Insights on Church Street

This afternoon, photographer Christine Huhn and salon owner Rebecca Hihn worked together to install a mini-exhibit of five photographs, sharing the natural beauty of Angel Island, at Poppy & Finch hair salon on Church Street.

Last September, while in the midst of planning for the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s Angel Island Oratorio, we asked salon owner Rebecca Hihn for her thoughts on one simple action that might be taken to #StopAsianHate and #StartAsianLove.

Becks suggested that supporting Asian-American owned businesses would be a great way to begin. Her response inspired Del Sol Quartet to consider how the Angel Island Project might provide support to businesses during this challenging time, lead to a growing list of community partners, including small businesses such as AFW Productions, Jade Chocolates, NOT design, in addition to larger organizations and institutions like North East Medical Services (NEMS), Chinese Historical Society of America and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

Rebecca named her salon after The Golden State’s flower (seen in the illustrations by Ink Dwell sprinkled throughout Nature in the City‘s ecological map of San Francisco) and a local bird with a cheery song. What a perfect place to share Christine’s black and white photos of Angel Island!

Becks really wanted to find a way to support artists in her community, but there were so many things for her to consider on top of task of managing the salon. The lighting and beautiful white gallery walls were all in place, and it was suggested that we work together to create a display. Christine agreed that it would be wonderful to pop up a small exhibit of her Angel Island photos, and she expertly hung the photos. Becks’ mom even helped to touch up the walls with a spot of fresh paint!

On this International Women’s Day 2022, we are thankful to Becks and Christine for helping to share a snippet of Angel Island Insight on Church Street. You can also see Christine‚Äôs silver gelatin print, West Garrison (Camp Reynolds) Shoreline Ruins at Dusk, which was awarded second place in The Greater Bay Area Open (GBAO), currently on view at the NUMU New Museum Los Gatos through Saturday, March 12, 2022.


The Last Hoisan Poets and Del Sol Quartet reunite for Seh Kui: Community Is In The Heart, a showcase performance for the United States of Asian America Festival 2022, held this year in the Japantown Peace Plaza on Saturday, May 14th. We hope that you will join us!

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