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Triptych New Montgomery & Market Second Street Warfield Fox Theatre, 1929 Second Street II Second Street @ Twilight Golden Gate Theatre 33 New Montgomery Clock III Mid-Market Departure New Hibernia A New Day: 6th and Market Enchanted Theatre SOMA Rising The Palace and Carpets, diptych II A New Day 6th and Market, Phase One SOMA Rises Again SOMA Scene Hibernia meets Furniture and Carpets 33 New Montgomery Clock Marriott Almighty 33 New Montgomery Clock II The Palace and Carpets, diptych I Work in Progress Work in Progress, Phase One A Work in Progress A Mysterious Icon Rising Still

Size: 27" x 22"
Medium: Oil on panel
Date: 2002-03

Blasier Collection, El Dorado Hills, CA.

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre exudes the essence of a sacred monument. It is situated at 1 Taylor Street, intersected at an angle between Market Street and Golden Gate Avenue. Crossing Sixth Street, one of the busiest and most squalid streets in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Theatre stands independently: an elegant icon. Its grand structure has a marvelous Art Deco sign. The most attractive feature of this theatre to me is its dome. It is a beautiful and voluptuous metallic silver dome. Although recently, this dome has been re-painted and is now white-cream tone. Not sure if it will go back to its original color. Hope so! 

“Form and function must compliment one another…a theatre must not only be beautiful but completely functional”, said the architect G. Albert Lansburgh. The Golden Gate Theatre opened in 1922 as a vaudeville venue, and later was a major movie theater. In the 1960s it boasted a Cinerama screen, but by the early 1970s had declined. It was restored and reopened as a performing arts venue in the late 1970s.

The Golden Gate, as well as the Orpheum theatre in San Francisco are owned by SHN (Theatres), a theatrical producing company owned by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander. The Golden Gate Theatre has presented many Broadway shows such as A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Stomp, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Rent.

There is a sense of nostalgia, one imagines what it was like to walk here 60 years ago, in better times, to feel the life of its people and the atmosphere. Perhaps, when the Golden Gate Theatre was new, glowing in the new neon lights, advertising upcoming films, accompanied by the nightlife, and the glamour of its audience, it was truly amazing, yet today it continues hosting excellent performances. This theatre must be seen from a far, as from Sixth Street before crossing Market Street.

Departure derives from an observation coming from Golden Gate Avenue. The theatre seems to ascent. This painting can relate to a classical approach in its selection of such a structure, and its centered composition. It may be pictured as in full light or twilight. Included on the left are square patches of street signage, inviting the pedestrian to stare. The theatre is about to go, yet it wants to stay.

Departure was first exhibited during Patricia's Solo Show, titled New Paintings, at SOMA Gallery, San Francisco, Spring 2004. Followed by group show in 2005 at Double Punch Gallery, exhibition titled Five. This painting was shown at Bonfire Communications Offices's "Holiday Party", December 2005. In 2006, Departure sold to Private Collector, in El Dorado Hills, CA.  This painting is featured in Patricia's book entitled,  SOMA SEEN, published in 2008. Departure will be again exhibited at the upcoming solo show, Mid-Market Landmarks at the Old Mint in San Francisco, January 18th-March 31st, 2015.


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