THHE AUCTION Draws Notable Artists and Gallerists for Unique Art Auction

Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program Celebrates 50 Years of Art and Activism by Showcasing Nationally-Recognized Artists and Aspiring Talent from the Tenderloin

March 28, 2019 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

More than a dozen San Francisco artists and Bay Area art galleries are teaming up to support and promote the only local art auction that shows works from well-known artists alongside emerging artists and art from San Francisco’s transforming Tenderloin neighborhood.

Named THHE AUCTION (www.thheauction.org), the annual event has gained a reputation for offering something for everyone, including original pieces from some of the Bay Area’s most up-and-coming artists as well as one-of-a-kind works from the city’s undiscovered talent. In recent years, it has featured work from well-known artists such as Barry McGee, Betty Merken, Blek le Rat, Clare Rojas, Mark Ulriksen and Marilyn Minter in its live and silent auctions.

THHE AUCTION, taking place from 6-9 pm PDT on Thursday, May 9, 2019, is expanding to a new, larger space at the Midway in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood at 900 Marin Street, San Francisco. THHE AUCTION benefits Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program, the city’s only free-of-charge fine arts studio for low-income artists who are also showcased in the auction.

“Each artist represented in THHE AUCTION draws inspiration from San Francisco in one way or another," said Kelly Tunstall, who along with her husband Ferris Plock, are two of the artists actively supporting Hospitality House and the auction. "The artists and galleries, together, are proud to contribute to the health of the community in which we live and work.

“From the bold, iconic city and character-driven studies of North Beach ambassador Jeremy Fish to Rachel Lena Esterline's up close and very personal photography of sex workers, the work will be of interest to discerning collectors, as well as a great survey of the New Contemporary movement for those that are new to it."

The auction is curated by gallerists Andrea Schwartz of Andrea Schwartz Gallery, Olivia Ongpin of Luna Rienne Gallery, and Shannon Trimble of Anglim Gilbert Gallery. Adding their support this year are artists, art donors, art patrons, and galleries. Along with Tunstall and Plock, supporting artists include APEX, Emilio Villalba, Micah LeBrun and Rachel Lena Esterline. Supporting galleries include ABG Art Group, Chandran Gallery, First Amendment Gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, Jessica Silverman Gallery, and 111 Minna Gallery.

Submissions come from a combination of notable local and national artists and galleries, along with neighborhood artists from the Community Arts Program. Submissions are being accepted through April 15th at thheauction.org


Fighting for the Soul of the City

Hospitality House is a progressive community-based organization located in the heart of the Tenderloin in San Francisco. We provide opportunities and resources to our local residences and homeless population. Our mission is to strengthen our community by advocating policies and rendering services that foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment.

Our organization stands on five core values—community power, resilience, dignity, mutual respect, and self-determination. Together these values continue to support the locals in our neighborhood to be their best self, lead with respect, and help us create the community we want to see every day. As an organization, we’re committed to providing opportunities for leadership development, peer staffing, and change through community organizing and coalition building. Collectively we encourage everyone to lend a hand in in making our vision come to life.

50 Years of Transformation Through Art


San Francisco is rich in culture, art, and creativity. We’re advocates for making unique cultural and artistic landscapes accessible to everyone—because creative self-expression is something that builds a wholesome, healthy community.

Our Community Arts Program (CAP) is a free fine arts studio and gallery space for artists and neighborhood residences from socioeconomic challenged backgrounds. This space gives local artists and creatives a place to create for themselves and the community. Every year, more than 3,500 people participate in the program to house, exhibit, and sell their artwork.

CAP hosts regular exhibitions at our gallery at 1009 Market Street and other locations in the city. All artists keep 100% of the proceeds from any work they sell at any shows. Check out the calendar below to see all upcoming workshops and exhibits.