The Painting Salon

Cate Nelson served as Co-Director of The Painting Salon from 2015-2017.  She received an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure in San Francisco to support 2017 programming including stipends for presenting artists and support for the development of a website with online archive. 


Description of the project

The Painting Salon is monthly nomadic lecture series where artists present their work in various galleries, studios, and arts organizations throughout the Bay Area. The series fosters community by bringing together artists, gallerists, curators and the public in an intimate setting where guests are invited to ask questions in a casual, inviting atmosphere. We ask that everyone bring a snack or beverage to share and dedicate time for new connections to be made and discussion to ensue.

 Artist Kate Rhodes moderates a slide-roulette style Paining Salon at R/SF in San Francisco, engaging artists Marcela Pardo Ariza and Steuart Pittman in an off-the-cuff dialogue about their work. -May 2017

Artist Kate Rhodes moderates a slide-roulette style Paining Salon at R/SF in San Francisco, engaging artists Marcela Pardo Ariza and Steuart Pittman in an off-the-cuff dialogue about their work. -May 2017

 Artist, Josh Fought talks about his textile based work at FraenkelLAB in San Francisco. -September 2017

Artist, Josh Fought talks about his textile based work at FraenkelLAB in San Francisco. -September 2017

Presenting Artists

During Cate's tenure as co-Director the following artists presented at The Painting Salon:

  • John Zurier
  • Yetunde Olagbaju
  • Megan Reed
  • Amy Ellingson
  • Evan Reiser
  • Alyssa Block
  • Woody Othello
  • Ivy Haldeman
  • Marcela Pardo Ariza
  • Kate Rhoades
  • Steuart Pittman
  • Taravat Talepesand
  • Terry Powers
  • Serena Cole
  • Libby Black
  • Sam Spano
  • Lisa Jonas Taylor
  • Linda Geary
  • Laurie Reid
  • George Pfau
  • Tom Commita
  • Sarah Thibault
  • Dana Hemenway
  • Josh Faught
  • James Gobel
  • Sarah Hotchkiss
  • Courtney Johnson
  • Bruna Massadas
  • Woodrow White
  • Sabina Ott
  • Jeremy Ehling
  • Kim Bennett
  • Jacqueline Norheim
  • Henry Chapman
  • Maria Guzman Capron
  • Christie Yuri Noh
  • Heather Deyling
  • Daniel Samaniego
  • Radka Pulliam
  • Sahar Khoury
  • Katie Dorame
  • Claire Daigle
  • Jamie Healy
  • Rebecca Bolinger
  • Lisa Blatt
  • Mike Bartalos
 Above, artist Terry Powers talks about his work , at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. -October 2016

Above, artist Terry Powers talks about his work , at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. -October 2016

Venues

The Painting Salon began in 2012 in the apartment of artist Rebekah Goldstein, as a critique group. In 2015 the series went public and from 2015-2017 the following venues were generous enough to host and/or support:

  • Minnesota Street Project 
  • FraenkelLAB
  • Gallery 16
  • R/SF
  • Guerrero Gallery
  • City Limits Gallery (now closed)
  • Alter Space (now closed)
  • Et-Al, Etc. (when it was at the Minnesota Street Project)
  • Interface Gallery 
  • CTRL-SHFT Collective
  • Royal Nonesuch
  • Scrawl Space (now closed)
  • Embark Gallery
  • Studio of artist Amy Ellingson
  • Studio of artist Lisa Jonas Taylor
  • The Battery
 Guests mingle outside Royal Nonesuch Gallery while artists Woody Othello and Ivy Haldeman prepare their presentations. -July 2017

Guests mingle outside Royal Nonesuch Gallery while artists Woody Othello and Ivy Haldeman prepare their presentations. -July 2017

 Artist Libby Black stands in front of one of her paper sculptures during her presentation at Gallery 16. -June 2016

Artist Libby Black stands in front of one of her paper sculptures during her presentation at Gallery 16. -June 2016

 A screen shot from The Painting Salon website 2016 archive. Cate developed and maintained the online archive during her tenure as Co-Director.

A screen shot from The Painting Salon website 2016 archive. Cate developed and maintained the online archive during her tenure as Co-Director.


In addition to individual donations and contributions, The Painting Salon and the October 2017 fundraising event were supported by the following sponsors:

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The Painting Salon Continues

The Painting Salon is still an ongoing project. Information about their programming, current Directors, etc. can be found on their website