Varnish Fine Art Reopens In San Francisco


After their beautiful original space destroyed by the City of San Francisco in 2009 due to eminent domain, Varnish Fine Art is finally reopening with a brand new location at 16 Jessie Street in SOMA. Hi-Fructose has posted some photos of their new space including their opening show “The Varnish Vault”, highlighting some of the artwork from their collection.

Varnish Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco owned and curated by gallerists Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens, passionate art collectors who forged a relationship years ago while working together at a fine art foundry. Like the artist Chris Mars who Varnish represents, Jen and Kerri believe that Art can make the world a better place. Since it’s founding in 2003, Varnish has become known for showing provocative and skillfully executed fine artwork by painters and sculptors. True to its original mission, Varnish Fine Art is a lively and vital part of the Yerba Buena Arts District in downtown San Francisco. The gallery and its directors continue to nurture the community by forming long-term bonds of support with their artists and collector friends.


The Attic by Chris Mars

The first group show at the new space, Varnish Fine Art Relaunch Part I opens on September 24 and runs through November 5, followed by Varnish Fine Art Relaunch Part II which opens on November 12 and runs through January 7.

Relaunch Part I marks the reopening of Varnish Fine Art at its spanking new space in San Francisco, CA, only a stones throw from the old digs. The gallery sets sail on Saturday, September 24th, with its most exciting group show of two-dimensional artwork yet.

For an event of this magnitude, the gallery is re-launching with two group exhibitions, Relaunch Parts I and II. As the first exhibition at the new gallery space, Part I features reunited artists plus artists who’ve recently come aboard to create paintings and drawings for this event. Relaunch Part II follows on its heels with a group show of sculpture in a variety of media.

Varnish is one of our favorite galleries in San Francisco and we hosted many events at their old space. We’re so glad that they are back in action and we’re really looking forward to checking out their new location.

photo via Hi-Fructose

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