2018
Ruth Tunstall Grant Archive
Ginger Press has been working to preserve and extend the legacy of Ruth Tunstall Grant (1945 - 2017) through archival research and documentation. Our goal is to create a comprehensive record of her art and cultural influence. Together with the Ruth Tunstall Grant Legacy Group and multiple collaborators, we have been planning two major solo exhibitions—in Fall 2018 and another in Spring 2019—plus the production of a book regarding her art and important community work. Special events will accompany the exhibitions.

We are currently fundraising for this important project. As of October 15, we were a third of the way to our goal. Your donation is crucial! Visit the Tunstall Grant Archive GoFundMe for more information on Ruth and the archive campaign.

Ruth Tunstall Grant, Breaking the Chain of Abuse
Ruth Tunstall Grant, Breaking the Chain of Abuse. Acrylic on canvas, 6'x8'. From the series Breaking the Chains of Abuse. Originally designed to be a billboard.
Fall 2018 Exhibition
October 2 - November 15, 2018
Ruth Tunstall Grant, Bay Area Collections
San Jose City College Art Gallery
Reception: November 8, 5 p.m.
What
The exhibition was curated by Barbara Goldstein, public art consultant, ZERO1 chair, and former public art director for the City of San Jose; Jan Rindfleisch, Euphrat Museum of Art executive director emeritus and author of Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community (Ginger Press, Santa Clara, CA, 2017); with the kind assistance of the collectors and the Ruth Tunstall Grant Legacy Group. For a background glimpse into Tunstall Grant’s art life, visit ForeverMissed.

Gallery
Hours
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where
Fine Arts Center, 1st Floor
2100 Moorpark Ave.
San José, CA 95128



October 14, 2018
Humanist Community in Silicon Valley Forum: “Arts and Activism in Silicon Valley”
What
Participants in the Humanist Community’s October forum joined Ginger Press’ Jan Rindfleisch in probing questions about arts and activism in Silicon Valley. Among the topics explored were: Why is it important to have an arts community in Silicon Valley? How is it created? In these wrenching and divisive times, with pressing national and local issues, can the arts be part of the solution? What forms of arts activism are especially effective in these times?

Key points included: Building a vibrant arts community can bring in new ideas, cultural differences/insights, different definitions to free us up, new economic opportunities, and a new take on prestige. We can expand our horizons in terms of creativity and understanding as doers and observers. We need to get past narrow academic definitions of art. We can draw from our life experiences and that of others, find common ground, and build from there.

As an artist, educator, curator and author, Jan Rindfleisch brings unique perspectives to the development of the arts in the South Bay Area. Her most recent book, Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community, explores Silicon Valley’s innovative arts collaborations and organizational structures—offshoots, spin-offs, and startups—founded by unsung heroes who resisted the establishment. She offers insights into the practices of community building by sharing profiles of passionate individuals, creative partnerships, and maverick arts institutions that challenge the status quo.

When
Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Where
Hacker Dojo
3350 Thomas Road, Suite 150
Santa Clara, CA 95054



October 12 - November 9, 2018
Dia de los Muertos: Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future
SOMArts Cultural Center
Opening reception: Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m.
Closing reception: Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m.
What
Nancy Hom’s installation for the 2018 SOMArts DOD exhibition, The Dinner Party, is a table setting for four people from different neighborhoods who have made a difference in San Francisco—doctor and community philanthropist Dr. Roland Lowe, poet Peter Yamamoto, producer Roy Bennett, and artist René Yañez. All were also activists who were deeply involved with their communities. The table displayed their favorite foods as well as samples of their accomplishments, and the chairs were dressed with their clothing. For more information on the exhibition, which featured over 50 artists, please visit SOMArts - Dia De Los Muertos 2018.

Nancy Hom - The Dinner Party
Nancy Hom, The Dinner Party, 2018. 4' table with chairs. Oct.12–Nov. 9, 2018. Photo: Lenore Chinn

Hom has participated in past Day of the Dead installations in Oakland and in San Francisco. Two years ago, she created a mandala entitled Ripples of Influence for the 2016 SOMArts Day of the Dead. It focused on artists and activists who have made a difference in their communities. In 2017, she created a 4-foot mandala in honor of activist Yuri Kochiyama for the Asian American Women Artists Association.

Where
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco
CA 94103



August 26, 2018
Open Heart Mandala by Nancy Hom
What
Nancy Hom’s 6-foot Open Heart Mandala was the focus of a four-hour grief and healing workshop led by the artist. She created half the mandala, then invited participants to make personal offerings to their loved ones. Many of the people honored illustrate what the book Roots and Offshoots is about. Artist Ruth Tunstall Grant in Silicon Valley, author Li Keng Wong in Oakland, poet Peter Yamamoto in San Francisco, and singer Aretha Franklin were among the artists and trailblazers depicted in the mandala.

Hom planned and orchestrated the mandala-making and bought or made the items. Participants submitted names and photos to her before and during the event. They created the offerings and cards onsite. Participants said the name of the deceased as they laid the LED candle on the last row. The mandala was dissolved the same day. Attendees all described it as a meditative, contemplative, and transformative experience.

Nancy Hom - Open Heart Mandala (Detail)
Nancy Hom, Open Heart Mandala, 2018 (detail). 6' diameter. August 26, 2018. Photo: Bob Hsiang

Nancy Hom - Open Heart Mandala
Nancy Hom, Open Heart Mandala, 2018. 6' diameter. August 26, 2018. Photo: Bob Hsiang

Where
Orgyen Dorje Den, presented by TLC Transitional Life Care
2244 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501



June 10, 2018
Dedication of Ruth Tunstall Grant additions to Lifted Spirits art collection
What
Ruth Tunstall Grant’s artwork was welcomed into the collection of Lifted Spirits Women’s Drop-in Center, a haven for homeless women at First Presbyterian Church San Jose. This program provides rest, refreshment and resource connections in an atmosphere of mutual encouragement—the kind of creative community building that Tunstall Grant stood for.

Honoring the artist
Honoring the artist.

Where
First Presbyterian Church
49 N. 4 th St.
San Jose, CA 95112



Sunday, December 10, 2017
LocalLit 2017
What
Celebrating the work of 25 Bay Area authors, San José Public Library’s fifth annual LocalLit will include our own Jan Rindfleisch, who will share the inspiration for Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community, a fresh take on the history of Silicon Valley’s arts scene, with a spotlight on its unheralded instigators. A signed copy would make an inspiring holiday gift for your favorite lover of local culture.

LocalLit 2017 Panel
Panel on “Silicon Valley & California: Immigration, Culture, and Geography.” Participants (L to R): Jan English-Lueck, cultures@siliconvalley; Jan Rindfleisch, Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley's Arts Community; Tomás Jiménez, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life; Ed Grant, Piers of the California Coast; and Lily Espinoza, Not Getting Stuck: Success Stories of Being Latina and Transferring from a California Community College.

When
Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 2-5pm.

Where
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 2nd Floor - Room 225
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112



Friday, September 22, 2017
Whirligig Interview
"... all the different things we can be or not be ..."

As Ginger Press waved goodbye to summer, we greeted both the autumnal equinox and publication of artist Nanette Wylde’s Whirligig interview with Jan Rindfleisch, author of Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community. Whirligig is Wylde’s online interview forum dedicated to sharing the minds and lives of creative people, "a celebration of the creative life, which may sometimes be torturous, often leaves us spinning, but without a doubt is the most amazing playground." Wylde is also a professor of digital media at CSU Chico. You can read the interview here.

Whirligig Interview
Jan Rindfleisch in front of painting by José Arenas, Put to Sea, c.2002. Acrylic on canvas, 60"x40". Arenas taught art at Foothill College, 2000 - 2010. Photo: Kent Manske.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
What
The American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA) opens its exhibition with presentations by renowned artist Paul Hau, 101, founder of ASACA, and ASACA president, Susan Chan, along with other honored guests. Ginger Press author Jan Rindfleisch will speak about Paul Hau’s and ASACA’s contributions, which are featured in Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community. She will be selling and signing books. Come enjoy the brush painting and "splash ink" and celebrate the art and interchange of ideas.

When
Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 2pm.

Where
Silicon Valley Asian Art Center
3777 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA



Friday, September 8, 2017
JTown Artwalk
Ginger Press author Jan Rindfleisch will be selling and signing books (with some very special guest artists featured in Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community) at Roy’s Station during the JTown Artwalk! Come out for a fun Friday night, stop by and say hello!
 JTown Artwalk Event PDF
JTown Artwalk


JTown Artwalk - Jan, Ann, and PJ
Ann and Jan with PJ Hirabayashi at Roy’s Station for the Japantown Art Walk, September 8, 2017, celebrating community, Roots and Offshoots, and a great article by Gary Singh for Metro Silicon Valley. Artist Carlos Pérez, art advocate Analisa Escobedo Pérez, and Liz Gonzáles, Fernando Pérez, and Adrian Avila from De-Bug were among those participating. PJ and Roy Hirabayashi performed ‘Ei Ja Nai Ka,’ a dance to celebrate compassion and peace.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
In Memorium: Ruth Tunstall Grant
"There are no wasted moments. All moments are magical, gifts."

At Ginger Press, we are saddened at the passing of Ruth Tunstall Grant (1945 - 2017) and join with others to celebrate her life and legacy. Tunstall Grant was one of the main inspirations for Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community. Her pithy insights into empowerment and community building are peppered throughout the book, and her painting Protect the Child graces the cover. We miss Ruth's laughter and tell-it-like-it-is nature.

"A celebration of life, or "my party" as Ruth liked to call it, will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at MACLA in San José from 4pm to 7pm.

To share art and stories of Ruth and her artwork, visit the memorial website.

Ruth Tunstall Grant, Breaking the Chain of Abuse
Ruth Tunstall Grant, Breaking the Chain of Abuse. Acrylic on canvas, 6'x8'. From the series Breaking the Chains of Abuse. Originally designed to be a billboard.
Thursday, August 10, 2017


The Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERs) are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience, to explore the frontiers of knowledge and imagination and foster interdisciplinary networking.


What
An Evening of Art, Science and Conversation
featuring Jan Rindfleisch, author of Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community

Free and open to the public

Leonardo International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (ISAST) and Stanford University, Office of Science Outreach invite you to the next Bay Area LASER event. On Thusday, August 10, enjoy an evening of art and science with Luciano Chessa (Neofuturist Composer), Neeraj Sonalkar (Stanford/ Design), Alex Reben (Stochastic Lab), Jan Rindfleisch (Artist/writer).

Rindfleisch will present new tales from "The Blossoming of Silicon Valley's Arts Community," exploring hidden stories and different views of how Silicon Valley's art culture evolved from the largely monochromatic, exclusive, and repressive landscape of the 1970s to where we are now.

When
Thursday, August 10, at 7pm

Where
Stanford University
Li Ka Shing Center—Room LK130
School of Medicine



Info
For more info, visit www.lasertalks.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERs) are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience, to explore the frontiers of knowledge and imagination and foster interdisciplinary networking.


What
An Evening of Art, Science and Conversation
featuring Jan Rindfleisch, author of Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley’s Arts Community

Free and open to the public

Leonardo International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (ISAST) and University of San Francisco (USF) invite you to the next Bay Area LASER event. On Tuesday, July 11, enjoy an evening of art and science with Melissa Merencillo (Virtual Reality Designer), Pantea Karimi (Media Artist from Iran), Gary Boodhoo (Video game designer), and Ginger Press author Jan Rindfleisch (Artist/writer).

Rindfleisch will present "The Blossoming of Silicon Valley's Arts Community," exploring hidden stories and different views of how Silicon Valley's art culture evolved from the largely monochromatic, exclusive, and repressive landscape of the 1970s to where we are now.

When
Tuesday, July 11, at 7pm

Where
University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall - Berman Room
2497 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 95118
Fromm Hall is behind the church, best accessed from Parker Ave.



Info
For more info, visit www.lasertalks.com
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Roots And Offshoots Book Cover Jan Rindfleisch

Come join us on Saturday, June 3, for an afternoon of art and history at the Los Altos Library. Author Jan Rindfleisch will take you behind the scenes of Silicon Valley's past and present art culture, and artist Susan Chan will demonstrate her splash-ink technique. Copies of Jan's latest book, Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley's Arts Community, will be available for purchase and book signing.


What
"Art and History in Silicon Valley: Behind the Scenes." Author Jan Rindfleisch's most recent book, Roots and Offshoots: Silicon Valley's Arts Community, explores often-hidden stories of passionate individuals, creative partnerships, and maverick arts institutions that influenced South Bay Area arts and culture. Los Altos residents profiled include master painter Paul Hau, 101, internationally known for his splash-ink landscapes and inspirational founder of ASACA. Rindfleisch will link past and present, give project background and answer questions. Books will be available for signing and purchase.

"Splash-ink demonstration." Artist Susan Chan, ASACA President, will give a splash-ink demonstration, in conjunction with her painting exhibition in the library. In 2014 and 2015, Chan held solo exhibitions in Kunshan, China as well as in Silicon Valley: The Passion and Path of Poetry and Art. In 2016, she held a solo exhibition Alluring Coloration at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

Who
American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA) and Los Altos Library.

When
Saturday, June 3, at 2pm

Where
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY, Orchard Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos, CA 94022

Info
Free and open to the public. For more info, visit Los Altos Library website.