Parting Shots

San Francisco Tribal Art Association celebrates

Tom Cole reports: With initiative on the wane during uncertain economic times, the ‘San Francisco Tribal’ Art Association gathered on Friday 22 November 2014 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its founding, as well as the life of one of the true movers and shakers in the business, Bill Caskey. With so many of the core followers of the antique art of the Americas, Oceania and Africa now being of advancing age, long experience brings the danger of apathy. However, this event delivered an injection of energy. Dave DeRoche This year there had been little enthusiasm for the SF-based tribal art dealer association to exhibit at the smaller venue at Fort Mason as in years past. Instead, Dave and Nancy DeRoche therefore invited members to gather in their spacious residence in Piedmont, in the hills above Oakland and Berkeley, enabling the group to come together to exhibit, talk about, buy and sell the art that is so dear to their hearts. With the help of the participating dealers, DeRoche, a longtime collector of, as well as dealer in, primitive art, transformed his house into a relatively modest but tastefully ornamented, home gallery. Dave lives with his art, so the foundation for a show was already in place. The only challenge was to make room for the art of the other dealers. Once on board, they all encouraged and assisted him in putting away much of his massive collection to show off some of best of what the dealers managed to transport up into the hills overlooking the bay. It was inevitable that there were poignant moments, since the news of Bill Caskey’s death had come just a day earlier. Bill had suffered from dementia for some time. Either silently or in spoken reminiscence, dealers paid tribute to a man who had done much to advance appreciation of tribal art, and all the arts. The SF Bay Area has for a long time been a magnet for some of the most eccentric and influential figures in the antique marketplace. Let us hope that that the gathering at Dave’s house will not be the last.

  1. San Francisco tribal dealer Dave DeRoche hosted the San Francisco Tribal’ Art Association's 10th anniversary show at his home
  2. San Franscico tribal art dealer Robert Dowling (right) in front of Erik Farrow's Zairean throwing knives
  3. San Franscico tribal art dealer Bob Dowling
  4. Local tribal and textile art dealers Andrés Moraga with Jim Willis at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  5. A framed Pacific tapa cloth hangs above African sculptures of James Willis, African art
  6. Zena Kruzick's small Indian bronzes at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  7. Vicki Shiba's Burmese yanta painting on cloth at at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  8. Bob Dowling's pre-Columbian ceramic statues at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  9. The San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  10. Zena Kruzick, lightning finials at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  11. Zena Kruzick, lightning finials
  12. at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show
  13. Erik Farrow's Zairean throwing knives at the San Francisco Tribal Art Association's 10th anniversary show

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