Paul Mahder Gallery showcases contemporary works of art and every two months, presents new exhibits created by painters, sculptors, and photographers from around the globe. Opened in conjunction with the gallery in 2007, Paul Mahder Framing extends the shop's services into the realm of preservation, helping customers artfully safeguard keepsakes without having to freeze them in a mixture of finger-paint and carbonite. Head designer Richard Plagmann and expert framer Jonathan W. Wind join forces to encase a wide range of items, from 3-D objects and family portraits to oversized mementos. They also offer complementary onsite consultations, and every project is completed in house.
It’s not everyone who can flip through comics and see a unique art form, but Leef Smith, the owner of Mission: Comics & Art, makes that connection. Leef grew up on a steady diet of Star Wars, X-Men, and Crisis on Infinite Earths—and when the dotcom bust ended his career in the internet industry, it was to superheroes he returned. He founded his comic store and art gallery, where a collection of just-released comic books and displayed artwork form a hub of creativity. Keeping to his communal missive, Leef rents out graphic novels—the lending library currently consists of roughly 120 books—and holds monthly comic book club meet-ups.
Stylists at Red Union Salon wield products from lines such as Phyto, Logics for Matrix, Redken, and Goldwell to add layers of color or imbue strands with rich shine. Like the world’s slowest carousel, colorful displays of local art rotate every season, and houseplants and hardwood floors imbue the space with an apartment-like feel. Besides trimming tresses, hair helpers can also sweep strands into updos for weddings and or long, looped braids for hands-free lasso contests.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 11?25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Visual art & performance
Pro Tip: SOMArts unique, post-industrial art venue can be a bit chilly in winter?dress warmly.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Founded in 1979, SOMArts embraces the entire spectrum of arts practice and cultural identity, and it is beloved in San Francisco as a truly multicultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms. The post-industrial building references the history of the neighborhood. SOMArts' facility, a former machine manufacturing plant, is a 26,190 square foot space featuring a 99-seat expandable black box theater, darkroom, printmaking, ceramics and dance studios, several classrooms and two large galleries.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level, and to foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"By far - one of the coolest art venues and spaces that I have been to in a while. SOMArts is a truly impressive and rockin' art and community facility in the city. Their exhibitions are curated with a slew of well though-out insight and passion (try to ask for a tour if you can), their outdoor garden is picturesque and cultivated beautifully, and their indoor space is massive and so adaptable (just check out the slew of different events and organizations that they work with)." ? Jessica T. on Yelp
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Working with exciting experimental and emerging San Francisco artists!
Astronomical prices in the art world have put nearly everything out of reach for regular mortals, but City Art Gallery in the Mission is a brilliant remedy to a market gone haywire. It's an artists' co-op, tasked with keeping quality work from established artists accessible to working people who have exquisite taste, without the extra millions lying around. Consistently labeled as one of the city’s best spots for unique, otherwise unattainable shopping, City Art delivers higher commissions to artists and ever-evolving bodies of work to the discerning masses of Valencia Street. Nearly 200 photographers, painters, mixed-media sculptors and jewelers all join forces in rotating shows that reveal a wonderful cross-section of San Francisco's thriving arts communities, and don't simply reflect the personal tastes of a single gatekeeper.
Custodians of the Mission’s Latino heritage, Precita Eyes is the force behind nearly every mural throughout the neighborhood, from sidewalk-level allegorical depictions of Central America’s storied history to abstract graphics adorning the walls of converted industrial live-work lofts. Quite literally the most visible non-profit in the area, it’s also one of only three community mural centers in the U.S., connecting young people with the arts and eradicating signs of urban blight since 1977. The 24th Street storefront operates as a gallery and education center and as the home base for tours, and the Arts & Visitors Center a few blocks away on Precita Avenue may be rented as a venue. Art for the people has never been more alive.