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

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




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.

view of coit tower Lucia Gonella

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

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


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

Additional artwork can be seen at

HVAW MARCH 2019 (finalx6)