Walking the streets of San Francisco after work, I sometimes get glimpses of the city's great private art collections—a corner of a painting, the top of a sculpture or a bit of a photograph—visible through distant lit windows. But, once a year, I get to walk into some of these amazing homes instead of walking by them, thanks to one of SF's best fundraising events: Private Collections.

The April 18th event, which raises money for Enterprise for High School Students, allows ticket holders to take an owner-led tour of great art collections. That's the wonderful part: hearing firsthand how these people assembled a collection, learning about their motivations and getting to ask them questions directly. Without exception, the owners whose homes I've toured have been welcoming, forthcoming and utterly fascinating.

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