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3 Fish Studios Press Release & BBQ

We can't believe it's been a month since we welcomed our new 48" Conrad Machine press with an official "Press Release" party. It was a beautiful sunny day when we celebrated the arrival of our press with hotdogs, beer, and monster size prints! Press maker Tom Conrad was in town for the Southern Graphics Printmaking Conference, and he had the honor of pulling the first print of the day. After a nail-biting raffle, some lucky locals went home with a giant King Gidorrah print of their own. We want to thank everyone who came out for the celebration! We look forward to sharing more monster size prints from here on!

Here are some photos from our event in March 2014:

Eric and Annie keeping the grip on the new wheel for the press.


Eric inks up Godzilla to a crowd.


Tom Conrad, president of Conrad Machine, pulls the first print.

 


 


A nice crowd gathers for the raffle.

Winner winner chicken dinner!





The three printmakers: Jordan Conrad, Tom Conrad, and Eric

 

April 23, 2014 by Eric Rewitzer

A New Year

Hello, this is Annie enjoying a crisp sunny Sunday in our studio. After the craziness of the holidays I always love getting back into the swing of making new work in January. I am currently working on drawings of surfers and local houses for a large public mural in the neighborhood. Thankfully, I am not the one who has to get on a lift and actually paint it, but I am happy to be contributing some drawings, and I'm looking forward to seeing them eight feet tall on the wall.

 

I'm also excited about working on some new collage work. I like to paint my own patterned paper  and characters, which I then cut out and juxtapose with images from vintage books. I just place things next to each other until they make sense, and then the glue comes out. I pair images with phrases I have painted in ink.  They can be overheard snippets of conversation, dialog from a movie, or lines from songs and poems. 

Eric is also working on new prints. Just today he finished a new carving of the Golden Gate Bridge. He pulled a proof on the press, was pleased, and then went off to watch the Forty Niners/Packers game!

I am enjoying the calm today, listening to Alison Krauss radio on Pandora and drinking tea. 

Last month, this was the usual scene at weekends, a studio full of visitors and me walking around with an iPad taking Square payments. I like that too of course!

January 05, 2014 by Annie Galvin

Prints on Bamboo

We're so excited that our shipment from Plywerk came in time for the holidays. Our prints on canvas look gorgeous on 1.5 inch solid bamboo, and oh my, the heft of them! We decided to stick with the 8" x 10" size this time. We got a few of a larger size last time, but because we like the deeper profile, they were too heavy.

A cool thing about the deep bamboo mount is that they have a hole on the back so you can hang them on the wall, but they also stand up straight and securely by themselves - perfect for bookshelf art!

We'll have these for sale at the studio for $80, and at the Renegade Craft Fair in December too.

November 06, 2013 by Annie Galvin

Meet the King!

Watch Eric's newest print - King Gidorrah - as it is being pulled in the studio.   Archival digital copies available here for $50.00.
November 01, 2013 by Eric Rewitzer

Let the Good Times Roll


August 22, 2013 by Eric Rewitzer

Full-timers

Life just got a little different at 3 Fish Studios. This is the first week that both Annie and Eric are here at the studio as full-time artists and business owners. It was time for Annie to quit her job and get busy helping Eric care for this thriving little business we've worked so hard to build.

Already we've seen a difference. Now there are two of us to split tasks like running errands, packing and shipping artwork, and making deliveries to the stores that carry our work. Most importantly, it gives each of us more undistracted time making art or playing with new ideas, and more time to engage with visitors and share our story.

Today for example, Eric spent the day getting his hands dirty printmaking, and Annie made deliveries and checked up on several stores (and in the process accidentally had a scoop of salted caramel ice cream from the new Bi-Rite store on Divisidero). We both felt productive and happy taking care of business.

It's the dawn of a new era, and we couldn't be more excited!


April 16, 2013 by Annie Galvin

Our Story

October 17, 2012 by Eric Rewitzer

Our New Digs

 

Our new studio is located in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco, just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean.  We were definitely thinking about the sea and surf when we designed the new tile work for the front of the house.  It fits right in here near the beach.

Here are some interior shots, taken by the good people at Shopify.  Shopify provides our e-commerce framework, hosting this site and handling all of our online orders.  We have grown together, and they are wonderful partners to have if you ever want to grow your online business.  They will be featuring 3 Fish Studio in an upcoming campaign - stay tuned to learn more.


The building was built in 1917, and it was an old grocery store.  It cleaned up nicely with some TLC and 15 gallons of paint.  This is a shot looking down at the main room.  We have our printmaking equipment here, as well as a nice retail area to showcase our paintings and prints.



We attached some white picture frames to the wall to make a nice display.  Fun to browse through when you visit.

Upstairs, Annie has her little painting loft.  All of her canvas and paints and brushes have their own room, and she spends hours here with nice southern exposure.


We even have a little yard.  Perfect for a relaxing cup of coffee, or cold beer.  We'd love for you to visit! We are open Tuesdays thru Saturdays from noon until 6pm, and by appointment if those times do not work with your schedule.

We are incredibly grateful for this turn of events.  Life is good.


July 10, 2012 by Eric Rewitzer

Lets Do Sunset

 

Since we began making art back in the '80s, it seems we have consistently gone back to three things to move our careers along:  Moving west, taking risks, and working hard.  Moving west for Annie meant coming to California from Ireland.  For Eric, it was taking the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco.  When we both landed here around 1989, we had no idea who each other was, much less what lay ahead of us.  But in San Francisco, we found a place where people encouraged us to find our way.  With that kind of support, it was easy to think big, and to take risks.

Working in restaurants, bars, newspapers, print shops, software companies, banks, ad agencies - all of these were great opportunities that were put in front of us over the years.  It's always a risk to leave one job and take on another, but the hope is that you move forward.  Move closer to doing what you want to do.  And in 2006, it was time to take the biggest risk to date - to open 3 Fish Studios.  This meant Eric leaving a good job, and Annie trusting that it would all work out.  Hard work? You bet.

Anyone trying to grow a business over these last five years can appreciate the challenge, but that is where the secret sauce of San Francisco comes in.  Filled with inspiring people - beautiful sights - creative outlets.  And a wonderful thing happened during our journey; more and more people started seeking out work by independent artists and appreciating the quality that is inherent in handmade goods.  With the support of customers like you, some great local businesses that carry our work, and the exposure we have received at various art fairs, we managed to build a nice little business.  Selling our art.  It's pretty cool.

For the past five years, we've happily made the commute from our home near Ocean Beach, on the west side of San Francisco, to our lovely studio, located in the Dogpatch district of the City.  When we opened this place, Dogpatch was still a sleepy little out-of-the-way neighborhood on SF's east side that was hardly anyone's destination.  But we've seen it blossom.  All kinds of small, creative businesses have either started up or relocated here during our watch, and we love being part of the community.

We've also welcomed the many folks who have braved the street parking and the three flights of stairs to visit us, either to buy a something off our wall or take a printmaking class.  This walk-in business has grown a lot this last year, and it got us to thinking how we could use our resources to provide a better experience.  

So this February, as we were driving to a new bakery in our neighborhood by Ocean Beach, we saw a For Sale sign on a building that piqued our interest.  It was on an old grocery store,  in another great neighborhood burgeoning with creative, entrepreneurial businesses - the Outer Sunset.  The Outer Sunset is located only five minutes from our house.  After a quick discussion, we called up the listing agent to look at the place. It was perfect. We realized that if we could get in there, our payments would be close to our current rent. The next day we made an offer.  To our surprise it was accepted, and over the course of the next two months we somehow managed to secure an SBA loan and financing, and now - here's the big news - it is ours.  Well, the bank's.  But ours all the same.

In keeping with our recurrent themes of moving forward: it is west, just about as far west as you can get in the United States.  In fact, it is a mere three blocks from the ocean.  It is a risk, because what we just did is crazy.  CRAZY. But it feels like the right move.  And it will be hard work, but it is doing the work we love.

Over the course of the next 30 days, we will be moving our studio over to the beach.  We'll keep you up to date on the progress here on our blog.  And we'll keep shipping any online orders that come in.  We plan on having a big going-away party to say goodbye to Dogpatch, and another party when we officially open the new space.  You'll be invited.  Because it is people like you that help make dreams like this come true.  We thank you, and are so grateful for your continued support as we enter this next phase.

Let's do Sunset. 

April 30, 2012 by Eric Rewitzer

Friday In the Fishbowl

Hello wonderful friends and fans!


Annie and Eric returned to the studio last week and brought all that Hawaii rain with them, but that didn't stop us from being productive. 

Last week was the grand opening of the new Rare Device, which features an entire wall of 3 Fish art and a store full of glorious artistic and creative goodies for the home.  The event was a lot of fun, and the new store is getting a lot of love from friends and fans alike.  Annie's new colorful California bear is front and center in our display, and Eric has some work in the front window.  It's pretty exciting!

Photo by Christine Ting    

Both Annie and Eric have been working on brand-new pieces, and the shop is full of surprises.  Annie brought back at least 20 works on paper from Hawaii, including several Rainy Day Bears, a fitting epilogue to the stormy paradise vacation.  We also added a new print to the shop based on one of Annie's new original paintings--but this time we're trying something new.  We love the colors (and we still love California), so what do you think of the iconic image of the bear and the state all by itself?  

Eric has been carving all week; remember that linocut of the Bay Bridge we were excited to see him get started? It's turning out to be quite a dedication to intimate details, but it's coming along, and we think it's going to look pretty sweet in two colors when it's done. 

    

Forget Godzilla--robots attack!

This week we secured a spot for the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire, happening May 19 and 20 in San Mateo.  We had a lot of fun there last year, and it's a great opportunity to get out of the city and commune with the creative and curious.  Mark your calendars! 

We're also really looking forward to Dogpatch Spring Open Studios on March 31st and April 1st, and while it's no secret that we always want our friends and fans to stop by and say hello and to see how we work, we'll be joined by a great group of artists in the neighborhood who will open their doors to the public as well.  We feel fortunate to participate in such an awesome artistic community, and the weekend-long event is a unique peek into how neighborhood artists create and share their work.  So come and explore the historic Dogpatch area and see whats shaking next Saturday and Sunday.

 

     

See you there!

March 23, 2012 by Dani Rewitzer