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MAY 7 - 31, 2024

Sandra Murphy-Pak's foot painting of "Storm."

Storm, foot painting by Sandra Murphy-Pak

Join us for the 3rd annual Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition in May 2024. View artwork created by people with ALS that gives a glimpse of their inspired individual experience. 


The exhibition runs May 7 - 31, 2024, during ALS Awareness Month. 

Mark your calendars for these exciting events:

  • Gallery Opening Reception

  • Wine Tasting & Ekphrastic Poetry

  • Closing Reception


The exhibition is curated by Melissa Stephens. She created the exhibition to keep hope alive and strengthen compassion through education and beauty. Stephens holds this exhibit to honor her sister, Lynn, who bravely battled ALS for 3 1/2 years.

Located at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery in California, a portion of artwork sales will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), whose sole mission is to discover and develop treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS.)


The Gallery Opening Reception is open to artists and visitors alike. Explore the main gallery and artist's salon, where the Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition will be May 7 - 31, 2024. Chat with artists about their work and inspiration. Enjoy the boisterous energy, light snacks, wine and live music.


"A presence in the San Francisco arts community for over a century, the continuing mission of San Francisco Women Artists is to support, empower, and expand representation of women in the arts and to encourage a diversity of aspiring artists at all stages of their careers."

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Lloyd Davis presenting his wines
to visitors in 2022.

Join us Saturday, May 18th from 2 - 4 pm for a delightful experience tasting Corner 103 wines. Founder, Lloyd Davis, has a reputation for making world class wines, and is committed to exceeding expectations.

Corner 103 creates an environment where you feel comfortable learning all aspects of their wines in a friendly and non-intimidating way. And on Saturday, May 18th, you can experience a taste of Corner 103 wines at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery!


You're invited to become your own wine expert surrounded by the beautiful artwork that is part of the Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition.

Alcohol free TÖST beverages will also be served along with small bites. TÖST uses all natural ingredients to craft "sophisticated lower calorie refreshingly dry" alcohol free white and rose sparkling beverages.

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Ekphrastic poetry is prose inspired by works of art. During this special event, select poets will be invited to write about the artwork in the Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition. Each poet will select 1 or 2 paintings or sculptures and read their work for visitors at the Gallery. If possible, the artists will attend and the curator will be available to answer questions about the exhibition.

Participating poets are: Judy Halebsky, Amanda Moore, Dean Rader, Sarah Rosenthal, Kim Shuck, Rebekah Wolman

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Judy Halebsky is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged). Her honors include fellowships from MacDowell, Millay, and the Vermont Studio Center as well as a Graves Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Dominican University of California and lives in Oakland.

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Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong and was published by Ecco in 2021. It was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and featured in Oprah's O Magazine Favorite Things issue. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets, ZZYZVA, Catapult, and Ploughshares. A high school teacher, freelance editor, and workshop leader, Amanda lives near the beach in San Francisco, California with her husband and daughter. More at

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Dean Rader has authored or co-edited eleven books, including the poetry collection Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry and Works & Days, which won the T. S. Eliot Prize. His new book, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly, features Rader’s poems alongside corresponding images by the artist Cy Twombly. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

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Sarah Rosenthal is the author of Estelle Meaning Star (Chax, forthcoming), One Thing Follows Another: Experiments in Dance, Art, and Life Through the Lens of Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer (punctum; collaboration with Valerie Witte, forthcoming); The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow (The Operating System, 2019; collaboration with Valerie Witte), Lizard (Chax, 2016), Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009), and several chapbooks. Her short film We Agree on the Sun has received numerous accolades on the film festival circuit, including Best Experimental Short at the 2021 Berlin Independent Film Festival. 

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Kim Shuck is a silly protein. Shuck also writes poetry, essays, and many very short autobiographies. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts/Textiles from San Francisco State University and has shown work on four continents. Kim is solo author of ten books and has edited, co-edited, assisted in editing, acted as coffee monkey for or wandered through the editing of a further ten. Shuck served  as the 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Kim maintains a vibrant visual and written art career. Shuck's latest books are This Wandering State vol. 1, one of the editing projects, and Noodle, Rant, Tangent, a collection of essays.​​

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Rebekah Wolman is based in San Francisco, on the unceded ancestral lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone people.  Her poetry, in a wide range of forms and on a wide range of topics, has appeared in a number of online publications and in three print anthologies.  She is a winner of Cultural Daily’s 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize and the recipient of the 2022 Small Orange Emerging Woman Poet Honor.

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