Artists

Amazing Art from Jen Kindell

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Part of MCM’s mission is to support small businesses in the Mission and Jen Kindell is a local artist that recently joined the market. Jen has been a vendor at MCM since February, and you don’t want to miss her beautiful silkscreened products, featuring vibrant, colorful images of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Jen began her career as an independent artist relatively recently – in August of last year, she started making screen prints of produce, just for herself. After seeing her work, friends and family members requested their own copies. She began selling her artwork on Etsy and at MCM, so that each of us can own a Jen Kindell original! She has an art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and has also been an art teacher in the past, spreading her love of art to countless students!
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Jen is excited to be at MCM because she feels constantly inspired by the seasonal produce all around her.  Previously, she created a piece that is an ode to the purple asparagus from Zuckerman’s.  Her latest is a strawberry inspired by Tomatero Farm (a sneak peek of this awesome design is shown below).  “This is the best market in the city,” she says.  “I feel blessed to be a part of it.”  We’re glad to have you, Jen!  Come out to MCM to see Jen’s amazing artwork in person, and you can also visit her on the web!

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Dream Again and Paint a Mural

Posted on by EmilyN in Artists, Blog, murals, public art | Leave a comment

You know that beautiful mural at the corner of Bartlett and 21st Streets? Daniel Galvez painted that mural, titled Dream, in 1996 and it’s had a healthy life until recently. Now the artist has generously offered his time to restore the mural to its original glory! Check out the original opening with Mayor Willie Brown, Ruth Asawa of Ruth’s Table, and other local luminaries below:

Want to be a part of the community? Learn the art of mural-making with one of the Mission’s most famous (he also painted Carnaval on 24th and South Van Ness). Come paint and restore Dream with Daniel in the month of October!

Email jeremy [at] missioncommunitymarket.org for details.

Esmeralda and Javier: Vendors of the Week!

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Esmeralda Padilla and Javier Martinez of ZIA are our vendors of the Week! Esmeralda and Javier joined our market this year selling tees and tanks bearing their original screen prints. Javier’s art features grecas, skulls and masks.  He draws inspiration for his unique art from his Mexican heritage. Esmeralda’s art features succulents and other plants and is greatly inspired by Victorian-era nature illustration. Sustainability is important to Javier and Esmeralda, so they make sure that their tops are 98% American-made and each one is hand-printed with love by the artists!

This Thursday, July 5th, we’re excited to offer a special promotion featuring ZIA designs. If you purchase anything from ZIA this week at the market, you will receive a $2 credit towards any purchase at a farm stall at the market for use this Thursday or on any subsequent week.  That’s right–buy some rad apparel designed by local artists, get $2 off your purchase of figs, peaches, salad mix, or just about anything else the farmers have on offer.  It’s a win-win!

Come meet these talented local artists this Thursday at the market!

This picture of Esmeralda and Javier was taken by David Gartner as part of our Vendor Portraits Series.

Product Spotlight: Mission Possible Atlas

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Did you know that Dolores Park was at one point a Jewish cemetery? Is there a correlation between gang territory and Mission bakeries? Mission Possible: A neighborhood Atlas created in collaboration between Mission Loc@l and students of the Cage Lab (part of the Geography Department at UC Berkeley) juxtaposes our beloved Mission with facts from various “phenomena” pertinent to the neighborhood such as: Craigslist Missed Connections occurrences, landmarks, local businesses and more. There are only 300 of these atlases printed, making them a collectible Zeitgeist of the Mission as we know it. Check out some of the other maps here. And come get your hands on a copy at the Mission Community Market this Thursday. All proceeds of the atlases go to support Mission Loc@l!

Vendor of the Week: Kim Leonard

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Vendor of the Week: Kim Leonard

Kim Leonard of En Vie Naturals photo by David Gartner

We are often preoccupied with questions about what goes in our bodies: where does our food come from? How is it produced? What are the values of the person responsible for bringing it to our tables? Yet it is less common to see us so preoccupied over what we put ON our bodies, where the largest organ in our bodies resides: the skin!

Meet Kim Leonard, she is the creator of En Vie Naturals, and our Vendor of the Week! Kim’s products and hand-made in small batches with carefully chosen ingredients for all skin types. All of Kim’s products are vegan and cruelty free. Made with her family and friends in mind, you can trust the intention behind her products. Her after-shower body sprays, for example, were created for and inspired by her sister who doesn’t like the viscosity of lotions. Stop by her booth and you are likely to get a recommendation from her customers who quickly swoop in on their favorite staples. Paula of Chile Lindo (aka The Girl from Empanada) was happy to give us a testimonial on Kim’s behalf saying that her unscented “Butter-me up” was “the best! Good for people with sensitive skin or who work in scent-free environments like kitchens!”

Check out her products online at envienaturals.com and come get the rare opportunity of talking to a beauty products manufacturer next Thursday at the market!