Shafts of early evening light poured through the picture windows at the Old Mint last week, casting an other-worldly glow on famous San Franciscans.
But the majority of these famous denizens -- from jazz musicians, politicians, juke joint owners and society doyennes to shoe shine proprietors and famed foodies -- were also framed in glass; hanging from the walls of the storied interior of this 1874 building known as The Granite Lady.
Handmade Nation, a new documentary chronicling the rise of the crafting revolution, has been cutting a swath across the country (and the world) with their screenings drawing massive crowds and equally impressive praise.
There a lot of excitement in the air about the new show opening tonight at the Museum of Craft & Folk Art. Inside/Outside: Artist Environments features Edgar Arceneaux and Watts House Project, Jacob Sockness, Merritt Wallace, and Megan Wilson, along with historic documentation of famed California environments, and a new commission by Mike Shine. "Inside/Outside examines the artist environment builders who generally transform their homes, yards, or other aspects of their personal surroundings into multifaceted works of art that embody and express the locale—time, era, place—in which each of them live and work."
Opening tonight at BellJar: Lisa Congdon's Love Me Not, a modern upgrade of Valentine's notes from the Victorian era. The show will include paintings, illustration, collage and shadowbox. Here's what Congdon said about her show: "Valentine's Day reached its height of celebration in the Victorian Era. Valentines cards were produced in tens of thousands, from whimsical to slightly vulgar. Their designs included lace paper, embossed envelopes, glass or metal mirrors, ribbons, real feathers, and flowers or dried ferns. Chubby, adult-looking children called cherubs adorned them.
One of the best features about Etsy, the popular website that lets you buy and sell all things handmade, is the different ways to explore the site. You can shop by color, by editors' picks, or by my personal favorite, locally. Through Etsy, I discovered Kate Durkin. A San Francisco artist who creates playful home items such as original works of art, pillows and tote bags, all under $65. Kate works with a palette of subtle muted colors to create wonderfully original pieces that would be an excellent addition to any home. To see more of her work, visit
ArtPoint, a Fine Arts Museum affiliate whose goal is to encourage young professionals to become more involved in the local art scene, packed 111 Minna Gallery Thursday night with its first aMuse lecture series event of the 2009 season. The discussion "15 Minutes with Andy Warhol" (which lasted closer to two hours than 15 minutes) gave local art lovers a chance to parse Warhol's work and its lasting effects on the art community, even 22 years after the Pittsburgh, Penn. native met his untimely death.
Counterintuitive as it may seem, meaningful gifts for the fashion fanatics in your world don’t have to be wearable. After all, the most devoted style hounds consider fashion an art. So why not gift them with art that’s all about fashion?
You can find that very sort of gift at Lost Art Salon, which houses owners Rob Delamater and Gaetan Caron’s library of some 3,000 art works from 1900 to the 1960’s. Among them are numerous fashion and costume illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor and ink that were created for print publications and advertisements during the mid-20th century.
Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.
1. Tom Waits meets Eminem (with a twist of Forrest Gump—trust us, it’s awesome) in Tim Fite’s live show. Adam Green of the Moldy Peaches joins the talented Brooklynite for a can’t miss performance tonight at the Rickshaw Stop. Tuesday, May 20.