63 Bluxome Street Gallery was created in early 2009 By Mike Lynch(owner), Judy Tam-Lynch(photographer), and Clam Lynch(curator) in hopes of bringing back the arts to a street that was once the heartbeat of the San Francisco art scene, dating back to the 60's.
It is also home to Mike Lynch’s company Babylon Burning Screen Printing
, which has been in business since 1976.
The SoMa story began with the end of the Beat Era in the 1950s. Artists who had come to North Beach and the Embarcadero to try the much publi-cized Bohemian lifestyle eventually saw their cheap studio space usurped by creeping gentrification and urban renewal. Many gravitated to SoMa, a blue-collar area rich with flophouses, cheap restaurants, the city’s Third Street skid row and vacant, light industrial spaces and warehouses. The shift from bulk shipping to containerization emptied the warehouses and they rented for practically nothing. Communes grew up around the city. Some south of Market Street were called projects. Artists took over entire buildings. It was a time, too, when art school graduates, in keeping with hippie freedom and experimentation, shunned gallery protocol. The Art Institute people didn’t want the downtown gallery scene and they went out on their own. Many artists wouldn’t conform to that slick look. If your art wasn’t perfectly square and in the right frame they weren’t
interested. Artists started their open studios in the 1960s. In the 1970s, the leading, casual “alternative spaces” for neighborhood artists were 63 Bluxome and 80 Langton St.
The nexus of the artists exodus came in the
form of the South of Market Redevelopment Plan of
1981 Among other changes came a
work/live code that tightened codes on old build-
ings and spiked rents. SoMa started losing artists. It
was easier in some cases to raze a building and
build pricey lofts. The influx later of dot commers
was the coup de gras as evicted artists continued to
The SoMa studios remaining are
63Bluxome and Gustavo Rivera’s at Folsom and
Today 63 Bluxome is home to a few artist and
63Bluxome Street Gallery recently opened
By Mike and Clam Lynch which is also home to Mike Lynch’s company
Babylon Burning screen printing, which has been in business since 1976.