Coit Tower News - March 2014


  COIT TOWER NEWS – March 2014


A team of experienced art conservators led by Anne Rosenthal, Gregory Thomas, and James Brenstein are hard at work every day to restore the 27 Coit Tower murals to good shape.  This is a fabulous sign of good progress towards ensuring that Coit Tower and its historic murals are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and the care that will allow them to be available for future generations to consider and enjoy.  Read more about the Coit Tower mural restoration progress in the San Francisco Examiner article from March 21st, Makeover of SF’s Coit Tower nears completion.

Thanks for this goes first and foremost to the people of San Francisco for voting to pass Proposition B, the Coit Tower Preservation Policy, in June 2012 to correct the decades of neglect and decay to the Coit Tower building and murals due to poor stewardship by city agencies who treated Coit Tower as simply a “cash cow” for too long.  We sincerely hope that this is a new day for Coit Tower.

The reopening of Coit Tower to the public is scheduled for mid to late April, details to come. 


From the personal collection of former San Francisco art gallery owner Jan Holloway and her husband Maurice Holloway, the Thomas Reynolds Gallery is currently presenting historic paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculpture from early 20th century San Francisco – including the difficult days of labor struggles and war and happier scenes of San Francisco at play.   Much of this work has never before been exhibited and is offered for sale for the first time.

The exhibition Good Times – Hard Times: Uncommon Scenes of Early 20th Century San Francisco includes some of California’s most prominent artists of the era.  The artists featured in the exhibition include Coit Tower muralists Victor Arnautoff, Otis Oldfield, and Ralph Stackpole in addition to works from many other artists of the time.  The work of this era is also being spotlighted in two museum exhibitions, “The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933-36” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and “Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay” at the Oakland Museum.

Jan Holloway knew many of these artists and their families, and in the catalog of the exhibition she tells their stories.  Jan was active on the San Francisco art scene from 1978 until her retirement in 2005.  According to a review of the exhibit in the online magazine Art Matters:   “The sense of place in the Holloway collection is sometimes precious, sometimes explosive. The diverse artists represented here are the threads that built the structure and the richness of the tapestry of San Francisco’s art community.”

See Good Times-Hard Times at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery at 2291 Pine Street @ Fillmore until April 19, 2014.  Gallery hours are 12-6 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment.  For more information call (415) 441-4093 or visit


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