An exciting event is coming up in San Francisco on the weekend of February 14, 15 & 16 that celebrates mail / correspondence art (in the tradition of Ray Johnson). Although Correspondence Art has a long & interesting history, we don't really know of anything quite like this that has ever been organized before. And for that reason, many long-time & contemporary artists (from all over the world) working in the genre will be attending the event, as well as those who celebrate mail art, letter writing and faux postage (aka "artists stamps").
Here's a quick run-down of what's happening over 3-days:
Event #1 Mail/Art/Book opening reception at the SF Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco. Show will feature work by contemporary artists working in the genre of mail art, but will also include a historical perspective of networker/postal culture in the Bay Area. February 14, 2014 6PM-9PM
Event #2 Ex Postal Facto Vendor Expo at the historic Elks Lodge, 450 Post Street, San Francisco. February 15, 2014 11AM-5PM. Vendors include a representative from the National Postal Museum in Washington DC and the iconic Anna Banana, a former San Francisco resident and artistamp artist & historian.
Event #3 "The History of West Coast Mail Art" Panel Discussion moderated by John Held, Jr at the SF Public Library's Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, on February 16, 1PM - 3:30PM. Speakers include Anna Banana, Lowell Darling and Carl Chew.
The website for more information is http://expostalfacto.wordpress.com/
The event organizer is author and mail artist Jennie Hinchcliff. She can be reached for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number: 415-577-3431.