The Commonwealth Club and its Arts Member-Led Forum hosts many notable artists in the gallery of its headquarters in downtown San Francisco. You can find current and upcoming exhibits below.
All art exhibits are free and open to the public, on display during regular Club business hours (10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday). Brought to you by the Club's Arts member-led forum.
Gallery and art contact: lynnwcurtis [at] comcast [dot] net
September 22 to December 11, 2014
Coastal Reflections: An Exhibition of Paintings by Laurie Chase
Laurie Regan Chase paints the coastline communities of her worldwide travels through oil and watercolor. She captures each distinct character in color, light and movement, bringing alive the richness of her journeys. She is an award-winning signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and has sailed the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black seas, coastal United States, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean paying special attention to “the peaceful serenity which many coastal and harbor scenes afford.”
July 21 - September 18, 2014
LGBT Art: Our Common Wealth
The Queer Cultural Center looks at the art that comes from LGBT artists as a foundation on which to build our community – our common wealth and direction. It is often ahead of the political or social movements in sensing what things are significant – and sometimes it's just fun. This exhibit looks at diversity in our queer community, from the artists themselves to their chosen disciplines; we are showcasing woven and embroidered fabric, photography, painting, drawing and even a small installation.
April 21 - July 15, 2014
Befriending the Imagination
In celebration of National Poetry Month, artist and author J. Ruth Gendler has gathered a soulful, insightful selection of poems and picture poems from children focusing on identity and feeling, the hand and imagination. This exhibit will also include Gendler’s bright, metaphorical monotypes and paintings.
February 3 - April 18, 2014
August 1 - September 30, 2013
Melting Away: Images of Our Polar Regions As We Breach the Tipping Point, by Camille Seaman
With her series Melting Away, Seaman, a 2013 Senior TED Fellow, chronicles over a decade of the changing polar landscapes that are visually beautiful yet mysterious. Her poignant photographs of icebergs often in the final stages of existence, in their isolation remind us of the ecological changes that are happening in the world today. Her photographs will be on display at the Club office in August and September.
February 12 - May 03, 2013
Silence of Women: An Art Installation by Carole Turner
The "Silence of Women" is both an installation and exhibition, originally conceived in reaction to the Taliban’s oppression of women in Afghanistan. Long tables hold the ceramic faces of these silenced women, while on the wall, letters from those who have found their voice speak to us of their wisdom. This graphic exhibition challenges the global problem of oppression, and asks us to consider how different the world could be if women were allowed a voice. The artwork will be in the Club office from February 12 until May 3.
September 28 - November 30, 2012
El Maghreb: Reconstructed Memories
Deb Sibony, Printmaker
Deb Sibony’s work derives from her North African heritage and her upbringing in Italy. She travels into history, memory and imagination, looking for connections among regions and cultures, which elements cross, which are repeated. Using a variety of printmaking methods, Sibony employs intricate patterns and lines, layering, and the power of color in the exploration of her ideas.
July 6 - September 28, 2012
Timeless Explorations: Views from Cuba, Chile, Vietnam, Cambodia and Turkey
Berkeley photographer Thea Bellos continues to unveil images from her travels around the world. Her interests in storytelling and documenting global change are evident in her portrayal of people and the natural and built environment. Many of the images were taken in some of the most fragile places on the planet, including the Atacama Desert, Angkor Wat and Isla de Chiloé. Bellos will be speaking at the Club on Monday Sept. 24th, 6 p.m., in the Gold Room.
May 8 - July 5, 2012
"Far from Home," Artworks by Shane Weare
This exhibition of etchings by British-born Weare spans the period from his student days in London at the Royal College of Art to settling in California as an alien resident, raising a family, becoming a U.S. citizen and head of printmaking at Sonoma State University. Weare has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, and his work has been collected by more than 50 major museums and universities.