This weekend I ventured around SoMA during a sunshower and a Worldseries game just blocks away for my first time at Art Span’s SF Open Studios. This annual event is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country. It’s 4 weekends long and features over 900 local artists in their studios. Although I wish there were more photographers in the mix, I was inspired by the work of many painters, especially those embracing bold colors like Soad A. Kader (below), Ken Sloan, Karen Gutfreund, and Ben Needham at Arc Studios & Galleries on Folsom St. Seeing all the work made me want to create for the sake of creating- there’s such an emotive reaction to color. I liked the use of color in abstract forms, blending and overlapping and building on itself.
The atmosphere was laid back, the work and artists accessible, and the turnout seemed good. I’m looking forward to Weekend 4, which will include my own neighborhood, the Richmond, and Fort Mason. Stay tuned!
Banner from Art Span’s website