New Exhibition From India At The Asian Art Museum

Painting Is My Everything is really something very different, and the exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through December 30 at the Asian Art Museum. Here’s how the museum describes the works on display:

With precise skill and bold artistic vision, the 17 contemporary artists included in this exhibition, many of them women, employ a centuries-old regional style to express personal experiences and viewpoints. They paint traditional subjects such as Hindu gods but also use their brushes to document and comment on everyday life as well as national and global events.

The backstory on this exhibition is extraordinary:  Mithila is a region in India, and the style of painting found there was originally practiced exclusively by women on the walls of their homes. In the wake of a severe drought in the 1960s, this mural tradition was transferred to paper, a format that could be sold to bring much-needed income to rural villages. The paintings on display at the Asian Art Museum are a visually delightful expression the Mithila aesthetic.

For more information on the exposition, the history behind it, and tickets,  please click here.

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” This Labor Day Weekend

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is presenting its 2018 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Labor Day) on the Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in the Presidio. All these performances begin at 2 PM. For more information, click here.

Of course, it’s a three-day weekend, so you’ll need more than one activity to make the most of your days off.  SF.FunCheap.com comes to the rescue with its 2018 Labor Day Weekend Guide. The website calls it a “A bucket load of awesome things to do over your long weekend.” It’s certainly that! It includes things happening throughout the Bay Area, as well as in San Francisco, so there’s bound to be something that you’re going to want to do.

A popular destination of course is the annual Labor Day weekend Sausalito Art Festival, on the waterfront on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin. We might see you there!

Free Rooftop Concert Series And More At Salesforce Park

The rooftop Salesforce Park just opened, and it’s already the place to be for free concerts and more. SF.Funcheap.com has posted a page that provides info on all the concerts taking place every Wednesday evening now through the end of October. Concerts start at 5 PM, with everything from blues to jazz to salsa to rockabilly being performed. Other musicians and entertainers take the stage on other days and at other times.

There are also free fitness and wellness activities taking place regularly on the rooftop, along with writing workshops, Litquake lunch breaks, and more.  To see all that’s being offered, including dates and times, please click here.

New Golden Gate National Park Print Added To Series

You have no doubt seen this poster series. Begun in 1995 with a depiction of the Golden Gate Bridge, the series was conceived as a way to “unify” the Golden Gate National Recreation Area “under one brand identity, while still highlighting the individual beauty of each site.” The series includes images of Alcatraz, Fort Point, the Marin Headlands, and Lands End.

A new print has been added, the 21st in the series. This time, the subject is Ocean Beach. According to SFGate.com, the piece has that familiar minimalist look, and depicts the feature most prominent at Ocean Beach — its waves.

Artist Michael Schwab has produced this series over the years, and we’re glad to see this new addition. The print is on sale now in park stores. You can also order it online here.

A Profile of Local Artist Emily Fromm

You may be familiar with Emily Fromm. We were not, until we spotted a profile about her in a recent issue of CA Modern. Emily lives and works in the City, and she captures in a wonderful and unexpected way the essence of living in San Francisco — our local neighborhoods, street scenes, and the people that are found here.

Emily, 26, paints in a flat style, without shadow or depth, and limits the number of colors she uses in her paintings.  As a result, her work has a bold graphic novel feel about it, yet the settings are all easy to recognize.

According to writer Dave Weinstein , “Emily’s focus on the material world and pop culture belongs to a long tradition that includes 16th century Dutch genre scenes, the Japanese Ukiyo-e prints of the 1700s, American regionalists like Edward Hopper, and, more recently, the comic book work of Oakland artist Daniel Clowes.”

A year ago Emily was part of a two artist show at a San Francisco gallery that doubles as a tavern, 111 Minna Gallery, and she will have another show at Minna in early 2019, this time a one-person show. What’s more, in 2020, her work will be displayed on a ceramic 9 feet high by 36 feet long mural at Terminal One at San Francisco International Airport. The City’s Art Commission has asked her produce portraits of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods for the mural.

Emily Fromm may or may not be an artist you are already know, but we have no doubt you’ll be hearing more about her in the years to come. To see samples of her work please visit her website at EmilyFromm.com.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

The San Francisco Civic Music Association presents the Mozart to Mendelssohn concert, Pastoral, on Saturday night at Herbst Theater. Admission is free and registration/RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:30 PM. The 41st running of the San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,500 runners on Sunday. The race expo, open to the public and free, will be held at Fort Mason today from 12 PM to 7 PM and tomorrow from 9 AM to 5 PM.  The San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival performing an afternoon of selections from the current repertory. It all starts at 2 PM on Sunday. Admission is free with seating on a first come, first served basis.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/22/18 – 7/28/18

2nd Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real Estate Report

Hill & Co. recently released its 2nd Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real Estate Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look.

Prices for homes declined a bit from the first quarter, but the median sales price for a single family house remained above $1.6 million in all three months of the second quarter — well above last yearʼs median prices during the same period. Condominiums and lofts also saw an increase in the median sales price year-over-year, though the increase wasnʼt as steep in comparison to single family homes.

If the Bay Area were a nation, it would be the 19th largest economy in the world, according to a recent Mercury News report. Whatʼs more, the nine-county regionʼs dynamic economy is still charging ahead, and shows no signs of slowing down. This puts tremendous pressure on housing of course, and that explains why home values have continued to climb so dramatically year after year.

The 4-page Hill & Co. report features a number of charts, including second quarter home sales by neighborhood. This chart has information on the number of sales in each neighborhood, along with median sale prices, percent of change year-over-year, days on market, median price per square foot, and the most expensive sale in the quarter.

Other charts provide a month-by-month look at San Francisco home sales by property type – whether single family home or condo and loft – for April, May, and June.

To view the report, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows: https://bit.ly/2Nrivup

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

The 2018 SF Art Book Fair runs today through Sunday, July 22nd at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). Admission is free. Also this weekend, 2018 Orchids in the Park takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM in the San Francisco County Fair Building. Thousands of beautiful orchids will be for sale and on display. Meet local growers, and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/15/18 – 7/21/18

New Report: SF Housing Needs and Trends

Earlier this month City staff presented a memo to the Planning Commission — the first step toward devising some sort of effective solution to the housing crisis, according to SF.Curbed.com.

Here are just some of the findings included in the report:

San Francisco is building more new housing now than anytime in previous generations, despite appearances: “San Francisco new housing construction has averaged 1,900 new units per year since 1990, though the recent rate has increased substantially, to more than 5,000 in 2016 and an average of 4,000 between 2014 and 2017.”

City Hall is aware that despite building more, the problem has not ebbed much.

Most San Francisco renters still live in rent-controlled homes: “More than 60 percent of renters live in housing that is subject to the City’s rent control ordinance.” Since the report also estimates that some 65 percent of city residents rent, that means more than 39 percent of the entire SF population lives in rent controlled housing. While these figures are comparable to some past estimates, the City usually doesn’t quantify or keep track of precisely how many rent controlled units we have, since that figure changes often.

But even rent-controlled homes are less and less affordable.

Wealthier renters are increasingly occupying rent-controlled homes too.

To read the entire memo, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows: https://bit.ly/2NUCGlt