295 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA
We are currently open Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 pm and by appointment
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We are fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Gallery Opening Sunday: 

 Summer Scapes
 Charles Unger & George Dolgy

Artist reception: Sunday August 14, 1-4pm
with special live jazz performance in the garden featuring Charles Unger and special guests! 
Exhibition runs August 14 - September, Sat & Sun, 12-4 pm
Charles Unger performing live at Gothamberg Music Festival 

Join us this Sunday, August 14, 1-4 pm for this very special Artist Reception, with one of the artists & local jazz legend  Charles Unger playing live jazz with special guests!

George Dolgy, ""Vineyard 2". Oil on canvas.

Summer Scapes is an exhibition of vibrant paintings by two local artists that evoke the sounds, sensations and sensuous “scapes” of summer. Charles Unger and George Dolgy are San Francisco contemporary painters with bright, bold palettes, and both bring a unique eye to landscapes and other subjects.

Charles Unger: Painting and drawing have always been an integral part of Charles life; long before he got into music and became a San Francisco musical institution, he was drawing and painting.

A major force in the San Francisco music scene of the San Francisco area for the last 40 years, saxophonist Charles Unger is known for his exuberant style and talent, and for a stage show that is unforgettable. This same exuberant style is reflected in his expressionistic and energetic painting style, which evokes the emotional experience of being in these landscapes, cityscapes, and floral scapes. His mask paintings also evoke an emotional response in the viewers.  More about Charles Unger:
Above images L to R:  Charles Unger, "Red Dream, " Acrylic on canvas, Charles Unger, "Purple Rain"  Acrylic on canvas

George Dolgy was born in the USSR in 1960, and worked as an architect in his Ukrainian hometown until 1989, when he came to Philadelphia as a political refugee, and went to Temple University architectural program. He has been been working as an architect ever since. He pursued his interest in fine art through years of private painting classes, and developed his own unique painting style in his Philadephia studio. He then lived and worked in New Orleans from 2011 till 2016, when he relocated to San Francisco. His bright canvases and painterly strokes evoke the brilliant landscapes from the wineries of Napa Valley to more imaginative enchanted forest scapes.

George Dolgy "Vineyard 1"  Oil on canvas.

More information at @hvaw.hayesvalleyartworks, and  

Charles Unger & George Dolgy

Later this month:
Watercolor Workshop
with plein air artist Lucia Gonnella
Saturday, August 20, 11am on Zoom!
Our online workshop is back on Zoom! Led by talented plein air artist Lucia Gonnella, our twice monthly popular workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced painters.    
Register HERE to hold your spot - select the August 20th date.  Donations encouraged.  More info on our Facebook page.

Below: paintings by workshop attendees.  From L to R:  painting by local artist Sarah Young. Right:   painting by new painter Derek Whitcraft.   Lower: painting by workshop attendee Diana Hamilton. 

Sarah Young                                                 Derek Whitcraft

Diana Hamilton
Save the date:
Thursday, 8/25, 7-8 pm

Join your neighbors for wine, snacks, and very special live jazz with Charles Unger in our Sculpture Garden!

JAZZ JAM in the Garden!
Saturday, 8/27, 2-5 pm
FREE!  Singers and Instrumentalist invited to sit in

SIGN UP here

FREE live Jazz Jam!  Join us the last Saturday of every month in our lovely outdoor garden for a free jazz concert.  Enjoy the music and relax in the garden!
Singers & instrumentalists can sit in with the band!  Sign up ahead with your tunes & keys.

We provide the mic & best backup band you could ask for! Follow the QR code to sign up at

Sat. 8/27 1-5pm
Enjoy an art stroll in our lush gardens at Hayes Valley Art Works with local artists selling and showing their work, from paintings, prints, street art, jewelry, to digital art, there's something for everyone.   

Also featured in the south garden, live music Jazz Jam with Curious Planet!  

Past participating artists include:

Crystal- @thecrystaltownsend           Blane - @art_blane
Julie Katherine- @Parker.pottery       Quinn Keck- @quinn_tessentialy
Kenna M. Lindsay- @kennamlindsayart     Cassidy Herndon- @Casadilla1121
JayD Green - @jaiydee


Summer in the Garden
HVAW is proud of the green space we provide to the community. Having transitioned from spring to summer, many of the flowers are in seed to produce next year's blooms. Bumble bees are still bumbling, hummingbirds humming, and earthworms worming. 


Special shout out to regular volunteers Heather, Derek, and Julianne, who have done a stellar job of late. If you'd like to be involved with the garden, or any other HVAW activities, please stop by or drop us an email, or visit our sign up sheet at
HVAW is committed to supporting community through art, music, conversation and other forms of social engagement.   
Join our   group for more details
Please check our MEETUP page for each week's schedule.  Currently seeking artists and crafters to lead us in these events!

PaintbrushArt in the Garden Saturdays
Every other Saturday, we are online with Watercolor Workshops. On other Saturdays, stop by the garden. You can sign up for info on Meetup    
PencilWriting & Weeding Sundays
First Sunday of the Month, Noon! Sign up on Meetup.   Writer's block?  Join us to work on wordcraft in a dedicated environment.  Now affiliated with the "Shut Up & Write" meetup group.

We will need you to keep the space open  for the community! If you're interested in buzzing around the garden, helping expand our online presence, programs, or just holding the space open for others, please stop by or drop us an email.   

Also seeking local artists interested in exhibiting work in our upcoming shows.
It's been HOT in the city lately!  Tough for those of us who still find FUR to be FASHION FORWARD (only personal live fur of course grown on one's own skin!)  So I find it a great way to cool off by stopping in at Hayes Valley Art Works and napping in the gallery or rolling around under one of the wonderful shade trees.

And HEY!  SUNDAY at 1-4 there is a great art opening!  I really like these artists!  They are nice and they know how to give proper pets and scratches.  George has two dogs who drank out of my dish -  woof!!! -  but I forgave them and now we are pals.  And Charles, he can really make music to HOWL by!  So please come find me and pet me.  I like to get tummy pets and YES you can give me small treats!   

The next really fun thing for dogs will be the 217th annual (in dog years) PET PARADE on October 29. 11am-1pm on the Shared Street!  Featuring @TheGateGuySF and @sfwalkies, and my mom, @obabso.  

And more dog friendly spaces - be sure to check out other neighborhood galleries including Tint Gallery, featuring contemporary art with a focus on women artists, or you might also find me belly up to the bar at Hotel Biron - they have some cool art there too and some cool wine as well!  And my FURavorite treats are at the wonderful contemporary craft shop,  F. Dorian!  And don't forget MM Clay and their wonderful bowls to drink from!  And the better to see you with...  Optical Underground, a dog friendly eyeglass store!  WOOF!  And my gorgeous dress pictured above was copied from a design I saw at Dark Garden, which has amazing corsetry! 

OK be sure to pet me when I run up to you!  Honestly my bark really is worse than my bite.

Follow me on INSTAGRAM!!    @darlasdiarysf 



We are fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which allows us to offer you tax deductions for your contributions. Use the Donate button above or please make checks payable to Intersection for the Arts, and write Hayes Valley Art Works in the memo line.  This ensures that you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, and your donation will be available for our project.

Intersection for the Arts is our non-profit fiscal sponsor. Intersection provides assistance to individual artists and organizations as they work to develop and sustain their artistic work, and the fiscal sponsorship means that donations are tax-deductible.

Hayes Valley Art Works created a community art and gathering space, where neighborhood residents can meet and work with with professional artists and make tangible connections to the Bay Area's creative community. With successful partnership-based exhibitions, performances, activity days, and art residencies,  we’re laying the groundwork for new collaborative exhibitions that showcase the Bay Area’s vibrant creative relationships, resources, and creative innovation.

Please help us reach our goal by donating today. Every bit counts!  As we are now fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts,  your donations are tax-deductible. 

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Our address is:
Octavia Boulevard between Oak and Lily
(295 Oak on Google Maps)
San Francisco, CA 94102

We are open: 
Saturdays & Sundays  12-4 
Monday - Friday: by appointment only

We are a Member of Intersection for the Arts. Intersection provides Bay Area based artists and arts organizations with resources, community and cultural space in order to develop sustainable practices. Visit

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