The San Francisco Bay Area, is a mecca for artists and creative expression. Tilden Hotel is committed to not only engaging with the community, but also in helping shine a light on the emerging artists that live here. We want to provide a space for thought and respectful discussion where diversity is embraced without judgment.
Tilden Hotel was named after Douglas Tilden, the sculptor who created the Ball Player in Golden Gate Park, Admission Day, Mechanic’s Monument, and many more. In that spirit we created a Tilden Tuesday event series with the following goals:
Tilden hotel could not do this without the support of the local community and our Tilden Art Committee. The Tilden Hotel Art Program is supported through the local community and various local organizations including Wildflowers Institute, Hospitality House, the De Marillac Academy and more. With an emphasis on all things local, Tilden Hotel purchases an art piece from each spotlighted artist that is added to the hotel’s growing private collection of local works. 100 percent of proceeds of all art purchased at Tilden Tuesday will go directly to the artists. One of our partners is Hospitality House. Since 1969, Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program has provided a free-of-charge fine arts studio for local artists whose socioeconomic struggles would otherwise prevent them from accessing the power of art and the benefits of being part of a supportive community. Each year, more than 3,500 artists access the program
Tuesday, February 4
5pm to 8pm
+ Pop-up art gallery by local artists Tess Davis and Emma Fenton-Miller
+ Live music
+ Complimentary small, elevated bar bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, our signature San Francisco style bar & restaurant
Tilden Hotel opens its doors to a local artist in its upcoming two-month artist showcase on the ground floor of the hotel. Free to enjoy by the public and hotel guests, the Tilden Hotel rotating art series shines a light on San Francisco’s spirited creativity and engaging community while directly supporting local artists. The event is a bi-monthly gathering that takes place on the first Tuesday every other month. Open to all, the night features complimentary elevated bar bites and beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar.
Tess Davis fell in love with the process of metalsmithing from the first moment she picked up a torch. She built a studio space in her East Oakland apartment, where she spends her weekends and evenings designing jewelry and manipulating metal. During the day, Tess works as the Development Manager for a community based non-profit in her favorite part of San Francisco: the Tenderloin. Her time spent in the Tenderloin— one of San Francisco’s most artistically rich, culturally diverse, and exceptionally resilient neighborhoods—gives her the drive to spend her off work hours creatively engaged with her true love–jewelry design and fabrication. For Tess, the process of jewelry making is meditative. From sawing and filing to soldering and hammering, when Tess is in fabricating metal, she feels most grounded and mentally present. However, the most satisfying aspect of making jewelry is watching her pieces go on to have a life of their own.
Tess is committed to giving back to the community that has given her so much. A portion of all her profits go directly to Hospitality House, a grassroots, social justice organization that provides direct services to individuals struggling with poverty and/or homelessness in San Francisco.
She is honored to be apart of an exhibition that values the uniqueness of the tenderloin– a community that has played such an integral role in her creative and professional development.
Emma Fenton-Miller is an artist based out of Oakland. Originally from the Midwest, Emma studied painting and social work before she moved to the Bay Area in 2011. Her passion for self-directed healing led her to the Hospitality House Community Arts Program, the bay area’s only free-of-charge art studio, where she has been an instructor for the last 7 years. Emma’s creative work includes painting, drawing, metal work, enameling, tattoo and silkscreen. She has also been studying herbalism which heavily influences her art practice. Emma’s work illustrates her love affair with plants and her practice of self-reflection in the pursuit of an open-heart.
Tuesday, March 3
5pm to 8pm
+ Poetry Reading by local artists
+ Complimentary small, elevated bar bites and holiday beverages crafted by The Douglas Room, our signature San Francisco style bar & restaurant
Tilden Hotel will host Tilden Tuesday Poetry Night every first Tuesday of every odd month on the hotel’s lobby level and in its intimate Backyard. The live event is free to enjoy by the community and hotel guests, and all poets and poetry lovers are encouraged to participate or simply enjoy the spoken word. Join us in the New Year for the first Poetry Night of 2020.
October: Laurie Blessen
The Artist Laurie Blessen studied at the California College of the Arts and received a BA in Graphic Design. While most of her career was spent as a designer in both graphics and furniture, she always enjoyed practicing art. She recently discovered her passion for monotypes working on an etching press and now is a committed full-time abstract color field printmaker.
August: Leonardo Nino
Leonardo Nino is a Venezuelan artist from the Andes mountains now living in San Francisco, California. His entire life has revolved around art. In 2015, He moved to San Francisco to study an MFA at the Academy of Art University. His work consists of detailed and intricate, lines and shapes. Since a very young age he has translated his dreams and visions into art. As he says: “It is like Immersing myself into the darkness and bringing a small fragment out into the light”. This creative process gives a distinctive look and feel to his work. He makes art with the hope that his work will bring a little spark of light into the soul of who is looking at it.
June: Eric Dyer
Dyer is a San Francisco-based, non-binary trans artist who studied Studio Art at California College of the Arts (MFA) and Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas (BFA). Their work has been featured at the Totally Rad Gallery in Berkeley, Fleet Wood in San Francisco, and the Maniac Gallery in Oakland. Guests interested in obtaining one or more of Dyer’s featured works in the art series are welcome to purchase a piece right from the lobby walls.
April: Parisa Ghaderi
Ghaderi’s work is driven by the desire to create worlds where all are invited, and her spring showcase of [An] Introduction symbolizes a new beginning in the subject’s story. Dumpling Girl bears an innocently round body that can be seen as a home for possibility or a vast void. Her limbs act to punctuate her personality whether in focused contemplation or acting as a provocateur. The expressions of her body act as a conduit to the wordlessness that we all have inside of us, that which moves but makes no noise. Guests interested in obtaining one or more of the works in the serigraphs are welcome to purchase a piece right from the lobby walls.
February: Christopher Fodera
Fodera’s collage work will be displayed in the Tilden Hotel lobby and available for purchase from February 5 through the end of March. Inspired by color and textures found in nature, his featured collage series combines hand-cut paper elements with original photography, creating a wonderland of surreal and playful images that will line the walls of the hotel lobby.
December: Mike Gosbee
Mike Gosbee’s art will be displayed in the lobby for eight weeks, providing a space for thought and respectful discussion for hotel guests and locals alike. Inspired by the Dada art movement, Gosbee is drawn to abstract pieces for the process in which he finds the beauty in chance configurations, the overlooked layers and its complexity. Gosbee creates ceramics and collages of rearranged ripped and cut paper.
October: Chris Cook
Cook is a multi-talented artist and musician who works in a variety of mediums, including textile screen-printing, decoupage, mural painting and electronic-based installations. He is heavily involved in the San Francisco art scene and works regularly with several non-profit organizations such as The Central City SRO Collaboration (CCSRO) and CounterPulse.
August: Janet Williams
Williams’ Mindscapes is a series of photographs that range from various adventures at Burning Man to daily San Franciscan scenes observed. It also includes self-portraits, Rorschach-style ink blots and excerpts of personal poetry collaged together to make a personal mindscape.
June: Tan Sirinuman with poetry by Jesse James Johnson
Originally from Thailand, Sirinumas combines poetry, photography and sculpture to create three-dimensional designs, which articulate the meeting of San Francisco architecture and nature, and the poetry of personal history and memory, layered with his immense love for his home in San Francisco.
April: Allen Ellison
Ellison helped launch the Tilden Hotel Art Program as the first showcased artist with works focused on digital photography of highly experimental portraits, cityscapes and abstract photographs (water, smoke, bubbles, etc.). Live entertainment provided by Sebastian Pereschica a local oboist.