Like the fleeting majesty of a shooting star, the 37th annual San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show has passed. This year’s Show paid homage to the mighty figures in the sky with its theme,The Sun, The Moon & The Stars: Celestial Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. The Show is Enterprise for Youth’s major fundraiser. With half-a-century of youth development experience, Enterprise continues to champion the young people of this city through training and internship experiences.
Fifty of the world’s finest Exhibitors converged on the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and lined their booths with treasures spanning from antiquity to modernity against a backdrop of brilliant Farrow & Ball paint colors.
American Furniture &
Antique American Wicker
Jeff R. Bridgman American
Roberto Freitas American
Antiques & Decorative Arts
Antique Weapons & Arms
Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
Jesse Davis Antiques
English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts
Carlton Hobbs, LLC
Clinton Howell Antiques
Daniel Stein Antiques, Inc.
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
Foster Gwin Gallery
Il Segno del Tempo Srl
James Sansum Fine & Decorative Art
Jayne Thompson Antiques
Yew Tree House Antiques
Galen Lowe Art & Antiques
Joel Cooner Gallery
The Orange Chicken
Sue Ollemans Oriental Works of Art
The Zentner Collection
Jewelry & Precious Metals
Paintings & Fine Art
Charles Plante Fine Arts
Daphne Alazraki Fine Art
David Brooker Fine Art
Dinan & Chighine
Haynes Fine Art
Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery
Trinity House Paintings
Photography, Works on Paper, & Books
Hayden & Fandetta Books
Peter Fetterman Gallery
Philadelphia Print Shop West
Textiles & Rugs
Tony Kitz Gallery
Designer Vignettes: “The Sun, The Moon, The Stars, & The Zodiac”
With the illuminating task of capturing the sky within three walls, the incredibly talented interior designers that rose to the challenge created a truly stellar experience for guests attending the Gala and Show days. Each designer worked with de Gournay to create a custom, hand-painted wallpaper to adorn his/her vignette, as well as with Show Exhibitor’s to curate a collection of exceptional art and antiques to adorn the space. Under the stewardship of Suzanne Tucker, acting as creative director, Ken Fulk, Charlotte Moss, Madeline Stuart, and Paul Wiseman sought to recreate the celestial bodies we have been in awe of for centuries.
The Sun, Charlotte Moss
The Moon, Madeline Stuart
The Stars, The Wiseman Group
The Zodiac, Ken Fulk
Our gracious sponsor, Kohler, ensured that the Grand Entry Hall was nothing short of transportive with decor by J. Riccardo Benavides, and his team at Ideas Event Styling, the stars in the entry danced along the ceiling and glittered with a luminescence that could rival the night sky.
Just past the Grand Entry Hall was the Celestial Lounge sponsored by Shreve & Co. where guests could relax and admire exquisite jewelry from Shreve that brought to light celestial motifs and heavenly stones that have long been the muse of jewelers.
Opening Night Preview Gala
This year Enterprise for Youth welcomed nearly 2,000 guests to the Opening Night Preview Gala, with the support of Sotheby’s International Realty, a long time sponsor. The Cosmo Alleycats delighted patrons in the foyer with their signature vintage sound. As guests continued through the Grand Entry Hall, they were greeted by the youth servers, the board of Enterprise for Youth, and a melange of truly decadent foods. With twenty-six bars adorning the Show floor, guests had their fill of handcrafted cocktails, Napa Ridge Winery’s Chardonnay and the crowd pleasing vodka and caviar stations. We were also pleased to welcome back The Macallan to Fort Mason for a special tasting of their world-renowned scotch. Tucked away in The Lecture Theater, guests were invited to indulge in a sweet tooth’s paradise. As the night came to a close, Candytopia and Shortlist wrapped the Show with a candy bar that any adult could be giddy over. Guests were welcomed to fill goody bags with sweet treats for the ride home.
Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker, moves the world for us each year, and we are constantly awed by her dedication, talent, and passion. We offer gratitude also to our wonderful Preview Gala Committee, Diane Wilsey, Riccardo Benavides, Susan Boeing and Christopher Redlich, Claud Cecil Gurney, Kathryn and Bo Lasater, Laura King Pfaff, OJ and Gary Shansby, Sarah and Stephen Sherrill, Allison Speer, and Hillary Thomas, and the many volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to ensure our Show is as successful as it can be.
In the weeks leading up to the Show, patrons were invited to take part in a number of events made possible by our wonderful sponsors and partners. The Battery hosted a panel discussion, which was sponsored by Bonhams, for the Show’s Young Collectors, where leading professionals in art and design discussed the Do’s and Don’ts of Collecting. Susan Boeing and Christopher Redlich graciously opened their gorgeous home to the Show’s Benefactors and hosted a beautiful evening. The Gold Collective hosted a reception for our Designers and Artisans Circle members at The Museum of Craft and Design that celebrated craft and talent in the most fitting of locations.
The evening before the Preview Gala, Designers and Artisans Circle members were invited to take a sneak peak at the collections brought for the 37th rendition of the Show. The Designers Circle Preview Reception, sponsored by The Shade Store, was an evening of cocktails and conversation. The Shade Store also had a special treat for guests in the form of an interactive window wall, fittingly named “the window to the night sky”, with beautiful drapery and a Giotto-esque starry backdrop by Katherine Jacobus Decorative Art, that could be used as a photobooth and engaging display of their products in a tangible setting. Photos hashtagged #StarryNightSF filtered into the Dessert Room on Gala night, filling the room with the joyous faces of actual Show attendees. The night ended with a raffle that saw amazing prizes from both The Shade Store and Grand Entry Hall sponsor Kohler.
Thursday afternoon was host to the Chairman’s Luncheon, hosted by Suzanne Tucker and sponsored by Geographic Expeditions. Guests arrived at The Room with a View to honor Carolyne Roehm, taste the delectable wines provided by Knights Bridge Winery, and enjoy the catered lunch by McCalls Catering & Events. As a special treat, Julia B. sent guests home with a beautiful set of celestial-inspired linen cocktail napkins.
The excitement did not subside as the week continued with an impressive array of lecturers that graced us with their expertise. Thanks to The St. Regis San Francisco and Luxe Interiors + Design, the 2018 Show welcomed lectures and panel discussions by Jay Jeffers, Suzanne Kasler, Stacey Bewkes, Michael Stern, Hutton Wilkinson, Pieter Estersohn, Maureen Footer, Charlotte Moss, Nina Campbell, and Suzanne Tucker. Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Directors of The Arlene & Harold Schnitzer CARE Foundation, sponsored the Authors’ Alcove and made a number of book signings, by the above mentioned people as well as Susanna Salk, Grant Gibson and Joa Studholme, possible.
At the Cocktail Hour Series, guests sipped complimentary wine from Napa Ridge Winery while hearing from experts in a breadth of artistic fields. At the first talk, sponsored by California Home + Design and The Bath + Beyond, Suzanne Tucker, Cynthia Spence, Joa Studholme and Alisa Carroll discussed the interplay of decorating a home with art and antiques. Later that evening, Enterprise for Youth’s Young Professionals Group and Board President, Michael Franzia, hosted a Young Collectors Night that invited guests to sample a selection of wine from Bronco Wine Company while mingling amongst the art. The next talk in the Cocktail Hour Series was sponsored by Heritage Auctions and featured a lively conversation about celestial imagery in art and timepieces with Keith Davis, Clementine Chen, Alissa Ford and Holly Sherratt.
On closing day, the Show hosted a brunch in honor of Enterprise for Youth’s founder, Glady Thacher, to celebrate the truly remarkable work she has done and the opportunities that Enterprise continues to give young people in our city. Shortly following the brunch, attendees were welcomed to a world premiere preview of LAUTREC! His Muses & Their Music in the Lecture Theater produced by George Daugherty and the world class singers from the San Francisco Opera. Nearby, in Aedicule’s booth, the art that inspired the musical theatre concert was framed in period splendor by Peter Werkhoven.
Each day the Show floor was packed and full of lively energy with those shopping, dining, and attending the exciting array of events at the Show. Many new faces, along with those who haven’t missed the Show in its 37 year history, graced us at the Opening Night Preview Gala and during the Show days.
Thank you to everyone whose support of the Show and Enterprise for Youth helped make 2018 a success. All proceeds from the Gala, Show and lecture ticket sales, catalogue ads, sponsorships, and dealer booth rent directly support Enterprise. Your support makes a difference in the lives of many San Francisco youth.
We look forward to seeing you all at Festival Pavilion October 3-6, 2019 when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Enterprise for Youth.