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Feathers, Flowers and Frocks

Spring arrives at the de Young Museum every year in the form of a botanical homage to art. More than 125 of the Bay Area’s most innovative floral designers will present spectacular arrangements in response to pieces in the museum’s permanent collection as well as the architecture. The floral arrangements highlight works in American art to the 20th century, [...]

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Meet the Artist: Sam Lamott

FLAX interviews artist Sam Lamott You might recognize Sam Lamott from a painting by Ingrid Lockowandt (Ingrid was interviewed on this blog) “Father and Son,” that won the 2015 Marin Magazine Cover Contest. That’s Sam climbing the Marin hillside with his son. Or you might recognize his name, Lamott, as in the novelist and writer of the [...]

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Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present a rare opportunity to see the work of Pierre Bonnard at the Legion of Honor. Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia features more than 70 works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The exhibition spans the artist’s career, including his early Nabi masterpieces, intimate interior scenes, his landscapes, and his great decorative [...]

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Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, an exhibition from the archive of the International Center of Photography, New York. A remarkable and versatile photographer, Roman Vishniac is known for his documentation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, a world on the eve of its annihilation. His sensitive portraits taken in refugee camps and basement dwellings are reminiscent [...]

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Typography: (with)out and about

Without Type: The Dynamism of Handmade Letters On view at San Francisco Center for the Book is Without Type: The Dynamism of Handmade Letters , an exhibit of handmade letterforms created in a broad variety of mediums and tools. All the work is original and unique, and from a wide range of cultures, through history. The work on view extends from the [...]

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Announcing our relocation this spring to...downtown Oakland!

It was a year ago that we announced we would be relocating our Market Street store after serving San Francisco for 38 years. When the news first broke, the outpouring of media attention and concern from our loyal and long time customers made it apparent that we have earned a special place in the hearts of the artists and [...]

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California Wildflowers

Wildflowers are starting to pop up everywhere with the recent rains—best of all in an exhibit at the Main Library: Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change. Photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been documenting California wildflowers for the past 17 years, producing images that range from spectacular landscapes to intimate floral portraits. These intrepid photographers have hiked through [...]

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New Experiments in Art and Technology at the CJM

NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology, currently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, includes digital and robotic sculptures; works in light, sound and video; but above all, works that present an openness to new ideas—works more inclined to ask a question than provide an answer. The artists represented are Jim Campbell, Paul De Marinis, Gabriel Dunne, Mary Franck, Alan Rath, Paolo [...]

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2015 Holiday Craft Fairs: December Edition

December offers something for everyone, at Bay Area artisan shows, fairs and open studios, when it comes to finding gifts and treats that are unique and hand-crafted. Some events are local, while others are worth the trip across the Bay. What a great way to support local small businesses and our community of artisans. Here are some options for [...]

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2015 Holiday Craft Fairs: November Edition

San Francisco boasts an abundance of exceptionally good craft fairs every holiday season. Craft shows present an opportunity to find an extraordinary selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, fine crafts and contemporary art. What could make a better gift than something unique and hand-made—and something that supports the artist community. Kick off your holiday shopping with these festive November events—and stay tuned, there’s [...]

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