2017 is here! We wish everyone a Happy New Years!!! For many of us, the New Year symbolizes a new beginning, a fresh start, another opportunity to make positive change in our lives. Usually it is something that will enhance and improve our health and lifestyle. This year, you may have resolved to add more art into your life. According to Lesli Walsh “Art is integral in our culture…it records the emotions of society, helps us to achieve a better self-awareness, encourages critical thinking and bridges gaps between cultures, (while making) a community more beautiful”.1

A must see, if you are looking for art to stir your emotions and fulfill your New Year’s resolution to bring more art to your life, is the de Young Museum located in Golden Gate Park.

The de Young Museum was originally constructed as the Fine Arts Building for the 1894 California International Exposition or “World’s Fair”. After the expo closed, the building became a museum for the people of San Francisco. Since then, the museum has gone through several transformations. The most recent design wove historic elements from the former de Young, including sphinxes, original palm trees and the Pool of Enchantment, into a modern museum, that blends into the natural environment of Golden Gate Park. Patrons are provided with an open and light filled space that concentrates on American art, international textile arts and costumes and the art of ancient Americas, Oceania and Africa. According to The Art Newspaper the de Young museum is the sixth-most-visited art museum in North America, and the 35th-most visited in the world.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30-5:15. (excepting major holidays). There is a cafe, museum store and observation tower. They offer free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month and a public transportation discount.

Hope you enjoy your visit to our site and the museum!

Current and upcoming exhibitions include:

Frank Stella: A Retrospective
Through February 26, 2017

Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
April 30, 2017

The Sumatran Ship Cloth
Through February 12, 2017

On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
Through February 12, 2017

Frank Stella’s Prints
Through June 25, 2017

Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll
April 8, 2017–August 20, 2017

Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions
Through August 31, 2017

To see upcoming exhibits at the de Young, click here!

Art Attack is your go-to for affordable Bay Area art class fun, offering many different art classes year round to residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We offer Bay Area kids art classes for ages 5 and up with after school and weekend classes, as well as teen and adult art classes Monday through Saturday. We also cater to groups, parties, and more! Give us a call or book online, and we hope to see you soon!