Beloved Neighborhood Tradition is Back After a Pandemic Pause
San Francisco Public Library’s Potrero Branch will host the 62nd Potrero Hill Artists' Exhibition, one of the City’s oldest annual exhibitions
SAN FRANCISCO – On Saturday, May 20, from 6 – 9 p.m., the Potrero Branch Library will once again open its doors for an artist reception celebrating the talent of neighborhood residents. The 62nd Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition is one of the City’s longest-running annual exhibitions and features a broad array of styles from painting to prints, photography to textiles, pottery to sculpture and everything in between.
“The annual art exhibit at the Potrero Branch Library is one of the pleasures of living in a sophisticated city. Great literature and media, inspiring views, a warm and knowledgeable library staff and patrons and neighbors who come together once a year and enjoy conversation with artistic creations from the local community,” says long-time exhibition artist and neighborhood resident Wolf Thurmeier.
Prior to the pandemic, the Potrero Branch Library hosted the exhibition each year. Originally titled The Art Show in 1955, when artist Charles Griffin Farr organized with well-known local artists, amongst them Henri Marie Rose, Victor Arnautoff, Ruth Cravath and Bill La Grille. Farr believed the show, sponsored by the Library, would indicate to the City how important the institution was to its community. Proceeds from the sale of artwork helped save the Branch from closure, a point of pride that is still celebrated today.
Branch Manager Rachel Bradshaw did extensive outreach in the community to get the word out. Artists who live, learn, work or worship in Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch neighborhoods were eligible. The application deadline was April 21, and the Library received more than 60 submissions.
“Potrero neighbors are so excited to have the artists’ exhibition back,” states Bradshaw. “It’s been delightful to hear from local business owners and creators, plus the general public. There’s a buzz of anticipation. People can’t wait to celebrate together again.”
Participating artists include: Mateo Sof Allier Lechuga, Philip Anasovich, Kent Beck, Katya Bloshking, Margo Bors, Carlos Brache, Mark Brady, Gordon Brown, Anna Budinger, SoF.A Carmi, Jennifer Chan, Angela Chu, Judith Cohn, Carolyn Crampton, Molly de Rijk Farey-Jones, Cara de Wolf, Jenna Duncan, Virginia Giblin, Linda Hargrove, Alison Heath, Richard Hutson, Carrie Kahn, Christina Kent, Michael Kerbow, Jessica Levant, Peipei Li, Sherry Lin, Dottie Lo Bue, Jean Loura, Terri McFarland, Don Milhaupt, Susan Ovington, Jan Padover, Dhvani Patel, Linenthal Peter, Dana Petersen, Deborah Reed, Richard Romero, Christopher Sabre, Judith Saldamando, Luis Schachner, PhD, Greta and Manu Schnetzler, Ellie Scott, Andrey Semyonov, Vex Silver, Frederic Tarabout, Mike Texada (Red-X Tex), Wolf Thurmeier, Jamie Urborg, Kevin Valor, Pajnucci Vue, Vicki Weisman, Robert Windle, Willow, Anahida, Onyx
62nd Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition
On view, May 20 – July 27, 2023 during regular business hours.
Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street
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Saturday, May 20, 6–9 p.m.
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