This weekend, the College of Marin (COM) Fine Arts Gallery will host an opening reception and conversation with collector Steve Cabella, whose pieces are featured in the spring 2019 Marin Collects exhibit. Marin Collects showcases significant art and design from the private collections of Marin County residents and celebrates the passion that moves people to acquire art that evokes something within them. The spring 2019 exhibit features work by designer Ray Eames and artisan Edith Heath, among others.
Cabella is a Marin native, a design historian, and owner of the Modern i; a shop in San Anselmo specializing in midcentury modern design furnishings. He has been collecting art since 1974 and developed an affinity for the work of Charles and Ray Eames in 1978 after purchasing an Eames dining chair for five dollars at a garage sale. According to Cabella, the work of these two designers represent the best of California design—furniture that is simple and honest; nothing more, nothing less.
Furniture, art, and craft pieces from Cabella’s collection were featured in a 1981 exhibit at College of Marin—an exhibit publicized as one of America’s first midcentury modern shows. His collection has also been in shows close to home and across the globe, including SFO’s International Terminal, Los Angeles, England, and Japan.
In addition to the work of Eames and Heath, a majority of the pieces selected for this show were designed by female artists such as Bruton sisters Margaret, Helen, and Esther; Margo Elbert; and Margaret de Patta. Works by Luther Conrad, Gene Tepper, and Peter Macchiarini are also on display.
Saturday, February 23
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery
Free and open to the public
Exhibit runs through March 14, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available on the Fine Arts Gallery website.
Presenting Sponsor: The Cella Family Foundation | Exhibit Sponsor: Norton Fine Art
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