Current & Recent Exhibits in the SHS Exhibit Room


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"Enid Foster, Sausalito's forgotten artist".

The Sausalito Historical Society will be presenting an exhibit on Enid Foster and her art from March 29th and through the end of September. The opening and reception will be on the 3rd floor of Sausalito City Hall following a presentation by Allan Hayes at the Sausalito Library at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Allan and Carol Hayes' new book about Enid Foster will be available for purchase at the library event and at the Ice House visitor center. An excerpt from the book:

"In the 1950s, Enid Foster stood at the center of Sausalito's art colony, a magic world of poetry, performance and visual wonder that owed as much to her powerful personality as it did to her brilliant art. In another time, that magic might have brought her fame, but in the 1950s, that art was too far beyond the mainstream. The curators, critics and gallery owners who had recognized her as an internationally important sculptor thirty years before now only saw Sausalito's town character: a white-haired, 60-year-old in frayed blue jeans, beat-up tennis shoes and a railroad man's work shirt walking an old dog through town on her way to the bookstore. She was an amusing eccentric who made irrelevant art.

In 1958, new Sausalito residents Allan and Carol Hayes met Enid Foster when they bought one of her paintings. As their friendship developed, Enid introduced Allan and Carol to the thriving Sausalito art colony that revolved around her. Enid had been an internationally respected artist before 1920, but the critics, curators, and gallery owners of the 1960s saw her only as the town character, an amusing eccentric who made irrelevant art. Today, that "irrelevant art" dazzles us with its vitality, freshness, and originality."

The Sausalito Historical Society Exhibit on Enid Foster will open on March 29th and run through the end of September. The exhibit is on the third floor of the Sausalito City Hall in the Sausalito Historical Society's exhibit room. The exhibit room is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

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The Sausalito Renaissance and the Birth of Mid Century Modern in Sausalito

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November 20, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Exhibit is open
Tuesday-Saturday
9 am - 4 pm

Bay Model
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

When the WWII ended in 1945, the upheaval that transformed the sleepy town of Sausalito to an industrial factory for the war effort was winding down.  It was after the war when men, especially, were out of fulfill some of their dreams and regain lost time. The men and women who had fought to overcome tyranny abroad now sought to created lives with renewed purpose.

Aspiring artists, writers and musicians began returning home and enrolled in schools with the help of the G.I. Bill.  Sausalito was having a Renaissance in the late 1940's. This exhibit focuses on those local poets, artists, impresarios, and makers.


Sausalito That Never Was

September 2018 - February 2019

The SHS Exhibit Room in Sausalito’s City Hall will feature: “The Sausalito That Never Was”.  We’d like to tell you some things that maybe you don’t know about what might have happened here.  Here are some of the things that "Never Were":

A Library on the Bay?

1956 BART MasterPplan with stations in Marin

1956 BART MasterPplan with stations in Marin

A BART Station on the north side of Sausalito?

William Randolph Hearst Castle Home in Sausalito by Julia Morgan

William Randolph Hearst Castle Home in Sausalito by Julia Morgan

A Castle in the Hills






No Name Bar: The Wonder Years 1959-1974

June 2018 - September 2018

Photo No Name web site

Photo No Name web site

“The No Name Bar the Wonder Years”, from 1959 to 1975. Steefenie Wicks and Neil Davis, former owner of the No Name Bar, created the exhibit which featured photos and memorabilia from the No Name Bar.

An event was held where several past patrons and employees told stories of their days at the storied watering hole. The Video can be viewed from the link below.

No Name Bar Video by Saul Rouda


 

The History of Caledonia Street: Golfers, Gangsters and Garages

April 2016 -  

 

The Sausalito Public Library and the Sausalito Historical Society presented "The History of Caledonia Street: Golfers, Gangsters and Garages" a talk by local resident Mike Moyle.

Photographs and information from that talk are on view in the Research Room of the Sausalito Historical Society located on the top floor of Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, CA.  PDF Files of Mike's presentation are below:

PowerPoint Presentation from April 1, 2016

Commentary on the PowerPoint Presentation From April 1, 2016

Caledonia Street   List of Structures


Remembering Shel Silverstein Exhibit

May 2015 - April 2016

The Sausalito Public Library and the Sausalito Historical Society will join for a celebration of the life and works of former Sausalito resident Shel Silverstein. 

Silverstein’s diverse and remarkable body of work earned him renown as a cartoonist and illustrator, an author of popular children’s books, a poet, a screenwriter and an award-winning songwriter. 

On view in the Research Room.


Al Sybrian Exhibit

October 2014 - April 2015

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A Show of Sculptor Al Sybrian’s work is currently on display in the Sausalito Historical Society’s Gallery on the 2nd floor of City Hall through May 1, 2015.  The exhibit is a tribute to the artist Al Sybrian, sculptor of the bronze Sea Lion that graces the waterfront on Bridgeway at the south end of Sausalito.  

A recently published beautiful, limited edition book portrays the life of Al Sybrian and the imprint he made on history of Sausalito.   The book is available to purchase at Society Publications, the Ice House in downtown Sausalito or by contacting Bill Kirsch at 415/888-3919


Free Box” Exhibit 


June2009 - February2010

Photographer Bruce Forrester of Mill Valley chronicled the alternative houseboat community of the Sausalito waterfront during 1975-1980. His black and white photographs portray an iconoclastic lifestyle based on non-materialism, creativity, unfettered individuality and a strong sense of community. 

Photographer Bruce Forrester of Mill Valley chronicled the alternative houseboat community of the Sausalito waterfront during 1975-1980. His black and white photographs portray an iconoclastic lifestyle based on non-materialism, creativity, unfettered individuality and a strong sense of community. 


The Craig Sharp Photographic Collection Exhibit 

March 2008 - May 2009

Craig Sharp (1924-1994) was a professional Bay Area photographer who chose as one of his projects to document the Sausalito waterfront community of the 1970s. At the suggestion of his son Scott Sharp of Carlsbad, CA, the SHS Board agreed in 2007 to cooperate in the printing of 83 images from the original negatives, 36 of which were chosen for display in the exhibit.


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