Born and raised in San Diego, Deborah Butterfield studied at the University of California, Davis and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. From the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s Butterfield taught sculpture at the University of Madison, Wisconsin and Montana State University, Bozeman. Both of Deborah’s sons attended Oxbow.

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On the left, Writing on the Body, ©1999 Charles Hobson.
On the right, #001, from the series, Evocations ©2007 Mary Daniel Hobson

May 1, 2008

Father-Daughter Artists Provide
Two Reasons for Palo Alto Field Trip

Experiments in Navigation: The Art of Charles Hobson

Exhibition Explores Making of Artist's Books at Two Venues on Stanford University Campus

April 30 - July 6, 2008 at Cantor Arts Center
April 30 - August 17, 2008 at Peterson Gallery, Green Library, Stanford, California 

The Stanford University Libraries and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University present the exhibition "Experiments in Navigation: The Art of Charles Hobson,” which opens at two locations on campus April 30. Hobson's work explores themes of classical mythology, astronomy, surrealism, shipwrecks, and love affairs of famous historical figures, among other topics, through the medium of the artist's book.

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