Artist Tamar Assaf is August artist in residence

By July 25, 2012

The de Young Museum will host Israeli-native visual artist Tamar Assaf through Sept. 2, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s artist-in-residence program.

Creating paintings that offer a subtle social and ecological commentary on the environment, Assaf raises awareness of human impacts on the earth’s fragile and ever-changing ecosystems.

As an artist-in-residence, Assaf encourages visitors to engage and join in her creative process of researching, preparing, creating and presenting works of art.

Observing changes in her hometown of Rehovot, Israel during her childhood compelled Assaf to observe the environment more closely throughout her worldwide travels.

Assaf’s art is a reflection of this heightened awareness, her education in the natural sciences and art, combined with her travel experience and her views on the environment, conservation and society.

Assaf uses palette knives to apply paint using the impasto technique, capturing cropped, close-up compositions from nature.

A resident of the Bay Area since 2000, Assaf will focus her August residency at the museum on the non-native aquatic species that are currently altering the San Francisco Bay ecosystem.

“I deal with subjects that touch me,” said Assaf. Visitors are welcome to contribute, converse, and create with Assaf in the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum.

The Kimball Education Gallery is free and open to the public during museum hours. Visitors can interact with Tamar Assaf Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. and Friday, 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Learn more about the artist at

The de Young Museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Museum hours are Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and closed on Monday.

General admission is $10 adults, $7 seniors (age 65 and over),$6 youths (age 13–17) and college students with ID; free admission for members and children 12 and under. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions. There is free general admission the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information call 415 750-3600 or visit the Website at

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