The first stop was Crown Point Press, the etching publisher and gallery at 20 Hawthorne Street in San Francisco. Crown Point Press publishes etchings with internationally known contemporary artists, many of whom we have studied in painting class. Sasha Baguskas gave us a tour of the gallery and the studio, where master printers Ianne Kjorlie, Asa Muir Harmony and Emily York were working on printing an edition of a collaborative print from Swedish artists Jockum Nordstrom and Mamma Andersson. We got to see a print pulled and the printers explained all the steps. We had lunch in the Yerba Buena Garden. We were happy it didn’t rain!
Danielle Luthy and her tiny new son Quinn met up with us in the park, and everybody got to meet the beautiful. At SFMOMA, our next stop, we were lucky to have a tour with curator of Painting and Sculpture Janet Bishop, who is a family friend of painting student, Amelia. Janet showed us some of her favorite pieces in the collection, including a monster yarn object by Judith Scott from the Creative Growth Workshop in Oakland, and lumpy silvery tower sculpture by Brooklyn artist Rachel Harrison. Then students had time to explore the roof sculpture garden and participate in an artist project at the exhibit/store, “Shadow Shop.” Baby Quinn was a model museum patron. We made it home with a few minutes to spare – a full day!