Past Exhibitions:

City Nights by Paul Hermann
Main Wall Installation

Paul Hermann is a San Francisco based oil painter.

He is currently creating painterly and colorful portraits of the cityscape that reflect how he experiences the beauty of classic San Francisco locations that are instantly recognizable to locals.

The current collection is based on well over a decade of photographs taken on nightly walks through the neighborhoods of the city.


"Apotropaia: Deliver us from Evil"
Front Window Installation
by Ann Belden

"Most cultures have symbols through which they express the need for protection. Certain objects have been designated as apotropaic (from the Greek for “to turn away”), having the power to ward off evil. They include, but are not limited to, bay leaves, various trees, copper, silver, coral, evil eyes, relics, mezuzahs, horseshoes, jack o’ lanterns, crucifixes, tattoos, wild roses, garlic, phalli, amulets, talismans, seals, mojo bags, bone rattles, petitions to Saint Michael the Archangel and other saints, the Star of David, tiger skins, holy water, mirrors, holy water, and fu dogs.

My own concrete representations of intention to protect ourselves are displayed here. I’ve worked with traditional symbols and created my own apotropaia which I describe as a cross between religious art and something you’d knock down at the county fair to win a prize. I’ve been working with these symbols for years, but I think most of us would agree that we need protection now more than ever. I’m happy to show them at Madrone Art Bar, which sports its very own “Evil B Gone” sign over the bar."

Ann Belden is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist living and working in San Francisco. Born in Canton, Ohio, she attended University of Michigan where she earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing. She moved to San Francisco and turned her talents on the culinary arts, working as chef in her own restaurant and bakery for thirteen years.

In the early nineties, she returned to fine art, and began painting again. She studied metal sculpture under Joyce Clements of Bolinas, California, and worked as her apprentice for 3 years.

She continues to paint and make sculpture, and since 2004 has been traveling from coast to coast making large outdoor installation work on the grounds of various galleries and institutions.

Elisabeth Kohnke
Lightweights, 2017
(printed PVC plastic and air)
Main Wall Installation

Elisabeth Kohnke is a visual artist working primarily in installation, video and photography. Her interests reside in ecosystems, self-reflexivity, post-humanism and memory. Since the early 2000's she has performed and collaborated with many bay area artists, dancers and filmmakers. Kohnke managed the Experimental Media Arts program at Stanford University for 7 years until leaving in 2014 to pursue an MFA and MA at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kohnke was born in Monterey, CA and currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

*Special thanks to Larger Than Life Inflatables

"By utilizing subtle humor and perceptual disorientation, my practice attempts to playfully challenge the viewer's notion of normal; to unravel common societal practices and reveal their dysfunctional systems of power that are frequently ignored. I am drawn to architecture and consumer objects because their intrinsic design and function conveys a capitalist identity containing an inherent yet sometimes fallible logic. Natural materials play a key role in my artwork as well, for economically powerful infrastructures cannot proliferate without a persistent network of contributing resources." - Elisabeth Kohnke


Kundan Baidwan
American Ramayan: defeating evil with virtue, intellect, and a resistance to persecution
Front Window Installation

Kundan Baidwan received her BA in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego in 2001. While in San Diego, Kundan showed both on campus and with galleries including Social Club & Gallery and 838, and was selected for Regional Artists Show by the Art Institute, Balboa Park. After college she worked as mural restoration assistant in Paris under the tutelage of Bruno Poirier. Kundan made her Bay Area debut at Heart in 2011, where she was heralded as their most successful selling artist. She has continued to show throughout the West Coast with exhibitions in San Francisco, Pacifica and Los Angeles.

Madrone Art Bar presents:
Main Wall Installation APRIL, MAY, JUNE 2017
Opening Reception Sunday April 9, 2017 6-9pm

The Employee Art Show reveals the incredible talent and passion for art making that is the core of our business philosophy and mission statement.

This exhibition contains artwork in various mediums by employees of Madrone Art Bar, Pop's Bar, & Bar Fluxus. They work as Bartenders, Bar-Backs, Doormen, Musicians, DJ's and even family members. Some are more advanced and formal than others, as people are in different places in their art making experience, and as we believe, "Art is a life long challenge." Creativity breeds success, and inspires internal motivation, that can be transferred to other areas of a person's life. Creative expression exists in everyone, even if the results are not meant to be shared with others.

Participating Artists:
Ellie Bobrowski (Bartender at Pops Bar)
Jeff Bostic (DJ Pops)
Max Cohen (Musician Madrone)
Eric Davis (Inventory Specialist: Madrone)
Angela DeCenzo (Former Bartender: Madrone)
Anthony Grant (DJ: madrone 90's night)
Matt Grippo (Cocktail creator at Bar Fluxus)
Michael Spike Krouse (Owner)
Isabella Krouse (daughter of Owner)
Seraphina Krouse (daughter of Owner)
Lija Kukle (Bartender Madrone)
Deb Leal (Bartender Madrone)
Jeremiah Lebrecht (DJ Madrone/Pops/Fluxus)
Stephanie Murphy (Bartender Madrone)
Tim Ryan (DJ Madrone)
RadioActive (Musician Madrone, Fluxus)
Tom Tierney (Owner, Pops)
Nicole Shaughn (Bartender Madrone)
CM Samala (DJ Madrone)
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