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Greeting, encaustic & paper, 18 x 14 x 1.5 inches by Rinat Goren

2nd Annual Hope Lives: Art for ALS

San Francisco Women Artists Gallery May 2 - 26, 2023 

This educational fundraiser is my response to my sister’s ALS diagnosis in July of 2020. I hope to raise awareness, which, in turn, will help fund research to more effectively diagnose, treat and prevent ALS. 


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a neurodegenerative disease with no known cure. It causes the neurons in the brain to lose connection with a person’s muscles, stealing a person’s ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe. There are a few medications that help slow the progression of ALS, but our hope is for a CURE!


The exhibition showcases 11 artists featuring ceramic sculpture, collage, mixed media, and encaustic paintings. A portion of the proceeds from all art sales are being donated to

the ALS Association - Golden West Chapter. The mission of the ALS Association - Golden West Chapter is to advocate for and empower people affected by ALS while discovering treatments and cures for ALS.

Hope Lives: Art for ALS is at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery (SFWA). There is one more event left before the exhibition closes. I hope you will join me at ALS Awareness Day on Saturday, May 20th from 1:30 - 3 pm


  • Discover the "Why?" behind Hope Lives: Art for ALS

  • Go on a Gallery Scavenger Hunt

  • Sip Corner 103 wines or bubbly water

  • Lift your spirits with the Affirmation Wall. 


San Francisco Women Artists Gallery , 647 Irving St. & 8th Ave.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm


ALS Family Awareness Day:
Saturday, May 20th,1:30 - 3 pm


Please RSVP for these events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Wine Tasting & Ekphrastic Poetry event was amazing! It gave us more insight into creativity and brought us closer to the artwork in the Hope Lives show.


If you couldn't make it, or want to explore the poetry on your own, click the button below.

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Make your tax-free donation to the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association here.

My sister, Lynn Giovannelli, leads us through her personal journey with strength and grace. Click on the video button to hear more about her story. 

In this video, Brooke Eby tells a synonymous story about failing car brakes and her ALS diagnosis. Brooke shares her ALS story @limpbroozkit on TikTok & Instagram to drive awareness and promote funding for ALS research.

Follow Hope Lives on Instagram to learn more!

Please help me thank the following:

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Dean Rader is a poet, art writer, scholar, and critic who has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indigenous studies, modern and contemporary art, and visual culture. Rader is a professor in The Department of English and in the Honors College at the University of San Francisco, where he has won the University's Distinguished Research Award and the College of Arts & Sciences' Dean's Scholar Award, as well as a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Society of Collegiate Scholars. His next book, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly, a collection of poems in which Rader's poems and Twombly's work appear side-by-side, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2023. 


Sarah Rosenthal is the author of Lizard (Chax, 2016) and Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) as well as several chapbooks including but not limited to: Estelle Meaning Star (above/ground, 2014), disperse (dusie, 2014) and The Animal (in collaboration with artist Amy Fung-yi Lee, dusie, 2011). She edited A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Poets of the Bay Area (Dalkey Archive, 2010). She received a BA magna cum laude in Literature and Society from Brown University and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She is the recipient of the Leo Litwak Fiction Award, a Creative Capacity Innovation Grant, a San Francisco Education Fund Grant, and grant-supported writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Soul Mountain, Ragdale, and New York Mills. More at


Peter Kline is the author of two poetry collections, Mirrorforms (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions) and Deviants (Stephen F. Austin State University Press).  A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and James Merrill House and Amy Clampitt House resident, he teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and with Stanford’s Master of Liberal Arts Program.  Since 2012 he has directed the San Francisco literary reading series Bazaar Writers Salon.  He lives in San Francisco, and can be found online at

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Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), which was selected by Claudia Rankine for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative word/art project The Night Could Go in Either Direction (SHP, 2016). Her work has received support from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the James Merrill House Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, and Yaddo. She lives in San Francisco and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. (Photograph by Marco Giugliarelli)

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Kim Shuck is a silly protein. Shuck also writes poetry, essays, and many very short autobiographies. Shuck holds an MFA in Fine Arts/Textiles from San Francisco State University and has shown work on four continents. Kim is solo author of ten books and has edited, co-edited, assissted in editing, acted as coffee monkey for or wandered through the editing of a further ten. Shuck served  as the 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Kim maintains a vibrant visual and written art career. Shuck's latest books are This Wandering State vol. 1, one of the editing projects, and Noodle, Rant, Tangent a collection of essays. (Photo by Douglas A. Salin)

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