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Maya Hayuk at SF Sunglass Hut

Ray-Bans for Charity

Mark your calendar. On November 30th, witness artist Maya Hayuk in action at the Sunglass Hut on Geary Street, where she will be painting and celebrating the release of her custom-painted collection of Ray-Bans.

This year Sunglass Hut smartly partnered with in-demand art star Maya Hayuk for its Artist Series. Currently Brooklyn-based, Maya credits her artistry in a large part to extensive travels with her parents to Europe, Africa and the Soviet Union. She grew up in Baltimore, but lived in many places including “San Francisco for 10 years, being in and out of love,” according to a 2008 interview with Fecal Face.

Maya’s vast and admirable portfolio includes paintings and drawings on walls and canvas, photography and videography with music videos and painting videos. She’s done album covers, posters, shirts, photography, video installations and stage sets for Animal Collective, TV On the Radio, Devendra Banhardt, and The Beastie Boys, to name a few. Her works are commissioned and displayed worldwide.

For this year’s Sunglass Hut Artist Series, Maya is hand-painting 150 pairs of the iconic Ray-Ban Wayfarer model and supplying an original, one-of-a-kind mural to be auctioned for OneSight. Each pair of custom-painted glasses will retail for $140 and 50 percent of the proceeds go to Luxottica’s OneSight, “a family of charitable programs dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide, through outreach, research and education.”

The Italy-based Luxottica Group is currently the world’s largest eyewear company, owning brands including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Arnette, Oliver Peoples and Vogue, and a licensed manufacturer for Chanel, Burberry, Dolce&Gabbana, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Versace and others. Luxottica also owns Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters, among other retail outlets.

Since 1988, Luxottica’s OneSight claims to have improved vision for more than 6 million people around the world and has supported research and education by granting over $6 million “towards vision preservation, and thousands of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in optometry.”

Of the 150 pairs of Ray-Bans customized by Maya, 50 will be available at the SF Sunglass Hut where she’s doing her art installation. Show up between 1pm and 4pm to meet and chat with Maya or to just observe her as she paints while nibbling and sipping complimentary refreshments.

Last year, the first installment of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series featured a limited number of Ray-Bans customized by artist Chris Mendoza.