SFMOMA Warehouse Sale

For those of you who couldn’t afford my prints in The Villanueva Vignettes, this is your lucky week! The 6 large, limited-edition digital images are now heavily discounted as part of Sweet 16, SFMOMA Artist Gallery’s Annual Warehouse Sale. I’m not happy about discounting the work, but hey, that’s the reality of the economy, B, they’re gorgeous prints, C, the sale still benefits the gallery, and D, I can at least minimize my losses on the cost of printing them…so- my loss is your gain! Get your heinies over to the gallery  to buy ‘em!

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“Sweet 16 “ Annual Artists Warehouse Event

This annual fundraiser celebrates Bay Area art and presents a uniquely wide range of works by contemporary artists in one place over the course of 5 days. Think of it as a matchmaking event that unites art lovers with the long sought-after contemporary works they’ve dreamed of. Show exclusives include paintings, sculpture, drawings and affordable unframed works on paper priced $50 – $5,000.

Preview Reception, Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets – $10, SFMOMA Members – Free
Thursday – Sunday is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Sale Hours:
Thursday, May 7th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artists live drawing event from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9th, 12 – 5:30 p.m. Meet designer Gary Hutton from 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 10th, 12 – 4 p.m. Family day with face painting, live music and activities.

The SFMOMA Artists Gallery’s 16th annual Warehouse event is an exclusive five-day fete that Cow Hollow cognoscenti line up for year after year. With affordable, original art priced $50-$5,000 (that’s up to 50% off regular prices) attendees can purchase paintings, sculpture, drawings and unframed works on paper by more than 300 emerging and established Bay Area artists. Proceeds benefit the artists, the gallery and SFMOMA.

The event starts Wednesday, May 6th at 6 pm with a $10 preview that is well worth the price of admission since it give buyers first crack at the sweet deals. SFMOMA members are admitted free. Thursday to Sunday the event is open to the general public and admission is free. Hours are Thursday, May 7th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday, May 8th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 9th, 12 – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 10th, 12 – 4 p.m.

Friday, May 8 from 6-8 witness artists Bert Bergen, Charles Valoroso, and Tim Svenonius create fantastic drawings (sympathetic monsters, prehistoric animals, patriotic emblems, and you-name-its) all part of the gallery’s new live drawing event. The one-of-a-kind drawings will be offered for sale at very affordable prices.

Each year, the gallery selects an artist to create an original work to don the event poster and invitation. This year’s artist is John Yoyogi Fortes. His painting, “Sweet 16” will be auctioned off at the event with proceeds going to the artist and the Gallery.
Recently featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s show, “Decoding Identity: I Do It for My People,” Fortes has also been the recipient of grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York. This year, Fortes’ work was selected to be included in the Artrain USA National Touring Exhibition on American Diversity. Watch this talented artist in action on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAz8Ymen1DI

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Visit the gallery’s website at www.sfmoma.org or call 415/441-4777 for more information.

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