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First Thursday SF Galleries

Art galleries are a nice alternative to the museums. So often I’ve been disappointed not in a museum’s exhibits but in how crowded they get (great art brings crowds). Tough to view and enjoy the art when there’s a crowd. Of course the museum could sell less tickets (ha!), but the art galleries are just as interesting but smaller, free and often not as crowded.

“First Thursday” is when a number of SF galleries stay open later for the public 5:30-7:30, the first thursday of the month. 49 Geary St. is where well-known galleries like Fraenkel, Haines, Koch, Wiriz, and many more are located. However, I find gallery art is edgier, controversial, maddening, etc. but hardly mundane. Guaranteed to start spirited discussions. If we started at 5:30 we still couldn’t see all the art in the building, so I would make a selection and also take suggestions on where to go in 2.0 hrs. [However, 2 hrs. is a long time, 90 min is more realistic; will be at the pizzeria at 7:00, but others can show later.] My interests tend towards photography and abstract art but in general “good and interesting” and avoid “trendy”. Afterwards, we'll have a social hour at a nearby bar/dining establishment to discuss arty matters. What say you? Will you join me?

http://firstthursdayart.com/

http://www.scottnicholsgallery.com/

http://www.toomey-tourell.com/

http://www.wirtzgallery.com/main.html

http://www.fraenkelgallery.com/#mi=11&pt=0&pi=5&p=-1&a=-1&at=0

http://www.jackfischergallery.com/shows.htm

http://www.pomodorogourmetpizza.com/


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  • helen a.

    Will there be a meetup June 7th?

    June 2, 2012

  • Digne

    We'll do this again in June when the galleries have a new set of artists exhibiting.

    April 7, 2012

  • Nina

    I'm so glad I went. Thanks much, Digne for organizing the event and introducing me to this wonderful place I will definitely be returning to. Dinner was great too. Met some very nice and interesting people. I am a satisfied customer! :)

    April 6, 2012

  • jay

    That was great, I was glad to have gone, sorry to have not found the meet-up group. Where you folks? j.

    April 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not all the art was to my taste, but I met two of the artists and had a nice discussion afterwards.

    April 6, 2012

  • Digne

    Great contemporary art! For the 15-18 who showed up, thanks for participating. Only 7 showed for the social afterwards but they were fun, art-centric and engaging.

    April 5, 2012

  • Digne

    At 5:30 I'll be handing out a floor plan of the galleries, and my suggestion is for half to start at the 5th and other half the 4th floor to avoid congestion. Go at your own pace - I'm not leading a tour. I'll be starting the social hour at 7:00 at Pomodoro Pizza.

    April 5, 2012

  • Digne

    Hi Nina, I'll send it to you privately. If you get lost, sure call; if you don't care for the art, don't call me ;)

    April 5, 2012

  • Nina

    Hi Digne, Do you have a cell ph. # just in case?...

    April 5, 2012

  • Digne

    Slight change: I'm starting the social at 7:00 rather than 7:30 because I think most people will take a cursory look at most of the art - some pieces deserve more attention - and 2 hrs. is a lot on the feet. It's okay to arrive later. The social is just a time to talk and relax.

    April 3, 2012

  • Digne

    Wow, so much interest for a meetup that starts at 5:30 on a weekday! We're going to split the group at the beginning to avoid overrunning the small galleries. I'll handout a floor plan to explain.

    April 3, 2012

  • Digne

    For parking I recommend the Sutter-Stockton Garage at 444 Stockton St. Only $6 for 3 hrs. and 3.5 blocks to galleries on Geary. Our social can be at Pomodoro Pizza along that route. Good pizza and salads if you don't mind sitting at a bar or small tables - good deal $.

    March 29, 2012

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