Newsletter | May/Jun 2003Volume 31:3
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|In this issue:|
Editor's Note - Mui Ho
San Francisco Bay to Breakers - Mignon O'Young
OWA Gala Dinner Recap - Mui Ho
OWA Gala Dinner Photos Available - Janet Crane
Orit Yanai – Special Effects in Painting - Orit Yanai
Visit ArchVoices - John Cary
OWA Gala Dinner Recapby Mui Ho | Share #472
OWA Gala Dinner Photos Availableby Janet Crane | Share #473
Our event photographer, Lisa Lefkowitz, has arranged for the photographs of OWA's Gala Dinner to be available for purchase from the Pictage.com website. We have a set of proofs that includes casual shots of individuals and small groups, views of the room with the lovely table settings, and, of course, the large group shots. The photos are terrific and will make great mementos. The website is available until mid-September 2003.
To view the photographs, log on to www.pictage.com. Register your name and email address. Search by our event name "OWA 30th Anniversary Party." You can then browse amongst the photos, which are grouped by location, candids, groups, and speeches. To buy a photo, simply click on the shopping cart icon under it.
The photographs are high resolution digital prints. You can also choose the size from the first group of sizes listed under "Final Prints." The sizes range from 3.5"x5" to 10"x15". (The second and third categories of print size do not apply.) There are also buttons to crop, zoom in, change from vertical to horizontal, etc. The format of the final print is illustrated to be sure you have it right. I spent a bit of time with Customer Support on the phone and got the hang of how to manipulate these instructions. The software is very clever but needs patience to deal with all the loading, etc. And you can always call Customer Support, toll free at 877-PICTAGE (742-8243).
The cost of the prints is shown next to the print size when you select a photo. Prices range from $10 for a 4"x6" to $20 for an 8"x10" and up. The prints take four weeks to arrive.
If you still have problems with the website after calling Customer Support, you can come to my office to look at the proofs or call me at 415-398-4094 and perhaps I can help.
Orit Yanai – Special Effects in Paintingby Orit Yanai | Share #474
OWA member Lavina visited my studio a few years ago and encouraged me to join OWA. At first, I was hesitant, because I am not an architect or designer, but she kept sending me invitations to the different presentations and events. Since I am very drawn to the architecture/design world, I decided to attend, and, soon after, I became a Steering Committee member. It is an honor for me to be a part of this lovely organization, and I hope I can offer some of my humble knowledge to other members.
The primary purpose of this notice tell you more about my early painting days. When I was trying to come up with a name for my business, I quickly realized that all the good names related to faux finish companies were already taken. Since my own name is very distinct in this country, I decided to use it. And since what I do is broader than just faux finishes, I thought I should choose a name that captures exactly what I do. So, in 1994, when I started my own business, I decided to call it "Orit Yanai--Special Effects in Painting."
After working for a few years as a "regular"’ house painter for a couple of companies, I decided to become independent. A very good friend of mine studied faux finishes in Kenya, Africa, and she taught me a few basic principles of the trade. We planned on starting a business together, combining her experience in faux finishes and my experience as a licensed house painting contractor. However, shortly thereafter, she left the country--and she left me with her studio, a few professional painting books, and some fancy brushes. From that point on, I’ve been on my own.
I learnes some faux finishing techniqes ( like marble and granite imitation, wood graining, and some wall washers), but I mostly "played" at my newfound studio with different techniques and materials. In each technique I learn, I always aim to find the most subtle way of expressing it, and I always tell my clients that in faux, "less is more."
My jobs so far include wall finishes; different techniques of glaze application, plaster application and manipulation, murals for children’s rooms, kitchen cabinet finishes, floor painting, as well as some furniture finishes. I also do color consultation for both interiors and exteriors. My work has taken me to new and old residences, all over the Bay Area. Best of all, I still have the studio that I ‘inherited’ from my friend nine years ago, which is located in the Artists Community at Hunters Point in San Francisco.
Since 99% of my work is on-location, I use the studio to experiment with different techniques, as well as a gallery of my special effects in painting. I created what I call my "Gallery of Walls," by dividing the studio with panels. Each panel has a different effect on it: glaze washes, plaster applications, and some children's murals.
On Monday, May 5, I plan to host OWA members at my studio for a presentation of my work, as well as my portfolio, which includes pictures of homes I've painted. I will talk in detail about my work from a technical point of view as well as business point of view. I also plan to openly discuss the advantages (and disadvantages) of using special effects in painting. The presentation will take about 40 minutes, plus a brief question and answer period thereafter. Hot tea and goodies will be provided.
Visit ArchVoicesby John Cary | Share #475
OWA members are encouraged to visit www.archvoices.org to learn more about a unique grassroots organization, based here in the Bay Area. Emphasizing the many 'voices'’ of our profession, the organization goes by the name of ArchVoices -- an independent, nonprofit (501c3) think tank on architectural education and internship. It was started in May 1999 as a single email to a handful of friends and acquaintances in an effort to start a dialogue about issues affecting young architecture professionals.
Growing by little more than word of mouth, ArchVoices’ now-weekly email newsletter has attracted over 13,500 readers from around the world. In September, ArchVoices has offered to publish a special issue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of OWA. All 150 issues of ArchVoices’ newsletter are available online at the website listed above, and are supplemented by extensive editorials, resources, statistics, and more. The site also includes two pages dedicated to issues affecting and resources for women and traditionally underrepresented groups within the architecture profession. Other ArchVoices initiatives include annual conferences, surveys, and even an essay writing competition, all of which focus on issues affecting young professionals.
For more information on ArchVoices, visit the website listed above, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call John Cary at 510-757-6213.
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