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

August 3 – September 2, 2019:

RADICAL RELIEF: THE ART OF MATTHEW KOWALSKI

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  • 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

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Workshop: Make your own upcycled Journal from hardcover books! Sunday, June 30 11am-1:30pm

Make your own upcycled journals from hardcover books! Bring your own old hardcover book and scratch paper and we’ll transform them into custom-made journals.

Sunday, June 30, 11am-1:30pm   295 Oak Street at Octavia/Lily.  Bring your own beverages/snacks and books!

On the last Sunday of every month from 11am-1:30pm join us for a crafty afternoon. We’ll have a crafting focus each month but you’re also welcome to bring by any projects you’ve got going on. We also highly encourage BYOB/S – Bring Your Own Beverages/Snacks.

Opening June 2: CONTAINER PIECES: The Art of Todd Young and Catherine Sherman

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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.  

POETIC WAX: Encaustic Paintings by Judith Williams and Larraine Seiden

Opening May 4th.  Please join us!

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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.

 

 

 

Art Opening: Plein Air Travels, Sat 4/6/19 3-6 pm

Hayes Valley Art Works presents “Plein Air Travels”, paintings by Lucia Gonnella, 

  • Opening Sat. 4/6, 3-6 p.m.
  • Plein air watercolor workshop with the artist Sat. April 20, 1-3 p.m.
  • Artist will also be at the gallery Sat. April 13, 1-4 p.m.

Hayes Valley Art Works is pleased to present “Plein Air Travels,” an exhibition of paintings by Lucia Gonnella.  Lucia is a San Francisco based Plein Air artist; all her paintings are done “alla prima”, started and completed outdoors. Her work aims to seize a moment of life on a canvas using acrylics, watercolors, black ink and oils in a vibrating and spontaneous sketching.

Born in Bari, Italy, Lucia showed an early passion for painting and drawing. She studied design, composition and figure art at the Academy of Brera in Milan and pottery at Cova School in Milan, and studied painting at the studio of Sergio Albano in Turin. She took part in the exhibitions of the Perrone Group, a group created by Mr. Albano, and in the exhibitions of the Brera Group in Milan and Isola Comacina at Lake Cuomo.

Lucia exhibits frequently at Live Worms Gallery in North Beach, and is a member of City Art Gallery.  Lucia has traveled extensively in Europe, Nepal, and the United States, and taught French and Italian in Belgium for six years. She splits her time between San Francisco and Italy, two places and cultures that equally nuture her artist soul.  

Exhibition runs April 5 – 28, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 11 am-4 pm.

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Image: View of Coit Tower from Filbert Street.  Watercolor and Ink

Opening: Duncan Dobson: Hall of Mirrors, March 2 5-9pm

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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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