The revered San Francisco event 2 Blocks of Art returns for its 8th year on Saturday, May 4th, 1-5pm!
This year’s event features the murals of 6th Street, with a live mural painting during the event at 1AM and another on Stevenson Street, where artists Sly and Chris from Sugabus Media will transform a large, blank canvas into a work of art on the theme of “people in motion.”
At 151 6th Street, character designers Jing Ouyang and Rachel Xin will set up a fun 3D photo booth -- a great place to stop after free facepainting at Frena (138 6th Street). Dancers from Alonzo King Lines Ballet Dance Center will also perform throughout the afternoon using several of the area’s murals as their backdrop.
The event will also include the return of Sketchpad Gallery’s “Sketch the Block” for its third year -- the wildly successful, 2 Blocks of Art exclusive one-day sketch-con, hosting artists in the fields of visual concept, comic books and video games.
As always, this free event brings over 75 artists to 20 locations within two blocks of 6th Street (between Market and Howard). The art walk will feature a range of exhibits and live performances in galleries, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and various other storefronts -- even a laundromat. And with many well-known arts organizations in the area, the event includes beloved galleries and theater: 1AM, Bindlestiff, Little Raven and SF Camerawork.
Notable moments from the previous 2 Blocks of Art:
An expanded planning team with art and event experts: Ben Davis (of Illuminate and the Bay Bridge Lights), Blick Artist Materials, Khan Wong (of Grants for the Arts), SF Camerawork and staff from revered 6th Street design firm Vehicle SF.
The return of "Sketch the Block", co-produced with Sketchpad Gallery, a sketch con of artists in the fields of visual concept, comic books, and video games.
The introduction of a large-scale, illuminated video art projection: Sixth Street Superheros on the back of 16-story high 995 Market Street, which served as its own art-themed bat signal.
The expansion into 28 gallery spaces in 20+ neighborhood locations, which included turning vacant storefronts, local businesses and community organizations, into lively gallery spaces and public studio spaces.
Artists and 6th Street organizations interested in participating or sponsoring the event can contact lead organizer of 2 Blocks of Art: the Mid Market Community Benefit District (formerly known as the Central Market Community Benefit District); Helene Sautou, Project Director, info@2BlocksofArt.org, (415) 957-5985.