San Francisco: Places to go, people to see

The 2007 American Craft Show, a three-day juried exhibition attended by 250 leading artisans from around the country, opens Friday. The event also features demonstrations, wine tasting and attractions for kids.

Among the artists whose works are on display and for sale are furniture maker Isaac Arms, who turns contemporary sketches into digital models, then works in steel and wood. Chinese-born Artist Shu Lu of Brimfield, Mass., designs fashion-forward coats from a perfect circle of fabric, eliminating the need for buttons and zippers.

The show runs Friday through Sunday at the Herbst and Festival pavilions, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, San Francisco. Tickets are $12 for one day and $18 for a two-day pass.

Call (800) 836-3470 or visit www.craftcouncil.org/sf.

THIN ICE COLLECTIVE

Mina Dresden presents “Here und Dort,” an exhibition about cross-culture art and travel by the Thin Ice Collective, in collaboration with selected German and Russian artists. The Collective recently went to Hamburg, Germany with the exhibition, “There is No Light Without Darkness.” The experience inspired members to join forces with the artists they met along the way and smuggle some of their artwork back to the U.S. in their luggage. The resulting exhibition is an exploration of what happens when artists and their art travel to another land.

The show opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, and it runs through Aug. 22. Thegallery is at 312 Valencia St. (at 14th Street), San Francisco. Call (415) 863-8312.

VISIONS OF PARADISE

Jane Callister, Jason Middlebrook, Yuko Murata and Claire Sherman present visions of Arcadia in the gallery exhibit “A Serious Paradise.” While their work differs visually, all four artists mediate the tensions between culture and nature.

The show is open today from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Gregory Lind Gallery, 49 Geary St., San Francisco.

Call (415) 296-9661 or visit www.gregorylindgallery.com.

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