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Public Works Gallery Presents
Curated by Nils Thorsen and Melissa McCaig-Welles
161 Erie Street, btwn 13th & 14th off Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opening Reception: Friday, September 24, 6pm-10pm
After Party at Public Works Club open 10pm - 3am
$5 cover after 10pm. Click ‘Like’ on the Public Works SF Facebook page
to get in FREE before midnight: http://www.facebook.com/PublicWorksSF
(September 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA) - Public Works Gallery, the new multifaceted event and community space located in the Mission, today announced that its grand opening commences on September 24, 2010 from 6pm to 10pm, with Capricious Fall, a group show of celebrated emerging and established artists including Deede Cheriel, Eduardo Benedetto, Chris Uphues, Terry Hoff, Andrea von Bujdoss/Superfreshdesign, Colin Burns, Nils Thorsen, Ben Janik, Goldmine Shithouse, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Nico Berry, Jason Honig, LogikOne and more to be announced. Gallery guests are invited to attend the after party next door where DJ Jamie Jams (Debaser) will kick-off on the main floor at 9pm, additional art will be on view and club patrons will have access to the gallery show for a late-night art viewing experience.
In keeping with their mission to activate the creative community, Public Works has invited artists to paint murals on the gallery facade for passerby and gallery guests to enjoy. Artists such as Banksy, Nils Thorsen, and Maya Hayak have been the first collaborators on the mural. A special silkscreening will also be held during the opening reception. Art-goers who arrive early with shirts, bags, and accessories can have artists Colin Burns and Eduardo Benedetto transform their goods into a one-of-a-kind art collectible. Save the date, this art celebration and club party is unmissable!
About Public Works Gallery
Public Works Gallery is a multifaceted event and community space in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Public Work consists of a performance and event space, art gallery, bar, artist work shop and community room. During the day artists conceive and produce work that will come to light as the sun goes down and the electronic and indie music scenes bubble up to fill this new home for the SF underground. From DJ oriented club parties and live bands to independent film screenings, performance art and random creative outbursts, Public Works is a hangout, a happening, an adventure.
The art gallery provides a space where the work of local SF based artists can mingle with both the up-and-coming art star and the budding savant, encouraged to show by one of the city’s creatively oriented non-profits. With studio space at a premium in San Francisco, four artist residents will be afforded, at no cost, a daytime work shop that come evening transforms into a community room. These studio spaces will be available free of charge to neighborhood groups and other benevolent organizations.
Public Works encourages the growth of art and creativity in the Mission and San Francisco as a whole and is intent on providing a forum and a physical space for both. As part of their commitment to the Neighborhood, Public Works will donate a portion of proceeds to various local non-profits in addition to assisting these organizations with promotions and events. Root Division (www.rootdivision.org), a not-for-profit which brings art classes to kids in schools unable to afford such programs, is one current beneficiary. To learn more about Public Works and exhibiting artists, please visit www.publicsf.com and www.capriciousfall.com.
About the Curators
Melissa McCaig-Welles is an independent curator and founder McCaig-Welles Gallery, one of the first galleries to establish themselves in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From March 2000 to July 2009, McCaig-Welles focused on mid-career, cutting edge artists, exhibiting their works in solo and group shows and art fairs around the world: including New York City, Miami, Chicago, Zurich and Cologne, placing the gallery on the global map and contributing to a burgeoning art community. McCaig-Welles is recognized for her curatorial endeavors discovering contemporary art talent and placing it at forefront of her programs, presenting artists recognized as pioneers of the new contemporary art movements including: The Goldmine Shithouse, Doze Green, Shepard Fairey, Dalek, David Hochbaum, David Stoupakis, Andrew Schoultz, Greg LaMarche, Greg Haberny, Joel Dugan and Michael Mararian, among many others. Reviews and articles of Melissa McCaig-Welles have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The NY Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, The National Public Radio, New York Press, Juxtapoz, The New York Post, NY Arts, Art and Antiques, ArtNet, The Village Voice, The Wooster Collective, The Columbia Spectator, Paper Magazine, Nylon, Fecal Face and others. While in New York, Melissa was honored as head curator for several Pratt MFA exhibitions. She is currently working with her roster of artists in curatorial exhibits on the West Coast, where she and her family have recently relocated.
Nils Thorsen has worked for over 15 years in galleries and museums as a exhibit designer, artist, and curator. He served as assistant curator and senior exhibit designer at the Eisner Museum in Milwaukee Wisconsin where he worked on retrospectives of Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, and April Greiman and exhibitions such as Up In Smoke: A History Of Cigarette Advertising, You’ve Come A Long Way Baby!: Images Of Women In Advertising, and The Art of The Album Cover. Nils also worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the department of prints, drawings and photographs. Exhibitions Nils worked on have been featured in The New York Times, Communication Arts, The Capital Times, The Shepard Express, and The Wisconsin State Journal. Nils has a BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and a MFA from California College of the Arts in design. Nils currently is working with the San Francisco Arts Commission with their Street SmARTS program and starting to organize a series of temporary exhibitions in vacant buildings throughout the city. Nils also works in retail store design and has worked with Old Navy and Athleta and is currently working with Charlotte Russe.
Sponsors Wine for Public Works Capricious Fall Exhibition is generously sponsored by Rockus Bockus www.rockusbockus.com and Bright Light www.brightlightwhite.com.