The Fantastic 50
Irene Hernandez-Feiks founded Chillin’ Productions in 1998, with the purpose of discovering and aiding Bay Area fashion designers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, DJ’s, musicians, and performers. In her tenure as a promoter, Irene made a point of never taking commissions or charging designers to sell their work. In short, all of the money made by the artist goes to the artist. Chillin’ Productions produces four events per year with each event showcasing 80 fashion designers, 200 painters/photographers, 60 filmmakers, DJ’s, and live music.
Irene has worked closely with numerous arts-related and charitable organizations, including GEN ART, Mexican Consulate (Cultural Affairs), the United Nations and Natural World Museum (art into action), Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art (Miguel Osuna), Art Seed apprenticeship Program Benefiting Bayview Hunters Point Youth, Spindle Desco Continuous Movement Discussion Series: Converging Art, Music & Nightlife: Possibilities (a panel discussion & open forum), and Oracle Open World. Assisting the community is her true passion and focus.
In 2010, Irene opened her gallery, Wonderland SF to provide consistent support and exposure for Bay Area artists. Working with over 5,000 local artists, her goal is to create new opportunities for emerging talent, and ultimately discover that diamond in the rough. Originally from Mexico City, Irene has called San Francisco home for over 17 years and plans to continue her active role in promoting and supporting the local arts community.