Caldwell Snyder Gallery 35th Anniversary
December 13, 2018 - February 5, 2019
Founded by Oliver Caldwell and Susan Snyder in San Francisco in 1983, Caldwell Snyder Gallery has grown from its early roots in the South of Market district and now has two locations: Sutter Street in San Francisco’s Union Square district, and downtown St. Helena, Napa Valley, in the turn-of-the-century Star Building. The gallery features a combined 12,000 square feet of exhibition space with shows rotating monthly.
Oliver Caldwell and Susan Snyder purchased the gallery’s flagship San Francisco building in the late ‘90s, and transformed it from a former restaurant into a light-filled exhibition space, now a Union Square landmark. “Acquiring the Sutter Street building was a statement that the gallery was taking the long view,” says Caldwell. “By making that brick-and-mortar investment, we took a risk and did away with our escape hatch. We wanted to signal to our artists, our collectors, and the public that we were in it for the long haul.”
“One of the things I’m proudest of is the way we’ve nurtured artists, and stood by them as they’ve evolved their styles,” says Snyder. “It’s been gratifying to build trust among our artists and collectors and to see people respond to the work we’ve put our faith in.”
Going into its fourth decade, the gallery will continue its dynamic program, remaining responsive to new art and ways of communicating with the public, while maintaining the strong identity and aesthetic base that has marked its success for 35 years. “Art audiences today are inundated with imagery,” Caldwell says. “Collectors have seen a million landscapes, abstract works, and figures. The challenge is to be a distinctive and meaningful voice.”
Group exhibition featuring new paintings, sculpture, and photography by gallery artists will continue through February 5, 2019.