October in San Francisco features the sundress weather we never got in July, a subsequently confusing profusion of pumpkins, and local artists opening their studios to the public in every neighborhood we have, including some you might not know existed. (Mount Davidson, anyone?) There’s so much excellent art to see in so many neighborhoods that not even the most savvy googling can unearth everything - so we recommend you go where the whim strikes you to see local art at its origin. Here are the artists and neighborhoods that strike us.
The old Amish order is known for their devotion to God and communiy, avoidance of technology, plain clothing, and the Pennsylvania Dutch language. But Amish culture is also one of America's enduring culture of makers—farmers, canners, seamstresses, crafters, painters, and quilters. "Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown" at the de Young (through June 6) displays 48 full-sized crib quilts made between 1880 and 1940 that exemplify the traditional Amish style of bold colors and patterns.