AWE Staff and Board 2


Executive Director –
Mark H. Campbell, MFA
Operations Director –
Jason Varner
Exhibitions Director –
Darcie O’Brien, BFA



Dan Rosen, President

Tim Wolfred, Vice President

Ignacio Estrada, Secretary

Allen W. Wark, Treasurer

Maria Guillen

Susan Horst

Peter C. Karp

Rene B. Lazo, M.D.

Laura Mason

Dimas Moncada

Linda Murley

Brent Nettle, Executive Director from 1985 to 2013, passed on June 1, 2014. Click here to read Brent’s life story.




Upcoming Events

Courageous Creativity
Online Exhibit
February 23, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Art With Elders Celebrates Black History with this special exhibit honoring African American Artists. The exhibit spotlights the creativity of African American artists within the AWE program. Laguna Honda Hospital artists are featured along with participants from several other San Francisco Bay Area communities.

The exhibit can be viewed in our Online Exhibits Gallery.

Work from the exhibit by Laguna Honda residents is also on display on the first floor at Laguna Honda Hospital, but public access to Laguna Honda remains restricted due to precautions related to COVID-19.

AWE artists of Openhouse at Spike’s Coffees and Teas

Tues. Jan. 4 – Mon. Jan. 31, 2022

4117 19th Street, San Francisco, California 94114

M-S 7:30a 5:00p, except Wed. closes at 12:30

A Visual Story Through Self
We are excited to share the artworks of Openhouse artists in A Visual Story Through Self. Openhouse works to center the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults by providing opportunities to make social connections and build community. These artists encompass the dynamic diversity that enriches San Francisco. Their artworks were made in community art classes with Art With Elders. AWE uses technology and art to bridge the isolating divide of the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic. This show represents a rich tapestry of varied perspectives woven together through the dynamic language of visual art. These artists’ visual stories remind us that connection is an ongoing creative process that results in an ever-evolving community. 

Art With Elders Exhibit at SF Women Artists

Tues. Jan. 11 – Fri. Mar. 4, 2022
Opening Reception – Sat. Jan. 15, 2022 2-4pm
647 Irving Street at 8th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
10:30 – 5:30 Tuesday – Saturday

Celebrating our women artists, featuring AWE participants from Laguna Honda Hospital, The Reutlinger Community, Pacific Heights Care Center, Cypress Golden Gate, Oak Center Towers, Western Park Apartments, On Lok Peralta, UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and more…!


Past Events

AWE partners with SF Friends School to explore “What is Possible”

“What is Possible” is the theme for Art With Elders’ upcoming show of artworks from our Annual Exhibit at the San Francisco Friends School, second floor gallery, February 1-27, 2019.
SF Friends School is a K-8 Quaker school in the Mission with 440 students. They have a lively arts program, including opportunities for students to work with elders through oral history projects, dancing, and drama.

AWE Featured on Well Connected Wed Jan 23 9:45-10:15 am

Art With Elders is excited to participate in ‘Power To Change,’ the second annual virtual symposium hosted by Covia’s ‘Well Connected.’
“Power to Change, our second annual virtual creative aging symposium, will be held January 23rd, 2019. Our elders are looking for ways to have their voices heard, to create change in their lives, and the lives of others. We believe older adults can continue to transform the world and we want to ignite that belief in each symposium attendee.”
The symposium runs from 9 a.m. until 12:30 and features an array of creative presenters. Don’t miss 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. when Art With Elders’ Executive Director Mark Campbell and Instructor-Exhibits Manager Darcie O’Brien will speak about how creativity enhances the gifts of aging, and on the transformative emotional impacts of sharing art and community.
For more info and registration, click here:

26th Annual Exhibit

Art With Elders’ 26th Annual Show Opening Event is now on view at the Gerald Simon Auditorium at Laguna Honda Hospital featuring a juried selection of 105 artworks, representing elder artists from around the Bay Area. The selected works are augmented by a photograph and biographical sketch of each artist. Above, AWE Artist Instructor Insio Che with Artists from Oak Center Towers at the 26th Annual Show Opening Event.

View all the selected works in our Online Gallery
Purchase Artworks, proceeds directly support our programming, thank you for your contribution!
View Event Pictures here

View Artist Pages here

California Dreamin’ by John Lindgren

Art With Elders and The Sequoias celebrate Mary Boyer and Friends at YakiniQ Cafe

Art With Elders and The Sequoias celebrate Mary Boyer and Friends at YakiniQ Cafe

Hello AWE Friends,
We hope you can join us for our upcoming Exhibit and Opening Event:
Mary Boyer and Friends at YakiniQ Cafe
1640 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Opening Event Thursday August 9, 2018 4-6pm
Show runs through September 29 9am-9pm Daily
Art With Elders is excited to collaborate with The Sequoias SF and YakiniQ Cafe to present an exhibit of artworks created by Art With Elders program participants and artists of The Sequoias SF, featuring the works of Mary Boyer. AWE would like to celebrate Mary Boyer who was an avid Art With Elders program participant and donor. The exhibit will be on display Thursday August 9 through Saturday September 29, 2018. The exhibit and reception are open to the public at no charge, courtesy of YakiniQ Cafe. Purchase work through our website here:

AWE Featured on Well Connected/SCWW Fri Apr 27 1-2pm

Art With Elders will be featured in a Special Event program of Well Connected (Formerly Senior Center Without Walls) on Friday April 27th at 1-2pm. We will have an opportunity to show off our stuff to 1,200 seniors across 38 states as our Director, Mark Campbell discusses our AWE program with a slide presentation which will be viewable online and in hard copy for participants. See their Program Catalog here:
Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW) is a non-denominational program of Episcopal Senior Communities. It is a phone and online-based program offering activities, education, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to older adults accessible from the comfort of home. Play a game, write a poem, go on a virtual tour, meditate, share a gratitude, get support, and most importantly, connect and engage with others every day across the country. SCWW is a community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value being connected. All groups are accessible by phone and many are accessible online! Find out more about their innovative offering on their website, or find them on Facebook.

AWE Exhibit and Opening at The Sequoias SF May 10, 2018

Upcoming Events:
AWE Exhibit at The Sequoias San Francisco 1400 Geary Blvd. SF CA 94109

Mon May 7 – Fri Jun 29, 2018 In the Rotunda Daily 9am-5pm
Opening Reception Thu May 10 3:30-5:00pm

The Art With Elders Team is excited to be hosted by The Sequoias San Francisco to present an exhibit of artworks created by Art With Elders program participants from across the Bay Area, featuring the artists of The Sequoias SF, instructor Rafael Vieira. The show runs Mon May 7 through Fri Jun 29, 2018. The exhibit and reception are open to the public at no charge, courtesy of The Sequoias SF,

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The Jewish News of Northern California

AWE is honored to work with Betty Rothaus and The Reutlinger Community. Learn about some of our recent endeavors in this wonderful article from The Jewish News of Northern California! Cover image by Rita O. Goldman. Thank you to all!…/artwork-reutlinger-residents-tra…/

More than 100 seniors — including seven who live at the Reutlinger Community in Danville — recently celebrated their artwork with their families, caregivers,…