November 16, 2002: Visual Aid's 9th Annual


Art Sale and Benefit

SOMARTS, 934 Brannan, between 8th & 9th Streets, San Francisco

Tickets are $20 and go on sale at 3pm.  Doors open at 4pm.
Over 500 works of art on sale for $100 (including tax).

Click here for list of artists whose work is featured in BIG DEAL

Here’s the BIG DEAL!!! … a much-anticipated exhibition/art sale that benefits artists living with life-threatening illnesses.  BIG DEAL generates public excitement every year due to the quality of the work it features at such a reasonable cost, tempting both new and seasoned art collectors.

Artwork is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at a fixed price of $100, including tax. Late-arrivers find that there are numerous fabulous artworks still available, though dozens of art lovers camp outside SOMArts before the event, just to hold their place in line.

Come mingle with hundreds of other art collectors, artists and friends, while viewing over 500 fabulous artworks.You will enjoy a great party, music, drinks, luscious hors d’oeuvres--cheeses, olives and chocolate desserts!

Click on active links below for detailed information.  Check back often for updated information and details.


We invite you to participate in Visual Aid’s 9th Annual Big Deal by donating artwork for the event.  Your donation enables Visual Aid artists to produce and exhibit important bodies of paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, and sculpture, with the help of our organization’s resources.  By providing art supplies through our Voucher and ArtBank programs, exhibition opportunities, career development services, and a workshop/lecture series, Visual Aid encourages artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their creative work. These important works are a vital record of our time and a legacy for future generations.

Please support our efforts by making a donation of one or more of your artworks to our BIG DEAL!  E-mail us today at, or call the Visual Aid office at 415-777-8242, and let us know that you plan to make a contribution. Contributions are welcomed through November 15. As an art donor, you will be admitted to the party for free.

1. Art may be dropped off at SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan between 8th and 9th Streets on Thursday, November 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday, November 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For directions to SOMArts, please call (415) 552-2131.

2. Art may be dropped off or mailed to the Visual Aid office at 731 Market Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets), Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94103 by Monday, November 12. Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

3. An East Bay drop-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the studio of Robert Brokl, 2707 8th Street at Carleton in Berkeley. Coming from Route 80, take the Ashby exit toward the Berkeley Hills, go left on San Pablo, left on Carleton, and left on 8th. A sign will be posted out front. Call (510) 655-3841 for further directions if necessary.

4. A North Bay drop-off is scheduled for Sunday, November 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the home of Karin Breuer: 57 Presidio Avenue, Corte Madera. For directions, please phone: (415) 924-1862.

5. A South Bay drop-off is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the home of John McGuirk: 1455 Navarro Drive, Sunnyvale. For directions, or to make alternative drop-off arrangements, phone (408) 736-0685.


If you are interested in being part of our fabulous team of BIG DEAL event volunteers or installers , or recommending other artists for a donation, please contact our office at (415)777-8242.

How to make a BIG DEAL purchase of artwork for $100, including tax.

1. Purchase numbered admission ticket ($20) at 3pm at the door.  Your ticket is your sales card, and the number indicates your priority to buy art.

2. Doors open for ticket holders' exhibition viewing at 4pm.

3. List the artwork that you want to buy on your sales card.

4. The sale starts at 5pm.  Listen for your number to be called, and approach the sales area to make your purchases.

5. Pick up your purchases from the wrapping room, and enjoy your artwork!

About the BIG DEAL on-site Raffle

$5 Raffle with Prizes Furnished by:

A Motion Studio - gift certificate
Asian Art Museum - family membership
Browser Books - $30 gift certificate
Citizen Cake - $75 gift certificate
Dan Dermer - wonderful hand made tea set
di Rosa Preserve - tour for 6 people
George - fabulous George products for dogs
Legion of Honor Museum - gift membership
Hotel Nikko - two nights deluxe accommodations
Paxton Gate - gift certificate
Pirkle Jones - autographed books
Rubicon - dinner for 2 (worth up to $150)
Ilona Sturm -studio portrait
Kent Tool - large, arts and crafts style wooden table, with intricate hand-inlaid tile top
Wilkes Bashford - $200 gift certificate
826 Valencia - pirate booty bag

About the BIG DEAL Silent Auction, including featured artists

Silent Auction with Artwork by:

Kim Anno
Gregg Cassin
Enrique Chagoya
Bruce Conner
Binh Danh
Tony Desanza
Clinton Fein
Nina Glaser
Todd Hido
Monika jm. Lim
Richard L. Perri
David Webster
Rigo 02

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

Le Boulanger
ePAC Technologies
Estates Group, Purveyors of Fine Wines and Spirits
Mother Jones
Andrew Ogus Book Design
The Packaging Store
Roche Bioscience
Saks Fifth Avenue
Youngs Market Company, Distributor of Fine Wines and Spirits


Photographer: Sam Bortnik