Though Yori and Dana Seeger only founded School of Visual Philosophy back in 2013, it has already become a treasure to the community. Recently, however, their landlord has decided to sell the building—forcing them to either buy or relocate.
School of Visual Philosophy (SVP), located on 425 Auzerais Avenue, has provided group studio sessions, workshops, and courses for everyone from newcomers to veterans. Their classes are diverse—offering everything from welding to watercolor, linocut to lithography, printmaking to painting. The space itself is enough to nudge any artist’s muse in the right direction. Visitors enter a remodeled warehouse with a lofty ceiling and walls covered with multi-colored boards like a wooden quilt. Equipment and art pieces are dispersed around the workspace. Cheery yellow and green doors lead to thirteen different studios.
The couple can’t stand the thought of it being torn down. To them, this space is more than just four walls and a roof. It is a place where memories were created alongside the artwork. Because of the unique equipment used in various art disciplines, it is difficult (if not impossible, in this area) to find a suitable facility. As they strive to gain enough money for a down payment to secure a loan on the building, they are asking for the community’s help.
One way the community can get involved is by visiting SVP’s Silicon Valley Open Studios Art Tour on May 7th and 8th from 11am to 5pm. Yori and Dana will be opening up their studios and holding a silent auction (including artwork by Wayne Thiebaud, Nathan Olivera, and local artists). This will be coupled with a fundraiser so that people can donate directly to the cause. As an extra enticement, door prizes and drinks will be provided.
In an interview with Content almost a year ago, Yori compared this city to Florence during the Renaissance. He expanded on this by saying, “Every once in a while, there’s a time and a place where people are wanting and ready for something [different]. I really feel like San Jose could be that place.” Let’s prove him right.
Written by Johanna Hickle
Original article about School of Visual Philosophy appeared in Issue 7.1 “Sight and Sound”
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