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Art Splash 

Wednesday, May 16 2012
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We’re not saying someone is guaranteed to fall in the pool. We’re just pointing out that a pool is there, and that people are drinking cocktails and perhaps not paying full attention to their footing. It’s easy to get distracted at an art fair, after all, especially at one as full of stimuli as ArtPadSF. Set at the Phoenix Hotel, the exhibition takes place on a weekend when fellow gallery extravaganza artMRKT is also running full steam at the Concourse Exhibition Center. An art aficionado might feel wracked with indecision about which show to attend if time is at a premium as both events feature a wealth of cutting-edge local galleries and artists. For us ArtPadSF has the slight edge based on location, location, and (well) location. Instead of having to navigate a big convention floor, patrons can concoct a more personal art experience by wandering from room to room, where exhibitors put together installations. Besides bringing together some of our fave S.F. spaces such as Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Creativity Explored, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, and The Popular Workshop, ArtPadSF also allows visitors to get a taste of the red-hot Oakland art scene in the form of Johansson Projects, Swarm Gallery, and Mercury 20 repping the sunny side of the bay. Emerging galleries from farther-flung locations (Portland, Los Angeles, and Chicago) further widen the fair’s scope. Just watch your step as you meander the grounds, lest you find yourself in that pool.
May 17-20, noon, 2012

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