Blasted Art Gallery




Blasted Art Gallery LLC

Bill Shelley & Chris Beards

Backstreet Building

Art Alley, South "A" Street

SOFA Arts District

Santa Rosa, NorCal

Judson King Smith

June 1, July 6, 2018


Nancy H Dempster, Dayana Leon, Michael Risch

April 6 - May 4, 2018


Arminée Chahbazian & Ben Lastufka

February 2 - March 2, 2018



Somewhere Funner

November 18, 2017


NOTE: “Somewhere Funner” does not promise fun.

“Somewhere Funner” was an installation/social media/photography/performance artwork conceived for Winterblast, a popular Santa Rosa SOFA Arts District street festival. A photo-booth was placed within Blasted Art Gallery. Guests were photographed in front of a “red carpet” style wall. Their photographs were uploaded in real time to Blasted Art Gallery’s Facebook page:

Outside of the gallery, a video monitor allowed the crowd to view a live-feed of people having a funner time, getting their pictures taken. Over the course of four hours, approximately 500 people were photographed.

This took place in an art gallery, so it must be art.

Where is the art?

What is the art?

Who is the artist?

“Somewhere Funner” was created by Bill Shelley & Chris Beards, November 2017



Setting up & testing photo booth:


4 hours of photographs condensed into 4½ minutes:


Somewhere Else

November 3 - 16, 2017


  Read Colin Talcroft's review of       Somewhere Else    

Read Colin Talcroft's review of       Somewhere Else



Installation view of Somewhere Else:


Bill Shelley:


Our first promotional video:


Our second promotional video:



Art can take you somewhere else, serving as a window into different realms. But “somewhere else” is a matter of perspective. With no objective point from which to observe, we realized that the concept for this installation was open-ended. The title of the show wasn’t limited to describing “over there,” but applied to “everywhere.”

This installation was conceived after the devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As our planning continued, our area suffered disastrous wildfires, which touched the lives of many. Our project then took on a local immediacy. Some viewers of this work may feel a sense of devastation. Others may see an expansion of space, allowing for mourning, contemplation and hope.

Visitors typically enter an art gallery with expectations of white walls, a hushed quiet, and well lit artwork. We are intentionally upending some of those expectations through light, color, and sound. The viewer stands upon the artworks’ color, blurring the line between the viewer and the artwork.

With a desire to make a unique contribution to Santa Rosa’s SOFA Arts District, we are introducing Blasted Art Gallery with an installation that provides the unexpected: transforming a familiar space into Somewhere Else.

– Chris Beards and Bill Shelley