elaine badgley arnoux
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.
You don't have to be famous to be recognized in this city. Acclaimed local artist Elaine Badgley Arnoux has memorialized a hodgepodge of San Franciscans--from cab drivers, firemen, postal workers and cultural leaders to politicians like Mayor Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein--in her portrait series, "The People of San Francisco," comprising more than 140 works. For the first time ever, the Old Mint will open its doors to display the exhibit in the historic Counting Rooms.