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November 18, 2021

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.