Autumn is in the air. For artists and art lovers, that means it’s time once again for San Francisco Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, showcasing more than 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Pick up a program and venture out on self-guided tours across the city, from Fort Mason to Hunters Point, Sunset to Dogpatch. Visit studios and connect with artists—you may even fall for a work of art.
2016 marks the 41st year of SF Open Studios. Each weekend presents a different group of artists who work in a vast array of forms—painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, glass, and more. Studios are open on weekends, 11 am to 6 pm. This is a great way to find original, affordable art, and support your local art community. SF Open Studios helps artists build their mailing lists, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.
The fun begins with Art Launch, the SF Open Studios opening reception on Thursday, October 6, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Enjoy food and drink, and a first look at more than 450 sample works submitted by participating artists. Creative cocktail attire is encouraged.
October 8, 5-7 pm is the SF Art Tasting, Juror and Artist Talk at SOMArts Cultural Center. Select jurors choose a work and interview the artist. This is a fun event with scavenger hunt, wine tasting, and lots of interesting people. Visit SOMArts Cultural Center on the preview weekend of Oct. 8 - 9, 11 am to 3 pm, and plan your SF Open Studio art adventure.
Weekend 1: Oct. 15 & 16: Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios
Weekend 2: Oct. 22 & 23: Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Downtown, Tenderloin, MIDMA, SOMA, Western Addition, NOPA, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview
Weekend 3: Oct. 29 & 30: Presidio, Richmond, Upper Haight, Buena Vista, Cole Valley, Sunset, Ocean View, West Portal, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park
Weekend 4: Nov. 5 & 6: Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, Glen Park
2015 Art Launch and Art Tasting events at SOMArts Cultural Center
2016 SF Open Studios brochure cover art by Seren Moran
images courtesy of ArtSpan