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THHE AUCTION Draws Notable Artists and Gallerists for Unique Art Auction

March 28, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2019--More than a dozen San Francisco artists and Bay Area art galleries are teaming up to support and promote the only local art auction that shows works from well-known artists alongside emerging artists and art from San Francisco’s transforming Tenderloin neighborhood.

Named THHE AUCTION ( www.thheauction.org ), the annual event has gained a reputation for offering something for everyone, including original pieces from some of the Bay Area’s most up-and-coming artists as well as one-of-a-kind works from the city’s undiscovered talent. In recent years, it has featured work from well-known artists such as Barry McGee, Betty Merken, Blek le Rat, Clare Rojas, Mark Ulriksen and Marilyn Minter in its live and silent auctions.

THHE AUCTION, taking place from 6-9 pm PDT on Thursday, May 9, 2019, is expanding to a new, larger space at the Midway in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood at 900 Marin Street, San Francisco. THHE AUCTION benefits Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program, the city’s only free-of-charge fine arts studio for low-income artists who are also showcased in the auction.

“Each artist represented in THHE AUCTION draws inspiration from San Francisco in one way or another,” said Kelly Tunstall, who along with her husband Ferris Plock, are two of the artists actively supporting Hospitality House and the auction. “The artists and galleries, together, are proud to contribute to the health of the community in which we live and work.

“From the bold, iconic city and character-driven studies of North Beach ambassador Jeremy Fish to Rachel Lena Esterline’s up close and very personal photography of sex workers, the work will be of interest to discerning collectors, as well as a great survey of the New Contemporary movement for those that are new to it.”

The auction is curated by gallerists Andrea Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery, Olivia Ongpin of Luna Rienne Gallery, and Shannon Trimble of Anglim Gilbert Gallery. Adding their support this year are artists, art donors, art patrons, and galleries. Along with Tunstall and Plock, supporting artists include APEX, Emilio Villalba, Micah LeBrun and Rachel Lena Esterline. Supporting galleries include ABG Art Group, Chandran Gallery, First Amendment Gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, Jessica Silverman Gallery, and 111 Minna Gallery.

Submissions come from a combination of notable local and national artists and galleries, along with neighborhood artists from the Community Arts Program. Submissions are being accepted through April 15th at thheauction.org

50 Years of Community Art and Activism

This year’s auction will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Community Arts Program, based in the Tenderloin and Mid Market neighborhoods. Serving as a creative and cultural hub for low-income, community artists, the program has helped tens of thousands of artists deepen their talents by participating in skills-building workshops and engaging a broader arts audience through frequent exhibitions and thematic shows. Artists keep 100% of the proceeds from their artwork sales.

“We’re fighting for the soul of the city,” said Joe Wilson, Executive Director of Hospitality House. “By lifting up community voices and celebrating home-grown talent, the Community Arts Program demonstrates the power of artists in the fight to preserve their community and impact social change.”

Advance tickets for THHE AUCTION are available for $75 ($100 at the door) at thheauction.org, along with information on sponsorship opportunities, absentee bidding and art previews.

About the Community Arts Program

Hospitality House’s one-of-a-kind Community Arts Program was established in 1969 to foster the creative self-expression among low-income and homeless artists contributing to the community’s unique artistic movement. The urban cultures of San Francisco are famous for producing visually striking, thought-provoking art and innovative technology. The unique and fertile blend of cultures creates paradigm-changing visions of our human experience.

About Hospitality House

Hospitality House is a progressive, community-based organization located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood, Sixth Street Corridor, and Mid-Market Area for more than 50 years. They provide opportunities and resources for personal growth, self-determination, and civic participation for homeless people and other neighborhood residents. Our mission is to build community strength by advocating policies and rendering services which foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment. For more information, please visit www.hospitalityhouse.org

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