Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Color Into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Edgar Degas, “Ballet Dancers in the Wings,” 1900. Pastel on paper.

With the appearance of painting, the immediacy of drawing, and the matte finish of a fresco, pastel is one of the most versatile mediums used throughout art history. “Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present,” an exhibition coming to the Legion of Honor, spans five centuries of art. Drawing heavily from the Legion’s Achenbach Collection for Graphic Arts, the exhibition features masterpieces by artists including Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Wayne Thiebaud. This talk will trace the history of pastels while also providing audiences a once in a lifetime opportunity to appreciate rare works not usually on public display.

Odilon Redon, “Orpheus,” ca. 1905.

One of our favorite docents, Marsha Holm, will lead us in this discussion. Marsha has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | American Abstractionists at Midcentury
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Sam Gilliam, “Lady Day II,” 1970.

America was flexing its cultural muscles in the post-war years, responding to the triumphs as well as the tragedies of World War 2, and in this moment, New York displaces Paris as the art center of the western world. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, and many more produced big, juicy, painterly works of abstract art, emotion-filled and formally inventive. Popular docent Avril Angevine will guide us in a look at these works, focusing on some of the juiciest.

Jackson Pollock, “Untitled (Green Silver),” 1949.

Avril Angevine is an independent art lecturer who has spoken at the Alameda Library many times. She is a Humanities and English instructor at local colleges, and a museum guide at both SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum.

Friends @ Home Author Webinar | Carol Edgarian Discusses ‘Vera’
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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In her highly anticipated new novel Vera, New York Times bestselling author Carol Edgarian delivers an astonishing feat of imagination, a grand adventure set in 1906 San Francisco — a city leveled by quake and fire, greed and corruption — featuring an indomitable heroine coming of age in the aftermath of catastrophe and her quest for love and reinvention.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut to first-generation American parents, Carol is a graduate of Phillips Andover and Stanford University. She has lived in her adopted hometown of San Francisco for more than three decades. She and her husband have three daughters.

Her novels include the newly-released Vera, Three Stages of Amazement, and Rise the Euphrates, described by The Washington Post as a book “whose generosity of spirit, intelligence, humanity and ambition are what literature ought to be.” Rise the Euphrates was awarded the ANC Freedom Prize, and a twentieth-anniversary revised edition of the novel was released to mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. We are delighted to have her join our Friends @ Home series.

Those who are interested in purchasing Vera before this talk can order directly from Books Inc. via their website.