Gage Opdenbrouw, Coit Tower (oil on canvas, used with permission)
If you can't make it to the new Impressionist show at the De Young, don't fret! There's another blockbuster show this weekend at Fort Mason. There's parking at the site (for a minimal cost) and you can lunch at Green's or one of the local food booths. When you get tired of looking at art, come over to the Book Bay, run by the Friends of the SF Public library, and check out their incredible selection of modestly priced books.
For nearly a decade, the city by the bay has been without a major internationally-ranked fine art fair-until now. Avid collectors, art enthusiasts, galleries and the art press eagerly await the long overdue arrival of the San Francisco Fine Art Fair. Over $300 million in art representing 500 artists from 70+ worldwide renowned galleries will be available for viewing and purchase. Attendees can select from the finest collection of 6,000 significant artworks from the 20th and 21st century - focusing on 1950’s to present. Carefully vetted, the fair offers a spectacular selection of paintings, works on paper, drawings, printed editions, photography, and sculpture (both indoors and outdoors.) From the masters to important contemporary offerings, artworks range in price that fit into every collector's budget.
One of my local favorite painters, Gage Opdenbrouw will be showing his work but there are dozens and dozens of others:
SF Fine Arts Fare: http://www.sffineartfair.com/
Book Bay: http://www.friendssfpl.org/