The Art of Louise Gilbert

The artistic career of Louise Gilbert has spanned 70 years, and in those decades she has created posters, prints, and other graphics that depict an America not often presented in mainstream art circles. Ms. Gilbert’s realist artworks have always lent support to union struggles, farm workers, the women’s movement, gay and lesbian rights, and the international movement for peace. Confronted with tremendous levels of poverty and inequality during the 1930’s Great Depression, Gilbert became politically conscious. She left her home state of Oregon to settle in San Francisco where she participated in creating murals for the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA). Later she joined the San Francisco Graphic Arts Workshop, an artist run collective specializing in creating traditional printmaking from lithographs and etchings to woodblocks and silk-screens. Art and Courage, The Life and Work of Louise Gilbert, is a retrospective exhibit now running at City College of San Francisco until September 9th, 2005. The show is being presented at the college’s Atrium Gallery, 2nd Floor Rosenberg Library/Learning Resource Center. Located near the intersection of Ocean and Phelan -50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112. Phone: (415) 452-5541.

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