On April 11th 2015, the Abrams Claghorn Gallery officially opened our doors and simultaneously hosted our first reception for the inaugural show; a sampling of artworks from each of the upcoming shows for 2015. Showcasing a different show each month in 2015 and 2016, to date we’ve hosted 21 shows consisting of approximately 127 artists.
Taking cues from contemporary art museums, Abrams Claghorn has two distinct spaces: a curated gallery space where the exhibition features one or a group of artists, all displaying work under one show title, and an accompanying museum-style gift store. The store functions as permanent craft show, selling cute and whimsical ceramics, hand-forged metal objects, one-of-a-kind jewelry, cards for all occasions, limited edition prints, fanciful textiles and original fine art. All of the work, both in the store and gallery, is made by San Francisco Bay Area artists and makers. The gallery strives to exhibit local, emerging and underrepresented artists. Selecting our exhibitions by seeking out those with a distinct and unique voices. Traditionally a field dominated by males of European ancestry, owner Robert Abrams wants to add to the diversity of voices in the art world by focusing on exhibiting women and artists of diverse backgrounds and races. The mission of Abrams Claghorn is to showcase artwork as the artist intends; the concept or statement is paramount and we prefer to alter the gallery to fit the show.
As we plunge ahead into 2017 and the future, the gallery will continue to change and evolve. Be sure to check back soon and often!
About Owner, Robert Abrams
Owner Robert Abrams has been a lifelong resident of the East Bay, minus a few formidable years spent working in his family’s business, Sam Ash Music, located in NY, NY. In 1993, while still in New York, Abrams began his art practice. He moved back to the Bay Area in 2000 and went on to earn Masters in Fine Art Sculpture in 2007 at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, having previously earned a Bachelor’s in Organizational Psychology at UC Berkeley in 1986. He currently shows his artwork at Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, CA, Turtle & Hare in Downtown Oakland, CA and has exhibited often in a variety of solo and group shows in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to opening the Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Abrams curated the gallery at the Potter’s Studio, and currently sits as the president of the Studio’s board. You can see his artwork here.