Great Arts and Events – from home!

April 2020  SGVCC Gallery Artist Kathy Piscioneri

April 2020  SGVCC Gallery Artist Kathy Beckerley

March 2020 SGVCC Gallery Artist Neriah Levin


March 2020 SGVCC Gallery Artist Michael M. Miller

Connie Siegel Reception February 2020:

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SGVCC 2019 Spring Art Show

2019 Spring Art Show Reception

While all of us awesome global citizens stay inside, we’ve got some ways to stay creative and engaged. See below for some of our favorite ways to enjoy culture and the arts while not leaving our homes.


SGVCC’s ‘Artist Film Night’ list for a possible stay-at-home online screening!

For the last several years our Arts and Events Coordinator Larry Rippee and local culture lover Debra Amerson have hosted a monthly Artist Film Night, a free screening of films about some aspect of the arts. Considering that the world is currently staying at home, Debra and Larry thought to offer you a listing of some of the notable films they’ve shown. You should be able to find many, hopefully most, of these films online (Netflix, Prime or perhaps YouTube).

You can also stream by way of the Marin County Free Library. Check out the Marin County Library links:

Film 1: My Kid Could Paint That

A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Directed Amir Bar-Lev

Film 2: Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson

The story of artist Edith Lake Wilkinson committed to an asylum in 1924 and never heard from again. All her worldly possessions were packed into trunks and shipped to a relative in West Virginia where they sat in an attic for 40 years. Edith’s great-niece Jane Anderson. The film follows Jane in her decades-long journey to find the answers to the mystery of Edith’s buried life, return the work to Provincetown and have Edith’s contributions recognized by the larger art world. Directed by Michelle Boyaner

Film 3: Finding Vivian Maier 

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a mysterious nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Film 4: Exit Through the Gift Shop

The story of how an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Directed by Bansky

Film 5: Tim’s Vermeer

Inventor Tim Jenison conducts experiments to discover how 17th-century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer achieved such photographic realism in his paintings. Directed by Penn & Teller

Film 6: Cave of Forgotten Dreams 

In this documentary, filmmaker Werner Herzog and a small crew are given a rare chance to film inside France’s Chauvet Cave, where the walls are covered with the world’s oldest surviving paintings.  Examining the 30,000-year-old drawings, Herzog discusses how the artwork represents humanity’s earliest dreams with scientists and art scholars conducting research. Director: Werner Herzog

Film 7: The Art of the Steal 

A documentary film about the controversial move of the Barnes Foundation, generally considered to be the world’s best collection of post-Impressionist art and valued in 2009 to be worth at least $25-billion, from Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia against the wishes of Doctor Albert C. Barnes. Directed by Don Argott

Film 8: Who Gets To Call It Art

Rosen’s film about late Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler unfolds as parallel tributes to the cherubic iconoclast and to the movements he championed. Many credit Geldzahler’s huge 400-piece exhibition, “New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970,” with establishing the cultural bona fides of post-WWII American art. Directed by Peter Rosen

Film 9: Calder

The acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio and never-before-seen archival films and photographs. It features interviews with Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross, Calder’s daughters and grandson, Sandy Rower, and others. Directed by Roger Sherman

Film 10: Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

For well over a half-century, Ferlinghetti helped shape the currents of poetry and literature with his forceful engagement with society and an ideological position that often found him at odds with the political currents of his day. Featuring Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Dennis Hopper, Michael McClure, Amiri Baraka, Bob Dylan, Kenneth Rexroth, George Whitman and numerous others. Directed by Christopher Felver

Film 11: Throw Down Your Heart: Bela Fleck in Africa 

The film follows American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa an Africa that is very different from what is often seen in the media today. Directed by Sascha Paladino.

Film 12: Painting Bolinas 

A view into the life of a man true to his art to the very end. Peter Lee Brownlee, with the bravado of a Hemingway and the sensibility of a Picasso living in a setting of characters that could have been lifted from a Steinbeck novel will paint his way into your heart.  Directed by Wendy Elkin

Film 13: Muscle Shoals 

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier

Film 14: Searching for Sugarman

Rodriguez’s music, which had never achieved success in the United States, had become very popular in South Africa although little was known about him in that country. Directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul

Film 15: I Build the Tower

Transcending the category of “outsider” or “folk” art, Rodia’s Watts Towers have come to be recognized as an artistic and engineering masterpiece world-wide. Written, Directed and Produced by Edward Landler and Brad Byer

Film 16: The Line King: The Al Hirschfield Story

Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. Directed by Susan Warms Dryfoos

Film 17: Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides

A documentary about the British artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from natural materials such as rocks, leaves, flowers, and icicles. Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Great Reads!

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

Some of our literary choices below you can find here at the free book download from New York Public Library: Click here

Kindle Unlimited is offering a free 60-day trial right now: Click here

Some of our favorite reads


Black Leopard Red Wolf- Marlon James

Institute – Stephen King

There, There – Tommy Orange

Where the Crawdad Sings – Delia Owens

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Topeka School- Ben Lerner

Trust Exercise – Susan Choi

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

Final Girls – Riley Sager

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Circe – Madeline Miller


Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb

White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo

All That You Leave Behind – Erin Lee Carr

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Educated – Tara Westover

Tribe – Sebastian Junger

Just Kids – Patti Smith

Audible is also free with a 30-day trial! Hearing Patti Smith read her own books is the best.

Great listens!

The ability to listen to high-quality content no matter where you are or what you’re doing is a big reason for the growth of podcasting over the past 15 years. There is a podcast for every interest!


  •     The Daily – New York Times
  •     This American Life
  •     Fresh Air – NPR
  •     Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
  •     Radiolab – WNYC Studios
  •     The Moth
  •     Serial – This American Life
  •     My Favorite Murder

Online Arts and Events

Enjoy some art, music, dance and culture from the comfort of your home.

Free online lectures on art:

The Frick – click here

The Frick is also offering online gallery tours!

Free online courses and lectures:

Open Culture –  click here

Harvard – click here

Broadway shows:

Broadway HD is offering a free 7-day trial – after that, it is $8.99 per month. Choices range from Carousel to Cats to Kinky Boots to Sweeney Todd to Romeo and Juliet, plus many more.  Click here

For Ballet lovers:

The Royal Opera House will be offering a free program of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights that get deep inside both ballet and opera and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions. The program includes the following productions on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

  •     Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7 pm GMT
  •     Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7 pm BST
  •     Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7 pm BST
  •     The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7 pm BST

Royal Opera House YouTube channel – click here

Music makes the heart sing:

Opera! Click here

The Berlin Philharmonic – truly lovely! This orchestra has opened its digital library of performances with more than 600 shows. Use the code BERLINPHIL by March 31 to get 30-day access to the orchestra’s stunning work. Click here

Cooking a lot?  We are too.

Free cooking classes from a Michelin 5 star chef – Click here

Masterclass. Learn from the world’s best chefs (and actors, writers, chess players, filmmakers etc.) Not free – $15 per month.  A favorite is a new class from The French Laundry chef Thomas Keller. Click here

Great article on the best chefs with great Instagrams – many are cooking live on their stories during shelter in place.  Click here