A festive gallery opening took place last night at the Lower Haight branch of the fine dining establishment Squat & Gobble. On display are a dozen or so colorful & whimsical paintings depicting scenes from recent operatic productions put on by the San Francisco & Los Angeles companies. Having seen a few of these stagings myself, I can say that the images capture the mise-en-scène vividly, except that the operas' characters are replaced by delicious desserts. The artist's metaphor is yummy yet obscure.
The crowd of art & music lovers at the opening was intelligent, well-spoken & free of pernicious Belgian influences. The best viewing places are occasionally blocked by people behaving as if they are just trying to eat. This is a shame, as the paintings reward close inspection, some even containing tiny reproductions of musical scores. The artist is said to be abashed by all the attention, though she is apparently a well-known local blogger & patron of the arts. The works will be up through March 11th & are priced to move.