Staff Report

A five-day trip to San Francisco to see art museums, artist studios, private collections and art galleries is being planned by Penny Knowles who is the former Curator of Education at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and former Director of the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature.

The trip organized by Knowles and her artist/architect husband Jospeh, will take place April 6 – 10, providing private bus transportation from Santa Barbara and Los Olivos to San Francisco and back, four nights accommodations in the historic Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, admission and private group tours at Bay Area Museums, lunches en route and a farewell dinner at an upscale restaurant in the city.

The trip up to San Francisco will include a stop at Stanford University to tour the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, with its renown collection of Rodin sculptures, and the Anderson Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. The return trip will feature a stop at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey and a guided tour of the new Dali17 Museum, a private collection of more than 500 original prints by the famous Spanish surrealist.

In San Francisco, the group will have private tours of the Museum of the Legion of Honor, the De Young Museum, and the newly expanded and remodeled San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Artist studios that will be visited include that of Liz Mamorsky (LizLand), a well-known mixed media artist, and over 100 contemporary artist studios in one building on Bryant Street. The highlight of the trip will be a visit to the famous Dorothy and George Saxe Collection of Contemporary Craft, led by the collector herself, and reception at the Russian Hill apartment of ceramic artist Trudy Evard Chiddix, formerly of Santa Barbara, and her husband, Jim Chiddix.

For more information and reservations which will be taken up to March 5, contact Knowles at