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December 1 - January 31, 2019

Spark Arts

4229 18th Street, San Francisco

Untitled by Kira Chemlewski, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker on paper, 10 x 15.25 inches

Spark Arts in the Castro will be hosting a colorful exhibition of Creativity Explored artwork during December 2019 and January 2020.

Join us to celebrate the free opening reception on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the Castro Art Walk. Music by local student bands and DJ Will Morgan. Ther reception includes complimentary snacks and a cash wine bar.

Featured Artists
Pablo Calderon
Kira Chemlewski
Joseph "JD" Green
Nita Hicks
Vincent Jackson
Melody Lima
John Patrick McKenzie
Lien Nguyen
Selene Perez
Thomas Pringle
Yolanda Ramirez
Clementina Rivera
Yukari Sakura
Calvin Snow
Kate Thompson

Spark Arts
4229 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 5
6:00 to 9:00 pm

November 14 - December 31, 2019

Creativity Explored

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled (Moon & Sun) by Kevin Roach, 2019 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 inches

The annual Holiday Art Shop at Creativity Explored returns for the season of artful gifting!

This year, we are opening the vaults of the CE collection and offering the public the opportunity to shop for thousands of exceptional and affordable artworks by artists with developmental disabilities. This salon-style shopping experience includes rare and exhibited framed paintings, drawings and multimedia artwork, functional and decorative ceramic sculptures, unique fiber art and our collection of popular digital prints. As always, 50% of original art sales go directly to the artist, supporting their well-being and independence.

In the spirit of remembrance and reflection, the team at CE is dedicating a Wall of Honor in the gallery to rare artwork by artists who have recently passed away. Artwork by fan favorites such as Antonio Benjamin, Dan Michiels and Sara O’Sullivan will be on display and available for sale to the public. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to collect work by our inspiring canon of artists and learn about the legacy of Creativity Explored. 

The Holiday Art Shop includes a collection of CE art products that make perfect stocking stuffers – a limited-edition Thomas Pringle Pin-Up Model 2020 Calendar, new Victorian House keychains by Kevin Roach, artful apparel, our popular enamel pins, wrapping paper, greetings cards, art kits and more!

Plus, shop a curated selection of giftable products by VIDA – choose from luxurious scarves, decorative candles and glass trays emblazoned with artwork by five CE artists. Limited quantities available. Get a headstart on your holiday shopping! Explore the entire VIDA x Creativity Explored Collection online here.

The Holiday Art Shop is open from November 15 through December 31, 2019. See our special holiday hours below to plan your visit!

Extended Sunday Hours
For your weekend shopping pleasure, the CE gallery will be open on Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the run of the Holiday Art Shop.

Enter the Win a Window Giveaway

Between November 15 and December 15, visit the CE gallery to enter our Win a Window Giveaway valued at over $2500! Prizes include a cornucopia of art products by CB2 and other licensees, original artwork, and original CE art products. To enter, simply visit the CE gallery and fill out an entry form. No purchase necessary. Must visit the gallery in person during business hours to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on December 16, 2019.
*For full rules see below.

Celebrate with the Community

Join us for our opening celebrations to party with the community of Creativity Explored artists, staff, donors and supporters! Get first pick of the Holiday Art Shop and enjoy a festive celebration with specialty cocktails, music and artful card-making with CE artists hosted by our friends from Thank You Thursdays.

VIP Donor and Community Celebration
Thursday, November 14
6:00 to 9:00 PM

RSVP via Eventbrite here using your VIP Ticket code.
To become a donor and get access to this exclusive event, visit here.

Live music by Su Buchignani of Golden Gate Music

Guests will enjoy holiday-themed cocktails and bites, giveaways at our Giving Tree, and get the chance to meet CE artists, their families and caregivers.

For questions about the VIP Donor and Community Celebration, please email development@creativityexplored.org 

Public Holiday Celebration
Friday, November 15
6:00 to 9:00 PM

RSVP via Eventbrite and save the date.
Free and open to the public.

Music by Resident DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!, San Francisco)

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

Make art with the whole family at Imaginate Saturdays!

Our weekly public artmaking program, Imaginate Saturdays, will be hosting special workshops this holiday season. Get creative and make art with CE artists! 

Drop-in between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm and IMAGINATE with our artists!
All Imaginate Saturdays are family-friendly, free and open to the public.

All ages and abilities welcome. Materials are provided but guests are welcome to bring their own supplies.

DIY Print-making
Saturday, November 16
Try your hand at easy DIY print-making techniques. Participants will create their own design and print unique works of art. Get inspired by CE artwork and make your own greetings cards, gift tags, or anything you can imagine. 

Embossed Metal Mobiles
Saturday, November 23
Experiment with this classic art-making technique. Carve, press, and pinch to create your own 3-D mobile or holiday ornament in this hands-on workshop.

Sew Artful Tote Bags
Saturday, December 7
Get crafty and design your own custom tote. Using felt, participants will collage, assemble, and sew together your very own tote that will make the perfect heartfelt gift.

Creatures in Clay
Saturday, December 14
Play with clay at this hand-on workshop. Mold your own figurines and sculptures to adorn your mantle.

Community Collage
Saturday, December 21
Using found materials, participants will collage an epic mural with the community of CE artists and supporters!

**Please note there will be no Imaginate Saturdays program on November 30 and December 28, 2019. The CE gallery and studio will be open to the public regular hours from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Holiday Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Holiday Closures
Closed for installation - Monday, November 11 through Thursday, November 14
(Open for the VIP Donor & Community Celebration at 6:00 pm on November 14)
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 28
Black Friday - Friday, November 29
Christmas Eve - Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25
New Year’s Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2020

Creativity Explored Gallery & Studio
3245 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

*Win a Window Giveaway Rules
To enter the giveaway visit the CE gallery between November 15 and December 15, 2019 and fill out an entry form at the gallery desk. No purchase necessary.

Must visit the gallery in person during business hours to enter. Data collected will not be used for any marketing purposes or shared for any reason. Data collected includes full name, phone number, mailing address and email. Participants must present all information requested to enter the giveaway. One entry per person.

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on December 16, 2019. Prizes must be picked up in person by December 31, 2019. If items are not picked up by 5:00 pm on December 31, 2019, a new winner will be selected and announced the following week.




Thank You Thursday Logo

Thank You Thursdays is an an ongoing project that encourages us all to take time to handwrite a personal note or card for anyone you love or appreciate. To learn more about Thank You Thursdays check out their project video on YouTube. Celebrate gratitude at our Opening Celebrations and create your own artful holiday greetings.

November 7 - December 23, 2019

STUDIO Gallery

1641 Pacific Avenue San Francisco, CA 94109

Bird by James Miles, 2011 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and watercolor on paper, 4.75 x 4.5 inches

We're exciting to participate in another exhibition featuring local artists at STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco. The new exhibition, tiny & HUGE, contrasts large and small artwork, and includes work that explores scale.

Creativity Explored's own James Miles is included in this group exhibition. When you drop by be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Miles' elegant Bird (2011).

Opening Reception

Sunday, November 10 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

16th Anniversary Party
Sunday, December 1 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

STUDIO Gallery
1641 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94109

Gallery Hours
Monday, Thursday + Friday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday + Wednesday by appt.
Saturday + Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

October 1 - November 1, 2019

Black & Blue Tattoo

381 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA

Untitled (Koi Tattoo) by Nita Hicks, 2014 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, graphite and watercolor on paper

We're excited to partner with our neighbors, Black & Blue Tattoo, to present a new exhibition featuring tattoo-themed artwork by Creativity Explored artists.

The exhibition will feature ink-worthy original work by Andrew BixlerDaniel Green, Nita Hicks, Camille Holvoet, Andrew LiJohn Patrick McKenzieJose Nuñez, Miyuki Tsurukawa, and Gerald Wiggins.

Drop by the shop during the month of October to catch the exhibition and get inspired by CE art for your next tattoo!

Black & Blue Tattoo
381 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA

Store Hours
Monday - Sunday
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Community Reception with CE Artists
Monday, October 28
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

September 19 - November 7, 2019

Creativity Explored

3245 16th St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Untitled (Guitar, Detail) by John Iwaszewicz, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, mixed media on particle board. Untitled (Hands, Work in Progress) by Joseph

In a tumultuous political climate, the voices of artists on the margin continue to provide unique perspectives and insight into navigating the distinctly American tensions of race, class, nationality, and identity.

Local artists, curators, and brothers Victor Cartagena and Carlos Cartagena center the voices of CE artists Joseph "JD" Green and John Iwaszewicz in this new exhibition to draw upon their unique creative processes to explore, connect, and share their visions of resistance.

"It’s been a learning experience for me following the creative dialogue of Joseph Green and John Iwaszewicz, seeing them work side-by-side.  Their collaboration has shed light on how each one expresses concerns and reflections on life and society," Teaching Artist and curator Victor Cartagena explains, speaking about the process behind the exhibition. "The result is novel and unexpected and may challenge traditional expectations when it comes to art produced by Creativity Explored artists."

Fragments + Resistance features new paintings, drawings, multimedia sculptures and installations by Green and Iwaszewicz that challenge viewers to elevate and include the voices of artists with developmental disabilities in the critical discussions about America today and into the future.

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

Opening Reception - Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

*To become a donor, click here.

Featured Events

Part 1: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
March 26 - May 31, 2020
Available March 26

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...

Part 2: What You Do Curated by Dena Beard
April 16 - May 31, 2020
Available April 16

What You Do is Creativity Explored's first all video and digital exhibition, curated by Dena Beard, Executive Director of The Lab. Part 1 will be available on CE's YouTube page&nb...