The Sunset Mercantile began the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile in 2020, and that was my introduction to the organization. Just a few blocks from my Outer Sunset home, the Sunday event became a place for our community to shop and connect during the pandemic. As a local family photographer, I started offering free popup photo studios, where I met countless families that later became regular clients of mine.
This nurturing of community hasn’t stopped at the growing list of fairs, festivals, and markets offered by the Sunset Mercantile, but has come to include projects like Art@Work. In the words of the Sunset Mercantile –
“Art@Work is a program created by Supervisor Gordon Mar’s Office in collaboration with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Self-Help for the Elderly & Sunset Mercantile. The program will connect small businesses in the Sunset with local artists to beautify and enhance storefronts. ”
I have started documenting these projects, and I plan to share them right here!
Georgia Hodges @ Michelle’s Hair Studio
Georgia Hodges is an Outer Sunset artist who is deeply embedded in her community. As written on her website –
“The proximity to the rigors of the edge of the Pacific Ocean takes hold of her interior perspective, and what has manifested is a cross-pollination of creative practices. The fog, land, sea, and air inspire…elucidate, really…her ceramics, paintings, and drawings….That self-determined cultural and political focus gave birth to a three story mural in 2020 inspired by the Green New Deal, an activated piece that cements her declarative place as an artist to watch.”
I spent an afternoon in Michelle’s Hair Studio on Taraval Street, following Georgio as she planned and executed this awesome indoor mural. Georgia does plenty of her own personal work, but I really enjoyed watching the give-and-take as she created something that worked not only for her own aesthetic but also for the space and the business that she was working within. Here’s a gallery documenting the process!
Thanks for being here. I’m David Enloe, a San Francisco family photographer. I make soul-stirring pictures for families that find adventure around every corner. Want to learn more about the person behind the camera?