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!

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Now in its 11th year, Outside Lands takes place today through Sunday in Golden Gate Park. Once again the festival will showcase world class music, art, and comedy along with some of the Bay Area’s best food, wine, and beer. Headliners include Janet Jackson, Florence + The Machine, and The Weekend. Meanwhile, there will be a huge “Rooftop Park and Salesforce Transit Center Opening” Block Party on Saturday from noon to 4PM — admission is free. There’s also the 2018 Hillwide Garage Sale in Bernal Heights on Saturday from 9AM to 2PM. Lastly, the Pistahan Parade & Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, celebrating the best in Filipino art, dance, music, and food — admission is free.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 8/5/18 – 8/11/18

SF Just Ranked Among Top 5 U.S. Cities in Which to Live

We are constantly hearing about how expensive it is to live in San Francisco, and how people are moving away. Yet the website WalletHub just compared the 62 largest cities in the U.S. based on 56 key indicators of attractiveness, and found that San Francisco ranked 4th in the nation, just behind Seattle, Virginia Beach, and Austin.

Affordability is clearly a problem, but San Francisco ranked 2nd in “quality of life”, 3rd in “Education and Health”, and 6th in “Economy”. We were surprised at the economy ranking, but “Building-Permit Growth” and “Wealth Gap” were both factored into the category, and that might explain the lower than we would expect rating.

According to the report, cities all across the country are dealing with issues around the high cost of living, pollution, traffic delays, and limited living space. But big cities represent opportunity, economic and otherwise, which appeals to people of all walks of life — especially young professionals seeking advancement in their careers and social lives. Another main draw is easy access to diverse dining and entertainment options.

The bottom line is this: San Francisco remains a city that draws people from all over the world. People want to live here and, given our limited supply of real estate, that demand continues to drive up the cost of rent and the price of homes.

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 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

A Guide to San Francisco’s Best Public Art Installations

SF.Curbed.com just updated and published a wonderful guide to San Francisco’s best public art installations. It includes an interactive map, making it easy to locate all of these pieces.

On this list you’ll find everything from statues made of trees and earth in the Presidio to a kinetic sculpture in the Tenderloin that moves with the wind and lights up at night.

Here are a number of our favorites:

  • Skygate 1574-1636 The Embarcadero
  • Nuotatori 661 Lombard Street
  • Earth Wall 50 Moraga Avenue
  • Fountain at Gateway Court 430 Davis Court
  • The Thinker 100 34th Avenue
  • Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) 747 Howard Street
  • Willie McCovey Statue 24 Willie Mays Plaza
  • Caruso’s Dream 55 9th Street
  • SQUARED Fell St & Octavia Boulevard
To see the entire list, along with photos, descriptions, and the interactive map, please click here.