Fans of the Lower Haight’s shuttered 440 Gallery will be pleased to know that another gallery, Three Ravens, will take over its former space this January.
Three Ravens is owned by Dee Kennedy, Shireen Seif and Joe Kennedy, all of whom harbor connections to Bay Area art scene and to the Lower Haight neighborhood. They acquired the space at 440 Haight St. last month, following a vacancy of about two years. According to Seif, the landlord had been holding onto the space until she found a renter that would contribute to the community.
Three Ravens will rotate exhibits every couple months, and feature 2-3 artists at a time. Although nothing has been confirmed, several artists have shown interest in exhibiting at the gallery, including photographer Robbie Sweeny, Hilary Williams, Mallory Lucille and Arne Jin An Wong—a well-known artist and surfer whose Inner Richmond home caught fire earlier this month.
The space will function not only as a gallery but also as a music venue and “mystery school.” For the uninitiated, mystery schools offer a range of workshops and classes designed to connect students with their deepest personal truth, according to the Three Ravens team. The gallery’s weekday class schedule will include community meditation, Ayurvedic services, yoga nidra and “business energetics”— a six-week program meant to teach business people how to “lead with the heart rather than the mind.” All classes and workshops will be donation-based or a $15-20 drop-in.
“I see this school as a place where people can come and learn a really diverse range of energetic practices,” said Dee Kennedy. “We want to be as inclusive as possible,” Seif added. “So we’ll have structured classes as well as drop-in, community-based classes.”
As for music, Three Ravens’ owners are planning on hosting regular open mic nights and collaborating with the SF Symphony for jazz and classical trios in the space.
If all that sounds intriguing, mark your calendars for early 2016, when Three Ravens is slated to open its doors. As always, we’ll keep you posted.