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San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco is yet another chapter in my journey as an artist.  The Global Fellows Program at the de Young is something I could only dream about up until now. This residency could not have come at a better time as my exposure to New Zealand opened my eyes to the type and quality of artworks out there in the world and pushed me to new heights in relation to my art. San Francisco will keep that momentum going and no doubt will influence the years ahead, probably far greater than my time in Auckland did for me.

Open Studio: Vibes From Within

November 5-30, 2014, Wednesdays-Sundays, 1-5 pm plus Friday Nights until 8:45 pm
Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
de Young museum
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA

In November, Leonard Tebegetu will travel to San Francisco where he will take up residency at the de Young museum to share his works and works-in-progress with visitors. 

Leonard Tebegetu will create a body of sculptural and architectural work influenced by sustainable construction techniques. Working with materials indigenous to the entire planet as well as recycled materials wherever possible, Tebegetu shares an economically feasible process for the average person with no specialized construction skills to be able to create functional and beautiful structures. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to learn basic construction and fabrication techniques utilizing available local resources and recycled materials.

Since arriving in San Francisco, Leonard has been exploring the arts community with Sekio Fuapopo, Global Fellows Community Partner, and Kevin Chen from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Last week's adventures included a visit to the Albany Bulb, Indigenous People's Day on Alcatraz, and meeting fellow street artists Rigo 23 and Streetcolor.