1 p.m. Sunday: Best Private Art Collection Open to the Public 

Marcia Donahue's "Our Own Stuff Gallery Garden"

There's no place quite like this. Even in East Bay, an Eden for idiosyncratic artists, Marcia Donahue's home gallery and public garden has no peer. From the sidewalk, Mark Bulwinkle's enormous metal sculpture clearly tells you you're not in Kansas anymore. Enter Donahue's typically open-door foyer and the rich textural mass of African, Arabic, Indonesian, and Asian handcrafted items visible in every direction would overwhelm your visual senses if the hand-painted surfaces of every floor and wall didn't. Only Bulwinkle's large, colorful cut-metal screens, silk-screened prints, and original painted items compete with the rich detail. And you're only just inside the front door! If you're sweet, perhaps Marcia will allow you to view her bathroom: It's fabulously painted, wall, tub, and ceiling. Check out the kitchen chandelier on your way into the most exotic backyard art garden this side of a dark and twisted paradise. Marcia is a very good pal of the nearby Dry Garden, so you know her plants are going to tend toward the lurid far side of horticultural possibilities.


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