Art Market at Fort Mason, Art Fair and art openings at Big Crow plus brilliant blue skies – a perfect weekend for art lovers.
“Where the Words Are” at Big Crow Art Gallery. Big Crow was founded by Anna Conti and David Sumner as the way to respond to the destruction of gallery after gallery in SF. Founded in 2014, the gallery has already hosted at least a dozen shows, all featuring local artists. The new show opens May 1 and runs for almost a month, featuring works with words, signs, letters – traditional, modern, cryptic and clear. One of the highlights of the show is this hand made, hand lettered tribute/elegy “Trees.” Full test and art work: https://www.storehouse.co/stories/96ccs-tree
“Where the Words Are”
BigCrow Exhibition Space is open to the public every
Friday (12pm-6pm) and Saturday (12pm-6pm)
Other days/hours by appointment.
Call: 415-632-7746 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Article from SF Gate; http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/With-gallery-in-the-living-room-S-F-home-is-6059357.php?cmpid=fb-desktop#photo-7474221
StARTup Art Fair: “Galleries go out of business and artists are left in the lurch,” says Ray Beldner, a long-time San Francisco artist. Beldner, whose work has been shown at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC and in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is no stranger to gallery systems. But not every artist can say the same. “Unless they represent themselves, they don’t have the ability to sell their work on their own very easily, or get in front of an art fair audience.”
His solution was to create “stARTup Art Fair,” a new art market created with co-founder and former Marx & Zavattero owner, Steve Zavattero. When his gallery – along with every other gallery at 49 Geary St was bought out by yet another Internet company, Zavattero began talking with Beldner, generating ideas for how to move forward. While the closure of his gallery was a traumatic blow, Zavattero recognized the need for an innovative new art dealing experience. Creating spaces for art to survive in San Francisco became much more personal and a way to push back against the relentless take overof the city by the 1%.
“That’s exactly where this idea came from,” Beldner says. “Everyone is having to become, in some sense, a solo entrepreneur — and we’re just providing a platform for that.”
The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to provide an exhibition venue for unrepresented artists–artists who may have recently lost their gallery/galleries or artists who have never had representation. Co-Founders Ray Beldner and Steve Zavattero believe in the viability of San Francisco and the Bay Area as an important art center. stARTup Art Fair provides a new avenue for the creative longevity of the artist, providing a marketplace that gives the artist the power to present and sell work–and keep 100% of their sales proceeds–on their own terms.
stARTup is being held at the Marina’s Hotel Del Sol, a charming 1950’s hotel where every room will be transformed into an exhibition space – 40 spaces, 3 collectives and 5 rooms that were donated to local California non-profit organizations.
Beldner and Zavattero are two smart marketing guys. Not only are they hosting a hotel full of fresh, exciting talent artistic talent, they have also timed their opening to coincide with Fort Mason’s Art Market 2015, which is bound to bring art patrons into the city. Furthermore, they have also provided a shuttle between Fort Mason and the hotel to make it easier for drivers to park at Fort Mason and not try to find one of San Francisco’s rare and coveted parking spaces.
stARTup Art Fair, Friday, May 1st, noon, through Sunday, May 3rd, at Hotel Del Sol, 3100 Webster. $8-$100.
Art Market San Francisco has returned to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion to celebrate its fifth edition. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 20,000 visitors in 2014, the 2015 edition of Art Market San Francisco is pleased to present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers.
Further integrating Art Market into the Bay Area’s creative community, San Francisco’s renowned social club The Battery will return for a second year to curate the 2015 VIP Lounge and lead a series of collector tours during the fair. Continuing to bring a great sense of regional inclusion and excitement to the fair, Art Market San Francisco will feature a series of presentations created in collaboration with participating galleries and artists, as well as with cultural partners and sponsors. Preliminary program scheduling includes special artist presentations, collector tours, and talks by Bay Area curators, collectors and designers.
Art Market at Fort Mason: http://artmarketsf.com/for-visitors/dates/
Projects and Events: http://artmarketsf.com/projects-events/#.VUKCfReFElI