Tendergold Gallery

Tendergold Gallery was first introduced to IAMA in early 2018. The name pays homage to our ever-so-funky neighboring Tenderloin District. While it can undeniably be seen as dark and gritty, it also hosts some of San Francisco's most exciting underground art scenes and nightlife. #tendergold celebrates this by bringing art to the light of day from emerging artists, both internationally and from the Bay Area .



Tanya Herrera and Sherri Lu


Opening Reception: Friday, March 8, 5 - 8 PM

Live Printmaking and Pyrography Demonstration with Children's Art Activities: Sunday, March 31, 2 - 5 PM

March 5 - 31, 2019 

Celebrating Women's History Month this March will be artists Tanya Herrera and Sherri Lu.

Tanya Herrera is a first generation Costa Rican American born and raised in the Bay Area. Herrera has experimented with traditional mediums from a young age, constantly challenging herself to the question, "what’s next?" She continued testing a wide variety of modern art techniques until the age of 25 where she discovered pyrography by trying to make the impression of a stencil on a piece of wood using a different medium. In 2016, Herrera developed a medium she calls "Fire Stenciling" and "Fire drawing". The medium mimics the feeling of a painted or stenciled piece but instead of brightly colored paint, the material is burned and appears monochromatic. Her most recent medium has been a yearlong series of heat molded vinyl records and gold leaf. She has burned pryography in the traditional method for 9 years on wood, 6 years on leather, and 4 years on bone.

Herrera strives to keep alive antique techniques by recreating them for a modern age, all the while intentionally reducing her carbon footprint through repurposing materials. In an age where 3D printing and laser burning are prolific, Herrera sees value in making art by hand, with every piece she makes a reflection of herself.

Ling Sherri Lu is a visual artist and printmaker who currently resides in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Her artwork primarily consists of linocuts: carving linoleum blocks and turning them into prints.

Sherri was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor's Degree in Film & TV Productions. She has previously edited the "Parts Unknown" CNN travel show starring the late Anthony Bourdain. After a series of life changing events, Sherri moved to the west coast and began living her dream as an artist in the fine arts. "And I gotta tell ya, the West coast really is the BEST coast!"


James Hutchison and Adriana Cuevas

Raw and Tender

Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 2019, 5 - 8 PM

February 7 - March 3, 2019

In celebration of our Tendergold Gallery’s 1 year anniversary in February, IAMA will be bringing the spotlight back to our original inspiration, the Tenderloin. James Hutchison, an artist and resident of Tenderloin, will showcase a series of abstract paintings fueled with haunting imagery and passion. His work will be juxtaposed by sharp black and white photographs of the neighborhood and its people by Adriana Cuevas. Our exhibition, Raw and Tender, gives us a glimpse behind the curtains of a historical neighborhood well-known for its underground art scene and nightlife.