The (new) downtown San Anselmo art scene
Sure, San Francisco is an art town. From large-scale installations to world-class museums and performances, the city bursts with creativity. In Marin, Mill Valley and Sausalito also have growing reputations for both music and the fine arts. And let’s not forget San Anselmo.
Wait, what? Yes, that’s right; downtown San Anselmo is quietly becoming a thriving art hub. In recent years, the town welcomed The Image Flow Photography Center and not one, but two, San Francisco-worthy art galleries. Opening barely a block apart, Garvey|Simon Gallery and Julie Zener Gallery are livening up Ross Valley, with compelling art receptions attracting audiences from all over the Bay Area.
Both galleries seem to draw energy from each other, with visitors often hopping from one space to another, especially on weekends when the town’s “Live on the Avenue” is happening.
Michael Feldman’s gallery, the wonderful Artist Within—a gallery tied into the non-profit Cedars—and Wendy Gold Studios round out this nascent art tour, all within a 10-minute walk from each other. —NN