Peter Howells 2019 Open Studios

Roda Viva: Destino, 2019. Mixed media, 90 x 90 in.

I’ll be participating in this year’s San Francisco Open Studios at Arc Gallery at 1246 Folsom Street in SF. For the weekend event, I am creating a 8 x 30 foot mural on my studio wall inspired by the song Roda Viva by Brazilian artist Chico Buarque. It is probably the most ambitious installation I’ve ever done and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone.  

Peter Howells Studio
Arc Gallery & Studios
1246 Folsom St
Studio 205
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opening Reception
Friday, November 1, 7-9pm

Open Studio Hours
Saturday, Nov 2, 11am – 5pm
Sunday, Nov 3, 11am – 5pm

Redacted group show at ReachArts

They Have an Advantage, 2019

SWAMPSCOTT, MA, July 30, 2019— ReachArts, Swampscott’s Community Arts Center hosts Unredacted, a mixed-media exhibition featuring 7 artists who, over the last two decades, have studied with the collaborative duo rosenclaire, Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky, artists and educators who run workshops and residencies principally in Italy and South Africa.

The exhibition features work by Tereza Swanda, Peter Howells, Diane Jacobs, Angela Rose Voulgarelis, Dorota Mytych, Michael Miller, Melissa Morris

“As a group, we are working with the following themes: gender and economic inequality, violence against women and children, migration as a means of potential political asylum, destructive thoughts that perpetuate social and political division, as well as the collapse of hierarchical cultural structures. 

Acknowledging the political post-truth world we now live in, as artists and activists, we aim to shine a light on sustained inequities and offer more humane alternatives.”

On View: September 7- October 19th

ReachArts is a volunteer-led community arts and humanities center in Swampscott, MA. Our mission is to provide a home for a diverse community to unite through artistic expression.

Fall 2016 Open Studios at Arc Studios


Cartography, 2010-2016. Mixed media, 96 x 360+ in.

ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios provides the public with an opportunity to see artists in their workspaces. Art lovers are invited to meet the artists and build their art collections. Join us in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood to view a multitude of artists in their workspaces, all within walking distance.

Arc Studios

Location: 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

Preview Reception:  Friday, October 21st, 6-9PM

Open Studios:  October 22nd & 23rd, 11AM to 6PM

Arc Studio Artists

Kathy Fujii-Oka, Dianne Hoffman, Peter Howells, Soad Kader, Bonnie Levinson, Sasha Merritt, Priscilla Otani, William Salit, Debra Cook Shapiro, Tracy Starr, Denise Tarantino, Samanta Tello, and Stephen C. Wagner

Guest Artists

Carrington Arredondo, Johnny Botts, Jeanne Hauser, Mike Kimball, Barbara Kleinhans, John Kraft, Erin Malone, Alan Mazzetti, Michele de la Menardiere, Sean O’Donnell, Ken Sloan, and Tanya Wilkinson

​”Identity” Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition

howells-identityI moved into a new studio this year and the resident artists have a group show in the spring. I’ll be showing some recent work in the gallery space on the first floor and large installation piece in my studio workspace on the second floor. You can visit me in my studio during the reception on Friday, March 25 from 7-10 pm and on Saturday, March 26, 12-3 pm.


Arc Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
March 22 – April 30, 2016

Opening Reception

Friday, March 25th, 7-10PM

Arc Studio Artists

Kathy Fujii-Oka, Dianne Hoffman, Peter Howells, Soad Kader, Bonnie Levinson, Sasha Merritt, Priscilla Otani, William Salit, Debra Cook Shapiro, Tracy Starr, Denise Tarantino, Samanta Tello & Stephen C. Wagner, with Matthew Frederick

Arc artist studios will be open during the Opening Reception for an opportunity to see artists in their workspaces – Art lovers are invited to meet the artists and build their art collections.

Full details at

New Work @ Blomster Studio: Photos

From July 1 July 4, 2012, I showed recent work at Blomster Studios in Guerneville. The gallery was open on weekend afternoons and by appointment. Here are pictures from the show and some of the work.

The large piece, title Oak, was created specifically for the space. I painted the 8 x 16 foot painting over the course of four weeks. I’ve returned to the them of the Oak tree, and especially the branching of California’s valley oaks, several times in the past and have been interested in capturing the branching patterns in real scale.

New Work @ Studio Blomster

I showed new work at Studio Blomster in Guerneville during the month of  June, 2012

Opening Reception

Friday, June 1, 2012
14045D Armstrong Woods in Guerneville


The gallery is open on weekend afternoons and will be open on July 4 and by appointment. Contact me for more info at 415.235.4821.

2011 Fall Open Studio @ ActivSpace

I’ll be participating in Artspan’s Open Studios. I’ll be showing my most recent work, including the works on this page, available for purchase or just for looking at.

Peter Howells Studio @ ActivSpace

Studio #532 (5th floor, NW corner)
3150 18th Street, San Francisco [Map]

Cut. Fold. Interrupt. Repeat. @ Linksoul

CUT.FOLD.INTERRUPT. REPEAT. from linksoul on Vimeo.

From the press release

Linksoul Lab is pleased to present CUT FOLD INTERRUPT REPEAT, a two-person show featuring new work from Peter Howells and Angela Rose Voulgarelis. The show runs from September 25 -October 23, [2010]…

Here’s the bit about me.

PETER HOWELLS’ “Rearranged World” serves as an analogy to the destructive and creative processes of both nature and humanity. Using obsolete objects and found imagery, Howells carefully and systematically rearrange[d] their parts by inverting the grid, creating unexpected and engaging forms. The “ground” for each piece is a discarded letterpress typeset tray found at a junk shop. Inserted within each niche are strips of out-dated maps. A discourse on how we all process the world around us, Howells inter[wove] simple geometric patterns that disguise additional  layers of order and information.

And about Angela’s work.

Paying homage to a series of texts, ANGELA ROSE VOULGARELIS translates Marianne Williamson’s poem Our Deepest Fear as read by Nelson Mandela at his 1994 Presidential inauguration, poetry by Ingrid de Kok, John Donne, and writings by Agnes Martin. These texts are meticulously beaded into strands of quartz, jade and coral using morse code. The artist describes the making as a form of meditation. Similar to prayer beads, repetition and pattern allow for the translation of text to occur automatically, and with minimal amount of conscious effort, which in turn allows greater attention to be focused to the meaning of the texts themselves…