Interior designers forge new paths

“The Fine Art of Designers,” an appealing group show on view at ArtHaus, has a unique twist: Its contemporary works — paintings, drawings, multi-media and photography — are by 13 Bay Area interior designers participating in their first gallery exhibit.

On view through Dec. 23, the exhibit’s pieces aren’t unified by a particular theme, nor do they look like decorator objects. But they do, in many cases, reflect the artists’ interior design interests and influences.

Eric Engstrom, of Engstrom Design Group, shows mixed media on canvas works that are representational, atmospheric paintings of landscapes — “Abandoned Wood School,” “Abandoned Brick School,” “Railroad Crossing, Rte. 30.” In each work, the painting appears to be an extension of a photograph, providing a provocative effect.

Engstrom, who has left interior design and is focusing his efforts solely on fine art, says he’s living out his dream.

In his photographs, Frank Van Duerm of Van Duerm Design Associates combines reality and fantasy. He says, “My photographic eye is keyed into light and detail in all my design work. Real and imagined light help me inhabit and create luxurious spaces.”

Other works in the show include Avelino Pombo’s ink and watercolors of falcons; Candace Barnes’ oil paintings; Tracey Kessler’s mixed media pieces; Steve Henry’s gouache series “Dahlias Woodside”; Judy McBride’s impressionistic oils “Girl With Braids” and “After the Bath”; and Gioi Tran’s acrylic on canvas abstract paintings.

Complementing the exhibit in the gallery’s side room is a Collector’s Salon developed by interior designer Lawanna Cathleen Endonino. Her avant-garde taste is reflected in a bold, eclectic selection of paintings, furnishings and accessories that come together in an inviting space for showcasing art.

Gallery proprietors James Bacchi and Annette Schultz are donating 10 percent of sales to Philanthropy By Design, a group that offers design services and recycled furnishings to charitable organizations.

 

IF YOU GO
The Fine Art of Designers

Where: ArtHaus, 411 Brannan St., San Francisco
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays; closes Dec. 23
Contact: (415) 977-0223 or www.arthaus-sf.com

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