On Saturday, March 10th, the Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco opened the group show Wayward Fairy Tales, curated by artists Glenn arthur and Jeff Felker. Each artist in the show took inspiration from a classic fairy tale, and gave it a new spin. While this was a smaller group show, with 8 artists submitting work, the paintings were outstanding. I like the idea of group shows with 20 or even 100 artists participating, but I often feel as though some of the work in the show doesn’t get the full attention it deserves. That was definitely not the case with this exhibition, the art was good and the crowd spent a good deal of time enjoying it.
The gallery didn’t start to pick up until 7 o’clock, but this extra hour gave me some time to enjoy the work and take some photos. I really enjoyed the Snow White inspired paintings by Leilani Bustamante. The colors were intense, and the multiple layers of texture she has in her paintings really draws you in. There was also a new painting by Ahren Hertel, entitled Brother and Sister which was based on the Brothers Grimm’s BrÃ¼derchen und Schwesterchen. It has been far too long since I have seen Ahren’s work in person, and this painting did not disappoint. The background looked as though it went on forever. (Seen Below)
Four the artists in the show were able to attend the reception, Glenn Arthur, Kelly Castillo, Leilani Bustamante, and Jeff Felker. It was great being able to meet those I have only talked with online, and they were all very easy to talk to and all around great people. The show will be up until April 5th, so if you haven’t seen it in person yet head on over. Otherwise check out the show here: Wayward Fairy Tales @ Modern Eden