Each weekend, artists in different neighborhoods of San Francisco welcome the public into their studios and exhibit spaces to share their artwork. You can explore bustling group sites and tiny private workspaces. Whether you are shopping for art or seeking to connect with the creative soul of the city, you are welcome to attend.
Use this guide, our map flyer, and our iPhone app, ArtSpan SF Open Studios, to help you find artists you know and discover new ones to love.
October 13 - November 11
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
WEEKEND 1 | OCTOBER 13-14
Marina, Russian Hill, North Beach,
Pacific Heights, Western Addition,
Downtown, Tenderloin, MIDMA, SOMA, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Upper & Lower Haight, Buena Vista, Cole Valley
WEEKEND 2 | OCTOBER 20-21
Hunters Point Shipyard
WEEKEND 3 | OCTOBER 27-28
Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Bayview, Bernal Heights, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park, Visitacion Valley, Outer Mission,
Diamond Heights, Glen Park, Islais Creek
WEEKEND 4 | NOVEMBER 3-4
Fort Mason, Presidio, Richmond, Sunset, West Portal, Ocean View
WEEKEND 5 | NOVEMBER 10-11
Mission, Castro, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle
Download a PDF of the Guide Map here
ARTSPAN SPECIAL EVENTS AT SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
Saturday, October 13, 6:30-11 p.m.
ArtLaunch, SFOS Exhibition Opening
Kick off the SFOS 2018 season and meet SFOS artists. This year the event moves to Saturday evening of Weekend 1. The party will be bigger than ever and we'll stay up late! Come prepared to buy art and hit the dance floor.
October 14 - November 11
SF Open Studios Exhibition
Preview art from over 400 participating artists.
A great way to plan your weekends!
Tuesday, October 23, 6-8 p.m.
Art Tasting with Juror and Artist Talk
Tickle your tastebuds with art, wine, and stimulating discussion.
Letter from the Executive Director on Germination
Why Art Matters
It takes both an art creator and an art appreciator to make the perfect bridge between inspiration and understanding, and ArtSpan, through our SF Open Studios and other programs, has been fostering these bonds for 43 years. As I reflect on my nearly five years as Director, I am pleased with the range and stretch of our organization, and what we do to not only support burgeoning and experienced artists but the many ways in which we connect art and artists to our community.
Art gives us a universal language that connects and binds us. It provides a voice to the unknown when we have no other way to bridge our fears. Art begins as a seed, a nugget of insight and inspiration that must be encouraged, nourished, and given space to grow. The most poignant thing about a seed is that it inherently contains everything that is yet to come. Given the right environment, an acorn becomes an oak tree. A slim sapling becomes a mighty redwood. Here at ArtSpan, our small but mighty team tends the soil for 1200 artist members and for the entire Bay Area community, creating a place where artists and ideas grow and thrive.
As ArtSpan germinates artists, artists germinate our society. It is with intention and initiative that we catalyze growth and newness; we incubate the potential to expand an idea or relationship. We seed art's future. We cultivate the next generation's ability to appreciate and practice art. We're planting roots today that will support our creative culture for decades.
We work hard, but we need you to be a part of what we do. I was having a conversation today with an artist about the need for us, all of us, to do more than just tolerate each other. We need to care. Art helps us to care. We notice nuance; we see fine lines and messy squiggles. Art elevates our consciousness and our conversations to a higher level. We need artists to help us see ourselves and, in turn, our society.
Working together we can make sure San Francisco's creative community thrives into the year 2020 and beyond. If you're reading this, we need you to be a part of supporting art in San Francisco. Join us. Come to our events, become a member, buy art! It takes a village of connected individuals to ensure San Francisco's artful community remains vibrant and vigorous.
In artful allegiance,