SFAC’s Passport 2018 comes to Hayes Valley Art Works


Sunday, October 21, 12-4pm
Passport Artist: René Yañez
Please stop by Hayes Valley Art Works to get a unique stamp created by artist René Yañez.  HVAW is hosting artist René Yañez’s stamp as part of SFAC’s Passport 2018 series, now in its final year. 

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René Yañez was an artist, curator and producer who lived and worked in San Francisco. A founder and former Artistic Director of Galería de la Raza, Yañez was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States. Active as both a visual and performing arts curator, he  curated numerous exhibitions including “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge.” Until his last day he remained a strong role model and vital cultural force in the San Francisco arts community.”

Rene’s stamp will be administered by his son and artist Rio Yanez. 

More about Passport 2018 from SFAC‘s website: 

Passport is SFAC Galleries’ signature event that puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public! Local artists will be stationed in venues throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center and Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook.

Walking throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from emerging and established Bay Area artists while discovering small businesses in the neighborhood.   (continue reading about Passport here)

I want to go! How do I get a Passport?

Step 1: Purchase your passport for $25 here. Passports will also be available for purchase the day of the event at Passport Home Base (Patricia’s Green) and at Passport Outpost (SFAC Galleries). Only official Passport 2018 notebooks will be eligible to receive stamps.  passpowrt image

Step 2: Pick up your Passport and event map at Home Base/Will Call (Patricia’s Green) between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 21 come rain or shine.

Step 3: Follow the Passport map to local businesses where artists will be waiting to stamp your passport with an original artwork.

Step 4: Allow 3-4 hours to complete the route. Bring sunscreen and plan to shop and eat along the way!



Open Studios: Oct 12-14 at HVAW Gallery

Friday, October 12, 5-8 pm Opening Reception
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14: Open Studios 11am-6pm
Featured Artists:  Duncan Dobson, Barbara Early, Stephen Santamaria, Catherine Sherman
Please join us for wine, food, art and music at our Open Studios event
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Art Opening: Protect & Resist: Art from The Arc of San Francisco

Art Opening: Protect & Resist: Art from The Arc of San Francisco
Friday, September 7, 12pm-2pm
Reception to meet the artists and view the new exhibition
“Two Sides of Life”
Ashley Chimienti, 
Acrylic on Canvas
Hayes Valley Art Works presents “Protect and Resist: Art from The Arc of San Francisco.” The exhibit is a group show featuring the work of artists from The Arc San Francisco’s ArtReach Studios. The artists consider what the words protect and resist mean personally, connecting the creative process to a social issue each individual feels passionate about. Protect and Resist reflects various historical lessons, discussions, and collaborations surrounding the themes of art and activism. This focus on the intersection of personal expression and personal politics gives each artist the opportunity to explore ways to communicate complex political and social issues through striking visual forms, from poster art to large-scale paintings to mixed-media sculpture.

The center of this exhibit is the “Recycle Tree,” a large mixed-media installation that was conceived and designed by ArtReach Studios artists. As a group, they collaborated on a single idea that would reflect everyone’s mutual passion for protecting the environment while also resisting against the pernicious forces that threaten its health and longevity. The installation was hand-built from all recyclable materials and is a physical reminder that everything we consume has a direct connection to the natural world.

About the Arc: The Arc San Francisco is a lifelong learning center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities serving over 700 clients in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties. Our two art programs, Howard Street and ArtReach Studios, promote the advancement of visual artists from The Arc SF through exploration, education, exhibitions and entrepreneurship. Our artists create fresh, powerful artwork that reveals not only innate ability, but also a point of view that is important and unique in our community. We believe it is important to connect with those who share our vision of promoting inclusion and diversity in our communities through art, and we hope you enjoy our work.

“Protect and Resist” will run September 7th through October 7th.  It is open to the public starting Friday, September 7 from 11am-5pm.   Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and by appointment.  For additional information, please contact hvawsf@gmail.com

More information on our Facebook Event page .

FREE EVENT: The Art of Ikebana: Celebration and Party – Free to all Sunday, July 1st, 1-3 pm

Please join us from 1-3 pm in the garden for a celebration of our one year anniversary at our site on Octavia.  Advanced floral designers Tisha Kenny, Kathy Chen, and Kazuko Yoshida will demonstrate artful arrangements, using plants from our garden.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Spring-Summer Pop Up Art Exhibit, with Rarely-Exhibited Todd Young piece

Gallery renovation is complete!   Please stop by to see our current show, featuring works by local artists Todd Young, David Duckworth, Rikki List, Stephen Santamaria, Daniel Farnan, Barbara Early, and other artists.

Todd Young’s piece (below) has not been exhibited publicly for many years – make sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity to view!

Other artists and work will rotate in and out until our next exhibit in August, so stop by often!


NEW GALLERY EXHIBIT & OPENING SOIREE “Future Forward: Works from The Arc San Francisco” Opening Reception: Saturday December 2, 1-5pm

We are pleased to announce the opening reception for “Future Forward: Works from The Arc San Francisco” on Saturday, December 2, from 1-5pm. The exhibition is presented by The Arc of San Francisco and features art works created through their art program.   The exhibition will remain on display through mid-December.

This Holiday Art Pop Up and Drawing Soiree is organized by The Pulse of the Arc.  Enjoy the art work, refreshments such as wine, apple cider and donuts, check out the wonderful artwork – and create some art for yourself.  Drawing materials will be provided.  Proceeds of the event to benefit The Arc of San Francisco, a nonprofit organization.

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Images from top left to right: 
Robert Cheng,  Portrait, Tempera on paper
Frank Zangillo, Humphrey Bogart,  Charcoal on paper
Kim Bazile, Maze, Acrylic on paper
Kevin Bell, Thought, Tempera on paper
Check out some of the artwork from the artists here:  http://www.thearcsf.art/
The Arc San Francisco endeavors to transform the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by advancing lifelong learning, personal achievement and independence. Its art studios provide a unique arts academy environment where adults with developmental disabilities can pursue art as a means of personal expression and to develop new skills, connect to a larger art community, and realize financial gains through sales of their work. Students in this innovative program get support in pursuing a major course of study, as well as encouragement to try different art forms in expressive, visual and media arts.

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.