A Journey Across the Globe at The 2019 Show
As all trips must, the 38th annual San Francisco Fall Show has come and gone. With the theme Wanderlust: Around the World with Art, Antiques & Design, this year’s Show paid homage to an insatiable travel bug and our world’s rich and diverse visual heritage. The Show is the major fundraiser for Enterprise for Youth, the 50 year old nonprofit that has helped secure over 25,000 first jobs for San Francisco youth. Enterprise continues to champion young people through extensive training and internship experiences.
Forty-six of the world’s finest art and antique dealers converged on the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and lined their booths with treasures spanning from antiquity to the present. The Show was pleased to welcome the below international roster of Exhibitors:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques
Roberto Freitas American Antiques & Decorative Arts
Jesse Davis Antiques
English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts
Antonio’s Bella Casa
Carlton Hobbs, LLC
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
Rodrigo Rivero Lake
The Zentner Collection
Jewelry & Precious Metals
DKF Estate Jewelry
Greg Pepin Silver
Paintings & Fine Art
Charles Plante Fine Arts
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
Textiles & Rugs
Designer Vignettes: “A Compass Rose: North, South, East & West”
Tasked with transporting us to the far reaches of the globe, five talented interior designers rose to the challenge and created mini worlds to astonish guests. Each designer collaborated with de Gournay to create a custom, hand-painted wallpaper to adorn his/her vignette, and worked with Show Exhibitor’s to curate a collection of exceptional art and antiques to adorn the space. With creative direction from Suzanne Tucker, designers Alessandra Branca, George Brazil and Cecilia Sagrera-Hill, Veere Grenney, and Hutton Wilkinson took inspiration from their personal travels and histories to bring a part of the world to life.
North, Alessandra Branca
South, Veere Grenney
East, Hutton Wilkinson
West, George Brazil and Cecilia Sagrera-Hill
Our gracious sponsors, Haute Living and De Sousa Hughes, 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 hot air balloon in the entry drew crowds in with the allure of discovery and enjoyment.
Opening Night Preview Gala
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 and kept them enthralled later in the evening with a performance in the cafe. As guests continued through the Grand Entry Hall, they were greeted by the youth servers, the board of Enterprise for Youth, and an assortment of foods capable of making any foodie blush. With eighteen bars adorning the Show floor, guests had their fill of handcrafted cocktails, Napa Ridge Winery’s Chardonnay, Villa Sandi Prosecco, and the ever-popular caviar stations sponsored by The Caviar Co.. We were pleased to welcome back The Macallan to Fort Mason for a special tasting of their world-renowned scotch. To round out the bar, Edrington donated Noble Oak Bourbon, Partida Tequila, and Snow Leopard Vodka. At the north end of the Show floor, guests could venture to sweeter parts of the globe with churros and an array of confections. As the night came to a close, Marin Country Mart bestowed upon the Gala a Miette candy bar that any adult could be giddy over. Guests filled goody bags with sweet treats and grabbed hint water bottles for the ride home. As guests got in their cars after a night to remember, they were presented with a final parting gift from Gold Collective.
Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker, moves the world for us each year, and we are constantly awed by her dedication, talent, and passion. We also offer gratitude to our wonderful Preview Gala Committee: Riccardo Benavides, Susan Boeing and Christopher Redlich, Barbara Brown, Claud Cecil Gurney, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Lindsay and Peter Joost, Laura King Pfaff, Alison Pincus, OJ and Gary Shansby, Sarah and Stephen Sherrill, Allison Speer, and Diane Wilsey, 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, sponsored by Heritage Auctions, for the Show’s Young Collectors, where leading professionals in art and design discussed Wander & Lust: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Buying Art on Vacation. California Home + Design honored Enterprise for Youth and the Show at their fall kick-off event at Spruce. The first week in September also boasted the 2019 Launch Party at DZINE where guests were treated to performances by Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and Paul Drescher. Designers and Artisans Circle Chair, Ken Fulk and St. Joseph’s Arts Society hosted a party for the Show’s Benefactors and Designers and Artisans Circle that allowed friends, old and new, to gather in a stunning setting with delectable bites and finely crafted cocktails.
The morning of the Preview Gala, Designers and Artisans Circle members, along with select members of the press, were invited to take a sneak peak at the collections brought for the 38th iteration of the Show. The Designers and Artisans Circle Preview, sponsored by Cosentino and Luxe Interiors + Design, was a brunch event brimming with croissants and conversation.
The time-honored, Thursday tradition of the Chairman’s Luncheon was hosted by Suzanne Tucker and sponsored by Geographic Expeditions and Sue Fisher King this year. Guests arrived at The Room with a View to honor India Hicks, who graced the audience with a laugh-tinged talk about changing in the airport bathroom and sharing a ride to the Show with long time volunteer and friend of the Show, Matthew Maccaul Turner. Balleto Vineyards wine was generously provided by Micahel Franzia, Board President. Nob Hill Gazette joined the event as media sponsors and lunch was catered by McCalls Catering & Events.
The excitement did not subside as the week continued with an impressive array of lecturers that graced us with their expertise. The Lecture Series, generously sponsored by HEWN and The St. Regis San Francisco, welcomed Madeline Stuart, India Hicks, Veere Grenney, Rush Jenkins, Wendy Moonan, Bunny Williams, George Brazil, Meaghan Roddy, Hutton Wilkinson, and Suzanne Tucker. Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Directors of The Arlene & Harold Schnitzer CARE Foundation sponsored the Authors’ Alcove and made possible a number of book signings by the above mentioned people as well as Fawn Galli, Estee Stanley, and Fred Lyon.
De Sousa Hughes’ founders Erik Hughes and Geoffrey De Sousa hosted a lively cocktail hour panel discussion in celebration of launching their new book with author Alisa Carroll. The talk was a wonderful gathering of minds, sipping wine and discussing a shared passion for crafting and design.
On closing day, the Show honored Enterprise for Youth’s founder, Glady Thacher, with a brunch sponsored by First Republic. The event celebrated the truly remarkable work she has done and gave voice to a lovely young lady in Enterprise’s program. At the podium, Skye Goette explained her challenges growing up in a single-parent household and having to come to terms with her diagnosis of dyscalculia. She articulated beautifully and authentically how the Enterprise for Youth programs cemented her vision of herself and provided clarity about her future as a professional educator.
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. At the center of the Show floor, guest dined at the Academy of Art Cafe with a new look mastermined by Interim Show Director, Kay Evans, and executed by Ideas Event Styling.
Thank you to everyone whose support of The San Francisco Fall Show and Enterprise for Youth helped make 2019 a success. All proceeds from the Gala, Show and lecture ticket sales, catalogue ads, sponsorships, and dealer booth rent directly support Enterprise for Youth. Your support makes a difference in the lives of many San Francisco youth.
We look forward to seeing you all at Festival Pavilion September 23-27, 2020 to celebrate. In the meantime, don’t forget to wander!