36th ANNUAL SF OPEN STUDIOS – Every weekend, October 1st—30th

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco comes alive with art this October as ArtSpan presents its 36th Annual SF Open Studios – the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country – now with an added fifth weekend. 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 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.”

ANNIE GALVIN. I Love You California
20 in. x 16 in. x 2 in. Acrylic on Canvas

SF Open Studios is free, self-guided and takes place every weekend October 1­st–30th, from 11 am to 6:00 pm. Each weekend features artists in different neighborhoods. During regular gallery hours throughout October, visitors to the SOMArts Cultural Center (located at 934 Brannan near 8th Street) can pick up the free SF Open Studios Guide, complete with thumbnail reproductions, contact information, and map locations. While at SOMArts, visitors can enjoy the SF Open Studios Exhibition, featuring select works by many participating artists, on view September 29th through ­October 29th.
Click here to learn about the participating artists: SF Open Studios

SF Open Studios Highlights by Weekend

PAUL MADONNA. All Over Coffee
9 in. x 12 in. Pen, Ink on Watercolor Paper

The Mission, Bernal Heights, Castro, Eureka Valley, and Excelsior are the focus of Weekend 1, October 1st and 2nd. Paul Madonna, well-known Mission-based illustrator and creator of All Over Coffee, a weekly strip in the Chronicle and on The Rumpus, returns this year, as well as painter and installation artist Cynthia Tom, whose surreal paintings touch on cultural identity, women’s issues, the circus and more. The Metal Arts Guild sets up shop on Valencia Street to showcase the work of dozens of highly skilled, contemporary metal and jewelry artists, while queer activist artist Doyle Johnson shows his edgy mixed media and installation work in the Castro.

LEE CLINE. Steely-vented Hummingbird
7 in. x 5 in. Ink, Watercolor on Paper

Many of the city’s western neighborhoods are highlighted on Weekend 2, October 8th and 9th, including Ocean Beach, the Sunset, the Richmond, Duboce, Upper Noe Valley, Hayes Valley, the Haight, Diamond Heights, Buena Vista, Mount Davidson, Twin Peaks, West Portal, and Glen Park. Osaka-born painter and printmaker Takeshi Nakayoshi now makes the Sunset his home and will be showing his abstract works, as well as Hong Kong-born abstract painter Fong Fai of the Richmond district. Over in the Haight, visitors can stop in on Mark Ulriksen, an illustrator for The New Yorker who has over 30 magazine covers to his credit and who was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle for his celebratory painting of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants.

MARK ULRIKSEN. Your 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants
48 in. by 60 in.

Weekend 3, October 15th and 16th, highlights SOMA, the Tenderloin, Potrero Hill, and Bayview. Up and coming micro neighborhood Dogpatch is home to 3 Fish Studios, the artistic home of Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin, husband and wife painters and printmakers, who have garnered enthusiastic interest in their quirky and affordable hand carved relief prints from publications including Dwell and Sunset. Photographer Ron Saunders is one of several artists who will be showing out of the historic Bayview Opera House.

17 in. x 22 in. Photogram, Digital Print

Saunders makes exquisite photograms, photographs made in a 19th century process without a camera. Hamburg-born Kay Weber, an extraordinary paper cut artist, displays his work at the Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club where he teaches art to local immmigrant youth. And father and son Rene and Rio Yanez show their work at SOMArts Cultural Center, where both work as curators and together have founded The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective. Rene Yanez is the influential founder and former Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Galeria de la Raza as well as co-founder of the successful Chicano performance trio Culture Clash. A free public reception will be held at SOMArts on Saturday, October 15th in conjunction with this weekend.

RIO YANEZ. Untitled
9 in. x 11 in. Multimedia Collage

The city’s northeast is the focus for Weekend 4, October 22nd and 23rd, including Fort Mason, the Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, and the Financial District. Fort Mason is a particular hot spot that weekend. Bay Area Printmakers, a collective of more than 25 artists, as well as The Nocturnes, a Bay Area based collective of night photographers, will both be setting up shop at Fort Mason.

FABIENNE BISMUTH. Out of the box
Bronze 8 in. x 8 in. x 6 in.

ROBIN DENEVAN. River Reflections

The final weekend, Weekend 5, October 29th and 30th, highlights the artists of the Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios. The Shipyard is still a thriving artist community despite the redevelopment work currently underway and is the creative home to such accomplished artists as Robin Denevan whose encaustic landscape paintings, created by layering hot wax and oil paint, are beautifully textured. Denevan also works on aluminum to luminous effect. Environmental photographer Sharon Beals, who recently published a book of work called Nests, 50 nests and the birds that built them with Chronicle Books, will also open her studio at the Shipyard. Over at Islais Creek Studios, metal sculptor Rebecca Fox, shows her welded steel sculptures.

SHARON BEALS. Western Tanager Nest with Egg
Printed with Archival Ink on Etching Paper
REBECCA FOX. Wall sculpture – welded steel, patina, lacquer, wax 5″ x 4.5″

SF Open Studios kicks off with ArtLaunch, a special exhibition preview event and fundraising party on Thursday, September 29th, from 6:30 to 10 PM.
Click here for more information: ArtLaunch 2011


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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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