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Creative ArtBar 2018

  • 111 Minna Gallery 111 Minna Street San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Creative ArtBar is an annual benefit for Bay Area students. Come drink, dance, drum and paint with us!

Creative ArtBar brings the Bay Area’s best teaching artists and their innovative workshops to you for an unforgettable night. Tickets cover food, drinks, live-painting, and all activities. All proceeds go toward Leap's program costs, teaching artist wages, and art supplies.

Quality art education transforms children's understanding of the world and themselves, invigorating their academic, social and civic development. We do this by enlisting practicing, professional artists who engage students with captivating residencies.

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For a night of...


E. "Oscar" Maynard has a self-designed B.A. in Visual Art, Psychology, and Gender Studies from Antioch CollegeThey have an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Printmaking. Their work has been shown at Somarts, Mission Cultural Center, and in a number of the National Queer Arts Festival shows. They were a Queer Cultural Center Grantee for a 2014 show called Breaking Code, looking at mental health andmadness through a queer lens. They are an intern and educator at Kala Art Institute. In their spare time they nerd out about gender, feed wild animals in local parks, carve gourd luminaries, and make new things from the Southern Living magazine recipes section. You can see more of their work at: Thank you Oscar!

Live Painting

Sirron Norris is a San Francisco based artist and illustrator whose work graces the walls of Zuckerberg San Francisco General's Pediatric Emergency Room, and millions of silver screens through Bob's Burgers. The artist behind a San Francisco heart and a mural in historic Balmy Alley, Sirron is one of the most prolific and philanthropic artists in the Bay Area. Norris will live-paint an original piece to be auctioned at the end of the evening. Thank you Sirron!


Manolo Davila drums, plays guitar, dances, raps, and belongs to progressive rock bands Next Level and Soltrón SF. Featured in San Francisco’s Carnaval parade for over 20 years, he has studied Afro-Brazilian, Haitian, Cuban, West African and Congolese dance. He also works extensively with kids and teaches Latin Dance and Rhythm & Percussion for Leap.


Emilio Bañuelos is an award-winning international photographer, educator and filmmakerHe has worked inMexico, Panama, and throughout the United States. As an educator, he's worked with the Academy of Art, SF MOMA and the University of Coahuila's School of CommunicationThe co-founder of Black Boots Ink, he supports rising artists and collaborations about life's rituals and the pursuit of happiness. Bañuelos will lead Writing with Light, a photography activity that seamlessly melds science and art. He teaches Mixed Media at Leap.


Born and raised in Italy, Serena Zanello is an architect, interior designer, educator and founder. She has studied in Italy at the Politecnico di Torino, Pininfarina Extra S.r.l, and in Montpellier, France. She has assisted in judging the Sandcastle Classic and teaches Architecture and Design at Leap.

Silent Auction

Teaching artist Anthony "Mogli" Maureal became a photographer after his photo of Macchu Pichu won $1,000 in a contest. Since graduating from Ex’pression College for Digital Arts with a degree in Sound Arts, Mogli has photographed myriad continents, landscapes and events as well as working in film. A Rhythm & Percussion teaching artist for Leap, Mogli performs and produces music, constantly using creativity as a means to evolve as a person and artist.

Local artist Suzy Barnard is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and United States, she arrived in the Bay Area in 1981with a drive to navigate the waters of professional painting. She has a BFA and MFA in painting from the University of Bristol and San Francisco Art Institute.

James C. Leonard is a prolific "colorist" and visual artist whose paintings invite the eye to move across the canvas, using an"extended palette knife" for a uniquely textured effect.Leonard's work has featured in exhibitions across the country and California.

All under one roof...

Venue: Established in 1993, 111 Minna Gallery is a space for rising artists, bar, and café; by night, it transforms into a public and private event venue.

Earlier Event: October 14
Sandcastle Classic
Later Event: November 3
2018 Leap Sandcastle Classic