SF Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area

Check out these eye-opening art and design events happening in NorCal this week!

Take part in Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. The 2-in-1 art gallery and coffee bar hosts a drop-in art event for visitors to sketch, watch, and converse about all things art. The art is then sold at the venue for pretty affordable prices – so get your art collecting on and check out the local creative scene in downtown SF. While most seats are reserved for invited artists, stop by and snag a spot to get your painting on, too. Music provided by DJ Pre-K. January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco. (See opening photo)

Rejoice that it’s the weekend for one more reason: every weekend Oakland Art Murmur presents Saturday Stroll, a more subdued but not any less vibrant version of its counterpart, First Friday. Open every Saturday afternoon, the weekly event provides a dedicated time frame for attendees to chat with gallery directors and thoughtfully view art. Check out the online schedule and see which artist panels, receptions, film screenings, and trunk shows are coming up.  From showrooms displaying glacial forms and interactive installations to digital media and ink and gouache paintings, there is something unique for everyone to see and discover. For gallery locations and times, see full schedule.

While some – okay, let’s be real – most of us are obsessed with capturing fleeting moments and pushing them out to the digital world, artist Margo Wolowiec wants to immortalize these moments in textiles via her exhibit, "Following." Through undecipherable color patterns and a subliminal ink process, her artwork informs viewers about the rapid unraveling of the importance of material goods; her work is a cross between performance art and structure. Check it out for yourself and see if it speaks to your digital habits. 2300 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA, Show Runs January 23 - March 15. Hours: Thurs - Fri, 12 - 6pm, Sat, 1-5pm, and by appointment.

Photo via SFMOMA

Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley is putting on an exhibit that plays with color in a spectrum of ways, bringing to light the uncertain nature of perception and memory via the relationships between color, light, and other natural phenomena. In an exhibit called “Back to Kansas,” Spencer Finch explores how the red in the ruby slippers, the yellow of the brick road, and the green of the Emerald City in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," all work together to create a technicolor masterpiece with the help of viewer interaction. Runs through March 2, Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 242 State Street, Los Altos, CA 94022

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