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March's Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

Passenger Train, I-680, Benicia, CA. by Johnna Arnold. Courtesy of Traywick Cont

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Massive desolate urban landscapes, sometimes dotted with one lone figure make Johnna Arnold’s large-scale photographs both eerie and captivating. 

Divinely Inspired Shaker Furniture on View at SFO Museum

Chair c. 1852 birch, maple, stain, caning. Brother’s chair c. 1850, birch, maple

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When the Shakers crafted their home furnishings hundreds of years ago, it wasn’t just about comfort and utility – it was about pleasing God. Every detail of their minimalist work was carefully constructed and meticulously perfected.

Design Events in the Bay Area

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Christopher Kurtz’s delicate and spiny wood sculptures on view at San Francisco’s Hedge gallery are jaw dropping.

Opening! The Kinsey Collection of African American Art and History at MoAD

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Exactly 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring, “all persons held as slaves” shall be “forever free.” And, the Museum of the African Diaspora is honoring this anniversary with an exhibit of African American art and history from the Kinsey Collection.

Inside the Studio with Famed Furniture Maker Jared Rusten

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After rooting around a box in the back of his workshop, Jared Rusten pulls out an ordinary-looking block of honey-colored wood. He carefully shaves off a few curly strips and says, “smell that.” The wood gives off an intense citrusy, minty, crisp scent.

SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

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If you haven’t had time to make it out to the Crown Point Press at 50 exhibition at the de Young’s Anderson Gallery of Graphic Art, it’s worth a visit before the show’s close on February 17. Celebrating the press house’s 50th anniversary, dozens of prints by 15 internationally famed artists are on view, including Robert Bechtle, Wayne Theibaud, and Kiki Smith.

Photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards Stalks Reality at Oakland Museum of California

Erin, 1997 by Beth Yarnelle Edwards

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There’s something meta about Beth Yarnelle Edwards photographs. In them, she re-creates scenarios from people’s daily suburban lives and the actors she casts play themselves in their own homes. The scenes hinge between authentic and artificial – and all are completely compelling.

The Sunset District's Architectural Renaissance

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When most people think of San Francisco architecture they imagine ornate wood Victorians standing several stories high, not the cottage-like cookie-cutter homes that blanket the city’s western neighborhoods. However, it’s looking like that could change.

World's Largest Light Sculpture to be Installed on the Bay Bridge for 75th Anniversary

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Internationally renowned artist Leo Villareal is installing the world’s largest light sculpture in honor of the 75th anniversary of the bridge. People in San Francisco will start to see a flicker of lights along the suspension cables of the Bay Bridge next month, and by March the entire western span will be illuminated with tens of thousands of lights.

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