After the brilliant Dance Gala at the Lincoln Theater, a marvelous dinner was held at one of the world's leading centers for food and wine.
The 2013 showing of artMRKT in San Francisco opened to a staggering 6,000 guests in May, and had to turn away 500, raising approximately $30,000 for artMRKT beneficiary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's New Acquisition Fund. Following the presentation of the 2013 ArtCare Award for Excellence in Civic Arts Patronage awarded to Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey, on behalf of the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Art Dealers Association, the Opening Night Preview Benefit provided guests with first access to the artwork, elegant catering (including specialty cocktails courtesy of Diageo), as well as a fantastic performance by the SF Jazz High School All-Stars Combo. Among numerous Opening Night sales, Brian Gross Fine Art sold a major Robert Arneson self-portrait bronze for $200,000, and Alex Meyerovich Gallery reported the sale of a David Hockney lithograph for $65,000. For more information, visit http://www.art-mrkt.com/sf / www.art-mrkt.com/sf
On Saturday, April 13th, 2013, Miljenko 'Mike' Grgich celebrated his 90th Birthday and many of years of accomplishment with a gorgeous evening affair at Grgich Hills Estate Winery. The event, managed and developed by Donte R. Young, the Founder and Managing Principal of the FinMarc Group, was one fit for wine royalty. Guest arrived to the black-tie affair and were lead through a progressive cocktail hour which highlighted Mike's many accomplishments. Accomplishments such as the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that bested several white Burgundy wines in the Judgement of Paris, which Mike was the noted winemaker behind and his induction to the Culinary Institute of America Vinetner's Hall of Fame as well as the Smithsonian; were all featured in various way's throughout the winery venue. There was a wonderful four course dinner prepared by Chef Shannon Kelly of Oak Av. Catering Company whose dishes highlighted the pairing of many great Grgich Hills Estate Wines and the Inaugural release of the Paris Tasting Chardonnay. It concluded with a beautiful, heartfelt thank you from Mike, and him signing bottles and taking pictures, with all the guest that were in attendance. Overall it was a memorable and stunning evening, in celebration of one of Napa Valley's most beloved individuals.
Graff Diamonds, the jeweler responsible for Drew Barrymore's elegant engagement ring, recently opened its first store in California at 237 Post Street in San Francisco in a glamorous opening hosted by Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff in honor of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show celebrated its 30th annual event with a most appropriate theme "Hidden Treasures" inspired by the traditional 30th anniversary gift, the pearl.
Only in its forth year, SF20/21, held at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, has had a big impact on the modern design scene, and it has continued to grow its repertoire. Claudia Juestel attended the recent 2011 show, and reported back on what she found.