San Francisco - Art, Lights, Summer of Love

Hi fellow San Franciscans (and everyone who wants to visit our fair city!)  Summer is upon us, and I thought it would be nice to share some fun (and, yes, artsy) events taking place in the city. Every place I go in SF is an inspiration for my work, so if you want to get your creative juices flowing, or if you just want to have a good time, here are some suggestions!  Hey, get out of the house! Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there. :)

Photo: Amy Osborne, Special To The Chronicle

Photo: Amy Osborne, Special To The Chronicle

If you are like me and enjoy your nights outside (be sure to bundle up – it might be summer, but it’s still San Francisco) then  head out to Golden Gate Park. There is an exciting light-art project taking place in honor of the anniversary ofThe Summer of Love called, amazingly, “The Summer of Love.” Where is this awesome outdoor wonderfulness taking place? I’m glad you asked. It is happening at San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers and it will be held from sundown to midnight from now until October 21st.

The outdoor exhibition features video projections of butterflies, flowers, mandalas, and more stunning nature-based imagery. The installation utilizes six state-of-the-art gobos to bring this light creations to life! Definitely a fun evening activity with your special someone, or the entire family. Get more info here!

Christopher Brown. Between the Eyes, 1995

Christopher Brown. Between the Eyes, 1995

Karin Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström. Mamma Andersson/Jockum Nordstrom: Lou

Karin Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström. Mamma Andersson/Jockum Nordstrom: Lou

There’s always something cool and funky going on in San Francisco’s gallery scene. What better way to spend an afternoon than seeing an inspiring show to start a conversation and offer new insights. Be sure to check out “Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition” a new exhibition displaying abstract prints from a selection of 25 different artists.

20 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94105

Open from: June 6 - September 2

Summer Choices includes work by Tomma Abts, Mamma Andersson, Anne Appleby, Robert Bechtle, Christopher Brown, Chris Burden, Richard Diebenkorn, Al Held, Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, Susan Middleton, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Nathan Oliveira, Laura Owens, Markus Raetz, Ed Ruscha, Laurie Reid, Wilson Shieh, Shahzia Sikander, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Tuttle, and William T. Wiley, Fred Wilson.”

If you want to learn more about hours and the artists featured check out Crown Point Gallery’s website!

One of the things that makes so many movies epic is their soundtrack. Why not pay homage to the great American composer John Williams by spending a thrilling night with the San Francisco Symphony? Performances are on July 6th and 7th and will feature musical masterpieces from acclaimed films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and more.

Treat yourself to a night out on the town. Get dressed up and have a blast! Take your kids to experience the culture and excitement of live orchestral performance. You can learn more about this show along with many other upcoming performances happening at San Francisco Symphony at their website. Also, if you want to see the full program for the John Williams performance check it out here.

These are only a few suggestions of fun things to do this summer in our fabulous San Francisco. Be sure to check back on my Blog regularly to see upcoming recommendations of the latest artistic adventures available to you in Bagdad by the Bay! Wishing you a wonderful summer.