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Wednesday, May 8 2013
ArtPadSF brings the boutique art fair but skips the stodgy attitude. Founders Chip Conley and Maria Jenson proudly embrace the fair’s location in the gritty Tenderloin District, and ArtPad always makes room for emerging artists. For its third year, the event returns to “rock 'n' roll hotel” the Phoenix, where it will convert more than 40 rooms into galleries, the swimming pool into a performance area, and an adjacent building into a screen for Andrew Benson’s digital mural Shine Bright Plastic Diamonds. This year’s exhibitors include returnees Beta Pictoris, The Luggage Store Gallery, New Image Art, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, and Unspeakable Projects, as well as newcomers Blythe Projects and Charlie James Gallery. Thursday’s opening night VIP preview benefits SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art program, which awards emerging artists a cash prize and an SFMOMA exhibition. Synth-pop band Altars and S.F.’s gold medal-winning synchronized swim team Tsunami Synchro will also perform at the preview. But there’s plenty to see beyond opening night – performances, exhibitions and panel discussions continue through Sunday.
May 16-20, 6 p.m., 2013

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