NFL 49er’s Art Gallery 85 Inauguration

NFL San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis held the inauguration of his Art Gallery 85 in Santana Row last December 10, 2012. Vernon Davis graced the Red Giving Carpet as he eagerly posed for the press together with fellow teammates quarterback Alex Smith and outside linebacker Aldon Smith. Jed York, owner of the 49ers, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman and Trade Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and former White House Public Liaison, Teresa D. Cox were also there to show their support.

Wearing a $5,000 custom-made jacket from Franco Uomo, Davis commenced the evening with the ribbon cutting together with the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. There were more than two hundred fifty guests invited to the event which were comprised of football players, artists, Silicon Valley CEO’s and press. Davis and other artists auctioned their artwork to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Vernon Davis Foundation of the Arts that provides art education for the youth.

Hors d’oeuvres and chocolate enticed the attendees admiring the artwork. Sponsors for the evening included San Francisco Shirt and Co., Franco Uomo, Cohiba Cigars from Santana Row and Capetown and South African wines by Peter Mugwagwa, Founder/ CEO of Clubspot Beverage.

The Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts vision statement promotes communities where the arts are vital to social development and represent a positive alternative for youth dealing with stress and peer pressure. Through the arts, youth can find new ways to express themselves, to lift their spirits and fulfill their dreams.

To learn more about the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, please visit his website at

Check out images from the event

Ribbon cutting with Chamber of Commerce

Vernon receives membership acknowledgement from the Chamber, whilst teammate Navarro Bowman looks

John York - owner of the 49ers NFL Club

Alex Smith 49ers Quarterback - TV /Media interview

Vernon Davis with co-sponsor Peter Mugwagwa of Clubspot Beverage

Vernon Davis' very own South African wine label

Designer Franco Uomo (left) of Santana Row dressed Vernon Davis in a custom-made jacket retailing over $5,000.

Vernon's girlfriend Janelle was wearing an Angelina Haole gown from San Francisco Shirt Co. (Photo by Trisha Leeper Photography)

Designer Angelina Haole strikes a pose beside Vernon Davis' car (Photo by: Trisha Leeper Photography)

Vernon Davis with event co-sponsors (L-R) Designer Angelina Haole of San Francisco Shirt Co., Designer Franco Uomo, Vernon Davis, Natalie Files and Katie Mancuso.

Peter Mugwagwa with Managing Editor of GEV Magazine Geraldine Solon (in blue)

With Mr Bruce - owner of the Cohiba Cigars Santana Row

With Erika Venter, from South Africa - a VIP from Clubspot Beverage

Clubspot Beverage VIPs

Clubspot beverage owner Peter Mugwagwa with Teresa D Cox - Trade Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and former White House Public Liaison

Chocolates galore!


Overflowing appetizers that evening

The Clubspot Beverage Wine Bar

One of the crowd favorites that evening

William Rhodes "Lunar Emotions" creation