San Francisco Women Artists Gallery Seeks to Inspire Community

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Jenica Lancy
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The San Francisco Women Artists Gallery will host Hope Lives: Art for ALS during ALS Awareness Month, from May 3 - 27, 2022. The focus of this month-long art exhibition is to inspire hope and action using the power of art to raise awareness in support of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter and people living with ALS.

Every 90 minutes a person in the US is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as "Lou Gehrig Disease), a fatal, neurodegenerative illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from diagnosis. As the disease progresses, people with ALS lose the ability to move, speak, swallow, and, eventually, to breathe - all while their minds and senses continue to function. There is currently no known cure for ALS.

"My sister was diagnosed with ALS in July 2020, and sadly, I live too far away to help her on a regular basis," shared Melissa Stephens, local artist and event organizer. "I wanted to do something meaningful for her and for others who are facing the challenges of ALS."

The exhibition will showcase 13 artists. Three special events throughout the month will include an opening Gallery reception, artist presentations, wine tastings by Lloyd Davis' Corner 103 of Sonoma, a drawing for an original encaustic painting ($650 value), and an ALS awareness and education event with collaborative mandala art projects. A portion of the proceeds from the art and wine sales are being donated to the Golden West Chapter.

"This exhibition is an effort to raise awareness, which, in turn, will help fund research to more effectively diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent ALS," adds Stephens. "Art is empowering, so as an artist, I am leaning into my craft, and collaborating with others to educate and build awareness about ALS."

"The Golden West Chapter is grateful for support from community partners, like Melissa and the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery who fuel our mission," said Asher Garfinkel, Vice President of Community Outreach. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity, through art, to raise awareness and support for families facing ALS and to advance the search for effective treatments for cures."

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Event Contact: Jenica Lancy
Director of Communications

Exhibition Event Dates: May 3 - 27, 2022
Location: San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, 647 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. from 11 am - 5 pm

Featured Artists: Julie Armstrong, Paula Boas, Pam Borrelli, Mort Cohn, Judith Feins, Kathleen Gadway, Barbara Jacobs, Lisa McElroy, Regina Quinn, Nancy Roberts, Janice Rumbaugh, Leslie Shafton, Melissa Stephens.

Gallery Reception, Saturday, May 7 from 2 - 4 pm
The reception welcomes artists and art lovers to gather at the Gallery for conversation, education and art collecting.

Wine Tasting and Artist Talk, Thursday, May 12 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm
This event features two wines represented by Lloyd Davis from Sonoma's Corner 103 wines, followed by 5-7 minute presentations by participating artists. There will be time for Q and A. Wines will be available for purchase, and 20% of all sales will be donated to The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

ALS Awareness and Education Day, Thursday, May 19 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
This event advocates for people and families dealing with ALS, and educates the general public about the disease. The Golden West Chapter will lead a 30-minute program, which will include special guest speakers, advocating for people and families dealing with ALS, and educating the general public about the disease. A collaborative mandala art project is included as part of the installation and will be a main focus during ALS Awareness and Education Day.

The mission of the ALS Association: Golden West Chapter is to discover treatments and cures for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. The Golden West Chapter serves people with ALS and their families in 31 counties throughout California and in the state of Hawaii. Everything they do advances the search for effective treatments and cures for ALS. For more information about ALS and the Golden West Chapter, please visit or email at Social media channels are: @alsagoldenwest.

The San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA) has been part of the SF arts community for over a century. It provides exhibition opportunities, hosts special events, and offers an inviting space for the community to experience art.

Lloyd Davis' Corner 103, in Sonoma, creates approachable, award winning wines that encourage visitors to be their own "wine experts."


Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Street Address

San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, 647 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122


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