“San Francisco Through The Eyes of Our Children” – a multi-day art exhibition with honorary co-chair Robert Redford – Saturday, May 19th – at San Francisco’s Landmark Mansion, LE PETIT TRIANON

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VIEWS OF THE CITY, by The City’s Kids

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

“SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR CHILDREN” – the first event of its
kind, supporting 17 San Francisco based organizations, will take place at the landmark mansion, LE PETIT TRIANON (3800 Washington Street) Saturday, May 19th. The event is sponsored by Byzantium Brokerage. The event will raise funds for 17 Organizations in the City of San Francisco.

With Honorary Co-chair Robert Redford, the Academy Award winning actor and director this multi-day experience features an art exhibition and events centered on unique works created by children from a number of San Francisco-based organizations, including schools and child advocacy charities.

In an effort to shine the spotlight on the children of San Francisco, Byzantium, led by cofounders Steven Mavromihalis and Gilbert Fleitas, created this unique concept that is comprised of a multi-day art exhibition and an evening cocktail soiree. Specifically, the estate will play host to a three day art exhibition that features works by Bay Area children (and select Bay Area artists), all of which are available via a silent auction, and will culminate in a special-invitation cocktail party on Saturday evening.

The foremost goal of the concept is to host a memorable and successful event that benefits the children of San Francisco, while encouraging a proactive dialogue on the future of the City’s children.

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Exhibiting at LE PETIT TRIANON

The children selected to create the art have been posed the following question, “If you closed your eyes and thought of San Francisco, what do you see? Can you draw it?” The drawings and paintings will not only reflect their individual visions, but also the diverse range of cultural and economic backgrounds that exist within the city.

These children will also be invited to visit the venue and witness their own artwork on display in this historic landmark venue. The submissions will be shown throughout the twenty-two rooms of Le Petit Trianon, where since its completion in 1904, the home has played host to a wide range of San Francisco society and has been the setting for state and diplomatic functions and private concerts by such notables as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern and Igor Stravinsky.

With one pre-school exception, the schools and organizations that participate will involve Children – grades K-8. The exhibited art will be available for sale and the funds generated will be given on a “dollar-per-dollar” basis to the school or organization from which they were received.

Funds distributed to the organizations will be used to benefit art programs and other meaningful activities available to each schools’ or organizations’ children. The public is encouraged to visit the estate during the “exhibition-style” period during which the estate will be open from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 19th.

Organizations participating:

City of Dreams
Edgewood Center for Children and Families
Chinese American School
Hamilton Family Center
Homeless Prenatal Program
The Imagine Bus Project
Okizu Foundation
Phoebe Hearst Preschool
Presidio Hill School
Raphael House
Real Options for City Kids
Russian American School
San Francisco Friends School
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
San Francisco CASA Program
Alamo Elementary School
Creative Arts Charter School

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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