Successful opening of “Quintuple: 5 Artists from the Heart of Hayes Valley”



We had a good turn out for our Artist’s Opening at our Nexus Gallery on Octavia at Oak, with a very special thank you to Souvla for generously providing refreshments for us.



Installations at our new site this fall

With inspiration and collaboration as our guide, Earl Speas, Jennifer Harris and Daniel Farnan have been painting a mural on our gallery. This successful team effort echoes our mission of working together building community through shared creative endeavors.


We expect to complete painting this month. Photo credit: Earl Speas

Additionally we are teaming up with Mary Teetor again to install another labyrinth on our new home. A Vesica Pisces Form will be coming soon for your walking, exploring and meditative pleasure.


We expect installation to begin this fall as we work out scheduling on our grounds for this and other upcoming offerings. Come by and see the space, now open at 11 Friday through Monday, closing at 5pm. Photo credit: Daniel Farnan

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.

Where the Paint meets the Table Cloths


Canvas Fundraiser
Sunday, October 16 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.

Participating Artists:
Johnna Arnold
Michelle Echenique
Daniel Farnan
Jeremy Fish
Paulette Humanbeing
Stanley Mouse
Kate Rhoades
Emma Spertus
Emily Wick

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