Private Collections Art Tour Gets Ready for Another Great Year


This March, seven of San Francisco's most notable art collectors will open their homes to the public for Private Collections, an annual spring art tour benefiting Enterprise for High School Students. Private Collections, now in its 16th year, offers a chance to experience prestigious art collections brought to life through the context of dwelling and through stories of the relationships collectors have developed with the artists, gallerists and curators.

A group on a home tour during Private Collections 2014

Lenore Pereira and Richard Niles' collection of contemporary works by women artists kicks off the event with the Masterpiece tour. Their home, designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects, has won architectural design awards. Reflecting the Niles family's strong feminist culture, their collection includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Sue Williams, Roni Horn, Tracy Emin and Jenny Holzer as well as local and emerging artists. 

After the Masterpiece tour, ticket holders will gather at Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts gallery in Jackson Square for a lovely evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres in celebration of Private Collections and Enterprise for High School Students.

On March 16th, ticket holders will take a tour of one of six of the following house collections: Clare and Dan Carlevaro; David Fraze and Gary Loeb; Kate Harbin and Adam Clammer; Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe; Jessica Silverman and Sarah Thornton; and Kirsten Wolfe and Andrew Brown. The collections offer a breadth of genres, including contemporary prints, Bay Area Figurative works, photography, 20th century Modern masters and concept-driven art by emerging artists.

Private Collections 2011, The Francis Mill Collection, sculpture by Manuel Neri

After the tours, art enthusiasts come together for a party at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank. Their stunning space exhibits a revolving art collection curated by gallerist Elizabeth Leach. Their current exhibit celebrates the Bay Area's rich tradition of fine art printmaking by highlighting three highly regarded local presses: Magnolia Editions, Paula Bott Press, and Crown Point Press. Recent collections at Ascent include works by David Hockney, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, Peter Phillips and Andy Warhol.

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Private Collections 2015

2016 Honorary Chair, Jay Jeffers, at a Private Collections party.

Private Collections 2011

Patrons at Private Collections 2015

Private Collections 2014. The Francis Mill Collection