Wednesday, April 16, 2014



Recent Exhibitions

My work is currently in an exhibit, Ex Libris, at J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach Florida.
EX LIBRIS is on view through June 13th and features the work of Cara Barer, Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Jessica Drenk, Andrew Hayes, Guy Laramée, Francesca Pastine, andAlexander Korzer Robinson.
With an interweb as vast as our universe, printed matter and libraries are fading into digital media and marketing. Increasingly, artists are investigating the significance of books as material objects and information vessels, exploring contemporary ideas such as consumerism and relevance in a time of new technology.  By folding, cutting, manipulating and carving covers and paper pages, artists are transforming bound literature journals into extraordinary original works of fine art, exploring books as an innovative artistic medium.

Artforum 44 Clark
ArtForum #44, Unsolicited Collaboration with Michael Clark, 2012, 47 x 18 x 4.74 inches
artforum magazine, wood, screw, matte board, Plexiglas
177 4th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL
TEL 904 435 3200 | FAX 904 435 3210


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Francesca Pastine from her Invisible Women Series, 2014, graphite on New York Times, 22 x 11 inches

pencils down panel

Pencils Down Associated Programs


Life/Drawing: A Conversation with the Artists

Moderated by Special Guest, Independent Curator and Writer Christian L. Frock
Saturday, March 8, 4 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, Meeting Room

Join exhibiting artists Libby Black, Kevin Chen, Francesca Pastine, and Chris Sicat for a public conversation with Christian L. Frock and gain insight into their lives and work.
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist!
Location and General Contact Info:

1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650.329.2366 T
650.326.6165 F


Saturday, February 8, 2014


Francesca Pastine


I hope everyone enjoyed a holiday season full of friends, family and festivities. I am looking forward to teaching some exciting classes at UC Berkeley Extension I would love to see some familiar faces while I'm there so please do get in touch or tell a friend.

Happy Chinese New Year!

~ Francesca

Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media ART X414.3

Get an introduction to the process and techniques of traditional watercolor painting and water media as a component to mixed-media works. Engage in a laboratory of contemporary practice using water-based media such as paint, gouache and ink. Through directed experimentation, you learn to develop a unique visual language using this luminous and spontaneous medium. You also gain expertise by examining methods of critical analysis, color literacy and contemporary painting issues.

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


Painting Fundamentals ART X410 or consent of instructor


ART X414.3 - 001 Contemporary Painting With Water-Based Media
2013-2014 - Spring 2014
Instructors: Francesca Pastine
Date/Time: Thu 1:30PM - 4:30PM
13 Feb 2014 to 17 Apr 2014
Building: UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center
Room: Classroom 213
Location: San Francisco
  • Instruction Method: Classroom
  • Number of Meetings: 10
  • Instructional Hours: 30.0
  • Available for Credit: 2 semester units
  • Course Fee(s): Fee credit (2 units) $455.00

Approaches to Abstraction in Painting ART X412.1

Understand the many options possible for making an abstract painting. Explore a variety of approaches, such as improvisational abstraction, geometric abstraction, process-based painting and abstraction based on mark making. The instructor offers demonstrations of painting techniques and image-illustrated lectures on the history of abstract painting and its current trends. Group discussions and critiques help familiarize you with the vocabulary and concepts involved in analyzing and evaluating abstraction.

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)


Painting Fundamentals ART X410 or consent of the instructor


ART X412.1 - 001 Approaches to Abstraction in Painting
2013-2014 - Spring 2014
Instructors: Francesca Pastine
Date/Time: Thu 6:30PM - 9:30PM
13 Feb 2014 to 1 May 2014
Building: UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center
Room: Classroom 213
Location: San Francisco
  • Instruction Method: Classroom
  • Number of Meetings: 12
  • Instructional Hours: 36.0
  • Available for Credit: 2 semester units
  • Course Fee(s): Fee credit (2 units) $455.00

Photos of Recent Openings

All the News That's Fit to Print at CCA, Photo Donna Ruff

Pencils Down, Palo Alto Art Center, photo Ciara Bedingfied

Obsessive Reductive, Museum of Craft and Design, photo Marta Sanchez

Friday, December 20, 2013


I am excited to be included in some very exciting group exhibits coming up in the beginning of the new year!  I am also thrilled to have been awarded the 2014 Eureka Fellowship Grant through the Fleischhacker foundation.

Palo Alto Art Center

Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

Pencils Down

January 25-April 13, 2014
exhibition that explores the creative potential and artistic possibilities of graphite. Transcending the potential of the medium of drawings alone, the exhibition showcases new applications of graphite as a material of drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. Twelve to fifteen artists will be included, among them Chris Sicat (San Jose), who covers tree branches and stumps completely with graphite, and artists such as Kevin Chen (San Francisco), who creates drawings so small that a magnifying glass is required to view their intricate details.


Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe

1050 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM 

All the News that's Fit to Print

spector ripps project space
January 24 – March 30, 2014

Guest curated by Santa Fe-based artist Donna Ruff, this exhibition features a national roster of artists who, like her, incorporate the New York Times in their work. The exhibition features drawings, textiles, sculpture, and multi-media incarnations of the world's newspaper of record from A.J. Bocchino, Adam Simon, Donna Ruff, Elissa Levy, Francesca Pastine, Fred Tomaselli, Guy Richards Smit, Lauren DiCioccio, Pat Boas, and Shanti Grumbine.


Museum of Craft and Design

Obsessive Reductive

Opens February 1, 2014 through March 30, 2014
The Museum of Craft and Design presents Obsessive Reductive, a group exhibition that includes approximately 12 artists working in a variety of media including paper, wood and metal. Participating artists share the common process of intricately, precisely and "obsessively" removing material to create extraordinary imagery and sculpture.

Many of these works have reticulating patterns, and in some cases the use of material absence is employed as a significant design element positioning negative space as a dominant element. The visual similarity of all featured works in Obsessive Reductive will be the concentrated detail and complexity of the work, despite the various approaches and media.
Featured artists Drew Daly, Brian Dettmer, Jim Dingilian, Adam Feibelman, Theresa Ganz , Cal Lane, Bovey Lee, Chris Natrop, Aric Obrosey, Francesca Pastine, Lyndi Sales,  Jill Silva, Leigh Salgado, Farnaz Shadravan , Kako Ueda, Annie Vought, Elise Wehle, and Jared Yamanhua.
Exhibition curated by Marc D’ Estout.
The Museum of Craft and Design is located at
2569 Third Street
(between 22nd and 23rd), in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco's vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood.  HOURS
Tuesday and Wednesday 11 - 6, Thursday 11 - 7, Friday and Saturday 11 - 6, Sunday 12 - 5.
Closed on Monday.