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2801 Leavenworth
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Wendy Nelder: 415.292.7722

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Wendy Nelder, Fair Manager -
Founder and CEO of San Francisco County Fair, Harvest From The Sea is a lawyer who worked in Washington D.C. and Chicago, Illinois, before she was elected Citywide to three terms on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; she served as President of that board and also as a member of many other boards including those advising the Golden Gate Bridge District, The Sixth Army, The Salvation Army, and the California Criminal Justice Council.

Ruth Asawa, Sculptor
Creator of the San Francisco Seal, the mascot of Harvest From The Sea, is an internationally acclaimed artist who created such widely recognized and loved sculptures as the Mermaid Fountain at San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square, the San Francisco Fountain on the steps of the Hyatt Hotel on San Francisco's Union Square and the Japanese Internment Memorial in front of the US Federal Building on South 2nd Street in San Jose, California. Ruth was born in Norwalk, California, and grew up on her parents' truck farm [where they grew things like radishes, tomatoes, lettuce, beans which they picked and trucked to Los Angeles markets]. In 1942, she was interned in Arkansas because of the war with Japan. She graduated from high school in the camp and left to go to Milwaukee State Teachers College; from there she went to study at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, with Josef Albers and Buckminster Fuller. When Ruth left Black Mountain in 1949, she came to San Francisco where her Black Mountain schoolmate, architect Albert Lanier, was waiting for her. Ruth and Albert married and raised 6 children who attended San Francisco schools. The San Francisco Unified School District has been the beneficiary of many Ruth Asawa gifts and programs including the ceramic studio at Alvarado Elementary School which produced the magnificent tile mural, "The Tree Of Life" with the combined efforts of children, teachers, neighbors, and Ruth.


Amy Nelder, Artist
The artist who created the painting for the San Francisco County Fair, 2006 Poster and on which the website art is based, is a San Francisco artist with a studio [open weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weeknights by appointment] on the second floor at The Cannery at Leavenworth and Beach Streets in Fisherman's Wharf in the City. Amy is also the forensic artist for the San Francisco Police Department.

Amy Nelder Art - and reproductions of the original San Francisco County Fair poster art - is available at Lahaina Galleries at 645 Beach Street.

Julie Smith, Website Manager -
The website designer has been designing and building websites for Fortune 500 clients and sophisticated small businesses since 1997. Her company, Polaris Interactive, has helped clients — including food, wine, high-tech, advertising, real estate, medical, retail, e-commerce, non-profit, and arts/entertainment — present a strategically oriented message in an attractive, engaging format.

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Ruth Asawa with HTFS Seals Ruth Asawa's HFTS Seal HTFS Poster by Amy Nelder
Ruth Asawa with the
fair seal sculptures

One of Ruth Asawa's
Seal Sculptures

Fair Poster Painting
by Amy Nelder
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