ArtPadSF — Opens Today at the Phoenix Hotel

Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Beginning today, Thursday, May 19th through Sunday, May 22nd ArtPadSF, an independent hotel-based art fair, will take place at San Francisco’s legendary Phoenix Hotel. Focusing on emerging and contemporary galleries and artists, ArtPadSF will feature approximately 30 exhibitors, in addition to a lively programming schedule including such panel highlights as California Contemporary Art Art in Context with art world professionals Larry Rinder (director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), Peter Selz (art critic and founding Director of Berkeley Art Museum), and Alma Ruiz (curator of contemporary art), as well as Juxtapoz magazine’s presentation of the speakers panel, Collecting Street Art featuring international street artists Blek le Rat (France), EINE (UK) and APEX (US).
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You Are What You Buy. Michele Pred

Positioned as the adventurous art fair, ArtPadSF visitors will find themselves immersed in the emerging disciplines and the independent elements active in the contemporary art world and prominent in the Bay Area arts communities. Whether it’s watching MFA students from California College of the Arts (CCA) hitting the Phoenix pool and deck for a durational series of splashy, synchronized, and sculptural performances in ‘Swimming Pool Social Sculpture’, viewing ‘No Dialogue’ video works projected nightly from the roof of the Phoenix Hotel, participating in the Thursday opening night preview event curated by Black Rock Arts Foundation’s (BRAF), or exploring artist Michele Pred’s mobile phone site-specific installation ‘Encode Me’, ArtPad visitors are in for a four day treat.

Les Chardons. Alexis Laurent
Courtesy of LTMH Gallery

 Exhibiting galleries, including a new pop-up gallery from Los Angeles, are located in individual rooms with large windows facing the Phoenix’s outdoor swimming pool, allowing for extended viewing sightlines and further enticing visitors to explore the featured artworks.  ArtPadSF’s programming, performances, and site-specific installations are featured throughout the hotel’s public and poolside areas, in the Virgin America sponsored lounge, Chambers the Phoenix’s new restaurant and bar, the hotel roof and even the dumpsters, all of which bring attention to both the playful and serious, as well as to the rich dynamics that art offers as a source of community learning and engagement.
From an experience with the interactive installation by artist Chris Ritson exploring the narrative myth of the North African Lotus-Eater through the contemporary perspective of its viewers, to an exploration of ArtPadSF with Marianna Stark, collector and publisher of “Stark Guide to San Francisco Art”, where visitors can listen in and learn about dealers program aesthetics, personal bios, and what they’re showing, to the opportunity to purchase some of the newest works by up and coming artists from the Bay Area and beyond, ArtPadSF is pleased to offer visitors a venue to discover new trends and artistic practices, and to celebrate San Francisco’s vibrant and visionary arts community and its increasing international art market prominence.

Color Key 16. Aaron Parazette
Courtesy of Gregory Lind Gallery

Exhibiting Galleries – ArtPad SF 2011:
Ampersand International Arts; San Francisco & Paris ● Anno Domini; San Jose ● Art Modern Gallery; Miami ● Ever Gold; San Francisco ● Galeria de la Raza; San Francisco ● Gregory Lind; San Francisco ● Guerrero Gallery; San Francisco ● Hang Art; San Francisco ● Jack Hanley; New York ● Johansson Projects; Oakland Krowswork; Oakland ● Launch LA: Los Angeles ● Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery (LTMH); New York ● Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art; San Francisco ● Marx & Zavattero; San Francisco ● Michael Rosenthal; San Francisco ● Mina Dresden; San Francisco ● Parklife; San Francisco ● Patricia Sweetow; San Francisco ● Peoples Gallery; San Francsico ● Robert Berman / E6 Gallery; San Francisco ● Steven Wolf; San Francisco
Swarm Gallery; Oakland ● The McLoughlin Gallery; San Francisco ● Togonon Gallery; San Francisco ● Toomey Tourell; San Francisco ● Triple Base; San Francisco ● Unspeakable Projects; San Francisco ● White Walls Gallery; San Francisco

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:

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