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The Canvas Gallery

1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com

Unlike cafes that feature a few watercolors on the wall and call themselves galleries, the Canvas is a whopping 1,100 square feet of art space plus 2,900 additional square feet of cafe and lounge with more art interspersed. The point of all this fusion is to get apathetic coffee-sippers to notice that art can be an organic, integral part of their lives. The gallery showcases painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, photography, and video, with a focus on emerging locals. If you find yourself gravitating, latte in hand, to the sofa beneath a particular piece, chances are you can get a good deal on the work. The gallery hosts new exhibits every month (a recent show highlighted multimedia pieces made from found objects), and all items are available for purchase. You can expect a self-referential nod to the city in many of the works, such as Ursula Xanthe Young's visual chapters in her ever-expanding San Francisco Urban Fairytale series.

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