Tenderloin Arts Lending Library

Rick Darnell, Project Coordinator & Jeff Marshall, Chief Librarian
Tues, Sept 14th, 12-2pm PDT in-person
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Come view and borrow original art by Tenderloin Artists for up to one month!

The Tenderloin Art Lending Library (TALL) is a queer-artist-run project that lends artwork to Tenderloin community members free-of-charge.

TALL is a trust-based program where artists—the majority of whom are homeless, formerly homeless, and live or work in the Tenderloin—donate artwork that is available for loan to any member of the Tenderloin community free-of-charge.

TALL is predicated on the belief that everyone deserves to appreciate all forms of visual arts expression. In CounterPulse’s spirit of accessibility, TALL provides this opportunity.

This event is part of the 2021 CounterPulse Festival. Learn more at COUNTERPULSE.ORG/FESTIVAL2021

TALL; Photo by Robbie Sweeny. Image Description: A long black table with two rows of framed art laid upon it in CounterPulse’s lobby. Four people stand around the table looking down at the art. CounterPulse’s glass doors are propped open with sun flooding in in the background.

To borrow artwork from TALL, we’ll need:

1. A photo ID

2. Proof of residence

3. A reliable way to contact you

You may borrow a piece of framed original artwork and keep in your home for one month. Return the artwork at the end of the month and you may borrow another piece.

Artists featured in the Lending Library include…

Charles Blackwell
Marsha Campbell
Wilton Woods
Jean Sarno
Abie D’bango
Mary Poppins
Emile Franco
Among others…
Rick Darnell, Project Coordinator
Jeff Marshall, Chief Librarian


About the Project Instigators:

Rick Darnell brings over 30 years experience in dance, theater, social work, and activism to his role as CounterPulse’s Associate Director of Neighborhood Arts. Rick has lived, worked and made art in the Tenderloin neighborhood since 1995. During this time, Rick, has facilitated a number of social practice art based projects with special populations in the Tenderloin and other communities. Through CounterPulse’s Neighborhood Arts program, Rick works to identify and engage a wide range of Tenderloin stakeholders through Block Fest and other shared arts activities that foster a sense of community, inclusion, and contribution. 

Jeff Marshall has been making art in all mediums, particularly painting for 40 years and is most known for his kites. He was a Wildflowers Institute Hidden Gems Awardee in 2020. He is Tenderloin resident and longtime CounterPulse volunteer. 

Photo Credit: Robbie Sweeney

For information about COVID-19 protocols at this event, visit counterpulse.org/covid19