What: Last solo exhibit and reception at Varnish Fine Art
When: Today (Friday, August 7) at 7 p.m.
Where: Varnish Fine Art at 77 Natoma Street
Cost: Free (but 21+ only)
Cue the swan song for Varnish. The reception for “ThankYouGoodbye,” an exhibit by painter Michael Page, will be the last for the art gallery, at least in its current location. Because of an eminent domain eviction, Varnish will have to vacate its almost-100-year-old building to make way for Transbay Joint Powers Authority’s projects.
And Page’s work seems the right kind of sendoff, as gleaned from the event’s description on Facebook:
Michael Page depicts global transformations rich in evolving life migrating with purpose into a possible new planetary age. Each painting in the series addresses ecological upheaval without political bent, revealing new earthly possibilities on a massive scale transformed far beyond the cause. Large numbers of evolved, crawling undersea plants, intermixing of tropical and arctic seas, ocean floors thrust skyward, and rays from a new horizon are part of our possible future from the vast imagination of an artist happy to have been there first.
Once in the historic warehouse district, Varnish now falls into the residential sky-rise district and sits in the shadow of the nearby Transbay Terminal. Many other businesses will have leave and relocate to make room for the new Transbay project. By law, TJPA must pay for losses, and the cap for relocation funds is $10,000. That’s not a lot of money, but Varnish hopes to reopen at a new location soon.
Image by Michael Page.