Gallerist Catharine Clark Shares Her Top Ten Essentials
1. Do Re Mi Arts District: The upside of the real estate boom in San Francisco was followed by the downside: the (temporary) displacement of many artists and cultural spaces in the city. For some of us lucky art folks, forced re-location landed us in the southern corner of the city: the Dogpatch, Potrero and Mission (DoReMi) neighborhoods.
2. San Francisco Art Book Fair (at Minnesota Street Project): This past summer, The San Francisco Art Book Fair occupied Minnesota Street Project for several days, and the line around the block to visit the more than 50 book vendors was worth the wait!
3. Farmgirl Flowers: Who doesn’t love their signature burlap wrap presentation that says tasteful better than any crystal vase?
4. Aatxe: We all know that San Francisco boasts some of the best food in the world. Aatxe is no exception, bringing Basque bites into focus in the former Swedish American Hall. I had the opportunity to curate their walls with work by artists from my gallery.
5. HumanKindCo Tees: The company’s mission statement says it all: They want to stand up for “core human values of love, compassion, integrity and respect.”
6. Stephanie Syjuco’s Dazzle Camouflage: Artist Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture and installation. Her clothing line, developed for the Workshop Residence (located in the DoReMi), is both art project and local fashion statement.
7. Current Read: Sorted Books by Nina Katchadourian: This has got to be the best stocking stuffer, hostess gift and/or guilty pleasure visual read for under $25! Like everything Chronicle Books does, the design is stunning.
8. The 500 Capp Street Foundation: The David Ireland House is a quintessentially San Francisco artist’s home. We should all be grateful to Carlie Wilmans, who restored it and preserved Ireland's legacy for future generations. The space is now activated with cross cultural collaborations, events, exhibitions and dance performances.
9. Words on Dance: We all know that ballet is executed in silence (well, apart from the accompanying music) and yet don’t we all also want to know what dancers have to say about their art, experience and life? Deborah Kaufman’s project Words on Dance provides a forum for just that. Attend one of the talks!
10. Charles Torres’s open ballet class at DSG Studios: My active Zen takes the form of an open, morning adult ballet class under the inspired tutelage of former Smuin Ballet dancer, Charles Torres.