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Spirit Boat Making with Jennifer Ewing

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 | 11:30am–12:30pm

ADMISSION: Free in conjunction with Free First Tuesdays. Registration recommended, space is limited.

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2018-07-03 11:30:00 UTC2018-07-03 12:30:00 UTC America/Los_AngelesThe CJM - 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CASpirit Boat Making with Jennifer EwingFree First Tuesday Create a little sculptural boat as a way to release blocks and explore your own inner journey with artist Jennifer Ewing. Free with advance registration to

Create your own sculptural “spirit boat” and explore new ways of working with different materials to explore your own personal journey with artist Jennifer Ewing. This workshop offers a stimulating and supportive environment, and opens up new pathways to navigate challenges with confidence. For many years, Jennifer Ewing has been helping people discover themselves by making a Spirit Boat to honor someone or relieve grief or sadness.

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(image description: Artist Jennifer Ewing sitting on the floor cross-legged surrounded by a circle of 24 small sculptural boats. She holds one of the boats in her hand smiling to the camera.)

about the ARTIST
Jennifer Ewing

Jennifer Ewing is a lifelong artist who has always worked in some aspect of art as an art teacher, an illustrator, and muralist. She began her theme “Spirit Boats” in 2005 as a response to a major life passage, the death of her father. She uses the boat as a symbol of transformation. Employing sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and installations to describe an inner journey she offers an invitation for others to travel within her boats. In Jan. 2011, she was the Artist in Residence at the deYoung Museum exhibiting Spirit Boat Directions and in Feb 2014 she was the guest artist at the Living Shaman Museum in San Francisco's Presidio exhibiting Healing Spirit Boats. She held boat making workshops in both places, sharing her sculptural techniques. In Jan. 2015, her Spirit Boat Timeline went on exhibition @ Gallery 190, part of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Ewing has exhibited her work widely in various Bay Area venues over the past twenty years and is a longtime participant in San Francisco's ArtSpan Open Studios. She is a museum educator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum and senior teaching artist at SF Fine Arts Museums where she works with adult and children’s programs, designs projects, and leads tours of exhibitions. Ewing has also worked with Alzheimer’s programs at both museums, helping early stage patients find meaning and comfort through engaging with art.

Since 1989, Ewing has run her mural business, Ewing and Germano, with husband, Leo Germano, that specializes in fine art services for commercial and residential clients. Their business began in response to visiting Italian fresco cycles that ignited the desire to paint big!

In 2012, she launched two additional business for organizational learning: How to Navigate Change for team building, and Making Your Mark Now, offering drawing programs in partnership with Leo Germano. As an artist and entrepreneur, she is a bridge to help people incorporate art and right brain thinking into their daily lives. Ewing has lived and worked in an historic SF Mission District artist community, Developing Environments, since 1986.


The CJM is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all. Sign language interpretation (ASL) can be scheduled for all programs with at least two weeks notice by emailing or by calling 415.655.7856 (relay calls welcome). FM assistive listening devices (ALDs) for sound enhancement are available for all talks and tours. For more info, visit our Accessibility page.


Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by The Morse Family Foundation.

Free First Tuesdays are made possible by a grant from the Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, and Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

Image Credit

Header image: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ewing. Jennifer Ewing photo by Leo Germano.