OPENING! Radical Relief: The Art of Matt Kowalski Aug 3 – Sept 2, 2019

August 3 – September 2, 2019:


Matt (10) 12 x 16

  • 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

HVAW Radical Relief print flyer copy