Linda Pedersen San Francisco Street Artist

Linda was born in Salem, Ore.  Her parents were James P. Pedersen and Martha Jansen.  At an early age, she moved with her mother to Novato, CA and, sadly, lost her mother while still a teenager.  She enrolled at the College of Marin in 1965 and graduated with a BA from Sonoma State in 1970.

Linda entered the San Francisco Street Artist Program in 1978 and for 40 years was a Street Artist. Although she struggled financially, Linda was described by many as “a Giver” and would without question assist her fellow Artists. Linda loved meeting people in person and talking about her Art in addition to donating her art work for projects she believed in. Such as the on-going project to digitize the 1970s TV News Films that depict the struggles of the founding members of the San Francisco Street Artists Movement. 

Linda’s art legacy will be as a painter, jeweler, poet and linocut printer.  Some of her early work was with polymer clay which she used to fashion into realistic looking hand dipped chocolate beads which would then become bracelets and necklaces.

Her remarkable limited edition linoleum reduction cut block prints were first drawn on the blocks in reverse then carved out for each color in painstaking detail.

On June 3, 2018 Linda was interviewed by Dolores Hinckley, a journalism student from the University of Florida about being a Artist, a San Francisco Street Artist and the on-going Housing Crisis in San Francisco. This is an edited version of that audio interview where I added photos contributed by myself and other Street Artists with music for the 1960s rock group The Byrds.

‘Twas the day before Christmas,
Plaza artists shivered and froze,
Wishing no-show be-backs a bop on the nose.
Counting their earnings and cursing sales missed,
Some artists did well, some not as much and were miffed.
Artwork was hung with meticulous care
In hopes last-minute shoppers would see it and think,
“I’ll gift this hand-made treasure instead of fake mink,
“Who wants something, anyway, they never will wear?
“How artful this is, and cheap, I’ll have money left over to spare.”
As the day wound down in dreary disgust,
A change in fortune occurred for many.
Those in bad spots suddenly made money,
Be-backs came back, as they knew they must,
And the day before Christmas came out fabulous – just
 Happy New Year Everyone,
 I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs a little down time after the
Congrats to those spending much deserved time in warmer climes (or living
there, Enrique). I shall be a staycation slacker with the rest who remain
in and around SF to regroup, re-do, and think up something new for 2018.
Linda P.