The Painting Salon

is creating a community through our nomadic a lecture series.




per month

About The Painting Salon

Thanks so much for checking out our Patreon page! We are excited to have this opportunity to create an online community here.  

About us
The Painting Salon is a monthly lecture series aimed at fostering a dialogue about contemporary art in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on painting.  Each month, we invite two artists to present their work at a new art space, gallery or artist's studio. With the nomadic venue and expanding roster of presenters, the Salon hopes to foster community by introducing artists to new audiences and artists to each other. Guests are invited to contribute to the event through pot luck offerings of drinks and snacks.

Here's a link to our website and a peek at our upcoming programming:

Why Donate? 
We believe it is important to value the work that artists do and so we offer all our presenters a stipend for their time and contributions. The donations will also go to help us expand our online archive to include recordings, documentation, interviews and other resources for artists beyond the Bay Area.

Here's an example of a recent lecture by the art historian Claire Daigle, A Chromophiliac’s Guide to Painting in the 20th and 21st Centuries hosted by the Minnesota Street Project.  Check out the video here: 


Monthly Subscriptions
For less than the cost of a latte a month you can help contribute to The Painting Salon, the artists it supports and our future curatorial projects. 

About the Directors
Sarah Thibault is an artist, writer and curator living and working in San Francisco. Thibault has exhibited her work at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Interface Gallery, City Limits, Alter Space, Egyptian Art & Antiques and ART in Embassies. Her paintings have been featured in The Huffington Post, San Francisco Magazine, SFAQ, The Examiner and 7x7. Thibault has been a Director of The Painting Salon since 2015.  

Cate Nelson lives and works in Oakland, California. Her interdisciplinary studio practice focuses primarily on painting and installation, while other projects have included experimental film, photography, and sculpture. She has exhibited in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and has work in private collections both in the U.S. and abroad. Nelson has been co-Director of The Painting Salon since December 2015. She has appeared in numerous publications including Marin Magazine and LA Weekly, and was lead columnist and editor for the Arts at the former culture site LA2Day. 

The Painting Salon received an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure in 2016 which helped fund our 2017 programming.

Select a membership level
Painting Salon Member
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This is a great, accessible way to support the Salon. Just think, $24 gets you a year of Painting Salon programming! 
Painting Salon Super Fan
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For $3 more a month, you can consider yourself a Super Fan. All Super Fans will get a Painting Salon button for signing up. 
Painting Salon VIP
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As a Painting Salon VIP you will get your pick of a screen printed tote bag or a hand-designed t-shirt with your subscription. 
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When we reach 100 patrons a month, we will produce a monthly patron-only newsletter featuring interviews with local artists.  
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