Norah and Norman Stone’s art-filled Napa Valley country estate, “Stonescape,” features artist James Turrell’s Stone Sky, which comprises an infinity pool, pavilion, and one of his signature “Skyspaces.”
AN ART BASH AT STONESCAPE IN NAPA VALLEY
One of the most creative and buzz-worthy events of the Bay Area summer “high season” is the biennial fete hosted by art collectors and philanthropists Norah and Norman Stone.
The party takes place at Stonescape, their country estate and retreat at the far northern end of the Napa Valley, near the Calistoga hot springs resort founded in the 1860s.
Every few years, the Stones curate a new show from their internationally acclaimed collection of modern and contemporary works and exhibit it in a unique gallery—an “art cave” excavated into the hillside of their Calistoga estate.
Left: Norah and Norman Stone host a biennial summer art bash — which this year coincided with their 30th anniversary celebration — at their Calistoga country estate.
Right: The private show, entitled “Convergence,” was exhibited in the Stonescape art cave, labelled a “must-see art museum opened by collectors” by gallerist Jeffrey Deitch.
The dramatically expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, presently the biggest modern and contemporary art museum in the U.S., opens to the public this month.
GUESTS AT SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART GALA ENJOYED A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE OPENING SHOW
After a three-year transformation, when the San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOMA) reopens on May 14, it will be the country’s largest modern and contemporary art museum. Of a series of pre-opening celebrations, the biggest by far was the Art Bash on April 29, 2016, which attracted more than 2,600 art lovers.
Attendees got a first look at the 1,900 objects from the museum’s massive collection. On display in nineteen distinctive shows, they include 270 works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection and 600 of the 3,000 works donated by patrons to the permanent collection during the Campaign for Art.
San Francisco fashionistas turned out for two recent galas: the opening of the de Young retrospective honoring designer Oscar de la Renta and the other a Chanel-sponsored celebration of CPMC’s new state-of-the-art hospital.
GALA KICKS OFF OSCAR DE LA RENTA RETROSPECTIVE
At the black tie, invitation-only opening of the first Oscar de la Renta retrospective, held at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, friends and fans turned out in their best Oscars to honor the designer, who passed away in 2014.
The San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala kicked off the winter 2016 social season with a dazzling selection of performances.
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET 2016 OPENING NIGHT GALA KICKED OFF THE 83RD REPERTORY SEASON
The San Francisco Ballet’s 2016 Opening Night Gala performance brought its theme, “Provocative,” to life! Balletomanes filled the War Memorial Opera House to see the company deemed “a national treasure” by the The New York Times.
This year’s chairs included Auxiliary Gala Chair Jennifer Brandenburg, Gala Dinner Chair Christine Leong Connors, and Décor Chair Rhonda Mahendroo, as well as Honorary Chairs Barbro and Bernard Osher.
The Gala was the first event of the current season, which includes three acclaimed full-length productions as well as a wide variety of world premieres and works by choreographers such as Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the prestigious SF Ballet Orchestra, considered one of the best ballet orchestras in the country.
The future Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis will provide a cutting-edge arts and education facility for the university and the entire region.
By Jeanne Lawrence
MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM OF ART AT UC DAVIS TO OPEN IN 2016-17
Recently, I celebrated another construction milestone for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, the new museum at the University of California, Davis set to open next year. The museum’s “topping out” ceremony commemorated the final beam being put in place.
The university’s new facility is a state-of-the-art museum with a profound commitment to education. Students and other visitors will experience art in an intimate setting that provides exciting new resources to explore and celebrate UC Davis’s rich artistic legacy. With its art studio and art history programs and exhibitions, the museum will play an important role expanding art access to all students.
Located 15 miles west of Sacramento, UC Davis is one of the nation’s top 10 public research universities, and is currently ranked first in its veterinarian and agricultural programs, the latter of which includes top programs in viticulture (study of grape cultivation) and enology (study of wines).