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Some Cool Art Shows Happening in San Francisco

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Many of us have been starved from seeing art in the flesh these past years. (Yes it will have been fucking years (plural) this March since the first lockdown began). So you may be thinking of breaking out and going to look at the beautiful and creative things that our artists and curators have produced lately.  If so, you’re in luck, there are quite of few openings, art parties, shows, and exhibits happening in January.

Check with the venues about their own masking/vaccination policies.

The City Canvas:
A Paint the Void Retrospective

You may remember when Bay Area artists began heroically painting boarded-up storefronts around the city back in 2020, bringing much needed color and creativity in a very gray and worrying time.  Since then Paint the Void has organized and sponsored over a 130 murals around the bay.  And starting this coming Saturday their holding a retrospective at pier 70, where you can see more than 50 murals, and some of them are even for sale by the artists.

Pier 70 – The City Canvas
January 22 – 23 Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 6 pm
January 27 – 30 Thursday & Friday: 4 – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 6 pm
Tickets are FREE at least a $10 Donation is recommended
RSVP/Tickets: Eventbrite.

“SKATE” Curated by Wonderland SF. 140+ Artists!

Curated by Wonderland SF, Mirus is thrilled to bring you this unique experience at our gallery in San Francisco. Over 140 artists will use skate decks as their canvas using both paint and sculpture that are sure to capture and inspire the imagination.

Wonderland SF has been curating in the Bay Area for over 15 years and is excited to bring back her art family together.

Mirus Gallery, SOMA SF
Opening reception is Jan 14, 2021 and will run through February 28, 2022

A Solo Art Show (& Dance Party) by Duser

Don’t miss the opening reception and dance party for SF artist (and DJ) Duser.
“Movements is a body of work, primarily created in 2021. It’s been super interesting to watch how these new pieces take shape. My approach to making art has completely flipped. Rather than conceptualizing each piece and theme, a looseness and trust in self has developed. For now, I have learned to let go and embrace what’s inside of me. I’m finding some things that I really like. Letting my mind go and develop the ideas in real time. The key ingredient here is trust in self. These Movements are happening in front of my eyes. Equally interesting, is watching this ‘philosophy” take shape in other areas of life.” – Duser

Checkout his artwork at
Opening Reception Thursday Jan 20th: 7-9pm
Dance Party: 9pm-2am
Madrone Art Bar

FOG Design+Art

FOG Design+Art, held January 20–23, 2022 in San Francisco, will kick off with a Preview Gala on Wednesday, January 19 benefitting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA) education and exhibitions program. The fair is the cornerstone of San Francisco’s art week, bringing artists, curators, design leaders, collectors and arts leadership from around the world together with the Bay Area’s vibrant arts community.

Featuring presentations by an international roster of 45 galleries, FOG Design+Art highlights the best of modern and contemporary art and design. In addition to the gallery exhibitions, visitors to the fair will be greeted by 21POP, a special installation by Stanlee Gatti celebrating the Arion press. The installation will highlight the storied San Francisco-based press through a demonstration of the Arion’s entire printing process.

Fort Mason Center, SF
Thursday, January 20–Saturday, January 22, 2022
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Seeing Gender

Look at the museum collection through a new lens with Seeing Gender, a focused selection that reveals the complexities and nuances of gender across Asian art.

Emily Fromm Solo Show
There You Go, Wherever You Are

Emily Fromm’s rad solo show, ‘There You Go, Wherever You Are’ is now open at 111 Minna Gallery! Make an appointment for a viewing with or see the show online at Mark your calendars for a closing show 2/17!

Showcasing 50 original paintings made prior to and during the pandemic!

111 Minna Gallery, SF
January 14th 10 AM – 6 PM, or by appointment through February 17th.
Emily Fromm Solo Show info here 

Oakland Art Library Oakland Event @ Lumen Labs Berkeley

First OAL event night of 2022 @ Lumen Labs with music, artists, local brews, and new art!

January OAL event night at our new Satellite location “Lumen Labs” at 905 Parker St. in Berkeley, CA. Lumen Labs is a community for learning, event venue, and gallery space for light artists located in Berkeley, CA. You may have seen some of their work on various pieces of art at Burning Man!

Guest DJ’s for the night are DJ Truck Stop (Circuit Jerks, Airpusher).

We are happy to have a temporary location in Berkeley during our time of transition as our location on College Ave is under construction. If you are a member of the Art Library and would like to return an art piece you have on borrow, bring it by and borrow a new piece! If you are not a member but interesting in becoming a member this would be a great time to check us out!

More information can be found at
Thu, January 20, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

Trapxart Oakland features 2 floors of music, art, fashion, food and games. The event will feature 50+ local artists showcasing their original work, a runway fashion show with some of the hottest local designers, a music showcase, live art exhibits and DJ sets.

Check out the all new and improved Complex Oakland and Trap Kitchen. Get your photo ops in, order some delicious food, savor some specialty cocktails and of course dance to your favorite hip-hop/ trap/ afrobeats.

Fri, Jan 21, 2022, 9:00 PM –
Sat, Jan 22, 2022, 2:00 AM PST

Complex Oakland
420 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612


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