While San Francisco continues to turn into a playground for the 1%, more art galleries are forced to close due to horrific rent increases and lack of sales. ArtZone 461 was part of a lively, grassroots art scene, centered around Valencia Street. Now, that flourishing scene is gone. Roots Division, the last hold out was also hit with an outrageous rent increase and is closing as well.
Art Zone 461 opened six years ago, June 22, 2008. Artists were delivering their works for their inaugural exhibition "Here and Now" and for the Visual Aid fundraising event "A Grand Affair." Workmen were putting the finishing touches on the space. After a mad flurry of activity that included enlisting the aid of family and friends to help hang the artworks, ArtZone 461 Gallery opened.
Now, the gallery has become the latest victim of San Francisco's new wealthy and their indifference to art. The owners attempted a kick starter campaign, reaching out to over 18,000 people. They received fewer than 100 pledges. Of those who pledged, almost half were clients who have already supported the Gallery by purchasing works. Of the remaining half, one-third are artists and another third are friends and family. Unfortunately the campaign failed; those who love art either no longer live here or can afford to buy it.
The current shows for Heidi McDowell and Adam Cahoon will be the last in the gallery. For the record, the owners are extremely disappointed that art critics from the mainstream newspapers never reviewed any of their shows. One of the reasons that so many small galleries are going under is the lack of support from the local media as well from as the thousands that are packing themselves into San Francisco's million-dollar condo spaces, using private shuttles and, in general, avoiding the Hoi polli that made this city a vibrant art center.
The gallery will be setting up a limited time gallery-wide sale of works currently at ArtZone to run through Sunday June 29 with many pieces reduced to sell. The gallery will also be selling catalogs, decorative arts, furniture, jewelry and even a selection of vintage clothing with many pieces in new condition.
Terms of this sale are similar to the Inventory Reduction Sale and is expected to continue through July 20 and while supplies last. Please contact the gallery for further information.
Hours: 12-6 p.m. and by appointment, each day except for Sun, June 22 when they close for a special event.
461 Valencia Street (between 15th & 16th). San Francisco, CA 94103. 415.441.8680 | www.artzone461.com