The Art Junket

A gathering of artists

Why show art?

by Maureen Fitzmahan


mbfitzmahan. Zoey. Berkeley, CA. 2017

1) Art is one of the extraordinary ways human beings share experiences or emotions that we are unable to communicate in any other way. 

Beauty, love, hope.  Loss, fear, hate.  Awe, faith, excitement.

The soulful moments we experience walking into St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.

mbfitzmahan. St. Mary’s Cathedral. San Francisco, California. 2015.

The giggling kind of fun we feel when we hear the beat and the sound of Bruno Mars singing “Downtown Funk.”

These are moments of art.

Despair, yet chasms of deep beauty, felt by reading Emily Dickinson’s poem, There’s a Certain Slant of Light.

Complete terror of war in Huynh Cong Ut’s photo during the Vietnam War.

Huynh Cong Ut. 1973.

2) Art is a way to chronicle the cultures of human society.  What we wear, how we eat, how we move, what we like to do, what we value, how we are born, and how we die.

Art connects us to one another.

How to feel empathy.  How to appreciate a different culture.  How to sympathize with those we think we hate.  How to better understand those we like.

It is important that we bring our art to the world.

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Salon 3.2 – Genesis

by Maureen Fitzmahan

Zoey, Tony, Brian, Annelise

The 2nd Salon* of the 3rd series of The Art Junket was hosted by Ana Perches.

The Salon was attended by 13 artists: Erin Mahollitz, Katie Strange, Maureen Fitzmahan, Tony Jones, Brian Nelson, Tao Graham, Randolph Torres, Annelise Dohrer, Ana Perches, Katie Osenga, Lucy Beck, Zoey Olbum, and Kate Sbani.

This months’ theme, Genesis, inspired many of us to do a reexamination of our work and our work process.  For those of us who have been around for a long time, I believe that our work has reached new heights. We have many new members.  The diversity of work and members is seen in the kind of art being produced.

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A Night Out Among SF’s Mission Murals

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by Maureen Fitzmahan

The Mission- Balmy Alley, San Francisco.

Our Art Junket mural expert, Kaitlin Strange, guided us through the history, process, and techniques used in creating the Mission’s famous artworks.  Katie, an intern for Precita Eyes, was one of the artists who painted some of the murals in San Francisco. Katie wrote her Master thesis on the murals of San Francisco.   She has an intimate understanding of San Francisco murals and how they are created.

The Artists


The Fun



MBFitzmahan Photography On Display

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mbfitzmahan. Romani Child. Evora, Portugal. 2008

by Maureen Fitzmahan

Encouraged by two years of working with the Art Junket, I have decided to show my work out there in the streets.

No, really! The streets of Old Town Pittsburg.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Start Over

By Ana Perches

These colors are my beginning on the white canvas. Question marks ready to be blended.



Last Sunday, I had my 36 x 24 Blick canvas and my acrylic colors ready. After painting the “background” I thought, this is not going to work. So I scrambled in the basement to find another surface to paint on.

Finally found something that is 48 x 32 and started all over again but kept my original idea and design. Lesson: don’t be afraid to start all over and to abandon the nice Blick canvas for… something else.


Genesis: the Art Process #3

By Maureen B. Fitzmahan

mbfitzmahan. New roses. 2017

Oh yes, I am processing, too. I am taking this time to take a very onerous adventure of going through my 77,000 digital photos. I transferred my photos off of iPhoto onto Lightroom. I first eliminated 17,000 duplicates. Then I did some easy house cleaning, so to speak. Now, I am down to 35,000 photos. Half of those are family photos.

Last,  I went through my art photos and chose the top 1200 photos. I’m labeling each one of those photos with 4 and 5 stars.

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