Secession Art & Design

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Secession Art & Design opened our Bernal Heights location in August of 2007, and has since grown to represent over 50 independent artists and designers. Our retail location is a gallery, boutique, and workspace combined, creating an untraditional storefront that allows customers to experience curated shows by owner, Eden Stein, and see the process of art and jewelry being made in-house by Heather Robinson and Colleen Mauer. In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Secession was awarded Best Art Gallery by San Francisco Bay Guardian readers, for continuing to push the envelope in exhibitions and wearable art. Our philosophy and name comes from an artistic movement in the early 1900s called the Vienna Secession. The Secessionists were a group of makers from different mediums working together to create artwork and design, in response to industrialization and directly inspired by the collaborative process. Our aesthetic thrives on connecting with clientele and building community. Our store’s longevity is based on customer support, small business partnerships, and community collaborations. This process of constant collaboration pushes everyone to collectively evolve and create. Recently, our exhibition wall space has expanded to include The Front Porch, a Southern-inspired restaurant in Bernal Heights, and to the stylish Blackbird Bar, in the Castro neighborhood, creating a curated Secession Art Annex. Secession Art & Design is curated based on connections — a call and response between artists, curator, and customers. Our boutique features independently-made jewelry and clothing for men, women, and children. All of our goods are hand-picked to accent the color, textures, and theme from our rotating art shows. Two workspaces active with productivity allow customers to meet the makers and see their process from start to finish. As a result, our artists, clientele and artwork are equal parts of the experience that fuels us at Secession. [1]


3361 Mission St.

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(415) 279-3058


Eden Stein

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independent artists and designers

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This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.