SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery is hosting an exciting exhibit of Guy Diehl’s new still-life paintings called A Dialogue with Tradition. Diehl has been exploring the possibilities of still life painting for more than 30 years. His work is far different than what one normally thinks of for the genre; he brings in a darkness and beauty with themes of modernism, music, and architecture. Runs through September 28, 210 Post Street Suite 205.

(Left) Bella Feldman with her piece, “Diad.” (Right) “Meridian” by Bella Feldman. Courtesy of the Richmond Art Center.

Bella Feldman is well known for her highly crafted artwork that seamlessly melds blown glass and steel. Now, the Richmond Art Center is showcasing the first major retrospective of her work. Besides glass and steel sculptures, also on view will be paintings and collages. Feldman, a Bay Area native, draws on politics and current and cultural events for her artwork’s themes - as seen in her War Toys and Flasks of Fiction series. She is the pioneer of female sculptors and this 50-survey of her work is a must see. Runs from September 14 to November 15, opening reception is on September 21 from 4pm to 6pm, 2540 Barrett Avenue.

Photograph by Awais Sultan. Courtesy of The Sea Project.

The lure of the ocean is what spurred Sperry Top-Sider to kick off an international photo contest called The Sea Project. Nearly 10,000 images were submitted from 37 different countries for only a handful of winning spots. Now, the winners have been selected and their work will be on view at The Popular Workshop gallery. The images range from children diving into the ocean’s blue depths to whiteouts in icy fjords. The Sea Project will donate $5 of every book purchase to the Ocean Conservancy. Runs from September 12 to September 15, opening reception and book release party is on September 12 from 6pm to 10pm, 1173 Sutter Street.

View from the Market and Octavia walking tour. Courtesy of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco.

The month of September is always a great month in the Bay Area because it’s when San Francisco celebrates the Architecture and the City Festival. Besides lectures, art exhibitions, and films, the year’s festival is featuring a series of walking tours. These tours give people a chance to discover or rediscover the history, architecture, and design of the city’s unique neighborhoods. This year’s walking tours include the Mission, Market and Octavia, Inner Sunset, Fisherman’s Wharf, “Culinary” Valencia Street, Chinatown, and Central Market. Walking tours run through September 25, various locations.

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