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Open Studio - Weekend 4 of SF ArtSpan #SFOS2022

I want to thank San Francisco ArtSpan #SFOS2022 for such a fun art fall season - the first in-person since the pandemic - and for selecting me for a 2022 Premier Artist Equity Grant, opening up new connections with local art lovers, fine art collectors, galleries & venues. I want to thank the amazing ArtSpan crew who have been so welcoming.

Hummingbird Studio is open for Weekend 4 (see RSVP info above) with the launch of a new line of fine art gifts, calendar and fun home and office products created from the 2023 Exquisite Flower Series.

The Exquisite Flower Series is a new project that started a few years ago, and grew out of a life -long fascination with taking photos of flowers. Still, I was pulled by my love of photojournalism and cherished every assignment as an opportunity to grow as a photographer. I grew up surrounded by the photography of my grandparents, and my Dad, whose photo of John Kennedy hung on the wall in the hallway entrance of my grandparents home. Photos also marked in location where family members were located, and what milestone had been passed. An analogue Facebook.

Flowers came back to me in 2015 during a long recovery process after a 2008 needle aspiration injury that damaged my right arm nerve, provoked immediate and severe physical and mobility disability, and impacted my and my family's life forever.

I needed to hold on to beauty.

'Completion, Exquisite Flower Series, 2023,' by Catherine Herrera Photography, link below for Pre-Ordering the 2023 Calendar

I held on to the flowers as I lost, first, my father, then two dear cousins, countless elders and cultural bearers and then, this past August, my dear brother, from COVID & Long-COVID.

I needed to hold on to hope.

The Exquisite Flower Series was born with the 2020 lock-down, going around the block an escape, flowers the symbol life was continuing on just fine despite the unfolding dramatic events.

'Invitation, Exquisite Flower Series 2023, by Catherine Herrera Photography

Nature had been my teacher all along. The trauma of the injury, sudden disability and the fallout from an injury at a hospital made nature my strength and healing.

The Exquisite Flower Series came out of my studio into the world in the first Exquisite Flower Series Calendar, 2022.

A line of fine art gifts and prints has sprouted alongside the 2023 Exquisite Flower Series Calendar with the intention of sharing with you the same hope, inspiration, strength and healing for these times where everyone is called to stand for the future we wish to see for the next generations, joining hands across lines for the long view and to honor all our ancestors.

For more products, click on the Store tab above.


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