NOTICE: As of March 19, ur 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
Holiday Art Show! Opens December 6 in the gallery
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.
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
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.”
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:
RADICAL RELIEF: THE ART OF MATTHEW KOWALSKI
- 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.com
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
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.
Eric 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 email@example.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.
LAST CALL FOR ARTISTS: HOLIDAY SHOW
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.
Exhibition by the Art & Social Function Class
Reception Friday, December 7, 2-6 pm
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.
New Exhibition: November 2-25, 2018
Creatures: A Show of Paintings and Prints by Barbara Oplinger
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 6-8 pm.
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
SFAC’s Passport 2018 comes to Hayes Valley Art Works!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
“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.
Stop by for crafts and bubbles during the Hayes Valley Block Party Family Day on Saturday, December 2 from 3-6pm.
“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!
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.
-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
A Community Creation Space
Hayes Valley Art Works
456 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
We are open Friday through Monday from 12-5pm
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
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!
San Francisco Youth Theatre
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.
Island of Stars – Sunday, July 31 at 3pm
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.
More info on upcoming events here!
July 15- 18th 2016
Opening July 15th, 4-8pm
The first 300 people to Donate $25+ will receive a limited edition Hayes Valley Art Works T-shirt, a special gift from our sponsors.
Please remember that your donation to Hayes Valley Art Works is tax-deductible!