Gallery of workshop paintings by attendees of Lucia Gonnella’s Watercolor Painting Workshops on Zoom for HVAW

Previous workshop: Lucia Gonnella’s June 13, 2020 Watercolor Workshop

Lucia Gonnella’s sample painting

Lucia Gonnella Watercolor Workshop

Image for workshop:


Lucia Sample




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.
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

8/24 RADICAL RELIEF WORKSHOP with Matthew Kowalski and other guests 

Workshop:  Saturday, August 24, 12-5 pm 

Matt (10) 12 x 16

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

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Radical Relief: Community Meeting and Potluck

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.”

HVNA Radical Relief Community Meeting - Animals welcomeWe 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



6:00-7:00pm Community Potluck and Art Making in the courtyard

  • Earl Speas| Paintings & HVAW community sketchbook
  • Dena Emmerson | Upcycled material craft project
  • Matthew Kowalski | Radical Relief
  • Mr. Sushi | Live music 

7:00–7:10pm – Intro:  Radical Relief: A Conversation on Art, Homelessness, and Community

  • Barbara “Babs” Early | HVNA and Hayes Valley Art Works

7:10–7:30pm – Panel discussion on homelessness in San Francisco

  • Meghan Freeback | Project Homeless Connect
  • Rich Watson | Lava Mae
  • Nick Ferris and Rachel Rodrigues | Citizens Collective

7:30–7:45pm – The Art of Radical Relief

  • Matthew Kowalski | Multimedia Artist (formerly homeless), Author, Recovery Counselor 

7:45–8:00pm – Panel discussion on community art in Hayes Valley & beyond

  • Darcy Brown | Art on Site
  • David Kriozere | Art Trail SF
  • Barbara Early and Stephen Santamaria  | Hayes Valley Art Works

8:00–8:25pm – Questions and discussion


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

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.

POETIC WAX: Encaustic Paintings by Judith Williams and Larraine Seiden

Opening May 4th.  Please join us!

Poetic Wax (jpg8)

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.”

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.”

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