Friday, April 25, 2008

More Open Studios Coming Up

Mission Open Studios 2008 will take place Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, 11am to 6pm. Three Art Explosion Studios, ActivSpace, 1890 Bryant St. Studios, CellSpace, LiveArt, The Blue Studio, and Workspace Ltd., along with individual artists will open their studios giving an opportunity to view and purchase beautiful, challenging and affordable art. Opening Receptions will take place on Friday, April 25, 7-11pm at the following studios:

Art Explosion Studios, 2425 17th St.
Art Explosion Studios, 744 Alabama St.
Art Explosion Studios, 2345 Harrison St.
ActivSpace, 3150 18th St.
Workspace Ltd, 2150 Folsom St. (great website)

Hunters Point Spring Open Studios, 400 Innes Street, SF, Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 11am - 6pm. Over 160 artists' studios will be open for the 17th Annual Spring Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard. Pick up the premier issue of the Shipyard ART Guide, the new magazine-style program with full listings and articles about the artists. Preview Parties will be held Friday, May 2 at Gallery 101 in Building 101, where you can view the collective talent of the Shipyard Artists. A portion of all sales will go to support STAR, Shipyard Trust for the Arts. Please RSVP to attend the Friday night Preview via e-mail at

If you live in the Bay Area, I'd strongly suggest attending this one. The developers are shutting down the buildings, one by one and evicting the artists. I just read that two more buildings have been shut down -- for "polution" -- and there's no place for the artists to go. In the 40 years that I've lived here, I've seen SF go from a city with a strong labor movement and a vibrant arts community to one where the labor movement has been destroyed and the artists are barely holding on. We've changed from a working class but still cosmopolitan and diverse city to a city of the very rich and the very poor and little in-between. So, go and enjoy the art while you can. In another ten years, I'll bet that none of us can afford to live here.

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