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Paint the Void show spotlights murals that brightened the streets of 2020’s lockdown

It started with a goal to paint 10 murals in San Francisco during the darkest days of the 2020 lockdown, and bring some color and joy to vacant city streets. Today, Paint the Void, a nonprofit organization that put artists to work transforming boarded-up businesses, has facilitated 150 murals across San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley and supported 170 artists, says cofounder, executive director and curator Shannon Riley. This month, the public will have an opportunity to see 49 of the lockdown murals — all in one place — during “The City Canvas: A Paint the Void Retrospective,” a limited-run exhibition showing Saturday and Sunday and Jan. 27-30 at Pier 70 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.