Hayes Valley Art Works presents

Online Workshop:  Saturday, May 16, 11am – 2pm: Plein Air Painting with Lucia Gonnella

Join us online via Zoom! Italian-born Lucia is a long time North Beach plein air artist with lots of workshop experience.
ALL LEVELS Encouraged to attend! Beginner, intermediate, or advanced! You’ll get instruction on the basics, as well as more advanced techniques for those seeking to improve their skills.
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Materials list (suggested):
1. Pencil 2H
2. Paper towel
3. Drafting paper
4. 2 plastic cups
5. Round brush n. 1
6. Round brush n. 6 or 8
7. Flat brush 1”
8. Old tooth brush
9. Watercolor paper 140lb /300gr (Canson,Fabriano,Arches)
10. Watercolor paints:
ultramarine blue
Burnt Sienna
Light cadmium red
Light cadmium yellow
Alizarin Crimson
Phthalo blue
ZOOM Meeting ID: 883 4461 9577
Password: 034826


NOTICE:  As of March 19, our garden and space are closed for the duration of the San Francisco and State of California Shelter in Place orders.

We are moving our events and workshops online, as much as possible, during this time.  Please visit our Facebook page or Meetup.com page for more information.


Online Workshop:  Saturday, March 28, 11 am: Plein Air Painting with Lucia Gonnella


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Holiday Art Show!  Opens December 6 in the gallery

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FUF Green Christmas Tree Pickup   &
Holiday Craft Workshops with HVAW Artists
Sat, Dec 7 and Sun, Dec 15, 10am-2pm


Pick up a Green Christmas Tree and join us for Holiday Crafts!

Saturday December 7  10am – 2pm 

  • Card making and other crafts with Hayes Valley artists Michelle Echenique and Earl Speas.  
  • Plein air painting workshop with artist Lucia Gonnella

Sunday December 15  10am – 2pm

  •  2nd annual “Deck the Halls” workshop with artist Catherine Sherman!  Make ornaments, festoonery and other crafts!
  • Miss Fit’s Train Rides –  Create your own cardboard “train car” and “ride” (walk) through the Land of Misfit Toys with artists Todd Young and Babs Early.  nd wreaths with artist Todd Young and other Hayes Valley artists.

Cookies & treats provided by Three Babes Bakeshop.

Order your FUF Green Tree here!

Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) offers living, potted Christmas trees in November and December each year.  FUF Green Christmas Trees are better for the environment than traditional dead trees.  They reduce waste and post-holiday litter — and once they’re planted on the streets of San Francisco, they’ll provide benefits for generations.

This event is presented partnership with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF),  the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and Hayes Valley Art Works.



Workshop:  Saturday, August 24, 12-5 pm 

RADICAL RELIEF WORKSHOP with Matthew Kowalski and other guests 

Free tickets on Eventbrite

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Join us at Hayes Valley Art Works for this special workshop with artist Matthew Kowalski.  Matthew is our Artist in Residence through September and will lead a workshop on his unique RADICAL RELIEF style.  Additional artists include musical guests and local artists.   In the spirit of RADICAL RELIEF, homeless service providers will also join us with information to share, including Pets of the Homeless and information from Project Homeless Connect.

For more information about Matthew Kowalski, visit matthewkowalskiart.com

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July 25  6-8:30pm

You’re invited!   Kid friendly, all inclusive.  Hayes Valley Neighborhood Assn Community Meeting is tonight at Hayes Valley Clubhouse/Playground at corner of Buchanan and Hayes.  HVAW exhibiting artist Matthew Kowalski is featured in a discussion of “Radical Relief.”

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We will be discussing the two main themes of his life story in a panel discussion: Part 1 on Homeless issues, Part 2 – Matt Kowalski Part 3 – Community Art in Hayes Valley.
Matthew Kowalski bridges the discussion of homelessness into art, as he spent 27 years homeless in San Francisco, and now is a homeowner, thriving community member, artist, author, and Recovery counselor. He will share his story and Hayes Valley Art Works & Art on Site arts events coming up in August with his work. We’ll also be discussing the great new projects of Art on Site and Art Trail SF and Hayes Valley Art Works. There is a lot on the agenda so we are hoping to keep things moving along briskly!
We will have a community potluck from 6-7, then the meeting will be 7-8:30
Additional artists and panelists:
  • Meghan Freeback | Project Homeless Connect
  • Rich Watson | Lava Mae
  • Nick Ferris and Rachel Rodriguez | Citizens Collective
  • Matthew Kowalski | Multimedia Artist (formerly homeless), Author, Recovery Counselor
  • Darcy Brown | Art on Site
  • David Kriozere | Art Trail SF
  • Barbara Early and Stephen Santamaria  | Hayes Valley Art Works
  • Earl Speas| Paintings & HVAW community sketchbook
  • Dena Emmerson | Upcycled material craft project
  • Matthew Kowalski | Radical Relief
  • Mr. Sushi | Live music

We will have a community potluck from 6-7, then the meeting will be 7-8:30



 August 3 – September 2, 2019:


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  • Thursday, July 25, 6-8:30 pm  Radical Relief Community meeting and potluck!  Hayes Valley Playground, corner of Buchanan & Hayes
  • Saturday, August 3, 1-5pm  Opening Reception at the gallery with musical guest John Ryback and Friends
  • Saturday, August 10, 1-3pm  Matthew Kowalski in Conversation with Anne Veh, at Haight Street Art Center, 295 Haight
  • Saturday, August 24, 1-5pm  RADICAL RELIEF WORKSHOP with Matthew Kowalski and guest artists

Multimedia artist Matthew Kowalski spent 27 years as a homeless, disenfranchised person. His artistic journey became his vehicle for self-expression and his path to taking a place in the community. He uses multiple techniques and incorporates found objects and other media to make the flat surface come alive. Matthew has authored two books about his experience, including Riding Shotgun Through a Hurricane: A Memoir of Addiction and Radical Recovery, a gripping memoir of his journey from gifted child to homeless in San Francisco to his recovery from addiction.   

“Matt Kowalski’s story is a true ‘rags to riches’ of the spirit … Matt is one who ‘walks the talk’ as an inspiration and role model.” – David Kroziere, developer and cofounder of Art on Site.

Matthew also works as an inspirational speaker, and as an addiction Recovery Coach and Addiction Specialist.

Matthew will be on-site each weekend in August and the first weekend of September, making art and music with art and musical guests. Come by and make art and music with us!

Presented by Hayes Valley Art Works and Art on Site.

For more information about Matthew Kowalski, visit matthewkowalskiart.comHVAW Radical Relief print flyer copy


Saturday JUNE 8, 1-5 pm


Make your own PRIDE banner with HVAW artists Todd Young and Catherine Sherman

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Opening SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 1-5 pm

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CONTAINER PIECES: The Art of Todd Young and Catherine Sherman

Opening Reception Sunday, June 2nd  1-5pm    Please join us for wine and cheese and music and fun for all ages.   

Artists Catherine Sherman and Todd Young explore the messages we take in and give out, how we contain ourselves and how we express the inner voices that inform and guide us.  



Art Opening!  Saturday May 4, 2-5pm


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POETIC WAX features the work of artists Judith Williams and Larraine Seiden. Both artists paint using Encaustic, a technique originated by the Ancient Greeks. Encaustic is derived from the Greek word encaustikos, “to burn in.” The paint is composed of beeswax, resin (sap from trees), and pigment particles. These ingredients are melted together at 200 degrees and applied to panels in a molten state with a brush.

Judith and Larraine both incorporate collage with papers, found and collected mementos, segments from journals, grocery lists, and receipts, among other items. Using the transparent beauty of wax, they layer and arrange these elements. The resulting images are a poetic mix of words, color, and images, with the hauntingly beautiful effect of the encaustic process lifting the work and transporting the viewer into another realm.

Larraine uses the language of textile arts to witness the everyday.  “My work comes directly out of the chaos of contemporary life–in the found spaces between juggling young children, teaching jobs, stacked chores, and an iPhone.  My art practice is my meditation, through which I seek moments of transcendence against the intense chatter of this moment.”   larraineseiden.com

Judith works in encaustic for its “beautiful translucency and transparency….. There is an on-going psychological component in my figurative work. I think about the female psyche and how in manifests in behavior….to nurture and accommodate, to be seen and noticed, to compete,  to be respected, and to survive.  It is issues of being female in a patriarchal society that always intrigues me.”    judithwilliamsart.com

The show runs May 4 – May 27, 2019. Gallery hours are Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, 11am – 4pm, or by appointment. Gallery located at 295 Oak St., Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For more information, please email hvawsf@gmail.com.


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Saturday April 20, 1-3 PM

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Hayes Valley Art Works presents

Duncan Dobson: Hall of Mirrors

Exhibition runs March 1-April 1

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 5-9pm   with Free beer! and other creations by the artist

Duncan Dobson was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and grew up on the San Francisco peninsula. He is an artist, writer, and an entrepreneur in the food industry. A painter since the late 1990s, Dobson takes inspiration from the traditions of Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko. His work in “Hall of Mirrors” reflects his interest in recontextualizing tradition and imagery and cultural figures through a kaleidoscopic lens of color and juxtaposition.

Dobson will also be featuring several books he has written and illustrated as part of the exhibition.   Some examples of his books at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ddobson

Additional artwork can be seen at https://www.numsf.com/gallery

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Hayes Valley Art Works presents

IMAGINE: Asian inspired artwork celebrating the Lunar New Year

Exhibition runs February 1 – 28, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 3, 1-4 pm

The exhibition features the work of six Bay Area artists: Eric Broers, Katherine Chen, Tisha Kenny, Alice Koswara, Sophia Lee and Earl Speas.

hvaw imagine flyer year of pigEric Broers, originally from Chicago, has been in San Francisco for the past decade. He works with sumi, gouache, brush and paper. Painter, ceramicist and flower arranger Katherine Chen was born in Taiwan and grew up in a traditional Chinese family, where she was exposed to the Chinese arts in daily life. Tisha Kenny studied Chinese brush painting and ikebana for 32 years, and her work focuses on floral and scenic depictions. Alice Koswara’s work draws inspiration from her collections of vintage ephemera and old movies; she works with watercolor, ink and acyrlilc. Sophia Lee’s painting features intuitive calligraphy, capturing the movement of flowers through the brush strokes. Curating the show is Earl Speas, who uses traditional materials – ink and brush on rice paper – to capture movement and life, making the brush dance and the ink sing.

IMAGINE will run February 1 – February 28, 2019. It is open to the public starting Friday, February 1st.  An artist’s reception will be held Sunday, February 3 from 1-4pm.   Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-4pm and by appointment. For additional information, please visit our website hayesvalleyartworks.org, or contact hvawsf@gmail.com



Past Exhibits and Events

Exhibition:  Community Sandwich   

Reception: Friday, December 7, 2-6 pm  

A showcase of 20 emerging Bay Area Artists in the Hayes Valley Art Works Gallery and Sculpture Garden.  Advanced art students at San Francisco State University, led by Professor Mike Arcega, will showcase individual and group artworks. Please join us for the reception of the work focused on art and social function and their engagement with Hayes Valley Art Works.


Green Christmas Tree Pickup from Friends of the Urban Forest &
Holiday Craft Workshops with HVAW Artists
December 2, 8 and 16, 10am-2pm  


Sunday December 2  10am – 2pm 
     Ornament and Card Making with Dena & Babs
Wreath Making with Friends of the Urban Forest

Saturday December 8  10am – 2pm 
Workshop**:  “Deck the Halls” with artist Catherine Sherman
Cookie Decorating sponsored by Three Babes Bakeshop

Sunday December 16  10am – 2pm
Wreath Making with Community Grows
Card making with artist Michelle Echenique
Cookie Decorating sponsored by Three Babes Bakeshop

In partnership with the San Francisco Department of the Environment and Hayes Valley Art Works, Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) offers living, potted Christmas trees in November and December each year.  FUF Green Christmas Trees are better for the environment than traditional dead trees.  They reduce waste and post-holiday litter — and once they’re planted on the streets of San Francisco, they’ll provide benefits for generations. FUF offers species that are popular choices for beautifying the streets of San Francisco, such as Primrose, Fruitless Olive, and Fern Pine.

In addition to warm cider from FUF, Hayes Valley Art Works will be hosting crafts with an assortment of holiday DIY projects.

Find the events on Facebook here.




Please email us ASAP for the show opening December 9



Miss Dog: Dog Eat Dog World

Artist: Rikki List 

There’s a new dog in town!

Artist Rikki List called a few weeks ago and said she had a surprise – and could I meet her at Art Works?  Sure!

As I walked up to the corner, Rikki waved me over to the partial median along Octavia Boulevard.  “There’s someone I’d like you to meet,” she said…

To my stunned surprise, there sat a near perfect image of Darla the Dog dressed in a sporty jogging suit with a windbreaker emblazoned with the message, “DOG EAT DOG WORLD.”

This Darla replica will replace our beloved Mr. Dog, who was in need of repairs too extensive for continued outdoor living.  Mr. Dog has moved on to another life, and now we have the gorgeous Miss Dog.



Workshop: Deck the Halls

Saturday, Dec 8, 1-4 pm

‘Tis the Season!  Join our community of crafters to create holiday “festoonery” and garlands for decking your halls and walls.   We’ll also create a colorful community bunting to decorate Hayes Valley Art Works. Participants will receive instruction for creating their own buntings using paper or fabric.  Led by artist Catherine Sherman.
Click HERE to register, or drop by.



SFSU Student Exhibition
Community Sandwich:
Exhibition by the Art & Social Function Class

Reception Friday, December 7, 2-6 pm  
Advanced art students at San Francisco State University, led by Professor Mike Arcega, will install group projects in the sculpture gallery. In addition, they will exhibit individual artworks in the gallery and gardens.  Please join us for the exciting reveal of their semester of work focused on art and social function and their engagement with Hayes Valley Art Works.



Exclusive Holiday Receptions! 
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 1-4 pm
Creatures: Paintings & Prints by Barbara Oplinger

Join artist Barbara Oplinger this weekend for a special Holiday Reception for her exhibit, “Creatures: Paintings and Prints.”   Free refreshments, art and gifts for sale.

Exhibit extended by popular demand through December 4th. Holiday Reception Saturday December 1 and Sunday, December 2.

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Cancelled – Saturday Nov 17:   50 Years of Fabulous,  5-9 pm Proxy’s outdoor theater at Hayes/Octavia
This event has been canceled due to poor air quality. We hope to reschedule this event for a later date. Please check back. 



New Exhibition: November 2-25, 2018  

Creatures: A Show of Paintings and Prints by Barbara Oplinger
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 6-8 pm.  

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Hayes Valley Art Works presents “Creatures: A Show of Paintings and Prints” by Barbara Oplinger.

Bay Area artist Barbara Oplinger brings her love and sensitivity for all animals – and the necessity of dogs in her life – to the canvas in this exhibit of recent work.   Her colorful paintings express devotion to all kinds of creatures with whimsy and metaphor. Barbara earned her BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her studies in painting, sculpture, stained glass and animation led to eclectic art commissions and a variety of employment, including mask maker for the Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” clay sculptor for Grandmaster Flash’s “U Know What Time It Is” video claymation, and pictorial billboard painter. “Creatures” features images of animals she has known or admired.

An opening reception will be held Friday, November 2 from 6-8pm at HVAW Gallery, 295 Oak Street, San Francisco. The exhibition runs November 2 – 25, 2018. F

or more information, please visit www.hayesvalleyartworks.org or email hvawsf@gmail.com

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SFAC’s Passport 2018 comes to Hayes Valley Art Works!  sfac-logo-main-vert

Sunday, October 21, 12-4pm
Passport Artist: René Yañez
Please stop by Hayes Valley Art Works to get a unique stamp created by artist René Yañez.  HVAW is hosting artist René Yañez’s stamp as part of SFAC’s Passport 2018 series, now in its final year. 

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René Yañez was an artist, curator and producer who lived and worked in San Francisco. A founder and former Artistic Director of Galería de la Raza, Yañez was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States. Active as both a visual and performing arts curator, he  curated numerous exhibitions including “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge.” Until his last day he remained a strong role model and vital cultural force in the San Francisco arts community.”

Rene’s stamp will be administered by his son and artist Rio Yanez. 

More about Passport 2018 from SFAC‘s website: 

Passport is SFAC Galleries’ signature event that puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public! Local artists will be stationed in venues throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center and Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook.

Walking throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from emerging and established Bay Area artists while discovering small businesses in the neighborhood.   (continue reading about Passport here)

I want to go! How do I get a Passport?

Step 1: Purchase your passport for $25 here. Passports will also be available for purchase the day of the event at Passport Home Base (Patricia’s Green) and at Passport Outpost (SFAC Galleries). Only official Passport 2018 notebooks will be eligible to receive stamps.  passpowrt image

Step 2: Pick up your Passport and event map at Home Base/Will Call (Patricia’s Green) between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 21 come rain or shine.

Step 3: Follow the Passport map to local businesses where artists will be waiting to stamp your passport with an original artwork.

Step 4: Allow 3-4 hours to complete the route. Bring sunscreen and plan to shop and eat along the way!


Open Studios:  October 12-14, EXHIBITION RUNS THROUGH OCTOBER 31
Friday, October 12, 5-8 pm Opening Reception
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14: Open Studios 11am-6pm
Featured Artists:  Duncan Dobson, Barbara Early, Stephen Santamaria, Catherine Sherman
Please join us for wine, food, art and music at our Open Studios event
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Art Opening: Protect & Resist: Art from The Arc of San Francisco
Friday, September 7, 12pm-2pm
Reception to meet the artists and view the new exhibition
“Two Sides of Life”
Ashley Chimienti, 
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Hayes Valley Art Works presents “Protect and Resist: Art from The Arc of San Francisco.” The exhibit is a group show featuring the work of artists from The Arc San Francisco’s ArtReach Studios. The artists consider what the words protect and resist mean personally, connecting the creative process to a social issue each individual feels passionate about. Protect and Resist reflects various historical lessons, discussions, and collaborations surrounding the themes of art and activism. This focus on the intersection of personal expression and personal politics gives each artist the opportunity to explore ways to communicate complex political and social issues through striking visual forms, from poster art to large-scale paintings to mixed-media sculpture.The center of this exhibit is the “Recycle Tree,” a large mixed-media installation that was conceived and designed by ArtReach Studios artists. As a group, they collaborated on a single idea that would reflect everyone’s mutual passion for protecting the environment while also resisting against the pernicious forces that threaten its health and longevity. The installation was hand-built from all recyclable materials and is a physical reminder that everything we consume has a direct connection to the natural world.

About the Arc: The Arc San Francisco is a lifelong learning center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities serving over 700 clients in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties. Our two art programs, Howard Street and ArtReach Studios, promote the advancement of visual artists from The Arc SF through exploration, education, exhibitions and entrepreneurship. Our artists create fresh, powerful artwork that reveals not only innate ability, but also a point of view that is important and unique in our community. We believe it is important to connect with those who share our vision of promoting inclusion and diversity in our communities through art, and we hope you enjoy our work.

“Protect and Resist” will run September 7th through October 7th.  It is open to the public starting Friday, September 7 from 11am-5pm.   Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and by appointment.  For additional information, please contact hvawsf@gmail.com

More information on our Facebook Event page .


Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event  

Wednesday, September 12, 3pm-5pm
HVAW’s “Transformation Station”We’re hosting an affiliate event as part of @GCAS2018; find out about our Transformation Station. #GCAS2018 #StepUp2018Participate in climate action through art at HVAW’s three Community Transformation Stations:
  1. Transform plastic water bottles into flowers, led by The Arc of San Francisco – bring a plastic water bottle to make into flowers that like those on the“Recycle Tree” that The Arc of San Francisco is exhibiting in our sculpture garden, made entirely of recycled materials. Please bring empty plastic water bottles to the event to transform!
  2. Transform the Maker’s Shed into a community Portrait Gallery – Create portraits – of yourself, friends, neighbors, pets, or other community members – to transform the wooden Maker’s Shed on site into a community portrait gallery using reused and upcycled materials. Please bring any materials or recycled materials from the neighborhood to use in your portraits. All portraits will fit into approximately 3″ diameter roughly circular spaces on the exterior of the Portrait Gallery.
  3. Transform t-shirts into tote bags – Please bring an old t-shirt to transform. Inspired by The Wear Movement to reduce textile waste in SF.


Coming Soon:
HVAW Paint and Sip
Mix together:  wine + paint + friends =  Paint and Sip Night! 
Join us for a delightful autumn evening of wine, paint, and friends at Hayes Valley Art Works!   We are in discussions with our merchant neighbor, San Francisco Wine and Cheese, to provide delicious wine.  We’ll provide the paint and supplies. You provide the fun and creativity and a memorable night!
We’re looking to start Wine and Sip on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings later in September …. date and time to be announced soon!  Let us know if you are interested in pre-registration for this event!

FREE EVENT: Mid-Summer Art Party: Make Art! Sip Wine!  & Volunteer for HVAW!

Sunday, August 12, 1-5 PM

Make Art with internationally known artist Todd Young and political artist David Duckworth

Join us for a fun mid-summer art making and refreshments as we celebrate the Summer Pop-Up exhibition — sign up to volunteer at Hayes Valley Art Works!

Learn some of the secrets of internationally know artist Todd Young as he leads visitors in making butterflies from feathers and bees from secret ingredients!  Later,  David Duckworth will demonstrate brush and ink techniques, with watercolor. And a surprise guest may join us to teach tie-dye techniques!

1-3:  Todd Young, Bee and Butterfly making
3-5: David Duckworth demonstrates ink and watercolor techniques

Artist Todd Young unveils his new piece, “All Natural Ingredients” – he will teach us how to make the butterflies and bees that populate the piece.

Free, donations welcome.  All ages.

“All Natural Ingredients,” mixed media, 2018, Todd Young (artist pictured to right of piece)

FREE EVENT:  The Art of Ikebana: Celebration and Party, Sunday, July 1st, 1-3 pm

Please join us from 1-3 pm in the garden for a celebration of our one year anniversary at our site on Octavia.  Advanced floral designers Tisha Kenny, Kathy Chen, and Kazuko Yoshida will demonstrate artful arrangements, using plants from our garden.
Light refreshments will be served.

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Who Let the Dog Out?

Rikki List’s popular Mr. Dog sculpture returned – just in time for Design Week!

Mr. Dog had a little work done….  a face lift and a new…. sweater!  He joined us for the opening of the Pop Up Art show for Design Week in early June, and Rikki and the crew “walked the dog” up to Patricia’s Green, where he enjoyed the Silent Disco and hung out with artist Charles Gadeken (creator of the “Squared” sculpture) and other party goers!


Spring-Summer Pop Up Show with Rarely-Exhibited Todd Young piece

Gallery renovation is complete!   Please stop by to see our current show, featuring works by local artists Todd Young, David Duckworth, Rikki List, Stephen Santamaria, Daniel Farnan, Barbara Early, and other artists.

Todd Young’s piece (below) has not been exhibited publicly for many years – make sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to view!

Other artists and work will rotate in and out until our next exhibit in August, so stop by often!



Please visit our garden and join us for Maker’s Fridays (12-2), Art in the Garden Saturdays 12-4, Writing and Weeding Sundays 12-3.  Or stop by any time during our open hours, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11-5.


Saturday, February 17!  

Year of the Dog: Exhibit and Lunar New Year Party!

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 from 1-5 pm, a celebration of Lunar New Year and the opening of our new exhibit: Year of the Dog.  Featuring canine themed art work by local artists Delaine Hackney, Rikki List, Barbara Oplinger, Rhonel Roberts, Eva Sacher, and Ashley Siemon . Live Music by Joshua Brody, performance by Skate Stone, poetry by Frank Andrick, labyrinth building with Mary Teetor, and refreshments will be served!!

Kid and dog friendly – dogs on leashes please.


Exhibition runs Feb 11 – March 22.  Gallery hours Friday, Sat, Sun & Monday 11-5 or by appointment.

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Join us this Saturday, February 10, for a Valentine Making Party!  1-4 pm


OPENING SOIREE “Future Forward: Works from The Arc San Francisco” Opening Reception: Saturday December 2, 1-5pm

We are pleased to announce the opening reception for “Future Forward: Works from The Arc San Francisco” on Saturday, December 2, from 1-5pm. The exhibition is presented by The Arc of San Franciscoand features art works created through their art program.   The exhibition will remain on display through mid-December.

This Holiday Art Pop Up and Drawing Soiree is organized by The Pulse of the Arc.  Enjoy the art work, refreshments such as wine, apple cider and donuts, check out the wonderful artwork – and create some art for yourself.  Drawing materials will be provided.  Proceeds of the event to benefit The Arc of San Francisco, a nonprofit organization.

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Images from top left to right: 
Robert Cheng,  Portrait, Tempera on paper
Frank Zangillo, Humphrey Bogart,  Charcoal on paper
Kim Bazile, Maze, Acrylic on paper
Kevin Bell, Thought, Tempera on paper
Check out some of the artwork from the artists here:  http://www.thearcsf.art/
The Arc San Francisco endeavors to transform the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by advancing lifelong learning, personal achievement and independence. Its art studios provide a unique arts academy environment where adults with developmental disabilities can pursue art as a means of personal expression and to develop new skills, connect to a larger art community, and realize financial gains through sales of their work. Students in this innovative program get support in pursuing a major course of study, as well as encouragement to try different art forms in expressive, visual and media arts.

FUF GREEN CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP PARTY Saturday, December 2 & 9, 9:30am-2:30pm

“Green” your holiday celebrations by adopting a future street tree!  Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) will be hosting a tree pickup event at Hayes Valley Art Works Parcel S on Saturday December 2nd and Saturday December 9th.  Join us for hot cider, donuts and cookies when you pick up your living tree, or stop by to see some of the other FUF trees on the site.

Friends of the Urban Forest, in partnership with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, offers living, potted Christmas trees in November and December each year. For a tax-deductible $75 donation, you get a beautiful, three-to-six-foot-tall, non-traditional tree to bring home for decoration and enjoyment. For more information visit the FUF Green Christmas Trees webpage or order your tree here.

HAYES VALLEY BLOCK PARTY Family Day Saturday, December 2, 3-6pm

Stop by for crafts and bubbles during the Hayes Valley Block Party Family Day on Saturday, December 2 from 3-6pm.

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Sunday, October 29th, 2-5 pm

Wear your favorite costume and join us for Halloween activities like pumpkin decorating and bobbing for apples.

Bring a remembrance of a loved one who has passed away and include it in our Day of the Dead altar-making activity.

Or just stop by with some tricks or treats to share, and see the current gallery exhibition before it closes.


“Quintuple: 5 Artists from the Heart of Hayes Valley” Opens Sunday September 17th from 11am to 5pm

Come and join us for our two inaugural events – a soft opening of our new space at Octavia and Oak, and the opening of our new Nexus Gallery inaugural exhibit.

Soft opening event: Sunday, September 17, 11-5.  Gallery Opening Artist Reception:

Saturday, September 23, 2-6 pm.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibit is “Quintuple: 5 Artists from the Heart of Hayes Valley.”  Earl Speas, Barbara Early, Jennifer Maria Harris, Stephen Santamaria, and Daniel Farnan exhibit work focusing on five variations on the theme of vision: how we see life and movement; how we see ourselves in relation to others; how we see and learn to interpret nature and the world around us; how we shape our vision through our stories, both those we tell ourselves and those that we learn; and how our vision shapes community and connection. 


Please and join us to celebrate a vision of community enhancement through creativity and joining together in our new garden space and gallery.

Hayes Valley Art Works has moved!

We are now located on Octavia between Oak and Lily, in a new space with our container gallery, new programming, and upcoming shows. Site set-up is well underway, and we expect to be offering new programming this fall. Your input is welcome. Volunteers and artists encouraged as we seek to expand hours and offerings.


Through our partnership with Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association we have been granted a month-to-month lease arrangement on Parcel R on Octavia between Oak and Lily. We have submitted our proposal for a longer-term occupancy, and hope for this approval in the coming weeks. Continuing to partner with Friends of the Urban Forest to host young trees for Public planting, we have relocated our soon-to-be street trees and are looking forward to upcoming public planting events. Please come by during our open hours to say hello, currently Friday through Monday 11am to 5pm, as we seek to expand our volunteer pool and open hours.

We are a Member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit http://www.theintersection.org.


Below are posts from Lot O, our previous location:

Pop Up: Uneasy Structures

March 4 – 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Join us for the opening of Uneasy Structures!

This pop-up group exhibition features work by six West Coast artists, Ian Dolton-Thornton, Cara Levine, Bailey Hikawa, Rachel Higgins, Lisa Rybovich Crallé and Emma Spertus. This event will also feature performances throughout the reception.

“Uneasy Structures” is an emergent installation combining a range of large-scale sculpture practices at an outdoor, public space. Through a variety of materials and scale, each of the six artists explore concepts of borders, fences, corporations, networks, and divisions in relationship to public space. Installed within a fenced-in area, this concept becomes even more heightened. With materials ranging from bread to styrofoam to plywood, there is an inherent need to create in our current unstable moment. This emergent and adaptive way of bringing six artists together is a necessary way of utilizing creative thinking moving forward.

“Uneasy Structures” will be on view through Sunday, March 18th.

This exhibition was organized by Emma Spertus and Samantha Reynolds, Art Program Coordinators for Hayes Valley Art Works under Project O.

Project O identifies public spaces in San Francisco to provide emerging and experimental artists with exhibition and residency spaces. By organizing artists and partnering with local art organizations, Project O creates accessible art spaces for the local community and greater Bay Area to enjoy. Bay Area artists experimenting and developing new ideas are at the center of Project O’s focus and support.

Love In 2017

Join us on Sunday, February 26th, 12:00pm- 4:00pm on the corner of Octavia and Hayes St.

During the month of St. Valentine’s, we call on you to counter hate by creating cards for those in need of love.

Michelle Echenique, a mixed-media artist and Hayes Valley Art Works volunteer, will be facilitating a creative space to invite participants to create a love note for anyone in need: friends, family, acquaintances, community leaders, refugees, immigrants, the homeless and others.

A Love-In is a gathering or party at which people are encouraged to express feelings of friendship and love, associated with the hippies of the 1960s. It has been interpreted in different ways by different organizations, but is often connected to protesting local, social or environmental issues. This event is part of the 100 Days Action initiative. 

ONE Year Anniversary Celebration & Opening Reception

Friday, December 9, 6 – 8pm

Please join us for a special night event celebrating the one-year anniversary of Hayes Valley Art Works!

To mark the occasion, this event will also serve as the opening reception for a dual-solo exhibitions featuring work by local artists by Nicolas Hullibarger “Making Space” and Kate Kuaimoku “Semblance of Order”.

In addition to the art exhibited, we will have music, refreshments and tents set up in preparation for the forecasted rain. 

This will be the final event for our 30 day fundraising campaign. Donate Here!

Help us meet our Fundraising Goal of $5,000 to ensure arts programming through Spring 2017. 

Learn more about our campaign and donate through our Indiegogo Campaign. 

With hundreds of visitors to our community creation space, a $10 – $15 donation from 10% would put us well on our way to keeping Hayes Valley Arts Works a  “welcoming open space” in Hayes Valley.

In its short lifetime, Hayes Valley Art Works has created a gathering space where neighborhood residents can mingle with professional artists from all over the Bay Area and feel tangible connection to our city’s creative community.

With successful partnership-based exhibitions, performances, activity days, and art residencies behind us, we’re already laying the groundwork for new collaborative exhibitions that showcase the Bay Area’s vibrant systems of creative relationships, network of resources, and spirit of creative innovation.

Please help us reach our goal by donating, today. Every bit counts!

Where the Paint meets the Canvas!

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Canvas Fundraiser
Saturday, October 22 form 3-6pm
Hayes Valley Art Works (HVAW) and Hayes Valley Neighborhood (HVNA) come together for an event to sustain HVAW’s large scale art shows and community programs through spring 2017.

Event Activities:
-Live auction of “canvases”
-Local art’s non-profit Public Glass will host glass blowing demos and man their Glass Pumpkin Patch
-Tours of current show Present Ground by curator Samantha Reynolds
-Light refreshment
-And more

Register on Eventbrite


A Community Creation Space

Hayes Valley Art Works
456 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
We are open Friday through Monday from 12-5pm

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Join us for the opening of Present Ground on Saturday, October 1, 4 – 7pm


Image: Elizabeth Sims, 12-20 Breaths Per Minute, 2016, suminagashi ink print and graphite on paper, 30 x 44”

Join us for the opening reception of Hayes Valley Art Works’ second open call, Present Ground on Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Present Ground is free and open to the public.

Curated by Samantha Reynolds, Present Ground features work by Johnna Arnold, Andrea Bacigalupo, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Consolidated Studios (Michael Goldman), Yvette Dibos, Ricki Dwyer, Michelle Echenique, Daniel Farnan, fnnch, Kevin Haas, Amy Lange, Eric Lister & Ross Simonini, Emily Peckenham, Cait Petersen, Julia Rittereiser, Stephen Santamaria, Elizabeth Sims and Joshua Peder Stulen.

The opening reception will feature a live performance by Georgia Carbone.

For more details about the exhibition, please visit here.



Hayes Valley Art Works is pleased to present What Century Are These Paintings From: New Works By Paulette Humanbeing. Join us for the opening reception on August 26, 2016 from 5-7pm. The exhibition will be on view from August 26 – September 24, 2016.

Paulette will be exhibiting paintings of dogs, the Hayes Valley Artworks lot, and two presidents. Also shown will be production art from the Jeffrey Vallance Interview Film, a painting of the Los Angeles skyline, a painting of a liquor store in Oakland, a painting of 22nd street in San Francisco, and her painting of a Thomas Kinkaide painting.

Her paintings are a mixture of studio work and plein air work, done in oil paint. Paulette hopes to show beauty in the things she paints, regardless of how unpleasant a subject may be. For instance, she painted a stuffed dog that isn’t really beautiful, but the paintings of the dog are beautiful, portraying it favorably like when you get the pimples taken out of your high school senior year photos. She hopes that her paintings are lies that tell some kind of truth, like Picasso is quoted as saying except in different words.

Join us for the opening reception this coming Friday and then attend the performance of Hamlet afterwards!



Stairwell’s Valley Step Works

August 28, 2016  

HVAW is excited to announce the residency of Stairwell’s during the month of August

Join Stairwell’s and HVAW for a culminating open house event on Sunday, August 28, 12-3pm. Explore the site and surrounding area, take part in circuit training of the non-athletic variety and win prizes for doing something, anything, as best you can. Refreshments will be served while supplies last.

Event begins: 12pm

Participatory activities: 12-3pm

Special, short walking tour departs from HVAW: 1:30pm

Awards ceremony:2:30pm

A collaborative project led by San Francisco-based artists Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin, Stairwell’s creates new experiences that challenge familiar understandings of everyday surroundings. The project has taken many forms, from site-specific interventions to group walking tours to curated exhibitions. Stairwell’s seeks to foster temporary communities of curious and engaged individuals, providing opportunities for connections and changes in perspective.
Check stairwells.org and hayesvalleyartworks.org for updates!


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San Francisco Youth Theatre
William Shakespeare’s

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. San Francisco 2016

August 26-28, 2016
Hayes Valley Art House
456 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Directed by Cliff Mayotte with music by Schuyler Karr.

More info here.


Babe In Total Control Herself

Kat Schneider: Babe In Total Control Herself
Opening on Monday August 8 6-8PM
August 8 – August 13th
Hayes Valley Art Works
456 Laguna St, San Francisco, California 94102
Kat Schneider b. 1990 lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Island of Stars – Sunday, July 31 at 3pm13686603_1832390016992308_1355714829404192575_n

More info about Island of Stars here



On Monday, July 25 from 5-7pm Elliott Cost and Marc Matchak will open an exhibition Peter Gray Hurley: Garden Drawings.

Hurley lives and works in San Francisco making visual art and music.


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More info on upcoming events here!


New Paintings – Helen R Gaus

July 15- 18th 2016

Opening July 15th, 4-8pm



New Quarters – Inaugural Exhibition

June 4th – July 9th 2016

Opening June 4th, 4-6pm

See the show →


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