A jubilant mood reigned at the opening of Southern Exposure‘s new gallery this past Friday and Saturday. The space debuted with the exhibition Bellwether, featuring work by Ant Farm, Renee Gertler, Liz Glynn, Jonn Herschend, Whitney Lynn, Jay Nelson, Nonchalance, Lordy Rodriguez, Christine Wong Yap and SoEx’s Youth Advisory Board. But the buzz was all about the miracle performed by the SoEx Board of Directors and Executive Director Courtney Fink, obtaining a beautiful, purpose-designed new home for the venerable alternative space. In the recessionary gloom, the lights coming on at 3030-20th Street, San Francisco gleamed extra brightly.

Southern Exposure Executive Director Courtney Fink (left) with Board Vice-President Amy Charles

Artist and SF Gate blogger J.D. Beltran dances on the corner with her son Sebastian. Beltran posted a great history of SoEx’s search for a new space.

Artist (and former Stretcher crew member) Megan Wilson

Executive Director of the DiRosa Kathryn Reasoner

Art historian Whitney Chadwick and artist Robert Bechtle

Revelers Rodney Ewing and Nicole Lattuca

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, October 20th, 2009]



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