Quick note here, we were able to stop by ArtPadSF for a quick gander at the action during the exclusive preview night.  This show is definitely where the action is at during the SF Fair evenings…fun social atmosphere, drinks, food, and art.  Director Maria Jenson did a bang up job putting this show together, and we HIGHLY suggest checking this fair out.  The Phoenix Hotel has never looked so good.

Also, SF’s own street artist Eddie Colla created an amazing stenciled mural just outside the entrance that is a MUST see!  We loved it!

A touch of Basel Miami in SF?  We think so.

– Warholian

More info on the Fair:


The Bay Area’s Independent Art Fair

Opens Thursday May 19th

The Phoenix Hotel

May 16, 2011 (San Francisco) – This Thursday, May 19th through Sunday, May 22nd ArtPadSF, an independent hotel-based art fair, will take place at San Francisco’s legendary Phoenix Hotel. Focusing on emerging and contemporary galleries and artists, ArtPadSF will feature approximately 30 exhibitors, in addition to a lively programming schedule including such panel highlights as ‘California Contemporary Art in Context’ with art world professionals Larry Rinder (director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), Peter Selz (art critic and founding Director of Berkeley Art Museum), and Alma Ruiz (curator of contemporary art), as well as Juxtapoz magazine’s presentation of the speakers panel, ‘Collecting Street Art’ featuring international street artists Blek le Rat (France), EINE (UK) and APEX (US).

Positioned as the adventurous art fair, ArtPadSF visitors will find themselves immersed in the emerging disciplines and the independent elements active in the contemporary art world and prominent in the Bay Area arts communities. Whether it’s watching MFA students from California College of the Arts (CCA) hitting the Phoenix pool and deck for a durational series of splashy, synchronized, and sculptural performances in ‘Swimming Pool Social Sculpture’, viewing ‘No Dialogue’ video works projected nightly from the roof of the Phoenix Hotel, participating in the Thursday opening night preview event curated by Black Rock Arts Foundation’s (BRAF), or exploring artist Michele Pred’s mobile phone site-specific installation ‘Encode Me’, ArtPad visitors are in for a four day treat.

Exhibiting galleries, including a new pop-up gallery from Los Angeles, are located in individual rooms with large windows facing the Phoenix’s outdoor swimming pool, allowing for extended viewing sightlines and further enticing visitors to explore the featured artworks.  ArtPadSF’s programming, performances, and site-specific installations are featured throughout the hotel’s public and poolside areas, in the Virgin America sponsored lounge, Chambers the Phoenix’s new restaurant and bar, the hotel roof and even the dumpsters, all of which bring attention to both the playful and serious, as well as to the rich dynamics that art offers as a source of community learning and engagement.

From an experience with the interactive installation by artist Chris Ritson exploring the narrative myth of the North African Lotus-Eater through the contemporary perspective of its viewers, to an exploration of ArtPadSF with Marianna Stark, collector and publisher of “Stark Guide to San Francisco Art”, where visitors can listen in and learn about dealers program aesthetics, personal bios, and what they’re showing, to the opportunity to purchase some of the newest works by up and coming artists from the Bay Area and beyond, ArtPadSF is pleased to offer visitors a venue to discover new trends and artistic practices, and to celebrate San Francisco’s vibrant and visionary arts community and its increasing international art market prominence.


Free Shuttle For ArtPadSF & artMRKT San Francisco:

ArtPadSF and artMRKT San Francisco will offer visitors to both fairs a free round-trip shuttle service on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd!

Exhibiting Galleries – ArtPad SF 2011:

Ampersand International Arts; San Francisco & Paris

Anno Domini; San Jose

Art Modern Gallery; Miami

Ever Gold; San Francisco

Galeria de la Raza; San Francisco

Gregory Lind; San Francisco

Guerrero Gallery; San Francisco

Hang Art; San Francisco

Jack Hanley; New York

Johansson Projects; Oakland

Krowswork; Oakland

Launch LA: Los Angeles

Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery (LTMH); New York

Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art; San Francisco

Marx & Zavattero; San Francisco

Michael Rosenthal; San Francisco

Mina Dresden; San Francisco

Parklife; San Francisco

Patricia Sweetow; San Francisco

Peoples Gallery; San Francsico

Robert Berman / E6 Gallery; San Francisco

Steven Wolf; San Francisco

Swarm Gallery; Oakland

The McLoughlin Gallery; San Francisco

Togonon Gallery; San Francisco

Toomey Tourell; San Francisco

Triple Base; San Francisco

Unspeakable Projects; San Francisco

White Walls Gallery; San Francisco

*For a Complete List of ArtPadSF Programming and Exact Times Visit, www.ArtPadSF.com