The Artists of SF Open Studios

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A couple of times a year, many of San Francisco’s artists open their studios to visitors. Fascinating to meet the artists, see their work, and see their environment. The woman above paints whimsical paintings with a feminine feeling.

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This gentleman’s paintings have a nautical theme. He kind of looks like a sea captain, come to think of it.

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She makes odd and engrossing collages of items salvaged from everywhere.

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This artist uses resins to make colorful, shiny works with interesting textures. I asked, are you OK with having your picture taken? Every chance I get! he replied enthusiastically.

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Another artist that works with nautical themes. The painting to her right re-imagines the Maritime Museum as a boat.

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This gentleman is a photographer, so was agreeable to being photographed. Many of his photos are of cowboys, and other Western things.

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Frescoes are this guy’s thing. He was very knowledgeable about their history and chemistry. He also had some baseball caps for sale but I couldn’t swing 25 bucks for one.

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This artist’s work is outstanding and he was very friendly. The studio he works in is in a complex of studios, in a building that once housed the workers that rebuilt San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

Open studios is a wonderful program, it helps the artists make a few sales, and can be enriching for the visitors. Highly recommended.

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