Hidden Inverness

Fundraising event

Hidden Inverness

An insider's tour of art in the wild

Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
$250/person, $450/pair

Event Hosts: Mary and Tony Conrad, Courtney and Zach Klein

Please join us on Saturday, June 17 for a pastoral sojourn that only Southern Exposure could conjure. We invite you to experience two singular homes not accessible to the public that honor Inverness's bucolic landscape with their refined architectural visions and in the process, capture the visionary spirit of contemporary California art and design.

We'll gather at SoEx for morning coffee and a curator-led tour of our upcoming exhibition Curious Poses.

Our adventure begins with a performance by artist Constance Hockaday as we head northward via chartered bus.

We'll arrive at the residence of Mary and Tony Conrad, a secluded retreat tucked into a hillside with stretches of oak forest and meadow on every side. Our hosts will guide us through the home’s striking architectural details and their exquisite art collection – many purchased in support of vital Bay Area art spaces such as Southern Exposure.

A ploughman’s lunch of local fare in the former stable, converted by noted architect and friend Paul Discoe, will be composed on-site by Sonoma-based chef Melissa Damasauskas.

After the meal, explore your animal side in a movement-based activity with artist Melissa Wyman, whose work is featured in Curious Poses, and parse the all-too-human frailties of our animal companions with writer and historian of science Laurel Braitman, author of the best-selling book Animal Madness.

Our party then strikes out for Inverness Ridge, to legendary sculptor J.B. Blunk’s redwood cabin overlooking Tomales Bay. Experience every finely-wrought detail of his hand-hewn masterwork where California Craft meets Japanese Minimalism. Peek inside this gem of a home via T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Hidden Inverness is limited to 25 guests, and all proceeds directly support Southern Exposure’s programs.