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SF Artists Challenge “Doom Loop” Narrative by Spotlighting Their Creative Spaces

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Via – ArtSpan

SAN FRANCISCO – While the media obsesses over the city’s so-called “doom loop”,
San Francisco’s artists continue to curate a perpetual stream of engaging events and
captivating work. Local arts nonprofit, ArtSpan, invites all to connect with San
Francisco’s vibrant creative spirit during SF Open Studios (SFOS) from October 19
through November 19, 2023. Now entering its 49th year, ArtSpan’s annual SF Open
Studios offers residents and tourists the free opportunity to engage directly with
local artists by visiting their studio spaces. Visitors can expect to learn more about
each creator’s work and process, and have the opportunity to purchase work directly.

“Your patronage is a glimmering spark for local arts!”
– ArtSpan Executive Director
Joen Madonna.

ArtSpan Executive Director Joen Madonna

“Your patronage is a glimmering spark for local arts!” says ArtSpan Executive Director
Joen Madonna. “From October 19 through November 19, I invite you to bring your
sparkle, and join us in connecting with local artists. SF Open Studios offers many
accessible opportunities to build your art collection while supporting active local
artists The impact of your visits and engagement does not end at studio doors, but
radiates out in support of the many local businesses providing lunch, refreshments,
and spaces to commune and gather in between your visits.”

Reflecting on his SF Open Studios experience, artist Kurt Schwartzmann says “We
have people come from all over the Bay Area, not just San Francisco. I sold 18 pieces
of art, cards and booklets in a single weekend. I met fellow artists that I would like to
collaborate with. The turnout was better than I ever imagined.”

Artist-hosted open studio events are accompanied by the expansive SFOS Exhibition
of 300+ artworks at the SOMArts Cultural Center. The SFOS Exhibition celebrates the
abundant creativity of the region and provides a preview of participating SFOS
artists. The Exhibition’s opening weekend (October 20-22) invites visitors to view work
in diverse mediums and to plan their weekend studio visits with the artists behind
the pieces that catch their eye. The SFOS Exhibition will host a number of in-person
festivities, including ArtLaunch, the SF Open Studios kick-off celebration on October
19, and a collector event on November 8.

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SF Open Studios is FREE to attend.
With a full lineup of events and celebrations, SF Open Studios promises to add a
hefty dose of creativity to your fall. Discover these free offerings at to
begin or build your art collection while supporting active artists.

Event Dates:
ArtLaunch, SFOS Exhibition Opening Celebration, SOMArts Cultural Center,
Thursday, October 19, 6-9PM*
*Ticketed VIP Preview, 6-7PM; General Admission, 7-9PM
SFOS Exhibition Opening Weekend October 20-22
SFOS Exhibition On-View October 19-November 19, SOMArts Cultural Center’s

Main Gallery
Artist-hosted SF Open Studios | Saturday & Sundays from 11AM-5PM
Weekend 1 (West Mission): Oct. 28-29
Weekend 2 (Westside): Nov. 4-5
Weekend 3 (North): Nov. 11-12
Weekend 4 (East/Mission): Nov. 18-19

Art Tasting exhibition artist and jurors talk, SOMArts Cultural Center
November 8, 6-8PM

About ArtSpan
ArtSpan evolved from SF Open Studios, begun in 1975 by a small group of
enterprising artists who concurrently opened their studios to the public annually
over one weekend to increase the accessibility of their work. Following the
devastation of the 1989 earthquake, these artists created a strong organization to
ensure SFOS would remain a San Francisco tradition, and in 1991, ArtSpan received its
non-profit, tax-exempt status. SFOS has grown exponentially; now spanning multiple
weeks with over 800 participating artists and 100,000+ visitors.

ArtSpan continues to build a more resilient creative future with year-round
artist-supporting programs advancing the creative careers of hundreds.
ArtSpan’s 49-year history is rooted in supporting artists through unprecedented
times; from earthquakes to astronomical real estate surges, and variables beyond our
control, we continue to adapt to serve our local creative community.


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