This weekend marks the 6-year anniversary of one of my favorite art galleries in San Francisco, Modern Eden. Painter Bradley Platz and his wife Kim Larson, who has a background in jewelry making and sculpture, originally opened the gallery in North Beach a couple blocks away from its current Greenwich street location and were told 4 years later that their rent would be doubling. Kim tells me, “We could have given up so easily; it would have been by far the easier decision but we did’t want to see another business, another gallery go under. It diminishes the whole city that we kind of fell in love with and it’s changing but we’re so stubborn to hold on to it.”

I’m sure the San Francisco art community and the residents of North Beach are as grateful as I am that they didn’t give up their vision of having an inviting space that could both showcase and elevate the work of talented artists while completely lacking in the pretension and stuffiness that can turn people away from so many other galleries. In addition to their monthly opening receptions, Modern Eden participates in First Fridays as well as artist mixers and poetry readings that draw a fun and eclectic crowd.

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On Saturday, June 11th, Modern Eden will be having an open reception from 6 to 9pm for their annual Portrait Invitational, Portraits of Friends:

This year’s exhibition, Portraits of Friends, is inspired by the online communities and internet friendships that have developed over the course of our journey as a gallery. Social media has become more than a platform for staying in touch with friends, it has become a powerful tool for visual artists to engage with growing fan bases, network with fellow artists, and develop meaningful and often complicated relationships.

The show will be on display from June 11–July 1, 2016.


photos by Michael Cuffe



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