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October 5, 2017
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Use These 7 Tips to Have an Amazing Experience During SF Open Studios

SF Open Studios is the largest and longest-running open studios program in the U.S. The event, which is produced by ArtSpan, began in 1975 with 20 artists. Fast-forward 42 years, add 780-plus artists and you have a grand, month-long, citywide showcase for emerging and established artists. And this year, it's bigger than ever! 

During each weekend from Oct. 14 to Nov. 12, 2017, you can meet artists, exchange ideas and inspirations, snap up local artwork, and see the city in a way that’s rarely possible—in the homes, storefronts, and studios of working artists. Here are seven tips to help you navigate the event.

Tip 1: Use the Artspan Open Studios App.

With this app, you can find artists by weekend and type of art, see images of their artwork, explore at your own pace by using the map to get directions, contact the artists, view websites, share artist profiles and save your favorite artists to your list where you can map and share them!

Tip 2: ArtSpan Open Studios Kickoff - Oct. 12, 2017

Go art tasting at SOMArts Cultural Center. The month-long exhibition here of 450 works by 450 artists is an event sampler. Find your favorite artists, use the new app or printed guide to find out where they have studios and plan your waking hours for this weekend and next. To kick off the weekend a wee bit sooner, head over to SOMA Artists Studios on Friday night for a lively celebration. Purchase Tickets.

Tip 3: Weekend 1 - Oct. 14 and 15, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Center yourself at Hunters Point Shipyard. Hunters Point is America’s largest artist colony. With nearly 200 shipyard artists participating in this year’s event, this is a great stop for people in a time crunch because there’s so much to see in one place. Metal-heads of a different stripe may want to start the art party on Friday night at Islais Creek Studios. It’s just two miles from Hunters Point and home to many metal artists and fabricators.

Tip 4: Weekend 2 - Oct. 21 and 22, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Venture beyond your usual stomping grounds to explore art in neighborhoods in the southern and western parts of San Francisco. Our city is a lot bigger than you think, and it's full of creative people! Neighborhoods include the Presidio, Richmond, Sunset, West Portal, Ocean View

Tip 5: Weekend 3 - Oct. 28 and 29, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Find hidden treasures in the neighborhoods you think you know. Neighborhoods include Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bayview, Bernal Heights, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park, Visitacion Valley, Outer Mission, Diamond Heights, Glen Park.

Tip 6: Weekend 4 - Nov. 4 and 5, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Head over to Fort Mason. For the second time, the General's Residence at Fort Mason will be dedicated to SF Open Studios. With works by 135 artists, all under one roof, this venue is a veritable mini-art fair. 

Tip 7: Weekend 5 - Nov. 11 and 12, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

"Free" is the name of this game. Start and end your weekend over at the mural-filled Mission, Castro, and Noe Valley, where art is evident indoors and out.


SF Open Studios is free and open to the public.  

More about ArtSpan 
For more information visit https://www.artspan.org and check out Artspan on Facebook.

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