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.
"Thanks for Understanding" by Tucker Nichols; courtesy of the de Young
Gerald Edwards III, Investigation into the Disruption of Power,
It All Came From the Same Place, 2007
Want a stimulating alternative to the average night out? Then cruise over to these Hot List-approved art happenings.
“Heads” by Matt Furie on Thursday, April 10
Join SF-based illustrator Matt Furie, who’s best known for his quirky pop-culture referencing animalistic drawings, when he presents his new work at a solo show at the Adobe Books Gallery.