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  • Perform 12.4

    Usually, our annual “Profiles” issue is 35-plus local creatives with shorter interviews. I adopted this style a few years ago because, even after publishing for over six years, there continued to be many people I wanted to feature but just didn’t have space for in our regular issue schedule. So, the “Profiles” issue was developed to allow more artists to be featured.

    However, this year is different. That is the understatement of the decade—2020 is a different year.  But I wanted to show the artwork that people were creating during the COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” order. Hence, instead of 45 people, we have 10 creatives and space for the new work they have created since March.

    With over 90 submissions, it was challenging to pick only 11. For multimedia, audio, and video work, we decided to plan a web/digital presentation for those artists, which will do more justice to their work than a print version would. And a few of the artists we have moved to feature in a future issue. Thank you to all the artists who submitted; it is an honor to present your work.

    Lastly, COVID-19 has had an economic effect on most industries, especially the arts. We are not immune. And with this our 52nd issue, we will be moving to a quarterly publication. We love print! And will continue to present the local creative scene in a way that fully honors the work. However, funding has been cut back, and we will have to adjust with the times.

    We will also continue to highlight the creative community in our podcast, blog, and video. But for 2020-2021, we will be moving to quarterly, and hopefully, as the economy, funding, and partnerships rebuild, we can return to bi-monthly.  We (SVCreates and Content Magazine) are committed to supporting the artistic culture of Santa Clara County. We will continue to work to bring voice and visibility to our local creatives.

    Thank you for your support. Please consider giving an additional donation to help support our writers, editors, photographers, and designers, who produce the magazine and support the people we provide a public platform for.

    Thank you,

    Daniel Garcia

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Featured Articles
  • Rayos Magos
    Rayos works full-time for a non-profit community health clinic, but having to work from home during the shelter-in-place (SIP) has blurred the lines between business and a sacred space for pleasure and relaxation. A wrench has been thrown into his normal routine since, like many of us, once he rolls out of bed, he is already in his office. His art has become his saving grace, giving him structure and routine as he enters his studio.
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  • Chelsea Stewart
    Have you ever noticed how anything of worth—careers, relationships, books, antique vases—gains value not from the finish line, but from the journey? That attentive (sometimes painstaking) development provides rich meaning. It’s the reason why, when Chelsea Stewart paints, she’s much more fascinated with the process than the product.
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  • Stories for Solidarity
    Mikomi Yoshikawa-Baker, “Miko,” desperately wanted to protest the murder of George Floyd. But, given the police’s rampant use of tear gas and rubber bullets, she also wanted to keep herself and her young daughter away from the crowds. So she looked around the downtown neighborhoods, noticed all the boarded-up windows, and discovered the best way to join the movement—by calling in an army of creatives, buying up gallons of paint, and depicting powerful antiracist messages on the ubiquitous blank lumber.
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  • Gallery 1202
    Gallerist Emily McEwan-Upright opens Gallery 1202, offering a home for marginalized and underrepresented voices in the art world.
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  • Profiles 12.4
    Usually, our annual “Profiles” issue is 35-plus local creatives with shorter interviews. I adopted this style a few years ago because, even after publishing for over six years, there continued to be many people I wanted to feature but just didn’t have space for in our regular issue schedule. So, the “Profiles” issue was developed to allow more artists to be featured. However, this year is different. That is the understatement of the decade—2020 is a different year.  But I wanted to show the artwork that people were creating during the COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” order. Hence, instead of 45 people, we have 10 creatives and space for the new work they have created since March. With over 90 submissions, it was challenging to pick only 11. For multimedia, audio, and video work, we decided to plan a web/digital presentation for those artists, which will do more justice to their work than a print version would. And a few of the artists we have moved to feature in a future issue. Thank you to all the artists who submitted; it is an honor to present your work.
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