Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Ever Gold [Projects]
Mieke Marple
Tarot Reckoning

Tarot Reckoning is a visual poem by San Francisco-based artist Mieke Marple made of three cards. It begins with The Moon, the card of the feminine subconscious, which features the artist in profile, superimposed on the moon. Next comes The Lovers, the card of union and attraction, which depicts two endangered Sumatran Tigers—one cuddling the other. Finally, there is Death: the card of mourning and rebirth, which shows a skull inlaid with an image of The Great Fire of Rome. This fire occurred in 64AD, roughly the middle of the empires 1,000-year reign and approximately 40 years before the peak of its expansion. It can thus be seen as the crisis point marking the shift from growth to decline. This shift happened in the Roman Empire around the time of the Great Fire and appears to be happening now in America. To date, over 400,000 people in the United States have died from COVID, with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Pacific Islander populations almost 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID than others. We are in the midst of great collective grief as we witness our own dysfunction, which—like the caterpillar who becomes immobile towards the end of its life cycle—has brought us a screeching halt. The caterpillar will naturally become a butterfly. However, it first must self-immolate inside a chrysalis. And so must we. We—and our imbalanced systems—must die to come back to life.

Mieke Marple
Death (Rome on Fire), 2020
24K gold and acrylic on canvas
70 x 54 x 2 inches
177  x 137  x 5  cm
$12,000

Mieke Marple
The Lovers (Sumatran Tigers), 2020
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 54 x 2 inches
177 x 137 x 5 cm
$10,000

Mieke Marple
The Moon (Self-Portrait), 2020
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 54 x 2 inches
177 x 137 x 5 cm
$10,000

SOLD

Mieke Marple
Queen of Swords (Independence), 2020
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 x 2 inches
101 x 76 x 5 cm
$5,000