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Left your heart in San Francisco?  Win MY San Francisco heart and find yours again in an etching . . .
Left your heart in San Francisco? Win MY San Francisco heart and find yours again in an etching . . .
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A QUEST TO ETCH - Fully funded in just two weeks!

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Hello!  I make etchings and paintings of San Francisco's legendary North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods.  In particular, I love to capture the people here and the spirit of our street life. 

I've been invited to have a San Francisco solo art show in 2016, and my goal is to create 10 to 12 lively new etchings for my art show.

In order to produce the new work, I plan to join a fully equipped San Francisco printmakers' co-op.  Co-op fees, top quality 100% rag etching paper, inks, zinc etching plates, and frames will be required in order for me to realize this project.

Some of my etchings, all produced in 2014-2015, are offered in the Rewards column, and I'm hoping they find their way to your homes.  All Rewards are pictured here, below, arranged for your consideration from lowest to highest pledge sums.

$10 PLEDGE - Two Color Art Cards 

Great Grandmothers Go Walking (oil painting)
Great Grandmothers Go Walking (oil painting)
After School (oil painting)
After School (oil painting)
$25 PLEDGE - A GOOD copy of an original etching
Gossip, 6x8, a GOOD copy of the original
Gossip, 6x8, a GOOD copy of the original

$25 PLEDGE - Art Poster

(You will receive a SIMILAR 18x11 2016 art poster)
(You will receive a SIMILAR 18x11 2016 art poster)

$25 PLEDGE - A GOOD copy of an original etching triptych

At the Park, 18x11, a GOOD copy of the original
At the Park, 18x11, a GOOD copy of the original

$60 PLEDGE - Choose one of these three original etchings

Street Scene, 6x9, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Street Scene, 6x9, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Park, 8x8, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Park, 8x8, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Giants Fan, 9x12, original  aquatint etching - 15 available
Giants Fan, 9x12, original aquatint etching - 15 available

$125 PLEDGE - Choose one of these three original etchings

Mother's Day, 12x10, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Mother's Day, 12x10, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Bus Stop, 9x12, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Bus Stop, 9x12, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Strolling, 9x12, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Strolling, 9x12, original aquatint etching - 10 available

   $175 PLEDGE - Choose one of these four original etchings            

Rainy Day, 8x18, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Rainy Day, 8x18, original aquatint etching - 10 available
iPhone Call, 12x12 original aquatint etching - 15 available
iPhone Call, 12x12 original aquatint etching - 15 available
Wine Time, 12x11, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Wine Time, 12x11, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Union Street, 13x12, original aquatint etching - 10 available
Union Street, 13x12, original aquatint etching - 10 available

$250 PLEDGE - Choose this original etching diptych

Summer Beauties, 19x12, original etching diptych - 10 available
Summer Beauties, 19x12, original etching diptych - 10 available

$475 PLEDGE - Choose one of these three original etching triptychs

Washington Square, 28x12, original etching triptych - 10 available
Washington Square, 28x12, original etching triptych - 10 available
At the Park, 28x12, original etching triptych - 10 available
At the Park, 28x12, original etching triptych - 10 available
Summer in the City, 28x12, original etching triptych - 10 available
Summer in the City, 28x12, original etching triptych - 10 available
ABOUT THE PROCESS

I draw my etchings from memories of life as I see it on the streets of San Francisco.  First I prepare the zinc plate, which involves covering the metal with an acid-resistant ground, called a hard ground. Then with a metal tool called a stylus, I draw something – whatever comes to mind when I look at the dimensions of the blank etching plate.

STAGE 1 of Rainy Day, 8x18, line etching
STAGE 1 of Rainy Day, 8x18, line etching

Once I’ve finished the drawing, I plunge the plate into a tub filled with diluted nitric acid, which bites grooves everywhere I’ve drawn a line. Ten minutes later, out comes the etching plate, I remove the acid-resistant ground, and presto! The etched plate is ready to be inked and printed.

I usually make a few prints of the initial line etching before I proceed, because there's no going back to the simple line drawing once you do the aquatint process. Aquatint allows you to shade in areas of different value, from light gray to solid black.

Rainy Day, 8x18, finished aquatint etching
Rainy Day, 8x18, finished aquatint etching

PRINTING AN EDITION

Now that I've finished adding values from light to dark (a long and often perilous process!) I'm ready to print an edition.  That's the total number of individual copies I make of an etching.  Rainy Day, like all of my recent etchings, will be a small edition, only 30 copies for ALL OF THE WORLD. 

Every etching is printed on fine, 100% rag etching paper, and I alone do the inking and printing to ensure that each copy comes out right and ready for framing.

THE ART SHOW

Many of the etchings offered above were exhibited at my October, 2014 solo art show, titled NORTH BEACH STORIES, at San Francisco's Telegraph Hill Gallery.  Located in the heart of North Beach, The Telegraph Hill Gallery showcases a wide variety of contemporary art.  And I hope to enjoy another solo show there in 2016 with ALL NEW ETCHINGS.

With your support, I'll soon be making many more stories of San Francisco come to life - with etchings that capture the city I love.

This is my first Kickstarter project.  I don't know what will become of it, but THANK YOU for your time and thought in viewing my work.

Marcia Clay

Risks and challenges

For anyone who appreciates original art, and selects an etching from the offerings listed here, your piece will be shipment-ready by the cited date. It will also be produced entirely by me - an original, signed, and LIMITED edition piece, which IS just that: these original etchings remain SMALL, LIMITED editions. There are no additional editions.

In the unanticipated case that more etchings are pledged for than I can produce on schedule, or that a mishap occurs to one of my etching plates before all the prints are produced, I can only promise that you will be compensated as fairly and swiftly as possible.

Capture the heart of San Francisco— its people. You will own an original art piece that exemplifies early 21st century San Francisco, a legacy that is truly unique.

Please visit my website to see more artwork and more about my career as an artist: www.marciaclay.com

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    CARDS PLUS a DELUXE COPY of ETCHING "GOSSIP" ( a GOOD copy, but not the etching itself.)

    Two color art cards PLUS a signed 8.5x11 deluxe color copy of a San Francisco etching, "Gossip" on nicely textured paper, mailed to you flat and unfolded in a sturdy envelope.

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    DELUXE ART POSTER

    A signed 18x11 color copy of my Telegraph Hill Gallery art poster for a 2016 show, printed on top quality paper and mailed to you in a sturdy tube.

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    DELUXE COPY of "AT THE PARK," a TRIPTYCH
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    An 18x11 signed deluxe black and white copy of a San Francisco "At the Park" etching triptych on nicely textured paper, mailed to you in a sturdy tube.

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    ONE ORIGINAL ETCHING

    Your choice of one original signed black and white etching of San Francisco from limited editions of 30, printed on Rives BFK etching paper, produced by myself, and mailed to you flat in a sturdy envelope. (Please view the choices at left, listed $60)

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    "SUMMER BEAUTIES" an ORIGINAL ETCHING DIPTYCH

    An original signed 19x12 black and tan San Francisco diptych titled "Summer Beauties," (features both "Strolling" and "Bus Stop" on one large sheet) from a limited edition of 30, printed on Rives BFK etching paper, produced by myself and mailed to you rolled in a sturdy tube.

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    AN ETCHING BONANZA!!!

    Your choice of TWO San Francisco triptychs, each from a limited edition of 30, printed on Rives BFK etching paper, produced by myself, - PLUS an original signed Mystery etching, PLUS an original 6x8 signed color etching of "Gossip" (pictured at left) all personally delivered if local, or mailed to you rolled in a sturdy tube - PLUS a signed copy of my Telegraph Hill Gallery art poster for a 2016 show.

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