With a deep fascination for the combination of the commonplace and the unusual, Beth Van Hoesen naturally gravitated to the Castro neighborhood, where she and her husband lived for almost 50 years in an old firehouse that they had converted into art studios. The couple hosted weekly workshops with friends and other artists to create figure drawings and portraits. These meetings inspired hundreds of pieces, many of which are included in “Beth Van Hoesen: Portraits From the Castro.” The collection of paintings, drawings, and prints gives us a glimpse into the lives of various personalities from San Francisco's famous gayborhood, including local punks, drag queens, and prominent LGBT figures, such as political performance art group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and gay rights pioneer Jose Sarria. Van Hoesen made a long career of exploring her subjects' uniqueness. It's easy to see why San Francisco residents will be excited about this show.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 3. Continues through March 1, 2014