S.F. Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area


Not to be missed is this year’s American Craft Council Show at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. This event will be chock-full of stunning furniture, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, and more. Over 230 artisans from across the U.S. will gather under one roof for this event, which is the country’s largest craft show west of the Rocky Mountains. New to this year’s event is a showcase called “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft,” which features room settings that combine both craft and modern design. Architects and interior designers participating in this showcase include Lauren Geremia, Nicole Hollis, Steven Miller, Mimi Chen, EB Min, and more. Show runs from August 2 to 4, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard.

“After the Storm” by Holly Lane. Courtesy of the Museum of Craft and Design.

The newly-opened San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design is featuring an exciting new exhibit by exquisite wood-carver and painter Holly Lane. Dubbed “Carving Allegories,” Lane conjures up mythical times while borrowing from surrealist, gothic, and renaissance art. Lane describes her highly detailed wood sculptures as “frames” for her inlaid paintings, but they tend to be as much of the work of art (or more) as her paintings. The idea behind Lane’s pieces is that borders, or frames, visually comment on the art inside. “Carving Allegories” features 12 pieces by Lane. Opens June 29 and runs through September 15, 2569 Third Street.

Photo by Alessi

It’s the summer of sales for the high-end design shop Alessi. Currently, the San Francisco store is offering a promotion on flatware. Each customer that buys six of Alessi’s 5-piece place settings will get a serving spoon, serving fork, salad set, and cake server as a gift. The deal is good for Dry, Nuovo Milano, Caccia, Mami, and KnifeForkSpoon mirror finish sets. The promotion runs through December 31, 424 Sutter Street; available online as well.

Photo by Oakland Magazine

The city of Burlingame is hosting its 21st weekend-long ArtzFest summer festival and this year it has included a streetscape project. The idea of the streetscape is to give a nod to more than 150 local designers, artists, and artisans. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, jewelry, clothing, and more will be on view and for sale. In addition to the artwork, the festival will feature performances by musicians and local tasty treats. Event runs from August 10 to 11, Howard Avenue.

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