Below are posts from Lot O, our previous location:

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 Anniversary 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 “Making Space” and Kate Kuaimoku “Semblance of Order”.

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

This will be the final event for our 30 day fundraising campaign. Donate Here!

Help us meet our Fundraising Goal of $5,000 to ensure arts programming through Spring 2017.

Learn more about our campaign and donate through our Indiegogo Campaign. 

With hundreds of visitors to our community creation space, a $10 – $15 donation from 10% would put us well on our way to keeping Hayes Valley Arts Works a  “welcoming open space” in Hayes Valley.

In its short lifetime, Hayes Valley Art Works has created a gathering space where neighborhood residents can mingle with professional artists from all over the Bay Area and feel tangible connection to our city’s creative community.

With successful partnership-based exhibitions, performances, activity days, and art residencies behind us, we’re already laying the groundwork for new collaborative exhibitions that showcase the Bay Area’s vibrant systems of creative relationships, network of resources, and spirit of creative innovation.

Please help us reach our goal by donating, today. Every bit counts!

Where the Paint meets the Canvas!

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Canvas Fundraiser
Saturday, October 22 form 3-6pm
Hayes Valley Art Works (HVAW) and Hayes Valley Neighborhood (HVNA) come together for an event to sustain HVAW’s large scale art shows and community programs through spring 2017.

Event Activities:
-Live auction of “canvases”
-Local art’s non-profit Public Glass will host glass blowing demos and man their Glass Pumpkin Patch
-Tours of current show Present Ground by curator Samantha Reynolds
-Light refreshment
-And more

Register on Eventbrite


A Community Creation Space

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456 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
We are open Friday through Monday from 12-5pm

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Join us for the opening of Present Ground on Saturday, October 1, 4 – 7pm


Image: Elizabeth Sims, 12-20 Breaths Per Minute, 2016, suminagashi ink print and graphite on paper, 30 x 44”

Join us for the opening reception of Hayes Valley Art Works’ second open call, Present Ground on Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Present Ground is free and open to the public.

Curated by Samantha Reynolds, Present Ground features work by Johnna Arnold, Andrea Bacigalupo, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Consolidated Studios (Michael Goldman), Yvette Dibos, Ricki Dwyer, Michelle Echenique, Daniel Farnan, fnnch, Kevin Haas, Amy Lange, Eric Lister & Ross Simonini, Emily Peckenham, Cait Petersen, Julia Rittereiser, Stephen Santamaria, Elizabeth Sims and Joshua Peder Stulen.

The opening reception will feature a live performance by Georgia Carbone.

For more details about the exhibition, please visit here.



Hayes Valley Art Works is pleased to present What Century Are These Paintings From: New Works By Paulette Humanbeing. Join us for the opening reception on August 26, 2016 from 5-7pm. The exhibition will be on view from August 26 – September 24, 2016.

Paulette will be exhibiting paintings of dogs, the Hayes Valley Artworks lot, and two presidents. Also shown will be production art from the Jeffrey Vallance Interview Film, a painting of the Los Angeles skyline, a painting of a liquor store in Oakland, a painting of 22nd street in San Francisco, and her painting of a Thomas Kinkaide painting.

Her paintings are a mixture of studio work and plein air work, done in oil paint. Paulette hopes to show beauty in the things she paints, regardless of how unpleasant a subject may be. For instance, she painted a stuffed dog that isn’t really beautiful, but the paintings of the dog are beautiful, portraying it favorably like when you get the pimples taken out of your high school senior year photos. She hopes that her paintings are lies that tell some kind of truth, like Picasso is quoted as saying except in different words.

Join us for the opening reception this coming Friday and then attend the performance of Hamlet afterwards!



Stairwell’s Valley Step Works

August 28, 2016  

HVAW is excited to announce the residency of Stairwell’s during the month of August

Join Stairwell’s and HVAW for a culminating open house event on Sunday, August 28, 12-3pm. Explore the site and surrounding area, take part in circuit training of the non-athletic variety and win prizes for doing something, anything, as best you can. Refreshments will be served while supplies last.

Event begins: 12pm

Participatory activities: 12-3pm

Special, short walking tour departs from HVAW: 1:30pm

Awards ceremony:2:30pm

A collaborative project led by San Francisco-based artists Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin, Stairwell’s creates new experiences that challenge familiar understandings of everyday surroundings. The project has taken many forms, from site-specific interventions to group walking tours to curated exhibitions. Stairwell’s seeks to foster temporary communities of curious and engaged individuals, providing opportunities for connections and changes in perspective.
Check stairwells.org and hayesvalleyartworks.org for updates!


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San Francisco Youth Theatre
William Shakespeare’s

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. San Francisco 2016

August 26-28, 2016
Hayes Valley Art House
456 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Directed by Cliff Mayotte with music by Schuyler Karr.

More info here.


Babe In Total Control Herself

Kat Schneider: Babe In Total Control Herself
Opening on Monday August 8 6-8PM
August 8 – August 13th
Hayes Valley Art Works
456 Laguna St, San Francisco, California 94102
Kat Schneider b. 1990 lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Island of Stars – Sunday, July 31 at 3pm13686603_1832390016992308_1355714829404192575_n

More info about Island of Stars here



On Monday, July 25 from 5-7pm Elliott Cost and Marc Matchak will open an exhibition Peter Gray Hurley: Garden Drawings.

Hurley lives and works in San Francisco making visual art and music.


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More info on upcoming events here!


New Paintings – Helen R Gaus

July 15- 18th 2016

Opening July 15th, 4-8pm



New Quarters – Inaugural Exhibition

June 4th – July 9th 2016

Opening June 4th, 4-6pm

See the show →


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