In her history-making career as an international performer and activist, Joan Baez has been on the front lines of just about every nonviolent social justice and human rights movement. She walked arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King Jr. on civil rights marches in Mississippi, got thrown in jail for protesting the War in Vietnam and conspired with Vaclav Havel to spark the Velvet Revolution. Over the years, Baez has nurtured a talent for painting and drawing that has blossomed over the last several years as she cuts back on her rigorous touring schedule and spends more time in the studio.
Her choice of subjects for this, her first solo exhibit comes as a reaction to the “collapse of decency and moral standards made evident in the current political landscape.” Baez notes, "In stark contrast, the Mischief Makers are people who are willing to accept suffering, but never inflict it, to die for their cause, but never kill for it; and keep a sense of mischief through it all."
A portion of the sales of the paintings will go to Carecen SF, an organization dedicated to assisting Latino and other immigrants, as well as under-resourced families in the San Francisco Bay Area.