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... key to StoneMetal Press. Studio operators Le Green and Kathleen Baker Pittman are accepting applications for the Keyholder Open Studio Program, which offers printmakers 24-hour access to a Charles Brand Etching Press, Takach Litho, Star Wheel, and Challenge Letterpress. Basic supplies and individual storage are also provided for the low, low price of $50 a month, plus deposit. A three-month commitment is required. StoneMetal is located in the Blue Star Art Complex. For more info, call 227-0312.
Gallerist Dana Read, whose REM Gallery in the Finesilver building has been sorely missed, is bringing Salsa & Tulips to her new Blue Star space for CAM. The two-person show was conceived by local artist Joan Fabian (Current Staff pick for Best Struggling Artist 2004), who initiated a technological exchange with Dutch artist Pieter Zandvliet. The resulting collaboration premiered at Artoteek Schiedam this March; CAM will be its first stateside appearance.
The temporary REM, located at 117 Blue Star, No. 3, is celebrating its relocation this month with Duped, new works by painter Charlie Morris. Morris, whose previous abstract work can be seen hanging on the walls of Joan Grona Gallery and TG&O in the Finesilver Building, says this new series is "very representational and political." On view through June 16. For more info call 224-1227. See the web exclusive review at www.sacurrent.com.
On the road again
"Due to the lack of basic foundation and educational infrastructure for the arts, the people here fail to understand or attach any value to it," pens playwright Sterling Houston in the "Where We Live" section of the new do-it-yourself website for artists, www.gotour.org. Houston does say that SA is a city conducive to making art, not entirely discouraging would-be journeyman artists from seeking Texan fame and fortune.
As the site's name suggests, Go Tour is a virtual network of artists, venues, and advice (such as traveling on a shoestring budget). "Our goal with Go Tour is to revitalize the touring circuit which was so popular and successful in the 1970's," writes Diane Vivona, Executive Director of New York-based The Field, the artist support organization that created Go Tour. "The idea is modeled in part on the way independent bands and venues work together to create their own networks." For more info, visit the website or call 212-691-6969, Ext. 22. •
Compiled by Elaine Wolff