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Opening! Artist Mary Button Durell Returns with Breathtaking Sculptures

 Opening! Artist Mary Button Durell Returns with Breathtaking Sculptures

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

It’s been more than eight years since San Francisco-based artist Mary Button Durrell has exhibited her unique paper sculptures. This month, she returns with Flash: New Works by Mary Button Durell at SF’s La Boutique, a contemporary gallery-cum-shop in Jackson Square.

Art Riffs on Technology at the Upcoming ZERO1 Biennial

Art Riffs on Technology at the Upcoming ZERO1 Biennial

What better place to have an exhibition of art and technology than the greater Bay Area? It’s the heart of tech innovation and home to Silicon Valley. We got a sneak peek at the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, “Seeking Silicon Valley,” which will kick off in September.

Public Barber Salon Brings a Beatnik Spirit to its North Beach Shop

Public Barber Salon Brings a Beatnik Spirit to its North Beach Shop

Public Barber Salon’s newly opened North Beach locale is not your typical hair cutting shop. In fact, a visit to the salon makes you feel more like you’re dropping by for a poetry reading than coming in for a trim. This is esthetic that owner Steve Jester was going for when designing the space, which is built out with a 4,000 book library covering the walls.

Opening: Graphic Novelist Daniel Clowes Gets Real in Oakland

Opening: Graphic Novelist Daniel Clowes Gets Real in Oakland

Oakland-based Daniel Clowes is one of the world’s most acclaimed and respected graphic novelists. Now, you can check out some of his most famous characters and works at the Oakland Museum of California’s newest exhibit.

Travel Back to 1968 at the Oakland Museum of California

Travel Back to 1968 at the Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California’s new must-see exhibition transports people back to one of the most turbulent years in U.S. history: 1968.

Using multimedia, art, audio stories, short films, games and hang-out lounges, this participatory exhibit touches on all major changes and events in the country that year—from the height of the Vietnam War to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the rise of plastics and Janis Joplin.

“Why 1968?” Oakland Museum’s executive director Lori Fogarty asked during a preview of the exhibit. “It has particular relevance to this museum. We opened in 1969 as the Black Panthers were being tried across the street and the Bay Area was in tumult.”

Inside Oakland’s New Balinese-Inspired Art Space

 Inside Oakland’s New Balinese-Inspired Art Space, Monkey Forest Road

East meets West in a new Oakland architectural space called Monkey Forest Road. This unique locale is part Balinese art gallery, part community coffee shop and part furniture boutique.

Marcos LaFarga’s Solo Exhibit Opens at Oakland’s Sticks + Stones Gallery

Marcos LaFarga’s Solo Exhibit Opens at Oakland’s Sticks + Stones Gallery

At first glance, Marcos LaFarga’s artwork doesn’t make you think of graffiti. But looking more closely, there are similarities. In his pieces, explosive, bold lettering spells out humoristic slogans like “Design is Dead,” “Misguided” and “Wisdom is Gold,” which are often coupled with realistic drawings that complement the words.

An SF Architect’s Approach to Book Shelves

Instead of a coffee table book, what about a book coffee table? Bay Area architect, artist and fabricator Lisa Finster is now custom creating what she calls the “Book Table.” She takes people’s favorite and different sized books and precisely fits them between panels of poplar—much like putting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

Click here for the rest of the interview with Finster about her amazing art!

SF Start-Up Wantful Makes an Old Space New in Upper Haight

It may be unusual, but for this Bay Area start-up, an Edwardian home in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco turned out to be the perfect space for their big ideas.  

Gift Wrap Gone Gangster

This year, there’s a new meaning to gift-wrapping being hard.

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