This year, San Francisco celebrates the 150th birthday of Golden Gate Park. Sort of! The Covid-19 pandemic closures hit just weeks before the main events were to begin on April 4. In a nod to the Midwinter Fair of 1894, a large ferris wheel was installed — or partially installed (no seating yet) — in the Music Concourse. Like the tower of the deYoung Museum, it’s visible above the canopy of the park from several vantage points in the City.
I’ve been out (physically distancing) a number of times during the shutdown. For a photographer, the ferris wheel adds novelty to familiar locations, and an interesting background for more creative pieces. Here’s a slideshow.
Tonight, Canessa Gallery begins celebrating its 50 years as an important piece of San Francisco’s artistic, literary, intellectual, and social history. Many artists who have shown at Canessa over the years (including me) have donated a single piece each that will be for sale during the coming month, with proceeds going to Canessa. (Note: Though the gallery is usually free, I believe there is a $20 admission to tonight’s fundraising celebration.) For a bit of history, you can check out this Hoodline article from 2015: http://hoodline.com/2015/08/canessa-gallery-a-hotspot-for-history-art-architecture. And the Canessa website link is this: http://www.canessa.org/ . Come down and be part of the scene!