Year of the Dog: Exhibit and Lunar New Year Party!

Join us SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 for a celebration of Lunar New Year and the opening of our new exhibit: Year of the Dog.  Featuring canine themed art work by local artists Delaine Hackney, Rikki List, Barbara Oplinger, Rhonel Roberts, Eva Sacher, and Ashley Siemon . Live Music by Joshua Brody, performance by Skate Stone, poetry by Frank Andrick, and refreshments will be served!!


Exhibition runs Feb 11 – March 22.  Gallery hours Friday, Sat, Sun & Monday 11-5 or by appointment.

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Opening Reception

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 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 and Kate Kuaimoku.

In addition to the art exhibited, we will have music, refreshments and tents set up in preparation for the forecasted rain.

Kate Kuaimoku will be presenting “Semblance of Order” – a series of sculptures made from various construction materials including concrete, steel and rebar to examine the visceral way these materials work within our cities.

Titled “Making Space”, Nicolas Hullibarger will be activating the inside of the large shipping container and installing a site-specific painting on the outside of the second container. Hullibarger uses line, color and shape to create “spatial environments” using both 2D and 3D works.