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SF Open Studios Final Weekend: Saving the Best for Last

There's much to see and choose from as SF Open Studios closes its 2015 season. This weekend, the Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, and Glen Park all get into the act—and it’s clear that some of the very best artists have been saved for last.

The de Young's New Mobile App Is Like a Private Tour With a Curator

The old museum audio tours of yore are no more—not that you've taken one lately. Now, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, a nifty mobile app with pioneering indoor positioning technology can take us through the collections and tell us everything we need to know. 

Property Porn: Peep the $5 Million Home Behind This Mission Mural

No matter how many times you've passed the corner of Bryant and 25th Streets, you may have never guessed what lies behind this loud and proud mural that depicts themes of cultural diversity and peace. Turns out, it's a gorgeous live/work space that your average local artist could likely never afford.

Night Moves: San Francisco (and Beyond) in the Wee Hours at SF Open Studios

If you've ever wondered what happens in the world around you when you drift off to sleep and all goes silent, check out the work of local photographers Greta and Manu Schnetzler. “We have an attraction to what has been left behind to decay or be destroyed, or that which is waiting to be reanimated by human presence. Late night is home to all of those things.” 

The Cognoscente: Inside the Abstract Life of Painter Stevan Shapona

Stevan Shapona, 59, is one of the last remaining artists from San Francisco's fabled golden age. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shapona worked alongside his father as a sign painter for decades—touching up the awnings of the St. Francis hotel among other local icons—before pursuing art full time.

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Returns This Month

The 34th Annual San Francisco Fall Antiques Show returns this month, October 22-25, with a must-see collection of arts, antiques, and dealers from around the world. 

Robots and Donuts: The Art of Eric Joyner at SF Open Studios

SF Open Studios artist Eric Joyner works out of the shipyard at Hunters Point. After years of painting pictures for other people, he decided, “to only paint things that I liked.” 

Parabo Press Turns Your iPhone Snaps Into Works of Art

The only thing worse than bare walls are those bland, mass-produced prints we picked up at Bed, Bath & Beyond back in college. They're not that bad, we thought. But we were wrong. Now there's an affordable solution to our need for original art that's actually cool. It's called Parabo Press. 

Creativity Is the Antidote to Crisis in Two New Exhibits at Museum of Craft + Design

When do politics become personal? For the artists now on view in two exhibitions at San Francisco's Museum of Craft and Design, the answer is: everyday.

Jean-Michel Othoniel Installs 'La Rose des Vents' Sculpture at SF's Conservatory of Flowers (VIDEO)

San Francisco will sparkle a little brighter this fall thanks to a pair of dazzling new artworks from renowned Parisian artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Two large-scale sculptures were installed last week: La Rose des Vents at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and  Peony, The Knot of Shame at 836M Gallery.

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