4/25/07 SFMOMA Annual Artists' Warehouse Sale

Gala Reception Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Music and refreshments, free admission. An annual tradition since 1993, the Artists Warehouse Sale is one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated art events, attended by new and seasoned collectors alike. The five-day sale features paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, and works on paper at 50 percent off regular retail price. Proceeds benefit the programs of the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, which supports the Museum as well as regional artists.The event begins with a grand opening reception that features complimentary wine and live music, and it closes with an afternoon of live jazz. Throughout the sale, the gallery offers special extended hours. The gallery restocks sale works daily, but visitors are encouraged to attend early for the best selection. The event is free and open to the public. On opening night, a limited number of reserved parking spaces will be offered in the Fort Mason parking lot. Free parking is available outside the gates in the Marina Green.
This year’s sale: April 25 - 29, 2007
Special Sale HoursThursday and Friday, noon - 8:00 p.m.Saturday, noon - 5:30 p.m.Sunday, noon - 4:00 p.m.

4/26/07 ArtSpan Auction

ArtSpan Annual Benefit Art Show and Auction
Thursday, April 26, 2007 California Modern Gallery 1035 Market Street, between 6th and 7th StreetsPark at US Parking (Mission Street between 6th and 7th Streets) To purchase tickets now, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/50941367
Bid on more than 140 works by local artists in live and silent auctions. Enjoy desserts, drinks and delectables with a San Francisco flavor and groove to the sounds of DJ Shissler. VIP Ticket Benefits: 6:00-6:30pm (tickets are limited)
Exclusive preview of Artwork with champagne cocktail reception courtesy of Torani / R. Torre & Co, fine wine, and light supper from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Art Lecture: "How to Augment your Art Collection," presented by John F. Melvin, Artist, and Risley H. Sams, California Modern Gallery
Reserve parking passes provided for US Parking (Mission Street between 6th and 7th Streets)
Preferred seating for live auction
5% discount on purchase of art (up to $50 per purchase)
Express wrap and checkout General Ticket Benefits: 6:30-9:00pm
Bid paddle and opportunity to grow your art collection
Open Bar
Light hors d'oeuvres Purchase tickets

Chacon, Omar: Not Your 1970's Rainbows

The headliner at Lincart is Omar Chacon, back in the larger, more formal gallery space. His work is beautiful. It is happy, joyful and uplifting. The work is just as engaging at close range as it is from far away. The work is alive with the rhythm of bright colors and texture.

Knowing about Chacon's artistic process makes the viewing experience more rewarding. The acrylic multi colored stripes of paint are first formed on wax paper. After they dry they are glued to the work's surface. Although the primary colors sing with familiarity, the combinations are fresh and new. This is the rainbow of your mid-seventies kindergarten classrooms all grown up.

Best are the linear works whose narrow stripes move in unison like shallow surf at Stinson. The most desirable piece in the show is actually many little works hung together in the front window of the gallery. These small pieces are $1000 each but if you bring home just one by itself it will be lonely. The other prevalent style is multi-colored ovals like eggs with many yolks, reminiscent of crowds of people viewed from above. The third style I can only describe as little explosions layered on top of each other, also rainbowed.

Because Omar's strong practice of art background is combined with a scholarly art historian's thoughtfulness, he is the real deal. Omar graduated with a major in art and a minor in art history from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He did his graduate work in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is represented in San Francisco by Charles Linder's Lincart and Greene Contemporary in Sarasota. He showed at Greene Contemporary in New York in January 2007.

This show $1000-$7000