Romancing the Word

Being the best-selling author on the planet affords one a certain street cred. With some figures placing her above J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss combined, romance novelist Danielle Steel knows a thing or two about the written word. The author and philanthropist, who splits her time between S.F. and Paris, also operated Steel Gallery in Presidio Heights from 2003 until she closed it in 2007 at the advice of her then-assistant (who was later convicted of embezzling more than $750,000). This confluence of experiences gives her a unique perspective as guest-curator of "Word Perfect," a group show of eight artists, including Steel herself. From locals Gordon Smedt and Seamus Conley, whose paintings are favorites in Steel's substantial private collection, to Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen who "sculpts" work out of discarded books and magazines, words form the finished product or comprise its raw material. "Words are paintings of thoughts," Steel writes in the statement for the show. "A phrase can describe an entire lifetime."

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 7. Continues through Sept. 6, 2013
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