1045 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-962-7877, www.smaartgallery.com
Tiffany Schmierer
Cameron
Crawford
Jennifer Brazelton
Sue Whitmore
Shenny Cruces
Socially
Conscious
Abstraction
SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to present
Socially Conscious Abstraction, featuring
ceramic and mixed media sculpture by eight
California based artists. The artists in this
show have created sculptures with socially
conscious intension utilizing a sophisticated
personal visual language. These charged
abstractions reinterpret the phenomenon of
people, places, and things into a personal
language ripe with possibilities. Each artist
begins with what Twyla Tharp refers to as the
“Spine”. Their abstracted sculptures are
supported by a conceptual backbone. These
underlying conceptual foundations are what
give their work energy and audaciousness.  

Artists: Steve Allen, Jennifer Brazelton,
Cameron Crawford, Shenny Cruces, Pancho
Jimenez, Tiffany Schmierer, Shannon Sullivan,
Sue Whitmore

Exhibition Dates:
February 3-March 7, 2015
Opening Reception:
Thursday February 5th, 6-9pm
Closing Reception:
Thursday March 5th, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Steve Allen
Pancho Jimenez
Spring Fling and
Egg Hunt

Come celebrate Spring with SMAart Gallery &
Studio's first Pop-up show features works of art
by the artist's of SMAart Studio with a Spring
theme. Come enjoy a glass of wine, some
nibbles and hunt for the eggs hidden
throughout the studio. Find specially marked
eggs for your chance to win a prize.


Exhibition:
Runs till April 17th
Reception and Egg Hunt:
Thursday April 2nd, 6:00-9:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Sylvia Vientulis
Steven Allen
Susan Gregory
Brooke Davis
Evan Hobart
Joseph
Kowalczyk
Mark Jaeger
Malia Landis
Neo Cali Clay
SMAART Gallery & Studio is pleased to
present Neo Cali Clay, a group show that
features a collection of figurative and
representational ceramic artists working today
in California.  The artists in this show are
united in their use of imagery to establish a
dialogue that considers both the internal and
external social issues of today.  Utilizing a
variety of references that are considerably
personal and yet culturally relevant, even as
they often stretch to the fantastic, these artists
are committed to the medium of clay as the
fundamental vehicle for their unique and
modern expressions.  With bold and dramatic
visual imagery, bright surfaces, and significant
social commentary, these artists have
established a voice in the next movement of
contemporary ceramics:  Neo Cali Clay.   

Artists: Steven Allen, Brooke Davis, Evan
Hobart, Mark Jaeger, Joseph Kowalczyk, Malia
Landis, Calvin Ma, Crystal Morey, Erika
Sanada, Wesley Wright
Online Gallery

Exhibition Dates:
April 21 – May 23, 2015
Opening Reception:
Thursday May 7th, 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm
Gallery closed May 13th-14th.

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Steve Allen
Erika Sanada
Wesley Wright
Calvin Ma

An exhibit of four artists who have used
printmaking as a jumping off point to
explore book arts, collage and mixed
media.

Artists:
Javier Chalini
Dilcia Giron
Sylvia Vientulis
Linda Masotti

Dates: June 2 – July 3, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday June 4th, 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Closing Reception:
Thursday July 2nd, 6:00pm- 9:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm
Gallery CLOSED: July 4th - 11th

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
2015 Exhibits
Clay:
tell-tale signs of
connected(ness)

Artistic influence and inspiration can be a tricky
thing. Often artists are asked: where does
your  visual inspiration come from? Not easily
answered. This exhibition examines the tell-tale
signs of other artists (dead or alive)
connecting of thoughts, ideas and feelings  
that have influence in  our present art works.

In some cases, the inspiration might be straight
forward, stemming cleanly from a favorite
artist(s). In some cases, the influence is
unannounced and unaware of the kindred
message connecting in the mind.

Tracing signs of connected(ness) in clay
sculpture will be high- lighted by  12 Bay Area
established artists during the Fourth  Annual
Group Show. Curator  Statement: Maggie
Malloy

Artists:
Steven Allen, Jennifer Brazelton, Monique
Castiaux, Natasha Dikareva, Alex Hackworth,
Lori Koenig, John Richard Lloyd, Maggie
Malloy, Tomoko Nakazato, Oli Quezada, Juan
Santiago, Bar Shacterman, Tiffany Schmierer

Exhibition Dates:
July 14- Aug 15, 2015

Opening Reception:
July 18th 6-8pm with artists talks

Closing Reception:
August 6th  6-9pm with artists talks

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Tiffany Schmierer
Alex Hackworth
Bar Shacterman
Juan Santiago
Natasha Dikareva
Steven Allen

Figuratively
Speaking 2015
Artists:
Bill Abright, Fred Yokel, Joe Kowalczyk, Julia
Feld, Margaret Keelan, Maryann Steinert-
Foley, Michele Collier, Michelle Gregor, Steven
Allen,  William Schwob

This third annual invitational exhibition
presents sculptural work that explores the
complexity of the human experience through
the metaphor of the human body. Figuratively
Speaking highlights the presence and
continuing relevance of the figure in Bay Area
contemporary ceramics.

Exhibition August 25 – September 19, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday September
3rd, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
William Schwob
Margaret Keelan
Maryann
Steinert-Foley
Fred Yokel
Julia Feld
SMAart Open
Studios 2015
SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to
announce its fourth annual Open Studio.  
Come experience the works of art produced by
the artists of SMAart Gallery & Studio.  Buy
Local!  Eat on Local!  Come see beautiful
works of art made here in San Francisco on
Sutter Street by the artists of SMAart.  Its the
SMAarter way to support local artist and the
environment.  

Resident Artists Members: Steven Allen,
Maria Chambers, Susan Gregory, Caitlin
James, Ben Kluewer, Mia Lobel,
Katy Rodden, Shiho Takahashi, Sylvia
Vientulis, Walter Xu, James Young

Invited ArtSpan Premier Members:  
Elizabeth Ashcroft, Michael Beckler, Abigail
Drapkin, Catherine Sky, Kerri Warner


Plus many more:  SMAart Gallery & Studio
member artists

Dates: October 1 - 25, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday October 1, 6-9pm
Open Studio Weekend:
Saturday & Sunday Oct. 24 & 25, 11am - 6pm
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Nicki Green
FUN(ctions)

SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to present
RAD(ical) FUN(ctions) featuring the work of
Nicki Green (San Francisco) and Caitlin Rose
Sweet (New York City). Rad(ical) Fun(ctions) is
a ceramic based art show that explores the
interactions between functional ceramics and
queer bodies. Nicki Green and Caitlin Rose
Sweet are “too gay to function” and use their
queer failure as a starting point to sculpt
objects to serve queer bodies, genders,
hirstories, and futures. These two artists
unhinge the traditional notions of functional
ceramics and how clay serves the body by
openly acknowledging queer difference and
our collective desire for a world that reflects
our needs, dreams, and desires. Though
these two makers start from similar queries
about the construction of social and historical
bodies and share a deep love of materiality,
their work varies greatly both in form and
surface. Combined, Green and Sweet’s pieces
express the multifaceted and complicated
nature of femme-embodiment and deconstruct
the oppressive nature of essentialist gender
politics so rampant in normative lgbt
communities. The ceramics presented in RAD
FUN range from recognizable vessels to
abstract sculptural pieces. Green works almost
exclusively in referencing blue and white
earthenware traditions, while Sweet’s work
tends to the looser, brightly colored surfaces
and forms. The works in this show seem to
contrast each other, but it is this contrast that
unites their work in finding ways of creating an
intersectional set of politics discussing queer
bodies.  

Dates: November 3 – 21, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday November 5, 2015, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Holiday Art
Spectacular
Our fourth annual Holiday Show.  A broad
selection of holiday gift ideas -  Made Here!
Buy Local!  Eat on Local!  Come see beautiful
works of art made here in San Francisco by
local artists.  It's the SMAartist way to support
local artist.

Featuring work by our members and
invited Artists

Dates: December 1 - 23
Preview Party and Opening Reception:
Thursday December 3, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk