Housed in the historic Avalon Ballroom, Argonaut is joining San Francisco’s 50th anniversary celebration of the summer of love with the opening of an art gallery on the ground floor of its office. The gallery’s first collection will be celebrating Janis Joplin. 

There are many counter-culture icons to choose from when celebrating the summer of ’67, but Argonaut has a connection with Janis. 51 years ago, the Avalon Ballroom was the site of Janis Joplin’s first-ever public performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Now, it’s Argonaut’s home. 

The “Celebrate Janis” theme was sent out to local San Francisco artists who would have the chance to see their art on display at the Argonaut Gallery’s grand opening. Seven artists answered the call: 

Artemisia Farris
Chris Farris
Jason Warne
Lindsey Millikan
Egor Sapov
Mark Nobriga
Benjamin J. Ahn

You can see their pieces below, from left to right.




Those interested in seeing the artwork can visit the gallery tonight, July 26, from 6-9 P.M. at 1268 Sutter St in San Francisco, cA. There will be a second chance to celebrate Janis on August 3, when the Argonaut Gallery opens up shop again for the Lower Polk Art Walk.