Susan R. Kirshenbaum

art and life - both the cherries and the pits

As 2018 Winds Down - Wishing for Rain and Wind

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What’s Happening Now

What a year! Just a couple more shows and then a shoulder surgery - so out of commission for a bit.


I am sitting in my home/studio looking out at our smoke-filled sky. They say it’s like 10 cigs a day. I already smoked mine decades ago and don’t need more. It is so darn sad!

“In Conversation” is one of three large silk scrolls hanging in Senator Scott Weiner’s office in Dec 2018-Jan 2019.

“In Conversation” is one of three large silk scrolls hanging in Senator Scott Weiner’s office in Dec 2018-Jan 2019.

Life for some goes on…

I’m just wrapping up a couple shows now (Spark Arts Open Studios show was extended) and at City Art Coop November show. I’ll be in “Small Presence” with a series of three pieces at SFWA for December.

Now I’m super excited to be showing three of my color block silk scrolls in Senator Scott Weiner’s office gallery Dec-Jan. Okay, it’s kind of a funny theme - ADVANCED, curated by Joseph Abbati. Yes, that term is about in age, and other factors, like where you are in your career...

Reception: December 14 from 5-7pm with refreshments and snacks.

Thanksgiving feels especially powerful this year. So much to be thankful for. We host, and it’ll be rather small for us. We expect our desperately needed rain this Thursday.


I’d like to thank Rhiannon MacFaden who has been my art coach for several years now. That’s right, I have an art coach - and she’s wonderful (and I’m willing to share).

And here’s a shout-out to San Francisco Women Artists Gallery. We’ve been in SF since the late 1800’s! I especially love to support women’s organizations and always have done so in business as well. Now I’m joining the SFWA BOD as Exhibitions Director for 2019. So looking forward to learning a lot and being able to contribute strategically and hands-on with our art shows! This lovely gallery has themed juried shows every month. Located in the inner Sunset, it’s a hidden gem. All Bay Area artist friends - consider joining us! The organization just keeps getting better.

Thanks, too, to my newest galleries where I had a chance to show my work this year: Back to the Picture, City Art Coop SF, Abrams Claghorn Gallery (Grove Salon), Spark Arts, Secret Agent, and Radian Gallery.

Thank you Nigel and Reginald for keeping me company throughout all this.

Thanks to the many friends (old and new) who came to so many shows! It’s really important to have your support. I hope it’s fun for you too. A gazillion thanks to Jack who hauled, hung, selected, schlepped, and attended oh so many exhibitions.

Exciting news! I just launched my Patreon page! It’s all very new to me, but I encourage you to sign up to be my Patron - even at the lowest tier, so that others will follow suit. Thank you! It’ll be full of fun arty treats. Become a patron here:

Until mid-January, I’ll continue to post updates on my Instagram page, my Cherry Pits Facebook Page, and on my website. But no more blogging in 2018. Thank you all for actually reading and giving me feedback on my posts! Happy holidays to you! I’m looking forward to a healthy, productive, and artful 2019.

And remember, art books make excellent gifts!