Artists are always getting hit up for work to donate to auctions for nonprofit spaces, and I’m such a sucker for the cause that lately I’ve been (almost always) saying yes… Last month was the Southern Exposure Auction held at SoMarts and coming up are the Headlands Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, KALA Art Institute, (all of which I have work in) and an art auction fundraiser for local friend Tiana Lyons.

While all are good causes (nonprofit artspaces? who would disagree?), I’m especially moved by the benefit for Tiana, who was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Her family is devastated and the art community is galvanizing to help raise funds for her treatment. I’ve known her husband, Leo, for over a decade and he’s an amazing artist and painter. Below is the info for Tiana’s benefit, which has an amazing roster of local luminaries donating artwork, plus a dance party and gathering to raise funds… For more info, the official website is

Please join us in a celebration of our friend Tiana Lyons for a fundraiser auction. Tiana has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. We her family and friends are joining forces to raise the funds to help support Tiana and her family; daughter, Olive (4) and husband, Leo at this critical time. It is our hope to raise $100K to ease the strain during this stressful time of treatment. Bring your love and support, and share in a wonderful evening of auction including art, services and goods from local artists and businesses. Take this opportunity to remember those in your heart and life who need a little extra help in these most unexpected times of need.

6PM door
cocktail reception and silent auction

8:30 Live Auction and Raffle
(Silent auction will close after live auction)

10PM – 2AM Dance Party

$20 at the door
$5 donation bar

3170 23rd Street (Between South Van Ness and Shotwell)
San Francisco, CA

Donating Artists include:
Leo Bersamina
Enrique Chagoya
Euan MacDonald
Stephanie Syjuco
Mike Arcega
Terry Hoff
Rigo 23
Jason Jagel
Kelly Yon
Carolyn Castaño
Rebeca Bollinger
Reanne Estrada
Megan Wilson
Chris Oliveria
David Arnn
Maizie Gilbert
Eliza Barrios
Todd Hido
Chris Johanson
Jo Jackson
Orfeo Quagliata
Heath Ceramics
Tracey Ginsburg
Adam Silverman – Atwater Pottery
Ari Marcopolous
Nome Edonna
Sham Saenz
Cheryl Dunn
Dave Schubert
Amanda Eicher
Amy Trachtenberg
Tia Factor
Jeronimo Elespe
and many many more.

Updated Artist Listings and More information and Donations at: