Welcome to SF Open Studio Guide Online!
Using the Virtual Guide:
The Guide is your travel companion for every weekend of SF Open Studios. Inside, you will find studio information and artwork examples from participating artists for each weekend, as well as their locations on a map. Start planning your own unique SF Open Studios route! Already have artists in mind? Look them up by last name or primary medium in the indices in the back of the Guide. Get ready to find your new art love!

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Weekend 1, Weekend 2, Weekend 3, Weekend 4 links will direct you to artist thumbnails and information. Click the artist name to view ArtSpan SF Open Studios profile. When available, you can also go directly to the artists own webpage.
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What is SF Open Studios?

When SF Open Studios was started by a group of enterprising artists in 1975, no one could have foreseen that it would become a citywide art celebration that includes over 800 artists. Now, 38 years later, the event, which spans four weekends in October and November, is considered the largest and oldest open studios program in the country. But it’s more than just an annual event that connects the public to art; it’s a salute to the artists who make up the cultural wealth of our city and gives us credence as one of the most creative places in the world. If you are new to this event, here is the premise in a nutshell: The city is divided into four quadrants for the four open studios weekends. Artists in each neighborhood open their studio doors to show the pubic their art on their designated weekend:

Weekend 1: October 19 & 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, Haight, Buena Vista, Sunset, Richmond

Weekend 2: October 26 & 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley including Upper Market, West Portal, Glen Park

Weekend 3: November 2 & 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SOMA, Tenderloin, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview, Portola, Excelsior

Weekend 4: November 9 & 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hunters Point Shipyard including Islais Creek Studios

The artwork is for sale, but much more than an exchange of goods takes place: Perspective, inspiration, and ideas are shared; creative processes are divulged; and the appreciation of a life devoted to art is doled out. Join in the celebration by exploring and investigating a vast range of artists and artwork during this year’s SF Open Studios.


Heather and Dan

Welcome to ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios, now in its 38th year!

We San Franciscans are a lucky lot, but you knew that: comfortable climate, approachable and personable urban environs, unlimited food choices, and cultural opportunities that are unparalleled on our globe. Woven throughout all this dynamism is an art scene of equal daring and intensity — enter SF Open Studios.

As a non-juried art event, SF Open Studios gives artists an equal opportunity to participate and promote their work without competition or compromising their artistic values. Visitors to SF Open Studios are presented with artwork that is not pre-approved by an authority beyond the viewer’s own taste and experience. Unlike the commercial setting of a gallery or the formal setting of a museum, this event provides direct access to local art and educates visitors about the creative process and working environment of the artist.

What is particularly special about SF Open Studios is the immediacy of communication between the artist, their creations, and YOU! It is an unmatched opportunity to explore neighborhoods, see art at the source, and talk to the artists first-hand about their work. So take advantage of this opportunity to stroll through our city, meet some incredible individuals, and take in their work.

ArtSpan believes in the power of art to improve the lives of all San Franciscans, across each of its diverse neighborhoods. SF Open Studios has always been a free event, making it accessible to a wide cross-section of communities and income levels. This year we reflect on the fact that SF Open Studios continues to thrive and grow in a city where artist workspace has shuffled and disappeared dramatically over the past three decades. Twenty-two years after our organization was created, ArtSpan continues to expand, redefine, and present a populist art event that is free to the public. This Guide documents and validates the existence of artists working in San Francisco, while promoting connectedness within the arts community.

Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” If this is the case, then anyone who is lucky enough to attend SF Open Studios this year will surely emerge enlightened.

Many thanks to the whole ArtSpan professional staff and our countless volunteers who make this staple of the San Francisco art scene possible. See you out and about!

Heather Holt, ArtSpan Executive Director
Dan Teree, Chairman, ArtSpan Board of Directors

SF Open Studios 2012 Guide