Val Britton


Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction

Opening Celebration: May 20, 6–9PM Free with reservation

Exhibition: May 21–30, 11AM–6PM; May 31, 11AM–2PM Free and open to the public

Live Auction with performance by Carole Kim: May 31, 5–9:30PM Tickets required

The Store House and Gallery 308 at Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco CA

Full details, including tickets, reservations and how to bid. Tickets on sale April 27.

We’re kicking off our 2022 Benefit Art Auction with an opening celebration and exhibition on May 20, 6–9PM. View over 60 artworks available for bidding, enjoy interactive art-making activities, and experience site-specific installations from Headlands Artists Annie Albagli, and Anja Ulfeldt. Reservations required for the Opening Celebration.

Can’t make it to the opening, or just need some quiet time to experience the work? The exhibition will be open Saturday, May 21–Monday, May 30 11AM–6PM, and Tuesday, May 31 11AM–1PM; no reservations required.

Visit for more information, tickets and reservations, and to register to bid.

Power On: Southern Exposure's Annual Art Auction

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 6:00 PM

Come see the preview exhibition for POWER ON, Southern Exposure’s Annual Benefit Art Auction! This is your chance to check out the art in person before our main event on April 23. Make an appointment to view here. And if you’re looking for the VIP experience, get a ticket to this Thursday's VIP Event, where you can enjoy food and drinks among the artworks of so many of the Bay Area’s most exciting artists. You can start bidding on artworks now when you register online.

TICKETS: Online at or call 415.863.2141 x105

$250+ Host Packages $175 VIP + Main Event Ticket $100 Main Event Ticket $0-75 Livestream Event Ticket*

*If you’re unable to join us in person, we welcome you to support us with a sliding scale ticket to our Livestream Event! Purchase a ticket for $25 or more and you'll get a limited-edition SoEx fanny pack!

LOCATION: Southern Exposure 3030 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110


6:00 PM Doors Open

7:30 PM Live Auction

8:30 PM Silent Auction begins to close

Val Britton: Impressions of Time

May 11 — July 17, 2021

Gallery Wendi Norris Online

Val Britton collects, cuts, paints, pastes, folds, and layers paper. Her practice is fundamentally tactile and reflects a long commitment to her medium. Originally trained as a printmaker, Britton meticulously builds paint and collage layers to create depth in her compositions with contrasting materials and techniques.

Impressions of Time, a video recently shot in Britton’s Portland, Oregon studio, provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of her newest body of work and the most in-depth look into her process to date. These ten square compositions, part of her decade-long Reverberations series, capture the plurality of her approach to the medium of paper. Britton acts upon her surfaces in dynamic fashion, from the gestural painting and staining process to the meticulous work of cutting shapes out of and into the material. The process becomes a constant negotiation of adding and subtracting in order to both fill space and create it. “The work holds an impression of time, and those layers get built up from back to front,” says Britton.

Through a formal language rooted in mapping, including loosely interpreted continents, networks, and constellations, Britton’s visual lexicon is both familiar and illegible. The works, as a result, offer a gesture of invitation without prescribing any particular, worldly destination. “Ultimately, I am trying to make intangible experiences visual through this intense layering and physicality of material.”

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