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Palette Gallery Presents FOOD + ART
2:00 PM14:00

Palette Gallery Presents FOOD + ART



Palette opened its doors with the first public showing of the work of Peter J. Hemsley earlier this spring with great review. A chef by trade and overall artist by passion, Hemsley works from sketches, historical record, memories, taste, smell and curiosity to render his creations in the art studio and in the kitchen. His work, ever grounded in the culinary world, displays the connection between food art. The pieces on view in FOOD + ARTshow the steps of Hemsley’s creative process. From his personal recipe sketches, to sculpture, to tongue in cheek photographic interpretation, Hemsley draws the audience deep into the world of food and art. 

While researching the historical significance of an ingredient or age-old recipe, Hemsley creates tactile artworks to further his creative process and inspire new versions of timeless dishes. 

FOOD + ART is the first installment of the story of Peter J. Hemsley and the birth of Palette. Palette is to be a fine-dining restaurant, working artist studio and art gallery with the overall goal of exploring and expanding our views of the correlation between, art, food and community. Currently under development in the Western SoMa district of San Francisco, Palette aspires to bring the community together, both on a local and national level. 

Special performance by the talented Joe Warner. 

Exclusively at Palette Shop: unique collaborative works from local artisans Mikael Kirkman, Bristle Bros., Bobbi J, Kevin Harris TextileTilden and Rocket Glass Works.


"Perris Blues" - Concept by  PJH , photo by Marija Vidal.

"Perris Blues" - Concept by PJH, photo by Marija Vidal.

Peter J Hemsley was born in Philadelphia, PA. In 2008 he graduated top of his class from the world famous Le Cordon Bleu Academy in Paris. Back to the United States to practice his craft in America’s great food cities. In 2011 he relocated to France to enhance his technique and learn from the industry’s most coveted chefs. While abroad Hemsley took to drawing and paintings to further develop his recipes. Under the instruction of Alain Passard, Hemsley was reinvigorated to the fact that food and art are forever intertwined. Upon his return to the United States Hemsley began to develop the business plan of Palette, a space where diners and art officianattos find a commonality. 


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Palette Dinner for Thirty. SOLD OUT.
6:30 PM18:30

Palette Dinner for Thirty. SOLD OUT.

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Palette Dinner for Thirty.


Chef Peter J. Hemsley offers two menus (the Chef a Menu and the Vegetable Menu) of nine courses for this fine dining popup dinner. The Chef created a colorful veggie menu with summer accent, and a Chef menu around beautiful local products from his personal network of purveyors. Inspired by Palette Studio/Gallery, art and cuisine come together on the plate.

Don't miss this opportunity to dine at Palette and immerge in its very special universe.

Chef Menu.

Vegetable Menu.

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Palette Gallery Opening
5:00 PM17:00

Palette Gallery Opening

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Palette Gallery Opening

Peter J. Hemsley
Nathan Richard Phelps
Bobbi J.
Rocket Glassworks

Palette opens its gallery space with the first showing of work by Peter J. Hemsley. We welcome the public to join us during this art-filled weekend in San Francisco. Tickets include entry, bites and first glass of bubbles as well as the opportunity to paint alongside local artist Nathan Richard Phelps. 

Peter J. Hemsley presents his art work for the first time. Inspired by an intimate relationship with nature that his profession as a Chef has afforded him, Peter's work reflects an admiration for the beauty of the edible world. Peter's artistic process often begins with a deep contemplation behind historic, trendy, or personal recipes, then a very involved reinterpretation process translating the idea or "recipe" into a more abstract "artistic" notion or representation. The result is a very unique art reflecting a Chef's creative imagination: colorful, playful, vivid, and most importantly, appetizing.

Live Interactive Painting with Nathan Richard Phelps

Nathan Richard Phelps is a contemporary artist living and working in San Francisco. His art making process began with patterns in sketch books, then paintings and eventually room-sized installations and murals. Phelps has exhibited extensively on the West Coast, most notably with Robert Berman at his Bergamot Station Gallery in Santa Monica. Phelps has had notable shows and murals in Hong Kong, New York, Amsterdam, CalTech, and Yangshuo, China.

Experience Nathan’s process for yourself and join us for an afternoon of interactive painting.

Exclusively at Palette Shop: Unique Collaborative Works from Local Artisans Bobbi J and Rocket Glass Works.

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