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The crafts people are coming to Oakland; bringing many special exhibits to the Bay Area.

The crafts people are coming to Oakland

Good news for crafts lovers in the West: June 4 through 7, the Oakland Museum hosts the American Craft Council conference, held this year for the first time since 1977. The event brings together more than a thousand art, craft, and design professionals to discuss the production, sale, and future of crafts and their place in the visual arts.

In conjunction with the conference, more than 70 galleries, museums, and stores plan special exhibits of craft objects-- including baskets, ceramics, furniture, glass, handmade paper works, jewelry, metalwork, and textiles. There's no cost to view most of this rich array; for $210 (payable after May 15), you can join the professionals at conference presentations, panels, and studio demonstrations.

The Oakland Museum will feature the Saxe collection of contemporary American and European glass. Here we list, by medium, it and 26 other places to see large exhibits or work by influential crafts people.

For registration information, write to the ACC Conference Office, Box 30756, Oakland 94604, or call (415) 272-0600. (All other telephone numbers are also area code 415.)


Dorothy Weiss Gallery, 256 Sutter Street, San Francisco; 397-3611. June: Stan Welsh; 11 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Modernism, 236 Eighth Street, San Francisco; 552-2286. June 3 through 7: Peter Shire; 11 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto; 329-2366. May 18 through June 29: includes Phil Cornelius, Steven DeStaebler, Paul Soldner; 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7 to 9 Thursdays, 1 to 5 Sundays.

Rena Bransten Gallery--Back Gallery, 254 Sutter Street, San Francisco; 982-3292. June 3 through 28: show includes Ron Nagle, Viola Frey; 10:30 to 5:30 Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 to 5 Saturdays.

San Francisco International Airport, International Terminal; 876-2416. May 15 through July 30: pots by Anna Silver, Betty Woodman; open 24 hours a day.

Susan Cummins Gallery, 32B Miller Avenue, Mill Valley; 383-1512. May 12 through June 7: Bennett Bean; 11 to 6 Mondays through Saturdays.

Walnut Creek Civic Art Gallery, 1641 Locust Street, Walnut Creek; 943-5864. June 5 through August 3: includes Stephen DeStaebler, Catherine Hiersoux, Richard Shaw; noon to 5 Tuesdays through Sundays, also 7:30 to 9:30 Fridays and Saturdays.

Fiber (including baskets)

Allrich Gallery, 251 Post Street, San Francisco; 398-8896. June 3 through July 5: Neda Al Hilali, Nance O'Banion, Lia Cook; 11 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Esprit, 900 Minnesota Street, San Francisco; 648-6900. Ongoing: antique quilts; 9 to 4:30 weekdays (call first); group tours by appointment.

Fiberworks, 1940 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley; 548-6030. May 16 through June 21: Bay Area fiber artists; noon to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Miller-Brown Gallery, 355 Hayes Street, San Francisco; 861-2028. June 5 through July 5: baskets by Pat Hickman and Lillian Elliot, textiles by Emily Dubois; 11 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, 155 Grove Street, San Francisco; 558-4445. May 29 to July 3: quilts; noon to 5 Wednesdays through Fridays, 1 to 4 weekends.

University Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley; 642-0808. May 14 through June 8: baskets by Ed Rossbach; 11 to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays.


California College of Arts and Crafts (Isabel Percy West Gallery, in library building), Broadway and College Avenue, Oakland; 653-8118. June 1 through 7: student work; 8 to 6 daily.

California Crafts Museum, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco; 771-1919. Continuing through June 15: lighting, seating, floor covering; 11 to 6 daily.

Kaiser Center Art Gallery, 3000 Lakeside Drive, Oakland; 271-2351. May 30 through June 27: aluminum furniture, with works by Garry Knox Bennett, Norman Petersen, Wendy Maruyama, others; 8 to 5 weekdays.


John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Avenue, San Francisco; 781-4629. May 21 through June 21: Howard Ben Tre; 9:30 to 5:15 weekdays, 10:30 to 5 Saturdays.

Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland; 834-2413. June 6 through August 24: Saxe collection; 10 to 5 Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 7 Sundays.

William Sawyer Gallery, 3045 Clay Street, San Francisco; 921-1600. June 3 through 27: Robert Kehlmann; 11 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

And other good things . . .

Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley; 644-6893. June 4 through July 13: furniture, jewelry, glass by Garry Knox Bennett, Colette, and Narcissus Quagliata; noon to 5 Thursdays through Sundays.

Elaine Potter Gallery, 336 Hayes Street, San Francisco; 431-8511. May 27 through June 28: glass, ceramics, wood, fiber, jewelry; 11 to 6 daily except Sundays.

Festival at the Lake, Lakeside Park, Oakland. June 6 through 8: crafts sale, ethnic cuisine, performances; 11 to 7.

Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; 558-3622. June 7 and 8: glass and ceramics show, sale, demonstrations; noon to 5 Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday.

Macy's, Union Square, San Francisco; 393-3358. May 15 through June 30: contemporary furniture, fiber, glass, ceramics, and period objects from Craftsman Movement; 9:30 to 9 weekdays, 9:30 to 6:30 Saturdays, noon to 5 Sundays.

Obiko, 749 Sutter Street, San Francisco; 775-2882. June 2 through 7: art to wear; 10 to 6 weekdays, 10 to 5 Saturday.

Victor Fischer Galleries, 1333 Broadway, Suite 100, Oakland; 444-2424. June 4 through 27: ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal arts, fiber, wood; 11 to 5:30 Tuesdays through Fridays.

Virginia Breier, 3091 Sacramento Street, San Francisco; 929-7173. May 7 through June 7: ceramics, glass, neon, paper, furniture; 11 to 6 Mondays through Saturdays.

Photo: Wavy checkerboard of melted glass by Kurt and Marsha Runstadler stands poised in Elaine Potter Gallery. Smaller glass, ceramic, and wood pieces are also on view

Photo: At one side of Masha Archer's exotic beaded necklace is a small, curled-up ceramic woman. It's at Potter gallery

Photo: Trapped smoke helps potter Jim Gremel color surface of partially glazed bowl. You can see firing techniques at San Francisco's Hall of Flowers (see page 78)

Photo: Eskimo art inspired Lillian Elliot's and Pat Hickman's gut, reed, and wood baskets at Miller-Brown Gallery
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