San Francisco Social Diary: Second Annual FOG Design+Art Fair Another Winner

The FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala was one of the city’s most vibrant events and a great sendoff for the modernist Fair’s second annual showing.

By Jeanne Lawrence

SECOND ANNUAL FOG DESIGN+ART FAIR ANOTHER WINNER

Kickoff Gala One of the Year’s Best Parties

San Francisco—The Old Guard of San Francisco and the young Tech Crowd mixed it up at the preview gala for the FOG Design+Art Fair 2015. It was one of the city’s most vibrant events and a great sendoff for the second annual Fair, a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art.

Already a destination for local and international collections, the Fair showcases dozens of prominent 20th-century and contemporary art and design dealers. Its attractions include dynamic exhibits, custom installations, lectures, and discussions with art and design leaders.

Interior Designer and Steering Committee member Douglas Durkin noted that the Fair reflects the spirit of San Francisco’s progressive community. “We are building FOG Design+Art Fair to be the West Coast destination for contemporary design and art,” he said.

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San Francisco Social Diary: SF Opera Guild Presents “A Paris Holiday”

At this year’s annual San Francisco Opera Guild holiday dinner, the War Memorial Opera House stage was turned into a glamorous, intimate dinner party.

By Jeanne Lawrence

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PRESENTS A PARIS HOLIDAY,
DINNER ON THE OPERA HOUSE STAGE
HONORING DIANE B. WILSEY

A PERFECTLY ORCHESTRATED EVENING!

Charity committees everywhere try to come up with fresh, unique event ideas. The San Francisco Opera Guild managed to score a bull’s-eye with its annual black-tie party in December, A Paris Holiday, which revived the tradition of dinner on the War Memorial Opera House stage.

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San Francisco Social Diary: A Season of Parties & Concerts

Among the activities I enjoy in San Francisco are concerts in the city’s many music venues, such as the spectacular, over-the-top Beyoncé and Jay-Z show at AT&T Park.

SAN FRANCISCO SOCIAL DIARY
by Jeanne Lawrence

My New York friends are always asking what goes on in San Francisco. Plenty! There are meet-ups with friends, lots of parties, and so much live entertainment it’s hard to make a choice. Here’s a report on some of the events I enjoyed this year.

NICKY HILTON’S BOOK PARTY

I attended a glamorous book party honoring style icon Nicky Hilton, the author of 365 Style. Dr. Alan Malouf co-hosted with Isha and Asim Abdullah, owners of French fashion house Ungaro, in the couple’s magnificent penthouse apartment. Continue reading

San Francisco Social Diary: Autumn Events

Among the many events I enjoy in and around the San Francisco area is the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley.

SAN FRANCISCO SOCIAL DIARY
By Jeanne Lawrence

My New York friends are always asking what goes on in San Francisco. Plenty! Especially wonderful is the proximity of so much natural beauty, like the ocean and wine country—the background for a couple of very special events I recently attended.

QUAIL MOTORSPORTS GATHERING IN CARMEL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

I wouldn’t miss Monterey Car Week, a ten-day celebration of classic cars and motorcycles each August! I love the camaraderie among the car connoisseurs and enthusiasts gathered on the Monterey Peninsula to ogle the ultimate in automotive design and engineering.

Making the two-hour drive south was part of the fun, taking me past Silicon Valley, the beach town of Santa Cruz, and through lovely farmland to Monterey Peninsula.

In Monterey, I headed for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Quail Motorsports Gathering, which luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report calls “the highlight event of Monterey Car Week.”

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San Francisco Social Diary: San Francisco Art Scene’s Latest Venues

The inaugural Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Fair is cultivating new collectors by offering works that are accessible and choosing dealers who are willing to educate.

By Jeanne Lawrence

Once the young venture capitalist and tech sector tycoons of Silicon Valley have acquired jaw-dropping real estate and the latest-and-greatest jets and yachts, what should be their next must-have?

Art dealers have an answer: They are wooing this young audience to become the next generation’s international art collectors, caretakers, ambassadors, and philanthropists in innovative ways.

THE INAUGURAL ART SILICON VALLEY/SAN FRANCISCO FAIR

Hoping to cultivate young moguls as collectors, Art Miami LLC, now in its 25th year, is launching its first West Coast venture: the Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco fair in San Mateo over Columbus Day weekend from October 9 to 12.

The fair will comprise 70 international and Bay Area galleries, offering investment-quality 20th and 21st-century works by 750 artists from 42 countries. It will showcase emergent talent and new media artists along with works by such important names as Picasso, Lichtenstein, Frankenthaler, and Wesselmann.

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