Art Shows – San Francisco

Since opening in 1995, Glama-Rama has been an ardent supporter of the local art scene. We have helped launch the careers of many emerging artists as well as featuring the works of well established artists from around the world.

Check out or blog below to see what’s going on and what’s coming up!

New SF Art Show: Glama-Rama Staff Art Show

The Glama-Rama Staff Art Show
January 24-March 5
Opening reception: Saturday, February 4 – 7:30pm-9pm
304 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Featuring art created by our talented employees including:
Jennifer Hofmann
Pyke Barber
Katey McMuffin
Brandi Foucheaux
Rachel Helzer
Hoffmann Designs SF
and Metal Muse Studio.

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New SF Art Show: “Time Travel Photos” by Tofu


October 11 — November 27, 2016
Opening Reception
Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

San Francisco artist Tofu has a new series of work called Time Travel Photos. For each work he selects a set of his photos to cut, slice and reconfigure to show both a present and a past. Each work contains an image of an urban space in San Francisco interspersed with images of the location’s natural past. Instead of using historic photos, he has juxtaposed images of present-day San Francisco with his own photos of unspoiled, natural places in the Bay Area. He chooses places that are close approximations to how San Francisco would have appeared prior to the arrival of Europeans.

A finished Time Travel Photo is really one image of a single place. Each photo collage reveals a place where time loosens allowing echoes of past realities to easily emerge through into our present and sometimes even give us a glimpse the future.

For additional information and to preview the series see

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Upcoming SF Art Show: “BUTCH” – Photography Show by Meg Allen

BUTCH – Photography by Meg Allen

May 17th thru July 3rd

Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery is excited to feature the photography of Meg Allen and her ongoing photography project, BUTCH. BUTCH is an environmental portraiture project and exploration of female masculinity, identity and the butch aesthetic in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2012-2016. Recently featured online on Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, we’re proud to present the project in it’s largest, most prolific public showing to date. Allen’s show run coincides with the San Francisco LGBT Pride celebrations and should be on everyone’s list of queer things to do and see in late June in San Francisco.

The show runs from May 17th thru July 3rd and the Opening Reception on Sat. May 21st, from 7:30-10pm will feature drinks, snacks and is a FREE EVENT.

From the photographer: “My inspiration to document the variety of Butches that existed around me began when I started to hear many lesbians saying the butch aesthetic was disappearing. I knew that they weren’t, but that they’ve never been adamant about being seen either. I also wanted to explore what exactly that aesthetic was in this part of the world in recent years.”

Bio: Meg Allen is a photographer, adventurer and amateur philosopher. At the moment, she is freelancing in all aspects of photography and image making to fund her art habit. She is finishing her first major body of work called “BUTCH” for book release by 2016. She loves a good story and travels whenever the opportunity presents itself. She prefers freedom over stability and quality over quantity. She currently resides in Oakland, California.

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New SF Art Show: “THE SUCCESS OF EXCESS” – The Art of Bill Bowers



The Art of Bill Bowers
FEB. 9, – MAR 20

Opening Reception: SAT. FEB 13, 7:30-10pm

Glama-Rama is honored to welcome Legendary San Francisco artist Bill Bowers, progenitor of the Funk-and-Flash fashion and art movement, with his new show “The Success of Excess“. The show runs from Feb 9th through Mar 20th with an opening party on Sat. Feb 13th from 7:30-10:30pm. This is a free event!

Mr. Bowers designs rock-and-roll art clothing, and formerly dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper – always in psychedelic garments adorned with found imagery, sometimes cash money and even taxidermy rats. Norma Kamali, Betsy Johnson, and Fiorucci all featured his work in the 1970s, as did New York stores Bonwitt Teller, Bergdorf-Goodman, and Granny Takes a Trip. L’Uomo Vogue staged – at Andy Warhol’s Factory, no less – a photo shoot of Bowers’ fashions for a six-page feature, for its March 1973 edition. Playboy featured one of Mr. Bowers cartoon-inspired jackets in its 20th-anniversary edition, in January 1974.

Mr. Bowers began his illustrious career performing with the Cockettes, that notorious San Francisco drag theater troupe, with whom he traveled to New York, immediately making a name for himself in fashion. In step with the times, he returned to San Francisco to turn on, tune in, and drop out, and join the Angels of Light, that other great underground theatre group at the forefront of psychedelic gay liberation.

Mr. Bowers now principally makes art jackets. His instantly recognizable style combines found imagery documenting a particular theme – such as Ana Nicole Smith’s death, Hurricane Katrina, or the falling of the Twin Towers on 9-11. These images he surrounds with many-colored beads, vivid swatches of fabric and leather, plus bits of ephemera encased beneath clear plastic.

The Oakland Museum owns three of Mr. Bowers jackets (Baby Doll, Voo Doo, and Leather – the latter currently on display in the main gallery); and the 9-11 Museum in New York City owns Mr. Bowers Twin Towers jacket. Mr. Bowers currently designs costumes for Thrillpeddlers, the San Francisco theater troupe; and in 2015, he received a Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Costumes. A biography of his life and work, The Success of Excess (Averkieff, Edition One Books, 2015), has just been released and is available from the artist or at Glama-Rama during the show’s run.

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New Oakland Art Show: PATTERNS – Art by Kara Nelson

Patterns: Art by Kara Nelson

Feb. 3, 2016 – March 13, 2016
Artist reception  Sat. Feb. 6, 6-9pm

GLAMA-RAMA Salon & Gallery in Oakland is excited to present Kara Nelson and her show “Patterns”.  Nelson’s deep, lush canvases brings to mind landscape painting from the romantic era, but her use of waste material speaks to our contemporary moment of planned obsolescence and mindless consumption.

Join us for the artist reception on Saturday, February 6, 6-9pm.  Beverages and light snacks provided.  This is a free event.

About the artist:
Kara Nelson is an artist living and working in the Bay Area. She uses her own trash to collage images of landscapes and make small-scale, abstract, and sometimes functional sculptures. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries, and exhibitions in private homes.
Originally from the North West, Kara references elements of those landscapes in the images she creates. These signifiers are increasingly mixed with reference to the California landscapes she interacts with daily. For Kara, living sometimes means needing to use objects that can have harmful environmental effects. She creates her work as atonement for using. It serves as a reminder to tread lightly in the world in order to minimize her negative effect on the environment.
From the artist:
“I believe the world moves in cyclical patterns: birth, death, and decay, which in turn fuels further growth. But the waste which humans produce is disruptive to this cycle. By creating landscapes with discarded materials, I am attempting to give them a longer and more meaningful life. By taking something that inhibits life and using it to create something that represents it, I hope to call attention to the function waste can serve.”

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New SF Art Show: FROM OUR OWN HANDS 2016 – The Glama-Rama Staff Art Show

The Glama-Rama Staff Art Show

JAN. 5, – FEB 7, 2016
Opening Reception SAT. JAN 9, 7:30-10pm

Glama-Rama Salon & Art Gallery is excited to announce the return of our staff art show. The show, the third put on by the staff, will feature stained and art glass, painting, drawing, photography, and jewelry.

Artists featured in the show include the following staff members:
Jennifer Hofmann (Stylist) – Stained & Art Glass
Deena Conway-Davenport (Stylist / Proprietress) – Photography
Gunner Conway-Davenport (Barber) – Painting
Dottie Lux (Reception)- Painting & Drawings
Lady Nigel Butterfly (Reception) – Jewelry
Tina Sogliuzzo (Reception) – Letterpress Art
Leigh Crow (Special Projects) – Drawings

Opening Reception on SAT. JAN 9th begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10pm. Join the party for beverages, snacks, and art made by us! DJ ROB COONS spins too! This is a free event.

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New SF Art Show: “The Vault of Broken Dreams” by Carl Linkhart

“The Vault of Broken Dreams ”
New Watercolors & Select Paintings by Carl Linkhart
November 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Artist Reception: Sat. Nov. 7, 7:30-10:30pm

We’re thrilled to welcome painter, CARL LINKHART and his new show, “The Vault of Broken Dreams”, his latest visionary dream worlds in watercolor plus a selection of previous paintings, all based on actual dreams.

The opening reception will feature a special live performance by the artist himself as “Carl With Records”. There will be beverages and light snacks. This is a FREE event.

Carl Linkhart was born in Oklahoma in 1950 and has been painting from his dreams since 1970 .He lived in Tuscon Arizona from 1957 to 1969.He has been a Oakland resident since 1992 .He studied art independently but is largely self taught and was influenced by his travels in Austria ,Greece , India, Nepal, Burma, and Mexico, as well as by memories of Arizona. Writing, film, music and theatre have been his other pursuits. His film Weekend Zombie Nurses was shown at the S.F. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 1985. However because of the Other worlds it can create, his main love is painting . He was especially inspired by trips to Southeast Asia and India from 1972 on, living in Thailand for all of 1972 . He studied art at Yuba City collage as well as Fort Mason in San Francisco where he moved in 1973 . He was with The Angels of Light , the early Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence , and other theatrical groups and now continues to perform as a cabaret singer and composer as Carl with Records .Since his dreams have always been vivid, colorful, and thought provoking, he took to exploring them on canvas with acrylic in 1970. After developing his style for nearly thirty years, his friends, Burl Willes and Cass Brayton and others helped Carl produce his book, Suspense Above the Pool in 1998, featuring 40 paintings with text. an intriguing journey through his personal, yet universal dream world. He showed art at various galleries such as The Georgi and The Cache. In 2004 and in 2005 he studied the Misch technique in Austria and Germany under Phillip Rubinov Jacobson and began to paint using oil and egg tempera still exploring his personal dream world. In 2008 he began numerous works on paper with oil and mixed media. He is now working on a songbook of his original songs and continues to paint almost daily.

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New SF Art Show: In A Material World – Mixed Media Art

In A Material World
Mixed Media Art Works by Denise Laws
September 1 – November 1, 2015
Artist Reception: Sat. Sept. 5, 7:30-10:30pm

Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery is proud to welcome San Francisco artist, Denise Laws and her show, “In A Material World” featuring pieces from her Mylar Reveries and Hair Color Theory Series. It’s been 13 years since Denise’s last solo show at our gallery and we are thrilled to have her beautifully textured vision grace our walls.

Join us for the artist reception on Sat. Sept. 5th. Drinks and light snacks provided. This is a free event.

Artist Statement: My artistic practice is rooted in collage, abstraction, assemblage and the transformation of unconventional materials. I refashion what has been discarded, thereby revealing its beauty, as a means of commenting on the disposability of our culture: what we consume, wear, and acquire will ultimately be abandoned. Through the investigation of mundane, commonplace materials, and by allowing their properties to drive the outcome, I seek to expand the possibilities of what is accepted as art.

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New Art Show SF: BlingAdelik Paintings by John Benko

Paintings by John Benko
with Bling by T-Dub

July 14 – August 30, 2015
Opening Reception Sat. July 18, 7:30-10:30pm

GLAMA‐RAMA Salon and Gallery is excited to welcome to our walls, BlingAdelik, a collaboration between painter John Benko and jewelry designer T-Dub.

The opening reception on Sat. July 18, from 7:30-10:30pm will feature light snacks, beverages and fab art! This is a FREE event.

BlingAdelik is the collaboration of artists putting their skills together to create works of contemporary art. San Francisco painter John Benko works with various mediums, specializing in stylized line work and all things psychedelic. T-Dub’s Bling and “recykled” jewelry adds a whole new dimension, transcending boundaries every time. They are currently accepting commissions for custom pieces.

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New SF Art Show: “OOMPH” Paintings by Adam Ansell

“OOMPH” – Paintings by Adam Ansell
Feb 17 – Apr 5, 2015

Sat. Feb. 21, 7-10pm

We’re so excited to welcome back to our walls, painter Adam Ansell and his show, Oomph. The daring paintings of Adam J. Ansell take the viewer into a bizarre and bold-colored world that may be identifiable, yet not the same for each person. Adam’s edgy high fashion paintings are filled with contradictions: rugged and delicate, improvisational and meditational, spontaneous and labored, stark and festive. This show will mark Adam’s long-awaited return to Glama-Rama and his first show at our Valencia St. location.

Please join us at the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 21st, from 7-10pm. Beverages and snacks provided.

This is a free event.

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