SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2012) - San Francisco comes alive with art this fall as ArtSpan presents its 37th Annual SF Open Studios -- the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country. From Dogpatch to Fort Mason, the Mission to Ocean Beach, each weekend features new neighborhoods to explore as more than 900 emerging and established artists open their studios to show and sell their work during the month-long event. It's an unrivaled opportunity for art patrons, collectors, and admirers to connect one on one with artists, get a glimpse of the working artist's life, and to find their next true art love.
SF Open Studios is free, self-guided tour which takes place every weekend October 13 - November 4, 2012 from 11am to 6pm. Each weekend features artists in different neighborhoods (please see event schedule below). To assist in planning studio visits, the public is invited to learn about the participating artists at www.artspan.org or by picking up the free SF Open Studios Guide, complete with thumbnail reproductions, contact information, and map locations, available at distribution points throughout San Francisco and at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, during regular gallery hours. While at SOMArts, visitors can enjoy the SF Open Studios Exhibition, featuring select works by many participating artists, on view October 10 - November 4, 2012.
"SF Open Studios absolutely epitomizes the breadth, depth, and diversity of the city itself," says ArtSpan Executive Director Heather Holt Villyard. "There's no other event that illuminates the abundance and vibrancy of San Francisco's arts and culture in the same way."
SF Open Studios kicks off with ArtLaunch, a special exhibition preview event and fundraising party on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 5:30pm to 10pm. Tickets are $25-$60 and can be purchased by visiting www.artspan.org.
ArtSpan, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, builds a community by connecting the public to visual arts in San Francisco. Through SF Open Studios, youth and adult education, and art-centric events, ArtSpan creates a platform for artists to thrive, fostering a Bay Area that values the arts.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
2012 SF Open Studios Weekend Dates:
Weekend 1: October 13 & 14, 11am - 6pm
Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Ocean Beach, Sunset, Richmond, Diamond Heights, Buena Vista, Twin Peaks, West Portal, Glen Park, Excelsior, Duboce, Hayes Valley, Haight, Upper Market
Weekend 2: October 20 & 21, 11am - 6pm
SOMA, Tenderloin, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview
Weekend 3: October 27 & 28, 11am - 6pm
Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Castro
Weekend 4: November 3 & 4, 11am - 6pm
Hunters Point Shipyard & Islais Creek Studios
SF Open Studios Exhibition
October 10, 2012 - November 4, 2012
Tuesday - Friday, 12pm - 7pm
Saturday, 11am - 5pm
Sunday, 11am - 3pm
SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2012, 5:30pm - 10pm
Tickets range $25-$60
Available at www.artspan.org