The upcoming American Craft Council Show in San Francisco will bring together a select group of more than 230 creative types from around the region -- and nation -- to the Fort Mason Center, at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in the Marina District of San Francisco on Aug. 3 to 5.
The show is promoted as "pure craft at its absolute finest," and one of its featured participants is Judy Stone of El Cerrito, who is in the rather exclusive group of artists known as enamelers.
Stone, a 40-year practitioner of the craft, is one of about 3,000 enamel artists worldwide.
She first encountered the art form while studying in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar in 1968 and taught herself the art form. She has been enameling professionally since 1972, creating everything from light switch covers to one-of-a-kind smaller vessels to large wall pieces.
One of her largest projects was restoring an art installation, "The Way Home" by influential enamel artist Fred Uhl Ball, on the side of a Macy's parking garage in Sacramento. The installation includes more than 1,000
1-foot-by-1-foot enameled copper tiles.
Stone is a member of the Northern California Enamel Guild, The Enamelist Society and the American Craft Council, and teaches her specialty at The Crucible in Oakland.
The American Craft Council Show will feature home décor, fashion and jewelry at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, under categories
The event will also honor Style Makers, area personalities known for a dedication to handmade crafts. They include Channel 5 meteorologist Roberta Gonzales, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik and KRON TV host Jan Wahl.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and admission is $14 for a one-day pass or $20 for a two-day pass, with a $2 advance purchase discount online at www.craftcouncil.org/sf.
There is also a special "$5 After 5" admission for the Friday night event, when entry is $5 admission after 5 p.m.
Admission is free for American Craft Council members and children under 12.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Christian Wimmer, who does videography for the Richmond Fire Department and city cable TV station KCRT, is seeking photos of El Cerrito in the 1970s for a project he's putting together.
Anyone who has snapshots they would be willing to share can contact him at 510-620-6759 or email@example.com.
Stroll historic Point Richmond and see all the art the district has to offer, along with food and live music at participating venues at this month's Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Berkeley performance companies continue to discover the Performing Arts Theater at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Ave.
The Youth Musical Theater Company of Berkeley had a successful opening last weekend for its performances of "West Side Story" at the theater and performances continue this weekend, with the finale on Sunday and details and tickets are available at www.ymtcberkeley.org.
Next up is Stage Door Conservatory, which will present its Teens on Stage production of the macabre Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd" at ECHS on Aug. 9, 10, 11 and 12.
The cast of more than 20 young performers will feature Haley Slamon as Mrs. Lovett and Darius Lack in the title role.
Discover the colorful past of the Berkeley district known as Ocean View on Part II of a walking tour led by author and historian Richard Schwartz at 11 a.m. Saturday.
"Learn about Berkeley's first fire house, first jail, the amazing general store and Bay Area horse racing attractions in West Berkeley, Berkeley's first City Hall in the West End area, the area's first school in the 1850s, the history of San Pablo Avenue from early Spanish times and before."
The history of the district ties in directly with the history and naming of Albany.
The tour is $10 per person and meets at Builders Booksource 1817 Fourth St. in Berkeley. To RSVP call 510-845-6874.