A Fond Farewell

Dear Readers,

In November 2013 when we began work on the first issue of SFC&G, we decided to title it “A Sense of Place” to convey our mission of capturing the special geographic and artistic character of San Francisco. Little did we know the journey that lay ahead. Over the next four years and 23 issues, in pursuit of 90 extraordinary homes and 160 of the city’s most inspired creative talents, we crisscrossed the Bay Area. On any given day, you could find us white-knuckled and navigating a pitch-dark Carmel backroad at 6 AM; wading through waist-high native grasses in Napa; staring wistfully from a Pacific Heights window, begging the fog to dissipate so we could capture the view; or sweeping sand from the floor of a beach house on the Monterey coast. We piled into cars, shooting, writing and discovering, driving from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to Carmel to Wine Country and back, again and again. We definitely got a Sense of Place. Of Every. Single. Place.

On those journeys, we were beyond privileged to cross paths with some of the world’s most extraordinarily talented people. It began with the five designers and architects who believed in us and took the leap of faith of giving us their superb projects for our very first issue: David Oldroyd and ODADA; Aidlin Darling; Beth Martin; Angela Free and Bernard Trainor. They set a standard of excellence we strove to maintain as we profiled the work of San Francisco’s community of interior designers, architects, landscape designers, makers, artists, curators, gallerists, showroom founders and far beyond.  For so graciously sharing your beautiful work, we thank you all.

We are also indebted to the many, many homeowners who so generously opened their homes to us. Who shared their stories with us. Who gave us the keys and full creative freedom. You had absolutely no need to do so, but you did. We thank you all.

To our tireless supporters Rhonda Hirata and the San Francisco Design Center, De Sousa Hughes, Hewn, and so many, many others who generously championed our work and partnered with us on events, panels and philanthropic efforts, we thank you all.

And then there are the SFC&G teams who made it all possible, from creative to marketing, publishing to production. If our little magazine has even a tiny legacy, it is theirs. It belongs to the brilliant and incredibly hard-working in-house SFC&G art and editorial group. To the photographers and writers who generously devoted their days–including many Saturdays and holidays–and fierce effort to achieving beauty and nothing less. It belongs to writers like Linda O’Keeffe and Lydia Lee, who wrote for Every. Single. Issue. And never missed a deadline. And to photographers like John Merkl and Aubrie Pick, who helped to define the elegant visual voice of the magazine. We thank you all.

This, our last issue, is our fourth annual Art Issue—a subject close to my heart. In our first, in October 2014, SFMOMA was still closed and under renovation. The Berkeley Art Museum hadn’t yet broken ground. Minnesota Street Project was still a glimmer in its wonderful founders, Andy and Deborah Rapport’s, eyes. But we have now come full circle. In this edition, we showcase SFMOMA’s monumental new foyer commission. We explore the new McEvoy Gallery, the latest addition to the now internationally recognized Minnesota Street Project. And we shine a light on San Francisco’s next wave of artists, curators, gallerists and collectors–one of many waves that keep rising as the Bay Area strengthens its position as a global art destination.

In my first bright-eyed Editor’s Letter four years ago, I shared my point of view on covering the Bay Area: “What I find most meaningful is the opportunity to reflect [its] soul and sensibility, to honor what is distinctly San Francisco… [To demonstrate] an appreciation of the beauty and ever-evolving story of the city.”

If we have achieved even a little of that, I thank you all.


With Gratitude,