Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural

Book Talk, Signing, and Reception



Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:00PM

<em>Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural</em>
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Where: California Historical Society Headquarters, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $5 General Admission, Free for CHS Members, plus one guest per membership.

Join CHS with Heyday Books for a powerful discussion surrounding the Maestrapeace mural, the masterpiece on the side of the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. This event is in celebration of the new book, Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural. Hear unique stories of the making of the mural, learn about the powerful symbolism and stories within it, and listen to writers and contributors discuss the work that went into the book’s creation.

After the discussion join us for a book signing and reception.

About the book:

Twenty-nineteen marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Maestrapeace, the monumental and fabulously detailed mural that adorns two sides of the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. Weaving in myriad female figures, historical and sacred, this public art work highlights women’s accomplishments across time and continents, and envisions a world healed of injustices. This beautiful book allows readers to take an extended tour of the mural, revealing intricacies and nuances that may go unnoticed from a street-level view. Angela Davis’s foreword provides a rich history of the mural and the seven artists who collaboratively executed the work—a collective of women, itself a rarity in muralist tradition. Maestrapeace, the book, enriches readers’ appreciation for the groundbreaking mural, and it makes this deep sense of place accessible to viewers across the globe.

About the Muralists (some of whom will speak at the event):

Juana Alicia is a muralist, studio painter, sculptor, designer and educator working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She came of age in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, creating posters to support the boycott and organizing efforts of the United Farm Workers and other social movements. In her early twenties, she was recruited by Cesar Chavez to work for the union, and moved to Salinas to participate in the organizing and strikes of the early seventies. Since those formative years, her work has reflected a commitment to social justice, human rights and environmental health.


Her large body of sculptural and painted public works can be seen in Nicaragua, Mexico, Pennsylvania and in many parts of California, most notably in San Francisco. Her work is associated with the greatest artistic and political achievements of the Chicano movement. She works in many different media to create both private and public works of art. These include drawing, printmaking, small-format painting, monumental acrylic, fresco, tile and sculptural murals and other sculptural forms. Her work evolved from the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District, whose mural renaissance is legendary, to installations in other parts of the U.S. and Latin America. She began painting acrylic murals, and expanded to ceramics, bas relief, cement and metal sculpture. She seeks to create architectonic and sculptural works in a cityscape with an increasingly green and sustainable urban vision.

Miranda Bergman is a veteran of the community mural movement, transforming urban space by painting in the streets for over 40 years. Her murals stretch from various sites in the United States, to Mexico, Central America, and Palestine. She loves how murals weave together the bright strands of artistry and social activism.

She teaches visual arts and muralism to many constituencies. Her artwork and essays have been published in over 30 books, and appear in several films. In addition to collaborative work, her studio work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works.








Edythe Boone is a painter whose work spans five decades, both in New York and California. She has made monumental scale murals, as well as her own paintings and drawings. Boone is fiercely independent and inventive in her portraiture and collage motif work, and has been a teacher for children, youth, and senior citizens, inspiring all to tap into their inner world to find images and expression. She has received many awards for her community and art activism.

A NEW COLOR, The Art of Being Edythe Boone, a documentary film on Edythe’s work and life is currently touring world film festivals.









Susan Kelk Cervantes is an artist, educator, veteran of the SF community mural art movement, the founding director of Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States, and has created over 600 murals locally and internationally. Cervantes is responsible for numerous collaborative community murals, considered some of the finest in the Bay Area, such as Leonard Flynn Elementary School, Mission Playground Pool, Precita Valley Community Center, Bayview Foundation and many others. She was one of the seven collaborators on the San Francisco Women’s Building murals. Through a collaborative art process, Cervantes is dedicated to social change by transforming the environment and lives of the participants through the creation of community murals. In addition to studio and mural painting Susan works in various mediums including mosaic, painted ceramic tile, bronze relief and “ polyfresco”.

At age 16, Cervantes moved to San Francisco from Dallas, Texas, to continue her art education at the San Francisco Art Institute. It was there, in 1961, where she met her life partner and visionary artist, Luis Cervantes.

In the early 1970’s, Cervantes was influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first women’s mural collective in the Mission District. The eternally inspired Susan continues to practice the collaborative process as a key to community awareness and positive transformation.

Meera Desai is an artist, teacher, and proud mama of two boys. In the last 25 years, she has painted and facilitated over 25 public and community murals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Meera happened to fall into mural making when she volunteered to help paint one with artists and residents at Westside Lodge, a residential mental health facility in San Francisco. From there, the seed was planted! She volunteered on several and then applied for grants and paid projects; she won a Creative Work Fund grant in 1998 to work with the women and children who lived at the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco. While Meera loves to paint, she also appreciates the reciprocal energy of teaching others. She has taught people aged 2-65 in schools, colleges, and museums.






With thorough knowledge of rendering, paste-up and illustration techniques, Yvonne Littleton is a particularly strong in graphic designs, portraits and technical illustrations. As an award-winning advertising artist, Yvonne has implemented her expertise in stage design and backdrop lighting, including that used in the Rolling Stone’s World Tour. In addition, her mural designs have helped promote several non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yvonne has married her passion for the arts with her love for health education. As a true believer in the healing powers of the arts, she continues to use her art as a tool to enhance well-being in various communities. Her art instruction includes creative writing and storytelling, as well as visual art.

Ms. Littleton holds degrees in Graphic Design, Public Health and Community Health Education.





Irene Perez was conceived, raised and is currently living in Oakland California. Her mother, Maria del Refugio Perez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. Her father Estanislao Alanis Perez was born in Sierra Blanca, Texas.

Irene studied illustration at the Academy of Art, and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a co-founder of “Mujeres Muralistas”, a group of Chicana artists who collaborated to create large scale outdoor murals throughout the Bay Area that reflected the art and beauty of Mexican/Chicana women and culture. The Mujeres Muralistas' pioneering work sparked the movement of women muralists in the United States. and Mexico. Her prints and paintings have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally.