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Imago Dei Art Gallery & Social Space

Imago Dei ("in the image of God") is an art gallery and social space dedicated to community building, social connection, and celebration of local artists and artisans. The Gallery Hall accessible from street level offers magnificent lighting and space for art openings and receptions.

The space is available to host wine tastings, art exhibits, workshops, lectures, book and poetry readings and more. An on-site institutional kitchen is available for catering, chef's tasting evenings, and receptions.

Imago Gallery, in the Great Hall at 1668 Bush Street, hosted it’s first art opening in December 2017, featuring local San Francisco artist, Anthony Anchundo. It is now exhibiting its first group show, May 1st through June 15th, 2018, called Pre-Figured. 

In July, we will exhibit the works of Robert Amrhein, noted Bay Area artist and his stunning representations of nostalgic Americana for show titled "Elegy." 

Press Release - July 2018

What's an artist to do in the shrinking cultural landscape of the Bay Area? We decided to answer that question by opening an art gallery in our city landmark, Trinity Church at 1668 Bush St., at the corner of Gough. Our mission is for artists to show their work and for the community to gather in support. Open since November of 2017, the long, high ceilinged gallery has exhibited the works of various local artists, including Pinole's Bob Amrhein, whose oil paintings can be seen now until August 15th in a show entitled Elegy: American Nostalgia. 

The current show will be followed by an exhibition by four photographers next month, and then a group of artists during Open Studios in October. These artists include Wenda Pyman, Andrew Carson, Teresa Moore, Leon Sun and Richard Menendez. Each exhibition opens with a champagne reception and there is no cost to the artist or the public. Private gatherings in the space are also reservable.

The gallery's name, Imago Dei, refers to the idea that humankind is created in the image of the Creator. Therefore, human creativity can be understood as an expression of the divine. The gallery is part of the church's mission to support the Arts community in San Francisco. For more information and opening hours contact the church at admin@trinity-stpeters.org, (415) 775-1117. 


Exhibitions

"Flight: The Works of Andrew Carson and Leon Sun", november 1-20th, 2018.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm

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Please join us for “Flight: The Works of Andrew Carson and Leon Sun” the latest show at Imago Dei Art Gallery. The Opening Reception is this Saturday, November 3, from 6pm to 9pm to meet the artists and see the latest exhibit. Carson is a noted Bay Area illustrator, while Sun is an extraordinary silkscreen print artist. Come by and support the local arts community! 

Leon Sun

Yes, Pelicans, do wink at you as they fly by. And pelicans fly freely in and out of your dreams. Well, so do fish and frogs and crocodiles and dogs and... They are all physical manifestations of the glory and beauty of life. 
 
Relating to animals as equals opens up channels leading to a deeper sense of humility, respect and gratitude for Nature and ultimately a compassion for all life. 
 
I try to cultivate these feelings through my art a way of contributing to the movement to save the environment. The difficulty with that job lies not in a shortage of technology but of political will and, to address that, we need first to bring about a change within ourselves.
 
I take inspiration from pre-modern cultures, where animals figure directly in the lives of humans, giving us both a sense of ourselves and the formation of our moral systems.
 
All these issues are addressed in the ongoing series, Animals, Myth and Dreams and Animal Spirit. Over time, the two series have merged. Thus the artworks here are from both series, presented as one exhibit.


Andrew Carson


Each painting for me is a kind of adventure. I paint things that move me, and hope that some grain of truth about the world I see and know can be revealed within. I work and rework a painting until it finds me.

I use color to evoke mood and essence, and strive to connect outer subjects to an internal world they leave me with.
I find a tremendous sense of grace exists within the natural world, and wish to share these impressions with others, hoping they might find beauty there as well.

Science fiction and fantasy paintings are also huge favorites for me; I enjoy working with Robbie the Robot, Star Wars or any fantastic place I can get to for the escapism, challenge and sheer fun they offer me.

Open Studios 2018 - at Imago Dei Gallery and Social SPace



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Imago Dei Gallery & Social Space is proud host Open Studios this weekend at 1668 Bush Street, San Francisco. Three artists: Andrew Carson, Richard Menendez, and Leon Sun, will display their works for San Francisco’s Open Studios on October 13-14, 11am to 6pm. The exhibition is open to the public and all are warmly invited to stop by to see their work.

SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Last year, 2017, marked the 42nd Anniversary of SF Open Studios! To create the best experience for everyone across the city, we have extended the event to five weekends and restructured the SF neighborhood map. We invite you to explore our city and find amazing art at every turn. You’ll discover an authentic connection to your art community and artwork in myriad forms, from painting, photography, and printmaking to glass, metal sculpture, and more. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialog and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing list, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art. The SF Open Studios event is FREE for visitors.

Retro-PerspectiveS: A Photography Exhibition, September 1-September 30, 2018

Come join us for a brand new show, highlighting some of the Bay Area's most forward thinking photographers: Gooch, Alan Hall, Jasper Hall, and Pookie. The works convey the quirky, vibrant, out of the box thinking that characterizes the San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibition will run from September 1st until September 30th at the Imago Dei Gallery and Social Space at 1668 Bush Street. The Opening Champagne Reception will be September 1st from 6pm-9pm. Bring your friends!

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*Robert Amrhein & ELEGY: AMERICAN NOSTALGIA, July 1-August 15, 2018

Noted Bay Area artist Bob Amrhein will present a solo show of works combining noted Bay Area scenes in with a vintage Americana feel, vibrant colors, and a heartfelt look at older days. Bob has shown his work in Carmel, Danville, San Francisco, and Sausalito, CA.

The show will run from July 1st until August 15th at the Imago Dei Gallery and Social Space at 1668 Bush Street. The Opening Champagne Reception will be July 7th from 6pm-9pm

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*Pre-Figured: Bay Area Figurative Artists, May 1-June 15, 2018

The Imago Dei Art Gallery will be open during the month of May and until June 15th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and on Wednesdays form 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Artists Diana Blackwell, Prabin Badhia, Michelle Mongan, and Teresa Moore show representative works from their painting and print-making collections in a show titled "Pre-Figured". A champagne reception will provide a chance to meet the artists! The Imago Dei Art Gallery and Social Space is located at 1668 Bush Street. Please invite your friends!

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 The opening reception for Pre-Figured: Bay Area Figurative Artists

The opening reception for Pre-Figured: Bay Area Figurative Artists

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*Anthony Anchundo, December 1-April 15, 2018

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Anchundo began painting seriously in 1986 and immediately explored the possibilities of abstraction. He attended Chabot College where he met painting instructor Neill Studley, a student of Richard Diebenkorn. Neill and the school of California Abstract Expressionism became a larger influence on Anthony's work. He studied privately with Neill four years after Chabot, pushing the boundaries of form and composition. His website is www.anchundo.com where you can see his current body of work.

For inquiries, please call 415-775-1117.