View From Marin
MAY IS ONE of our favorite months of the year. It is for this issue that we, inspired by all the activity surrounding Marin Open
Studios, hold a contest to attract some of the
most intriguing artists working or showing
in Marin and feature them in our pages. That
search led us to the artwork by Sausalito’s
Barrie Barnett you see on this month’s cover
We hold a
of the most
or showing in
Marin and put
them in our
BEHIND THE SCENES
Once our cover contest
winner is selected, the fun
really starts. This month,
getting the scoop involved
a short walk through our
Sausalito office park to the
nearby ICB Building and
studio. It was there that managing editor Dan Jewett and
photographer Tim Porter got
to know winner Barrie Barnett
and see her artistic process.
and to the work of the 12 finalists you’ll meet
herein. Barnett has started a new tradition we
hope continues; check our blogs page to see
how she celebrates.
We follow that with a look at a whole different kind of art form: jewelry making. Writer
Calin Van Paris asks local artisans what it
takes to make their wearable pieces and how
you can tell the difference between fashion
jewelry and fine jewelry.
We wrap up features with a new recurring
feature called Subcultures, a look at activities in Marin that draw passionate and loyal
followings. This month, adventure sports
competitor and writer Geoff James introduces
you to outrigger canoeing culture.
Up front we’ve got a look at a new Muir
Woods parking system and a very new (and
bigger) SFMOMA. We also introduce you to
a popular mock trial coach, a twin sister hat-making team, an animal husbandry manager
and WildCare’s executive director.
In Destinations we focus on Baja, with a
look at surf getaways, swimming with the
sharks and the newest peninsula hot spot,
Todos Santos. It may be getting warm here,
but it’s positively tropical there.
It’s a fun issue, sure to please your artistic
side. Whether you are planning to head to the
new SFMOMA, a local jewelry store or one of
many open studios, we hope you’ll agree art
definitely makes life far more special.
Marin Magazine Staff Editors
Above, from left:
Mimi Towle, Nikki Wood
and Dan Jewett