5 Bay Area Art Shows to Catch Before 2012

While we’re kicking unhealthy habits and chalking up our New Year’s resolutions, local gallerists are preparing to be out with the old and in with the new, as well. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift that will earn you some serious cred or seeking creative inspiration during this hectic season, be sure to visit these local art shows before they vanish in 2012.

Following Runaways, a successful exhibiton of new paintings and signature envelope works at FIFTY24SF Gallery, Oregon-bred, LA-based fine artist Sage Vaughn opened a second exhibition featuring special installations and conceptual works at the Lower Haight gallery on Friday. One of Vaughn's works is shown above. FIFTY24SF, 218 Fillmore St., 415.861.1960, open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of White Walls.

San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood gallery White Walls showcases the revered style of Mark Warren Jacques, such as that seen above, through Jan. 7, 2012 in Something About Everything About Something. The Portland-based artist explores mysticism, folklore and relationships with vivid and geometric universal symbols of conception, birth, love, sex, death and the after-life. White Walls, 835 Larkin St., open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-7 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of 941 Geary.

If you haven't made it to 941 Geary to see 60/30, an exhibition of works by stencil art pioneer Blek le Rat, make a beeline there now. The show celebrates the artist's 60th birthday as well as the 30th anniversary of the birth of his art. Blek's first major work was his signature piece, the silhouette of a rat, with which he plastered the subways, alleyways, and streets of Paris. The exhibit features a series of spray paint and acrylic works on linen, including the above, "Last Tango in San Francisco." 941 Geary, 941 Geary Street, 415.931.2500, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of 1AM.

Just in time for the holidays, 1AM presents PRINT, its annual show featuring limited-edition prints from favorite artists including Jurne, Zoltron, 123Klan, Evan Yarbrough, Vogue,  Mark Bode, Hydro74, Mars1 and many more. Affordable and high quality, the prints would make great gifts for any art enthusiasts on your shopping list. First Amendment Gallery, 1000 Howard St., 415. 861. 5089, open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6:30 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of John Zaklikowski.

Through Jan. 31, Dogpatch Cafe & Gallery will be showing Hard Drive Universe, an exhibit of large scale assemblages by artist John Zaklikowski constructed primarily from repurposed computer components and other high-tech devices. One of his works is shown above. Each meticulously crafted work incorporates thousands of objects, including hard drives, circuit boards, memory modules, kitchen tools, lab equipment and more. Dogpatch Cafe, 2295 3rd St., open Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

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