Thursday, October 7, 2010

A list, a list (I've got a little list) of art events not to be missed

 For October 8, 9 and 10:  There is certainly enough going on this weekend to keep me on the streets -- but out of trouble.

Two Blocks of Art: Friday, October 8, 2010, 4 - 8 p.m.
Sixth Street from Market to Howard
In conjunction with the Central Market Arts Festival (September 24 - October 17, 2010), the "2 Blocks of Art" art walk will take place on Friday, October 8th from 4-8 pm. Local artists will exhibit in 25 galleries, public spaces, and businesses along Sixth Street between Market and Howard. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs along the way are offering discounted food and drink specials during the event. Visit and support cutting edge spaces like Fecal Face and the Luggage Store and art spaces like Ujima Collective and DA Arts who are working to establish an arts district along Sixth Street.

For more information, you can also visit or call 415.553.4433 x115

Alexandra Blum. "Spring Fever" Screen print mounted on wood box. 2/6 2008 $300.00 (I saw Ms. Blum's work a month of so ago when she was the artist-in-residence at the De Young. I am really looking forward to seeing more of her work this coming weekend at her studio at 661 Castro St.

Open Studios: Weekend 1: October 9 & 10, 11am to 6pm
Bernal Heights, Castro, Duboce, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Mission, Noe Valley, Portola
This is also the first weekend of Open Studios, the start of four weekends where over 400 artists open their spaces to the public, to meet, greet and hopefully sell. You can browse the Artspan website by artist, location, technique or subject matter to pinpoint what you might want to see. Or you can take pot luck, launch yourself into the space and see what comes up. You can also preview the works at SOMArts Main Gallery which is located at 934 Brannan Street (between 8th and 9th streets; entrance at the end of the long driveway). It's right around the corner from Trader Joe's but don't be tempted to park in their parking lot. They are watching and you will get a ticket.

Plus: A goodie for the techies among us: ArtSpan and Live Colony are proud to present the free SF Open Studios iPhone App: Swerve. If you are an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch user you can download the application for free at the Apple App Store - find out which studios during SF Open Studios, plan your studio visits, view artists' profiles on, and share information about your favorite artists with others.

SoMArts Main Gallery: 934 Brannan St, SF Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday, noon-4pm / Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm now through October 24. Admission is free.

Gelede, Nigeria, West Africa, 20th Century, wood and pigment, 16" x 14.5". Courtesy: California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

 The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) presents the Art/Object: Re-contextualizing African Art

The exhibit includes masks, costumes, sculptures and objects of everyday use that show through multimedia recreated environments, photographs and archival footage how African objects from public and private collections were used in their original settings often to mark important rituals and ceremonies. On view until January 16, 2011. Opening reception: Friday, (7:30 PM)

Folktales from the African Diaspora : Starting Sunday, October 10 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Museum of the African Diaspora will be presenting a Sunday series of interactive storytelling, performance and crafts for a multi-generational audience of children and their families. The program will include folktales and activities including writing, painting, drawing, sculpture, collages, mask-making, costume-making, and mural-making. The first event in the series features Ms. Luisah Teish, a reknowned storyteller and author who will tell stories inspired by the current exhibition, Art/Object: Re-Contextualizing African Art.

685 Mission St, SF (415) 358-7200

Passport 2010: On October 9 and 10, 2010, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery presents Passport 2010, an affordable do-it-yourself art collecting experience. Purchase a customized Moleskine® journal and stroll Hayes Valley while collecting artist-designed passport stamps from 16 incredible local artists! At the end of the day passport holders have met an amazing group of artists, and have a limited edition art book to take home!

Buy your $25 Passport today at
Or stop by the SFAC Gallery, Electric Works, Rare Device, Park Life or the Baer Ridgway Gallery.
Buy your Passport this weekend at the Kick-Off Party on Saturday or at Passport Home Base on Sunday.

Located in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery makes contemporary art accessible to broad audiences through curated exhibitions that both reflect our regional diversity and position Bay Area visual art production within an international contemporary art landscape. By commissioning new works, collaborating with arts and community organizations and supporting artist's projects, the SFAC Gallery's programs provide new and challenging opportunities for contemporary art to engage with a civic dialogue. The SFAC Gallery was founded in 1970 and is the exhibitions program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, the arts agency of the City and County of San Francisco.

The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery has three exhibition sites:
The Main Gallery at 401 Van Ness, open Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5pm
The Window Site at 155 Grove St, viewable 24/7
Art at City Hall, open Monday through Friday, 8am-8pm
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