The Annual San Francisco Fall Art & Antique Show established in 1982, is currently the oldest continuously operating international antique show on the West Coast. The event, lasting four days, is held at Fort Mason, in San Francisco. The show features approximately 60 international dealers, various exhibitions including items from private collections, lecture series, and related parties with over three thousand people in attendance. The items showcased in the Antique Show are vetted in cooperation with the Antique Dealers Association of California, securing its rank as one of the top antique fairs in the world.
The Fall Antique show features glamorous and individualistic installations housing pieces of fine art and specialty antiques ranging over multiple different styles and periods in art and design. The renowned fair, which brings together an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture and decorative objects, fine art, jewelry, and much more, will be chaired by the San Francisco based interior designer, Suzanne Tucker.
For this years exhibition, the theme is “Flower Power: Floral Imagery in Art and Design,” in honor of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the San Francisco Summer of Love. This particular theme explores the “beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms through the ages. Floral imagery has long been part of rich visual symbolism in in art, be it mythological, religious or romantic. Flower Power is fertile ground for cultivating a uniquely curated assortment of art and antiques”.
The purpose of this event is to not only spread cultural awareness and the beauty of art but rather to raise money for Enterprise For Youth. This is a program that engages and empowers youth to discover career opportunities through training, guidance, and employment experiences through diverse work-study opportunities.
Overall, the event was lovely. I had the pleasure of meeting with fellow designers, philanthropists, art and antique enthusiasts and many other guests who were in attendance. The women's and men's fashion, were a true highlight of the evening. The women in attendance were a sight to behold, as their collective outfits were as spectacular as ever. Their style seemed to mix classical floral patterns with a more contemporary twist, completely embracing the theme of “flower power”. Although it was the men of the evening, that really brought this theme to life. For example, Jarrod Baumann of Zeterre and his fiancé Jesse Eller, adorned themselves with a beautiful assortment of life flowers and plants, which is more than fitting for a landscape architect. There was an abundance of floral gowns, coats, and every floral themed accessories that one could imagine.
The evening was special to me because it was a night centered around reuniting with dear friends, air kisses, warm hugs, and community. This is my favorite event of the year in San Francisco. I strongly believe that antiques are history; the story of culture, the decorative arts, and human connection.
The event was full of excitement and was simply beautiful. I encourage everyone to stop by the Fort Mason Cultural Center for Arts & Culture to partake in the beautiful show.