The Art World Converges at FOG

By Anh-Minh Le

Joachim Bechtle, Jenny Gheith, Nancy Bechtle and Neal Benezra (Drew Altizer)

On a chilly mid-January night, the annual FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala was the hottest ticket in town. The seventh edition of the soiree, benefitting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, drew a sold-out crowd of more than 1,800 to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Guests were greeted by the 21POP installation, devised by Stanlee Gatti and featuring the creations of California College of the Arts students.The evening offered a sneak peek of the art, design objects and furniture presented by the 48 galleries participating in the four-day fair, which opened to the public the next day. Culinary stations allowed gala attendees to nosh on delectable treats, from sushi to fried chicken sliders, while sipping on design-centric cocktails and even boozy ice cream floats — all by McCalls.

In addition to Gatti and his fellow FOG Steering Committee members — Douglas Durkin, Katie Paige, Allison Speer, Susan Swig and Sonya Yu — among the local luminaries spotted at the event were Neal Benezra, Jim and Penny Coulter, Helen and Charles Schwab, Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Juliet de Baubigny, Ken Fulk, Sabrina Buell, Yves Béhar, Leo Villareal, Barry McGee and Sophie Calle.

John Berggruen and Gary Garrels (Drew Altizer)
Susie Tompkins Buell and Summer Tompkins (Drew Altizer)
Sako, Bill and Rose Fisher (Drew Altizer)
Jane Gruber in a velvet gilded jumpsuit? We stan! (Drew Altizer)
Komal Shah. Orange you glad to see the art collector/fashonista sporting trendy tangerine? (Drew Altizer)
OJ and Gary Shansby. Look at OJ, bringing that retro glam! We applaud. Somewhere, J-Lo and Nicole Lacob are all, “Where can I get those boots?” (Drew Altizer)
Chelsea Voudouras. Oh, this old thing? Voudouras knows how to pose, and she does it well. (Drew Altizer)
We can always count on Sloan Barnett to keep it cool and cutting edge. (Drew Altizer)
Tony and Robyn Coles. The Bay Area power couple dressed to impress — Tony’s sneakers are fantastic! (Drew Altizer)
Stacey Caen and Stephanie Breitbard. Who wore it better: The realtor or the gallerist? (It’s a tie!) (Drew Altizer)
Pamela Joyner Vanity Fair’s 2019 Best Dressed listmaker is living up to the distinction, from her hatband to those haute boots. (Drew Altizer)
Sonya Yu. The glamorous entrepreneur (and former Gazette Wardrobe subject) is literally glowing. (Drew Altizer)

FOG Design + Art Fair Preview Gala 

Location: Fort Mason

Cause: Proceeds support SFMOMA’s groundbreaking exhibitions and education programs.

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