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Hayes Valley Art Works

A Community Creation Space


Over these last few weeks, it has been wonderful to meet so many new people at Hayes Valley Art Works. 

Everyone around here is looking forward to our first curated exhibition, New Quarters, which will be on view May 21st through July 1st.

If you are interested in applying to be a part of the show (submissions due by Monday, May 9th), I encourage you to visit the site in person. We are open everyday, except Tuesday, from 12-5pm. 

Thank you for being a part of our community - hope to see you soon!

Jay Rosenberg
Director, Hayes Valley Art Works -  A Community Creation Space

"New Quarters"
Call for Submissions
Submit by May 9th

Hayes Valley Art Works announces New Quarters, an open call for entries exhibition open to artists working in all media. We are looking for existing artworks or proposals for installations for the inaugural show, New Quarters, which will be on view from May 21 through July 1, 2016.

HVAW invites all artists interested in showing their work at our 38,500 sqft site. The interim use lot is largely undeveloped, with one shipping container that will be used as gallery for hanging works or displaying weather sensitive pieces. The exterior portions of the full sized shipping container and another half sized container are also available for display or installation.

To learn more about the submission process, please visit:

Open Art Space
"First Iteration"

through May 21st

The Open Art Space at Hayes Valley Farm is an element of the community creation space that is dedicated to creative play, free expression, and spontaneity. Periodically moving from one location to another within the project site, each iteration will be a community-curated exhibition that invites work in all media.  The intention is for 4,000 square feet - more than 10% of the Hayes Valley Art Works site - to be reserved at all times as this Open Art Space.

Anyone is welcome to create in the open Art Space and to display their art there, guided only by basic principles of safety and mutual respect. The current Open Art Space is located in the highly visible northwest corner of the site, at the intersection of Laguna and Fell. This iteration continues until May 21st - to learn more about participating, please send an email inquiry
 New Installation
"Oak, Tilden"
by Robert Spertus
We are pleased to celebrate the work of landscape photographer Robert Spertus - two images have been installed in large format on the sides of the large shipping container located on site.

Robert Spertus has long been enamored with the “wide open spaces” of the Western landscape. While searching for ways to convey the vastness and grandeur of the mountains and deserts that he was exploring he came upon special panorama cameras that utilize a moving lens to sweep across the scene. With the powers of these pan cameras, Spertus discovered that he could capture small intimate spaces and big vistas in fresh and interesting ways. The pictures displayed at Hayes Valley Art Works will be photos taken on a path in Tilden Park and at a waterfall in Death Valley. Robert lives and works in Berkeley, CA.
Featured Artist: Oliver Mellan

Oliver Mellan is an artist and filmmaker living in San Francisco and studying nature, water and the flows of human society.  During June, he will be an artist-in-residence working on a new project, Kinetic Water Bowl. The bowl was originally from an Italian Bakery, rescued about 50 years ago and recently given to the artist to use in this sculpture at Hayes Valley Artworks.

Statement from the Artist: 

We are water. And the world is swiftly moving to the realization that water is the most precious natural resource. But is it more than just a resource?  Could water actually be alive? Scientists are finding that there is, in fact, an ability for water to hold vibrational memory and possibly the vibrational memory of everything that has ever existed on this watery planet.

In Buddhism, the sound of the bowl is a reminder of the breath. In that breath all paths of sorrow and death can be transcended.  The lungs breathe air and each cell in our body takes a breath through osmosis of water.

On the Hayes Valley Art Works grounds, Oliver will be working with the bowl as the foundation for a kinetic sculpture that displays the transfer of wind energy to water creating a whirlpool motion.  This vortexing motion is found everywhere in nature and is a vital movement for water to go through to restructure itself.

The sound of the bowl, the sounds of our voices, and the sounds of nature will be called upon in ceremony once a week to bless the water captured in the bowl. Once blessed and restructured, the water will be given to the plants on site and the benefits will be enjoyed by the entire neighborhood.  

Hayes Valley Throw Down!
Saturday, May 21st: 10A - 5P
Sunday, May 22nd: 9A - 12P

We are presenting a special all day wheel throwing demo and real time ceramic sale in support of upcoming arts programing at Hayes Valley Art Works. 

Come watch professional potters make beautiful functional items on the wheel, and if you like anything you can purchase it and pick it up once it's fired. You are also invited to get your hands dirty in our drop-in hand building studio.

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Participatory Art Workshop
with Sonja Hinrichsen
Saturday, May 21st: 1-5P

Participants of all ages are invited to join local artist Sonja Hinrichsen for an interactive workshop to create a piece of public art to be displayed at Hayes Valley Art Works.

"I hope that my works help arouse appreciation and consciousness for the natural world. Modern society is becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. I believe, however, that for a successful future of humanity it is essential that we re-gain a greater awareness of our planet’s life and tune ourselves in with the natural world, understand it better and take better stewardship thereof."

Learn more about Sonja's work at

Space will be limited, and registration will open on Thursday, May 12th.  More details will be available at that time - stay tuned!

Now Accepting Event Proposals!

Do you have an idea for an event at Hayes Valley Art Works? Proposals for new events can be submitted at:

Update: Neighborhood Design Summit

On Saturday, April 16th, Hayes Valley Art Works hosted a Neighborhood Design Summit, with over two dozen individuals participating in a facilitated workshop.  Artists, neighbors, and project volunteers experienced the site together, listened to presentations from project partners, and explored strategies for developing this new Community Creation Space.

Discussions focused on four topics - art, events, youth programing, and site infrastructure.  A short report has been prepared which can be viewed here

We look forward to continuing and expanding this dialogue, and a second Neighborhood Design Summit is being planned for June.  Thank you to all the community members who have contributed ideas and insights so far!
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