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October means Bay Area Art madness!

It's October, which means Open Studios & local art galore throughout the Bay Area. Two big FREE events you should be aware of:

San Francisco Open Studios every weekend in October various locations October 10 - 11: Bernal Heights, Castro, Duboce, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Mission, Noe Valley, Portola October 17 - 18: Buena Vista, Diamond Heights, Fort Mason, Haight, Hayes Valley, Marina, Mount Davidson, Pacific Heights, Richmond, Sunset, Ocean Beach, Twin Peaks, West Portal October 24 - 25: Financial District, North Beach, Potrero Hill, Russian Hill, SOMA, Tenderloin, Bayview, Excelsior October 31 - November 1: Hunters Point Shipyard
Annie Galvin - "Careful"
This is one of our favorite events, where we've discovered many local artists as they are building their careers (read: "before they became famous"), and made some wonderful, often very reasonably-priced, purchases for our personal collection. SF Open Studios offers you a peek into artists' workspaces where you have an opportunity to see their body of work where it's created and have the opportunity to speak directly to the artists to learn about their techniques & influences. Each weekend focuses on a different neighborhood/ area of the city; to take best advantage of your time & travel effort, we highly recommend finding a few artists you like who share a large warehouse or building so you can wander from studio to studio without having to get back in the car. Maps are available online at the ArtSpan website, where you can also use their interactive search & filter features (by name, media type, neighborhood, etc.)to browse the participating artist catalogue. Emeryville 23rd Annual Art Exhibition October 3-25 11am - 6pm daily 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville
Sylvain Oristil - "Uno, Dos Tres #2"
Closer to CV, nearly 100 local artists are showcased under one roof at the Emeryville Annual Art Exhibition; to see the list of artists & an online catalogue of sample work, visit the official event site at Emeryarts.org. One thing to look for in Emeryville is its fantastic glass artists; you can find distinctive sculpture as well as artful household items like glasses & vases that are made in the city's many glassworks, who sometimes offer seminars & classes if you're interested in learning more about the process.
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