Some photos from the Community Art’s Program annual fundraiser at 941 Geary

July 5th, 2012 by Sean

The show featured an impressive display of works from renowned artists Chad, D Young V and Blek Le Rat among others. Hundreds of people attended the event including gallery owner Justin Giarla. All proceeds from the event went towards funding the Community Art’s Program.










Mike Giant Painting in The Tenderloin

February 7th, 2012 by Sean

Collaborative Artist Michael Kershnar at RVCA SF opens tonight

December 10th, 2011 by Sean

Good friend and Tenderloin Project collaborative artist, Michael Kershnar, has an amazing new solo show opening at RVCA SF tonight.  I stopped by the other day as he was setting the show up and have included a couple preview pics here…








Ronnie Goodman and Jason Rivera Artist Reception November 11th @ CAP

November 10th, 2011 by Sean




Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (CAP) presents another round of solo exhibitions, featuring works by Ronnie Goodman and Jason Rivers. The Artist Reception for these exhibitions takes place on Friday, November 11, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the CAP’s temporary gallery space at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1009 Market Street at 6th Street.

Both artists describe that making art has been crucial in providing them a form of salvation in difficult times.  Although both received a solid art foundation during their childhood, it was not until reaching adulthood that they were able to focus on art, developing their talent and finding a way to survive through adversity

For Goodman, whose compositions from San Quentin balance the hardships of cellblock life with the hopefulness that only art can bring to him, it was finding the Arts in Corrections program at San Quentin, which helped him rise above his ten year sentence. He was not only able to focus his time on his work, but he was also able to teach other inmates the art of the linocut.

For Rivers, whose imagery bears the ambiguity of trying to piece together a dream or the elusiveness of recalling a forgotten childhood memory, it was art making that helped see the light and slowly emerge out of the dark place he found himself after a deep and personal tragedy. His perspective is reflective in his works that carry almost imperceptible phrases like “trying over and over, never giving up” or “trapped inside an invisible landscape I was afraid to let go.”

The exhibition runs from November 11 through December 9, 2011 with an artist reception on Friday, November 11, from 5 to 7 PM. The reception is free and open to the public. The Community Arts Program is located at 1009 Market Street, at Sixth Street, on the ground level of the Luggage Store Gallery.  For more information, contact Ivan Vera at 415.553.4525 ext. 304 or

Collaborative artist Mike Giant talking about his career in writing

November 7th, 2011 by Sean

video by: Sean Desmond

In The Moment @ Luggage Store Gallery November 5th

October 28th, 2011 by Sean

There’s an amazing art show coming to the Luggage Store Gallery at the beginning of next month.  It is a benefit show sponsored in part by RVCA and will be featuring works from a range of incredible artists.  There’s a limited amount of $150 tickets available for an art auction preview, and doors to the general public open at 8:30pm with a $40 admission to benefit the Luggage Store Gallery.  Some of the artists included in the show are Barry McGee, Thomas Campbell, Neck Face, Os Gemeos, Clare Rojas and many many others.  I’m honored to be included in the show! To find out more visit

Robert Miklos @ CAP, Friday August 19th

August 17th, 2011 by Sean

My good friend Robert Miklos has an amazing show opening at the Community Arts Program this Friday, August 19th.  A variety of new works will be on display, all of which embody his wit and humor blended with a signature craftsmanship. Enjoy a sample of some of his works below and be sure to check out the opening from 5pm to 7pm this Friday.  CAP is located at 1007 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.  All images courtesy of Robert Miklos.

Hugh Leeman X The TL Project X JR’s Inside Out Project – Video

August 10th, 2011 by Sean

Hugh Leeman x JR x The Tenderloin Project

July 17th, 2011 by Sean

Had the great opportunity to participate in JR’s “Inside Out” project thanks to my friend Hugh Leeman.  Inside Out is “a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.” Hugh Leeman reached out to JR to become involved with his project and it was a big honor when Hugh asked if I’d be willing to include some of my photographs in the mural piece that he was putting together in collaboration with JR.  This new mural that went up today is located at 606 Ellis street at the corner of Hyde in the heart of the Tenderloin.  Thanks to everyone that came out to support and participate!

ART x The Tenderloin Project Workshop

July 12th, 2011 by Sean

Art is a regular participant at the Community Arts Program, and he’s recently signed up to do some workshops with me at The Tenderloin Project workstation.  He creates amazing paper cut outs and I’ve then been helping him turn these into stop-motion movies.  The movies are essentially studies in the art of stop motion, and eventually I’ll be working with him on making longer and more intricate films.  Attached are some still photos of his most recent project.