Release date: March 25, 2009
John Yoyogi Fortes, Sweet 16, 2009; acrylic on canvas; 12 x 9 in.; photo the artist
"Sweet 16 Annual Event Features Hundreds of Original Works by Bay Area Artists all Sale Priced"
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Artists Gallery will hold its annual Artists' Warehouse Sale from Wednesday, May 6, through Sunday, May 10, 2009 at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, Building A. An annual tradition since 1993, the Artists' Warehouse Sale is one of the Bay Area's most anticipated art events. Popular with both new and seasoned collectors, the five-day sale features paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, and works on paper at 50% off regular retail price. Sale proceeds benefit the programs of the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, which supports both the Museum and regional artists.
With affordable, original art priced from $50–$5,000 visitors can purchase paintings, sculpture, drawings, and unframed works on paper by more than 300 emerging and established Bay Area artists. Among the artists included are Mark Jaremko, Kara Maria, Terry Thompson, Katherine Westerhout, Heather Wilcoxon, and Jason Winshell, just a few. The multi-day event begins Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. with a special preview reception to give eager buyers first chance at the deals—tickets are $10. From Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 10 the event is open to the public and admission is free.
On Friday, May 8 from 6–8 p.m. artists Bert Bergen, Tim Svenonius, and Charles Valoroso create fantastical drawings from sympathetic monsters and prehistoric animals, to patriotic emblems, as part of the Gallery's new live drawing event. These one-of-a-kind drawings will be offered for sale at very affordable prices.
On Saturday, May 9 from 2–4 p.m., the Gallery is hosting its first ever Meet the Designer event featuring award-winning designer Gary Hutton. Samples from the Gary Hutton furniture collection and the designer himself will be on hand to talk about marrying original art with his unique designs. "Art and Design are like salt and pepper," says Hutton. "Each is distinctly different from the other, but entirely complementary. Like good cuisine, no good environment is complete without both."
Sunday, May 10 is the Artists Gallery Family Day featuring children's activities, face painting, and live music. The Alphabet Rockers will perform educational songs with a hip-hop beat from 1–1:45 p.m.
In addition, each year the Artists 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.
Representing Northern California artists, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery offers a diverse selection of original artwork for sale and rent. Visit our website at www.sfmoma.org or call 415.441.4777 for more information.
Wednesday, May 6 • 6–9 p.m.
Special Preview Reception
SFMOMA members admitted free
Thursday, May 7 • 12–8 p.m.
Friday, May 8 • 12–8 p.m.
Artists live drawing event from 6–8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 • 12–5:30 p.m.
Meet designer Gary Hutton from 2–4 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 • 12–4 p.m.
Family day with face painting, live music, and activities.
Location: SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Building A, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Museum hours: Open daily (except Wednesdays): 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; open late Thursdays, until 8:45 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Open at 10 a.m. Closed Wednesdays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas. The Museum is open the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Koret Visitor Education Center: Open daily (except Wednesdays): 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; open late Thursdays, until 8:30 p.m. Summer hours: Open at 10 a.m.
Admission prices: adults: $18; seniors: $13; students: $11; SFMOMA members and children 12 and under: free. Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month and half-price on Thursdays after 6 p.m.
SFMOMA is easily accessible by Muni, BART, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, and Caltrain. Hourly, daily, and monthly parking is available at the SFMOMA Garage at 147 Minna Street. For parking information, call 415.348.0971.
Visit our Web site at www.sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.
SFMOMA is supported by a broad array of contributors committed to helping advance its mission. Major annual support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the Koret Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund. First Tuesdays are always free, thanks to AT&T. KidstART free admission for children 12 and under is made possible by Charles Schwab & Co.