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Art Opening: Protect & Resist: Art from The Arc of San Francisco

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, 
Acrylic on Canvas
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

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