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.
Mission: Comics & Art is dedicated to aligning the world of illustration's myriad factions, situating graphic novels beside art books, comic books, T-shirts, and original artwork for sale on the walls. Customers can tread among the store's colorful aisles, leafing through finds such as The Walking Dead TPB Vol. 1 ($9.99) or learning about the neighborhood’s history through its murals and graphic mythology in the Comic Book Guide to the Mission ($15). Other comic collectibles include Nonplayer #1 ($2.99) and The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 ($34.99). As they peruse, customers are encouraged to converse and ask questions such as, "Is this Wonder Woman outfit appropriate for my errands?"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents contemporary art that celebrates human diversity while emphasizing young and emerging artists. Besides perks such as members-only ticket specials and a subscription to the museum’s monthly newsletter, each membership offers a year of gallery admission to exhibits such as TechnoCRAFT, Yves Béhar’s exploration of the narrowing gap between designers and consumers in modern design trends. In Nothing Related, but Something Could Be Associated, Koki Tanaka uses everyday objects in unexpected ways to create playful, unexpected sculptures that will later be fired into space to deflect 1999 RQ36. Yoshua Okón's US exhibit features videos that delight, shock, and astound viewers with improvised performances that were recorded in collaboration with his audience.
RayKo provides rental B&W and Col darkrooms, wide-format digital printers, scanners, and a studio space. We also provide digital print and scan services. The gallery shows work from local to international artists. The classes offered range from 19th century to contemporary processes. We are photography.
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!