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September 28-30, 2018

1599 Tennessee Street

San Francisco, CA

Experience the magic of small artworks! Creativity Explored is pleased to announce that Gerald Wiggins will participate in the inaugural stARTup Small Works Art Fair. Expect to find some Wiggins’ charming ceramic and digital work, as well as new original drawings.

Wiggins previously participated in a panel discussion organized by In/Visible Talks at the stARTup Art Fair San Francisco in April, 2018. Everything is Quiet, Wiggins' first solo exhibition at the CE Gallery, is on view through September 13, 2018.

About stARTup Small Works

stARTup Small Works is a "tabletop" style art fair in an industrial warehouse setting for select contemporary artists to show small-scale works ranging from sculptures, paintings, and drawings, to prints and ceramics.

Its core mission is to provide artists with direct access to the art world, and an exhibition venue populated by dealers, curators, collectors, and consultants--all of whom are coming to San Francisco to discover and buy art from some of the best independent artists working today.

stARTup has become a destination event, attracting artists, art industry leaders, and art collectors from across the U.S. and as far away as Mexico, China, Europe, and South America. Our unwavering mission to support creative and professional success for independent artists makes us a beacon for starting and seasoned collectors who seek out unique experiences and original art work.

Celebrate today’s significant emerging talent and leading independent artists in San Francisco's trendy Dogpatch neighborhood. 1599 Tennessee Street is accessible from 280 freeway, the 3rd street Muni line, and within walking distance of Minnesota Street Project, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, and the Museum of Craft and Design.

With 2,500 square feet of original art in an industrial space, visitors can connect directly with artists and take home some of the best art in the Bay Area today.

Event Details

Happy Hour Preview: Friday, September 28, 6–9pm

Includes music, complimentary wines by Von Holt Wines and hand-crafted, small batch rum, gin and absinthe by Raff Distillerie

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Saturday, September 29: 11am–6pm
Sunday, September 30: 11am–5pm

In addition to our fabulous artists, there will be Hawaiian/Asian fusion food truck fare by Aunty Vicky's and made to order craft cocktails by The Bartender Truck for purchase.

1599 Tennessee Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Buy tickets via Eventbrite.

September 20, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Monster Jacket by Christina Marie Fong, 2018, permanent and fabric marker on denim jacket

Join us for the opening reception and fashion show for Fabulate!, our new fashion-themed group exhibition.

Following a collaboration with Commes Des Garçons in 2013-14, Creativity Explored returns to the runway with Fabulate!, a group fashion exhibition of raw couture designed with repurposed and deconstructed materials.

Inspired by the innate desire to express oneself through dress, over 50 artists transformed fabric, clothing, and accessories using paint, embroidery, and fiber art into one-of-a-kind statement pieces ready for the street or runway.

The collection includes vibrant hand-painted gowns with abstract patterns, jackets adorned with movie monsters and celebrity portraits, and stylishly upcycled street fashion accessories. The exhibition will also include traditional 2-D artwork inspired by fashion editorial spreads and items of clothing. 

Many garments were produced in partnership with the City College of San Francisco Surface Design Class, that has been taking place at the CE studio since 1988.

The curators extend a special thanks to City College of San Francisco!

Opening Reception
 & Fashion Show
Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
*Doors open to the public at 6:45 pm for the fashion show

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Fashion Show MC Sister Rosemary Chicken of the San Francisco Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Music by DJ Eric Montano

Hair and Makeup by Andrea Bolding and Michele Von Colorbox of Barnets Salon

Jewelry by Fiat Lux

September 13, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Herman Miller Showroom

23 Geary Street Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94108

One of the many products CE artists transformed at the 2017 event.

Join us at the Herman Miller Showroom for a one-of-a-kind marketplace event benefitting Creativity Explored.

This is the second annual partnership event at the Herman Miller Showroom, which began in 2017 as a way to pair design classics with new contemporary work by CE artists. The concept behind the event originated out of the partnerships between Creativity Explored, Herman Miller, CRI (Coordinated Resources, Inc.), Design Within Reach Contract, Maharam, Kay Chesterfield, Cushion Works, and PLOW Architecture and Design.

Celebrating the nexus of design and visual arts, the event will offer the public the chance to purchase designer items adorned with artwork by CE artists and a ton of original art!

Creativity Explored will be launching a set of new enamel pins featuring floral silhouettes by Elana Cooper. The first 50 guests in attendance will receive an exclusive limited-edition floral pin from the upcoming collection, made just for the event. 

The event will include live painting by Pablo Calderon, chocolate by Recchiuti Confections featuring CE artwork, live music and cocktails.

Register here for this free event!

Save the Date for Inspired By

Photo Collage of 2017 Event

Meet and Greet Musical Jamboree with Kate Thompson

September 8, 2018
11:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Recchiuti Confections

One Ferry Building, Shop #30

Recchiuti Confections and Creativity Explored are hosting a Jamboree on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Recchiuti’s Ferry Building location (One Ferry Building, Shop #30) in honor of the new truffle collection featuring artist Kate Thompson's musician designs.

Join Michael Recchiuti and artist Kate Thompson to celebrate the newly released Musical Jamboree, a limited-edition chocolate collection by Recchiuti Confections.


For this chocolate series, Thompson drew some of her favorite musicians including a trumpet player, percussionist, guitarist, and even a tambourinist! Perhaps Thompson was also inspired by Michael Recchiuti himself, who in addition to being a talented chocolatier is also a trained musician. Don't miss this indulgent pairing of art, chocolate, and rhythm!

Original artworks and imagery by Thompson will also be on view at Recchiuti Confections in the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace.

If you can't attend the Jamboree, the signature burnt caramel truffles emblazoned with Thompson’s illustrations are available for purchase online and in Recchiuti retail locations for $23, with a portion of all proceeds directly benefiting Creativity Explored!

September 2, 2018
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

County Fair Building (in Golden Gate Park)

1199 9th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94122

Assorted zines you can find at the Creativity Explored booth!

Visit the Creativity Explored booth at the 17th Annual San Francisco Zine Fest.

Get ready for some inspiring original work from the Creativity Explored community. The collaborative zine Whipper Snapper Nerd is back with issue #9 and issue #10, featuring the work of Christina Marie Fong and Gerald Wiggins, plus the Manic D Press compilation celebrating over 25 years of WSN, which can be purchased here

Originally appearing in the 1990s as small-edition photocopied zines produced by Fletcher and Meyer, each of the first eight issues was devoted to an individual artist, including Michael Bernard Loggins, James Miles, John Patrick McKenzie, Barbara Doehrman, David Jarvey, Andrew Li, Robert Margolis, and Diane Scaccalosi.

Work by Fears of Your Life author Michael Bernard Loggins and the zine series Tell You What, helmed by Beth Lisick, will also be available. Antonio Benjamin's popular Book of Nudes will be included at the booth with the Boobie Pins created with his design.

You can view all of the zines and books that are currently available on our online store, here.

Don't miss the new work produced from zine-making workshops at CE studios, a collaboration with SF Zine Fest organizers. 

Featured Events

Fabulate! Opening Reception and Fashion Show
September 20, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us for the opening reception and fashion show for Fabulate!, our new fashion-themed group exhibition. Following a collaboration with Commes Des Garçons in 2013-14, Creativity Expl...

StARTup Small Works Art Fair
September 28-30, 2018

Experience the magic of small artworks! Creativity Explored is pleased to announce that Gerald Wiggins will participate in the inaugural stARTup Small Works Art Fair. Expect to find some Wiggins&rsquo...