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Bay Guardian article on River-in-the-Hood

Fans of artist-carpenter-filmmaker Gregory Gavin might wonder what he's been up to since making a splash with his film Bernaltown last year. With help from a Potrero Nuevo Fund prize and some Bernaltown and neighborhood friends, Gavin is turning his Portola district studio into a winding, gurgling, sand-banked river, complete with mountaintop source and delta outlet. Gavin hopes that the interactive nature of the project — which will allow guests to create their own riverside landscapes or spans out of sand, wood, and toy people, or sit at a "water bar" perched above the river and sip the special water — will bring together the may generations of the diverse Portola community, building bridges, literal and metaphorical. Though the river model itself is more fanciful than scientifically accurate, it is ecofriendly: it's made from mostly reused materials, and a system of pumps recycles the water. Aside from Gavin's neo-rural contribution to the community, it's worth the trip over to San Bruno Avenue to see this once run-down neighborhood teeming with activity; the bad news is that now it's like everywhere else in the city— the building has been sold and Gavin will lose his studio at the conclusion of this exhibit. Show your support by dropping by. Aug 25–Sept. 19 Will Power Arts.