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The Art of Rock Legends 2015

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The Art of Rock Legends

June 12—July 24, 2015
Receptions: June 12, 5-8pm + July 10, 5-8pm

The Art of Rock Legends benefit exhibition features artwork by such iconic '60s musicians, artists, and photographers as Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin, Dave Getz, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, George Frayne (Commander Cody), Peter Max, Stanley Mouse, Graham Nash, Baron Wolman, and many others.

The Art of Rock Legends is the opening event of San Rafael Rocks, a multi-faceted, multi-partner rock 'n' roll art, film, and music celebration with proceeds benefitting DrawBridge, a Bay Area arts program for homeless children, and California Film Institute Education, which provides creative film programs for Bay Area students.

Exhibition curated by Bruce Burtch

The Art of Rock Legends  Preview Party, Friday, June 12 from 5-8pm, will be open to the public as part of Art Works Downtown 2nd Friday Art Walk.

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Note:  Pricing for the events of San Rafael Rocks ranges from free (The Art of Rock Legends and San Rafael Rocks Block Party) to various ticket prices for events at the Smith Rafael Film Center and the Fenix musical tribute to Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, Sr.

The Art of Rock Legends

 Unprecedented Art, Film, and Music 
Celebration to Benefit At-Risk Youth 
Summer 2015

195 Facets 2 by Jerry Garcia
Bob Dylan by Richard Pechner
California Mission by Jerry Garcia
Facets-II by Jerry Garcia
Grateful Dead by Robert Altman
Janis Wood Nymph by Grace Slick
Jimi Hendrix Montage by Baron Wolman
Janis Joplin
Rainy Day Dream Away by Jimi-Hendrix
Artista Dragon by Pat Ryan

(San Rafael, CA)  San Rafael Rocks, a multi-faceted, multi-partner rock ‘n roll art, film and music celebration, was announced today All proceeds from the festivities planned for this June and July will benefit DrawBridge, a Bay Area arts program for homeless children, and California Film Institute Education, which provides creative film programs for Bay Area students. 

This unprecedented series of festivities is being developed in partnership with The Jerry Garcia Foundation, California Film Institute, Art Works Downtown, The Rock Poster Society, Fenix, The Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District, and other local and regional organizations.

San Rafael Rocks will also honor Jerry Garcia and the 50th anniversary of his music with the Grateful Dead, which was founded in San Rafael. "The Jerry Garcia Foundation is honored to support the activities of these wonderful nonprofits through the celebration of my father's art and music,” said Keelin Garcia.

“San Rafael is the epicenter of Marin’s world-renowned rock ‘n roll scene”, stated Bruce Burtch, organizing producer of San Rafael Rocks. “And many of our most iconic musicians are also outstanding artists. San Rafael Rocks will exhibit their art, celebrate their music and provide one heck of a two-month party…and it’s all to benefit youth.”

San Rafael Rocks Festivities

The Art of Rock Legends, June 12-July 24
A benefit exhibition featuring artwork by iconic 60’s musicians, artists and photographers will be on display and for sale at Art Works Downtown, 1337 4th Street in San Rafael, June 12 through July 24th. This benefit will be the first project in the United States of The Jerry Garcia Foundation and will feature many original artworks by Jerry, several for sale. Original artwork has also been donated by Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Marty Balin, Commander Cody, Mickey Hart, Dave Getz, and more, with all of this work for sale. Top rock & roll photographers of the era will also be donating their work, including Baron Wolman, the first Chief of Photography for Rolling Stone magazine, Robert Altman, Graham Nash, Jay Blakesberg and Richard Pechner. The exhibition will also include outstanding rock posters from Stanley Mouse, Pat Ryan, Arlene Owseichik, Shane Grogg and Roberta Weir. Iconic pop artist Peter Max is proving a personalize copy of his famous Grateful Dead lithograph for the benefit. 

The Art of Rock Legends Preview Party, Friday, June 12 from 5-8pm, will be open to the public as part of Art Works Downtown 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Fare Thee Well 
We are working with the producer of the three Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead concerts July 3-5 which sold out in five minutes at Chicago’s Soldier Stadium. We plan to simulcast the concerts at the beautifully restored Art Deco Smith Rafael Film Center in downtown San Rafael. If approved, live bands, celebrity MC’s and special guests will make this an extraordinary musical event. Once finalized, tickets will be available through the Smith Rafael Film Center, date to be announced. 

Rock & Roll Film Series
A Rock & Roll Film Series will be held July 6-8 at the Smith Rafael Film Center with live bands and special guests. The Film Festival will feature films and documentaries on Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, plus other rock & roll films. Tickets will be available through the Smith Rafael Film Center, date to be announced. 

San Rafael Rocks Block Party

On July 11, a fabulous Block Party will be held in downtown San Rafael, featuring and art exhibition and demonstrations presented by over 25 of the world’s renowned rock artists from TRPS, The Rock Poster Art Society. They’ll be partying in the streets with rock bands, children’s art activities, food trucks, beverages and much more.

Fenix Music Benefit

Fenix is a total revolution in live music and dining.On July 17Fenix is producing a special evening benefit and tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, Sr. The event is being orchestrated by Merl Saunders, Jr. and will include many local top musicians.

San Rafael Restaurants Rock (Proposed Program)
On the day of our Block Party, July 11, when you eat lunch or dinner at one of our participating San Rafael restaurants 25% of the bill will be donated to DrawBridge.  

Please note:  Dates, events and participants are subject to change. 

San Rafael Rocks was conceived by San Rafael resident Bruce Burtch, who will serve as organizing producer of all events and curator of the benefit art exhibition. Bruce is providing his time and services pro bono, to help the underserved children of our Bay Area community.  

Corporate Partners
San Rafael Rocks
 is looking for corporate partners to support and participate in this unprecedented benefit celebration. An exceptional win-win marketing opportunity will be available to corporate partners. For more information on becoming a corporate partner, please call 415-454-0839.

About Our Partners

DrawBridge ( )

For over 25 years DrawBridge has provided expressive art programs for homeless and other underserved children. DrawBridge offers a safe, supportive environment in which children can use creative arts to work through the complex emotions associated with homelessness. DrawBridge offers solace, sustenance and a "time-out" from troubles at 24 weekly art groups in seven Bay Area counties, receiving over 4000 child visits annually.

California Film Institute Education (
CFI Education offers free annual film screenings for school groups and their families, as well as several cinema-centric programs for Bay Area Children, teens and adults that include hands-on filmmaking workshops and seminars that introduce students to the power of film as a communication tool with the ability to build bridges of understanding within communities and throughout the world.

The Jerry Garcia Foundation 
( )
The Jerry Garcia Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was established in 2015 as an expression of gratitude by family members Manasha and Keelin Garcia, in honor of musician, artist and visionary, Jerry Garcia.  The Jerry Garcia Foundation serves to support artistic, environmental, and humanitarian causes. 

Art Works Downtown ( 

Art Works Downtown, Inc. a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1997 brings together everything our community needs to support the creative process – from low-income housing to affordable studio space, classes, lectures, events, exhibit galleries, and outreach programs. Located in the heart of downtown San Rafael, Art Works Downtown is Marin's premier non-profit art center.

The Rock Poster Society (

The Rock Poster Society (TRPS) is an all-volunteer Bay Area nonprofit. Their goal is to perpetuate and promote the long-standing relationship between music and graphic art that is so fondly called "Rock Poster Art."

The Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District (
The Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District (BID) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation established to revitalize the downtown corridor and promote the common interests of Downtown businesses. Through attention to streetscape, marketing and promotions, special events and advocating on issues of safety, public parking and other factors affecting the economic vitality of the downtown district, the BID fulfills its mission.  

Fenix (
Fenix is a total revolution in live music and dining. Believed to be the first streaming live production restaurant (SLPR) of its kind, Fenix is both a live production house and fine dining experience in one. Set in a renovated historic building in downtown San Rafael, Fenix took flight with the intention of spreading live music throughout our community—and the world.

Bananas at Large (
With stores in San Rafael and Santa Rosa, Bananasoffers the most complete & unique musical instruments anywhere.

Bruce Burtch ( 
Bruce Burtch was hailed the “Father of Cause Marketing” and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer and leading expert in the field of cross-sector partnerships and cause marketing.  For over 40 years, Bruce has helped for-profit, nonprofit, education and government sectors develop strategic partnerships focused on creating a greater good. 

San Rafael Rocks Logo (
The city of San Rafael and its Mission were named for Archangel Rafael, who is the angel of bodily healing. The San Rafael Rocks logo depicts Archangel Rafael holding a guitar and was designed by Shane Edward Grogg, a San Francisco-based, award-winning airbrush and poster artist.