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Get to Know the Animator Behind 'Bambi,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' + Howdy Doody at This Disney Museum Exhibit

Called "the Forrest Gump of the arts” by animated film producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), the late Mel Shaw designed ski resorts, restaurants, and a rubber ducky patented in 1950. He created oil paintings depicting California's history. But Shaw was most prolific in his 20-year career as an animator at Disney, where his doodles took life as some of the most iconic cartoon characters in history. Now, more than 100 of Shaw's works may be viewed in the Walt Disney Family Museum's new exhibit, “Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback.”

The Phantasmagoric Fashions of Funk-and-Flash Icon Billy Bowers Showcased in New SF Exhibit

Why don't more people know Billy Bowers? Not only did he foster the Bay Area-born funk-and-flash arts movement of the 1970s, he also dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper—all in outrageous phantasmagorical costumes that incorporated found imagery, cash money, and even taxidermy rats. This month, Billy Bowers is back on the scene with a show of new works, The Success of Excess: The Art of Billy Bowers, on display at Valencia Street's Glama-Rama. 

This Fantastical Digital Exhibit at Menlo Park's Pace Art + Technology Is a Total Trip

On the heels of its San Francisco teaser at last month's Fog Design + Art, TeamLab, an interdisciplinary artists group that hails from Japan, is unveiling 20 immersive digital works in a new exhibit, "Living Digital Space and Future Parks," at Pace Art + Technology’s Menlo Park pop-up gallery. 

What to See at FOG Design + Art Fair This Weekend

One of the chicest recent comers to the San Francisco art fair scene, Fog Design + Art, a benefit for SFMOMA, has returned to Fort Mason with a collection of more than 40 leading design firms and art galleries from SF to New York and beyond. Here are a few of the homegrown highlights. 

Artist David Ireland's Capp Street House Is Restored and Opening to the Public

“Everything is an art perfect material” was the mantra of Bay Area conceptual artist David Ireland (1930-2009), who spent more than 30 years transforming his sprawling 1886 Victorian house in the Mission into a living work of art, home to some of his best-known sculptures, drawings, and furniture designs. Starting on January 15, fans of Ireland's work may visit his home and see it all for themselves.

SF Open Studios Final Weekend: Saving the Best for Last

There's much to see and choose from as SF Open Studios closes its 2015 season. This weekend, the Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, and Glen Park all get into the act—and it’s clear that some of the very best artists have been saved for last.

The de Young's New Mobile App Is Like a Private Tour With a Curator

The old museum audio tours of yore are no more—not that you've taken one lately. Now, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, a nifty mobile app with pioneering indoor positioning technology can take us through the collections and tell us everything we need to know. 

Property Porn: Peep the $5 Million Home Behind This Mission Mural

No matter how many times you've passed the corner of Bryant and 25th Streets, you may have never guessed what lies behind this loud and proud mural that depicts themes of cultural diversity and peace. Turns out, it's a gorgeous live/work space that your average local artist could likely never afford.

Night Moves: San Francisco (and Beyond) in the Wee Hours at SF Open Studios

If you've ever wondered what happens in the world around you when you drift off to sleep and all goes silent, check out the work of local photographers Greta and Manu Schnetzler. “We have an attraction to what has been left behind to decay or be destroyed, or that which is waiting to be reanimated by human presence. Late night is home to all of those things.” 

The Cognoscente: Inside the Abstract Life of Painter Stevan Shapona

Stevan Shapona, 59, is one of the last remaining artists from San Francisco's fabled golden age. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shapona worked alongside his father as a sign painter for decades—touching up the awnings of the St. Francis hotel among other local icons—before pursuing art full time.

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