Lifestyle

Mid-century modern art, culture, and living at its finest

Destiny’s Calling
From Matisse to mid-century modern—East Bay painter Fernando Reyes wows fans with his joyous abstractions
CollectorMANIA
How the thrill of the hunt for mid-century paraphernalia moves collectors to put a personal stamp on their homes
Everyday Art
‘Low brow’ flirts with high times and MCM for the paintings of San Francisco rising talent Emily Fromm
Showtime in the Ozone
After thousands of its kind have fallen away, the drive-in theater yearns for a renaissance
Jewels of the Earth
Moved by the natural world, Bay Area artist Milton Cavagnaro nurtured his creative spirit with painting, jewelry and the landscape
Learning from the Land
Obie Bowman’s warm, homey houses grow from their sites—and from their designer’s fanciful imagination
Aura of the Era
Coolest of the cool television sets from the mid-century eye a cozy comeback stage inside today’s modern homes
Light as a Stone in Flight
South Bay sculptor Ken Matsumoto evokes nature and man in an earthy, Zen-like aesthetic
Architecture in Fabric
Bay Area textile artist Ealish Wilson painstakingly mixes digital and traditional techniques for a unique, new look
Carving It Up
Once merely a summertime beach hobby, sand sculpting has hit high tide—as fine art and an international phenomenon
Vinyl's Final Fling
Music lovers celebrate as old-school phonograph records continue their surprising comeback
Painting the Town
When mosaic master Alfonso Pardiñas lit up the Bay Area with his colored glass and lively personality
Music in the Air
The Monterey Jazz Festival and its mid-century rise to glory
House as Cinema Star
Enticing Hollywood with light, openness and style, modern homes have become faves for TV and movie shoots
Hit the Road
Hot-spot stops for time travelers on a California road-trip getaway
Collage: the Ultimate Remix
California artists—and their creations—reveal how the simple art of collage speaks forcefully to people today
How BART Got Art
What's become of the Bay Area Rapid Transit's 'museum' of modern art—born of 1960s dreams yet largely forgotten today?
Dine Like It's '59
12 California restaurants that savor dishing up the mid-century experience
That Magic Glow
Once loved, then reviled, the world of neon art is back in lights—from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Dress to Express
Folks who go retro say it’s all about steppin’ out in style, self-assertion and hunting for clothes