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Third Annual ARTumnal Gathering

November 20, 2009

Join us for our annual fundraising event, The ARTumnal Gathering! Last year’s event was claimed by many to be the ‘best burner party of the year!’ Over 800 revelers and 100 performers joined together to celebrate a year of amazing art projects. This year, not only do we promise an amazing line up of performers, but we’re collaborating with artists to create a completely immersive interactive art environment. How better to celebrate interactive art than to experience it?

On November 20, 2009, at the Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco, the Black Rock Arts Foundation presented our third annual fundraising event

The Artumnal Gathering

This sold out event was our grandest event to date, celebrating our community’s vital spirit and extraordinary artists. Once again, we gathered in the majestic Bently Reserve to revel in support of BRAF’s mission to inspire art, community and civic participation worldwide.

200 artists and performers came together to create an enchanted world of abundant art, captivating entertainment, and tempting libations. This magnificent venue was dense with interactive art experiences created by community visionaries and three rooms of continuous live entertainment and roving performers.


Photos of this awe inspiring evening:

Event portraits by Traci Bugni

Shawn Feeney’s Mr. Potato Friend portraits

D’Milo Hallerberg’s photos

Nightshade’s photos

Pilar Woodman’s photos

Shrine's temple photographed by Nightshade, at Artumnal Gathering 2009

Shrine’s temple photographed by Nightshade, at Artumnal Gathering 2009

Live Performances by


Dr. Abacus

Fou Fou HA!

Kerri Kresinski

Loyd Family Players

Lucent Dossier

Matthew Schoening (electric cello)

Ubuv (Universal Beats Universal Vibe)

Circus antics, stiltwalking and mayhem provided by Dante,Cynthia Aviance and more!


Three rooms of dance beats by:

Freq Nasty

Fkir Elderfae

DJ Gravity with Krystal Jones (Pink Mammoth)

DJ Solus

DJ Kramer

Dr. Toast (False Profit)

Icon (Opulent Temple)

Jef Stott (Hookahdome, Six Degrees)

MACE (Brass Tax)

Mancub (Space Cowboys)

Ra So

RaNdOm InTeNt


Sculpture and live painting by Shrine

Andrew Jones (visuals and performance)

Fashions by Miss Velvet Cream, and Nika Tang, Jesse Kauppila and Josie Adele

Interactive Art Experiences curated by Alchemy (False Profit) 

Brainchild (interactive video)

Moldover’s SyncoMasher

Empath by Jean Rintoul 

Mr. Potato Friend by Shawn Feeney

Shrinky Dinks Station by Alchemy

Phosphor Essence by Michael Broxton

Narcissus Maximus by Eric Nguyen

Spontaneous Combustamotion by Jason Seigler

Tarot readings by Madame A

Exquisite Interiors by Hookahdome/RuckusLab and Department of Visual Consciousness.

Video Artistry by Celestine Star, Edi Hsu, VJ Rainbow Puddles, Recursion VideoLab, and Sierra Ron Halbert

… and many other special performers to be announced!


Live and Silent Auction and Raffle Items

Win these amazing items, including:

  • Artwork by Kate Raudenbush, Michael Christian, Peter Hudson and many other BRAF artists!
  • Unique experiences hosted by David Best, Chicken John, Michael Michael and more!
  • Two tickets to Burning Man, a flight over Black Rock City and passes to the inner circle of the burn!
  • Many more one of a kind works of art and special items!

Thank you to the following donors who participated in our live and silent auction, and in our Fund A Need drive!


Thanks to our sponsors:

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jk sound logo

SF Guardian logo

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November 20, 2009


Bently Reserve
301 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111 United States