SF LIFE: Rosé, Disabled Artists, Festivals, Flower Art
Divine, simply delicious, beautiful Rosé …so many of us love this pink wine and Napa has a Rosé Fest waiting for us. Creative Growth is a unique and very special art studio in Oakland for artists with disabilities – a must visit. We could devote an entire newsletter to all the festivals happening, here are some of the best. And, Bouquets to Art returns with its blooming fabulous creations at the DeYoung. Cheers to June!
June 8. Rosé Fest
The sweeping views of Sterling Vineyard’s hilltop winery is the venue for the 3rd annual Napa Valley Rosé Fest. The day features more than 30 wineries and several of the Bay Area’s best restaurants, Roséfest provides rosé lovers an opportunity to sample the best the Wine Country has to offer while supporting one of the most important causes of our time: breast cancer education, research funding and patient support. And you know we tomatoes love to party for a cause.
After you taste and sip on the hill, you get to wander down to their gorgeous lawn to enjoy live music, food trucks and of course more great Rosé . You can purchase tickets for wine, wine and food tastings, or a premiere VIP package – divine I might say. www.sterlingvineyards.com
June 1-29. Creative Growth Art Exhibit
We just discovered the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland (just love that town!) and it is so worth a visit, a donation or your volunteer time. It is the oldest and largest nonprofit art studio for artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. Founded in 1974 in response to statewide cuts in services for adults with disabilities, the Creative Growth Art Center is one of three studios all created by the same couple.
Creativity Explored is in SF and NIAD (Nurturing Independence through artistic development) is located in Richmond. They operate separately yet share a common mission to serve and support artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities by providing professional studion space, exhibition opportunities and representations.
June 1- 29, the three studios are showing works by artists from all locations at the Minnesota Street Project. These stunning and moving works will touch you to your core. Using radiant colors, unusual techniques and free lines, the 30 artists are activists of their own cause, conversing over new cultural formats. Artist’s works from the studios have landed at MoMA, SFMOMA, The Smithsonian and private collections as well. I guarantee you will be astounded and enthralled. www.creativegrowth.org
June 4-9. Bouquets to Art
It’s back my friends and I am so excited to see the deYoung’s annual and much beloved floral fundraiser, Bouquets to Art. A fresh palette of summer blooms this year will help “seed” new life in the de Young’s permanent collection. The collections will be lit up with the beauty of nature. 115 of the region’s most innovative and sought-after floral designers are getting ready to create their dazzling floral displays inspired by the museum’s paintings, sculptures, objects and architecture.
There are events all week long, lunches, talks, and more will inspire you. If you wish to avoid the masses of folks, I suggest getting there at opening. Another great way to view is to attend the photo-free period on Friday the 7th from 9:30 – noon. Of course, you may be tempted to take out your phone as the arrangements are so captivating. Have a bloomin’ good time friends! www.deyoung.famsf.org
Union Street Fair
Time to fete tomatoes. Grab your pals, go forth and enjoy. The Union Street Fair is this weekend, and one of our favs that keeps reinventing itself. Follow your nose to the cuisine court offering delicious international food.
This year they have added two artfully curated lounges where you can enjoy soft seating and live music while you sample whiskey and regional wines. How sophisticated! Vendors will of course be selling unique arts and crafts and some of our fav local bands will keep us entertained. Unionstreetevents.com
Thru June 2. International Arts Festival
The San Francisco International Arts Festival, “The Path to Democracy” is presenting its annual multicultural performances through June 2nd at Fort Mason. Their platform presents innovative projects that focus on increasing human awareness and understanding.
Over 50 artists from the Bay and 12 other countries will be presenting, comedy, dance, music, performance art, theatre and so much more. A different type of “festival”, one where you learn, grow and expand your thinking…it’s all brain candy friends. www.sfiaf.org
June 2. Berkeley World Music Festival
Leave it to Berkeley and its celebration and inclusion of all to introduce and promote musical traditions as diverse as the people of the bay. Saturday and Sunday throughout the Telegraph Avenue area you can wander from intimate street music to featured artists in People’s Park and visit the crafts fair as you stroll. Telegraph will be transformed on Sunday into a leisurely pedestrian plaza for all ages including a music dance area so you can get out your boogie shoes. http://www.berkeleyworldmusic.org