We’re selling our own homemade jam, granola, and chicken stock.
Come check ‘em out and take some home.
Potato and green garlic soup 6.75
Garden lettuce salad with chicken, apples, Gruyere, and pecans 9.75
Saffron risotto with pork ragu 10.75
Chocolate chip cookie 2.50
Spinach soup with goat-cheese crostini 6.75
Arugula and savoy cabbage salad with mustard vinaigrette, walnuts, and hard-cooked egg 9.75
Caffe 817 meatballs: pork meatballs braised in tomato sauce with polenta, arugula, and Parmesan 10.75
Chocolate chip cookie 2.50
We keep our walls vibrantly decorated with the works of local artists who have roots here in the Bay Area. For information about how to be a participating artist, please contact us. Our art shows rotate every two months and we are always on the lookout for new and inspiring art to adorn our walls.
To purchase a piece currently being shown at Caffe 817, please contact us.
Painting trees is my creative connection to ancient wisdom, my expression of grounded exuberance, my meditation. While the work is not religious, I am inspired and challenged by the spirituality of nature and the nature of spirituality. The exclusive use of trees for this exploration provides an archetypal structure, and frees my imagination to focus on the challenge of translating this ancient wisdom into graphic form.
While I have always had a profound respect and love of trees, using them as a spiritual theme in painting came into focus on Paletine Hill in Rome. Even though I have been painting my whole life, it’s only been in the last 10 years that I’ve been studying the process of transforming canvas and paint into a meditative experience. In those 10 years, that magical process has become surprisingly more difficult. The deeper I go into them, the more I see there is to represent, and ironically the greater the need for simplicity.
Painting these trees fills me with a satisfaction of integrity and presence, and has proven a formidable challenge for channeling the inner vibrant peace I see in them into the eyes and hearts of my audience. To do this, I paint from the inside out. Though I work quite deliberately, the work is best when I’m able to remove myself and let the painting evolve through and guide my hands. My unconsciously aware heart is pulling the strings, pushing the paint.
Holding my right hand is Amedeo Modigliani, guiding the insightful, figurative side of my work. Holding my left is Franz Kline, upheaving the literal and inspiring the spontaneous drama. Above me is the eternal wisdom of the Hamadryads, informing my vision. Below me is Zen, providing ephemeral strength and weightless gravity. The result is a grounded exuberance that both calms and inspires my audience.
In the upcoming months:
January- February, 2014
Mariko Hibbett is a local bay area artist and architect, whose art reflects her experience of the natural world, abstracted to explore the interplay of color and light. Her paintings are less concerned with the subject, than with the atmosphere that is created– the warm glow of a late afternoon in summer, the clear, crisp air of a winter morning, the rhythm of water, wind and trees.
This show consists of a new series of paintings inspired by a recent trip to Bali, and the beautiful lotus ponds, filled with golden fish, found in the temple gardens. The paintings begin with a textured surface of fissures and grit. Thin washes are then poured over this surface seeping into crevices and creating random patterns and drips, reminiscent of the shadows created by tangled branches, or light reflected in moving water. Paint is then applied in layers, to bring out this pattern of color and light. Recent paintings have incorporated other media including ink, pastel, and collage elements such as paper and leaves.
The paintings are an expression of the memory of these watergardens– the way the light changes and is reflected on the surface, giving depth and mystery to what lies below.