Ongoing through November 14th – Shoebox Orchestra at Ampersand International Gallery: Shoebox Orchestra marks the reopening of the Ampersand International Gallery under the direction of Theodora Mauro. The exhibition looks at the lasting impact Ampersand has had in the Bay Area arts community through the work of artists who were included in past shows including Lauren Davies, Lori Gordon, Amanda Hughen, Jeff Morris, Sarah Smith, Andy Vogt, and Arngunnur Yr. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12 pm to 5 pm and by appointment. Ampersand International Arts is located at 1001 Tennessee St, San Francisco.
Ongoing through November 1st – William Swanson: Subsurface Continuum at Eleanor Harwood Gallery: William Swanson’s new paintings use a variety of methods of mark making to depict manipulations of terrain and architecture. The work explores the collapse of time on a geologic scale through forms and shapes generated by his discoveries in the topography of the paint. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm and by appointment. Eleanor Harwood Gallery is located at 1295 Alabama St, San Francisco.
Ongoing through November 21st – Yinghua Zhu at Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space: As part of the Headlands Center’s Artists in Residence Program, Project Space features artists whose work is designed to be socially engaging. Yinghua Zhu seeks to evoke a sense of “searching” by creating site-specific installations in which she alters commonly understood space and objects, causing viewers to question physical functions that are often taken for granted. Project Space is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The Headlands Center for the Arts is located at 944 Simmonds Rd, Sausalito.
FUNDRAISERSSaturday October 11th – San Jose ICA 34th Annual Art Auction Silent Auction Party, 6PM: The 2014 ICA Auction Exhibition will be on view at the museum from September 27th to October 25th and includes a variety of events featuring work by over 200 contemporary artists from throughout the country and around the world. The Silent Auction Party is a great opportunity to view and purchase available work, proceeds go to help support the museum. Admission to the auction party is free, find a full list of events here and a preview of art work that will be for sale can be found here. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 560 South First Street, San Jose.
Thursday, October 23rd – Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, 7PM: This year’s Root Division Art Auction will feature work from over 100 established and emerging Bay Area artists. Root Division is a community arts and education organization and proceeds from the event directly benefit local artists, free art classes for Bay Area youth, and the continuation of Root Division’s unique model for keeping artists in San Francisco. A VIP Preview will be held at 6:00 PM followed by a silent and live auction later in the evening, tickets and more information can be found here. Root Division’s Pop-UP is located at 1059 Market St, San Francisco.
Thursday, October 23rd – Kalassal, Kala’s Annual Half-Off Art Sale & Fall Fundraiser, 6 PM: For the first time ever Kala Art Institute’s annual half-off fundraiser KALASSAL and the Artists’ Annual Exhibition will open on the same night. Proceeds from the fundraiser allow Kala to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education. A Members Preview will be held at 5:00 PM followed by an opening party, admission to the event is free. There will be additional viewing times on Friday and Saturday as well as a free Family Art Making Day on Saturday. Kala is located at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.