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Meridian Gallery, Roots Division, ArtZone 461 at risk

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The hits just keep coming. The galleries at 77 Geary are leaving due to rent increases. Some of the galleries have been able to find space elsewhere in the developing Potrero District. But not everybody has resources. News is in that 689 Bryant St., a long time art studio space, home to over 40 artists will be closed next year.

Meridian Gallery, Roots Division and ArtZone 461 are hosting auctions and/or projects to raise money under the category of support your local artists and art space. All three spaces are threatened by rising rents, eviction or lack of substantial sales.

Root Division, Community-Based Arts Organization, Impacted by Mission District Rent Increase

Faced with San Francisco’s rapidly changing real estate market, Root Division announces that it will lose its current space in the Mission District and will need to relocate in Summer 2014.

After residing at 3175 17th Street for more than nine years, Root Division was recently informed that its rental payments would nearly triple. Although disappointed that Root Division must vacate its long-term home, the organization’s Executive Director, Michelle Mansour, maintains a positive stance, viewing this transition as "an opportunity to plan the development of a vital new, sustainable arts facility” with an affordable long-term lease.

The organization welcomes the community’s input and support during its planning period. Please feel free to contact them at transition@rootdivision.org if you have any questions or want to volunteer, provide beneficial contacts, offer in-kind donations of goods and services, or discuss other ways you can help. Although it is too early to launch a capital campaign, Root Division welcomes financial contributions to help sustain its programs during the interim period.

In an attempt to raise much needed funds, The Meridian Gallery will celebrate spring with Greenup Time (the name of a Kurt Weill song performed by Lotte Lenya), and a silent auction. The exhibition and bidding will go all week, ending with a closing party on Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m. More than 50 artists have donates works for the auction.

Meridian, like Roots Division, has, well, roots in the San Francisco Art community. They are one of the few spaces to offer paid internships.

ArtZone 461 is another Mission area gallery. struggling with the lack of sales and public support. To that end, they have started a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money so that their doors can stay open to the public.

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