Opening of the Schlomer Haus art gallery in the Castro


A new art gallery will begin opening on October 26 with the work of six different artists. The Schlomer Haus Gallery, located in the Castro / Duboce district, hopes to attract art lovers from all over.

Creative couple and residents of Castro Steffan Schlarb and Brandon Romer are the owners of the new gallery. Their lineup of leading artists includes works by Heather Benjamin, Lanee Bird, Evan Paul English, David King, Ryan McMenamy and John Webster.

“The six artists in this group show explore different ways queer artists subvert the heteronormative gaze,” Schlarb said in a press release. “Queer gaze and queer visibility are conveyed in various mediums, through abstract and figurative subjects, and shared subcultural signifiers, making the seen invisible.”

Instead of choosing to open their gallery in one of the more traditional neighborhoods – Union Square, for example – they decided to bring their vision to the gay district.

Steffan Schlarb and Brandon Romer, owners of the Schlomer Haus gallery

“We could have opened the gallery in another neighborhood with an established art scene,” says Schlarb. “But we wanted to create a space in the Castro for the invisible to be seen, and where we can help foster artistic creativity and culture in the Castro.”

Schlarb, an award-winning Creative Director with extensive experience in innovation, creative strategy and product design, has led teams of designers for clients such as Google, Salesforce, and Open Table, among others. He is also an artist who has lived in San Francisco since 1992 and at the Castro since 2011.

Romer has been producing films and videos in the advertising industry for almost 20 years, producing for Facebook, Twitter and Xbox. He has lived in San Francisco for 20 years and in Castro for 11 years.

The opening reception is Tuesday, October 26 from 5 to 9 p.m., 2128 Market St., just west of Church St. Masks are required. The gallery’s regular opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. (415) 275-0960.

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