January 2022 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

Each and every month, INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller review the many invitations that fill their inboxes and share their curated “Hotlist” of “must-do” design & art events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Even though we aren’t yet sure where COVID will take us in coming weeks, we do know we can find creative inspiration and beauty through amazing design & art events online and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

So let’s kick off 2022 by firing up our imaginations, setting new goals based on our hopes and dreams, and celebrating amazing artists who lift our spirits.

Please note: Following COVID safety protocols, many events require proof of vaccination, face masks, and social distancing. Check each event’s website for details.

The Unreal Garden.

Reconnect with your imagination in this fantastic holographic experience. Explore a space filled with magical flora, fauna, and artworks, and transform it all with your own presence and energy. $30 to $45. Now through January 2. 10 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Lands End Exhibition at the Former Cliff House.

For this exhibition, 27 contemporary artists and collectives from around the world address the fragility of our planet’s health, human rights, racial equity, sustainability, and forced migration. Through their work, the artists offer hope and possibility in the face of crisis. Free (though you’ll need a reservation for timed entries). Now through March 27. 1090 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco.

Vision Board Workshop and Fundraiser.

Kick off the new year with some good karma! INVT18 Speaker Maria Guidice will lead us in this fun workshop as we think about our hopes and dreams and set our goals and intentions for 2022. The fee is a suggested donation of $100, which will go to a worthy nonprofit. January 2, 9:00 am to noon. Online.

Elemental Arts Earthscape Experience.

Part mediation, part collaboration, all co-creation, this outdoor community-building event invites us to commune with nature and create large-scale, ephemeral art. Suggested donation of $40 to $85. January 15. Location along San Francisco’s Great Highway will be emailed upon registration.

FOG Design + Art Fair.

With 45 leading international galleries and prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers participating—plus programs on contemporary design and art—this long-weekend event will surely inspire us. $25. January 20 to 23. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

The City Canvas: A Paint the Void Retrospective.

When San Francisco shut down for COVID shelter-in-place, local artists lifted our spirits by creating beautiful works throughout the city on boarded-up storefronts. Let’s celebrate these artists and a selection of their murals in this special exhibit. Free with registration. January 22 to 30. Pier 70, 588 22nd Street, San Francisco.

Sound Bath.

Now offered monthly, this immersive sound event takes full advantage of the beautiful, light-filled Grace Cathedral. Come for deep relaxation through a listening experience that helps you hear your own internal sounds and promotes mental clarity. It’s just what we need to start the new year. $20 to $75. January 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco.

December 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

Each and every month, INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller review the many invitations that fill their inboxes and share their curated “Hotlist” of “must-do” design & art events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This month, in addition to attending events that inspire our muses, we’re going shopping for unique holiday gifts and using our dollars to support local artists and makers.

How might you make a difference in December? Read on for some fab opportunities.

The Art of the Brick.

More than 70 sculptures made out of LEGO bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya are featured, including his takes on a T. rex and Michelangelo’s David. Get inspired at what CNN calls one of the world’s “Must-See Exhibitions.” $24. Opening in December. 1 Grant Avenue, San Francisco.

The Crucible’s GIFTY: Craft Show & Open House.

Metalworks, ceramics, jewelry, artisan bath supplies, and more will be on offer at this event hosted by The Crucible, a fine and industrial arts school in Oakland. While you shop, you’ll also get to meet the local artists, craftspeople, and faculty members who make these unique items. Free. December 4 and 5. The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland.

Shipyard Holiday Party & Art Show.

Expecting guests IRL this holiday season? Now is the time to perk up your walls with conversation-starting art. Peruse works from over 60 local artists, for yourself as well as “gift-able” art. Free. Studios open December 5 only; online stores will be open through the month. 451 Galvez Street, San Francisco.

Mitchell Schwarzer—Hella Town: Oakland’s History of Development and Disruption.

For this History of Art and Visual Culture Writer’s Talk, Professor of Architectural and Urban History at California College of the Arts Mitchell Schwarzer and Chair of CCA’s Photography program Christopher Jones will discuss Schwarzer’s latest book. Hella Town reveals the profound impact of transportation improvements, systemic racism, and regional competition on Oakland’s built environment. Free. December 8. Online (via Zoom).

Forum Live: Changing the Face of Gaming Culture.

Opportunity and education play an enormous role in changing the face of video games, and Damon Packwood, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Gameheads, is working to diversify the industry. At this Forum Live event, hosted by KQED Public Broadcasting, we’ll get an interactive look at the gaming world and the next generation of gamers and game design. $10. December 10. KQED Headquarters, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco.

West Coast Craft.

We’ll be checking off our holiday shopping lists (and picking up a few goodies for ourselves) here, because it feels so good to buy direct from creators. Show your support for artists, designers, and craftspeople (over 90 will be participating) at this festive outdoor market. Free. December 11. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

November 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

Each and every month, we’re thankful for all the opportunities we have to learn and grow as designers and artists. And each and every month, INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller review the many invitations they’ve received and share their curated “Hotlist” of design & art events in the San Francisco Bay and beyond. Workshops, conferences, exhibitions, and fairs. How might you get inspired?

Cryptocurrency for Artists.

This workshop is designed to give an overview of the basics of cryptocurrency to help artists understand this new economic system. We’ll learn what cryptocurrency is, why artists are using it, and how to use it. There will be a Q&A at the end of the program. $10–$40. November 2, from noon to 1:30 pm. Intersection for the Arts, 1446 Market Street, San Francisco.

How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind.

Explore madness in literature, jazz, comedy, and protest music with authors La Marr Jurelle Bruce and Farah Jasmine Griffin. Their conversation is prompted by Bruce’s urgent provocation and poignant meditation on madness in black radical art, How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity. Hosted by Barnard Center for Research on Women. Free. November 4. Online.

Renegade Craft Fair.

Support small creative businesses and get all of your holiday shopping done early! Hundreds of local and national artists and tastemakers will be participating in this fair. Free. November 6 and 7, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

Exploring Power and Leadership.

We love all the content by Creative Reaction Lab. In this new webinar series, Redesigners for Justice must acknowledge the multiple ways through which they and others experience and hold power. We’ll identify ways we might redistribute and use power to pursue equity and justice. $19–$89. November 9, from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  Online.

Bauhaus Typography at 100.

Few design movements have shaped contemporary typography quite like the Bauhaus. Now in Letterform Archive’s first-ever gallery, this exhibition features a curated collection where we can experience the school’s unique legacy in graphic design through artifacts of its own making—its books, magazines, course materials, product catalogs, stationery, promotional fliers, and other ephemera. $10. November 13 through April 27, 2022. Letterform Archive, 2325 3rd Street, Floor 4R, San Francisco.

No-Code Conference.

No-code tools continue to redefine what’s possible when designers, developers, marketers, and entrepreneurs can use their unique skills and intuition to build even more for the web. This year’s online event features expert-led sessions with live Q&As, virtual networking, and announcements about exciting new launches. Free. November 17 and 18.

October 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

We’re all about art, art, and more art this month, as we get ready to celebrate International Artist Day on October 25. Check out our “Hotlist” below, a list of design & art events in the San Francisco Bay curated by INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland an Dava Guthmiller. There’s much to see, do, and experience, and we hope you’ll be inspired to join us at some—or all.

BTW, thank you for sharing your creative expression with the world!

Here’s their curated “Hotlist” for October 2021.

Intro to Silverpoint Workshop.

ARCH Art Supplies is in a fantastic new location, and we love that they’re now hosting a series of workshops and classes. This event caught our eyes because we’re intrigued by silverpoint, a delicate, historical drawing medium known for its luminescent mark-making capabilities. $50. October 10, from 10:00 am to noon. ARCH Art Supplies, 1490 17th Street, San Francisco.

An Exploration of Angel DeCora’s Design and Lettering Work.

Angel DeCora (1871–1919) was a Ho-Chunk designer, artist, illustrator, and educator whose inventive lettering opens windows to the design of North American tribes. In this lecture, co-presented with San Francisco Public Library, Neebinnaukzhik Southall, founder of the Native Graphic Design Project, will examine the illustrations and lettering DeCora created for books and other publications. Free. October 19, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Online.

Art Battle San Francisco.

We’ll watch as artists transform blank canvases into art in just 20 minutes at this exciting live art tournament. Winners are chosen by the audience. Maybe you’ll participate as one of the featured artists? (Go for it! Apply at artbattle.com/artists) All the artwork will be available for purchase in a silent auction. For ages 21+. $15–$20. October 20, 7:00 pm. The Great Northern, 119 Utah Street, San Francisco.

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is Back!

MoAD is welcoming visitors back with a refreshed space and a highly anticipated line-up of first-time solo museum exhibitions by critically acclaimed artists. We’re excited to experience Amoako Boafo’s Soul of Black Folks, Billie Zangewa’s Thread for a Web Begun, and Sam Vernon’s Impasse of Desires (all through February 27). $10. Reopening October 21 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Reservations are required. MoAD, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco.

Shipyard Open Studios.

Over 100 artists will open their studios in this historic bayside artist community and share their works. For this special event, local food vendors and musical entertainment will also be on hand as we wander for the eye candy and opportunities to grab pieces for our own collections. Free. October 23 and 24, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Hunters Point Shipyard, 451 Galvez Avenue, San Francisco.

September 2021 Design & Art Event Hotlist

INVT’s curated list of “must do” creative events is designed to inspire.

As students head back to school (virtually and, we hope, in person), we’re feeling the itch to learn and grow too. This month INVT co-founders and practicing designers Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller understand the ongoing need for creative inspiration. To help themselves—and you in our fab community—each month they review all the invitations they receive to design & art events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and choose the ones they “must do.”

Here’s their curated “Hotlist” for September 2021.

Nam June Paik Exhibit.

A mesmerizing riot of sights and sounds, Nam June Paik brings together more than 200 works by the visionary experimental artist who bridged art, music, performance, and technology in groundbreaking ways, and whose influence is felt in today’s art, pop culture, music, and film. This exhibition is this artist’s first-ever West Coast retrospective. $25. Now through October 3. San  Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco.

Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography.

Now is your chance to get a big overview of the amazing collection this space has to offer. Looking Back—the first of two exhibits celebrating Pier 24 Photography’s 10-year anniversary—features work by nearly 50 artists, including Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Dorothea Lange, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Free with appointment. Now through December 31. Pier 24 Photography, Pier 24, The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Mode Brut.

We’re excited to see two of our favorite organizations come together in one space. Featuring unique designs by over 50 Creativity Explored artists, Mode Brut, a large-scale exhibition at Museum of Craft and Design, challenges museum-goers to think past familiar modes of apparel by redefining what—and who—is fashionable. $10. September 4 through January 23, Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco.

After Hope: Videos of Resistance.

“Hope is…refuge, renewal, revolution.” After Hope explores the role of hope in contemporary art and activism, through a series of 54 short videos from over 60 artists from around the globe. (We encourage you also to check other outstanding exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum, including Liu Jianhua: Collected Letters, East West Bank Art Terrace, and the teamLab projects.) $15. September 11. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San  Francisco.

Mix and Match: Calligraphy and Lettering as Design Tools.

How can we shape letterforms to tell different stories? In this virtual, hands-on workshop, we’ll learn different methods to create custom letterforms—by writing, drawing, designing, and mixing calligraphy and lettering techniques—and explore their expressive potential. Open to all levels, from beginners to advanced students. $360. Four Wednesday sessions, September 8 through 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm PDT. Online at Letterform Archive.

Tools for Overcoming Creative Blocks to Create More Flow and Enjoyment.

Every creative has a big inner critic. In this workshop, psychotherapist and artist Dana Dart-McLean offers tools from somatic (body awareness based) and expressive arts therapies, as well as mindfulness, to support you as you explore your relationship with both your inner critic and inner inspiration. Through guided visualizations, somatic grounding, and painting exercises, we’ll deepen our understanding of what fuels our creativity. $25. September 19, 2:00 to 3:30 pm PDT. The Center SF, 548 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.