The Tenderloin and Lower Polk First Thursday Art Walk returns this week for the first time since March 2020, showcasing local art at neighborhood small businesses.

The walk, which has changed to a series of virtual events during the on-site refuge, will be animated in real life on Thursday, August 5, 2021, starting at 6 p.m. Several places in the neighborhood will host new art exhibitions and offer one-night specials.

Fleet Wood at 839 Larkin St. (in Geary) will mark the closing night of Confidence F ** k the Process: Working on paper, a solo show by James Lewis Tucker of The Aesthetic Union. Tucker’s letterpress prints will be on sale, as will screen-printed t-shirts featuring a collaboration between Tucker and Fleet Wood owner Nicole Schwieterman.

Fleet Wood hosts closing party for Tucker’s Confidence F ** k the Process exhibition Thursday. | Photo: Fleet wood

Schwieterman has led the charge to keep the SF First Thursday Art Walk alive during the pandemic and bring it back for an in-person presence this month, with support from other local artists and community partners.

Lower Polk’s beer bar, Barley, is a new participant in the art walk, having only opened at 1038 Polk St. (at Post) in February 2021. Barley will be showing hand-made wall hangings at affordable prices made by Julia Canright. Inspired by traditional block-printed textile patterns from India, Japan and West Africa, Canright creates unique pieces that incorporate modern and expressionist influences. Canright’s work will be on display inside, and you can check out Barley’s food and craft beer offerings during your visit.

Back on Larkin Street, Tilted Brim will carry a special selection of limited edition Tenderloin branded sweatshirts, along with a whole new crop of vintage finds, along with their other hats, shirts and bags. Find a new top or retro jacket at 706 Larkin (at Ellis).

Emperor Norton’s Boozeland will host the evening’s afterparty and feature a series of Charlie Mirador photographs titled Mid City Moments: A Net Love Story. Mirador will also be celebrating the release of its latest book, Mirror door. Art is on display throughout the evening and the afterparty runs from 8 p.m. until the last call.

Masks will be required for all attendees entering galleries, businesses and restaurants participating in the event, in line with the city’s recently re-imposed mandate. Boozeland and Barley both offer outdoor seating options.

Schwieterman also told us that she is working on creating a self-guided mesh murals tour, which will be accessible to everyone at their own pace or in conjunction with the art walk. The neighborhood has a growing collection of murals that reflect the culture and history of the Tenderloin and Lower Polk region, she said.

The Art Walk is supported by the Lower Polk Community Benefit District and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and typically takes place every first Thursday of the month.

More information on other participating galleries and the murals tour, as well as artists for the coming months and local offerings, will be available on the SF First Thursday Art Walk website and social media pages.