Years ago, when I had first moved to the Mission District (where I lived happily for many years before heading to the East Bay), I repeatedly passed a beautiful storefront on 16th Street, filled with all manner of lovely, intriguing paintings and sculptures. One day I headed inside the studio -- and was fascinated to learn that the talented artists working there were all developmentally disabled. I had stumbled on the headquarters of Creativity Explored, an organization dedicated to helping artists with these disabilities to create, exhibit, and sell their art.
Ever since then I've been a huge fan of the place -- and so I was especially honored when I was contacted by its executive director, Amy Taub, and invited to participate in their third annual San Francisco Notables fundraising event. The bash -- hosted by S.F. District Attorney Kamala Harris and featuring live music by rock 'n' roll hero Jonathan Richman -- takes place tomorrow, April 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the 111 Minna Gallery. (Details and tix here.)
I'll be there, along with an unbelievable number of hecka-cool folks; all we "notables" had to do was allow artists from Creativity Explored to do our portraits, which will be sold at tomorrow's benefit in a silent auction. (Amy mentions that there will be not one but two portraits of me -- including the one pictured above, by Gordon Chin. I love it!) Oh, and did I mention there will be lots of great food? (Well, there will be.)
Last year the event sold out, so they're recommending that you purchase your tickets in advance. See you there!
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