Meet our 2019 Artists for


“Many people are in a hurry— if we just spend time— looking at buildings, places, whatever you see, spend time a little longer. You start to see beauty in it, little by little. Now we start to see life as beautiful; beauty everywhere, if you want to see it. So, I think that's what Tenderloin's about.”

Tan Sirinumas, Community Artist


Photos by Ben Saluti


“I always like to help people in my community. I believe art is a tool to use as therapy for people who suffer of mental disabilities and substance abuse problems. It helps them to relax. It's like a sense of meditation.”

Joseph Sierra, Community Artist


I think [art] really helps me escape into this other place that's really comforting to me away from all the stress of life and what you're faced with in reality. But, when I paint I feel like I'm in this kind of different very warm and loving place or something. I feel really at peace when I'm painting and I forget about everything. I really
enjoy that.

Cameron Dempster, Community Artist


“[Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program] has been an oasis for me. It really did save my life early on. And it's continued to live up to the expectations when I first pressed my nose on the window, you know?

It's amazing really, that there's a place that offers so much for no money, where you can feel like you're part of a family. And make art. I can't think of anything better, really..."

Anna Morrow, Community Artist


“Well, they're like my family cause I have nobody right? [This community] has given me so much support. It's a safe place. [The people who run it] really really work hard and they sacrifice and they're dedicated. And then the people that I met here are just amazing, it's awesome to learn about who
they are.”

Lisa Maria Barbas, Community Artist


“So about two years ago when I moved here, it was a pretty life changing experience. Before I had a background in video editing, so I was a TV editor in New York City. A lot of things happened to me. So I moved here. And I live in The Tenderloin. It's a huge change. And I think without the CAP program I wouldn't have been able to anchor myself to something. And this art really helped me express myself and learn about what I love. What I'm passionate about.”

Ling “Sherry” Lou, Community Artist


Interested in being an artist at THHE AUCTION on May 9th, 2019?

We’d love to have you join us. Please see guidelines and details here.