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News Release - May 6, 2009

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org

Five Years of All Over Coffee: Life is in the Details

Experience Five Years of All Over Coffee in this special exhibition and be taken along for a wonderful journey through San Francisco.

May 16 – August 23, 2009

The San Francisco Public Library presents Five Years of All Over Coffee, an exhibition of work by San Francisco-based artist and writer Paul Madonna, in the Jewett Gallery, Main Library, from May 16 through August 23.

Celebrating half a decade of All Over Coffee in the San Francisco Chronicle, this exhibition will feature original pen and ink drawings as well as displays of how the artistic process has evolved from sketches and first drafts of written copy to final verse.

Madonna’s strip, All Over Coffee, presents an intricately balanced interplay of text and image. As Madonna notes, “I draw to support my writing habit.”His drawings primarily depict the streets and neighborhoods of San Francisco, meticulously rendering architectural details of buildings, telephone wires, or the way a tree branch might overlap a walkway within the frame of a street corner, an intersection, a neighborhood block or panorama of the City. Text about everyday life moments and experiences are then layered on top of the drawings to create a certain mood.

Bird’s-eye views, cornices of rooftops, buildings seen between buildings and street signs all come to life with Madonna’s unique sense of composition. Absent in his drawings are people and cars and the busy underpinnings of urban life.

For visitors and residents of San Francisco alike, there is much to be seen and rediscovered about the City in Madonna’s work. As one of his strips notes, “Though our roads lead to the same place, our stories will be different when we get there.”

Exhibition: Five Years of All Over Coffee

Date: May 16 – August 23, 2009

Location: San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery

100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

Related Program: Artist Talk by Paul Madonna

Thursday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.,

Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Cost: FREE

More information: sfpl.org/news/exhibitions.htm or www.paulmadonna.com

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