Anthony Holdsworth's 'Mission Lake.' (Courtesy of Luna Rienne Gallery)

The Art Lover's To-Do: The Mission in Plein Air, Piano in the Botanical Garden & More July Openings

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Elevate your experience this month with these Bay Area art shows.


What: Anthony Holdsworth's Mission Lake

Where: Luna Rienne Gallery

When: July 8 through August 7

A series of small-scale plein air paintings, depicting San Francisco's Mission District, by Anthony Holdsworth will be on display in this solo show. An image of the vacant lot at the corner of 22nd and Mission Streets sets the tone of the exhibit; it was there that, until last year, a massive mixed-use building housed 62 long-term tenants and nearly a dozen small local retail businesses. Holdsworth aims to paint us a reality check, if you will. // Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd St. (Mission), lunarienne.com


Shantell Martin.(Courtesy of Chandran Gallery)

What: Shantell Martin's Charge Your Self

Where: Chandran Gallery

When: July 13 through August 18

Why: This is the first solo show in San Francisco for New York–based artist Shantell Martin, who is known for her black and white, site-specific installations. In this exhibition, she invites viewers to take time for themselves as they follow the meandering and befuddled paths she depicts on her canvas, with the idea that such meditative acts refuel our energy reserves. // Chandran Gallery, 459 Geary St. (Union Square), chandrangallery.com


Glass Magnets Mirror by Allison Leigh Holt(Courtesy of Pro Arts)

What: Allison Leigh Holt's The Beginning Was The End

Where: Pro Arts Gallery

When: July 7 through August 4

This is also the first solo exhibition of local artist Allison Leigh Holt, whose shows feature video sculptures, diagrams, sound installations and works in glass.The art emerges from her research in Central Java, Indonesia, where she worked with shamans and philosophers to translate the different ways we perceive, comprehend and interact with our world. // Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, proartsgallery.com


Mission Lake by Anthony Holdsworth(Courtesy of Luna Rienne Gallery)



A work by Amy Sollins.(Courtesy of Gray Loft Gallery)

What: Amy Sollins: Introspective

Where: Gray Loft Gallery

When: July 14 through August 26

Local artist Amy Sollins digs into her personal life to paint a surreal narrative of all the objects she holds dear, including underwear, jewelry and her grandmother's cast-iron door stop. // Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford St., Oakland, grayloftgallery.com


The Making of a Great MomentCourtesy of Meghan Moore

What: The Making of a Great Moment

Where: Z Space

When: July 26 through August 26

This play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Sean Daniels examines how much we are willing to pursue our passions, even if if means making sacrifices. The story follows Terry Dean and Mona Barnes, two Canadian actors who tour across the United States by bicycle to show their play, Great Moments in Human Achievement. On their journey they face challenges, doubts, despair and hope—that gamut of emotions that people experience when they take risks to pursue their dreams. // Z Below, 479 Florida St. (Mission), zspace.org


Flower Piano 2017Courtesy of Sunset Piano

What: Sunset Piano

Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden

When: July 13 through July 24

The annual event returns to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This year, the program features a film screening of Twelve Pianos by Dean Mermell and Mauro Fortissimo, a concert by Paulo Sultanum, and an original repertoire of bossa nova, tango, classical and pop music by the San Francisco Symphony. // San Francisco Botanical Garden (Golden Gate Park), sunsetpiano.com


Take Care of Youself by Sophie CalleCourtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, Galerie Perrotin and Paula Cooper Gallery

What: Sophie Calle's Missing

Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

When: Through August 2017

This is the first time in the United States that renowned Parisian artist Sophie Calle is showing a retrospective of her most significant art projects created in her 40-year career. Rachel Monique, Take Care of Yourself, The Last Image and Voir La Mer are all autobiographical, telling the stories of her relationship with, and the loss of, her mother; her breakup with her boyfriend while she was in India; and her experience working with blind people. // Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Gallery 308 (Marina), fortmason.org/missing

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