If your walls are already full of art, you might want to bid on unique experiences such as a tours of San Francisco's newest art neighborhood, dinner with a celebrity curator, private pottery or print classes, and other enriching opportunities.
Dine with curator and art critic Christian Frock (1 person)
This is your chance to pick the brain of one of the Bay Area art scene’s most important voices. Christian Frock is an independent curator, writer, and the 2015/16 Scholar in Residence at California College for the Arts. Frock's creative practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life and popular culture through the presentation of and examination of public art and interventions, site-specific installations, happenings and events, avant-garde publications, artist multiples, and alternative spaces. Her writing has been featured in Fillip Review and art ltd, online on Stretcher and Shotgun Review, and in several exhibition catalogues.
Her provocative exhibition titled Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, should be a rich topic of discussion as you enjoy a delicious meal at Café Rouge in West Berkeley.
Throw pottery with Sandy Simon (2 people)
TRAX gallery owner Sandy Simon will treat two people to two private ceramic classes in her studio inside their beautiful home designed by architect Charles Debbas. We'll throw in a delicious meal for two at Rivoli restaurant on nearby Solano Avenue.
A maker of tableware, Simon keeps her forms minimal, thus highlighting the landscape of a form, the detailed addition of wire handles, or subtle alterations including cutting, piercing, seeds, and thread. Her pots feel modern, yet familiar and comforting. Sandy Simon studied ceramics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in the late 60’s and was inspired by the Japanese folk tradition Mingei—one that embraces simplicity, utility and timeless beauty in everyday things. She started TRAX gallery in 1965 on the railroad tracks in West Berkeley.
Artful Tour in the Dogpatch (6 people)
You’ve sampled the sourdough, felt the fog and gazed at the Golden Gate bridge but have you done the Dogpatch? Your knowledgeable tour leader Bernard Faber with take you and five friends on a romp through SF’s newest cultural mecca with visits to Minnesota Street Projects, The Workshop Residence, Themes + Projects and a refreshing finish at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous for a taste of true ice cream genius.
Artful Tour hopes to convey to SF visitors the cultural depth that marks the city as singular destination--where travel can be enhanced by the most personal and moving experience. A flourishing cultural climate, top-rated art schools and enthusiastic collectors have made this city a mecca for art. This richness offers the chance to encounter change and something different than the realm of the everyday.
"Monotype and Beyond" Workshop with Larry Stefl (1 person)
Are you hungry for new artistic inspiration? Degas called monotypes “cuisine” because it fed him new ideas. In this 4-hour workshop you will cover a wide range of monotype processes that include the additive and subtractive approaches working with brushes, brayers and utilizing stencils. You will work with developing the “ghost” image and multiple plate printing. Also, explore the use of collage and chine-colle to extend the image to mixed media. Explore the unique mark-making qualities of monotype and expand your art making practice. No experience necessary, good for all skill levels.
Larry Stefl is a practicing artist/ art educator/ jazz musician with an MFA from UC Berkeley. He has studied Innovative Monotype with the Printmaking Center in Santa Fe, NM and Kala Institute in Berkeley. His art in sculpture, printmaking, collage and drawing has been shown in over 120 exhibitions in the last 30 years in California, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey and Japan.
A "Quirky Berkeley" walking tour with author Tom Dalzell (up to 12 people)
Author of the recently published guide Quirky Berkeley (Heyday Books), local activist and journalist Tom Dalzell has lived in Berkeley since 1984 and was once called “the arbiter of the eccentric” by the New York Times. He has been methodically walking the streets of Berkeley since late 2012 in search of quirky stuff, blogging about it at quirkyberkeley.com since 2013.
Sign up to join Tom on a 2-hour walk, starting at BAC and meandering up the northeast Berkeley hills. Major quirky manifestations will include the Hog Farm peace sign, a Buddhist altar on the street, Buldan Seka’s giant ceramic figures, Bruce Dodd’s giant orange, Mike Nagamoto’s rusting sax-playing skeleton, and Dick and Beany Wezelman’s African-themed house painting.
Set bid: $25/person