The cold weather hasn’t stopped San Franciscans from coming out for their favorite local causes. The opening of Adam Lindemann’s “Venus Over Manhattan” at St. Joseph’s Arts Society, the launch of “Kimono Refashioned” at the Asian Art Museum, and an award ceremony honoring philanthropist Maria Manetti Shrem were among many artistic and charitable events that drew supporters.
OPENING OF ADAM LINDEMANN’S VENUS OVER MANHATTAN
Opened in 2018 by designer Ken Fulk, Saint Joseph’s Arts Society is a landmark San Francisco former Catholic church transformed into an eclectic arts space. This winter, it celebrated New York art collector Adam Lindemannwith an exhibition from his renowned gallery, Venus Over Manhattan.
Kicking off what is informally known as “Art Week” in San Francisco, the opening drew a vibrant crowd of artists, collectors, and designers.
“KIMONO REFASHIONED” AT THE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum launched its newest exhibition, “Kimono Refashioned,” with an opening reception for friends and patrons. For more than 150 years, kimono materials, forms, techniques, and decorative motifs have inspired designers world-wide.
Attendees at the opening night party dressed to the nines in Japanese-inspired looks and, in some cases, authentic kimonos.
THE “KIMONO REFASHIONED” EXHIBITION
MARIA MANETTI SHREM AWARDED THE ORDER OF THE STAR OF ITALY
It was a banner season for philanthropist Maria Manetti Shrem—celebrating the annual University of California Davis Manetti Shrem Museum gala and being awarded an impressive title from her native Italy: “Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” (Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy).
The Consul General of Italy, Lorenzo Ortona, said he was proud to confer one of Italy’s highest honors on Manetti Shrem for her “exemplary contribution to the internationalization of Italy … in combination with her absolutely outstanding philanthropy and long support to promote Italy’s culture, language, artists, and talents in many fields.”
In her emotional and moving acceptance speech, Manetti Shrem stated that she was very humbled and honored. She considers herself lucky to have been born in Florence, and declared America the land of opportunity: “Hard work, passion, and honesty are always rewarded.”
Photos by Drew Altizer, Douglas Friedman, Katelyn Tucker, and courtesy Asian Art Museum.