Archive for the ‘Tiny Art Build Parties’ Category

Balsa Man Founder Heads to The Desert

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The Black Rock Balsa Regional is the longest running Balsa Man regional event. For the past 3 years, an seasoned desert camper has lead the Regional as a small bit of entertainment for other (likely bored) desert campers out in the Black Rock Desert.

Colin at Balsa Man 2008 - photo by romzelino

Colin at Balsa Man 2008 – photo by romzelino

This year, the Balsa Man founder, Colin Fahrion, has decided to head to the desert to see for himself what it’s all about and to lead the Black Rock Regional himself. He will be traveling to the desert on Sunday and staying a few days to check it out before heading back to San Francisco for the Balsa Man main event.

The regional will be held this year at Phage (5:00 and Esplanade) on Wednesday at 5pm. Please bring your tiny art and celebrate with other tiny revelers on the small scale! Phage will also be hosting a Tiny Art Build party at 2pm prior to the regional for those of you who have yet to make any tiny art.

Black Rock Balsa Regional

Wednesday, August 29th

Phage (5:00 and Esplanade)

2pm — Tiny Art Build Party
Come build tiny art for the burn! Supplies available!

5pm — Balsa Regional Burn
Arrive on time because balsa burns fast!

Facebook event page


On a side note, Tuesday Aug 28th is Colin’s birthday so you if you are one of those crazy desert camper’s say wish him a happy one! Who knows he may even give you a Balsa Man sticker or even a ticket to Balsa Man!

Tiny Artists Come Out Of The Woodwork

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Many tiny artists came out of the woodwork and showed up at last night’s Tiny Art Party! Billfrog was there whittling away a block of balsa making the egg chair for his art grant awarded project  Big-Assed Worms.

Billfrog whittles away

 Suzanne Forbes was there creating her largest sculpture yet, a huge phoenix. You may remember Suzanne from some of her gorgeous works from years prior like the magnificent Balsa Betty.

Balsa Pheonix by Suzanne Forbes

Many tiny artists were thankful for the balsa wood and tools provided by the Black Pebble Arts Foundation — which we were able to provide thanks to our donors! New tiny artists such as Tom Cauchois were able to show up with only a ounce of an idea and leave with a finished art project!

COLINWOOD Sign by Tom Cauchois

At the end of the evening Tom had finished his COLINWOOD sign. We interviewed Tom and he had this to say…

My affection for Balsa Man triggered the connection in my brain and heart to combine a “take” on the famous “Harveywood” sign, the name of Colin, founder of Balsa Man, and how his passion for art has turned Baker Beach into a thriving tinytropolis full of art.  I also hoped to create an art platform that would honor all of the fabulous artists whose works have thrilled me since my arrival on baker beach for the first time.

Granted we have no idea what this “famous Harveywood sign” is — when pressed he said it was a in-joke among Black Rock Desert campers — but hey at least it means something to Tom.

The BPAF looks forward to seeing all this tiny art and more at this year’s Balsa Man!

San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party, Thursday Aug 18th

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Balsa Betty being built at the 2010 Tiny Art Party

Balsa Betty being built at the 2010 Tiny Art Party

Are your Xactos sharp? Is your glue ready to stick? Got wood?

Actually I don’t care what your answer is come anyway, even if you only have an ounce of an idea and not a scrap of balsa. Supplies will be provided as will the creative spirit! You may walk away inspired or just have fun lending a hand to other tiny artists trying to realize their small dream.

This art party is welcome to Tiny Artists who are attending the main event or the Black Rock Balsa Regional. The Black Rock Regional Lead, Feral will be there if you have any questions about the regional or if just want to congratulate her!

San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party

Thursday Aug 18th
6:30pm to 11pm-ish
Location is near Guerrero and 16th St in the Mission. Email for exact location.

Note to the allergy prone and the ailurophobic: there are cats.

RSVP on the Facebook event page

Build Party FAQ

  • Will there be free food and booze?
    • Maybe but don’t count on it. While it’s not required, anyone who brings potluck food will be greeted with joyful squeals of glee!*
  • Will there be art materials & tools for me to use?
    • The BPAF has donated some art materials (wood and glue) and tools (pencils, knifes, and rulers); however is is highly recommended that you bring your own art supplies/tools if you have a specific project in mind.
    • In-kind donations of extra art materials are always welcome!*
  • Can I buy tickets, patches and stickers to help support tiny art at the event?
    • but of course! As long as we have received them in time.
  • Can I hand deliver my art grant proposal at the event?
  • I have fear of leaving the East bay
    • There will be likely be an Easy Bay Tiny Art Party later this month.

*Particularly bountiful (or delicious) in-kind donations of art materials or shared food will be receive a special gift from the Black Pebble Arts Foundation.

We hope to see you and your creativity at the San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party!

Impromptu SF Tiny Art Build Night, Aug 26th

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Billfrog is having an impromptu Tiny Art Build Night on Thursday, 9pmish and on, at The Sycamore, 2140 Mission (between 17th & 18th). He encourages any and all to show up with their tiny art projects to build out on the back patio. Even if you have no Balsa Man projects feel free to stop by, grab a drink, and mingle with the tiny artists!

It’s not an official Tiny Art Build Night so it’s BYOBalsa and tools. A BPAF representative may or may not make an appearance depending on their schedule—it’s getting awfully close to the event!

Teenystarter: Wee Fundraising

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

teenystarter, wee fundraisingAnnouncing Teenystarter, wee fundraising for tiny artists! Tiny artists set a meager monetary goal and if they reach that goal they get to keep all the proceeds.

Due to the minute amounts of these goals, donations can only be made in person (either directly to the artist or to a BPAF representative). We are beginning this wonderful program with two Teenystarters:

Teenystarter: The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art (Goal: $10.64)

Due to the BPAF shrug bylaw The Cafe That Wanted To Be Art did no get the full funding they requested. In order to make up the $10.64, QueGee has announced she will be raising funds at this Sunday’s San Francisco Tiny Art Build Party.

Of course, admission to Tiny Art Build Party is free. The CTWTBA Fundraiser will be hosted at the same location, with suggested donation of separate sliding scale of 1¢–25¢ per person with all proceeds going to the CTWGBA Teenystarter. QueGee will also be accepting small donations for her teenystarter in person prior to the event.

Teenystarter: Black Rock Balsa Man Regional (Goal: $20)

Steve Courtney will be having a fundraiser for the Black Rock Balsa Man Regional and his small camp Fandango this Thursday, 6-10pm, at The Sycamore (2140 Mission Street, SF).

Voluntary admission fee at the door, (pay whatever you want) and that will get you Happy Hour prices all night. If you come down and donate a few bucks to us at the door, you get to knock a buck off your beer and/or wine all night. Also, PBR is $2 and Miller High Life is $3. A percentage of the door donations go to the Black Rock Regional Teenystarter; the rest goes to Fandango so they can afford to buy a camp chair or two.

In addition: there will be a Balsa Man Regional “Build-Night” in the back yard. You can come down and build tiny art to be burned in the desert, even if you aren’t going. (Tiny art materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own if you have a specific project in mind.)

Fandango & Black Rock Balsa Regional Fundraiser Happy Hour
Thursday, Aug 19th, 6pm-10pm
The Sycamore (2140 Mission Street, SF)


The BRD Balsa Man Regional received it’s first Teenystarter relatively large donor! Carnivillian, photographer and blogger of has donated $6.66 towards their meager goal!

Elegance in Balsa

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Every Tiny Art Build Party is a fount of inspiration. Some people arrive with materials in hand and an idea ready to go and others with a bottle of tequila and the desire to make something. This past weekend’s Tiny Art Build Party in Oakland saw all kinds from Doug Worley chopping toothpicks down to size to Hot Damn’s protest signs for the Bity Billion Bunny March to Adam’s popsicle stick gate.

Wooden Horse by Suzanne Forbes (photo by mikest)

Wooden Horse by Suzanne Forbes (photo by mikest)

The Oakland Tiny Art Build Party also saw the appearance of the marvelous artist Suzanne Rachel Forbes. Suzanne is a distinguished Bay Area portrait painter, sketch artist, and illustrator… who just so happens to be an amazing balsa sculptor! In 2009, she made an exquisite balsa wood horse using only the scrap wood that the BPAF brought to the Tiny Art Party. Amazingly Suzanne crafted the horse freehand without a single reference image. Piece by piece it came together using nothing but glue, an X-ACTO, and whatever materials are on hand at the time.

Balsa Betty by Suzanne Forbes

Balsa Betty by Suzanne Forbes

This year, Suzanne has continued her tradition of refusing to ask for a tiny art grant. Instead, she comes to the Tiny Art Parties to build using whatever materials have been gifted. She is also pushing her tiny art farther this year: Suzanne has taken on the challenge of sculpting the female form—specifically the iconic Bettie Page, again using only scrap balsa wood, an X-ACTO and glue. It was truly astonishing to watch the hips, waist and bosom slowly gain form from her talented hands.

More of Suzanne’s stunning art can be found on her website, Flickr, and Etsy. She also is a writer for the sex-positive website CarnalNation.