Virginia Tieman

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Let your eyes do the shopping for you

In Map, Public on December 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Shopping for groceries, we all have done it and we all know it can be one of the most mundane tasks out there. You go into the store and look around and get lost if it isn’t the local location you usually walk into. Everything seems to be in an obscure spot placed next to an item that doesn’t belong in that section — at least not logically.

Then, you may wander into a Trader Joe’s. Notice anything different about it? The free samples or the smiling employees in their Hawaiian shirts? Or, the difference could just be the way this store implements the use of paint on the walls. For me, this “mini murals” add spunk and a nice visual to make shopping for food not such a tedious task. Also, it provides a clear path to what may be in that section. Look around a Trader Joe’s and take in the design; it’ll spruce up your life.

I have added a map of some Trader Joe’s locations in San Francisco and provided photos of the mural to the entrance of the Trader Joe’s by the Stonestown mall right next to SF State. This mural has the campus in it, Lake Merced, and Stern Grove.

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A trip to Balmy and Clarion Alley

In Map on October 17, 2011 at 10:02 am

Balmy Alley is located in the Mission District and has the most concentrated collection of murals in San Francisco. To prepare for a photo story in the future featuring this alley, I wanted my viewers, if possible, to venture out on their own to see the murals in person — be it new or old to your eyes. You can go explore this alley on your own or you can take a paid tour offered by Precita Eyes Mural Arts.

As you venture, I suggest you stop by Humphry Slocombe to try some of their delicious treats. I am quite a fan of their Secret Breakfast ice cream, and well, you can’t really go wrong with any flavor. It’s also a great treat to walk with on your way to check out Clarion Alley.

Clarion Alley, a little ways away from Balmy Alley, was painted in inspiration from Balmy Alley and many muralists’ work across the city of San Francisco. Now, the main reason for this map, besides the future photo story, is that Clarion Alley features an artist that I will be interviewing this Wed. on Oct. 19, 2011. Do you want to know who it is? Have any guesses? Alright, I give in, I will be interviewing Mary Joy Scott about her untitled mural. Scott works for Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City and has shown her work throughout San Francisco — be it body art or art on walls.

This was a photo I took a couple of years back. Never did I imagine that one day I would be interviewing the muralist of this piece of work. Mary Joy Scott painted this in Clarion Alley.

This map can be used as a reference for a little afternoon stroll in the Mission. Even though the main point of this map is to showcase locations of some murals in the Mission, don’t be afraid to explore this cultural-rich neighborhood. Also, on a side note, if you’re looking for good Hispanic cuisine, the Mission is the right place to find it.

Stay tuned When Paint Meets Purpose viewers and enjoy the map.