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

Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Rosie Lee Tompkins

Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to present a selection of works by renowned American artist Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936–2006), considered one of the greatest quiltmakers of all times, and one of the century’s greatest artists.

Rosie Lee Tompkins is the pseudonym of quilter Effie Mae Howard, who carefully guarded her privacy after her rise to national prominence in the late 1990s. Born on September 6, 1936 to a sharecropping family in southeastern Arkansas, she learned quilting from her mother as a child but did not begin to practice the craft seriously until the 1980s, when she was living in the Bay Area city of Richmond. Tompkins was a devout member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and credited God with her uncanny sense of color. Many of her quilts were made with family members or friends in mind, and can be seen as prayers on their behalf, including her sons.

Few of Tompkins’ quilts conform to the traditional scale of a bed covering, a byproduct of the conceptual logic inherent in each piece. Her quilts are characterized by the variation in scale of the triangles and squares used in her patterns, creating “asymmetrical forms that pull, crumble, and bend,” says Lawrence Rinder, the longtime champion of Tompkins and former Director of the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive. Tompkins “transformed everything she touched with her improvisatory piecing and unerring sense of color, composition and scale,” notes critic Roberta Smith. “In the still-unfolding field of African-American quilt-making, she has no equal.”

Rosie Lee Tompkins
Untitled
, ca. 1974
Polyester double knit, acrylic yarn, crepe print, synthetic sheer polyester tablecloth, muslin, shot cotton, nylon-spandex kit, acrylic sweater knit, poly-cotton linen blend, polyester crepe, polyester woven cotton Christmas print, cotton thread, backed with cotton advertising print
62 1/4 x 34 3/4 inches
158.1 x 88.3 cm

SOLD

Rosie Lee Tompkins
Untitled
, n.d.
Cotton khaki sateen (man’s shirt), cotton knit, nylon flag, cotton thread. Backed with nylon flag (synthetic)
29 x 55 1/2 inches
73.7 x 141 cm

SOLD

Rosie Lee Tompkins
Untitled
, n.d.
Wool challis, velvet, velveteen, panné velvet, cotton batik, woven blanket, cotton gingham heavy cotton knit, printed cotton (probably Indian bedspread), rip-stop nylon, plaid cotton flannel, cotton knit garment, gold on black metallic print (synthetic), gold on black metallic woven (synthetic), commercially embroidered cotton. Backed by wool challis with wool yarn and cotton thread.
33 1/4 x 29 3/4 inches
84.5 x 75.6 cm

Rosie Lee Tompkins
Untitle
d, 2005-2006
Polyester mens’ ties, cotton fabric, denim, Polyester Christmas print, cotton thread
17 x 36 1/2 inches
43.2 x 92.7 cm

SOLD